The Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons

West Yorkshire

Archive June 2010

Visit to Mark Grand Lodge 2010

Over 100 of West Yorkshire’s brethren made the trip to Grand Lodge by train and car; the majority on the East Coast train that called at Leeds, Wakefield and Doncaster for a duration of just over two hours to King’s Cross.

On arrival at Grand Lodge, the splendour of which we had only ever seen before in pictures was everything we had hoped it would be. When we entered the Temple, which is absolutely magnificent, we chose the balcony seats to enable us to have a good view of the entire proceedings.

The entry of Prince Michael of Kent, our Grand Master, has to be seen as one of the most grandiose occasions it has been our privilege to witness, as was the whole of the ceremony including the Worshipful Brethren receiving first appointments or promotions from West Yorkshire.

After dining at either the Freemasons Arms or the Connaught Rooms, we returned to King’s Cross for the journey home. Here we enjoyed the company of our Rulers which can only endorse the reason the Mark Degree the ‘Friendly Degree’.

All this for around £60.00 – what a bargain.

For your information, West Yorkshire had the largest representation ever this year, and if you wish to participate next year, book early for Tuesday, 7th June 2011.

Grand Honours 2010

At the Annual Grand Lodge Investiture Meeting, held at Freemasons Hall on Tuesday 8th June 2010, the Most Worshipful Grand Master appointed or promoted to Grand Rank, the following Worshipful Brethren from our Province.


Malcolm Jeffery Forrest Assistant Grand Organist
Edward Keith Patnick Past Grand Junior Overseer
Keith Hardwick Trott Past Grand Junior Overseer
John Morgan Past Grand Senior Deacon
William Richardson Past Grand Senior Deacon
Gilbert Ayodele Jarret Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies
John Edward Vause Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies
Robert John Winterflood Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies
Stephen Newton Wood Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies
David Roger Bentley Past Assistant Grand Sword Bearer
Terence Edward Dudley Past Grand Standard Bearer
Mickael Reuben Cawkwell Ricketts Past Grand Standard Bearer
Ralph Maurice Thornton Past Assistant Grand Standard Bearer

Demonstration of the Old York Workings, Britannia Lodge

When the South Yorkshire Association of Installed Masters in the Degree of Mark Master Masons was formed one of its objectives was “to further the interests of Mark Masonry by any means that may be mutually agreed”. The first President, Bro. Geoffrey Le Pla, wished to see an old Mark Ritual performed. He had copies of an opening and closing of a MMM Lodge circa 1850 and a copy of a Ceremony of Advancement from the late 18th century. These are used in the demonstration. They highlight the connections which undoubtedly exist between Craft, Mark and the Royal Arch and offers an explanation of them which may have become obscured over the years.

There are some curious anomalies. The early part relates to the rebuilding of the Temple and the latter to the earlier first Temple. It can be assumed that this is due to the early influence of Scottish Royal Arch and the establishment of Mark Degree as a separate order.

Words and phrases from other degrees can be recognised as Mark Masonry in its many workings is almost as ancient as the Craft itself and therefore it is perfectly possible for them to have been absorbed into other orders.

The first demonstration of the old ritual was at the first ordinary meeting of the Association in May 1968 at Britannia Lodge of MMM No 53. After a gap of 15 years it was performed again in June 2010 at Britannia Lodge following a successful outing at Integrity MMM Lodge No 110 in January. Further demonstrations are planned for St Chad‟s MMM Lodge No 374, Castle Grove MH on 9 September and Ainsty MMM Lodge No 1739, at the Masonic Hall, Wetherby on 20 October 2010.

The team perform under the guidance of W.Bro. Brian Short and “candidates” have included W.Bro. Michael Holmes President of SYAIM and W.Bro. Bob Corfield PAPGM.