The Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons

West Yorkshire

Archive September 2012

Inter Provincial Golf versus The North and East Province of Yorkshire 2012

Thursday the 13 September was the day of our annual match against the Mark Province of North and East Yorkshire.

The venue was the Driffield Golf Club, the course was in excellent condition but the greens were a little tricky, to say the least, there were some notable absentees this year due to other commitments and holidays but thanks to a couple of last minute stand-ins a strong team went out to battle.

The West Yorks side consisted of Jim Gray, Brian Addy, Alan Gilby, George Herd, Alan Pendleton, Alex Steele, David Fisher, Nigel Scott, Alan Morson, David Wadley Ian Gow and Mike Mercer, fortunately for the team the golfing talents of Bob Corfield were not required. The weather was kind with just a light shower in the afternoon but with a reasonably strong wind.

The West Yorkshire Team

After an excellent lunch of soup and sandwiches battle commenced, as usual the match was very closely fought, and with the North East well up in two and West Yorkshire up in two, the result was going to be down to the remaining two matches. Once again it was a cliff hanger, managing a half in the first, the match rested on the final four ball on the 18th green, even with the support of our Provincial Grand Master and Philip Birch, it was not to be our day as we lost on the last hole. The result North and East 3.5 West Yorks 2.5 matches.

Refreshed by a shower and drink, an excellent dinner was enjoyed by all, after which the beautiful Ridings Cup was presented to W Bo Neil Woodward captain of the North and East.

Thanks must go to the Driffield Golf Club for producing an excellent day and we look forward to next year on home territory.


V.W. Bro. Bob Corfield P.G.J.O., P.A.P.G.M.

Music Hall comes to Pontefract

Saturday 8th September saw W.Bro. John Whitworth and a talented cast of entertainers play to a packed house at Pontefract Masonic Hall. To add a bit of nostalgia several of the audience had dressed for the theme – “Old Time Music Hall”.

Bro. Ken Parkinson, the newest member of Fearnley Mark Lodge, was the compere who’s rendition of “Albert and the lion” in the style of Tommy Cooper ,hats and all, had the audience in stitches.

Songs from the era, accompanied on the piano by Mary Jordan, were professionally presented by Denise Blackburn and Angela Court . John sang with them several times and performed a number of humorous renditions on his own, one of which featured a “large marrow”, his stooge being W.Bro. John Clough. (see photo) Added acts included W. Bro. Bill Sables and Ray Gallagher. Bill began by getting a recognisable tune out of a “Spear and Jackson” cross cut saw and went on to play duets with Roy on the guitar, banjo and accordion. Roy, with his “little ukulele” sang a George Formby classic and then showed us his real talent on the accordion , playing Southern American songs with Bill on the banjo and the audience trying to keep up.

After the break for a cold buffet and a welcome drink, John’s wife Carol, dressed as a lion, gave the lions side of the “Albert” story to great acclaim.

In all it was a superb evening enjoyed by all and included a raffle, the “star prize” (a marrow) being won by Mrs Joan Steggles. The icing on the cake came as John announced that he would be presenting a cheque to the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust for £850 in the near future, that being the profits from the night.

John’s next offering on November 3rd at Pontefract is already a sell-out but he does have plans for yet another “spectacular” in the New Year. Rumours of a Provincial trapeze team in training on the moors above Baildon have been denied by the Secretariat. So if you can swallow swords or juggle with chain saws please get in touch with John and Carol Whitworth.

Thank you John and your talented co-stars “your work has certainly been accepted”.

Announcement of the Deputy and Assistant Provincial Grand Master’s Designate

Further to my earlier correspondence regarding the appointment of V.W.Bro. James Steggles, P.G.J.O. as Provincial Grand Master Designate, and his forthcoming Installation at Bradford Grammar School on17 November 2012, I am now pleased to bring to your attention the following information:

V.W.Bro. James Steggles has offered the appointment of Deputy Provincial Grand Master to:

V.W.Bro. Robert Corfield, P.G.J.O.,Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master and the appointment of Assistant Provincial Grand Master to: W.Bro. John Fred Clough, P.G.J.D., Assistant Provincial Grand Master

both of whom have been pleased to accept the offer of appointment and will be invested on 17 November 2012 at the Especial Meeting.

The summons and meal booking form has already been issued for this Especial Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge, an Order of Proceedings will be available on the day. It is expected to be a full house on this occasions and early booking is strongly advised.

Alan Oldfield
Provincial Grand Secretary