A very wet Wednesday evening in Wetherby, the date 16 October 2013, and time for the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, V. W. Bro. Robert Corfield, P.G.J.O. and his Escort of Provincial Officers of the year to visit Ainsty Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 1739.
After the usual opening formalities, the minutes of the previous meeting held on, Wednesday the 17 April 2013 were approved and confirmed. Following the appropriate propositions, ballots took place which proved favourable. W. Bro. Ian Forster, P. Prov. A.G.D.C. (Derbyshire), having been confirmed a Joining Member was then admitted to the Lodge and congratulated by the Worshipful Master.
The Worshipful Master, W. Bro. Alan Robinson, then welcomed the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, V. W. Bro. Robert Corfield P.G.J.O together with a veritable ‘posse’ of 29 Provincial Officers in the escort team. This was an excellent turn out, especially given the appalling weather conditions, and a delight for Bro. Paul Ambler, a Master Mason of Tectonic Lodge no.9407, who was to be advanced.
The ceremony that followed was a credit to W. Bro. Robinson and his team and was thoroughly enjoyed by the candidate, Bro.Ambler, who had been proposed by W. Bro. Ian Tillett and seconded by W. Bro. Cliff Lloyd. A mention must be made of W. Bro. Gerry Barker who undertook the duties of Senior Deacon, navigating the candidate in a commendable fashion – I think he might have done it before!
An excellent Festive Board followed, when the toast to the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, V. W. Bro. Robert Corfield, P.G.J.O. was given by W. Bro. Alan Crusher. He thanked the Deputy Provincial Grand Master for coming and being accompanied by such a ‘plethora’ of Officers. This quickly descended into a debate about the ‘collective name’ for Provincial Officers. A number were proffered including ‘participation’ but the eagle eyed reader will have noticed that I have settled on ‘posse’. However, if you have a better suggestion let me know?
V. W. Bro. Bob responded appropriately, during the course of which he reminded all present of the Provincial Grand lodge Meeting which will take place on the 26 April 2014 at Bradford. Make sure it is in your diaries Brethren.
He also alluded to the last Escorted visit to Ainsty Lodge which took place in 2007 led by the then, Deputy Provincial Grand Master R. W. Bro. J. B. Truswell. Also present were the then Deputy Provincial Grand Secretary, W. Bro. James Steggles and Provincial Grand Steward, W. Bro. Bob Snowden. Finally, having congratulated Bro. Ambler, he presented him with a Provincial year book to facilitate his visits in the Mark degree.
An excellent evening enjoyed by all.
W. Bro. Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.