The Provincial Grand Master, R. W. Bro. James Steggles and his wife, Joan, together with the Mayor of Kirklees, Bro. Martyn Bolt and his wife, Liz, hosted a Sunday Lunch which was held at Greenhead Masonic Hall, Huddersfield on Sunday, 27 October 2013.
Over 120 Brethren, wives and partners were present and enjoyed a traditional Yorkshire roast beef Luncheon with all the trimmings. The event was entitled the 5M’s, representing ‘Mark Master Masons Meet the Mayor’, and to the best of my knowledge this is the first time that anything of this nature has ever been held in the Mark Province of West Yorkshire, that is unless someone tells me different, over to you!
The Provincial Grand Master welcomed everyone to the Luncheon and explained that the purpose of the event was to enjoy each other’s company, to enjoy the meal, but most of all to enjoy ourselves. He then went on to introduce and welcome Councillor Martyn Bolt, the Mayor of Kirklees, who is a member of Fearnley Mark Lodge No 58. He is also well known for his Charity bike rides, including raising significant sums for the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust. The Provincial Grand Master also said that he was purposely not wearing his chain because it was nowhere near as resplendent as the Mayor’s.
After the meal, the Provincial Grand Master proposed a toast to the Mayor of Kirklees and his Lady, to which Martyn Bolt responded, explaining the reason for his chosen charity and saying that this was a first! The first time that he had been to a Mark Masonic meeting when all the ‘Oldfield’ clan were not in attendance. Only W. Bro. Chris Oldfield could make the event and was unhappy that the Mayoral car had not picked him up as it had passed his door. The Mayor thanked the Province for its hospitality and for its contribution to his Charity from the event.
A raffle raised £440 which was divided equally between the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust and the Mayor’s chosen Charity, ‘One Community’. The latter is a foundation which was launched in May 2010 to promote local giving and encourage businesses and individuals to support small ‘grassroots’ voluntary organisations across Kirklees. Bro. Martyn chose this for his Charity during his year of Office. Incidentally, Bro. Martyn Bolt was also Mayor of Mirfield in 2004/5.
A very pleasant and charitable way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
W. Bro. D Smith, P.G.S.D.