A day to remember for Bro. Julian Hartley, the Master Elect, Tuesday 29 October at the Masonic, Hall, West Vale, Greetland. This was the day that over 40 Mark Masons gathered to witness his Installation as Master of the Lodge of Eland No. 493.
After W. Bro. James S Gray, P.G.J.D., Representative of the Provincial Grand Master and W. Bro. Stephen S. Wood P.A.G.D.C., representative of the Charity Committee, had been received into the Lodge, the next business was to install Bro. Hartley. This was undertaken in a most professional and sincere fashion by W. Bro. Edward Sandland assisted by the Officers of the Lodge. This was an exemplary demonstration of the Installation Ceremony where all who took part can be justly proud of their performance. None more so than the Director of Ceremonies, W. Bro. Andrew J. Brown, Prov.A.G.D.C. who choreographed the proceedings in an excellent fashion, undoubtedly one of the best Installation ceremonies I have seen in 2013. I knew it was good when Past Provincial Director of Ceremonies, W. Bro. Derek Cope P.G.S.D. told me that he thought it was very good, high praise indeed – W. Bro. Derek is a perfectionist!
In his response to the Toast to the Province, W. Bro. James Gray, P.G.J.D, representative of the Provincial Grand Master, drew attention to the Year Book, emphasising the important information it contained and also encouraging Brethren to actively visit the Provincial web site where they would find much of interest. He asked that all Brethren make a point of putting Saturday 26 April 2014 in their diaries – the date of the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Mark Lodge. This is, of course, our opportunity to visit with the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, R. W. Bro. James Steggles at his Lodge.
W. Bro. James Wilson, Charity Steward, then presented a very generous cheque for £1,000 in favour of the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust, where the monies will be faithfully applied. W. Bro. Stephen Wood P.A.G.D.C., representative of the Charity Committee, thanked the Lodge for their generosity, confirming that the Charity was in good heart but there remained doubts that we are truly finding those in distress who need assistance. In this regard, we are all Almoners and must be vigilant to ensure those in need do not slip through the net.
This was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, the assembled company leaving for their respective abodes, happy and content following a most satisfying Festive Board.
W. Bro. D Smith, P.G.S.D.