Monday, the 10th of February and Brethren gathered at Brighouse to witness the Proclamation of Worshipful Brother Steve Spooner as the Worshipful Master of the Brighouse Lodge of Mark Master Masons No.753 for a second term.
And witness this they did, but through the gathering gloom of 3 lamp style candles, not wax, because an electrical fault had not only disabled the lights in the Temple, but also the Kitchen, more of that later. Despite this the Proclamation of W.Bro. Steve was undertaken in excellent fashion and with the subdued lighting providing a wonderful atmosphere although I do not think that this is recommended for widespread usage.
The Festive Board then beckoned, but as there was no possibility of the caterer fulfilling his obligations without power. In their hour of need, W. Bro. Steve jumped to the fore and arranged for sufficient portions of Fish and Chips from a nearby Chippy, incidentally W. Bro. Steve had a jumbo sausage! These were gratefully received, in their paper wrapping, no cutlery or crockery available, but sadly without Mushy Peas, a must for me.
In his response to the Toast to the Province, W.Bro. Gary Crawford, Provincial Grand Junior Warden, reminded Brethren that we had all received a personal invitation to join the Provincial Grand Master at the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge on 26th April at Bradford Grammar School. It is not necessary that you stay to Lunch, although there is capacity with the new seating arrangements, so let us see as many as possible supporting our very hard working Provincial Grand Master.
The Elected Member of the Charity Committee, W.Bro. Philip Drury P.Prov.G.S.W. informed those present of the assistance that had been given to 5 petitioners over the past 6 months and also reminded them of the Annual Holiday to Llandudno and the Almoners Luncheons. The low number of requests for assistance continues to give rise to concern that we are missing some of those in need. W.Bro. Philip then drew a parallel equating the Lodge with your family. If a member of your family needs help or you do not hear from them for a long time, what do you do about it? Exactly, you go and see them, no phone calls, a visit is necessary.
The comment was made, a fun evening, somewhat bizarre but a brilliant Masonic evening which was enjoyed by everybody. No better testimonial than that.