The Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons

West Yorkshire

Archive April 2014

A Page returns at the House of Oldfield

An early start for the Installation of the Worshipful Master at Fearnley Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 58 on Wednesday, 9 April 2014.  We met at 3.30 p.m. for tea and coffee, scones with cream, pork pies and to the delight of the writer, pork crackling – not very healthy but a gorgeous taste.

The Lodge was opened in due form by the Worshipful Master, Worshipful Brother Brian Smart and the usual formalities were observed.  In his report regarding communications the Secretary, W.Bro. Philip Oldfield, drew attention to a notice from the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons giving details of the support being given to the charity “Hope for Tomorrow” to purchase up to 10 mobile chemotherapy vehicles – with the first being delivered in Lincolnshire in May [further details can be found on the charities pages of this web site].

Upon a report, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Very Worshipful Brother Robert Corfield was admitted together with the Elected Representative of the Charity Committee, Worshipful Brother Alan Crusher.  The Senior Warden, Worshipful Brother Brian Page P.Prov.Dep.G.Chap. was then obligated and installed in exemplary fashion (no ritual book in sight) by W.Bro. Brian Smart.  The Inner Workings having been completed, the Brethren were then requested to return, but not being immediately without, they required a very loud ‘HELLO’ from the Inner Guard, W.Bro. Edwin Philip Radford Pugh.  When they were returned a further hiatus occurred, problems in the Car park and could a Toyota driver move his car.  W.Bro. Bev Heywood, admitted to owning the vehicle but remained seated wondering what was required when W.Bro. Edwin offered him £250 for it to speed things along!!

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W.Bro. Brian Page then invested his Officers, a pleasure to see that all the progressive Offices are now held by Junior Brethren, somewhat of a rarity these days.  There was then somewhat of an amusing side show when the note containing the names of those to be proposed as Auditors went missing but eventually the Director of Ceremonies, W.Bro. Mark J Kenyon restored order in that calm, professional, unruffled style he regularly displays as a Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies.

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Ultimately the lodge was closed in due form but only after we had witnessed something else particularly special.  Bro. Richard M Shackleton, Junior Overseer, provided us with the Closing address or Exordium which he had taken the trouble to learn especially for the evening.  This is rarely heard on the Mark Masonic circuit and was a delight, congratulations Bro. Shackleton; with Brethren like you Fearnley Lodge of Mark Master Masons has a bright future.

In his response to the Toast to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Yorkshire West Riding, V.W.Bro. Robert Corfield, Deputy Provincial Grand Master confirmed that the take up of seats at the Provincial Grand Lodge Festive Board had been excellent, 275 in total, 75 more than last year. He also reminded all those on the visit to Grand Lodge in June to ensure that they had completed, and forwarded, their requests for dining at the Freemasons Arms, to the Deputy Provincial Grand Secretary, W.Bro. Graham Cooper.  Please do not forget, if we do not use this facility brethren we will lose it

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W.Bro. Alan Crusher P.Prov.G.J.W., the representative of the charity committee, in his last duty in this role, thanked the Brethren of Fearnley Lodge of Mark master masons No. 58 for their generous donation and for their continued support for the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust.  He confirmed that agreement had been reached for the Trust to facilitate the supply of defibrillators to 28 Masonic Halls where the Mark Degree was represented and one, where there was only a Craft Lodge. This is truly something that the Brethren of the Province of West Yorkshire can be truly proud.  Whilst we hope that the need to use these devices never arises, it is reassuring to know that they are there and if just one life is saved by their availability, it will be money well spent.

A wonderful day, as always smile, be happy and enjoy your Mark Masonry.
W. Bro. Duncan Smith P.G.S.D

Escorted Visit to Old York lodge of Mark Master Masons Time Immemorial

A day to remember for the Brethren of Old York TI with a visit from the Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother James Steggles and an escort of Provincial Officers of the year, 29 in all. The previous visit had been in 2008, on exactly the same date and comment was made that, perhaps, the next visit would again be in 6 years time, as ever Brethren, time will tell.

The Lodge was opened in due form by the Worshipful Master, Worshipful Brother Howard Shoesmith and the Minutes of the previous meeting were read, approved and duly signed. This came as a surprise to some of those present, including the Brethren of Old York TI.  In the minutes were references to the effect that the ritual on the night was excellent, of a standard very rarely seen in the Cleckheaton Masonic Hall rooms, incredulous faces around the Temple, how can this be? These minutes were created and read by Worshipful Brother R. Edward Wilkinson who was referring to, amongst others, himself and Worshipful Brother Andrew. M. Johnson. After the laughter had died down, we agreed that at Old York TI, the sycophants rule!!

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Upon a report, the Provincial Grand Master, along with his Escort, was admitted and greeted by W.Bro. Howard.  R.W.Bro. James Steggles commented that it was a pleasure to see such a sea of happy smiling faces but, added, that he had told them to do so before they entered!! Brother Duncan John Bryan, a Master Mason of St. David Tarb Mauchline Lodge No.133 of the Scottish Constitution was then advanced into the Degree of Mark Master Mason. The ceremony was of a high standard, very capably lead by W.Bro. Howard.  Bro. Duncan, being of the Scottish Constitution was aware of some aspects, not waiting for the prompt and clearly getting there before the Senior Deacon on occasion. The Signs and Secrets were superbly delivered by W.Bro. Edward and the Warrant/Book of Constitutions etc., together with the Conclusion, equally brilliantly by W.Bro. Andrew.  Congratulations to both, the ‘Ant and Dec’ of the Province.  Perhaps I should withdraw my reference to sycophants?

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The Festive Board was a most enjoyable feast and the Toast to the Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. James Steggles was very sincerely delivered by W.Bro. Howard. In his response, R.W.Bro. James Steggles emphasised what a particularly enjoyable Mark meeting we had just enjoyed and how friendship had brought us together, and would see us return.  Visiting would also bring us closer to our Brethren, who are not Mark Master Masons, in the Craft and Royal Arch; the Executive Teams of both Orders contain many Senior Mark Master Masons.  It was also a delight to hear our newly advanced brother, Bro. Duncan commit himself to getting out and about in the Degree and I look forward to seeing him on my travels.

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Enjoy your Mark Masonry, smile and be happy.
W. Bro. Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.

Peace Mark and Peace RAM Sunday Lunch

Peace Mark and Peace RAM will be holding their traditional Sunday Lunch at Freemasons’ Hall, Brownhill Lane, Uppermill on Sunday 22 June 2014. All Mark Brethren and Royal Ark Mariner Brethren and their guests will be made most welcome.  W.Bro. John Whitworth will be providing the entertainment, 12:00 for 12:30.

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A Charity Evening in aid of the Cleeves & Whitehead Trust

Saturday 5th April 2014 saw a packed house at Pontefract Masonic Hall as W.Bro. John Whitworth treated the Mark Master Masons of the Province, their families and friends to a wonderful evening of music and entertainment, accompanied by good food and good company.

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This was the latest in a series of successful concerts put together by W.Bro. Whitworth to benefit the Cleeves & Whitehead Trust, our own Mark Charity in the Province of West Yorkshire.

The first half of the show featured W. Bro. John Whitworth who performed a selection of popular songs from the past decades up to the present. He was also joined for the first time by Miss Susan Clark, a student from Wakefield College, as they performed a number of excellent duets. There were other enthusiastic guests who joined W.Bro. John on stage to perform comical and good natured songs.

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Following an excellent meal of traditional fair the audience were entertained in the second half by a number of songs dedicated and selected by them, as well as solo numbers form Miss Clark.

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At the end of a truly memorable evening W.Bro. John presented a cheque for £1,050, raised on the night, to W.Bro. Trevor Bolton, Chairman of Trustees of the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust.  This brings the total raised for this very worthy cause by these concerts to more than £6,000 and saw the total raised by W. Bro. John Whitworth for Charity over the past 20 years break through £100,000 – a truly remarkable achievement.

W.Bro. John has also produced a CD of his most popular songs entitled “The story of my life” which sold like hot cakes. The cost of this excellent, professionally performed and produced CD, is only £5 of which half goes as a donation to the Cleeves & Whitehead Trust.  The CD can be obtained through W. Bro. John Whitworth and will be available for sale at the annual meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons, West Yorkshire at Bradford, on Saturday, the 26th April, 2014 at Bradford Grammar School.

Future concerts are planned at the same venue on Saturday the 27th September, ‘The Mary Jordan Memorial Concert’ and Saturday, the 8th November 2014 in aid of the Cleeves & Whitehead Trust. These concerts will feature new songs, please come along and enjoy the evenings, have a good time and aid good causes, but book early, they sell out very quickly. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED