The 250 Club Committee consists of Chairman, W.Bro. L J Hendry; Coordinator, W.Bro. P Oldfield and four Representatives, one for each Area – W.Bro. K Harmer for Leeds & District, W.Bro. R J Murtagh for Huddersfield & Halifax, W.Bro. R J Stone for Bradford & District, and W.Bro. J Bulliman for South Yorkshire. Each of the Committee Representatives has formed teams of representatives for each Lodge in their area in an effort to cover the whole Province.
There are two draws each year, one at the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge in April at Bradford, see photograph below, and one at meeting of the Carl Whitehead Lodge of Royal Ark Mariner No. 110 which hosts the Annual Assembly of the Provincial Grand Royal Ark Mariner at Tapton Hall, usually in October. At each of these meetings a draw is held and, if present, 10 lucky recipients receive their prizes on the day, but if not, they are posted to them by the Club’s Coordinator. At the latest draw, in April, £1,100 was distributed in prize money with the same amount going to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of West Yorkshire. The Prize Fund in October will be £1,250 being 3 x£250, 3 X £100 and 4 x £50 but bear in mind that the amount paid out is 50% of the contributions and can, therefore, vary. The 250 Club has achieved its initial aim which was to purchase the Anniversary Button, they have now moved on to the refurbishment of Provincial furnishing and regalia, the Provincial Sword has already been restored.
There is still much to do and the Club and its Committee thank all those who are supporting them and hope many others will join us as they forge ahead in supporting the Sesquicentenary Anniversary celebrations of the Province in 2020/21.
In respect of participation, given that there is money to be won, it is somewhat surprising that out of a total individual membership of 1300 in the Mark Province of West Yorkshire, a mere 280 Brethren are involved. Can I ask that you all give this a moment’s thought, if every Brother had 1 ticket , total income £13000, prize fund £6500, residual £6500 the latter would possibly be available to defer Provincial costs and therefore mitigate future rises in Provincial dues, thereby relieving pressure on individual Lodge dues!! That would find favour with you all.
Meanwhile a very big thank you to W. Bro. John Hendry and his hard working team.