Thursday 25 September 2014 and Mark Master Masons assembled at Zetland Street Masonic Hall in Wakefield to witness the Installation of Bro. Frank Lefley as the Worshipful Master. After the opening formalities had been concluded, under the guidance of the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Harry Appleyard, the Lodge prepared to receive Honoured guests.
Upon a report, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Very Worshipful Brother Robert Corfield was admitted and, despite sincere pleading from the Worshipful Master, said that he was looking forward to a lovely evening and returned the gavel to its custodian. Upon a further report, the Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother James Steggles was admitted, to the delight of the Brethren and appropriate acclamation. Finally, and upon a another report, Very Worshipful Brother Derek Cope was admitted and informed the Lodge that, at the door stood the Past Pro Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Benjamin Addy and, that whilst he could not now demand admission, he sincerely hoped that we would accede to his request. This was done and he entered the Lodge to warm applause. What a great pleasure and delight for the Lodge to have such distinguished Brethren present at the Installation, a night to remember.
Bro. Appleyard then requested the Immediate Past Master, W.Bro. Gary Baines to continue with the Ceremony of Installation which he dealt with in a most professional and sincere manner. In this he was ably assisted by other Officers, notably W.Bro. Victor Shaffiee, W.Bro. Tony Stanier and W.Bro. Nick Hopwood.
The Agenda, under the item for propositions, yielded a proposal from W.Bro. Anthony Parker, seconded by W.Bro. Duncan Smith that the Past Pro Grand Master, M.W.Bro. Benjamin Addy, the Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. James Steggles, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, V.W.Bro. Robert Corfield and the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, V.W.Bro. John Fred Clough be granted Honorary Membership of the Integrity Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 110. This was warmly acknowledged by those present.
The Festive Board was in typical Integrity Lodge fashion, four courses, and choice of main, together with tea or coffee, and ample sufficiency. The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Very Worshipful Brother Robert Corfield, in his response to the toast to the Province spoke of the changes that are to take place in November in respect of the Rulers. In this regard, the new Deputy Provincial Grand Master is to be W. Bro. Richard Puttrell and the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro. Dr. Rod Taylor, the former a member of Integrity Lodge of Mark Master Masons for whom it is a matter of great pride. He then thanked all the Brethren of the Province for their personal good wishes to him and all their support throughout his periods of Office. He reminded all about the 250 Club, the opportunity for winning a nice prize as well as funding the refurbishment of the Provincial Grand Lodge furniture, the Sword now pristine and the Banner next on the agenda. He hoped that as many Brethren and their Ladies as possible would attend the Provincial Sunday lunch at Greenhead Masonic hall on Sunday 26 October and the Annual Carol Service at Brighouse on 14 December.
One of the evening’s highlights was the presentation of Grand and Provincial Grand Lodge Certificates in respect of 50 years membership of the Order and Integrity Lodge No. 110, to Worshipful Brother Peter Harvey. W. Bro. Peter has been a very conscientious and hardworking supporter of the Lodge, recently taking a well earned retirement from the Office of Chaplain, an Office he had held for 20 years!
Sadly, W.Bro. Ian Yates, representative of the Charity Committee, was unable to be present. However, at very short notice and enormous expense, we were fortunate to secure an able deputy, W.Bro. Philip Drury, also a representative of the Charity Committee. He pointed out that the 32 defibrillators that had been bought by the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust were now being delivered and would be available in Masonic Halls which incorporated a Mark Masons Lodge. He provided an illustration of the type of assistance given by the Trust with respect to a Brother and substantial health related travel costs, where the Trust was able to react at very short notice to relieve their anxiety. The message remains that the Trustees still have concern that Brethren in need are being missed and emphasised that, when a Brother is not attending his Lodge, this must be followed up by a visit as a matter of urgency.
The Lodge was very grateful for the number of visitors that attended, seven from the Province of Cheshire, more accurately the Wirral. This was in stark contrast to two Master in the Chair from South Yorkshire.
A most enjoyable Mark Master Masons evening, be happy and enjoy.
W.Bro. D.Smith, P.G.S.D., P.Prov.G.J.W