It was a pleasure to see the Masonic Hall at Mirfield with good numbers, fifty five present to see an advancement and a joining member. Those present included Honorary Member, Assistant Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother Stephen Davison. our own Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Worshipful Brother Alan Oldfield, a member of the Lodge, Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Worshipful Brother Trevor Bolton and Very Worshipful Brother Edward Patnick.. Also in attendance was Worshipful Brother John Vause, the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies and the Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies.
Opening procedures in the very capable hands of the Worshipful Master, Worshipful Brother Rod Dyer, upon a report, R.W.Bro. Stephen was admitted attended by W.Bro.John. He was offered the gavel but having endured a long journey, was very sorry that he could not help, ‘that makes two of us’ said W.Bro,Rod. The Senior Warden, Brother Colin Simmons was then declared Master Elect, I have no doubt that he will have a good year in this busy Lodge, and Worshipful Brother Chris Oldfield confirmed as Treasurer. A Ballot then took place for the Candidate, brother Michael Lodge and the joining member, Worshipful Brother Gene Cunningham, both successfully confirmed. All in order, W.Bro.Gene was admitted and welcomed to the Lodge and the W.M. turned his attention to the advancement.
W.Bro.Rod is an accomplished ritualist and his unflappable, supportive and positive style ensures that the whole team is carried along. In this he is ably supported by the Secretary, Worshipful Brother Philip Oldfield, a stalwart to whom nothing is any trouble, he had been at the Lodge some two hours before hand. Unsurprisingly the ceremony was superb, a particular reference to Brother Warren Marsden who delivered the secrets, a very accomplished performance. It was a warning for Worshipful Brother Tony Mackrell who normally fulfils this duty, you may just be second in line from now on!. The conclusion was delivered with feeling by W.Bro.Rod and that set the seal on a memorable advancement ceremony, not only for Bro.Lodge but for all present. It is important for me to again emphasise that Fearnley ritual is not according to the Book, they have a number of individual aspects, no more to say, visit and see for yourself, you will enjoy.
A sumptuous Festive Board eagerly despatched, the response to the Toast to Grand Lodge was in the safe hands of R.W.Bro.Stephen who thanked the Brethren of the Lodge for giving him the distinction of being an Honorary member, he intends to attend at least one meeting per annum. The Advancement Ceremony had been excellent although it had not escaped his attention that there were some differences to the established Ritual. No matter, a superb meeting demonstrating once again the ‘Magic of the Mark’, hear hear. He also confirmed that he will be attending the Second Northern Variety Show, as will the Pro Grand Master and Deputy Grand Master and the Grand Secretary. This year’s proceeds will go to the West Yorkshire 2023 Mark Benevolent Fund Festival, which has now provided 6 of its proposed 10 Mobile Chemotherapy Units across the UK and is currently in the course of providing 52 new Ambulances and Support Units for St John Ambulance. Our support will help these very worthy causes.
W.Bro. Philip Oldfield then submitted the Toast to the Candidate, Bro.Lodge recommending him as a fully committed Mason who he had no doubt would be an asset, not only to Fearnley Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 58 but, to Mark Masonry in general. Bro.Michael responded accordingly emphasising that he had found the ceremony most enjoyable and was looking forward to his Mark Masonry.
This was the last meeting where W.Bro. Rod will officiate throughout, the next is the Installation. in many respects he has been a breath of fresh air, and I have only one thing left to say as he departs, BOB ON Rod.
Worshipful Brother Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.