A veritable cascade of Mark Master Masons descended upon the Masonic Hall Swinton to support both the Lodge and the Provincial Grand Master, James Steggles G.M.R.A.C., in fact probably of the order sixty six but a number had failed to sign the register so the total remains a mystery. We also had the honour of witnessing the advancement of Bro.Graham Young who I later discovered was using the Apron of his wife, Irene. She is at present the Senior Warden of St Barnabas Mark Lodge in Bawtry and, all things being equal, will be Installed in the Chair next year with a very proud Graham waiting outside!
The Worshipful Master Neil Park professionally despatched the opening procedures when , upon a report, Worshipful Brother Andrew Brown, renowned caravanner, was admitted to announce that the PGM demanded admission, which duly followed. All appropriately seated, W.Bro. Neil offered the gavel which was declined, if it had been accepted the Provincial officers would have had to take the ceremony and R.W.Bro.Jim thought that would take too long. The candidate was then admitted under the guidance of the Senior and Junior Deacons, respectively W.Bro Alan Gilby and W.Bro. Tony Tarver.
The W.M. then lead from the front impressively taking Bro. Graham through his obligation, then later explaining the Signs and Secrets in fine fashion. In between the Overseers, with a little bit of drama did their duty and the Working Tools were inculcated by W.Bro. Jack Anderson Finally the Conclusion delivered with feeling by W.Bro Trevor Brown, a little nervy at the outset but persevered and discharged his task in superb form. This was an Advancement that all involved can feel very proud of a job well done; oh I must not forget that at Gothic the chants are sung by W,Bro George Crofts, very pleasant on the ear. The remaining business completed, hearty greetings were given, that from the Holders of Provincial Grand Rank to a cacophony of chairs being pushed back, I thought what a throng whereupon a colleague interjected, ‘No Duncan, an inconvenience’.
The Festive Board discharged, W.Bro. Neil submitted the Toast to the PGM, thanking him for finding time in a very busy schedule to come to Gothic. He congratulated R.W.Bro.Jim on setting an example of warmth and brotherly love that we all should follow, always a smile on his face. In reply the PGM reminded all of the Annual Provincial Meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge of West Yorkshire to take place on Saturday, 13th April 2019.all welcome. He congratulated Bro. Graham on becoming a Mark Master Mason and presented him with a copy of the year book but to save time he delegated V.W.Bro. John Morgan to traverse the room and deliver the item. Lastly he mentioned the ‘Hope for Tomorrow Charity’,who, on the 5th November had delivered a Mobile Chemotherapy unit to Airedale Hospital, a very proud moment for all Mark Masons in the Province, this was the seventh to be commissioned, an eight is now in conversion. Rounding off a good meeting for Jim, he won a bottle of Famous Grouse in the Raffle.
Another moment to be a very happy to be a Mark Master Masons.
Worshipful Brother Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.