The Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons

West Yorkshire

Archive June 2019



And in a surprise presentation to Steve Hallberg, Provincial Grand Master of Lincolnshire’s Mark Master Masons, the Mark Masons of Cumberland and Westmorland added a further £2,000 to the pot, taking the donation to £77,000.

The fund has been set up by the Lincolnshire Community Foundation, which is bringing together fundraising efforts behind the long-term recovery plan which will swing into action once the floodwaters have receded.

Already there have been about 500 people from a number of agencies working around the clock to provide an emergency response to the incident, which has forced the evacuation of almost 300 homes.

But it’s the recovery phase that will take time, and that’s where the Freemasons’ donation will be directed. Provincial Grand Master Dave Wheeler said: ‘To see anyone driven from their home by flooding is heartbreaking, especially when it’s in your own community.

‘The emergency response to the incident has been extremely effective through the days after the torrential rainfall followed by the breach of the banks of the River Steeping, but that is only part of the story. The recovery phase will be long, and will take considerable effort.

‘I’m pleased that we have been able to move so quickly in making this donation of £75,000. It underlines that Lincolnshire Freemasons are determined to help put the heart back into this part of Lincolnshire, and we have every confidence that the Lincolnshire Community Foundation will make sure the money is used effectively in making that happen.’

The donation is made up of three Masonic grants of £25,000 each, from The Province of Lincolnshire, the Mark Benevolent Fund, and the Masonic Charitable Foundation. The latter two are national charities subscribed to by Freemasons all over the country, including those in Lincolnshire.

James Murphy, Joint CEO of the Lincolnshire Community Foundation, said: ‘There are lots of people for whom properties in Wainfleet are their “forever home”. We shall be doing what we can to return things to normal for this community. It’s when something like this happens that you find out how good a community is, and Wainfleet’s is particularly strong.

‘The Lincolnshire Community Foundation is working in partnership with the Recovery Coordinating Group to raise funds and support Wainfleet and the surrounding area. Money donated will help to relieve hardship, complete repairs, make good loss or damage, help to prevent the flooding happening again, and to improve the response in the event that it ever does. 100% of donations will be spent in and around Wainfleet.’

** CANCELLED ** – Caldene Lodge Social Evening

Unfortunately, this social event has had to be postponed.

The 2nd July meeting will go ahead, as a regular business meeting only. Anybody wishing to attend the meeting, and regular festive board, should book with the Lodge Secretary by 26th June.

Details of a rearranged social evening will be circulated in due course.

Last September I was fortunate to attend a concert featuring Sharon and John, the latter affectionately known as the Provincial Foot Stool, which was held at Greenhead Masonic Hall. John has endeared himself to his fellow Mark Masons with his enthusiasm and commitment, both of which were on display;  he and Sharon gave a varied programme lasting over two hours. 

All who attended were looking forward to the next offering, the opportunity is here, a Musical delight on Tuesday, 2nd July. I know that I have said this before but we are very fortunate in Mark Masonry to have quality entertainers in our midst who give their time and talent freely for good causes. You would have have had to pay much more, minimum £25 without food, were it a commercial venture.

The flyer for the event is attached from which you will see that a Buffet supper will be available, cost is very modest at £14 for Adults and £7 for children. It will be preceded by a Lodge meting but this will be of short duration, essential matters only, and casual dress is permitted but if you are to attend the Lodge meeting, regalia is required.

No one wants Sharon and John wondering if sufficient will turn up, so send your booking form in now, relax and look forward as I will, to an entertaining evening, albeit in far flung Bottoms.

To Book for this amazing event please use the form link below.

booking form no longer available, as the event has been postponed.

Worshipful Brother Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.

Communications Manager

What a lovely way to spend an evening, Thorne Lodge of R.A.M. No.1004

Well, nothing better than in the company of Fellow Mark Master Masons who are also members of the Ancient and Honourable Fraternity of Royal Ark Mariner. 

A message to those of you still to take this step, it is not a giant leap of faith as, first and foremost, it is only available to Mark Master Masons.  It is based upon the story, known to all, of Noah building the Ark for the preservation of mankind from the Great Flood; the ceremony is different, stimulating and rewarding, Most of you who have not taken this step will have seen the Rainbow Jewels and the Rainbow Collarets worn by Holders of Royal Ark Mariner Grand and Provincial Grand Rank; any one of them will be delighted to  answer any questions you may have. 

And so it came to pass at Thorne Masonic Hall on Thursday 23rd May 2019, that Brother Michael Richardson of Thorne Lodge of M.M.M. No.1004 took the step having had already concluded that this was for him.  The ballot proved positive he was admitted and Elevated by the Worshipful Commander, W.Bro.Alan Corbridge and his Team. This was  a team event in the truest form as, initially nerves were in evidence but this soon passed and all witnessed a ceremony of supreme quality. Throughout Bro.Michael was under the careful guidance of the Senior Deacon, Bro.John Brandon aided by the Junior Deacon Bro.Tony Ibbetson. The Signs and Secrets were delivered in imperious style by W.Bro.Andrew Close and, if that was not spellbinding enough, along came Brother, not a Past Master, Harry Richards to enunciate the Working Tools and explain the Triangular perambulation. These are complicated pieces of Ritual which I have seldom seen delivered better. This phase of the Ceremony was then concluded by W.Bro.Bob Corfield, P.Dep.P.G.M. maintaining the very high standards set by his colleagues, no surprise there.

Having been invested with the Badge and Jewel of a Royal Ark Mariner, Bro.Michael took his seat in the Lodge. A moment of light relief in the Almoners report given by W.Bro.John English, apparently W.Bro.Mick Ricketts had been under the weather recently which John immediately dismissed as ‘Old Age’.

The Festive Board was then well received which W.Bro.Bob Winterflood, the Worshipful Commander of the Carl Whitehead Lodge No.110, described as one of the best roast beef dinners he had ever enjoyed. The Toast to the Worshipful Commander was in the hands of the S.W., Bro.Martin Corfield who thanked Alan for his leadership of the Lodge since his Installation particularly for his steady hand on the tiller, responding W.Bro.Alan warmly thanked all who had taken part emphasising , it was a Team effort. The most important Toast of the evening, that to the candidate , was submitted by his Proposer, Bro. John Brandon who advised that Michael was involved in dealing with Adults who have learning difficulties, a most rewarding task but where patience is undoubtedly a virtue. He is a good ritualist and will prove an asset to the Lodge. Bro.Michael responded appropriately but made particular mention of the Warder, Worshipful Brother Malcom Boyle who had kept him entertained until his admission, there you are Brethren all the offices have their uses. 

Dates for your Diaries;

Grand Lodge of M.M.M. Communication 11th June. Acting and First Appointments Honours.

Charity, Annual Holiday at St Annes, June 23rd. To the 29th.

Sheffield Combined Lodges Meeting, Wednesday 24th July 

Finally, the evening began in sombre mood whilst W.Bro.Ian Smith spoke movingly about the death of Worshipful Brother Stuart Grantham who had died recently. Whilst he rose to become the Deputy Provincial Grand Master in the Craft Province of Yorkshire West Riding, he was also a very keen Mark Mason and Royal Ark Mariner who had attended the practice whilst battling his condition. Ian concluded by reminding all that if Stuart were present he would have said, have a dram and move on, a lovely Man and Freemason.

A day on the Calder Hebble Navigation, spent with St Chad Mark Lodge and friends.

A lovely day spent with the Safe Anchor Trust Ltd. on the Calder Hebble Navigation. The Cleeves and Whitehead Trust has supported this wonderful charity which provides trips for disabled adults and children, and those living with life’s disadvantages. The trust has three specially adapted narrow boats , which last year gave 7,000 adults and children, with all different sorts of needs, a trip on the water. Now that is some achievement!! 

Thank you St Chad for organising the trip and also for your ongoing support of the Safe Anchor Trust.

Also thanks to our Provincial Grand Chaplain Roger Quick for his musical entertainment, enjoyed by all even with Alex Steele singing along in the background.