The culmination of a year that the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. John Edward Ryder Davies can be proud of as Brethren gathered at Blenheim House on the 6thNovember. This was to witness him passing the reins to the Senior Warden, Bro. Martin Wallace in the presence of the Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. James Steggles G.M.R.A.C. who, after the opening procedures was, upon a report, admitted accompanied by W.Bro. Sam Carris, Elected member of the Charity Executive.
The main event followed with Bro. Martin presented by W.Bro. Gerald Wilde, the appropriate questions answered. W.Bro. John then thanked his Officers for all their support, also the visitors who had stepped in the breach when necessary, a nice thoughtful touch . Brethren then withdrew and W.Bro Martin was obligated in his own inimitable style by John. Signs and Secrets communicated, Badge and Collar endowed whereupon he was placed in the Chair of the Lodge and saluted appropriately.
Brethren then returned and W..Bro. Martin was proclaimed WPM. of the James Brimley Lodge No. 1905 for the ensuing year W. Bro Stephen Wood then provided an explanation of the Working Tools, excellent delivery. W. Bro. John then completed his task by, entrusting the Warrant of the Lodge to Martin’s safe keeping and delivered the Constitutions and Regulations together with the Bye laws. The Key Stone Jewel was then explained by W. Bro. Michael Minna, a delight to hear, and, finally, the R.P.M. passed the Grand Patron Collateral to his successor.
Addresses were then delivered, all in impressive style as follows;
Worshipful Master,W.Bro. Stepehen Wood,
Wardens,W.Bro. John Davis,
Overseers, W.Bro. Paul Cooke and
Brethren, R.W.Bro. James Steggles.
W.Bro. Michael Taylor then had the pleasure of presenting the Past Masters Jewel to W.Bro. John stressing that John had done himself and the Lodge proud by taking on the duty at eighty eight years of age, and was an example to all.. The remaining agenda items dealt with , the Lodge was closed.
After a most welcome Lunch, the Toast to the PGM was submitted by W.Bro. Martin who expressed pleasure that R.W.Bro Jim had found the time , in a very bust diary, to be with them. He recalled that the last time was the dedication of the Lodge Banner. Responding R.W.Bro. Jim remembered the Consecration of the Lodge, the first W.M. being R.W.Bro. Philip Birch. It had ben anticipated that members would come from existing Loges but the majority are new members to the Mark Degree We are now moving forward with the 4 R’s initiative and it is vital that all Brethren seize this opportunity to ensure the future prosperity of the Order. The following reminders were then given, please note;
Masquerade ball at the Mercure Hotel, Bingley on Saturday, 30th November, now cancelled, due to a problem at the venue
Annual Carol Service that will again be held at Brighouse Methodist Church on Sunday, 8h December.
The Toast to the Charities was then provided by W. Bro . John Davis who emphasised that we are fortunate to have our own Charity, the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust, unique throughout the country. Responding, W,Bro. Sam confirmed that the Trust is meeting its obligations one hundred and eighty Brethren and dependants at the last almoners Lunch. Additionally, during the last year a total of fifty four thousand pounds has been spent on Brethren and worthy causes. It is also important to note that all our Lodges must pull together and help each other to attain Grand Patron Gold Award which will ensure that the Province qualifies, keep up the good work.
Finally a word of thanks to two Masters in the Chair who took notice of the entreaties of the Provincial Grand Master and met their responsibilities of visiting other Lodges and representing their own Lodge in the process. W.Bro. John Pringle. Legioleum Lodge and W.Bro. John Fitzpatrick, Caldene Lodge, thank you to both., others take note
Smile, be happy, you are a Mark Master Mason
Worshipful Brother Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.