That feeling of having seen this before permeated the Temple, why?, because Worshipful Brother John Sealey was about to return to the Chair of the Lodge, four years after his firs visit. Hence the reminder of the note by W.Bro Kevin Lloyd at Prince Leopold Installation, the 3 R’s being a Reduced Obligation with a Reused WM and Recycled Jewels.
We had all received a very warm welcome upon arrival and that was evident throughout the evening. The Lodge was opened by the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Kevin Beaumont when a Report brought forth W.Bro. Charles Lindsay, Prov.A.G.D.C. who announced that Worshipful Brother Andrew Brown, the Personal Representative of the P.G.M was without and requested admission. No problem and he entered accompanied by W.Bro. Chris Oldfield, Elected member of the Charity Committee.
Time for the main event and W.Bro. John was presented by W.Bro. John Parker, D.C. who controlled proceedings throughout the evening with quiet authority and panache, exemplary performance, he has done it before though, many times. The Officers were thanked by Kevin for their support and the Brethren departed. The Installed Board was opened and W.Bro. John recited that part of his obligation as an Installed Master. He was invested with the Collar and Jewel and placed in the Chair by W.Bro. Kevin. The remaining procedural requirements fulfilled, the Installed Board was closed and the Brethren admitted and W.Bro.John proclaimed Worshipful Master for the ensuing year and W.Bro. Steve Turner then provided the explanation of the Working Tools. Finally W.Bro. John received the Keystone Collarette and Grand Patron Collarette from W.Bro. Kevin. Time for the Officers for the ensuing year to be appointed and Invested, a little confusion around who was the Master Overseer but W.Bro. Nic Rowland made the decision for them, sitting in the Senior Overseers chair The Addresses were then delivered in superb fashion as follows;
WM, W.Bro. Stephen Wood,
Wardens, W.Bro. John Millington,
Overseers, W.Bro. Andrew Johnson and
Brethren, W.Bro. Andrew Brown.
To use his own words, a painful proposition was then proposed by W.Bro. Ian Wilkinson that the Subscription be raise to £60, the Brethren reluctantly acceded. Better news to follow, W.Bro. Steven Turner presented the Past Masters Jewel to W.Bro. Kevin, thanking him for an excellent years work for the Lodge, including a candidate, that alone stands him out at the moment. Remaining Agenda items despatched, the Lodge was closed in due form. This was followed by a sumptuous Festive Board, a most welcome Leek and Potato soup together with Shepherds Pie with a hint of spice, delicious, a photo of the Cheese Board is seen here, a work of art.
The Toast to the Province was dealt with by the W.M. who praised the Provincial Officers for their knowledge, patience and helpful support, concluding that they were owed a debt of gratitude. This was acknowledged by W.Bro. Andrew in his response together with his congratulations upon an excellent Ceremony. He then emphasised the importance of all Lodges embracing the 4 R’s initiative which was key to our future prosperity, a similar imitative has begun to bear fruit in the Craft. A reminder was given in respect of some upcoming events as follows:
Remembrance Day Sunday Lunch, 10th November at Westbourne House, Otley.
Presentation of 50th Certificate to R.W.Bro.Brian Batty at Brighouse Lodge, 11th November,
Centenary meeting for Halifax Lodge of MMM. No.706. Wednesday 13th Nov.
Masquerade ball at the Mercure Hotel, Bingley on Saturday, 30th November, Overnight packages now sold out but Tables still available and finally,
The Annual Carol Service that will again be held at Brighouse Methodist Church on Sunday, 8h December.
W.Bro. Steven Turner proposed the Toast to the Charities with the comment that as he had only been appointed Charity Steward two hours earlier he would leave the detail to W.Bro. Chris Oldfield but he did give him a cheque for £350 for the Festival. In reply W.Bro.Chris thanked the Lodge for the donation which would speedily be on its way to the Festival Treasurer. The C & W continues to meet its obligations, an Almoners Lunch to take place at Tapton in November and the annual holiday has again been booked at St Annes. The MBF continues to fund, in the main , significant nationwide challenges such as the St John Ambulance fleet replacement. These funds essentially arise from the Festivals, as ours will in 2023. The next major event in our Province is the 2020 Masonic Cycle Challenge, full details are on the web site.
Finally he drew attention to a new arrangement whereby the C & W will have the use of the following three ladies supplied by the West Yorkshire Craft Province:
Sharon Mees CSO
Elaine Dunwell CSO
Claire Beaumont Advice and Support team
n.b. CSO stands for Community Service Officer.
They will supply assistance and support as we now have only one welfare Officer, Mrs.Liz Nowll. They work together as a team but visit initially alone; they have alarm systems with them at all time and have already taken on work on behalf of the CWT. They come highly recommended and despite their short time with us Paul has already received very positive feedback; the Trust are confident that this initiative will bear fruit for Mark members well into the future.
A most pleasant Mark Master Masons evening ended with a powerful rendering of ‘Happy have we met’, the Magic of the Mark at work again.
Worshipful Brother Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.