The Installation took place at Greenhead Masonic hall on Thursday, 21st November 2019 when the Senior warden, Brother Argthur Wainwright was placed in the Chair by W.Bro. Graham Daniel, the last two W.M’s being of the recycled variety.
W.Bro. Graham opened the Lodge in due from, the minutes were approved and, upon a report, the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies was admitted and informed W.Bro Graham that the Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. James Steggles G.M.R.A.C. wished to join the party which was immediately granted. He entered accompanied by W.Bro. Chris Oldfield, Elected member of the Charity Committee and an appropriate escort. The gavel was duly offered but whilst the P.G.M. was delighted to be present he was not sufficiently delighted to take the Ceremony.
Bro. Wainwright was presented by W.Bro Alan Jones, the Installing Master then obligated his successor, explained the Signs and Secrets, invested him with the Collar and Badge of his Office and placed him in the Chair of Adoniram. W.Bro. Walter Pell explained and presented the Keystone Collarette followed by W.Bro. Tom Jenkins with the meaning of the Working Tools, in both cases not a ritual book in sight. At one point apparently a butterfly landed on W.Bro. Arthur which was captured by W.Bro. Steven Spooner who had the presence to show it the door, perhaps not such a good idea as it was quite warm in the building and close to freezing outside.; well poor butterfly what will be will be!
The appointment and Investiture of the Officers for the Ensuing year then took place, no surprises but? It should be noted that W.Bro. Graham having stepped into the breach a year ago gave the Lodge some scope to see Brethren on the ladder giving W.Bro. Arthur his opportunity after only three years as a Member. There surely will be repetition in 2020 as the Inner Guard, Bro. Steven Lester made the monumental leap to Senior Warden. I intend to be back at Truth in a years time, join me. The Addresses then followed, that to the WM by W.Bro. Richard Brooke, Wardens, W.Bro. Walter Pell Overseers, W.Bro. Richard Brooke, you cannot keep good men down. and the Brethren by the PGM, all in superb fashion. A cheque was handed over to W.Bro. Chris Oldfield by the Charity Steward, W.Bro. Philip Dunn who proudly proclaimed that it ensured that Truth Lodge had now qualified as a Grand Patron Gold Award Lodge, well done. The Provincial qualification draws ever nearer.
The remaining items on the Summons were dealt with including the Almoners Report. This was presented by W.Bro. George Foster who commented that the WM had earlier mentioned two words that very rarely go together, Foster and Brevity and then went on to prove the point On a serious note, George is one of the most capable and committed Almoners in the Province. It is a key role which truly reflects our Principles.
The Festive Board eagerly devoured, W.Bro. Andrew Taylor submitted the Toast to the PGM, a man who sets an example to all and who seems to get everywhere in the Province,. Thanking him for his kind words, R.W.Bro. Jim said that it was in 2016 when he was last at Truth and presented W.Bro. Arthur with his Grand Lodge Certificate! A reminder that the 4 R’s initiative is now launched covering the four areas of Recruitment, Renewal, Retrieval and Reinvigoration. Lodge Secretaries have all the detail and it is imperative that a Lodge Coordinator is appointed to manage the process. This is vital to the future success of our Order, ‘The Magic of the Mark’.He also reported that a number of MBF Grants have been made which affect our Province. This month a donation will be made to the Forget-me-not Children’s Hospice in Huddersﬁeld, a rapid response vehicle is planned for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, a donation to Kirkwood Hospice in Huddersﬁeld for 20 special syringe drivers together with a new mini bus for Martin House Hospice and the refurbishment of a canal barge for the Mirﬁeld Charity Safe Anchor Trust. A total amount donated into our community by the MBF this year of over £180,000. We should all feel extremely proud to be Mark Master Masons.
Appropriately this was followed by the Toast to the Charities, eloquently put by W.Bro. Philip emphasising that, in West Yorkshire, we are the envy of all with our dedicated Charity, the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust, the Jewel in our Crown. Responding, W.Bro. Chris confirmed all remains in order with the C & W, Almoners Luncheons confirmed for next year and the holiday at St Annes, June 14th to 20th2020. Both are very highly valued by Brethren and Dependants,. The major Fund raising initiative in 2020 will being the Mark Masonic Cycle Challenge 2020. Full details are on the web site. Perhaps give thought to supporting particular riders those, if any, from your own Lodge. Another date for your diary, the Sesquicentenary of the Province in 2021, The meeting will be held on Saturday the 7th of August, one not to miss.
Smile and be happy, you are Mark Master Masons
Worshipful Brother Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.