A Christmas Message from the Provincial Grand Master
To all Mark Master Masons and Royal Ark Mariners who access this web site over Christmas, I wish you and your loved ones a very merry Christmas and a happy, peaceful, but above all a healthy and very successful New Year.
2019 saw the Centenary of two of our Mark Lodges, Peace 681 and Halifax 706, and the Dedication of our first Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Banner.
It also saw a host of Social events, although we were all saddened by the sudden cancellation of our Christmas Ball due to a boiler failure at the hotel. It has been rearranged for 5th December next year, so I hope to see you there.
For the Festival, the Perimeter Perambulation raised an astonishing £9,000 and we enjoyed a multitude of Lodge and other Festival events. Thank you all for your tremendous efforts in support of our Festival so far, but please do get involved in organising more of those Lodge events. They will be critical to the eventual success of our Festival in 2023.
2020 will be even busier, with two Lodges celebrating 150 years; Integrity 110 in May and Copley 111 in September.
Lightcliffe 715 also celebrates its Centenary in July and Thorne R.A.M. its 50 years Jubilee in March.
We will also see the birth of the 45th Mark Lodge in the Province when our new Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge is consecrated on 2nd May. And please don’t forget the Provincial Meeting itself on 18th April next year.
We will also see our Recruitment and Retention efforts intensify in 2020, as our quest to safeguard the future of Mark Masonry in West Yorkshire continues apace. This is something in which we can all play an important part by embracing the ‘4 R’s Project’ in our Lodges.
The main Provincial Festival event next year will be the Masonic Cycle Challenge, 400 miles of gruelling cycling over some very interesting terrain. Not for the faint hearted, although you can join the cyclists just for a local section if you wish. You can sponsor the event by clicking on the MC2 link on the Home Page of this web site.
So thank you all for the tremendous support you have given to me and the Province this year. It really is appreciated.
I look forward to working very closely with you all once again in 2020, but in the meantime please take care of yourselves over Christmas and I extend my very best wishes to you and your families over the Festive Season.
God Bless you all – and Mark Well