Congratulations to our Brethren whose Grand rank status is confirmed today.

Tuesday, 8th September when a goodly number of Brethren from the West Yorkshire Province would have been at Grand Mark lodge in London to witness  honours bestowed upon the following Brethren which become effective today.  The original article was placed upon the web some months ago but for those who, for whatever reason,  did not pick up on the message, I have repeated it in full, see below.

Alan Oldfield
Past Grand Junior Overseer

W.Bro. Alan Oldfield was advanced into Mirfield Craft Lodge no 1102 on 13th March 1992. He became a Mark Mason on the 8thFebruary 1995 when he was advanced into Fearnley Mark Lodge no 58.  Alan’s first Provincial appointment in 2004 was as Provincial Grand Treasurer. Appointed in 2006 as Provincial Assistant Grand Secretary. Then in 2007 he was appointed as Provincial Deputy Grand Secretary and promoted to the rank of Past Provincial Grand Junior Warden. In 2009 he received his first appointment to Grand Lodge as Grand Steward. In 2010 he was appointed Provincial Grand Secretary. Then in 2012 he received promotion in Grand Lodge to Past Grand Junior Deacon. Alan carried out his duties as Provincial Grand Secretary until 2017 when he was appointed as Deputy Provincial Grand Master, the following year 2018 he was promoted in Grand Lodge to the rank of Past Grand Senior Deacon. In September 2020 he will be promoted in Grand Lodge to the rank of Past Grand Junior Overseer and at that time become Very Worshipful Brother Alan Oldfield.

John Maxwell
Grand Senior Deacon

John is proud to be a member of two Mark (Nos. 768 and 1139), and two R.A.M. (Nos. 768 and 110) Lodges.  John produces the Provincial Year Book and until recently was a Provincial Charity Representative.  John was Provincial Junior Warden in 2012 and appointed to Grand Lodge in 2015.  Professionally, John worked in the power industry as a qualified materials scientist, then as a manager in business planning.  After retirement he worked part-time as a Clinical Governance assessor in the NHS.  John has been married to Fiona for 47 years.  Enjoyment includes the obvious, voluntary work, trying to keep fit, (yes, really!), caravanning and village life.

Andrew Wright
Past Grand Junior Deacon

Andrew was Initiated into Chevin Lodge No.6848 in May 1993, being Raised in January 1994.  Andrew was Advanced into Wharfedale Mark No.1027 in April 1997, becoming Master in 2000.  Andrew’s first Provincial appointment in 2004 was as Provincial Grand Sword Bearer, with promotion to P.Prov.G.J.W. in 2011.  Andrew served as a Trustee of the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust between 2010 and 2019, serving as Chairman of Trustees from 2015 to 2018.

A further honour was to serve the Province as Senior Grand Warden in 2015, following which he was Provincial Grand Charity Steward from 2016 until 2019.

First Appointment in Grand Lodge was as Grand Steward in 2017.

Outside Mark, Andrew was the Craft Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 2014/15 and in 2016 he was appointed to Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in Grand Lodge.  Andrew was Installed as an Assistant Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Yorkshire West Riding in January 2019 with responsibility for Area 3 and was subsequently promoted to Past Senior Grand Deacon.  In Royal Arch, after serving a year as Provincial Grand Steward, Andrew was promoted to Past Provincial Deputy Grand Registrar in November 2019.

Amongst Andrew’s interests outside of Freemasonry are Cooking, Caravanning and Cars, not necessarily in that order!  He is married to Susan, they have three grown up children and recently became Grandparents for the first time.

John Vause
Past Grand Junior Overseer

John was Initiated into Harrogate and Claro Lodge No.1001 in November 1981 as a 21 year old Lewis, becoming Master in 1990.  John was Lodge DC for 6 years, ProvAGDC for two years and ProvDepGDC for three years, being promoted to PPJGW in 2005.  John is currently a Provincial Liaison Officer.

John was Advanced into Haywra No.525 in March 1983, becoming Master in 1988.  John was appointed as Prov.G.Reg. in 1993, Prov.A.G.D.C. 1999-2004, Prov.D.G.D.C. 2010-2014 and as Prov.G.D.C. between 2014- 2020.  In 2010 John was appointed in Grand Lodge as P.A.G.D.C., becoming acting Deputy Grand D.C. between 2015- 2018, a role in which he is still active.

John was Exalted into the Royal Arch in 1991, becoming 1st Principal 2004.  John was his Chapter DC for 5 years being appointed to PPGSoj in 2010 and PPGSN in 2015.

John joined Abbey RAM No.768 in 1995 and was a Founder of Claro RAM No.525 in 1997, becoming their Commander in 2000. Prov.R.A.M.G.R. followed in 2008 and John became the DC of Carl Whitehead RAM No.110 between 2010 and 2015, gaining R.A.M.G.R. in 2017.John joined K.T in 2019.

John married his wife Julie in 1991 and his son Max is 22 and a trainee Chartered Surveyor. John's hobbies are old cars, motor racing and rugby, which he played for 41 seasons between the age of 11 and 52.

John is a Freeman of the City of York.

Regrettably we are  unable to congratulate any of them in person with an appropriate hand shake.; that also applied to all who received Provincial Grand Lodge Honours on the 18th April. Can I suggest, therefore, that all Lodges where Brethren have received distinction make a note so that, when we reconvene, notice is given in Lodges when appropriate recognition can follow. 

Finally I am sure that it will not escape your attention that both W,Bro. Alan Oldfield and W.Bro. John Vause will henceforth be addressed as Very Worshipful Brother, a significant accolade.

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

Communications Manager