The Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons

West Yorkshire

Fearnley Lodge invites Craft Masons to learn about the ‘Magic of the Mark’

Fearnley Lodge of Mark Master Masons No.58 which meets at Mirfield Lodge Rooms King Street Mirfield, WF14 8AW. will not be holding its usual meeting on the 12th February 2020.

Instead, the meeting will be held on the 4th March 2020 and will take the form of a presentation evening, when V.W.Bro. Rod Taylor will present his talk entitled “The Magic of the Mark” designed to give our colleagues in the Craft who are not Mark Master Masons an insight into the Order of Mark Master Masons.

To further enhance the meeting the Assistant Grand Master; R.W.Bro. Stephen Davison will be attending, as will the Provincial Grand Master; R.WBro. James Steggles.

If you are a Mark Master Mason who knows a Craft Mason who may be interested in hearing this presentation and perhaps is on the cusp of joining our wonderful Order at your own Lodge, why not bring him along to hear the presentation.
Simply book in with me using the email address DepProvGM@westyorksmark.org.uk or call 07803758700.

All Craft Masons attending will be treated to Fearnley’s legendary Steak Pie Festive Board Free of Charge.
However, to qualify for this free meal they must be Craft Masons who have not yet taken the Mark Degree.

All are welcome and I’m certain that the Brethren of Fearnley Mark Lodge, with our Assistant Grand Master and Provincial Grand Master, will offer you all a very warm welcome.

Sincerely and Fraternally,
W.Bro. Alan Oldfield
Deputy Provincial Grand Master

Climbing to the ‘roof of Africa’

W. Bro Steven Spooner Prov. G.M.O. of Brighouse Lodge of MMM No. 753 is about to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. The trek takes place between September 30th and October 8th. Kilimanjaro is the “roof of Africa”, the highest free-standing mountain in the world and is situated in Tanzania. 5,895 metres (19,650 ft).

It is a spectacular trek, culminating in an arduous climb to the summit, starting at midnight and arriving at the rim of the volcanic crater at dawn, followed by further climbing to the final summit. Then he’s got to get back!

W. Bro Steven has offered to donate his sponsorship to the West Yorkshire Mark Benevolent Fund Festival 2023. Sponsorship forms are available from your Charity Steward or Provincial Charity Rep or here on the Web site.

Please help W. Bro Steve make this a worthwhile event by sponsoring him. Why not ask your partners, family and friends to sponsor W. Bro Steven.

As gift aid can be reclaimed, please make cheques payable to the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust.

Let’s all wish W. Bro Steve a wonderful climb and support him in his endeavours.

Richard B. Puttrell
Deputy Provincial Grand Master
Festival Chairman

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Province becomes a Grand Patron of the Craft 2017 RMBI Festival

The Mark Province of West Yorkshire has been awarded Grand Patronage of the Yorkshire West Riding 2017 RMBI Festival, for donations it has made over the Festival period.

Donations of £13,000 have so far been made to the Craft Festival Appeal by our Charity, the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust, demonstrating the continued generosity of all Mark Masons in the Province to Charity and the close relationship the Mark has with the Craft.

The Patronage comes with the thanks of the Provincial Grand Master and Festival President, R.W.Bro. David S Pratt, and the covering letter from the Festival Chairman refers to it as a wonderful example of how the principals of Freemasonry extend and continue in the hearts of Brethren throughout the whole Masonic fraternity.    Long may that continue.

A copy of the Patronage Certificate is shown below.

Well done and best wishes to you all

Jim Steggles

Provincial Grand Master

 

RMBI Festival Certificate

The Cleeves & Whitehead Trust Holiday to Llandudno: Sunday 3-10th July 2016

What a joy it was to be accepted and to enjoy one week in North Wales, funded by The Cleeves and Whitehead Trust. My wife Sylvia and I were very pleased to have been included.

We all congregated opposite the Brighouse Masonic Hall, to board our coach to Llandudno. The baggage was taken care of, and it was lovely to see so many of our Rulers helping to organise in the crowd of well wishers, to wave farewell.

Our driver was Richard Sheppard, from National Coaches, and this new Portuguese built vehicle also had a toilet facility on board. He was also an excellent guide, offering some very interesting information wherever we travelled during our stay.

The central position of the hotel could not have been better, as it is situated on the promenade of Llandudno, within only a few minutes walk to the Pier. Breakfast was either a full English or Continental. The selection of food was generous, as we had three choices of each of the three courses to choose from for dinner each evening.

We were all briefed on the itinerary for the week, and asked to be in the dining room for 6 pm each evening for dinner.

My wife Sylvia and I chose a table, at which Mrs Kathleen French of Barnsley and also Mrs Jean Twinham from Harrogate, shared with us during all our meals for the week.

Our itinerary for the week was shown on the hotel notice board. This gave information on the three coach trips which had been arranged during our stay. These had been prepared by Phillip and Judith Mann, and we found out later that their daughter Sarah and her husband Justin were also in the party, to assist all the guests and ensure that everyone was cared for. Wonderfully organised !!

The entertainment in Llandudno centre was excellent, and the hotel were also presenting entertainment each evening, from 8 30 till late!

We all assembled at 6 pm for our first evening meal, and were delighted to find that RW Bro Jim Steggles and his wife, Joan, had joined the party for dinner that evening.

Everyone was given raffle tickets for a draw to be made later in the evening and, to our surprise, everyone received a small prize.

We had a free day on Monday to view the local sights and on the Tuesday morning we were picked up by coach at 10.15. We drove into Snowdonia, through the Llanberis Pass, and stopped at an excellent Slate Museum. We crossed over to have lunch on the Isle of Anglesey, in the village with the longest name in Britain, known as Lanfair PG. and shopped and viewed the local sights, before returning to our hotel for dinner

Following two free days to view the local sights, we embarked on another well organised trip on the Thursday to visit Betws-y-coed
When we arrived we had a snack lunch that had been arranged in a delightful little hotel on the edge of town. We wandered the streets, parks and shops all afternoon, and enjoyed the tumbling waterfall on the river, before returning to our hotel for dinner.

On the Friday morning we were away by 10 am to Blaenau Festiniog.
This was a lovely run through the Welsh countryside, but the visit to the Llechwedd, Slate Cavern was comparatively disappointing, as the planned ‘Slate Splitting Demonstration’ had been cancelled. We enjoyed lunch in a local café in the centre of the town and, on the way back to our hotel, we were driven along the coast road which eventually gave us a splendid view of the castle at Caernarfon.

After dinner that evening we were all asked to assemble in the lounge. Philip and Judith, ably assisted by Sarah and Justin, brought everyone a spirit of their choice to enable us all to toast Philip on his forthcoming 80th birthday! After running The Cleeves and Whitehead Masonic Holiday for 20 years they were stepping down to enjoy their retirement.

A Raffle had been organised with a large selection of prizes.

Interestingly we found that during the Second World War, London had been so heavily bombed that the organisation of the war effort was being affected by the loss of Civil Servants, their premises and their records. An urgent solution was found by transferring a huge number of them to Llandudno. It was far enough away from Germany, had no armament production so the enemy would not bomb the area, and it had sufficient accommodation to house the 10,000 Civil Servants.

The BBC were also faced with losing their facilities in the centre of London, and again they moved their studios to Llandudno to continue broadcasting their popular shows to the nation, in an attempt to support and keep up the spirits of the British people. So most of the major shows, including ‘ITMA’ with Tommy Handley, were all broadcast from the theatres in Llandudno throughout the war years!

Sadly Sunday came too soon and we climbed onto our coach, at 10.15 for our return to Brighouse, arriving back in time for lunch. What a wonderful holiday it has been for us all.

Thank you so much to The Cleeves and Whitehead Trust and Mark Masonry.

Noel & Sylvia Moroney

 

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