The Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons

West Yorkshire

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


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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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Dewsbury Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 641 Celebrates its Centenary

Monday 18th March 2013 was the day when Dewsbury Mark Lodge celebrated its centenary at the Masonic Temple, Halifax Road, Dewsbury. The Consecration of the Lodge took place at the Masonic Lodge, Longcauseway, Dewsbury on 29th January 1913, although the Lodge had met by dispensation from Mark Grand Lodge as a regular Lodge prior to the Consecration for the purpose of advancing duly qualified Brethren on 27th November 1912.

Some 74 members and guests attended the meeting, which happened to be the same number as attended the Consecration meeting in 1913. Among the honoured guests attending were the R.W. Assistant Grand Master H. Keith Emmerson, the Deputy Grand Secretary, W.Bro. Lt.Cdr. Angus P.D. Hannagan and V.W.Bro. Paul P. Paterson, P.G.J.O., acting as the Grand Director of Ceremonies. In addition the Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. James Steggles, accompanied by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, V.W.Bro. Robert Corfield, P.G.J.O., and the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro. John Fred Clough, P.G.J.D., together with R.W. Bro. Brian Morris Batty, P.P.G.M. and R.W.Bro. Brian Emmett, P.G.J.W., along with twelve Acting Officers of the Province were also in attendance.

The Lodge was opened at 4.30 p.m. by the Worshipful Master, W.Bro, Michael John Littlewood, P.G.J.D., following which the Provincial Grand Master entered and was offered the gavel, which he took and he occupied the Chair. The Assistant Grand Master, R.W. Bro. H. Keith Emmerson, then entered and he was offered the gavel by R.W.Bro. James Steggles, which he took and he occupied the Chair.

The Deputy Grand Secretary read the Centenary Warrant, after which it was presented by the R.W. Assistant Grand Master to the Worshipful Master. Members of the Lodge were then presented with Centenary Jewels by the Assistant Grand Master.

The Chair was then offered back to the Worshipful Master. The Provincial Grand Chaplain, V.W.Bro. Edward K. Patnick gave a most memorable Oration, for which sincere and grateful thanks were given by the Worshipful Master.

After hearing extracts for the Consecration Minutes, read by the Lodge Secretary, Bro. John R. Davis, and a brief synopsis of the history of the Lodge by the Worshipful Master, W.Bro J. Alan Winder, P.P.G.S.W, Almoner of the Lodge, presented a cheque from the Lodge in support of the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust.

After the retirement of the honoured guests, the Lodge was closed in peace and harmony at 6.30 p.m.

At the Festive Board, an excellent meal was enjoyed by all. A special Table Mat had been produced by the Lodge with the individuals name on the front of each. On the reverse were listed the names of all Masters, Secretaries, Treasurers and Directors of Ceremonies since the Consecration in 1913. There is no doubt that the members and guests of the Lodge will remember the splendid evening for a long time to come.