The Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons

West Yorkshire

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Caldene Lodge of M.M.M. No,501 – Installation September 24th 2019

Mark Master Masons from both sides of the Pennines assembled at the Masonic Hall, Bottoms to witness the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Warren Marsden install the Master Elect, and his good friend, Bro.John Fitzpatrick as W.M. for the ensuing year.

He began by easing us through the opening procedures in his own languid style, the atmosphere in the Lodge being most friendly, relaxed and welcoming. 

Upon a report, Prov.A.D.C.  Worshipful Brother John Grey was admitted and announced that the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro. Trevor Bolton, accompanied by Worshipful Brother Sam Cariss, Elected Member of the Charity Committee, was, without and demanded admission. Warren immediately acceded and they were admitted together with  an appropriate escort. Salutations were then firstly given under the direction of W.Bro.John to W.Bro.Trevor and W.Bro.Dr.Rod Taylor, also present, P.Prov.A.P.G.M.  who then passed the responsibility to W.Bro. Mick Jessop, the Lodge D.C. This created some amusement as W.Bro.Mick seemed intent upon promoting any one he called, perhaps he knows something we don’t but it was all completed in due form

Attention then turned to the Installation Ceremony and Warren, after W.Bro.Mick had presented the Master Elect posed the questions relevant to the Office which he had carefully written down on slips of paper some of which he flamboyantly discarded, much to the amusement of those present. Time for the Obligation thought Warren and brought Bro.John forward, a cry of halt by the D.C., Officers to be thanked, Brethren to be excluded and Installed board to be opened.  Order was  then restored and W.Bro.John  was duly obligated, received the Signs and Secrets and was placed in the Chair of the Lodge. Remaining detail completed, the Brethren were admitted, W.Bro.John proclaimed, he turned to the Appointment and Investiture of his Officers. No surprises and an. experienced squad going forward, this included W.Bro.Rod Dyer as Assistant Director of Ceremonies, Brethren could have been forgiven for thinking  that they were in Lilliput of Gulliver’s travel fame, both are somewhat vertically challenged but they set an example, which all would do well to follow, of energy, enthusiasm and commitment. 

The Addresses ere then presented as follows

Worshipful Master​​​ W.Bro. Mick Jessop,

Wardens​​​​ W.Bro.David Leach,

Overseers​​​ ​W.Bro.Richard Jessop and

Brethren​​​​ W.Bro. Trevor Bolton Asst.Prov.G.M.

all of which were sincerely and professionally presented.

W.Bro.David Leach then presented the Key Stone and Grand Patron Charity Collarets to W.Bro.John in excellent fashion, W.Bro.David is one of the best ritualists in the Province, a charming, quiet man.

The Festive Board beckoned and was eagerly consumed, Toasts then followed with that to the Province formally delivered by the S.W., W.Bro.Richard Jessop.  In his response W. Bro.Trevor congratulated W.Bro.John, who incidentally is affectionately known as the ‘Provincial Foot stool, a reference to his height, but who is now firmly on the throne as W.M. of his Lodge. Attention was then drawn to the Responsibilities of the Offices of Charity Steward and Almoner, one of which is to attend the A.G.M. and half yearly meetings of the Trust. At the last meeting, held at Pontefract on September 7th, fifteen Lodges were not represented, shocking, let us hope that this was the exception.

Notes for your Diaries;

Almoners Luncheon Monday, 4th Nov. at Tapton hall and Monday, 6th April 2020 Cedar Court, Ainley Top

Remembrance Day Sunday Lunch,  10th November at Westbourne House, Otley. 

Centenary meeting for Halifax Lodge of MMM. No.706. Wednesday 13th Nov.

Masquerade ball at the Mercure Hotel, Bingley on Saturday, 30th November, Overnight package selling out fast.

Annual Carol Service at Brighouse Methodist Church on Sunday, 8h December.

Annual Meeting 7th March 2020 at Otley.

The Toast to the Charities was sincerely presented by W.Bro.Ken Lambshead , the response from W.Bro.Sam who confirmed that the Trust is in good order and meeting the obligations set out in the Trust Deed.  In the past year £41k has been spent on worthy causes such as the Almoners Luncheons and the Annual Holiday to St Anne’s, A further £13 has been provided for personal assistance to Brethren in need, In addition arrangements have been made  with West Riding Masonic Charities for the Trust to use the good offices  of their Care and Support staff, at no cost, for the next year, This is excellent news and will provide much needed back up for our sole Welfare officer, Mrs Liz Nowell,

The remaining Toasts were quickly dealt with as time pressed and we all wended our respective ways home.

Smile, be happy, you are a Mark Master Mason

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

Communications Manager

Revel in the Music from the Sixties

Time for another joyous evening with John Whitworth and music that we all remember and love. There are two opportunities from which you can choose, both to be held at Pontefract Masonic Hall, on Saturday the 26th October and 2rdNovember.  Time 6.30 pm for 7 p.m. with Supper of Steak Pie, peas and potatoes included for a give away price of £14.50.

These Charity evenings are in  support of the West Yorkshire Mark Benevolent Fund Festival and continue the excellent charitable initiatives for which W. Bro. John has, been commended. Regular attendees are familiar with the excellent entertainment John provides and, of late, laced with humour. Come along not only to join in the singing but also a laugh or two.

Flyers are attached, choose your evening, complete the form, enclose payment and despatch as soon as possible. Numbers will be limited to 72 for each evening so get in quick so as not to be disappointed. Thoroughly recommended

To Download the form please click below.

W. Bro. Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.Communications Manager

Mark Master Masons donate £141,000 to Lifelites


The Mark Benevolent Fund is the official charity of The Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons, a registered charity that began in 1868 as an efficient way to donate money to the charities of the Mark Master Masons.

Lifelites donates assistive technology to over 10,000 life-limited and disabled children in hospices across the country, and this vital funding will support a brand new project being launched by the charity this year – the Tech Trunk.

The Tech Trunk is a solution for Hospice at Home services across the country that deliver palliative and respite care for children out in the community. The portable trunks enable hospice staff to take the Lifelites technology with them wherever they go, giving children the opportunity to have access to life-changing technology in their own home.

The trunks will include accessible, portable technology such as a Virtual Reality Headset, specialist iPads, games consoles and an Eyegaze, which enables children to use a computer just with the movement of their eyes. All of this technology gives these children the opportunity to play, be creative, control something for themselves and communicate, for as long as it is possible.

This funding will also help Lifelites to donate Interactive Entertainment Hubs, Mobile Magic Carpets, and other technology as well as vital training for children’s hospice staff on how to use it.

Simone Enefer-Doy, Chief Executive of Lifelites, said: ‘Our small team works tirelessly to raise the funds we so desperately need, and to have this unbelievably generous gift from the Mark Benevolent Fund is a complete game-changer for Lifelites.

‘It will help us provide technology to thousands of children across the country, children who don’t have the same opportunities that we do. Every moment is precious, and thanks to this donation we can help these children and their families make the most of every second.’

Darren Coleman-Heald, Charities Manager at the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons, said: ‘We are delighted to have joined forces with Lifelites in this all-important project that reaches deep in to the heart of your community giving enjoyment and stimulation to life-limited and disabled children.

‘Our 36,000 members will be pleased to know that their donations are being used wisely by helping those in need across the UK.’

A heartfelt Gift from the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust.

On Saturday 28th September I went along to the Burley and Wharfedale Scouts and Guides Headquarters , it’s not a hut, to hand over a Defibrillator donated by the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust, also to attend the official opening of the Headquarters itself.

The building cost £500.000 and the money was raised within 5 years with no large donations just weekly fund raising. The interior is superb and ideal for the purpose it was intended and accommodates three hundred and fifty children a week!   I was very impressed by the enthusiasm of the Scouts, Guides and parents and delighted to represent the Trust in presenting them with the Defibrillator  which they were genuinely pleased to receive.

W.Bro.Jim Stanley,

Chairman of Trustees,

Cleeves and Whitehead Trust.