Updated Guidance during the ongoing Coronavirus Disruption

16th March 2020

The following documents are guidance from the Province on when/how meetings can be Postponed

Older Updates: –

13th March 2020

The following documents have been circulated as a joint statement by the Mark and Craft Provincial Offices.

Season’s Greetings from the Provincial Grand Master

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

Jim Steggles

Groups of the Sixties Concert – 30th March & 27th April

Many of you are aware that Worshipful Brother John Whitworth holds a concerts at the Masonic hall, Pontefract where he provides excellent  entertainment for the giveaway price of £14.50, including supper. Herewith is a flyer to cover the next two Concerts featuring Groups from the Sixties, need I say more. For most of us this is the era we treasure and I have no doubt that it will be a resounding success..John has undertaken numerous charitable functions, for the West Yorkshire Mark Benevolent Fund and, undoubtedly this will not disappoint- BOOK YOUR SEAT NOW..


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Marking Well Newsletter – Issue No 14, October 2020

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Brother, Beyond the Craft Podcast, Royal Ark Mariners.

In episode 7 of the series, Neil, Taz, Jack and Josh are joined by W. Bro. Matthew Christmas to discuss the Royal Ark Mariners!

We talk through the story of the order, a little more about the regalia and Matt takes on the BBTC Elevator Pitch Challenge, and attempts to convince you to join the RAM in as close to 30 seconds as possible!

Brother, Beyond The Craft Podcast. Mark

‘Brother, Beyind The Craft’ have released a series of podcasts covering the various orders adminisered from Mark Masons Hall.
Episode 8 is about the Mark Master Masons.

This is an interesting watch.
Following an informal introduction, the podcast consists mainly of a very informative interview with VW.Bro. Bill Divall, the Deputy President of the Mark General Board and also Deputy President of the G.M.R.A.C.

Please be aware, the video is over 50 minutes long, you may want to get comfortable.

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Major MBF Grant to the West Yorkshire Scout Group

A major grant of £74,500 has been awarded to the West Yorkshire Scout Group by the Mark Benevolent Fund. The Grant will fund the building of a brand new storage facility at the Bradley Wood County Scout Campsite & Activity Centre in Brighouse. 

Scouting mirrors the aims of Freemasonry in so many ways, so it’s good to see the MBF supporting them at this challenging time.

The Mark Benevolent Fund made grants in excess of £200,000 to charitable projects in West Yorkshire last year, including major grants for an Ambulance Support Vehicle for St John Ambulance Yorkshire, a Rapid Response Vehicle for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, a new Mini Bus for Martin House Hospice and the refurbishment of a Barge for Safe Anchor Trust. It also supported several Hospices in the Province and the flood victims of South Yorkshire earlier in the year.

Our MBF Festival in 2023 and the support it receives from our own charity, the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust, will help the Mark Benevolent Fund continue the excellent work it does in our communities.

It’s good to have some good news in these difficult times, but those same times have severely restricted income to both the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust and the Festival. So please review what you give to the Trust by Standing Order and continue to support the Festival in any way you can. It will be very much appreciated and will help the good work our Mark charities do to continue.

Your money, your Province, your support, your success

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