The 250 Club bi-annual draw took place on Saturday 7th October at the Carl Whitehead Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners at Tapton Hall. Interestingly it appears, by a dint of good fortune, to have been well distributed around the Province with 12 prizes totalling £1400.
Three first prizes of £250 were drawn in the name of Worshipful Brother David Kelly of Caldene Lodge No. 501 who is recovering from a heart attack and it will hopefully give him the enthusiasm to spend it when he gets back to full heath. The other two were given to Worshipful Brother Alan Hopwood of Prince Leopold No.352 and Worshipful Brother Garry Milnes of Prince Edward No.14.
Dartmouth Lodge No. 545 won £100 and is the FIRST Lodge to win under the new rules whereby a Lodge can become a 250 Club participant; Worshipful Brother Gerry Barker of St. Chad No.374!! also was a lucky recipient of £100. Peace RAM Lodge No. 681will, apparently, be joining at their next meeting in January and the Huddersfield and Halifax Installed Masters’ Association have also purchased 250 Club numbers. Additionally, the 250 Club has begun to gain interest from Brethren’s Ladies and they have currently eight Ladies who have purchased numbers.
The Chairman of the 250 Club, Worshipful Brother Keith Robinson has been seen around the Province talking about the opportunities now available across a number of avenues; this is the only one that I am aware of that provides a chance to enjoy financial benefit at the same time. In line with the old adage that it normally goes to the biggest pile, this should appeal to the more pecunious Brethren.
Best of luck, it does go to a good cause.
Worshipful Brother Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.
The latest draw was held at the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge, April 22nd at Bradford. The next , there are two per year, will take place at the meeting of the Carl Whitehead Lodge of Royal Ark Mariner No. 110, which hosts the Annual Assembly of the Provincial Grand Royal Ark Mariners, at Tapton Hall, Saturday 14th October.
A number of the ‘Lucky People’ were present on the day to receive their good fortune in hand; the remainder had their cheques posted to them by the Club’s Coordinator. There were 3 main prizes, of £250 each and these were gratefully received, and of course will be faithfully applied, by Worshipful Brothers Robert Boyd, Haywra No. 525, Richard Bleasedale , White Rose No. 1067 and David Russell, Bronte No. 535. In addition there were 4 prizes of £100 and 5 of £50, a total Prize Fund of £1400. The same amount goes to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of West Yorkshire. The basis of the Fund is 50% to prize Fund and 50% to Province.
Tickets cost £10 each entitling the bearer to enter both draws, the total available per annum at present being £5600, indicating 560 tickets but less than 300 Mark Master Masons. This reflects only 27% of the Brethren being involved, a similar percentage to those who contribute by standing order to the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust, yes Brethren, likely to be that same people. Therefore, to those of you who are now considering the possibility of buying some tickets, reflect upon what you might win but, more importantly, the financial help you will bring to YOUR Province and, ultimately Charity, it is a no brainer.
The Fund was originally established to purchase the Anniversary Button, thereafter the refurbishment of Provincial furnishing and regalia, the Provincial Sword and Banner having been restored. The focus has now changed to the Sesquicentennial Celebrations in 2021 and thereafter to the 2023 Festival Committee formed under the Chairmanship of the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Worshipful Brother Richard Boswell Puttrell.
Finally, a salutary story from the Lodge of Eland , No. 493 whose last meeting was held on Tuesday, 25th April. Present was Worshipful Brother Keith Robinson, Chairman of the 250 Club and Secretary of the Lodge. Whilst addressing the Brethren regarding the Fund, he advised of the winners from the last draw which included one lucky Mark Mason who collected 2, yes TWO, prizes of £100. Who was this you may ask, none other than one of our Past Provincial Grand Masters, Right Worshipful Brother Brian Morris Batty. Upon being congratulated for his good fortune, R. W. Bro. Brian commented that this only reduced his losses!!; which were then increased as it was his birthday and he bought all present the first drink at the bar. Many thanks R. W Bro. Brian, continued success in the autumn draw.
Worshipful Brother Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.
Two draws are held each year, one at the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge in April at Bradford, and one at the meeting of the Carl Whitehead Lodge of Royal Ark Mariner No. 110 which hosts the Annual Assembly of the Provincial Grand Royal Ark Mariner at Tapton Hall. The Spring Draw was undertaken on 11 April at Bradford Grammar School before the Annual General meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge. A number of the ‘Lucky People’ were present on the day to receive their good fortune in hand; the remainder had their cheques posted to them by the Club’s Co-ordinator.
The 3 main prizes, of £250 each, were joyfully received by W.Bro. Lance Milburn, W.Bro. Bob Baker and W.Bro. George Crofts, congratulations to you all. Sadly none of the Brethren were either present or available for a photo shoot, but W.Bros Colin Bullock and Geoff Wilson were.
At this draw, £1,250 was distributed in prize money with the same amount going to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of West Yorkshire. Three prizes of £250, 3 of £100 and 4 of £50, Total £1,250. The amount paid out is intended to be 50% of the contributions and can, therefore, vary. I am advised that, at the present moment of time, there are approximately 435 numbers issued to 325 Brethren but there are more applications in the pipeline.
Meanwhile, the 250 Club has achieved its initial objective which was to purchase the Anniversary Button, they have now moved on to the refurbishment of Provincial furnishing and regalia, the Provincial Sword has already been restored and, I understand, the refurbished Banner should be delivered shortly. There are some smaller items of Provincial Regalia also requiring attention and the Mark 250 Club Committee thank all those who are presently supporting them.
The focus will change to the Sesquicentennial Celebrations in 2021 and thereafter to the 2023 Festival – where a Committee has already been formed under the Chairmanship of the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro. Richard Boswell Puttrell. Can I encourage all Brethren; if you already have tickets, perhaps you could afford another one or two? Currently there are only 21% of Mark Master Masons in the Province who support the 250 Club, which bearing in mind that we are members of an organisation that prides itself on charitable objects is not really good enough. If you agree and are not involved at the present time, please consider a couple of tickets, only £20 per annum and a chance to win much more, I leave it with you.
As always, be happy and enjoy your Mark Masonry.
W.Bro. D. Smith P.G.S.D., P.Prov.G.J.W.
Purely as a reminder, the Mark 250 Club Committee consists of Chairman, W Bro L J Hendry, Co-ordinator, W Bro P Oldfield and 4 Representatives, one for each Area. W Bro K Harmer for Leeds & District, W Bro R J Murtagh for Huddersfield & Halifax, W Bro R J Stone for Bradford & District and W Bro J Bulliman for South Yorkshire. Each of the Reps has formed teams of Representatives for each Lodge in their area in an effort to cover the whole Province.
There are two draws each year, one at the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge in April at Bradford. and one at the meeting of the Carl Whitehead Lodge of Royal Ark Mariner No. 110 which hosts the Annual Assembly of the Provincial Grand Royal Ark Mariner at Tapton Hall. The Autumn Draw was undertaken on 11 October at Tapton Hall, when 10 lucky recipients were to receive their prizes on the day but as only 4 were in attendance, the remaining 6 were posted to them by the Club’s Co-ordinator. At this draw, £1,250 was distributed in prize money with the same amount going to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of West Yorkshire. Three prizes of £250, 3 of £100 and 4 of £50, Total £1,250 but bear in mind that the amount paid out is 50% of the contributions and can, therefore, vary.
The 250 Club has achieved its initial aim which was to purchase the Anniversary Button, they have now moved on to the refurbishment of Provincial furnishing and regalia, the Provincial Sword has already been restored and work has begun on the Banner. One of the winners, as is evident from the attached photo, was the Chairman, W. Bro. John Hendry. This gave rise to questions as to whether the Serious Fraud Office should be asked to investigate but I am assured that the Treasurer, W. Bro. Philip Oldfield and an Overseer were present, the latter, someone by the name of Right Worshipful Brother James Steggles all perfectly in order methinks, OK we will leave it at that then!!
There is still much to do and the Club and its Committee thank all those who are supporting them and hope many others will join us as they forge ahead in supporting the Sesquicentenary Anniversary celebrations of the Province in 2020/21. In respect of participation, I did comment in April that only 280 individual Brethren out of a membership of 1300 approx were members. I am now told that due to some not being renewed that has now reduced to 255. Can I ask that you again, give this a moment’s thought, if every Brother had 1 ticket , total income £13000, prize fund £6500, residual £6500 the latter would possibly be available to defer Provincial costs and therefore mitigate future rises in Provincial dues, thereby relieving pressure on individual Lodge dues!!, ultimately your own pocket and you may win something along the way.
As always, be happy and enjoy your Mark Masonry.