The Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons

West Yorkshire

Almoners’ Lunch – 3 November 2014

Another successful Lunch was held at Tapton Hall, Sheffield on Monday, 3 November, when the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust were hosts to some 120 guests, accompanied by no less than 77 helpers consisting of Lodge Almoners, Charity Stewards and members of Lodges acting as chauffeurs.  In addition two coaches brought guests from the Leeds and Bradford areas.  We were particularly pleased to have a group of eight residents from Connaught Court together with three Carers.

 

Visitors from Connaught Court

Visitors from Connaught Court

The Almoners’ Lunches, two per annum held in the Spring and Autumn are so called as it is essentially the Almoners and Charity Stewards of the 44 Mark and 21 Royal Ark Mariner Lodges who invite the older members and widows of former members to attend these events, and organise transport for the invitees. These events, together with the annual holiday to Llandudno are the jewels in the crown of the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust. The welcome was given by W.Bro. Paul F Leach, the latest member of the “Magnificent Seven”, who expressed his delight at the support given to these functions.

The PGM with Lorna and Jim Truswell

The PGM with Lorna and Jim Truswell

On arrival the participants were provided with tea or coffee, and from then on the conversations never stopped. A delightful meal which was enjoyed by all, and included menus for those having special dietary requirements was prepared and served by the staff of Tapton Hall. At the end of the meal the Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother James Steggles announced that Very Worshipful Brother Michael J Littlewood, who had organised the lunches since 2002, was to hand over the responsibility of future events to Worshipful Brother Anthony B Hobson, a former member of the Charity Executive.  The famous “Clipboard”, which Michael has used over the past twelve years, was passed over to Tony to ensure that the success of the Lunches would continue into the future.

 

Michael hands over the Clipboard to Tony

Michael hands over the Clipboard to Tony

At three o’clock everyone departed on their homeward journeys, fully satisfied that the day had been another huge success.  We are thankful to report that on this occasion the two members of the St John Ambulance team, who continue to provide a free service to the Lunches, were themselves able to enjoy the day without being required to provide any of their expert services.

The next Lunch is to be held at the Cedar Court Hotel on Monday 13 April 2015.

The Almoners’ Lunch – November 2013

Over 180 Guests and Brethren gathered on Monday, 4 November at Tapton Hall, Sheffield, to enjoy a most convivial luncheon organised by the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust

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The occasion was enhanced by the knowledge that W. Bro. Tom Watson and his wife, Mary, celebrated their 62nd Wedding anniversary on the day, congratulations to you both.  These events are thoroughly enjoyed by those who attend as can be testified by the laughter, bubbling conversation and happy faces, witness the photographs herewith, which characterise the luncheons.

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They provide an opportunity to renew old friendships and form new, I cannot say more than to quote from a letter I have seen sent by one of the attendees which states as follows: ‘Thank you for the lunch at TaptonHall, it was so good to meet up with Llandudno friends and get up to date with all their news.  It was nice to dine with other people instead of always eating on your own’.  There is nothing to add to that testimonial of the worth of the Almoners’ Luncheons, which have long been a jewel in the crown of the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust.

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Finally a very big thank you to the many helpers who transported the guests to and from the venue, and particularly, V. W. Bro. Michael Littlewood for his continued excellent stewardship.  The spring luncheon will take place at the Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford, on Monday the 7 April, 2014.

W. Bro. Duncan Smith, P.G.S.D.

Almoners Lunch April 2012

The Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford was the venue for the recent Almoners’ Lunch at which a total of 143 guests were present, supported by 77 helpers, which included Almoners, Charity Stewards and other Mark Brethren and their wives, who had helped in transporting the guests to the event.

We were particularly pleased to have as guests a contingent of nine residents and two helpers from Connaught Court, who thoroughly enjoyed the day with us.

Another highlight of the day was the chance for those present to celebrate the 90th birthday of W. Bro. George A. Andrew, of Knaresborough Castle Lodge No. 768.

The Almoners’ Lunches are so called as it is essentially the Almoners’ and Charity Stewards of the 44 Mark and 21 Royal Ark Mariner Lodges who invite the older members and widows of former members to attend these events, and organize the transport for the invitees.

The lunches are sponsored by the Trustees of the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust, which is the West Yorkshire Mark Master Masons’ Charity.

The organizers of the Lunches are grateful for the regular attendance of members of the St John Ambulance, who make sure that help is available to any attendees who may require it.

The next two Lunches are at Tapton Hall, Sheffield on 5th November 2012, and at Cedar Court Hotel, Bradford on 8th April 2013.

Almoners Lunch Tapton Hall, Sheffield

The recent Almoners Lunch on the 2nd November, had a total of 238 diners of which 142 were guests and 96 were helpers.

In addition we had 3 helpers from the St. John Ambulance, who fortunately were not required to provide any of their service or assistance. A good time was had by all and provided us with a record attendance.