The Provincial Grand Master, R W Bro Jim Steggles was pleased to announce on the 7th December 2016 that our Mark Province of West Yorkshire will be participating in the MBF Charity Walk 2017. This to take place on 6th May 2017, every Mark Province having been invited to enter a team for this special event.
The MBF Mark Charity Walk follows the route of the “Princess of Wales Memorial Walk” covering seven miles through four of the Royal Parks of London. The MBF hopes to raise over £100,000 through the event, which will be applied to enhance the excellent work they already do.
On announcing that the Province would be fielding a team, the PGM said “this walk is a great opportunity for our Province to work hand in hand with the MBF. Coming as it does, early in our Festival period, it offers us a timely springboard for our Festival efforts.”
The West Yorkshire walking team consists of the PGM himself, our DPGM Richard Puttrell, John Vause, Bob Corfield, representing the South of the Province, Paul Clarke, representing our strong links with the Craft and Chris Oldfield who will be promoting the event online and encouraging Brethren to support the PGM and the Province.
Although a traditional sponsorship form will be made available by the Walking Team, support is mainly expected to be through the online giving portal. All donations can count towards the Province’s Festival efforts and personal MBF honorifics (collaret achievement) and attract gift aid where appropriate. These choices should be made on the Giving page, making sure you select ‘WEST YORKSHIRE’ from the Festival Allocation menu.
The Provincial Grand Master expressed his hope that Brethren would support the event through individual giving rather than holding Lodge events and pointed out that this is just one of many ways to support the Festival and Brethren should feel free to choose which ones suit them best.
Concluding his announcement, the PGM said “I hope the Brethren of our Province will embrace this opportunity and continue to prove that West Yorkshire Mark Masons are amongst the most generous in our Order.”