The Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons

West Yorkshire

MBF Charity Walk 2017

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.”

Kilimanjaro conquered by W.Bro. Steven Spooner Prov.G.M.O.

YES – ‘Spoons’ – Worshipful Brother Steven Spooner has done it!!!

Hands up all those who have been to the roof of Africa? No, I don’t mean the local take away. I mean the highest free-standing mountain in the world, standing at 5,850 metres, or 19,341 feet in old money.

Kilimanjaro Conquered

As can be seen in the photograph W. Bro. Steven, what a Star, is seen holding a West Yorkshire MBF Festival Banner, I would have thought he could have dressed for the event!! This was after having scaled the heights of Mount Kilimanjaro, located in Tanzania. Passing through, moorland, alpine forest, ice and snow with the ever present risk of Alpine sickness, this was an arduous journey. Due to acclimatisation, it took four or 5 days to reach the peak but apparently only a day or two to come down, this by a more direct route. Accordingly, he should be on his way home shortly.

If you have not already donated, or wish to increase that amount given, download the sponsorship form for you to send in with your cheque. A fantastic feat and one of which he can be truly proud; and Mark Master Masons of the Province of West Yorkshire truly thankful for he will have raised a phenomenal amount of money for the West Yorkshire Mark Benevolent Fund Festival.

Steven is a Past Master of Brighouse Mark Lodge No 753 and Peace Mark Lodge No 681. He is also currently our Provincial Grand Master Overseer.


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Newspaper coverage of flood relief pumps

In an article published on the 1st September 2016; The Harrogate Advertiser reports how the people of Tadcaster were left ‘indebted’ after one of the emergency flood pumps was called into action just 5 days after being presented to the town.

The two pumps were made possible by donations from West Riding Craft and Mark Master Masons.

The full article is available in The Harrogate Advertiser here

More information on the pumps here

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The pumps being presented to the community.


Tadcaster Emergency Flood Relief Pumps Already put to Good Use

One of the emergency flood relief pumps was called into action on Tuesday 23rd August 2016 to save the Tadcaster Albion’s Football Ground from flooding.

It appears that a storm drain was back filling from the river, the river levels rose over night, and one of the outflows non return valves malfunctioned and appears to have remained open slightly. The West Pump was deployed, and we managed to clear the area in an hour.

Thanks go once again to the Yorkshire West Riding Craft Masons and the West Yorkshire Mark Masons for supplying these Pumps.

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West pump in action


Climbing to the ‘roof of Africa’

W. Bro Steven Spooner Prov. G.M.O. of Brighouse Lodge of MMM No. 753 is about to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. The trek takes place between September 30th and October 8th. Kilimanjaro is the “roof of Africa”, the highest free-standing mountain in the world and is situated in Tanzania. 5,895 metres (19,650 ft).

It is a spectacular trek, culminating in an arduous climb to the summit, starting at midnight and arriving at the rim of the volcanic crater at dawn, followed by further climbing to the final summit. Then he’s got to get back!

W. Bro Steven has offered to donate his sponsorship to the West Yorkshire Mark Benevolent Fund Festival 2023. Sponsorship forms are available from your Charity Steward or Provincial Charity Rep or here on the Web site.

Please help W. Bro Steve make this a worthwhile event by sponsoring him. Why not ask your partners, family and friends to sponsor W. Bro Steven.

As gift aid can be reclaimed, please make cheques payable to the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust.

Let’s all wish W. Bro Steve a wonderful climb and support him in his endeavours.

Richard B. Puttrell
Deputy Provincial Grand Master
Festival Chairman

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