The Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons

West Yorkshire

Annual Investiture of Mark Grand Lodge – 13 June 2017

The annual investiture meeting of Mark Grand Lodge is taking place at Freemasons Hall, Great Queen Street, London, on Tuesday 13th June 2017.
Many West Yorkshire Brethren have already made plans to attend. and support those receiving Grand rank, or promotions.

Links to the Meeting summons, and the Connaught Rooms dining form are below.




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2017 Grand Rank recipients from West Yorkshire: –

Active Rank Appointments:

W Bro. Andrew Wright to Grand Steward
W Bro John Vause re-appointed to Deputy Grand D.C.

Past Rank Appointments:

W Bro Paul Clarke to P.A.G.D.C.
W Bro Alex Steele to P.A.G.D.C.
W Bro Alan Crusher to P.A.G.Swd.B.
W Bro Lawrie Wroe to P.G.St.B.

Past Rank Promotions:

W Bro Richard Puttrell to P.G.J.O.
W Bro Tony Parker to P.G.J.O.
W Bro. John English to P.G.S.D.
W Bro Godfrey Bedford to P.G.J.D.
W Bro Mike Ricketts to P.G.J.D.

Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons Investiture Meeting 7 June 2016

A large contingent of West Yorkshire Mark Master Masons spent a most enjoyable day at Grand Lodge for the Investiture meeting which was rather more special than normal.

In attendance were:

The Most Worshipful Grand Master, His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent,

The Most Worshipful Pro Grand Master, Richard Victor Wallis, JP,

The Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master, H. Keith Emmerson and

The Right Worshipful Assistant Grand Master, Raymond John Smith

After the usual opening formalities, attention turned to the substantive items where it was announced that amongst those named to the General Board of the Grand Lodge of Mark master Masons was our own Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother James Steggles  G,M,R.A.C, a delight to all of the West Yorkshire contingent.

Thoughts then turned to the main agenda items:

  • Proclaim Most Worshipful Brother, His Royal Highness Prince Michael; of Kent, GCVO as Grand Master and he was saluted accordingly.
  • Appoint and Proclaim Most Worshipful Brother Richard Victor Wallis, JP as Pro Grand Master, with appropriate salutations.
  • Appoint, obligate, invest and install Right Worshipful Brother Raymond John Smith as Deputy Grand Master, with appropriate salutations and finally,
  • Appoint, obligate, invest and install Right Worshipful Brother John Herbert Prizeman as Assistant Grand master with appropriate salutations.

The appointment and investiture of the Grand officers for the year 2016/2017 then proceeded and included the following Brethren from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons, West Yorkshire:

First Appointment to Acting Rank

Bro. James Stanley, G. Stwd, Gothic Lodge No.1018

First Appointment to Past Rank

Bro. James Ian Reynolds P.A.G.D.C., Escafeld Lodge No.1139
Bro. Graham Anthony Cooper P.A.G.D.C, Bronte Lodge No. 535.
Bro. Alan David Hines P.A.G.Swd.B., Dartmouth Lodge no.545
Bro. Graham Fisher P.G.St.B., Pudsey Lodge No. 658.

Promotions to Past Rank

Bro. Philip Raymond Mann to P.G.J.O., Pontefract Lodge No.878.
Bro. John Robert Parker to P. G.S.D., Lightcliffe Lodge No. 715.
Bro. Gerald John Anthony Graham Barker to P.G.S.D., St Chad Lodge No. 374.
Bro. Jack Acton to P.G.J.D., St Hiev Lodge No. 1079.
Bro. Philip Keats Taylor to P.G.J.D., Castle Lodge No. 1257.
Bro. Philip Oldfield to P.G.J.D., Fearnley Lodge No. 58.

Re Appointment to Acting Rank direct from the Grand Lodge of M.M.M.

Bro. John Edward Vause D.G.D.C., Haywra Lodge No. 525.


Warm congratulations to all upon preferment’s well merited, special mention for W. Bro. Philip Mann, a reward for all the very hard work he and Judith have put in to the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust.


Afterwards 36 of our contingent dined at the Freemasons Arms, sharing the facility with our friends from the Province of North and East Yorkshire where we enjoyed good food and good company, remainder of our Party in the Connaught rooms. What a wonderful Mark Masonic occasion, not even delayed trains from Kings Cross could tarnish the event, and there it would have been nice to finish. Unfortunately some our Brethren decided to ignore the plea by our Provincial Grand Master that, in the true spirit of Brotherly love we stay to the end of proceedings, leaving well before some of our own Brethren had been invested.

M.W. Pro Grand Master of Mark Master Masons to Retire


With a heavy heart the M.W. Pro Grand Master, Benjamin Addy, announced on 12 March that he will be retiring after the June investiture meeting of Mark Master Masons to be held in Great Queen Street, London.

He has served the order of Mark Master Masonry as a ruler for over twenty four years and Pro Grand Master for three years.

He announced that his successor as Pro Grand Master would be the R.W.Bro. Richard Victor Wallis, JP, our current Deputy Grand Master, and that our current Assistant Grand Master, R.W.Bro. H. Keith Emmerson will replace him as the new Deputy Grand Master. Finally, R.W.Bro. Raymond John Smith, President of the M.B.F., will become the new Assistant Grand Master.

I am sure that you will all wish the M.W. Pro Grand Master, Benjamin Addy, a long, happy and healthy retirement and offer your hearty congratulations to all of those who have been promoted to higher ranks.

R.W.Bro. Paul W. Tarrant, Grand Secretary

Grand Lodge Investiture 2013

The following brethren were appointed or promoted within Grand Lodge at the Grand Lodge Investiture Meeting in June 2013.

We offer them all our hearty congratulations.


First Appointments to Acting Rank
W Bro. Fraser McPherson Grand Standard Bearer Prince Edward 14
W. Bro. Philip Oldfield Grand Steward Fearnley 58
First Appointments to Past Rank
W Bro. Andrew Charles Jagger P.A.G.D.C. Old York T.I.
W Bro. Ian Robert Pattinson P.A.G.D.C. Beaumont 1523
W Bro. John Ernest Dennis P.A.G.D.C Haywra 525
W Bro. John Rodney Tolson P.A.G.Swd.B. Portal 127
W Bro. Alan Morson P.A.G.Swd.B. Dartmouth 545
W Bro. Tony Mackrell P.G.Std.B. Fearnley 58
W Bro. Lachlan John Hendry P.A.G.Std.B. Copley 111
W Bro. Howard Maurice Bott P.A.G.Std.B. St. Chad 374
Promotions to
W Bro. Michael John Littlewood P.G.J.O. Dewsbury 641
W Bro. Duncan Smith P.G.S.D. Integrity 110
W.Bro. Keith Robinson P.G.S.D Eland 493

Visit to Mark Grand Lodge 2010

Over 100 of West Yorkshire’s brethren made the trip to Grand Lodge by train and car; the majority on the East Coast train that called at Leeds, Wakefield and Doncaster for a duration of just over two hours to King’s Cross.

On arrival at Grand Lodge, the splendour of which we had only ever seen before in pictures was everything we had hoped it would be. When we entered the Temple, which is absolutely magnificent, we chose the balcony seats to enable us to have a good view of the entire proceedings.

The entry of Prince Michael of Kent, our Grand Master, has to be seen as one of the most grandiose occasions it has been our privilege to witness, as was the whole of the ceremony including the Worshipful Brethren receiving first appointments or promotions from West Yorkshire.

After dining at either the Freemasons Arms or the Connaught Rooms, we returned to King’s Cross for the journey home. Here we enjoyed the company of our Rulers which can only endorse the reason the Mark Degree the ‘Friendly Degree’.

All this for around £60.00 – what a bargain.

For your information, West Yorkshire had the largest representation ever this year, and if you wish to participate next year, book early for Tuesday, 7th June 2011.