The Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons

West Yorkshire

Annual Meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons Province of West Yorkshire

The Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge took place at Bradford Grammar School on Saturday, 2 April 2016.

A full report on proceedings will be available in the 2016 Year Book which will be sent to all Brethren in late summer. In the interim please find herewith a copy of the Address which was presented by our Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother James Steggles.[wpdm_package id=’4295′]

The meeting was a most enjoyable occasion and remains one not to be missed by Mark Master Masons of the Province, next year 22 April, same venue, make a note now. It is worth noting that there are only 3 Toasts at the Festive Board, the Queen, the Most Worshipful Grand Master and that to the Provincial Grand Master. The latter is always in the hands of the newly appointed Provincial Grand Senior Warden, this time Worshipful Brother Mark Kenyon who was most effusive in his praise for our Provincial Grand Master, a fact I am sure will not go unnoticed, Grand Lodge Honours beckon, well done Mark.

Continue to enjoy your Mark Master Masonry and keep smiling.
W.Bro. Duncan Smith P.S.G.D.

Thank You

Since the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master James Steggles G.M.R.A.C. announced that, on 27 November 2014, he was going to appoint a new Deputy and Assistant Provincial Grand Master. V.W. Bro. Robert Corfield, P.G.J.O. and l, whenever possible, took the opportunity to tell the Brethren of the Province just how much we both appreciated the support given to us during our terms of Office, every single one of you deserves our sincere thanks.

However, there are many whom we were unable to talk to in person and we hope that this short message will convey our regards and thanks, to them and to our friends in other Provinces.

Change is a necessary thing in a busy vibrant Province like ours and we now all have the chance to give that same support to our new Deputy Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro. Richard Puttrell, P.G.S.D. and to our new Assistant Provincial Grand Master W.Bro. Dr Rod Taylor, P.G.J.D. Both Bob and l hope they enjoy the years to come and that they too play their part in taking our Province forward.

Our thanks also go to the Officers and Brethren of all the individual Lodges who made our visits so memorable, not forgetting the Secretariat and D.C. teams for all their help and assistance.

It has been a wonderful journey for both of us and we thank you all for making it possible.

Our very best fraternal regards

V.W.Bro. John F Clough
V.W.Bro. Robert Corfield

A new chapter opens in the life of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons West Yorkshire

A night to remember for all present at the Especial Meeting of Integrity Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 110 held, by dispensation, at the Masonic Hall Wetherby on 27 November, but particularly for the Members of Integrity Lodge of Mark master Masons No. 110 and Brighouse Lodge of Mark Master Masons no. 753. This being the fact that the Meeting was held to Install W.Bro. Richard Boswell Puttrell, a member of Integrity Lodge, as the Deputy Provincial Grand Master and W.Bro. Dr. Rod Taylor, a member of Brighouse Lodge, as Assistant Provincial Grand Master.

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The opening formalities were duly despatched by the Worshipful Master, Worshipful Brother Frank Lefley when, upon a report, the Past Rulers of the Provinces of West Yorkshire and North and East Yorkshire were admitted to appropriate approbation. Upon a further report the Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother James Steggles G.M.R.A.C. entered to warm applause, accompanied by an escort of Provincial Grand Lodge officers of the year. R.W.Bro. Steggles then accepted the gavel and the acting Provincial Officers took their respective posts.

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The Provincial Grand Master began by thanking the retiring Rulers, V.W.Bro. Robert Corfield and V.W.Bro. John Fred Clough. Both had given exemplary service over a number of years and the Province cannot thank them enough for their hard work and dedication. He emphasised that their work had not ended as both were now to be involved in other projects. V.W.Bro. Bob in response said that he had thoroughly enjoyed the experience and looked forward to helping in any way possible in the future.

The appointment of the new Deputy Provincial Grand Master was then announced, an escort was formed and the Deputy Provincial Grand Master Designate was admitted.  The Patent of Appointment was then read by the Provincial Grand Secretary, W.Bro. Alan Oldfield after which the Provincial Grand Master then explained the nature and Duties of the office. The Provincial Grand Chaplain, V.W.Bro. Edward Patnick then offered Prayer.  W.Bro Puttrell was then obligated and invested by the Provincial Grand Master and took his seat in the Lodge. The same procedure then took place for W.Bro. Dr. Rod Taylor, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master Designate who, after being obligated and installed by the Provincial Grand Master took his seat in the Lodge.

R.W. Bro. James Steggles also announced the appointment of W.Bro. John Vause as Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies and W.Bro. Andrew Brown as Deputy Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, both richly merited.

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The remaining items on the Agenda were then dealt with under the guidance of the Worshipful Master, W. Bro. Frank Lefley which included the presentation of a cheque, for £1000 from Integrity Lodge in favour of the West Yorkshire Mark Benevolent Fund Festival 2023, to R.W.Bro. Steggles. Upon receiving the Cheque, he explained that a Committee had now been appointed, under the Chairmanship of the new Deputy Provincial Grand Master, which also included V.W.Bro Bob Corfield – a short retirement period for V.W.Bro Bob then! He also asked that all the Brethren gave thought to the Festival and the fund raising activities, any ideas welcome.  Hearty Greetings having been proposed, the Provincial Grand Master and Past Rulers then retired in procession with an escort of acting Provincial Grand Lodge Officers.

 

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The Festive Board was a veritable six course extravaganza prepared by W.Bro. Bob Sowden, highlighted by a menu card in French prepared by W.Bro. Mike Nowell, Secretary of Integrity Lodge. The Toast to our new Rulers and the rest of the Officers of Provincial Grand Lodge, present and past, was in the safe hands of W.Bro. Ian Storey. He stressed the hard work undertaken by Provincial Grand Lodge Officers and particularly W.Bro. Richard Puttrell and W.Bro. Dr. Rod Taylor. In response the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Worshipful Brother Richard Puttrell thanked all the Brethren for the support they give to the Province, particularly the Directors of Ceremonies, a group close to his heart. Unfortunately, R.W.Bro. Brian Emmett was unable to attend but had written to him stressing the nature of the Province and pointing out that, ’the Brethren in the Mark degree wished to spend their time there and you must ensure this continues’, how true and perfectly in accord with the thoughts of our Provincial Grand Master.

 

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The Toast to the visitors was proffered by W. Bro. Victor Shaffiee, Past Master of Integrity Lodge. He was delighted to see 88 visitors and trusted that they had thoroughly enjoyed themselves. In glancing around the room he had noticed many happy, smiling faces and much laughter, a superb example of Mark Masonry. W.Bro. Philip Drury, in response, commented upon a wonderful Ceremony in which all who participated could be very proud, together with an excellent Festive Board. He congratulated the new Rulers upon their preferment whilst, at the same time, thanking the previous incumbents for all their dedication and hard work. He felt, as did all the visitors, very privileged to have been present concluding ‘If you have enjoyed it half as much as us, then we have enjoyed it twice as much as you’. W.Bro Philip has a way with words, Ruth Drury will be very proud.

I cannot conclude my deliberations without reporting a very unusual incident. An Order of Proceedings is prepared by the Provincial Grand Secretary, W.Bro. Alan Oldfield, which details the process from the entrance of the Provincial Grand Master and the conclusion of the Appointments. This, as on every other occasion of which I am aware, had been error free in respect of the Ceremonial. Regrettably, the opening page referred to an Especial Meeting of Integrity Lodge of M.M.M. No. 768 not 110, a shock to we members of Integrity, does the Ceremony have to be repeated? Rest easy, No, but will we ever let W. Bro. Alan forget this? – NO Chance

As ever, smile, be happy and enjoy your Mark Masonry, we are a very privileged group.

W.Bro. D. Smith P.G.S.D., P.Prov.G.J.W.

Huddersfield, Halifax & Districts Installed Masters – Sunday Lunch

At the Invitation of the President, Worshipful Brother Richard Brooke, the Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. James Steggles and his lady, Mrs. Joan Steggles, Mark Master Masons and their wives, partners, families and friends, some 70 in total, attended an informal Lunch on Sunday, the 13th of March at Greenhead Masonic Hall, Huddersfield.

This marked the 49th year of the Association and the Secretary, W.Bro. Graham Pearce acted as Director of Ceremonies. The Chef, Nic Reed, provided a choice of starter and sweet with traditional Roast Beef as the main course, thoroughly enjoyed by all, other dietary requirements being catered for.

A stonemasons Maul used in the local quarries around Saddleworth had been donated to the Association by W.Bro. Bev Heywood who was, unfortunately, indisposed and could not attend.  The President presented the Maul to the Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother James Steggles who thanked him. R.W.Bro.Steggles then informed the gathering that the Maul would be transferred to each of the Installed Masters Associations on the occasion that they were responsible for the Stewardship of future Annual Provincial Grand Lodge meetings.

The Maul, has been suitably inscribed and was presented by W.Bro. Brooke to W.Bro. Les Davey, President of the Leeds and District Association at the Provincial Grand Lodge meeting held at Bradford on the 26th of April.
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As a delightful touch, chocolate Easter Bunnies were presented to children present including the granddaughter of the Senior Vice President, W.Bro. Clive Edwards. The President also presented flowers to Mrs. Joan Steggles and to his wife, Mrs. Christine Brooke, table decorations to other Ladies present. Including the Raffle, the event raised £290 which will form the basis of a donation to the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust.

After thanks to the Stewardess, Lisa and her staff for helping to make this an enjoyable day, the President wished all a safe journey home.