The Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons

West Yorkshire

A night of the ‘WOW’ factor with Worshipful Brother John Whitworth

Like many of the Mark Mason Brethren of the Province of West Yorkshire, I have enjoyed numerous musical evenings being entertained by Worshipful Brother John Whitworth. His repertoire includes songs from the shows, a night with Neil Diamond and several featuring a particular decades. However, at Pontefract Masonic hall on Saturday, 8th October, he excelled himself with music from the halcyon days of the ‘Sixties’.

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Many regard this period as the most memorable period of popular music of the last century and who am I to disagree. From the opening “Can’t Take my Eyes off of You”, to an encore of ‘Sweet Caroline’, this was a night to remember which was repeated at the same venue a week later, both to full houses. He was surrounded by a sea of happy faces, many of whom joined him in singing along and undoubtedly all wended their way home considering that it had been 3 hours , of which John spent 2 ¼ hours singing and was quite clearly shattered at the end, well spent, nay a give way at £14 per head including supper.

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Additionally, W.Bro. John, who has raised over £125,000 in his career, presented cheques, totalling £1850, to the West Yorkshire Mark Benevolent Fund Festival. The good news is that he is repeating the process on April 1st and 8th 2017 with songs from the ‘Seventies’, undoubtedly worthy of support. You can be assured that it will be publicised nearer the time but you will need to decide quickly as, I have no doubt, they will both be sell out events.

Very many thanks W. Bro. John, we loved it!!

 

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

A First for the Aries Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 669

Aries Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 669 held a Ladies After Lodge on the 9th June.  The business was brief but we did welcomed a new joining member, before adjourning to share the evening with our ladies.

42 Mark members and their wives and guests enjoyed a wonderful meal in the sumptuous French Ballroom of the Midland Hotel, Bradford, after which the Worshipful Master, W.Bro Jason Cunningham, provided entertainment by way of the enchanting voice of Ms Kathie Ryan.

Everyone enjoyed a very happy and convivial evening, as we always do in this wonderful order of ours, and it may just come to pass that one of the guests present will be joining us in the non too distant future.

To our knowledge, the Lodge has never held a ladies After Lodge before, certainly not in the past 30 years, but judging by the comments passed at the conclusion of the evening, this may well not be the last one!

David Wright
Secretary

 

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Provincial Officers of the Year Sunday Lunch, June 5th 2016

The Masonic Hall, King Street, Mirfield and, at the invitation of the Provincial Grand Master, Right  Worshipful Brother James Steggles G.M.R.A.C, a goodly number of the Provincial Officers of the year and their Ladies, attended an excellent Sunday Lunch.

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This was the 23rd event since the Provincial Grand Lodge Officers’ Luncheons were established by Right Worshipful Brother George Henry Philip Birch, during his period of stewardship of the Province.  They have since been thought of by Provincial Grand Lodge Officers of the Year as one of the highlights of their term and this was no exception. Formalities are kept to a minimum, with the purpose of the event to bring the Officers together as a precursor to them enjoying numerous Lodge visits together to enhance their year.

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It has been very professionally hosted for a number of years, by Fearnley Mark Lodge No. 58 and this day was no exception.  A five course meal was provided, being of the usual high standard that we have become used to and delivered by a goodly number of Stewards, wives and partners, supplied by the Lodge.  After the meal, they all gathered in the Hall and were warmly thanked for their efforts by the Provincial Grand Master, R. W. Bro. James Steggles.  In acknowledgement, W. Bro. Keith Bradley, Immediate Past Master said it had been a pleasure and invited the Provincial Team to return in 2017. I just feel that probably will be the case!!

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An excellent event enjoyed by all, Smile, Be happy and enjoy your summer, if it arrives!

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The Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons West Yorkshire Golf Tournament

The morning of 5 May 2016 dawned to perfect blue skies, with a warm gentle breeze to herald the 34 Mark Masons of the Province assembled at the Low Laithes Golf Club, near Ossett. They were greeted with coffee and bacon butties on arrival and a course which was in beautiful condition. Unfortunately the very slick greens proved a downfall for some, including the writer of this report.

The day had been organised by W.Bro Graham Bailey in conjunction with W.Bro Alex Steele a member at the Club. The day went without a hitch with a halfway house contributing to the total of over £1,000.00 to be donated to the West Yorkshire Mark Benevolent Fund Festival 2023.

After a few well earned drinks, an excellent two course meal was served, and enjoyed by all, including our Rulers, the Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother James Steggles; the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Worshipful Brother Richard Boswell Puttrell, and the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Worshipful Brother Dr. Rod Taylor, all of whom had kindly arrived to support the day and present the prizes.

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They were awarded as follows:

The Carl Whitehead Trophy for the overall winner: to Bro. Arthur Leach, Danum Lodge No. 398.

The Frank Whitworth Rose Bowl for the Best Past Master to W.Bro. Phil Ireland, Haywra Lodge No. 525.

The P G M Trophy for Best Veteran: to W.Bro. G Wood, St Chad Lodge No. 374.

The Ryburn Trophy for the Best Gross score: to W.Bro. Graham Bailey, Danum Lodge No. 398.

The Jack Senior Cup for the Team Prize, best 3 scores: to Danum Lodge No. 398 (95 pts.) Bro. Arthur Leach. Bro. Mike Bunce, and Bro. Andy Evans.

The John Fox Trophy for Nearest the pin: to W.Bro. Martin Hughes, Legiolium No. 457.

 

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Finally a new Trophy was presented this year by W.Bro Barrie Fothergill in memory of W.Bro David Fisher of St. Chad Lodge, who had been a big supporter of the competition for many years. This was given in respect of the Longest Drive and was won by W.Bro. Phil Ireland of Haywra Lodge No. 525.

The Provincial Grand Master rounded of the proceedings by thanking the organisers, and Low Laithes Golf Club, for making such a wonderful wonderful day.

Next year’s Golf will be held on 4 May, again at Low Laithes Golf Club.

 

Very Worshipful Brother Robert Corfield, P.G.J.O., P.D.P.G.M.

Aries Mark Lodge 669 Ladies After Lodge

The next meeting of Aries Lodge 669 on Thursday 9th June will be a Ladies After Lodge, where entertainment will be provided by female volcalist Kathie Ryan.

This will be held in the splendid French Ballroom at the Midland Hotel in Bradford.

This is open to any Mark Mason and their wives / Partner, who may also bring along any Craft member who they may be interested in introducing to the Mark Degree.

The W.M. has also indicated that he will also welcome any accompanied non masonic guests.

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