Thursday, 103h September at 5p.m. and the Worshipful Master, Worshipful Brother Chris Bowler opened the Sincerity Lodge of Mark Master Masons no. 943 at Tapton Masonic Hall, Sheffield. The purpose of the meeting was to install the Senior Warden, Brother John Smith as the Eighty fourth Worshipful Master, for the ensuing year.
The opening formalities concluded the Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother James Steggles G.M.R.A.C was admitted accompanied by Worshipful Brother Mark Kenyon, Representative of the Charity Committee, under the direction of Prov. A.G.D.C., W. Bro. John Grey.. W.Bro. Chris then, in accordance with custom, offered the Gavel to the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, very certain of the response, he was not disappointed, and moved on. From the outset, he was professional and assured, no ritual books in sight, the occasional prompt, and in a manner that ensured that the Master Elect, W. Bro. John had a smooth passage to the Chair. Throughout he was ably supported by as follow
Working Tools explained by W.Bro. Charles Jarman,
Addresses; to the Worshipful Master, W, Bro. Philip Schofield,
; to the Wardens, W.Bro. Dennis Goodison,
; to the Overseers, W.Bro. John Beresford and
.; to the Brethren by R.W.Bro. James Steggles.
The Past Masters Jewel was the presented, in a clearly emotional manner, by his good friend, W. Bro. Robert Carnall. They had obviously shared many Masonic, and other occasions, and this one manifestly meant a lot to them. The remaining business despatched, the Festive Board beckoned.
The Toast to the P.GM. and Grand Lodge was warmly and carefully negotiated by W.Bro. John Donnelly, it is not known as the crawlers Toast for nothing. R.W.Bro Jim began by remembering the very successful Joint Mark meeting by the Tapton Lodges and was delighted that Sincerity had picked up the baton to repeat the event in July 2019, date to be confirmed in early Jan. He hopes that a Candidate will be found as, if not, it will be himself!! He thanked W.Bro.Tom McDougall for his work for the Festival, particularly in confirming that the Festival Dinner in 2023 will be held at the Harrogate Centre, Whilst mentioning the Festival , he announced that the Chairman, V.W.Bro. Richard Puttrell was to lead a team to do the perimeter walk, that is around the boundary of our Province, 231 MILES Overs 13 DAYS. Calm down, full details will be available in the next News Letter but there will be few doing the full distance; hopefully, many of us can get involved in short stints. Small event are the way froward for the Festival such as Luncheons, coffee mornings, short walks and Meal at a local Hostelry, things the majority of us can do and, most importantly, ENJOY.
Notes for your diaries;
Saturday 6th October: Provincial Grand Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners meeting held under the banner of the Carl Whitehead Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 110, Tapton Hall.
Musical evenings at Pontefract Masonic Hall with W. Bro. John Whitworth, 27th Oct. and 3thNov.
Gala Ball, Bankfield Hotel Shipley, Saturday, 1st December 2018
Annual Carol Service that will again e held at Brighouse Methodist Church on Sunday, 9th December.
Last, but not least, 19th April 2019, Provincial Grand Lodge Meeting at Bradford.
The Toast to the Charities was delivered by Worshipful Brother Derek Bullivant and sincerely acknowledged by W.Bro. Mark Kenyon on behalf of the Charities. He reminded the Brethren that the focus of Fund raising activities was the Festival but that the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust maintains its commitments to the Brethren, relatives and dependents of the West Yorkshire Province of Mark Master Masons both present and past and, In this connection , the next Almoners Luncheon is to be held on Monday 5th November. Whilst being conscious of the demands upon Brethren, he observed that the percentage of Brethren in the Province contributing by Standing order was still 31%. This is only marginally higher than when I was Chairman of Trustees, 29% or so then, some 10 years ago. It has to be acknowledged that whilst there have been new contributors, there have been cancellations mostly from the sad death of our Brethren. Give what you can afford is still the message.
Another wonderful Mark occasion, Be Happy.
Worshipful Brother Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.