Second Northern Masonic Variety Show Saturday 14th April 2018

Second Northern Masonic Variety Show
Saturday 14th April 2018

The First Northern Masonic Variety Show launched in 2015 was a great success and raised in excess of £15,000 for the 2017 RMBI Festival.  3 years later the Bradfordians Concert Committee are proud to present :

The Second Northern Masonic Variety Show
With proceeds on this occasion supporting the
West Yorkshire 2023  Mark Benevolent Fund Festival

The Mark Benevolent Fund has now successfully provided 6 of its intended 10 mobile Chemotherapy Units across the UK and is currently financing 52 new Ambulances and support vehicles for St John Ambulance.

The venue will again be the wonderful :

Price Hall at Bradford Grammar School


The services of Freddie “Parrot-face” Davies as producer and compere have once again been secured and he will be introducing a full cast of professional entertainers including :

  • From the world of Musicals and Opera – Cheryl Forbes who performed in the professional stage version of ‘Oliver’
  • Gordon Cree– celebrated Vocalist, Musician, Arranger, and Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
  • Prize winning Clifton & Lightcliffe Brass Band
  • Skelmanthorpe Male Voice Choir
  • And back by popular demand Terry Webster, Singer, Comedian and Vocal Impressionist (formerly with the ‘Rockin Berries’)
  • Plus Special Guest Artiste ..


Bradford Grammar School provides an excellent concert venue

For those who have not been to Bradford Grammar School before it provides an excellent concert venue, with ample secure car parking on site. There will also be a fully licensed bar available.

Once again the Show will be complimented with a raffle, for which some wonderful prizes have already been secured. Raffle tickets will be available towards the end of the year and at the show.

I fully endorse this event, which is for a wonderful cause and will be the highlight of our Festival activities in 2018. It also has the full support of the Craft Province.

Tickets will be allocated in order of booking and can now be secured by completing the Booking Form available here, and returning with your remittance to the address shown.

NB. Accommodation options available on form

Thank you so much for your support                                                 Jim Steggles  Provincial Grand Master


A Christmas Message From The Grand Secretary

As the year draws to a close, each of us will reflect on 2017 for different reasons. Some of us will be remembering friends and loved ones we have lost while others will recall the birth of a child, the marriage of a son or daughter or some other happy occasion.

Masonically speaking, 2017 will undoubtedly be remembered most of all for the tercentenary celebrations of the United Grand Lodge of England which culminated in an outstanding celebration at the Royal Albert Hall in October when over 4,500 guests witnessed an outstanding depiction of the development of English freemasonry over the last 300 years. On your behalf, I send my very best wishes to our colleagues in the Craft and pledge our continuing support of their efforts to spread the good news about freemasonry .

For me, one of the highlights of the year was undoubtedly being invested as Grand Secretary at the Annual Investiture meeting of Grand Mark Lodge in June. I feel very humbled and greatly honoured to have been afforded the opportunity to lead the team at Mark Masons’ Hall and I pledge myself to do my utmost to further the interests of our nine Orders whenever possible. I am very fortunate to have the support of a wonderful team and I thank them all for their efforts. There has been much change at head office in the last twelve months – we’ve recruited several new members to the team; we’ve started the journey to change the way we do things and deliver a more efficient service for our members; and we’ve invested heavily in improving the fabric of Mark Masons’ Hall. And all this against a background of increasing assets and a strong balance sheet. All our Orders are showing a net increase in members and whilst that should give all of us grounds for optimism we shouldn’t be complacent – we still have much to do to ensure we recruit new members and retain existing ones and you’ll see much more happening in this area next year.

I am constantly amazed by the generosity of our members in support of our various Benevolent Funds and nowhere was this exemplified more than in May when we held the Royal Parks Charity Walk in support of the Mark Benevolent Fund. Over 300 Brethren, their wives, friends and families participated in this sponsored event which raised more than four times the target sum – achieving a massive £437,934. This event demonstrated the true impact of our collective efforts which will enable the Fund to provide further vehicles for Blood Bike charities up and down the country – watch this space for details of the vehicle distribution early in the New Year.

I feel confident that we are well placed to face the challenges of 2018 and with your support I am sure we will have another successful year.

Whatever you’re doing over the coming festive season and wherever you may be, I send you my warmest fraternal good wishes for a happy and peaceful Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.

With fraternal regards and best wishes.

R.W.Bro. Ryan A. Williams, P.G.J.W.
Grand Secretary

Address of the Pro Grand Master M.W.Bro. Raymond J. Smith Annual Assembly of Royal Ark Mariners

Address of the Pro Grand Master

M.W.Bro. Raymond J. Smith

Annual Assembly of Royal Ark Mariner

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

B rethren, it is a great pleasure to welcome you all to this Annual Assembly of Royal Ark Mariner . To have so many members present today indicates that support for this delightful O rder in our Masonry is as strong as ever.

My first duty , however, must be to bring you fraternal good wishes from our Most Worshipful Grand Master. His duties keep him as busy as ever but he is always awa re of our proceedings, indeed his interest remains unabated and during next year he has agreed to be with us on several important occasions. We are indeed most fortunate to have him as our Most Worshipful Grand Master.

This annual meeting of our O rder is important, but to those 159 B rethren who have received appointments to Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank, most of whom have been invested today, it marks a most significant milestone in their M asonic life. They have shown their dedication to Masonry in general , and to this Royal Ark Mariner degree in particular , hav ing succeeded in extending their Masonic knowledge so successfully to have warranted their appointment to Grand Rank in this O rder. Congratulations to all of you and it has indeed been my great pleasu re and privilege to have invested you today.

All of you who have received preferment should rightly be proud of your achievement and both here , in this Grand Assembly , and in your Provinces and Lodges , your appointment to this high office will rightly be recognised. I hope , however , that having achieved such high office your dedication will not diminish but that you will continue with your commitment to this Order and will encourage others to follow in your footsteps.

Whilst most administrative developments are reported at the meetings of Mark Grand Lodge it is a long period between the meeting in September and the following one in March ; too long a period for nothing of importance to have happened.

Our Grand Secretary and the dedicated team of staff that we are most fortunate to have at Mark Masons ’ Hall , have made great progress with new developments. We see this today with the advance information provided to all of us attending this meeting , in respect of seating , dining and general advice on where to leave regalia and , most importantly , which bars in the Grand Connaught Rooms serve beer and which don’t! That development is but the tip of the iceberg in respect of progress.

The Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons’ website build is progressing well. The roll – out will take place in the first quarter of 2018. I had a preview last week and it will be a very impressive aid to all the Orders administered from 86 St J ames’s. We are most grateful to V . W . Bro . Bill Divall and Bro. Julian Trought , for the time they are spending on this project.

Our commitment to progressively introduce enhancements to the Keystone Online database continues . Last week phase two was released which sees installation returns go online , thus further reducing the amount of paper that flows from the Provinces and Districts into Mark Masons’ Hall.

The Grand Secretary has now completed his planned changes to the structure administering all the Orders at Mark Masons’ Hall, the last part of which will bring about a much shorter lead time to all our year books and other publications.

Our busy Grand Secretary and the team are working with Provincial and District Grand Masters to establish a working party charged with shaping a coherent recruitment and retention strategy which will enable us to share best practice throughout the Order. Brethren , I am certain you will be pleased to know that all the Orders are showing a net increase in membership which places us in a strong position for 2018. Grounds for optimism and confidence , but not complacency.

The Mark Benevolent  Fund partnership with St John Ambulance is progressing well . The first three vehicles have been handed over, the most recent being in Cumberland and Westmorland on 3rd December . On the 17th December , North & East Yorkshire will receive their vehicle, a lovely Christmas present for the team there ; and Durham is scheduled to receive its vehicle early in the New Year.

From the proceeds of the very successful parks walk back in the spring, applications from those teams for blood bikes are being assessed and we hope to announce shortly which areas will receive funding.

Over the past three months it has been my very great pleasure to install two Provincial Grand Masters:

for the Province of M iddlesex, R . W . B ro . Eddie Garty , following R.W.Bro. Richard Gan .

for the P rovince of W arwickshire, R.W.Bro. Philip Wills, following R.W.Bro. Roger Mac.

Both are here today and I hope are settling in well in their new office and in congratulating them we also thank the retiring Provincial Grand Masters who have rendered great service to our Order.

It is now my pleasure to welcome on your behalf our distinguished visitors and members from our Districts overseas:

Firstly, I welcome heads of other Orders:

R.W.Bro. Paul Clement, the Most Eminent and Supreme Grand Master of the Great Priory of the United Religious Military and Masonic Orders of the Temple ;

R.W.Bro. Kessick Jones, Grand Master of the Grand Council of the Order of Royal and Select Masters ;

R.W.Bro. Andrew Sweeney, Grand Supreme  Ruler of the Grand Conclave of the Order of the Secret Monitor and Grand Summus of the Grand Senatus of the Ancient and Masonic Order of the Scarlet Cord ;

R.W.Bro. Michael Herbert, Past Deputy Grand Master, Grand Master of the Gr and Priory of the Knights Beneficent of the Holy City – an Order which I had the privilege and delight of being admitted to very recently in a ceremony that was most memorable and impressive ;

W.Bro. Christopher Maiden, a Grand Senior Deacon this year, Grand High Priest of the Grand College of Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests and Order of Holy Wisdom ;

V.W.Bro. John Paternoster, Supreme Magus of the Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia .

R.W.Bro. Alan Englefield, our Senior Warden and Sovereign Grand Commander of the Ancient and Accepted Rite ;

R.W.Bro. Sir Frederick Crawford, Lieutenant Grand Commander of the Ancient and Accepted Rite ;

R.W.Bro. David Williamson , Grand Chancellor of the Ancient and Accepted Rite and Past Assistant Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England .

Brethren, we are missing R.W.Bro. Thomas Jackson, Grand Master of the Grand Council of the Order of the Allied Masonic Degrees. R.W.Bro. Jackson had a nasty fall just a week ago on his way home from a Masonic meeting. Badly bruised and feeling sorry for himself he is making a good recovery and I know we all wish him well.

W hy traditionally they are left to the end of this group of welcome , I am not sure, but we have with us three of our Past Pro Grand Masters, all of whom I rely on for advice and guidance and who I am delighted to have with us today : Most Worshipful Brother John Hale , Most Worshipful Brother Ben Addy and Most Worshipful Brother Richard Wallis, together with our Past Grand Secretary, R.W.Bro. John Brackley.

Brethren, we welcome from overseas:

F rom G ermany , R.W.Bro. Michael Cooper , with two members of his District: W.Bro. John Mackinnon,  R .A .M .G .R . , Deputy District Grand Master , and W.Bro. Daniel Lim .

F rom Hong Kong , W.Bro. Herman Tsoi , W.Bro. Yng Ko and Bro . Joseph C . W . Lee .

F rom the Netherlands , R.W.Bro. Cornelis Van Putten, District Grand Master, with four members of the District: W . B ro .’ s Herman Lioe – A – Tjam, Peter Kirpensteijn, Ernst van Splunter and Herman Huiskamp.

F rom Singapore , R.W.Bro. Justice Rubin, District Grand Master .

F rom South and East Caribbean , R.W.Bro. Stephen Cobham, District Grand Master , who is accompanied by W. Bro . Gill .

F rom Spain , R.W.Bro. Barrie Mansell, District Grand Master , who is accompanied by four members of the District: W.Bro. Rodney Hales, Deputy District Grand Master , W.Bro. Stanley Crawford, a recipient of Grand Rank today , W.Bro. Vicente Valero and W.Bro. Ian Crawford.

We have present almost all of our Provincial Grand Masters , together with five District Grand Masters ; thank you all for your support and the leadership and dedication you provide to our Provinces .

Brethren, always here, always supportive but not always acknowledged , we have an abundance of Past Provincial Grand Masters spread about on the dais behind me . Brethren , we will include them in your very warm welcome and appreciation of all those I have just introduced. Brethren , please show that appreciation.

Before I close this meeting, I wish to thank the Grand Secretary and the whole team from Mark Masons ’ Hall . Not just for their work preparing for today ’ s meeting but for their sterling service and dedication over the past year.

My thanks also go to the Grand Director of Ceremonies and the Deputies, both past and present , for their work today and for all the support they have given to me, the Deputy Grand Master and the Assistant Grand Master , since our appointments. All of them, together with all the other active Officers of the year , give such dedication and comm itment supporting us on our visits to Provinces and District s , often involving nights away. It is very much appreciated.

Brethren , it has been an enormous privilege, delight and pleasure to preside at this meeting of Grand Assembly. Thank you all for your presence and support , but so that we can move from labour to refreshment I shall end by once again congratulating all who received preferment today .

On behalf of myself, the Deputy and the Assistant Grand Master , we do wish you and all your family a very happy  hristmas, and may the coming year be a healthy, peaceful and enjoyable one for all of us.

Thank you and may God bless you all.

Family Carol Service – Sunday 10th Dec (2:30pm)

‘Full House’ of Mark Grand Rulers to attend 2nd Northern Masonic Variety Show

The Second Northern Masonic Variety Show, to be held at Bradford Grammar School on 14th April 2018, will be attended by the Mark Pro Grand Master, M.W.Bro. Raymond John Smith, the Deputy Grand Master, R.W.Bro. John Herbert Prizeman and the Assistant Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Stephen Davison.

And if you are thinking that you recognise those names you would be quite correct, because they are the Brethren we propose the ‘Toast to Grand Lodge’ to at every Mark and Royal Ark Mariner Lodge meeting. The Grand Secretary, R.W.Bro. Ryan Williams will also be attending, so there will be a ‘Full House’ from the very top of Mark Masonry at the Variety Show – and this is your chance to meet them. The Assistant Grand Master in the Craft, R.W.Bro. Sir David Wootton will also be there, along with many other local dignitaries.

The Show itself has a fully Professional cast from across the entertainment spectrum and is being produced and compered by Freddie ‘Parrot-Face’ Davies. Proceeds on this occasion will all go to the West Yorkshire 2023 Mark Benevolent Fund Festival, so it’s also for an excellent cause. More information on the Show and how to book your seats (and accommodation if required) is contained on this web site.

Seats are selling fast, so please support the Provincial Grand Master and the Festival by booking early. All the Mark Grand Lodge Rulers have already done so !

Season’s Greetings from the Provincial Grand Master

Season’s Greetings from the Provincial Grand Master

To all Mark Master Masons and Royal Ark Mariners who access this web site over Christmas, I would like to congratulate you all on your achievements during 2017 and wish you and your loved ones a very merry Christmas and a happy, prosperous, but above all a healthy and successful New Year.

2017 saw the Installation of our new Deputy and Assistant Provincial Grand Masters and the appointment of a new Provincial Grand Secretary. Sadly the untimely death of W.Bro. Graham Cooper led to still further changes in the Secretariat and we now wish our new Secretarial team every success. Our thoughts over Christmas must also go to the families of all the other Mark Master Masons and Royal Ark Mariners who we sadly lost to the Grand Lodge Above during the year, including our Past Deputy Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Brian Emmett.

Our Festival achievements during the year have been outstanding, with the highlight being the MBF Charity Walk in May which raised over £45,000. Thanks to all the Walk sponsors, together with all the individual Lodges and Brethren who contributed so much to the Festival this year.  Events next year include the Northern Masonic Variety Show in April and a sponsored Barge Pull in May. More information on these events will be on this web site and I would once again welcome your support.

On the 16th December Aries Mark Lodge No 669 will celebrate its Centenary and I congratulate the Lodge on such a significant achievement. Major events in 2018 will include the Consecration of a new Rugby Football Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners in May, the Dedication of a new Provincial Banner in June and Welcome Royal Ark Mariner Lodge Centenary in September. It’s going to be yet another busy year.

So I look forward to working very closely with you all once again in 2018, but in the meantime my very best wishes for the Festive Season and thank you all for your tremendous support.

God Bless you all – and Mark Well.

Jim Steggles
Provincial Grand Master

MBF & The Homeless of London

Honorary Secretary of the Mark Benevolent Fund , R.W.Bro. Ryan Williams , P.G.J.W. , this week presented a cheque for £4,000 to taxi drivers, Dean Thomas, Norman Rose and Anton Haynes , to pay for rucksacks, underwear and sleeping bags for 100 of London’s Homeless .

 They set up a group called , #taxiwarmclothing an organisation set up by London Hackney Carriage drivers , members of the LTDA (Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association) , to hand out sandwiches, wraps, baguettes, rolls, tea and coffee every Wednesday outside Charing Cross Police Station.
Amongst the taxi drivers who distribute d the goods last night were Steven Crisp, Scott Daniels, Ian Gray, Dave Clements & Tony Cadman .

A few more in this city will sleep a little better during this winter period.

Issued by the Charities Office, Mark Grand Lodge,

Mark Masons’ Hall, 86 St James’s Street, London SW1A 1PL

About the Mark Benevolent Fund

The Mark Benevolent Fund (M.B.F.) was founded in 1868 by Canon George Raymond Portal. The aim of the charity is to help poor and distressed Mark Master Masons and their immediate family. To date over £7 million has been disbursed in grants to individual petitioners.

The M.B.F. also makes donations to many other charities and worthy causes. These grants have totalled over £20 million since 1868. Examples of grants over recent years are £2.6 million to the Hope for tomorrow Cancer Charity;  £12,937 to the Dogs for Good charity for the training and development of a support dog; £1.4 million to St Bartholomew’s Hospital for Cancer Care;  £13,150 to the Baldwin Trust for the refurbishment of canal boats specially modified for disabled visitors;  £107,628 for St Oswald’s Hospice in Northumberland to replace and upgrade their kitchen facilities and a renewed partnership with St John Ambulance pledging over £3 million to help replace their fleet of ambulances, mobile treatment centres and support vehicles.

As the 150th Anniversary of the M.B.F. approaches, it is important to reflect on Canon Portal’s drive, enthusiasm and dedication, remembering that to him it was wrong for there to be any delay in providing assistance to those in need. Canon Portal’s own Latin tag “Bis dat qui cito dat” – ‘He gives twice who gives promptly’ or ‘A gift given without hesitation is as good as two gifts’, became the guiding principle of the M.B.F. We still live by that adage, which is as relevant today as it was when he founded the Fund in 1868.

For more information contact: Darren Coleman, Charities Manager,

The ‘Little & Large’ show at Haywra Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 525 Installation..Again

Yes, this was a déjà vue feeling the Harrogate Masonic Hall, one of the finest Temple in the Province, on Tuesday 7th November. The Lodge was opened in due form by the Worshipful Master, Worshipful Brother David Fisher ,Worshipful Brother Roy Schofield, Immediate Past Master, at his left hand, they being the ‘Little and Large’ of the 2016 Installation, the usual formalities were attended. Of note was the ballot for Worshipful Brother A.G.Robinson, Worshipful Master in 1986 and 1987 who now, for reasons of age and health, is unable to come to Lodge, this proved positive. Sadly this is something many Lodges have to address, it manifestly being un Masonic to seek subscriptions in these circumstances, from Brethren, most of whom have a considerable track record of paid membership. .

Then, upon a report, the Provincial Grand Senior Warden, Worshipful Brother John Marrison was admitted, accompanied by Worshipful Brother Stephen Wood, Elected Member of the Charity Executive, both attended by Worshipful Brother Richard Brown, Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies. Then followed the presentation of a Grand Lodge certificate to Brother David Clough by W.Bro.John Marrison, something I am sure that he will remember for many years.

It was now time to deal with the meat of the matter, the Installation of the Senior Warden and Master Elect, Brother Eric Shaw, in the hands of ‘Little and Large’ duo.. This worked well as by, his own admission, W.Bro.David is not an accomplished ritualist but W.Bro.Roy is and, together, they made a very good team and Worshipful Brother Eric Shaw was duly placed in the Chair, all being superbly directed by Worshipful Brother Mark Holland, Director of Ceremonies. The appointment and investiture of the Officers passed smoothly, the same can also be said of all the Brethren who delivered the addresses, well done.

An enjoyable Festive Board was then taken by the assembled Brethren with the usual buzz of Mark Masonic chit chat and laughter; sometimes I wish we could bottle the atmosphere and ship it around the country. The Toast to the Province gave rise to episode one of the Worshipful Brother Bob Boyd show. Would he tread the ingratiating path of many of his predecessors or say whatever he wished. Accordingly he congratulated all the Provincial Officers for their zeal and leadership, underpinned by their support and commitment, should not be long before his preferment is confirmed. This was duly acknowledged by W.Bro.John who also congratulated W.Bro.Eric on attaining the Chair. The Lodge is 118 years old and he thanked its members for their record of service to the Province, particularly Worshipful Brother John Vause Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies and Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies and W.Bro.Mark Holland, now about to conclude his tour of duty as an Assistant Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies.

W.Bro.John had taken a sneaky look at the attendance register before entering and was pleased to see that most of the brethren had appended their marks to their signature as the P.G.M. has requested. Unfortunately, Worshipful Brother Gerald Bickerdike, the Father of the Lodge, could not be present but, at the ripe old age of ninety one, he remains involved and delivers ritual, what a fine example to us all. W.Bro.John also thanked Worshipful Brother John Maxwell for all his good work in preparing the Year Book, not forgetting the web site, between the two everything you need to know can be found. Dates for your diaries, Sunday,10th December, annual Carol Service at Brighouse Methodist Church, Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge, Bradford Grammar School, Saturday April7th and 2nd Northern Masonic Variety Show, Saturday 14th April, same venue, booking forms for tickets have been included with the Year book and are available on the web site.

Episode two of the W.Bro.Bob Boyd show then began with the Toast to the Charities, cheque presented; over to you W.Bro.Stephen who thanked the Brethren for their generosity and assured them, it will be put to good use. In this regard, the big ticket items such as the Hope for Tomorrow, mobile Chemotherapy Units for rural areas and the replacement of fifty two ambulances and support vehicles for St John Ambulance are both on track. This also applies to the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust which remains in good stead and is maintaining its support with Almoners Lunch, one just held at Tapton Hall, 175 present and the annual holiday confirmed for July 2018, venue changed to the Inn on the Prom at Lytham St Annes. A final comment, the Trustees remain concerned that some deserving cases are slipping under the radar, in this respect we are all Almoners, let us all remain vigilant.

Another memorable evening of Mark masonry, Smile and be happy.

Worshipful Brother Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.
Communications Manager

The Portal Lodge of Mark Master Masons No.127, Escorted Visit October 2017.

A packed house at the Masonic Hall , Eastgate , Barnsley on Thursday, 19th October to welcome the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Worshipful Brother Alan Oldfield and a cavalcade of Provincial Officers of the year. Their entry to the Lodge superbly choreographed by the Deputy Provincial Director of Ceremonies, Worshipful Brother Andrew Brown, I like to mention him occasionally because he can feel forgotten. This undoubtedly swelled the numbers and it was a pleasure to see so many present to witness the advancement of the candidate, Brother Arthur Alexander.

The Lodge having been opened in due form, upon a report, W.Bro.Alan and the Escort were duly admitted and took their places. When the Worshipful Master, Worshipful brother Richard Clague enquired , “has the Candidate paid the necessary fees”, the response from the Treasurer, Worshipful Brother Roger Harvey, was, “Yes I have a Postal Order”, life does move ever so slowly in these parts. W. Bro. Richard then presided over one of the most professional ceremonies I have seen this year, ably assisted by Worshipful Brother Raymond Hooley as Senior Deacon, There were additional cameo roles for Worshipful Brother Ian Potter, excellent explanation of the Signs and Secrets, Worshipful Brother Ian Schofield equally impressive with the Working Tools. Most impressive of all was W.Bro.Richard, there were no books in sight, virtually flawless, culminating in the Conclusion address, perhaps the most moving piece of Masonic Ritual, one which I never tire of hearing.

The remaining business duly despatched, all adjourned for a very welcome and tasty Festive Board. The Toast to the Province was in the safe hands of the W.M., W.Bro.Richard who, in view of time pressures kept it short. This also applied to the response by W.Bro.Alan, who said that it was a delight for him and the Provincial Officers to visit the Lodge. He, and they, had been made most welcome and he thanked all those who had congratulated him on his appointment as a Ruler, he feels very humble at the trust placed in him and will do everything to maintain the high standards set by his predecessors.

Toasting the newly advanced Bro. Arthur, his proposer, W.Bro.Richard informed that Bro. Arthur had originally become a Freemason in South Africa. After returning to these shores he joined the Richard Linnecar Lodge No.6413 in Wakefield, whoa I must question why did he not join Integrity, no we will not go there. W. Bro. Richard was delighted to see him a Mark Master Mason and was confident that he will prove a most competent member. Replying, Bro.Arthur thanked all who had taken part, being delighted at the numbers in the temple, a plethora of Provincial officers I think he said, and looked forward to many happy years in Mark Masonry.

Another of those delightfully enjoyable Mark Masonic meetings we are all privileged to witness.
Smile, be happy.

Worshipful Brother Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.
Communications Manager

250 Club Newsletter

The 250 Club bi-annual draw took place on Saturday 7th October at the Carl Whitehead Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners at Tapton Hall. Interestingly it appears, by a dint of good fortune, to have been well distributed around the Province with 12 prizes totalling £1400.

Three first prizes of £250 were drawn in the name of Worshipful Brother David Kelly of Caldene Lodge No. 501 who is recovering from a heart attack and it will hopefully give him the enthusiasm to spend it when he gets back to full heath. The other two were given to Worshipful Brother Alan Hopwood of Prince Leopold No.352 and Worshipful Brother Garry Milnes of Prince Edward No.14.

Dartmouth Lodge No. 545 won £100 and is the FIRST Lodge to win under the new rules whereby a Lodge can become a 250 Club participant; Worshipful Brother Gerry Barker of St. Chad No.374!! also was a lucky recipient of £100. Peace RAM Lodge No. 681will, apparently, be joining at their next meeting in January and the Huddersfield and Halifax Installed Masters’ Association have also purchased 250 Club numbers. Additionally, the 250 Club has begun to gain interest from Brethren’s Ladies and they have currently eight Ladies who have purchased numbers.

The Chairman of the 250 Club, Worshipful Brother Keith Robinson has been seen around the Province talking about the opportunities now available across a number of avenues; this is the only one that I am aware of that provides a chance to enjoy financial benefit at the same time. In line with the old adage that it normally goes to the biggest pile, this should appeal to the more pecunious Brethren.

Best of luck, it does go to a good cause.

Worshipful Brother Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.
Communications Manager

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