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PRIZE WINNER TICKET NUMBER 1 Two Return Flights with Jet2 to any European Destination from Leeds/Bradford NOT CLAIMED 14474 2 A Day at a Recording Studio to produce your own CD Claimed 14698 3 Auctioneer for a Day with Gary Don in Leeds Claimed 4926 4 East Lancs. Provincial Cabaret Night + B&B for 4 people Claimed 2755 5 Family Table for 8, Sunday Santa at Midland Hotel Bradford Claimed 12774 6 Dinner B&B at the Rendezvous Hotel in Skipton Claimed 4443 7 Dinner B&B at the Hilton City Hotel in Leeds Claimed 13016 8 £50 Restaurant Voucher for Farmer Copley in Pontefract Claimed 5062 9 Mixed Case of Wine Claimed 4003 10 Bottle of Scotch Claimed 4922 11 Book - South Yorkshire Mining Villages (signed) NOT CLAIMED 11080 12 Book - Lost to the Sea (signed) Claimed 707 13 Book - Digging in the Dark (signed) Claimed 3857 14 Book - Heartbeat and Beyond Claimed 1443 15 Billy Pearce CD (signed) Claimed 11815 16 White Chef's Jacket signed by Brian Turner Claimed 1742 17 Iced Masonic Fruit Cake Claimed 6690
Why a surprise as the summons clearly stated that it was to join together to witness Brother Malcolm Roe installed as the Worshipful Master by the incumbent, Worshipful Brother Vic Fellows. Sadly Worshipful Brother Vic was indisposed, our best wishes to him and we trust that he soon returns to the Mark fold. This provided the surprise of seeing Worshipful Brother Peter Eville stepping into the breach, he has done this before Another very pleasant surprise was that Worshipful Brother James Ambler, a prolific visitor, Master of Escafeld Lodge of M.M.M. No1139 and Worshipful Brother Keith Payling of Cleeves Lodge of M.M.M. N.618 were also present. I seldom see two current Worshipful Masters visiting in the present climate at Tapton, perhaps I will see three at Vulcan Lodge of M.M.M. No.1191 on the 23rd April!!
The opening procedures complete, Provincial Assistant Director of Ceremonies, Worshipful Brother Craig Bannister formed an escort and Worshipful Brother Trevor Bolton, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, was admitted accompanied by Worshipful Brother John Maxwell, Elected member of the Charity Committee and Worshipful Brother James Newman who has now received promotion to Past Grand Junior Overseer which he will receive in June. Worshipful Brother Trevor was duly offered the gavel, said that he was lost for words and added ‘ but as it was neither square nor’, you know where this is going, he had to refuse.
Worshipful Brother Peter then dealt with the Installation ceremony in an admirable fashion, confident and authoritative, with only the occasional prompt The Tools were then explained by Worshipful Brother Douglas Garner, this followed by the Appointment and Investiture of the Officers for the year. The addresses were respectively delivered by Worshipful Brother Peter to the Worshipful Master, Worshipful Brother Douglas to the Wardens, Worshipful Brother Mark Marshall to the Overseers and, finally, that to the Brethren in the very capable hands of the A.P.G.M. W Bro Trevor; a ceremony that all who took part can be justly proud and a credit to Mark Masonry.
The Festive Board was a credit to the caterers at Tapton, quality and quantity, past problems are now most assuredly behind them. Worshipful Brother Peter then proposed the Toast to the Province which he claimed was the sixth time he had this particular honour, they must find someone else next time, but he did find the right words saying that Provincial Officers, in his experience are the nicest, most committed, friendly men he has ever encountered, Honours beckon methinks. Worshipful Brother Trevor agreed with the sentiments and reminded the Brethren that the Provincial Grand Lodge meeting was on Saturday, 7th April and he trusted that as many a possible would attend to support the Provincial Grand Master. He then briefly touched on the Second Northern Variety Show taking place on the 14th April, tickets are still available, and the Barge Pull taking place between the 2nd and 10th May from Barnoldswick to Leeds, the organisers are still seeking two teams to complete the event. See the web site for details where you will also find Sponsorship forms and full details of the ‘ My Donate’ facility.
Worshipful Brother John Maxwell , in his response to the Toast to the Charities given by Worshipful Brother Mark Flather, stressed that despite the support for the Festival, the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust retained sufficient resources to fulfil its obligations. An Almoners Lunch will be held on Monday, 9th April and the Annual Holiday will take place in July to , a new venue, ‘The Inn on the Prom’ at Lytham. He then provided a useful update on the ‘Hope for Tomorrow’ Charity which is receiving significant assistance from the M.B.F. The seventh mobile chemotherapy unit has been delivered to Airedale Hospital to serve the outlying rural locations, principally in North Yorkshire, excellent news.
The remaining Toasts dutifully despatched, all left at circa 9 p.m., when did that last happen at an Installation, many happy memories of another most enjoyable Mark Masonic occasion.
Worshipful Brother Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.
A most enjoyable meeting was had by Members and guests at the installation of Brother David Holyhead, yes it does prompt the thought, was he conceived there, shades of the Beckhams, at the Rother Lodge of Mark Master Masons No.651 on Thursday, 15th March.
In attendance was the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Worshipful Brother Alan Oldfield together with Worshipful Brother Chris Oldfield, Elected member of the Charity committee , both escorted by the Deputy Provincial Grand director of Ceremonies, Worshipful Brother Andrew Brown. Salutations dealt with, the Worshipful Master , Worshipful Brother Ronald Cooke turned to the next item on the agenda. Rother are one of the few lodges that receive a report by the Secretary of the activities of the Lodge in the previous year. Overall, a successful year with a candidate and other activities but, sadly, the death of Worshipful Brother Terence,’Terry’, Roebuck missed by many, including visitors.
Attention then turned to the traison d’etre t of our attendance, installation of Bro.David. This was undertaken in a most sincere and warm manner by Worshipful Bro, Ron but, as he had only asked for Mark Ritual No2 some three weeks earlier, sections had to be read and prompts given. The working Tools were presented by Worshipful Brother David Bacon,, the Keystone Collaret by Worshipful Brother Roy Bury. Worshipful Bro David then appointed and invested his officers, no surprises there. The addresses were then delivered respectively by; to the Master, Worshipful Bro Ron, the Wardens by Very Worshipful Brother John Morgan, the Overseers again by Worshipful Bro Roy, they did keep him working and last, but by no means least, the Brethren by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Worshipful Bro Alan, congratulations to all on a job well done. The remaining administrative items speedily despatched all adjourned for well earned sustenance, prior to which a delight in these rooms, canapés including slices of dripping and bread, mini pork pie, sausages, too much but delicious.
The Toast to the Province was carefully presented by Worshipful Brother Geoff Pilley who the Provincial Grand Lodge Officers for their work within the Lodge, expression the view that they are the fonts of all Masonic knowledge, however sometimes in different font, thanking him for his toast, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Worshipful Bro Alan congratulated Worshipful Bro David, wishing him a healthy and happy year in office. He also congratulated Worshipful Brother Alex Geddies, who was present, upon his impending preferment to Provincial Grand Junior Warden. This will take place at the Annual meeting to be held in Bradford on Saturday, 8th April, be there if you can. He also acknowledged the work that Very Worshipful Brother John Morgan has done for the Province, in several roles, over period of 25 years, only Right Worshipful Brother Carl Whitehead has a longer record of service.
In responding to the Toast to Masonic Charities, eloquently given by Worshipful Bro Roy Bury, Worshipful Bro Chris Oldfield stressed the work done by the Mark Benevolent fund, mobile chemotherapy units for tHope for Tomorrow’ charity, the replacement of fifty two Ambulances and support vehicles for St John Ambulance and a £107k refurbishment of the kitchen at St Oswald’s Hospice in Newcastle, we can all be justly proud. In the midst, the Cleeves and Whitehead continues with its activities, Almoners Luncheons, the first this year on Monday 9th April and a holiday at ‘The inn on the Prom’ at Lytham in July He finally cautioned that there my be those in need who are being overlooked, we must all remain vigilant .
Another treasured memory of Mark Master Masonry.
Worshipful Brother Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.
Despite what had been, weather wise, a poor lead up to their meeting, the sun shone and twenty one Officers of the year arrived at Barnoldswick to Escort the Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother James Steggles G.M.R.A.C.
The Worshipful Master, Worshipful Brother David Key opened the Lodge and expeditiously dealt with the Minutes and correspondence whereupon the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, Worshipful Brother John Vause was admitted and announced that the Provincial Grand Master was without and demanded admission. I have known Lodges where, at this juncture, the W.M. has pondered for a moment, no such doubt for W.Bro.David and R.W.Bro. Jim was admitted to deserved acclaim. Having been offered the gavel, the possibility of acceptance was skilfully deflected by him noting that he had agreed to close the volume of the Sacred Law. If he were to take the chair this would be impossible therefore he must stand by his original task, quite a novel way of escaping methinks.
Worshipful Brother Simon Gazzard then gave an enthralling lecture entitled, ‘The Origins of the Mark in Operative Masonry’. I do not intend to delve too deeply as this would tarnish the enjoyment of anyone being fortunate to experience it in the future. Basically, the lecture explored the development of medieval Operative masonry throughout the British Isles, and showed how the roots of our Mark rituals and traditions were to be found within it. The progressive emergence of the Mark into Speculative Freemasonry during the late 18thand early 19th Centuries was then described with particular reference to the North of England, leading up to the formation of our Mark Grand Lodge.
In his Almoners Report, Worshipful Brother Derek Thulborn made mention of a widow, Mrs Betty Watkinson who died recently at the ripe old age of ninety four. Shortly before her death she had reminisced over the many Almoners Luncheons and short breaks she had enjoyed in Bridlington, all through the generosity of the Mark Master Masons of West Yorkshire, the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust. I have said it before but it is worth repeating, the Jewel in the Crown of our Province
A Festive Board of Soup and Chicken Pie were well received and attention turned to the Toasts. These, with the aid of the Director of Ceremonies, Worshipful Brother Keith Berry were proceeding apace, Grand Lodge concluded W.Bro. David began by the words’ the next toast is to the Deputy’, whoops , a finger came from his right and settled on the Toast list, horror, the next Toast was to the man on his right, the Provincial Grand Master, After the laughter a formal Toast was quickly offered leaving R.W.Bro. Jim to muse, ‘well that does not give me a lot to hang my hat on’ more laughter. In respect of the Festival he asked that all look to see whether any increase in standing orders could be found, this will be the largest source of income. A reminder of attendance at the Provincial meeting and also the Second Northern variety show on Saturday, 14th April. The Barge Pull is now up and running, six days are covered leaving three to settle and evening events are now being prepared, one being a Tow Path picnic at Riddlesden, more information shortly.
The Toast to the visitors was given by the Junior Warden, Worshipful Brother Malcolm Bell, who thanked all for getting to this unattainable outpost of Mark Masonry in West Yorkshire, we do value your presence. This was acknowledged by the Provincial Acting Junior Warden, Worshipful Brother Edward Wilkinson with the words ‘Thank you for the heating, the meeting the greeting and the eating, all very enjoyable.’
Mark Master Masonry shining again.
Worshipful Brother Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.
The beast from the East a passing memory, Pontefract Masonic hall welcomed the Brethren of Pontefract Lodge of Mark Master Masons and their guests on Thursday, 22nd March 2018.
The Senior Warden, Brother Peter Higgins was to be Installed but , sadly not by Worshipful Brother John Clayton, the Worshipful Master, as he was indisposed with a chest infection.
Step forward Worshipful Brother William Sables and Worshipful Brother John Gray. The former dealt with the opening formalities including welcoming Worshipful Brother Edward Wilkinson, Provincial Grand Junior Warden, Representative of the Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother James Steggles, G.M.R.A.C. and Worshipful Brother John Maxwell, Elected Member of the Charity committee, both attended by Worshipful Brother Richard Brown, Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies.
At this juncture, control passed to W.Bro. John Gray who had only found out a few days before that it was now in his hands. He took the chair in a very relaxed style and proceeded to undertake an installation Ceremony of supreme quality. I have never seen one better and as one experienced colleague was heard to say, ‘we all sat back in awe’, no books, no prompts, a towering performance by the diminutive W.Bro.John. He orchestrated the whole performance until finally advising the newly installed Worshipful Master that the Lodge was now in his hands.
In the process he was ell supported by colleagues, notably Worshipful Brother Martin Millward with the explanation of the tools, Very Worshipful Brother Ian Wolstencroft presenting the Key Stone Collarette and he also delivered the Address to the Worshipful Master, he is well practised in them , of course. The remaining addresses being respectively in the hands of Wardens by Worshipful Brother Jim Garland, Overseers by Worshipful Brother Paul Levey and the Brethren by Worshipful Brother Sam Brown. W.Bro. Peter having appointed and invested his new team of Officers, the Past Masters Jewel presentation being deferred until W.Bro. John is well, we were reminded that the Lodge, and the Province, had recently lost one of its stalwarts, Very Worshipful Brother Philip Mann. No words can truly express the service provided by Philip and Judith to the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust, he is truly missed.
A healthy festive Board was then consumed, Broccoli and Stilton Soup, Braised Steak the size of a mini log and Lemon sponge with custard, no I did not have the later, it was passed to W.Bro.Tony Mackrell, he needs feeding up!! The Toast to the Province was then eloquently delivered by Worshipful Brother en Taylor whose eyesight is very bad and who told me before proceedings began that he now had great difficulty in recognising members in Lodge. Nonetheless with the aid of a magnifying glass and light, he reminded us all that Provincial Grand Lodge Officers in his experience were always there to help, dedicated to the Order, without any expectations other than a job well done. W, Bro Edward thanked him for the warm sentiments and then reminded the brethren that the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge is on Saturday 7th April and the Second Northern Variety Show on the 14th, if possible miss neither. He concluded by emphasising that we are the custodians of our Lodges and the Order and have a duty to ensure that they are always t for purpose to be transferred, in due course, to our successors.
The Toast to the charities was in the experienced hands of Worshipful Brother Walter Skaife who praised the Cleeves and Whitehead for the good they perform and then left the detail to W.Bro. John who responded. Much has been said about the festival and on this occasion W.Bro.John chose to speak about our Charity whose objectives remain unaltered, ‘The relief of past and present Mark Master Masons of West Yorkshire and their relatives and dependants who are in need, hardship or distress, and to support such charity’s, charitable institutions and purposes as the Trustees think t’. This they continue to do; the annual holiday is to take place in July, new venue,’ Inn on the Prom’ at Lytham St Annes. Additionally both Almoners Luncheons are set for the year, the rest on Monday, 9th of April. Personal assistance continues to be provided where required and help has also been forthcoming for other causes that the Trustees found deserving, something of which we can all be justly proud.
A wonderful Mark Masonic occasion.
W Bro Duncan Smith PGSD
No, not the sort of thing that seem to be an every day occurrence in this country nowadays, fracking here and there, but the Northern Mark Masonic Team demonstrating certain aspects of the Advancement Ceremony.. This took place on Monday 12th march and coincided with a visit by Worshipful Brother Richard Brown, President of the Leeds and District Installed Masters Association, accompanied by members of the association, a good attendance.
The opening procedures completed by the Worshipful Master Worshipful Brother Jack Barber, Worshipful Brother Phillip Boyd who leads the Northern Demonstration Team introduced his players being:
W.Bro Alan Young as Senior Warden
W.Bro Stuart Lines as Junior Warden
W.Bro Barry Masham as Master Overseer
W.Bro Ronald Frank as Senior Deacon
W.Bro David Keith as Junior Deacon
W.Bro Roger Webster as Candidate
It covers the Advancement Ceremony particularly focusing on certain aspects ,with an aim of a better interpretation of the Ritual so that the candidate has a clear understanding of the Ceremony; there is no intention to change any traditions attributable to any Lodge. It was delivered in style, some forty minutes in length and was very well received, many commenting that they had learned much and found it useful.
There are two teams, North and South, available to Lodges in the Province and all it takes is an e-mail or call to;
North, Leeds and Bradford I.M.A’s. Phill Boyd, phill.boyd1947@gmail .com, 01132 579597, or 07794841701
South, South Yortkshire and Huddersfield/Halifax I.M.A’s, Duncan Smith, email@example.com. 01924252469 or 07932692439.
The remaining business was then dutifully attended , the Lodge was closed in due form and all adjourned to the Festive Board, a feast of healthy vegetable soup and Steak Pie. W.Bro.Stuart Lines proposed the Toast to the W.M. commenting that his work had been superb, although it had to be acknowledged that he had very little to do! Whilst admitting that was the case, W.Bro.Jack was delighted that a lovely evening had been had by all and this had manifested itself in a wonderful atmosphere throughout, Agreed, Mark Masonry at it’s best again.
In his Toast to the visitors, Worshipful Brother Graham Cooper used the analogy of travelling and thanked the visitors for taking he journey that took them to a lay by in Pudsey to stop over with the Brethren and ensure that a wonderful night was had by all. This was echoed by W.Bro. Richard Brown in hi response who welcomed a superb demonstration expressing the hope of more power the their elbow.
Remember Smile, Be Happy, you are Mark Master Masons
Worshipful Brother Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.
First item was to read the Dispensation, the original meeting having been cancelled due to the weather; the Lodge was then opened by the Worshipful Master, Worshipful Brother Ron Lewis. The Brethren approved an amendment to the by laws to change the meeting months to January, May and September and to meet on the fourth Wednesday instead of the first Friday. W Bro Lewis, reminded brethren that the Lodge originally met seven times a year, then reduced to five and now to three to better reflect Mark Masonry in Castleford and attract new members.
Upon a report, Worshipful Brother Alan Oldfield, Deputy Provincial Grand Master, was admitted together with Worshipful Brother John Maxwell , Elected Member of the Charity Committee. Attention then turned to the Installation ceremony and W.Bro.Ron thanked his officers followed by him being well and truly Proclaimed Worshipful Master for a second year by his son, Worshipful Brother Ian Lewis, a feeling of deja vu amongst the Brethren. W Bro Ron Lewis then invested his officers commencing with W Bro John Pringle who he appointed Senior Warden as he had done some 43 years ago! The remaining officers being appointed and invested, W Bro Ian Lewis addressed the Worshipful Master in a most moving way. W Bro Knowles addressed the Wardens and W Bro Pringle addressed the Overseers. The addresses were concluded by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master addressing the brethren.
The usual business was concluded following the Worshipful Master proposing a candidate for Advancement and one for Joining. It looks like a busy year ahead for the Worshipful Master and his officers. New members have been thin on the ground, this was good news and , hopefully, a good attendance can be encouraged to welcome the new Brother.
The Festive Board then beckoned, but a surprise, Mrs Dot Cox, who had provided catering at Castleford for 23 years, had reluctantly retired on health grounds but Marie, who had helped Dot for many years, provided a meal appreciated by all. A collection was taken which raised over £100 from those who had enjoyed Dot’s cooking over the years.
Following the meal, the toasts were honoured in the usual way. The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, in his reply congratulated those members present who were to be appointed or promoted in Provincial Grand Lodge at the April meeting. He reminded all brethren that they could attend and asked for support for the Provincial Grand Master. He also commended the 2nd Northern Variety Show to any brethren who had not yet been able to book a ticket. Finally, he referred to a meeting of the Mark Lodges meeting at Tapton arranged to promote interest in the Order. Referring to the threat of snow he concluded his response!
W Bro John Maxwell outlined some of the many good things that the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust were doing throughout the Province emphasising the rapid response that could be given to brethren and their dependents when in need.
The toast to the Worshipful Master was proposed by W Bro Ian Lewis who also sang “The Master’s Song” unaccompanied. In his response, W Bro Ron Lewis thanked all present for making this rearranged meeting so enjoyable and thanked W Bro Ian Lewis for his kind words in proposing the toast to his health and for his singing.
The health of the visiting brethren was proposed by the new Junior Warden, Bro Mick Brennan, in a most appropriate and amusing way. W Bro Tom Wise responded on behalf of all the visitors, thanking the members of Legiolium Lodge for their kind reception and for the enjoyable Festive Board.
The Tyler’s Toast was proposed just on 10.00pm and the brethren retired from the warmth of the Masonic Hall to a cold, snowy evening after a great evening of Mark Masonry, friendship and fellowship.
Regrettably I could not be present and my grateful thanks go to the Lodge Secretary, Worshipful Brother Tony Williams who prepared this report.
Worshipful Brother Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.
Friday, 9th March and a good attendance at the Masonic Hall, York Place, Knaresborough to witness Brother David Preston Installed as Worshipful Master by Worshipful Brother Barry Smith. The W.M. opened the Lodge in due form with the assistance of a double hand in the Director of Ceremonies function; Worshipful Brother Bernard Dunne being unable to attend , at the last minute Worshipful Brothers David Lees and Gordon Renton stepped into the breach where, apart from a bit of doubt initially as to where the Master elect should be seated, they acquitted themselves superbly.
A ballot was then taken for a joining member, Worshipful Brother David Broadhead, that been approved, he was admitted and welcomed to the Lodge, A further ballot then followed to approve Worshipful Brother Don Birkin as an honorary member, it being explained that due to his deteriorating health it was unlikely that he would be seen at the Lodge again, In my travels around the Province, this has become increasingly common and is to be applauded. It is manifestly unmasonic to take monies from a Brother who probably will not attend Lodge in the future. It is, of course, right and proper to ascertain that the Brother would accept Honorary membership, he may wish to maintain the status quo, well done Knaresborough Castle.
Upon a report, Worshipful Brother Ian Lewis, Provincial Assistant Director of Ceremonies was admitted, formed an escort whereupon the Provincial Grand Junior Warden, Worshipful Brother Edward Wilkinson was admitted accompanied by Worshipful Brother Alan Corbridge, Elected member of the Charity Committee. Attention again turned to W,Bro. Barry who then proceeded with the Installation Ceremony in a calm measured delivery throughout. In this he was ably assisted by W.Bro.John Maxwell, explaining the Collaret, W.Bro.George Wise, the Tools and the Addresses respectively by W.Bro.Graham Essex to the Worshipful Master, W.Bro.Brian Harrison to the Wardens, W.Bro.David Lees to the Overseers and , finally, W,Bro.Edward Wilkinson to the Brethren, all submitted in fine form.
In presenting his Past Masters Jewel to W.Bro.Barry, W.Bro.George Wise confirmed that he had Advanced three candidates in the year and a joining member, any lodge would be delighted with that in the current climate. W.Bro.Barry acknowledged the Jewel, which he will wear with pride, in the same unassuming, calm manner he had conducted himself throughout. The Almoner unable to be present, the report was In the hands of W.Bro.George who promptly asked me to report on Very Worshipful Brother George Robert Fraser-Platt, who I had visited on my way to Knaresborough. He has recently had surgery on his left knee and was in some pain but his sense of humour has not changed and I had a most pleasant hour with Bob and Trudie. Hopefully he will be able to visit Lodges this year, I will most certainly see him again, but I know that he would welcome a call from his friends scattered around the Province; please call if you can but take my advice do not encourage him to tell you a joke, you could be on the phone for hours, he does like talking. I wish that I could see his face when he reads this but I did tell him that he would receive a mention, he does like his press.
A most welcome Festive Board consumed attention turned to the Toasts, that to the Province given formally by Worshipful Brother Alan Young. Responding W.Bro.Edward spoke about the sponsored Barge Pull from Barnoldswick to Leeds Distances, for each day, vary from three to seven miles but you have all day and as many as wish can be involved.. Lodges have already joined together to form teams and all are asked to consider and advise W.Bro.Edward, There will be evenings of interest en route, details of which should be available early April, one of which will be the copper Dragon Brewery, I will not miss that. Now a must for your diaries if it is not already there, Provincial Grand Lodge, Bradford Grammar School, April 7th Saturday, SEE YOU THERE, It is the Provincial Grand Masters meeting of his Lodge, only once a year, we should all reciprocate with our attendance.
The Toast to the Charities was succinctly provided by Worshipful Brother Richard Stone, the response by W.Bro.Alan Corbridge, Elected Member of the Charity Committee. He confirmed that the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust continues to fulfil it’s obligations. an Almoners Luncheon in early April, followed by another in the Autumn and holiday at Lytham St Annes in July. Meanwhile the focus of our Charitable efforts are, quite rightly, fixed upon the Festival. It is through the Festivals that the Mark Benevolent Fund, founded 150 years ago by Canon George Raymond Portal, receives the bulk of its funding, this enables the support for major ticket items such as £2.6m for the Hope for Tomorrow cancer Charity, chemotherapy units in rural locations and £3.2m for the replacement of Ambulances and support vehicles for St John Ambulance, very worthy causes indeed.
Entertainment was provided from an unlikely source when the raffle drum, with raffle tickets enclosed, was placed before W.Bro.David. The wheel was turned and the tickets cascaded onto the table, the lid had been forgotten!!. Laughter ensued and that sealed what had been a wonderful Mark evening, I know I keep saying this but we are lucky to be Mark Master Masons, Enjoy.
Worshipful Brother Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.