A large contingent of West Yorkshire Mark Master Masons spent a most enjoyable day at Grand Lodge for the Investiture meeting which was rather more special than normal.
In attendance were:
The Most Worshipful Grand Master, His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent,
The Most Worshipful Pro Grand Master, Richard Victor Wallis, JP,
The Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master, H. Keith Emmerson and
The Right Worshipful Assistant Grand Master, Raymond John Smith
After the usual opening formalities, attention turned to the substantive items where it was announced that amongst those named to the General Board of the Grand Lodge of Mark master Masons was our own Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother James Steggles G,M,R.A.C, a delight to all of the West Yorkshire contingent.
Thoughts then turned to the main agenda items:
- Proclaim Most Worshipful Brother, His Royal Highness Prince Michael; of Kent, GCVO as Grand Master and he was saluted accordingly.
- Appoint and Proclaim Most Worshipful Brother Richard Victor Wallis, JP as Pro Grand Master, with appropriate salutations.
- Appoint, obligate, invest and install Right Worshipful Brother Raymond John Smith as Deputy Grand Master, with appropriate salutations and finally,
- Appoint, obligate, invest and install Right Worshipful Brother John Herbert Prizeman as Assistant Grand master with appropriate salutations.
The appointment and investiture of the Grand officers for the year 2016/2017 then proceeded and included the following Brethren from the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons, West Yorkshire:
First Appointment to Acting Rank
Bro. James Stanley, G. Stwd, Gothic Lodge No.1018
First Appointment to Past Rank
Bro. James Ian Reynolds P.A.G.D.C., Escafeld Lodge No.1139
Bro. Graham Anthony Cooper P.A.G.D.C, Bronte Lodge No. 535.
Bro. Alan David Hines P.A.G.Swd.B., Dartmouth Lodge no.545
Bro. Graham Fisher P.G.St.B., Pudsey Lodge No. 658.
Promotions to Past Rank
Bro. Philip Raymond Mann to P.G.J.O., Pontefract Lodge No.878.
Bro. John Robert Parker to P. G.S.D., Lightcliffe Lodge No. 715.
Bro. Gerald John Anthony Graham Barker to P.G.S.D., St Chad Lodge No. 374.
Bro. Jack Acton to P.G.J.D., St Hiev Lodge No. 1079.
Bro. Philip Keats Taylor to P.G.J.D., Castle Lodge No. 1257.
Bro. Philip Oldfield to P.G.J.D., Fearnley Lodge No. 58.
Re Appointment to Acting Rank direct from the Grand Lodge of M.M.M.
Bro. John Edward Vause D.G.D.C., Haywra Lodge No. 525.
Warm congratulations to all upon preferment’s well merited, special mention for W. Bro. Philip Mann, a reward for all the very hard work he and Judith have put in to the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust.
Afterwards 36 of our contingent dined at the Freemasons Arms, sharing the facility with our friends from the Province of North and East Yorkshire where we enjoyed good food and good company, remainder of our Party in the Connaught rooms. What a wonderful Mark Masonic occasion, not even delayed trains from Kings Cross could tarnish the event, and there it would have been nice to finish. Unfortunately some our Brethren decided to ignore the plea our Provincial Grand Master that, in the true spirit of Brotherly love we stay to the end of proceedings, leaving well before some of our own Brethren had been invested.