The Worshipful Master, Worshipful Brother Matthew Brelsford, was Installed for the second time in 2018 and sparked a significant revival in the fortunes of the Lodge. It brought forth three Elevations and two joining members, one after an absence of twenty years. This meeting was then advised that they now have a further four Candidates standing in the wings one who will probably be held over to next year, success breeds success.
W.Bro.Matt opened the Lodge when V.W.Bro.Robert Corfield then gave a short eulogy in respect of a titan of Mark Masonry, V.W.Bro.Sidney John Bruton Barlow, a Mark Master Mason of renown and the only one that I am aware of who acted as President for two Installed masters Associations, South Yorkshire and Hudds/Halifax and Districts. He is most certainly, not only missed the Lodges of which he was a Member but also the West Yorkshire Province. Brethren stood in recognition of departed merit.
A report brought forth the Prov.A.G.D.C., W.Bro.John Gray who advised that the Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden, W.Bro.Mark Holland, accompanied W.Bro.Alan Corbridge, Elected member of the Charity Committee, were eager to join the fray, they were promptly admitted. Next on the agenda to Proclaim W.Bro.Matt, Worshipful Master for the ensuing year which was efficiently dispatched the Director of Ceremonies, W.Bro.Stuart Jobling. The Working Tools were presented and explained in fine style W.Bro.Ken Beaumont and the Addresses delivered as follows; Worshipful Master V.W.Bro.Bob Corfield who also addressed the Overseers, in between, that to the Wardens was in the hands of W.Bro.Stuart and that to the Brethren W.Bro. Mark, the last time in his year of which he can be very proud. One year I am sure that V.W.Bro.Bob will do all the addresses, that would be a piece to savour. The remaining business of the evening was then speedily completed and the Festive Board beckoned.
The Toast to the Province was given on this occasion the W.M., W.Bro.Matt who immediately struck the right note saying that the Province is blessed with Rulers of supreme quality supported Provincial Grand Lodge Officers, totally committed and eager to be of assistance. W.Bro.Matt is already a Provincial Officer, no crawling necessary but I suppose that he was looking to the future. Responding, W.Bro.Mark thanked all who had attended the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand lodge, a display of the ‘Magic of the Mark’. He also thanked the Almoners, Charity Stewards, Treasurers and Secretaries on behalf of the Provincial Grand master, they ensure that the wheels of Mark Masonry continue to turn. Finally, a reminder, do not forget to use your Mark when signing the Register.
The Toast to the Charities was in the hands of W.Bro Mick Ricketts who left the detail to W.Bro.Alan, but thanked all the hard working Mark masons giving freely of their time for the benefit of the Charities. W.Bro.Alan emphasised that, despite numerous reminders, only 28% of Brethren contribute standing order, the most efficient method of giving, perhaps time for each of us to reflect upon the Principles of the Order. The Cleeves and Whitehead Trust continues to meet its obligations with one hundred and seventy five Brethren, relatives and dependants attending the April Almoners Lunch and forty five will be enjoying the holiday to St Annes in June.
Finally the responder to the Visitors Toast was Worshipful Brother Steven Hides on his first visit having been Installed in the Chair of Cleeves Lodge No.618. He congratulated W.Bro.Mark Holland upon his address to the Brethren saying it was the best that he had ever heard, a quick re-think, whoops it was the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro.Alan who had given-the address at his own Installation two weeks earlier. Do not worry Steven nobody will tell him.
Another joyful Mark Masonic occasion. I keep saying it but we are lucky!!
Worshipful Brother Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.