An opportunity for all the Brethren of the West Yorkshire Province of Mark Master Masons to support one of their Own in his quest to raise funds for the 2023 Festival. Well I hear you say who is this man?, foolish enough to motor cycle a round trip, Portsmouth to John ‘O Groats and back, a total of 1732 miles. Fret not at Integrity Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 110 we have more than one but it is Worshipful Brother Frank Milner who leads the way, see the photos herewith. No it is not Uncle Albert of ‘Only Fools and Horses’ fame, the difference between the clips is that he had a hair cut, unfortunately a passing sheep shearer!
The event is under the auspices of the Southern Chapter of the Widows Sons, hence the start on the 19th August from Portsmouth, sent off Right Worshipful Brother George Deacon, the Provincial Grand Master for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Province of Mark Master Masons., returning three days later. W.Bro. Frank, living in Wakefield, will leave home on the 19th circa 5 a.m., join up with the rest in Portsmouth, and then finish on the return leg from John ‘O Groats as they pass Wakefield, he will then have completed the full round trip. He will be sponsored the Ridings Chapter of the Widows Sons, well known for their charitable endeavours.
W.Bro. Frank,will be eighty in September and completed forty years as a Mark Master Mason in February 2021. Throughout he has been an athlete, risk taker and entrepreneur suffering physically on occasion, he has a steel plate in his skull and has been diagnosed twice with cancer. On the last occasion this gave rise to the comment in the Almoners Report, ‘Do not be concerned, it is clearly apparent that the good lord does not want him’ Whether that is true or not, we treasure him at Integrity and want him with us for many years to come.
Ergo encourage him in this effort, and other future escapades, give generously to Frank and the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust, and therefore the MBF Festival 2023. Also if you have spare funds in your Lodge which cannot benefit from ‘Gift Aid’, viz they were proceeds of a raffle, because they were intended for the Festival they could be added to the pot, just a thought.
W.Bro. Duncan Smith P.G.S.D