Tapton Hall, Thursday 4th of October and the Worshipful Master, Worshipful Brother Richard Foster opened proceedings at the Installation meeting of Britannia Lodge of M.M.M. No. 53. The first thing to say is that W.Bro. Richard, upon attaining the Chair a year ago, accepted the responsibility inherent in the Role of representing his Lodge around the South Yorkshire I.M.A., what a delight it would be to say the same elsewhere. Thankfully there were two visiting Masters, congratulations to W.Bro. John Hill, Cleeves No.618 and W.Bro. Philip Drury, Escafeld No. 1139 for doing what they are supposed to do, hopefully this will not fall upon deaf ears again.
The lodge opened, upon a report, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Worshipful Brother Trevor Bolton, together with Worshipful Brother Alan Corbridge, Elected Member of the Charity Committer and Escort were admitted under the direction of the Asst.P.G.D.C., W. Bro. Charles Lindsay. Attention turned to the Installation, short form for an Installed Master, the Master elect, W.Bro. Philip Haynes being presented W.Bro. Norman Oakes. He then delivered his obligation and was placed in the Chair of the Lodge W.Bro.Richard, congratulations to him for a job very well done.
The Working Tools were then presented and explained W.Bro. Tony Brailsford followed the IPM presenting the Keystone Collaret and the Grand Patron Gold Award Collaret, we will see more of this in the near future. The addresses were delivered in excellent fashion the following;
Worshipful Master, W,Bro. Richard Foster
Wardens, W.Bro. David Hayes.
Overseers, W.Bro. Nick Jacques.
Brethren, W.Bro. Norman Oakes.
The remaining business concluded, all adjourned for a superb meal courtesy of the Tapton caterers, it is is a pleasure to say that, the food has definitely improved. The Toast to the Province was eloquently proposed W.Bro.Simon Green stressing that the Provincial Oficers are a fine body of men, supporting the Lodges and the Brethren in all their endeavours. Nothing to argue with there said W.Bro. Trevor in response, I think Simon can look forward to his Honours! W.Bro. Trevor then announced that a new Lodge, to be known as the Provincial Grand Stewards Lodge is to be established in 2019. As its name indicates it will be for those who have held the Office of Provincial Grand Steward, the Senior Officers will be selected the PGM who will then select the Junior Warden in future years, the same process as for the Carl Whitehead Lodge of installed Commanders No. 110. Full details will be sent out before the year end, if you qualify and are interested , put your name forward. It will, as with Carl whitehead, meet only twice.
Notes For your diaries;
Musical evenings at Pontefract Masonic Hall with W. Bro. John Whitworth, 27th Oct. and 3thNov.
Almoners Luncheon, Tapton Hall, Monday 5th November,
Gala Ball, Bankfield Hotel Shipley, Saturday, 1st December 2018
Annual Carol Service that will again be held at Brighouse Methodist Church on Sunday, 9th December.
The Toast to the Charities was given W.Bro. Chris Watson, the response W.Bro. Alan who emphasised that the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust is in good heart and fulfilling its obligations but Brethren may like to review their donations but only give what you can afford
Of note is the fact that the W.M. was in the chair in 2012 but, because of illness not a period he cares to remember, hence he willingly volunteered to re-cycle himself. There could be some very interesting visits coming up as he is a member of five Lodges in France, he speaks fluent French, he might extend invitations beyond Britannia members? Well perhaps! Amusing vignette, D.C. W.Bro. Nick in charge of the raffle prizes decided he would enter the caterers table Decorations, upon reflection this was dropped, as one wag said,’well at lest he did not raffle the chandelier’.
Have a great year Britannia, particularly W. Bro. Philip Haynes.
Worshipful Brother Duncan Smith P.G.S.D.