Each year the Provincial Grand Master considers recommendations from the Assistant Provincial Grand Masters for exceptional promotions in Provincial Grand Rank. Most notable amongst these are the few brethren whose exceptional service has earned them promotion to the highest Past Provincial Rank, that of Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden.
These recommendations are drawn-up by scrutiny groups in each Area of the Province. These groups are composed of senior members within that Area who have experience of brethren from across their patch. Those which meet with the approval of the APGM are put forward for the personal consideration of the Provincial Grand Master. Those few who are chosen would normally receive a surprise visit to their Lodge from a Provincial Ruler who would promote them under the authority of the PGM and present them with a collar jewel and apron badge.
As it is not possible this year to undertake these visits, each Brother received their promotion in a personal telephone call from their APGM, and their names appear below so that we can all celebrate their success. R.W. Bro David Pratt, Provincial Grand Master, said:
“I am delighted to be able to acknowledge the special contribution of these brethren through their promotion to the highest Provincial rank of Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden. The reasons for each are individually determined, and their contributions have been varied. In some cases, I have acknowledged their exceptional length of service whilst in others, it has been the nature of their contribution that has been exceptional. Whichever, they are all to be congratulated for their dedicated service to Freemasonry in general and to this Province in particular, and I offer my heartiest good wishes together with my hope that they will soon be able to wear their new regalia with pride.”
A major grant of £74,500 has been awarded to the West Yorkshire Scout Group by the Mark Benevolent Fund. The Grant will fund the building of a brand new storage facility at the Bradley Wood County Scout Campsite & Activity Centre in Brighouse.
Scouting mirrors the aims of Freemasonry in so many ways, so it’s good to see the MBF supporting them at this challenging time.
The Mark Benevolent Fund made grants in excess of £200,000 to charitable projects in West Yorkshire last year, including major grants for an Ambulance Support Vehicle for St John Ambulance Yorkshire, a Rapid Response Vehicle for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, a new Mini Bus for Martin House Hospice and the refurbishment of a Barge for Safe Anchor Trust. It also supported several Hospices in the Province and the flood victims of South Yorkshire earlier in the year.
Our MBF Festival in 2023 and the support it receives from our own charity, the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust, will help the Mark Benevolent Fund continue the excellent work it does in our communities.
It’s good to have some good news in these difficult times, but those same times have severely restricted income to both the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust and the Festival. So please review what you give to the Trust by Standing Order and continue to support the Festival in any way you can. It will be very much appreciated and will help the good work our Mark charities do to continue. Your money, your Province, your support, your success