My first introduction to Freemasonry was being co-opted by my Dad to help clearing up Fitzwilliam Street Masonic Hall after Installations, Cinderella Dances, Ladies Nights & Childrens’ Christmas Parties gradually attending all those events as I grew up. This meant that I became familiar not just with the premises but the many men involved in the Craft with my Dad, Trevor Smith who had joined the Lodge of Truth No 521 in the 1960s whilst I was still in education.
I was educated at Mirfield Grammar School & proudly graduated from Leeds University in 1967 with a BSc Hons in Agriculture. Later that year I started work with an Agricultural Company in Lincolnshire, as a Technical Adviser. Weekdays in Lincolnshire & weekends in Huddersfield was the result.
It was 1969 when I expressed an interest in joining the Lodge so my Dad started the application process. When I reflect on why my interest was aroused I believe that I had seen nothing but good being demonstrated.
On Friday 1st May 1970 I was initiated into the Lodge of Truth, No 521. It was an exciting event, but I know I was anxious. However, I can still clearly remember things that happened that night. My Dad proposed me. Brother Richard Hollas was my seconder & I am delighted to say that we have remained friends throughout the years.
I am immensely proud that on that evening there were 3 generations of Smiths present, my Grandfather, my Dad & myself - a unique occasion in the history of the Lodge, as far as we can trace.
Over the years, I made steady progress through the various offices & on the 1st December 1978, having driven through freezing fog from Lincolnshire, I was honoured to be installed into the Masters’ Chair by the late Worshipful Brother Fred Broadbent. This was followed by many enjoyable years rolling by & eventually I was privileged to be appointed Acting Provincial Grand Standard Bearer. Subsequently I was awarded the rank of Past Provincial Grand Standard Bearer.
I can honestly say that I have enjoyed all the time I have been in the Craft, having met countless numbers of people with whom I have enjoyed the best of Fellowship.
Over the years I have seen many changes both within the Craft but also in life in general. I believe that one important principle I always try to practice is that of tolerance & to accept the maxim that ‘Nothing is Forever’.
I am really proud to have reached the landmark of fifty years in Freemasonry & wish to record my sincere thanks to everyone who shared & helped me on my journey, especially Margaret, my wife of 43 years
Edward Keith Patnick was an enthusiastic Mason even before he was initiated into Hadassah Lodge No 4871 on 25 March 1970. It was one of the most auspicious days of his life as he left his wife Anne’s bedside to follow in his two elder brothers’ footsteps as Freemasons. Anne had just given birth earlier that day to their first-born son, an occasion of biblical as well as family significance.
From that day, Edward never looked back and quickly rose through the ranks to become Master of Hadassah in 1985 and DC in 1987. He was appointed to PPDepGSec in 1993, followed by a further promotion to PPJGW in 2000. A little-known fact is that he was also Master of the prestigious Manchester Lodge of Masonic Research in 2004. He was appointed to Grand Lodge as PAGDC in 2010 as a reward for his contribution to many aspects of Freemasonry in Yorkshire and across the country.
Edward continues to play a big part in Sheffield Freemasonry as this year’s President of the Sheffield Royal Arch Council in addition to being Vice President of the Sheffield Past Masters Association.
Disregarding convention is one of Edward’s hallmarks, and in 1972 he joined the Mark degree before joining the Royal Arch. He again made his ‘mark’ becoming Master of Vulcan Lodge in 1986, Provincial Treasurer in 1991 and PPSGW in 1996. For his charitable work at the Cleeves and Whitehead Trust, he was made a Grand Steward in 1998, acting SGD in 2002 and a Very Worshipful Brother as PGJO in 2010. His final accolade and probably his most memorable appointment was his tenure as Provincial Grand Chaplain from 2010 to 2019 and his many Orations during that period have been published and worth a read, as the knowledge and symbolism they portray are authoritative and thought-provoking.
Eventually, in 1981 he did join Welcome RA Chapter becoming First Principal in 1991 for two years. He was appointed as PPDepGSwdB in 1995 and promoted to PPGSN in 2001, having already been appointed to Supreme Grand Chapter in 1998 as PGStB. He was promoted to PAGSoj in 2007, so for late starter, he did not do too bad!
Edward is also very active in several other Orders and is a Grand Officer in all of them.
Edward is probably best known nationally and across the north for his all-embracing, amusing talk ‘The Junk Dealer’, which is about everything and nothing, masonic and just general knowledge. His unique delivery style of walking around the Lodge, Chapter, Conclave or Council meant that everyone had to pay attention, could not fall asleep for fear of being picked on and were genuinely entertained. Over the years these talks, alongside his biography ‘Confessions of a Junk Dealer’, have raised over £32,000 for Tommy’s the Baby Charity, in memory of Edward’s stillborn grandchild.
Outside of Freemasonry, Edward and Anne ran a very successful antique and general dealing business until he retired some years ago. He has been very active within the Sheffield Jewish community, holding many offices including that of President. He was also a commentator on sports and Chairman of the Sheffield Hospitals Radio, where he no doubt entertained the sick in the same lively fashion as he has Freemasons for so many years.
VW. Bro James H Newman OBE
Born in Rotherham in 1927 Peter has spent his entire life living in the town and still lives there at the grand age of 93 years having celebrated his most recent birthday at the end of March this year.
At the age of 33 Peter married his wife, Doreen spending 40 years of happy life together until her sad passing in 2000. His son, a helicopter pilot who trained and flew in the Royal Navy is now Chief Training Officer for the Air Sea Rescue Service and lives north of Aberdeen with Peters’ three grandchildren.
Peter was initiated into Freemasonry in Wentworth Lodge No 1239 on January 5th 1970 and Exalted into Phoenix Royal Arch Chapter in 1983.
Peter was in the Chair of his Mother Lodge in 1980 sharing a splendid year with other couples and making friendships, some of which have lasted to the present day.
In 2001 Peter continued his long contact with Masonic friends in Nottinghamshire joining the North Notts Past Masters Lodge No 9525 meeting in Worksop, a membership which continues to this day. Finding driving at night more and more difficult Peter joined Lodge of South Yorkshire No 9633, a daylight Lodge, in 2006 taking the Chair in 2011. He continues to be an active member and would have received his Jubilee certificate from the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, a personal friend, in May to avoid the winter months and the threat of bad weather. Sadly this isn’t now possible but Peter has received his certificate through the post together with a letter of congratulation from the RW Provincial Grand Master. When life returns to normality there will be a formal presentation in front of Peters’ Masonic friends and their families.
The Masonic love of Peters life however has been his membership of The Ancient and Accepted Rite, The Order of the Rose Croix where he holds the high honour of being a member of the 32nd Degree, the second highest in the Order.
Peter joined Welcome Chapter No 189 in Sheffield in 1973 becoming Most Wise Sovereign in 1984 amd served as Prelate for over 20 years. He was awarded the honour of the 30th Degree in the same year and subsequently the 31st Degree in 1996. In 2003 recognition of his service to the Order was acknowledged by his promotion to the 32nd Degree which he still holds.
Continuing his commitment to the Order he took the Chair of Stonegate Chapter No 987, of which he was a founder, in 2017, shortly after his 90th birthday.
Above all Peter is known throughout his Masonic contacts as a kind and caring man, always thinking of those around him and always eager to be involved. He still regularly performs pieces of ritual in Craft and Rose Croix and continues to thoroughly enjoy every aspect of his Masonic life.
Peter now shares his enjoyment of Freemasonry in particular and life in general with his Companion, Cath and the two are inseparable at masonic events in Sheffield and Nottinghamshire.
A lovely man and a shining example of Masonic and Christian principles Peter has attended as a member of The Methodist Church for the past 90 years we look forward to celebrating his special achievement in due course.
W. Bro John Boyington,
Deputy Provincial Grand Master