Around 120 Masons packed themselves into Temple three at Tapton Hall, Sheffield, for the Installation of our new Deputy Provincial Grand Master, WBro John Boyington.
The Provincial Grand Master was joined by all four Assistant PGMs, a full delegation of Provincial Officers, two Past Deputy PGMs and threePast APGMs, for the ceremony hosted by The Lodge of South Yorkshire No. 9633.
Being a ‘daylight’ Lodge, proceedings commenced at 11.45am under the leadership of W. Bro Roger Powell, WM of the lodge, before the RW Provincial Grand Master was admitted by command of WBro Ian Smith, Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies.
Having taken the Chair, the Provincial Grand Master advised those present of the qualities that had led him to select WBro Boyington as the new Deputy, who was then duly admitted, accompanied by an escort of seven brethren selected as representatives of his various Masonic interests.
The Provincial Grand Master duly obligated WBro John who was then ‘Proclaimed and Saluted’ as the new Deputy PGM for Yorkshire, West Riding, before the delegation retired and the Lodge was closed.
At the festive board a tribute was paid to VW Bro Stuart Grantham, currently in hospital, whose illness had forced him to stand down from the role. Those present were delighted to hear that Stuart remained very positive and passed his best wishes to all attending.
Pictured from left are: W Bro. Ian Lewis, APGM; W Bro. Andrew Wright, APGM; RW Bro. David Pratt, Provincial Grand Master; W Bro. John Boyington, new Deputy Provincial Grand Master; W Bro. Roger Newhouse, APGM; and W Bro. Alan Elstone, APGM
On February 22nd 2019 W Bro. Geoffrey Bedford PPJGW celebrated his Diamond Jubilee as a member of The Lodge of The Morning Star No 5428. W Bro. Bedford was initiated into his Lodge on 20th February 1959 having been proposed by his father W Bro. E Bedford PPGD and seconded by W Bro. Sir James Croysdale PGD.,PPGW. On behalf of the Provincial Grand Master W Bro. Martin Dodgson PPJGW presented W Bro. Bedford with his certificate. W Bro. Bedford made a wonderful acceptance speech and received a standing ovation as he returned to his seat in the Lodge.
Lodge Acacia 232, Baildon has been involved in three yearly meetings with our European Brethren of Lodges Acacia for fifteen years. Including Sweden, Germany, Holland, Switzerland, Austria, and even Russia and Romania.
The latest meeting in Malmo Sweden, on 21st September, provided a fantastic educational and social experience. Thirty-one brethren and their partners, the largest group journeyed to Sweden.
The weekend began with an introductory reception in the dungeon of a castle, where we were welcomed and entertained. Our W. Ms., wife Christine made a response on behalf of the lodge in fluent Swedish!
The next day involved the brethren being introduced to the splendid Masonic rooms off the main square of Malmo. Easily identifiable by the two Ashlars at the Entrance. Each being one cubic metre of stone!
This was followed by a live Initiation, a ritual which none of us will forget. The candidate appeared more than usually nervous and hesitant. It transpired that the questions he was asked for a period of ten minutes were live, and his responses were used to assess his suitability. No prompting. He was eventually returned to material light by three amazing magnesium flashes ignited by flames blown up narrow tubes.
An excellent luncheon followed in which toasts and songs, as well as gifts, were exchanged. This was attended by fifty-one visiting brethren.
An evening social event, at which accompany partners were present, followed. A select group of senior brethren were invited to a tour what is the equivalent of R. A. rooms. This involved stumbling down tunnels into a subterranean room two levels below ground level. And I mean stumble. The passageways were unlit, and no more than four feet high, unlit save small alcoves containing skulls and other assorted bones.
In the magnificent small Scarlet temple, an explanation was given of ‘blue’ and ‘red’ masonry practised in most of Europe. They must be doing something right, having initiated forty candidates in the previous year...
The official part of the weekend concluded with dancing, song, and much imbibing, the details of which are a little hazy. Save to say that everyone left in high spirits, looking forward to our next meeting scheduled for Rotterdam in 2021.