Brethren and Companions,
Acknowledging the sacrifice of those who fought and died in the 1914-18 War
The so-called ”Great War” ended on November 11th 1918 and we will this year celebrate the centenary of the end of that terrible conflict in which over 9 million combatants and 7 million civilians lost their lives across the world.
We feel it would be fitting for us as a Province to come together this special year, and every year into the future, to acknowledge the supreme sacrifice made by people from across the world, many of whom had Masonic connections.
Our colleagues in the Province of Derbyshire have on an annual basis shown their support by the wearing of a special tie (pictured above) that is permitted to be worn throughout the month of November in both Craft and Royal Arch meetings within their Province. All profits from sales go directly to The Royal British Legion.
As Provincial Grand Master and Most Excellent Grand Superintendent we want to introduce this initiative into our Province during this special year which creates an excellent opportunity for Masons across Yorkshire, West Riding to openly demonstrate their act of remembrance and to raise money for a sometimes forgotten services charity.
The tie can be worn from 1st to 30th November this and every subsequent year at Craft and Royal Arch meetings in this Province.
You can purchase a tie now at the WEB SHOP pages here on the Provincial website.
The ties cost £10.00 each plus £1.75 for postage and packing.
We would emphasise that participation is entirely voluntary but we hope that our members will embrace this opportunity and join us in marking our support for this worthy charity and our respect for those who made the supreme sacrifice.
R.W. Bro David S Pratt Ex Comp Stewart G Carley
Provincial Grand Master, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent
Wednesday, March 14, saw the very successful launch of the Masonic Light educational and enlightenment programme in Area 1, hosted by the Lodge of St.Peter & Harmony 600 at Hoyle Court, Baildon. The launch event was very well attended with over 70 Freemasons in attendance, mostly from Area 1 lodges.
The Masonic Light programme was introduced by W.Bro. Tim Brooksbank, Area 1 Masonic Light Leader, who also introduced his team of very able Assistants, consisting of W.Bro. Richard Emmott (Keighley, Haworth, Bingley), W.Bro. Mark Sheldon (Bradford), W.Bro. Adrian Collins (Cleckheaton, Heckmondwike, Dewsbury, Mirfield) W.Bro. Martin Hanson (Baildon) and W.Bro. Simon Buckingham (Communications). The Assistants will take care of all event bookings throughout Area 1 as well as event publicity, attendance and proactive promotion of Masonic Light education.
Masonic Light is designed primarily to explain to newer members about the meanings of our symbolism, rituals and traditions, however this is equally enlightening to more senior time-served members who invariably will learn something new. Everyone can gain better understanding of why we really do what we do. Through understanding, Masonic Light improves retention, engagement and attendance of members as well as generating the kind of enthusiasm which leads members to want to invite their friends and colleagues to join. As a side-effect Masonic Light also instils the concept of visiting into the minds of newer members by encouraging to attend organised Masonic Light events at other lodges near to them so they broaden their network of Masonic friends.
W.Bro. Tim Brooksbank then proceeded to deliver the first of six Masonic Light presentations entitled “An Explanation of the Secrets of the Entered Apprentice Degree” which despite being quite a long lecture engaged the attention of everyone present for a considerable period of time. Tim didn’t see anyone fall asleep during a presentation which lasted nearly an hour!
At the end of the presentation Bro. Dr. Robert Lomas who originally researched the material for the Masonic Light programme joined W.Bro. Brooksbank to answer questions from the audience and W.Bro.Peter Smith, Masonic Light Manager explained about supporting materials for the Masonic Light programme and also explained about Light Nuggets which are brief presentations designed for lodges to deliver themselves, either in open lodge or on practice or junior presentation nights. Tim was very pleased to be able to take a step back from speaking at this point having almost completely lost his voice by this time; he had been unable to speak at all earlier that morning due to a heavy cold and delivered the presentation in his best “heavy metal rock singer” voice rather than his usual booming speaking manner. Next step, may be an audition for AC/DC…
The meeting closed and was followed by a very enjoyable Old English Night. Afterwards the Area 1 Masonic Light team was thrilled to be asked by so many lodges if they host a Masonic Light event in their own lodge, with many attendees commenting this was the most useful, interesting and best presented lecture they’d seen in their entire Masonic career, this being said even by members with 50+ years service to Freemasonry.
Masonic Light Presentations available for Area 1 are:
· An Explanation of the Secrets of the Entered Apprentice Degree
· An Explanation of the Secrets of the Fellowcraft Degree
· An Explanation of the Secrets of the Master Mason Degree
· Basic Masonic Symbolism and the Six Tracing Boards
· All the Working Tools of a Master Mason
· So You Think You Want to Become a Freemason?
– this final presentation is designed to be given to non-Masons at gavel nights, afterlodge and social events.
Currently Area 1 has a further 11 Masonic Light events booked between now and Summer 2019 recess. The target is to deliver at least 20 presentations within that period so if you would like to host an event or just want to know more please visit our dedicated Masonic Light website www.masoniclight.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tim on 07789 981463.