Mexborough and Swinton Times October 19, 1907
Interesting Presentation at Denaby.
On Saturday last the pride of Dale Lodge, National Independent Order of Odd Fellows, presented to the vicar of Denaby (the Rev. J. Brook), and to the curate (the Rev. B. Rigg) beautiful scarves, the Rev gentleman being honorary members of this lodge.
There was also presented with handsome frames framed emblems of the order to the bros. R. Bamforth and J. Smith, for introducing 20 members to the Lodge.
When the ordinary business of the Lodge had been disposed of, the Deputy Grand Master, brothers. W. Boyd (Pride of plough Lodge, Balby), was asked to make the presentations to the vicar and his curator. He said it was one of the most pleasing duties he ever had to perform, has as he had often come in contact with the Rev J. Brooks in his business, and he could assure the members that he had always found him a gentleman. As to his colleague, the Rev. B. Rigg, that was the first time he had the pleasure of meeting him, but he hoped it would not be the last, as he was convinced that both the vicar and his colleague could do a lot of good for the cause of the odd Fellowship in their visits round the parish.
In presenting the scarves to the Rev. Gentlemen, he hoped they would be long spared to wear them and to do good for friendly societies.
The district secretary, bro. J. Dainty (Friend in Need Lodge, Mexborough), was then called upon to present framed emblems of the order to Bros. Smith and Bamforth for introducing 20 members into their Lodge. He spoke of the benefits for young men belonging to a friendly society, and said the Lodge was only too pleased to see members getting one of those emblems.