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Carnarvon Lodge of Mark Masters No 62 celebrated two special events at their meeting on Tuesday 17 November 2015.

The retirement of R.W.Bro John Prizeman GMRAC as our Provincial Grand Master and the announcement of his successor has necessitated some further changes within the Province.

The Provincial Grand Master, R W Bro John Herbert Prizeman attended the November 2015 meeting of Bournemouth Mark Lodge No 125 when he was delighted to present Long Service Certificates to three Brethren who between them had achieved 142 years service in Bournemouth Mark Lodge.

Members of Aldershot Military Lodge No.54 recently donated £375 to ABF The Soldier's Charity.  One of the Lodge members, W.Bro. Guy Sudron, signed up to do the charity's 'Frontline Walk', a 100km trek in 3 days from Arras to Ypres.  

One of the conditions of participating in the walk was for each entrant to raise a minimum of £1200.  At a regular meeting of Mark 54 a sponsorship form was passed around the Lodge members.  Between them, the Lodge members donated the magnificent sum of £375, boosting W.Bro. Sudron's total monies raised to over £2300.

At the Provincial Mid Term Luncheon held at Botley Masonic Centre on Sunday 18th October 2015, R W Bro John Herbert Prizeman GMRAC announced that he would retire as Provincial Grand Master of the Mark Province of Hampshire and IOW with effect from midnight on Friday 22nd April 2016. His decision was prompted by his increasing commitments as President of the Mark Benevolent Fund which required him to spend a substantial amount of time in London and elsewhere in the country.

He further announced that the MW Grand Master has been pleased to appoint V W Bro George John Deacon PGJO, Deputy Provincial Grand Master as his successor. V W Bro George will be installed as Provincial Grand Master of the Mark Province of Hampshire and Isle of Wight at Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday 23rd April 2016.

Both the Provincial Grand Master and his Deputy will continue with their Official and Private visits throughout the Province until April 2016. This will afford brethren the opportunity to express their thanks and appreciation to the Provincial Grand Master for his outstanding and inspirational leadership over the past 8+ years and, of course, to offer their congratulations and best wishes to the PGM (designate) V W Bro George Deacon.

Peter Lewis
Provincial Grand Secretary
18th October 2015

The M W Grand Master has been pleased to appoint the following brethren to RAMGR. They

will be invested at the Annual Assembly to be held at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street

London WC2B 5AZ on Tuesday 8th December 2015.

Congratulations to the brethren of the Province honoured by the Provincial Grand Master with Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank.  See the full list here.

THE MARK PROVINCIAL BENEVOLENT FUND GIVES TO CYSTIC FIBROSIS

At the end of March 2015 it came to the notice of VW Bro Peter James that efforts by the parents and grandparents of three year old Niamh Ford to raise money to purchase a cystic fibrosis vest for Niamh who suffered quite severely from cystic fibrosis had ground to a halt.

A milestone for Thistle & Shamrock Lodge of Mark Master Masons No.1048 was achieved when on the evening of the 19th March 2015 the Lodge was honoured by the attendance of our Provincial Grand Master

Congratulations to the Brethren of the Province honoured with appointment to, and promotion in, Grand Lodge.  Find more details here.

Aldershot Military Lodge of Mark Masters No.54 has a tradition of family Sunday lunches which are held twice a year.  At the lunch of 1st March 2015, the Provincial Grand Master was invited to attend to receive a special presentation.  The Lodge holds a raffle at each Sunday lunch and RWBro. John Prizeman was invited to receive the proceeds of the last few raffles. 

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"Up Spirits"

With this famous naval call Thomas Dunckerly Mark celebrated Trafalgar night in excellent style in the presence of Two Provincial Grand Masters, John Prizeman (Hants & IoW) and John Platts (Bristol), and 94 other Mark Master Masons which included a team of exchange visitors from Dunckerly Mark in Bristol.

At the meeting held on 4th December 2014 of Portsmouth Lodge of Mark Masters No.17TI, we were honoured by the attendance of our Provincial Grand Master R. W. Bro. John Prizeman in two roles. First as the President of the Mark Benevolent fund when he presented our WM W. Bro. Dr. Robert DeGoldthorp Hanson the collaret, jewel and certificate designating the lodge as a Grand Patron Gold of the Mark Benevolent fund. This is only the second lodge in the Province of Hampshire and Isle of Wight to achieve this high honour.

Christchurch Lodge of Mark Master Masons No.1453 recently donated a sum of £200 to the doctors and staff of the Stroke Unit at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.  The donation is to enable the purchase of equipment for the unit whcih will benefit the patients.  It was given also in recognition of the care given to W. Bro Dickie Crake PGSD whilst he was a patient after his stoke, and we are pleased to say he is making steady progress and hopefully we will see him back in our midst.

Each year the active Provincial Wardens run what is affectionately known as 'the Wardens Swindle' to raise money for deserving local charities.  The Wardens of 2013-14 have just made the final donation of the monies they raised in their year.  A cheque for the magnificent sum of £1500 was presented to Beaulieu House Respite Centre in Newport on the Isle of Wight.  The centre provides much needed care and support for the families of children who have disabilities.

Many congratulations to the Brethren honoured by the Provincial Grand Master with appointment to active Provincial Mark Rank.

The appointments to RAMGR and ProvRAMGR have been announced.  Many congratulations to all Brethren on their preferment.  See the full list here.

Each year the active Provincial Wardens run what has become known as the 'Warden's Swindle' and the Provincial Wardens of 2013-14 were no exception.  Through their efforts they have raised a considerable sum and recently they made a presentation to the Oncology Unit of Southampton Hospital.  W.Bro. Mike Lewis PPSGW and W.Bro. Mike Baxter PPJGW donated ??1680.00 to the Oncology Unit to be put towards the purchase of a Kodak Computed Radiography Reader  This speciallist device will allow the medical staff to use a computed radiography cassette for lung dosimetry in the specific radiotherapy treatment technique of total body irradiation.

The photos show the Provincial Wardens, accompanied by W.Bro. Geoff Dobson, presenting the cheque to the staff at Southampton Hospital and the Kodak device.

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