I am very sorry to announce that W.Bro. Robert K Mills-Goodlet passed to the Grand Lodge Above on the 27th July 2019. Although Bob may not be known to many of the younger brethren, he was a great character and a great ambassador for Freemasonry and how to enjoy it.
Bob was appointed Assistant Provincial Grand Master in the Craft from 1986 to 1994 when I had the honour to escort him on an Official visit, he was a charming man and one who was made welcome wherever he went. He will be sadly missed and I and all Mark Master Masons send sincere condolences to his family at this sad time.
R.W.Bro. George Deacon
Provincial Grand Master
Last month, Richard and Andrea Cox hosted a very special event at their home in Chilworth. The event was in aid of the Mark Benevolent Fund 2026 Festival and raised a “grand” amount of £850.00, It is hoped that with your support we can make this an annual event raising more funds for this important cause.
A very big thank you to Richard and Andrea Cox for all their hard work in making this a very successful event.
Is your Lodge looking for a a novel and informative Mark or RAM Lecture?
If so W.Bro Colin Oliphant ProvGJD has prepared a talk entitled “A Masonic Conundrum”.
Donations through Colin to the MBF would be gratefully appreciated and faithfully applied.
The Provincial Grand Master was delighted to hand over a new support vehicle to St John Ambulance at Cowes Masonic Centre. The vehicles have been secured thanks to a capital grant by the Mark Master Masons through their Mark Benevolent Fund to the Order of St John with the specific aim of providing new ambulances, treatment centres and support vehicles to St John Ambulance, the Order’s operational arm in England and the Islands.
The Provincial Grand Master, RWBro George Deacon, was very proud to hand the vehicle over and thanked all the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Mark Masons for their support, particularly the brethren of Medina Lodge of MMM No. 140.
The full story can be found here: https://iwobserver.co.uk/2019/07/02/st-john-ambulance-volunteers-take-delivery-of-a-new-support-vehicle/
On Wednesday the 19th of June, the Provincial Grand Master visited Clausentum Lodge of MMM No 613 to present long service Certificates to W.Bro Robin Unwin and W.Bro Stan Rickaerd, both long serving members of the Lodge.
W.Bro Robin ( Bob) spent most of his working life in the teaching profession and has loyally served the Lodge for 50 years and receive a "Field Promotion " on the evening to Past Provincial Grand Senior Warden.
W.Bro Stan Rickaerd, small in stature but large in character, received a 40 year Certificate for his continued loyalty to the Order. Stan received from the French Government the award of "Legion d'honneur" 2 years ago.
Well done and many congratulations to you both.
The Provincial Grand Master presents a 50-year long service certificate to W.Bro. Robin Cecil Frederick Unwin who was advanced in the Lodge on 18th June 1969. RW. Bro.George Deacon also conferred a field promotion on W. Bro. Unwin to the rank of Past Provincial Grand Senior Warden
The Provincial Grand Master presenta a 40-year long service certificate to W. Bro.Stanley Scott Rickeard, Past Provincial Grand Senior Warden, who was advanced as a Mark Master Mason in Clausentum Mark Lodge 613 on 18th April 1979.
The Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. George John Deacon, accompanied by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master VW.Bro. W. Peter Lewis and Provincial Officers, visited Stradbroke Lodge of Mark Master Masons No.874 on Friday 21 June 2019 on the occasion of the dedication of their Lodge Honours Board.
The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, V.W.Bro. Brian Ridler, accompanied by Officers of Provincial Grand Mark Lodge and holders of Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank visited the Hector Young Lodge of Mark Master Masons No.1395 at Totton on Thursday 6 June 2019.
The Provincial Team attended the 150th Anniversary Meeting of The St Andrew’s Lodge of Mark Masters No 63 at Botley on Tuesday 28th May 2019. Also attending were R.W. Bro. John Herbert Prizeman, Deputy Grand Master, R.W. Bro. Ryan Williams, Grand Secretary, and W.Bro. Jonathon Roberts, DepGDC.
The Provincial Grand Master, R.W. Bro. George John Deacon, accompanied by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W. Peter Lewis and Officers of Provincial Grand Lodge attended the The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Installed Mark Masters Lodge No.1687 on Wednesday 29 May 2019 at Botley.
On Thursday 2nd May Portsmouth Lodge of Mark Masters No.17 TI was honoured with a visit by the Provincial Grand Master R.W. Bro. George Deacon, accompanied by a retinue of 24 Active Provincial Officers.
The Provincial Grand Master and the Provincial Team visited Portsmouth Lodge of Mark Masters 17ti in Havant on Thursday 2 May 2019 where Lodge members presented the Mark Degree Tracing Board.
The ceremony took place in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth on Saturday 13th April prior to the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Mark Province of Hampshire & Isle of Wight. The new vehicle will be based in Portsmouth serving the County of Hampshire and is just one of 52
In April a number of Surrey Mark Masons attended the Annual Meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Hampshire and Isle of Wight held at the Guildhall in Portsmouth, Hampshire.
The Provincial Grand Master was invited to attend the advancement of Bro Mark Graham. The Candidate was proposed by the Worshipful Master W Bro Gordon Farquhar. The PGM brought a number of the Provincial team to boost this daytime Mark Lodge.
It is with deep sadness that we mourn the passing to the Grand Lodge above on Sunday 17th March (St Patrick’s Day) of WBro Charles Bailey PGJD, RAMGR who was the Provincial Grand Charity Steward for the Mark Province of Hampshire and IOW prior to W Bro Nigel Wilkinson.