I appreciate that there is much being circulated during this challenging time with regard to Coronavirus. Please be patient with me but I would like to share some thoughts with you. In discussion with our Provincial Grand Master, Rt. W. Bro. George Deacon, it has been suggested that we might adopt the procedure, similar to Visiting Deacons in The order of Secret Monitor, of dividing our Lodge membership into groups of 8 or 10 with one Brother taking the responsibility of contacting them quite regularly. Some of you might have already instigated such an approach, for this we are very grateful.
Sadly in response to the changing situation relating to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), it was decided to cancel the Ins and Outs Luncheon on Sunday 15 March 2020. This decision was not taken lightly but in view of the late cancellation by Members who were concerned about the risk of infection it was felt that in the best interests of everyone it was not appropriate to go ahead.
The Provincial Grand Senior Warden, W.Bro. Barry Wilkinson along with Officers of Provincial Grand Mark Lodge, and holders of Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank, visited Christchurch Lodge of Mark Master Masons No.1453 on Tuesday 18th February 2020, at the Masonic Hall, Warren Avenue, Mudeford, Christchurch.
Brethren, I am delighted to inform you that WBro Brian Wisbey, Grand Superintendent and High Prelate of Hampshire and Isle of Wight in the order of Knight Templar Priests, is to become the Assistant Grand High Priest on June 13th 2020. As a result of his new appointment, WBro Malcolm Lloyd ( Provincial Almoner) is to succeed him as Grand Superintendent & High Prelate, and we wish both Brian and Malcolm every success in their new High Office.
RWBro George Deacon
Provincial Grand Master
At the Special General Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge held on the 7th February, RW Bro Michael Wilks announced his retirement as ProvGM of Hampshire and Isle of Wight. He will be succeeded by VW Bro Jonathan Whitaker the DepProvGM. VW Bro Jonathan will be installed on 22nd May 2020 at the Novotel Southampton.
On Wednesday the 22nd of January, the Provincial Grand Master attended Unity Mark No 381 to present WBro Laurie Brookes with his 40 year Certificate. WBro Laurie was advanced in St Cuthberga Mark in Dorset and is now W.M in Unity Mark for the second time. RWBro Michael James Whelan, PGM of Dorset attended as Laurie's Guest.
The Provincial Grand Junior Warden, W.Bro. Ian Peter Vincent along with Officers of Provincial Grand Mark Lodge visited The Albany Lodge T.I. of Mark Master Masons on Tuesday 21st January 2020, at the Masonic Hall, Lugley Street, Newport, Isle of Wight.
As part of the long standing support by Isle of Wight Freemasons to local charities, Needles Lodge of Mark Master Masons No.1246 donated the sum of £1,000 to the Isle of Wight Prostate Cancer Support Group. Read the full story here.
The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons held their Annual Mess Curry Night on Monday 9 December 2019 at Botley Masonic Centre. A total of 60 Officers were in attendance including the Provincial Grand Master R.W. Bro. George J. Deacon, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, V.W.Bro. Brian Ridler, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, V.W. Bro. W. Peter Lewis and Officers of Grand Lodge and Provincial Grand Lodge. This was an informal occasion with everyone enjoying an excellent curry.