THE ANNUAL ASSEMBLY OF PROVINCIAL ROYAL ARK MARINERS
OF HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT
SATURDAY 18th JANUARY 2020
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 Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Hampshire and Isle of Wight, V.W. Bro. W. Peter Lewis, RAMGR, accompanied by Officers of Provincial Grand Lodge attended the Regular Meeting of Medina Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 140 at the Masonic Hall, Cowes, Isle of Wight on 3 December 2019. The Worshipful Master W.Bro. Stephen Humby, PC, welcomed the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, following which V.W.Bro. Peter presented a Grand Lodge Certificate to Bro. Derek Hatt who was elevated on 2 April 2019.
The Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. George J. Deacon, RAMGR and Officers of Provincial Grand Lodge visited the Oakley Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 886 at the Masonic Hall in Basingstoke on Thursday 7 November 2019. The Provincial team entered the Lodge soon after the opening in order to hear the eulogy’s for W.Bro. Terence Henry Waite, RAMGR and W.Bro. Ernest Mercer, ProvRAMGR. They both joined the Lodge in 1991 and by 1996 they had both been Worshipful Commanders of the Lodge. They were stalwarts of the Lodge and gave fantastic service for 28 years; they will be sadly missed.
The Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. George J. Deacon, accompanied by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, V.W.Bro. W. Peter Lewis, and Officers of Provincial Grand Mark Lodge visited the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Installed Mark Masters Lodge No.1687 on Wednesday 30 October at the Masonic Hall in Cowes, Isle of Wight. This was the Installation Meeting of the Lodge where W.Bro. Tony Green, PGStwd, installed the Master-elect W.Bro. Stephen Henry Brown, PGStdB.
The Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons for Hampshire and Isle of Wight held its Mid-term Luncheon at Botley on Sunday 13 October. This was a well attended event, enjoyed by all. A raffle was held during the luncheon which raised over £500 for the Wardens’ charities. W.Bo. Barry Wilkinson, ProvGSW, has chosen to support The Rainbow Centre in Fareham for children, adults and families affected by neurological conditions. W.Bro. Ian Vincent, ProvGJW, is supporting the Countess of Brecknock Hospice in Andover. The Wardens would like to thank everyone for bringing along prizes for the raffle which was so large we had to do it in two parts!
The Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Hampshire and Isle of Wight, V.W. Bro. W. Peter Lewis, RAMGR, accompanied by Officers of Provincial Grand Lodge attended the Regular Meeting of Carnarvon Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 62 at Havant on 15 October 2019. The Worshipful Master W.Bro. Michael Mulvaney, PC, welcomed the Assistant Provincial Grand Master following which he invited W.Bro. John Burrell, RAMGR, to take the Chair to enable him to carry out the ceremony of Elevation for his son Bro. Matthew John Burrell.
On Tuesday 8th October The Prov. Grand Master, RW Bro George Deacon made a visit to John Pounds Mark Lodge No.809 as a private guest, accompanied by the ProvGSW, Barry Wilkinson and ProvGSec Nigel Bell, to see Bro. Blake Hopley admitted as a joining member and Bro. Mark Grady advanced. The PGM worked the “In conclusion” part of the ceremony and warmly welcomed Bro. Mark into Mark Masonry.
The Provincial Grand Master, R.W. Bro. George J. Deacon, made a visit to the Bournemouth Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 125 on Wednesday 8 October. At that meeting the Provincial Grand Master presented a 40 year Certificate to W.Bro. Eddie Manton, PGStdB. There was also a Ceremony of Advancement; the candidate being W.Bro. Eddie’s brother, Bro. Robert Manton. An excellent meeting was enjoyed by all.
Royal Ark Mariner Grand Ranks 2019
It has been announced that the Grand Master has been pleased to appoint the following brethren to Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank
W. Bro.Adrian Cleightonhills
W. Bro.Michael John Foster
W. Bro Douglas Allan Higginson
W. Bro.Timothy John Pashen
It is hoped that Royal Ark Mariners in the Province will join the Provincial Grand Master in congratulating these worthy Brethren on their preferment. They will be Invested at the Royal Ark Mariner Annual Investiture, at Great Queen Street, on Tuesday 10th December 2019.
It is the Provincial Grand Master’s wish that brethren show their support by making sure that the Province of Hampshire and Isle of Wight is well represented at the Investiture in December.
Further details regarding the Investiture will be promulgated as soon as they are known.
Provincial Grand Secretary
The Provincial Grand Junior Warden, W.Bro. Ian Peter Vincent along with Officers of Provincial Grand Lodge visited The Norman Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 1279 on Wednesday 2nd October 2019, in Chandlers Ford. This was the Lodges' Installation Meeting.