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.
The Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. George J. Deacon, accompanied by the Deputy and Assistant Provincial Grand Masters, with an escort of Provincial Grand Officers, attended the Sestercentenary of the Phoenix Lodge of Mark Masters No 2, in association with Chapter of Friendship No 257, at the Portsmouth Guildhall on Saturday 28 September 2019.
The Provincial Grand Master R.W. Bro. George J. Deacon, RAMGR, accompanied by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro. W. Peter Lewis, RAMGR, an escort of Provincial Grand Officers and holders of Provincial RAMGR attended The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Royal Ark Mariner Lodge of Installed Commanders No 1687 at the Masonic Hall, Totton on Friday 27th September 2019.
The Provincial Grand Master R.W. Bro. George J Deacon, RAMGR, accompanied by the Deputy and Assistant Provincial Grand Masters, an escort of Provincial Grand Officers and holders of Provincial RAMGR, attended the Provincial Grand Masters Royal Ark Mariner Lodge of Instruction (East) at the Masonic Hall Cosham on Wednesday 25th September 2019.
The Deputy Provincial Grand Master VW.Bro. Brian Ridler, PGJO, RAMGR along with Officers of Provincial Grand Lodge visited The Loveland Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 674 on Tuesday 3 September 2019. It was an excellent turnout by the Provincial team following the summer break, consisting of 34 Officers.
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.