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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 Centenary Meeting of Peace Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners TI was held on Thursday 28 November 2019 at Newport, Isle of Wight. In attendance were the Deputy Grand Master, R.W. Bro. John H Prizeman, the Provincial Grand Master R.W. Bro. George J. Deacon, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, V.W. Bro. W. Peter Lewis and accompanied by Officers of Provincial Grand Lodge.

Congratulations to those who will be honoured with ProvRAMGR in January 2020. The full list is here.

The Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. George J. Deacon, accompanied by Officers of Provincial Grand Mark Lodge visited Harmony Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 875 on Tuesday 19 November at the Masonic Hall, Fareham. The Immediate Past Master W.Bro. Nigel Linfield was in the Chair as the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Trevor Williams, was unable to attend due to illness. Bro. Alan Mark Jones was the candidate for an excellent Ceremony of Advancement. W.Bro. Nigel was assisted by W.Bro. Keith Annand, PPrGSW, who entrusted the secrets, Bro. Mark Kay, presented the Working Tools and the Provincial Grand Master gave the “In Conclusion”.

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 Brocas Hyrst Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 1733 on Thursday 14 November at the Brockenhurst Masonic Hall. Prior to the business of the Lodge a eulogy was given by W. Bro. Ron Mabey, PPrGInspWks, for Bro. Jim Cobb, one of the Founders of the Lodge. This was a heartfelt memorial to a well loved mason who will be very sadly missed.

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, RAMGR, accompanied by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, V.W.Bro. W. Peter Lewis, RAMGR and Officers of Provincial Lodge visited Phoenix Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 2 at the Phoenix Lodge Rooms in Old Portsmouth on Monday 4 November 2019. After entering the Lodge room the Provincial Grand Master requested W.Bro. Alan Sutherland to be brought to him so that he could notionally present his ProvRAMGR collarette to him. He received it two years ago but W.Bro. Alan was unable to be present at the Provincial Meeting. The Provincial Grand Master welcomed W.Bro. Alan to this meeting and added that this Provincial rank was for all the hard work he had done for the Lodge.

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 Centenary Meeting of Connaught Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 694 was held on Thursday 24 October 2019 at Botley. In attendance were the Deputy Grand Master, R.W. Bro. John H Prizeman, accompanied by Officers of Grand Lodge, 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 Lodge. 

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.

Nigel Bell 

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.