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Each year the active Provincial Wardens run what is affectionately known as 'the Wardens Swindle' to raise money for deserving local charities.  The Wardens of 2013-14 have just made the final donation of the monies they raised in their year.  A cheque for the magnificent sum of £1500 was presented to Beaulieu House Respite Centre in Newport on the Isle of Wight.  The centre provides much needed care and support for the families of children who have disabilities.

Many congratulations to the Brethren honoured by the Provincial Grand Master with appointment to active Provincial Mark Rank.

The appointments to RAMGR and ProvRAMGR have been announced.  Many congratulations to all Brethren on their preferment.  See the full list here.

Each year the active Provincial Wardens run what has become known as the 'Warden's Swindle' and the Provincial Wardens of 2013-14 were no exception.  Through their efforts they have raised a considerable sum and recently they made a presentation to the Oncology Unit of Southampton Hospital.  W.Bro. Mike Lewis PPSGW and W.Bro. Mike Baxter PPJGW donated ??1680.00 to the Oncology Unit to be put towards the purchase of a Kodak Computed Radiography Reader  This speciallist device will allow the medical staff to use a computed radiography cassette for lung dosimetry in the specific radiotherapy treatment technique of total body irradiation.

The photos show the Provincial Wardens, accompanied by W.Bro. Geoff Dobson, presenting the cheque to the staff at Southampton Hospital and the Kodak device.

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Please accept my sincere thanks for your most generous donations in sponsorship of my London Mark Thames Bridges Walk on Sunday 27th July.  The Assistant Grand Master R.W.Bro Raymond Smith and I set off at 10am and completed the eight bridges, about seven miles, in two hours twenty five minutes just managing to cross Tower Bridge before it opened at twelve thirty. Total raised so far from your sponsorship is ??4776.03.

At the last meeting of Portsdown Lodge of Mark Master Masons No.739 the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, V.W.Bro. George Deacon, was delighted to present not one, but two, certifcates to commemorate 40 years in Mark Masonry.  

Many congratulations to the Brethren of the Province on their preferment in Mark Grand Lodge, Mark Provincial Grand Lodge,  and appointments to RAMGR and ProvRAMGR.  

February 6th was the first meeting of 2014 for the Brethren of the Vale of Avon Mark Lodge No.867.  The main item on the Agenda was the "Dedication of a new Lodge Banner".

The first Reunion Meeting of the five Lodges that formed Mark Grand Lodge in 1856 took place on Saturday 22nd February 2014 at a meeting of Royal Cumberland Lodge of Mark Master Masons, held in Bath.

On the 21st January this year a small presentation party from the Thistle & Shamrock Lodge of MMM No. 1048 visited 'The Rowans Hospice' in Purbrook, Waterlooville, and presented two cheques totalling ??1000.  

Congratulations to the Brethren honoured by the Province.  See the appointments for 2014-15 here.

V.W.Bro. George Deacon recently presented a cheque for ??3000 to the new urology centre at the Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford.

On Friday 15th November 2013, at the meeting of Harmony Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 875, held at the Harmony Masonic Hall in Fareham, W. Bro. Harry Jones celebrated his 50th year in the Order.

An entry on the Summons for the 515th meeting of the Clausentum Lodge of MMM, which was held on Wednesday the 16th October read, "Item 4. To present a 50 Year Certificate to W. Bro. William John Moore P.G.J.D." A few words on a summons which held a huge significance.

On Thursday the 27th June 2013, the Chandlers Ford Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 1258 celebrated their 50th Jubilee meeting in the company of the Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. John Prizeman RAMGR and the P.Ass.PGM. W.Bro. Roger Jenkins RAMGR along with 95 other Brethren.

I take this opportunity of thanking you all for your most generous support for the Hope for Tomorrow appeal. When eight months ago this appeal was launched although we never set a target we did have an expectation; that expectation has been exceeded.

Following our recent presentation of more than ??150,000 to Hope for Tomorrow at our AGM, read more about Hope for Tomorrow and our donation on their website.

During their year in office, the Provincial Wardens, WBro Bob Brown ProvGSW and WBro Jim Donaghy ProvJGW, raised the magnificent sum of ??4,723.  This was added to the provincal appeal in aid of 'Hope for Tomorrow' which provides mobile chemotherapy units.