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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.  

At the Provincial Meeting of Saturday 20th April, the Provincial Grand Master stunned the Mark Master Masons present by unveiling a cheque for ??83,648.52.  It was a mere eight months ago that the Provincial Executive launched the appeal in aid of 'Hope for Tomorrow' and the generosity of the Mark Master Masons of the Province and the other Orders of Freemasonry in Hampshire & Isle of Wight has been overwhelming.

Each year the Provincial Wardens conduct a raffle (known as the Warden's Swindle) in aid of charity.  This year, the proceeds of the raffle will go to the 'Hope for Tomorrow' campaign the Province is supporting.

On Wednesday 10th April, the Provincial Grand Master attended the ground-breaking ceremony for the new Smile support and care short break respite care centre for severely disabled children and their families.  

On the 27th of February 2013 the PGM and the APGM paid a morning visit to Rygor Commercials, Tewkesbury, Glos to meet Clare Cosgrove, the Trust and Corporate Fund Raiser for the 'Hope for Tomorrow' Charity where they were able to view the Hampshire Chemotherapy Unit which was being modified.