February 3, 2019
Sixteen members from the Mark Province of North Wales recently attended a District Meeting in Spain. The following trip report was submitted by the PGM himself. It is clear that a good time was had by all.
Brethren, what happens on tour stays on tour, or so the saying goes but here is a brief resume of the triumphs and tribulations of the intrepid 16 who attended the District Meeting of Spain from 31st January to 3rd of February.
The arrangements made by our travel coordinator, W. Bro. Colin ‘Alan Whittaker’ Lemin could only be described as ‘perfecto’, we are all appreciative of his efforts on our behalf and if we are ever looking for a Provincial Travel Agent he stands a fair chance of getting the Office.
January 28, 2019
General, Mark, PGM
On Monday 28th January, R.W.Bro. Peter Talbot visited the offices of GISDA in Caernarfon and presented them with a cheque of £500 which was raised at the recently held Carol Service.
GISDA is a local organisation whose major focus is to provide accommodation and support for homeless and vulnerable young people.
Installation of W. Bro. Gavin W. Jones took place at Bangor on the 16th January.
The PGM was in attendance as the Y Geninen Lodge of RAM is his mother RAM Lodge.
The Ceremony and indeed the whole occasion went very well and was enjoyed by all.
November 21, 2018
New Worshipful Masters were Installed at Snowdonia Mark Lodge and Eifl Mark Lodge in November 2018.
The Rocking Horse, crafted by W.Bro. Mike Worsnip and won by W.Bro. Andy Chape has very kindly been donated by Andy to Hope House/Ty Gobaith.
The Rocking Horse will be Auctioned on Saturday 17th November with the proceeds going to the Hope House/Ty Gobaith Charity.
November 10, 2018
On Saturday 10th November W. Bro. Charles Turner, PPGSO was installed into the Chair of the Provincial Stewards Lodge by W. Bro. Dave Carson.
The meeting was attended by the Provincial Grand Master and his Deputy, who delivered the Address to the Master on this occasion. It is a custom at this Lodge for the PGM and his Deputy to deliver the Address to the Master – next year it will be the PGM’s turn.
The Lodge was visited by members of the Cheshire Provincial Stewards Lodge.
On Saturday 20th October, our Provincial Grand Master and his wife Susan were the guests of the Priory of Wales at the Installation of the Chancellor and Bailiff of St. David’s and the Priory of Wales Visitation to North Wales. The event was held at St. Asaph Cathedral.
By kind permission of W. Bro Geoff Lyons Mound the annual Charity night was held at the Robin Hood Cabaret Club in Prestatyn on Saturday 28th September.
The event, which was attended by over 130 Brethren and partners, was organised by W. Bro. Paul Sefton, ProvGJW ably assisted by his wife Pat and Mrs. Olive Urwin.
On 24th September the Provincial Team accompanied the Provincial Grand Master to the Installation Meeting of Dyffryn Clwyd Royal Ark Mariner Lodge.
W. Bro. Graham Sherratt was Installed in an excellent manner by W. Bro. Derek Baldwin who had obviously spent a considerable time in learning the Ritual.
This was the first outing for the new Provincial Team who all seemed to enjoy the evening.
September 17, 2018
The Annual Northern PGMs weekend away was hosted by the Province of East Lancashire over the first weekend in September.
Our own PGM, R.W.Bro. Peter Talbot, was in attendance and sent in the following report:
We stayed at the Dunkenhalgh Hotel and Spa in Clayton Le Moors and trips were arranged to the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry, the John Rylands Library and Howarth Art Gallery in Accrington.
Nine PGMs, including for the first time R.W.Bro. Martin Blackburn, PGM for the Isle of Man, and eight Ladies attended in all. It was a wonderful weekend, with good company, good food and a little liquid refreshment.
Next year the event will be hosted by the Province of North and East Yorkshire.