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.
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.
The following Brethren are to be appointed to Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank in London at the December 2018 meeting;
W.Bro. R. Noel Roberts – Y Geninen RAM Lodge No. 259
W.Bro. Stuart Cole – Hunter RAM Lodge No. 324
W.Bro. Michael Richardson – Holywell RAM Lodge No. 1394
Many Congratulations to all.
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.
On the 14th of August 2018, the R.W. Provincial Grand Master hosted the annual Grand Officers Luncheon at Elwy Hall, Rhyl.
Following the luncheon, the Provincial Grand Master addressed the brethren present to update them on matters relating to the Province and beyond. On this occasion he also invited the new Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies to speak about the Ritual and the new Provincial Deputy Grand Secretary to speak about the new Provincial website.
The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Peter Talbot, RAMGR, Member of the Grand Master’s Royal Ark Council, gave the following address at the Provincial RAM Assembly held at Farfield Hall, Connah’s Quay, on Saturday April 7th 2018.
R.W. Bro. Peter Talbot, PGM
“Brethren I welcome you all to this Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Assembly, another fantastic attendance Brethren, I thank you for your support and for the loyalty you have shown to the Province and those Brethren who are to receive Provincial RAM Rank.
We all set ourselves goals, one of mine was to resurrect this RAM Assembly, we re-introduced it in 2014 and it has been a success ever since. Most of the Mark Provinces now have a RAM Assembly and they tend to be most successful.
Let me firstly direct your attention to the meeting of Grand Assembly last December, three Brethren of this Province received RAMGR on that day, W. Bro. John Evans, our Provincial DC, W. Bro. Phil Edwards our Deputy Provincial DC and W. Bro. Richard G. Jones of Idris RAM. All of the recipients fully deserve the rewards of their labours and I congratulate them all once again. Brethren I remind you all that there is no automatic entitlement to either Grand Rank or Provincial Grand Rank either in Mark or RAM and it intrigues me when I hear that Brethren are making certain assumptions on the back of previous appointments for instance, I am more interested in the now and the future Brethren, rather than the past.
On 7th April the Provincial Assembly was held at Farfield Hall, Connah’s Quay where over 100 Brethren were in attendance and the following Brethren of the Province received Provincial RAMGR.
On 8th March the Provincial Team visited Y Geninen Royal Ark Mariner Lodge No. 259 at Bangor to Dedicate a new Lodge Banner.
The Dedication Ceremony was conducted by W. Bro. David Alexander Wright, Deputy Provincial Grand Master in the absence of the Provincial Grand Master.
The Provincial Team had it’s first outing of the year to St Eilian Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 360 on 27th September, to witness the Installation of W Bro. Andrew Chape, which was perfectly conducted by the Installing Master, W. Bro. Robert Ryder.