Provincial News & Events

RAM Grand Rank Promotions 2018

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.

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Charity Night 2018

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.

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Dyffryn Clwyd RAM Installation

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.

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Elffin Lodge Installation

On Friday 21st September, 2018 W. Bro David Allan Jones was Installed as Worshipful Master of Elffin Lodge No. 321.

Representing the Provincial Grand Master was W. Bro. Roger Littlewood, PAGDC.

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Northern PGMs Weekend

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.

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MBF Thanksgiving Service

Mark Benevolent Fund celebrated its 150th year in a Thanksgiving Service at Lincoln’s Inn Chapel on Saturday the 17th of September in the presence of M.W.Bro. H.R.H. Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO, Grand Master and Grand President of the Fund.

Many Provincial Grand Charity Stewards were present, invited as a thank you for all the work they put in to help make the Fund such a huge success. Among them was W. Bro. Mike Pugh and his wife Sandra.

At a reception after the service the Grand Master spent time meeting all of those who have made a difference, listening with intent to their stories of support to the Mark Benevolent Fund.

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Coffer of Gavels Dedication

Province of Worcestershire
Provincial Almoners’ and Charity Stewards’ Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 1943
Worshipful Master V.W. Bro. P. G. Orton

V.W.Bro. P.G. Orton with the Coffer of Gavels

V.W.Bro. P.G. Orton with the Coffer of Gavels

V.W. Bro. Phillip George Orton PGJO will be holding the second meeting of his Lodge on Saturday 20th October 2018 at the Masonic Hall, Llandudno commencing at 11am.

Our PGM will be in attendance along with other members of the Provincial Executive.

At this meeting the PGM of Worcestershire along with some of his Provincial Team will be attending to dedicate a Coffer of Gavels that the WM presented to the Lodge at his installation and which were expertly crafted by W.Bro. Stewart Cole PPGJW, Hunter Lodge no. 324.

There will also be a talk given by a representative of N. Wales St. John’s on the new Ambulance.

The Lodge is one of great distinction, whose members include, the Pro. Grand Master, Dep. Grand Master, Grand SO, Grand DC, Past Assist. Grand Sec.  MBF Charities Manager, as well as many other very distinguished brethren, many of whom it is hoped will be present.

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Fundraising BBQ

On Sunday 26th August W.Bro. Roger Littlewood once again arranged for a BBQ to be held at his house on Anglesey.
The weather was not as good as in recent years but that did not spoil the enjoyment of those who attended.

The event raised £870 by way of raffles, a quiz (The PGM’s team were runners up, some improvement on their past performance) and donations, this to be shared equally amongst St. Seiriol Mark, St. Eilian Mark and St. Eilian RAM Lodges.

W.Bro. Brian Sion Jones (Dixie Rebel) provided the entertainment.

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National Blood Bike Dedication and Handover

In January 2016 the Mark Benevolent Fund received an application for Funding from Northumbria Blood Bikes and so started a partnership which resulted in the Mark Benevolent Fund sponsoring, so far, 16 Blood Bikes and 10 Blood Cars.

The Blood Bikes provide out of hours transportation services for local NHS in the movement of blood and human tissue, they do this free of charge thus reducing the strain on the NHS.

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Grand Officers Luncheon 2018

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.

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