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VW Bro David Smith PGMO Promotion

Congratulations to VW.Bro David Smith of the Provincial Grand Charity Stewards and Almoners Lodge No 1943 on receiving a field promotion to the rank of Past Grand Master Overseer, in David’s own words the story of his promotion is as follows:-

 

This evening at a Virtual Zoom Meeting I have been emotionally flabbergasted by the attendance of the Deputy Grand Master and the Provincial Grand Master, who joined the Meeting to congratulate me on 50 Years’ Service in the Mark Degree or so I thought !  

I had to break off the meeting to answer the front door where the Prov Dep G Sec stood with three envelopes, told me not to open them and return to the Zoom Meeting. On instructions I opened the first which was a Certificate from the M.W.G.Master recognising my 50 years’ service read out by the PGM . The Deputy Grand Master then told me to open the second envelope, what a fantastic experience when so unexpectedly it was a letter from the Grand Secretary  stating that DGM was to give me a field promotion to Past Grand Master Overseer, feather KO sprang to mind.

To say I was overwhelmed is an understatement. this therefore is the statutory notice that from 23rd November 2020

I hold the rank of PGMO 

 

Many Congratulations from The Provincial Grand Master, Deputy and Assistant Provincial Grand Masters and all officers and Brethren of the Worcestershire  Province for this well-deserved promotion.

The Formation of The Worcestershire Installed Masters Lodge

INSTALLED MASTERS LODGE 1409.

 

Brethren, the idea of forming Lodge of Installed Masters for the Mark Degree of Worcestershire first came to light at a meeting of PGL held at Kings Heath in June 1972.  The PGM, RW Bro Frank Clifford, suggested that an Installed Masters Lodge be formed in the Province.

The RW PGM suggested that the proposed Lodge meet perhaps 3 times a year in different locations within the Province and that one of the meetings be held about a month before the annual meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge and be considered a General Purpose Committee meeting of the Province.  He suggested that it would be desirable for as many Past Masters as possible to join the proposed Lodge in order that all Lodges would be well represented.  He also proposed that the fees and subscriptions be kept to an absolute minimum in order to encourage as many members as possible.

 

Following this initial suggestion and some ideas being passed around the Past Masters of the Province, In fact a letter was sent to all Past Masters inviting them to join, it wasn’t until 18 November 1972 that a meeting was held at the Masonic Hall Dudley to discuss the formation of an Installed Masters Lodge.  The PGM opened the meeting by welcoming the Brethren present some 33 present including the PGM and DPGM.  I do have a list of all the Brethren who attended but I won’t bore you will all the names, all of whom have now passed to the GL above.  Some of the names that I recognise are W Bro’s WH Green, MA Trace, DW Handley, W Bro Ted Hanson. (Ellard Hanson), W Mack who was the ProvSW when Mike Homer received his first appointment as ProvJW.  I’m sure some of those names are familiar to many of you as well.

 

The PGM suggested, and it was agreed by the Brethren, a list of bye-laws that should be adopted by the Lodge.

  1. The Lodge to be called the Worcestershire Installed Masters Lodge
  2. The Lodge be based at Worcester but by dispensation move from place to place within the Province.
  3. Three meeting per year
  4. Meetings to be held in the months of March June and October. (March, May, November)
  5. The meetings to be held on the first Saturday of those months (May is now last Wednesday)
  6. One meeting per year to be a General Purposes Committee meeting. The PGM was anxious that Past Masters of the Province participate in the ruling and governing of the Province.  GPC now in January?
  7. Annual Subscriptions to be £3.00
  8. Joining fee to be £1.50
  9. Dining fee to be fixed by the Lodge committee and stated on the summons.
  10. Candidates to be elected in accordance with the B of C
  11. Ballots to be 2 black balls exclude.

 

It was also agreed that the following Brethren should constitute the committee with respect to the arrangements for the formation of the Lodge.

 

 

PGM

DPGM

Prov G Secretary

Provincial Grand Treasurer

ProvGDC

Prov Secretary

 

It was also agreed that the founders fee would be £5.00 and that the first Officers should purchase their collars and present them to the Lodge and that other Lodge equipment should be borrowed for each meeting.

 

It was suggested that the petition for the formation of the Lodge be presented through the Lechmere Lodge being the oldest Lodge in the Province and that they should be invited to act as sponsors of the new Lodge.

 

The final Petitioners list contained 58 names including those who were present at that committee meeting in November 1972. A Couple of more names I recognise are those of Bro KVR Heaven, who I think our PGM is familiar, HW King, a certain G Winfield who I am sure we all remember with fondness.  There was also a RW Bro J Hughes, a member of Cheltenham Keystone Lodge No.10 who was the PGM for Glouc and Herefordshire.

 

Following much form filling and phone calls the date was set as the 19 June 1973 at I think Kings Heath.

 

The PGM performed the Consecration assisted by the DPGM.  The Consecrating team comprised of:-

W Bro HA Nock….SW

W Bro E Ashley….JW

Bro Rev AD Catterall…….Chaplain

VW Bro Weatherhead…..Sec

W Bro EF Hanson…….DC

W Bro J Moore………ADC

Bro AH Woodall……Organist

W Bro B Taylor…….IG

Bro EJ Davies…….Tyler.

 

Following the Consecration of the Lodge by the PGM, the DPGM assumed the chair. The Master designate, VW Bro PH Gough was presented to the Installing Master by the ProvDC W Bro EF Hanson and was duly installed as the first WM of the Worcestershire Installed Masters Lodge of Mark Master masons No 1409.  The WM then Installed his Officers,

W Bro WH Turner as SW, W Bro S Willis as JW, W Bro GE Minshaw as MO, W Bro D Brooks as SO, w Bro J Rowe as JO.  W Bro HW King became the Organist.  W Bro FR Dean served as the first Secretary for the first 5 years handing over to W Bro TW Grounsell whom I think many of you will remember.

 

Besides the 58 Founders there were 13 joining members including the PGM, DPGM, ProvSec and the ProvDC.  I guess they never became Honorary members.

 

The Lodge has continued to serve the Province in the capacity for which it was founded, in which there have been lectures and demonstrations at most meetings.  Of course, all of the Founders have now passed to the GL above, but many distinguished Brethren have taken their place and helped the Lodge to succeed.  Our Present WM, W Bro Peter has had to undergo unprecedented times with our present situation and will, to date, be the only Master to have served in Office for more than one term.  Thank you, Peter, for being our current figurehead and leading us through this lock down with distinction and aplomb.

 

I think that the most senior past master of the Lodge who is still a subscribing member is VW Bro Brian Scoffield, although Dr J White and Stuart Edwards are now Honorary members.  Of course RW David Rawlins was a member also.

 

Our present PGM will well remember his first Installation meeting of the Lodge in 2015 when giving the Address to the first Master, W Bro Bill Patey, when in the middle of the address somebody tried to call the new WM who had left his phone turned on and in his pocket.

 

VW Bro Jeff Whiteley PGJO, DPGM

Provincial Grand Charity Steward Report

At the Provincial Executive Meeting held on the 27th October 2020 my proposal for the Mark Benevolent Fund to make a donation of £5,000 to 10 Food Banks of £500 each, with 10 Masonic Lodges from 10 of our masonic centres throughout the Province each nominating a food bank within their area was approved. Where more than one lodge met at that centre, the oldest lodge would make the selection.

The 10 centres and their selections are:

Lodge Food Bank
No 59 Lechmere Worcester Worcester Food Bank
No 590 Athlumney Stourbridge Black Country Food Brierley Hill
No 667 Mosley Kings Heath Spark Hill Foodbank, Tyseley
Halesowen No 733 Perseverance Black Country  Food
No 893 St Laurence Redditch Redditch Food Bank
No 923 Vernon Stourport and Kidderminster Kidderminster Food Bank
No 1135. St. Egwin Evesham Pershore Food Bank
No 1260 Teme Valley Tenbury Wells St Mary Church Food Bank Tenbury Wells
No 1351 Malvern Priory Malvern Malvern Hills Food Bank
No 1822 Millennium Northfield Northfield Community Partnership

In addition to the above it was further approved for £1,000 be taken from the proceeds of the Bonus Ball Lottery fund held in the Provincial Charity Stewards Account to the Royal British Legion for their  Poppy Appeal.

All 10 cheques for the nominated Food Banks were posted to them on the 5th November 2020.

An important message from the Provincial Grand Master 2nd November 2020

Unfortunately, it has been necessary for the Government to introduce another lockdown period and Grand Lodge have therefore suspended all physical masonic meetings during this period. Once again, we will all be under strict restrictions.

For this second period of isolation, it will be more important than ever to stay in touch with each other and to keep our spirits up. Most of us now are familiar with software applications, which make it easier to hold virtual meetings, both business and social. I urge you to make use of this technology to keep in touch, hold regular meetings and enjoy social functions. If you need help with organising a virtual meeting, our hard-working secretariat stand ready to assist and even set up virtual meetings. Please don’t hesitate to contact them.

It is also a time to make doubly sure that Brethren are not in distress or need. If you are aware of such a Brother, please get in touch with our Provincial Almoner, who has a great deal of experience and resources to help.

The magic of the Mark is still there for us all. Prove once again that it is the friendly degree during these troubled times.

I send you and your families all my very best wishes, with the hope that you stay safe and well. May the Great Overseer of the Universe bless you all.

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 31st October 2020

The National Lottery Bonus Ball for the 31st October 2020 was No 35.

There were no winners this month.

The next draw will be held on Saturday 28th November 2020.

The National Lottery Bonus Ball is on the last Saturday of each month, and is open to all Mark Master Masons, their families, and friends to assist in raising funds for charitable causes.

If you would like to take part, please fill in the following form: Worcestershire Mark Lottery entry form. The completed form can be sent to me at 7. Keepers Close, Drakes Broughton, Worcs. WR10 2BB or direct to your bank, and advise me of the detail, so I can police your instructions through the account bank.

For more information please contact W. Bro Mike Gage PAGDC at: charity@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk.

An important message from the Provincial Grand Master 27th October 2020

With the ongoing restrictions regarding the Covid-19 pandemic the Provincial Grand Master met recently with his Deputy and Assistant to review the situation going forward.

Having listened to various representations from around the Province the Provincial Grand Master is pleased to announce that there will be no charge for Provincial Dues becoming payable for a full year from 1 st September 2020 to 31 st August 2021 – a saving of £3.75 per Member. Those Lodges who have already submitted their payments will be reimbursed or their account credited as they wish. Grand Lodge Annual Dues are of course unaffected by this decision. It is the decision of individual Lodges how to allocate this “windfall”. It can be returned to members, retained in Lodge funds or donated to charity – the decision is entirely yours.

Turning to issues surrounding physical meetings both in respect of venue availability and health considerations, the Provincial Grand Master is very keen to encourage Lodge Members to maintain regular contact with each other by holding a virtual meeting if a Regular Meeting would otherwise be abandoned. To that end I will be establishing a Provincial base on the Zoom platform upon which my Team will be happy to assist Lodges to host meetings. Should Lodges so wish we can also offer mentoring in the use of the platform.

Those Lodges who, following the guidance of Grand Lodge, are planning to hold a quorate, physical Regular Meeting may wish to consider the effect of this arrangement on those of their members who are thereby not able to attend. The Grand Secretary has confirmed that it is acceptable for Lodges to opt for a virtual meeting in lieu of a physical meeting if that is the wish of the membership, even if a quorate, physical meeting could be called. Whatever the choice, the health and wellbeing of the Brethren must be the prime concern.

Resulting from the regular circulars by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master it has been suggested that Province-wide, virtual social events should be arranged, which could involve members, their families, friends and potential candidates. The first of these will be a quiz, which is currently in preparation. The Provincial Zoom platform will allow 100 log-ins but without the typical 40 minute time limit of the free Zoom version already used by many of you. On that basis if everyone logging on had a ‘team’ of 6 (assuming that to be within the prevailing Government guidelines) then the event could reach an audience of 600 – an excellent result.

During this period of relative inactivity in freemasonry it can be very difficult for Lodge Almoners to be aware of the health and well-being of those whom they represent. The Provincial Grand Master is anxious to ensure that the Province is well informed where hardship exists and he wishes to encourage every member of the Province to assist Lodge Almoners in their important task.

With fraternal regards and best wishes

Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank Appointments

We are very pleased to congratulate WBro Mike Gage and WBro Simon Humberstone who will both be promoted to Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank at the next meeting of the Royal Ark Mariner Grand Assembly on 8th December 2020.

Congratulations to both of them, it is a well deserved recognition of all the hard work they have put in for the Province.

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 26th September 2020

The National Lottery Bonus Ball for the 26th September 2020 was No 45.

There were two winners this month:

  • V. W. Bro. John King PPrDepGM

  • W. Bro. Terry Davies of Teme Valley Lodge

Congratulations to them both.

The next draw will be held on Saturday 31st October 2020.

The National Lottery Bonus Ball is on the last Saturday of each month, and is open to all Mark Master Masons, their families, and friends to assist in raising funds for charitable causes.

If you would like to take part, please fill in the following form: Worcestershire Mark Lottery entry form. The completed form can be sent to me at 7. Keepers Close, Drakes Broughton, Worcs. WR10 2BB or direct to your bank, and advise me of the detail, so I can police your instructions through the account bank.

For more information please contact W. Bro Mike Gage PAGDC at: charity@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk.

Provincial Grand Master’s Address to Virtual Annual Meeting

Address to the Virtual Annual Meeting by R. W. Bro. Eric Rymer, Provincial Grand Master on 12th September 2020

Well Brethren, one silver lining to the Covid cloud is that my address this year will be short!

Thank you for attending this virtual meeting. Whilst it is sad that we cannot spend time together enjoying the magic of the Mark, it is nevertheless good to see you. Most importantly, it is vital to keep safe and ensure that we remain healthy, so that when this awful virus is conquered, we can all return to our meetings and festive boards. In the meantime, please abide by the guidelines set out by the Government and Grand Lodge. More detailed guidelines for holding virtual business meetings will shortly be with the secretaries and scribes in the Province. If in any doubt, please ask the Secretariat for assistance.

It has indeed been a strange year – but not all doom and gloom. Just a few days ago – on Tuesday – we would have been at the Grand Lodge meeting to support the promotion of two senior members of the Province. W.Bro. Joseph Marzouk received the rank of P.G.J.D. and our Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Jeff Whiteley, became P.G.J.O., assuming the title of Very Worshipful Brother. Many congratulations to both.

Speaking of Grand Ranks, the Pro Grand Master recently issued an announcement that the active Grand Officers of the year would continue as such for the following year, so that they can enjoy a full year of being a Grand Lodge Officer. This means that W.Bro. Howard Smith will continue as an Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies and W.Bro. Mark Winfield will continue as a Grand Steward next year – congratulations to both.

I have decided to follow the Pro Grand Master’s lead and consequently, the active Provincial Grand Lodge Officers for this year will continue next year in their respective positions. We all fervently hope that they will be able to get out and about in the Province as active Officers. Their appointments will be confirmed at next year’s annual meeting, which is booked for 12th June 2021 at Kings Heath.

In a similar vein, Advancees and Elevatees of this year, who would have attended this year’s meeting, will receive a token or lapel badge from me at next year’s annual meeting. I certainly look forward to that.

One of the casualties of the general suspension of masonry has been charitable giving. Please continue to give to worthy causes via your Lodge Charity Steward – the worthy causes need help more so than ever. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Provincial Almoner, W.Bro. Charles Gwynn, and the Provincial Charity Steward, W.Bro. Mike Gage, for their continuing hard work and efforts. Please support them as much as you can.

The Province will be donating to the East Lancashire MBF Festival for 2021 and the Surrey Festival, which is the following year. We will also be making a donation to the Worcestershire 2022 Craft Festival in the coming year.

Before the lockdown, there were some notable charity events. In July last year, I handed over a Treatment Vehicle to St. John’s Ambulance at Rainbow Hill, as part of the national donation of vehicles from the Mark of over £3.2 million. And in September, I represented the Province at the royal opening of the new St. John’s administrative centre, an event attended by HRH Princess Ann. Also in September last, W.Bro. Greg Boughton staged a wonderful charity concert at the Rose Theatre in Kidderminster, raising money for charity, split equally between the Craft and the Mark. A super show – it was due to happen again this year, but was cancelled because of the pandemic. Hopefully it will be staged again next year.

In November, I attended the handover of a range of technical equipment to help with children’s sensory requirements at Acorns Hospice in Worcester. This was part of the Mark’s Lifelites initiative, giving £141,000 for this very worthy cause.

So charity is still happening and I repeat, please continue to give to charity. Talking of which, my preferred charity this past year has been the Worcestershire Association of Carers and I thank you all for donations to this wonderful charity. In particular, I thank W.Bro. Mike Gage for his close contact with the association. As with active officer positions, I intend to continue with this charity for the next year, so that it will not lose out too much from Covid.

This past year has been almost washed out because of the virus. However, we still managed to celebrate the centenary of Moseley Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners in March, just before the lockdown. The event was attended by the Deputy Grand Master, R.W. Bro. John Prizeman and he was very pleased to preside at the presentation of the centenary warrant and witness an excellent installation and elevation ceremony. Well done and congratulations to Moseley R.A.M.

Congratulations also to W.Bro. Bernard Hardy, who achieved 50 years as a Mark Mason this year. Due to the pandemic, we couldn’t celebrate this in open Lodge, but nevertheless it is a super milestone. Let’s hope we can celebrate together next year, when he passes the 50-year mark as a Royal Ark Mariner.

Well Brethren, I said that this address would be short. It only remains for me to say a few thank yous.

Firstly, to my Deputy, Very Worshipful Brother Jeff Whiteley, and my Assistant, W.Bro. Paul Yarnell for their continuing support, advice and friendship. In particular, I thank Jeff for his weekly communication published on the website during the past 6 months. They have been informative, interesting and fun. Thanks also to Paul, for heading up the Recruitment, Retention and Reinvigoration initiative in Worcestershire. I’m pleased to say that membership in the Province is holding up well. Please let’s continue to engage with each other as best we can, to maintain our close contact within the Mark and R.A.M. degrees.

Thanks so much to the Provincial Secretary, W.Bro. Adrian Hutt, and his secretariat for all the great work they have been doing during these troubled times – it is very much appreciated. And in particular, thanks to W.Bro. Dr. Howard Carlton, for his technical expertise in hosting this virtual meeting.

My thanks go to W.Bro. Richard Green and his team of DC’s, even though they have been somewhat underemployed these past few months! You may have noticed that W.Bro. Richard is not attending this virtual meeting. That is because he is celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary today. Many congratulations to him and Margaret.

And finally, thank you to all of you for attending. Please persevere through this crisis, keep safe and I look forward to seeing you all for real in the not-too-distant future.

Grand Lodge Promotions

Today would have been the Grand Lodge meeting at which promotions would have been conferred. Although we were unable to meet in person thos promotions still came into effect and I am sure you will all join me in offering hearty congratulations to Jeff Whiteley, Deputy Provincial Grand Master, on his promotion to P.G.J.O., with the title Very Worshipful Brother. Also hearty congratulations to Joe Marzouk, on his promotion to P.G.J.D. Congratulations to all receiving appointments and promotions and we hope to see you in your new regalia soon.

In Memoriam R.W.Bro. Philip James Patrick 1948 – 2020

R.W.Bro. Philip James Patrick, P.G.J.W., P.Prov.D.G.M. (Bristol)
(18th October 1948 – 31st August 2020)

The Province is very sad to report the Passing of R.W.Bro. Phil Patrick. He was a Founder and Past Master of our Provincial Directors of Ceremonies Lodge No. 1813 and will be deeply missed.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and his many friends. A close friend, R.W.Bro. Keith Emmerson, writes :-

Phil, as we knew him, was a very committed Mark Mason having held the offices of Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies and Deputy Provincial Grand Master in the Province of Bristol, both of which he served with great distinction.
He was a Founder of the Provincial Directors of Ceremonies Lodge and was delighted when he was elected as Master just two years following the lodge being Consecrated. His commitment continued as Treasurer between 2008 and 2011 with his affection for the lodge being very evident when seen enjoying the company of other members.
I had the pleasure of knowing Phil for many years and, with his daughter living just a few miles away from me, we would occasionally meet and put the masonic world to rights over a pint of beer.
Phil was a highly respected and popular man who will be sorely missed. However we can take consolation in the abiding memory that, undoubtedly, he marked well.

R.W.Bro. Keith Emmerson, Past Deputy Grand Master

A Book of Condolences has been set up and anyone wishing to leave a message can do so by using the following link :-

http://www.tolbc.com/PhilipPatrick

To leave a message click on the link, scroll through the book to an empty page, click on ‘Add a Message’ enter your E-mail address, a password of your choice (for future access) and then leave your message.

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 29th August 2020

The National Lottery Bonus Ball for the 29th August 2020 is No 16.

There were three winners this month:

  • WB Mel Broadhurst of Lechmere Lodge of Mark Master Masons number 59.
  • WB Robin Stanton of Saint Lawrence Lodge of Mark Master Masons number 893.
  • WB Edwin Corfield of Teme Valley Lodge of Mark Master Masons number 1260.

Congratulations to them all.

The next draw will be held on Saturday 26th September 2020.

The National Lottery Bonus Ball is on the last Saturday of each month, and is open to all Mark Master Masons, their families, and friends to assist in raising funds for charitable causes.

If you would like to take part, please fill in the following form: Worcestershire Mark Lottery entry form. The completed form can be sent to me at 7. Keepers Close, Drakes Broughton, Worcs. WR10 2BB or direct to your bank, and advise me of the detail, so I can police your instructions through the account bank.

For more information please contact W. Bro Mike Gage PAGDC at: charity@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk.

The D.P.G.M. weekly circular : Issue 15 (28th August 2020)

Brethren

Well I’m writing this while outside it is raining the proverbial. Lockdown is sufferable while the weather is good, and we have had almost reasonable weather since March. I hope you are all doing OK and not watching too much daytime TV. I bet all your decorating is now done or well on the way to being finished. I’d like to know what you have all being doing to avoid climbing the walls or taking it out on the cat. Let me know what you have been up to, keep it clean. Is there anything out of the ordinary or something you’ve been doing for the first time, learning to play an instrument, learning a new language. I’ve increased my reading and am now up to a couple of books a week. I’ve also been groaning a lot at your one liner jokes, jokes, did I say jokes, well you know what I mean. Here are some of them:-

Do you need a current license to drive an electric car?

What has four letters, sometimes nine letters but never has five letters.

In other news…The seven Dwarfs have been advised that as of today, they can only meet in a group of six…. One of them isn’t happy.

I have copies of Osteopaths Weekly if anyone wants some back issues…..

That’s enough of that for one week. This weeks paper records ten years of slow growth within the Province, but consolidated. We see another PGM appointed and there is special interest for the Brethren from Malvern, and the rest of you of course.

I thank all of you who sent in answers to the Famous Landmarks quiz, no all correct answers over the last two weeks although our Provincial DC might query a few answers? I like him really.

Link to answers to famous landmarks quiz.

LINK TO ISSUE 15 – TEN YEARS OF SLOW GROWTH.

Cheers

Kind Regards

W Bro Jeff Whiteley, PGSD, DPGM

The D.P.G.M. weekly circular : Issue 14 (21st August 2020)

Brethren

Well we’re still in lockdown, the weather can’t make its mind up and its still embarrassing to put out the recycling every week, particularly the bottle bin.

I hope you and your families are keeping occupied and staying safe. My thanks go to all those who have sent in answers to the quizzes and sent me cringeworthy one liners, there are some more below. We’ve had a couple of weeks of quizzes but I’m back on the research and this weeks paper starts at the end of world war two. But first I have the answers to the Formula 1 anagram quiz which many of you sent in your answers and I’m impressed as to how many got them all correct, even though I made a mistake on one.

  1. Mika Hakkinen
  2. Rubens Barrichello
  3. Michael Schumacher
  4. David Coulthard
  5. Ralf Schumacher
  6. Juan Pablo Montoya
  7. Fernando Alonso
  8. Kimi Raikkonen
  9. Jenson Button
  10. Jarno Trulli
  11. Gian Carlo Fisichella
  12. Nick Heidfeld
  13. Felipe Massa
  14. Lewis Hamilton
  15. Robert Kubica
  16. Heikki Kovalainen
  17. Sebastian Vettel
  18. Mark Webber
  19. Max Verstappen
  20. Nico Hulkenberg
  21. Charles Leclerc
  22. Pastor Maldonada
  23. Valterri Bottas
  24. Nico Rosberg
  25. Daniel Ricciardo

Hope that has relieved the misery for some of you. I’ll post the answers to the world landmarks next week. In the meantime have a read through Issue 14 and find out how the Province faired after the war.

LINK TO ISSUE 14 – AFTER THE WAR

Some of your one liners

Did you know there is no such word as gullible in the English dictionary?

My obese parrot died…… It was sad but it is a huge weight off my shoulders

Yesterday, I met a girl who runs a battery kiosk at our local park. Yes that right……She sells C cells down by the seesaw!

Went to the café yesterday dressed as a tennis ball….got served straight away.

Don’t get any better do they, but keep them coming.

As always keep smiling and stay safe

Kind Regards

W Bro Jeff Whiteley, PGSD, DPGM

The D.P.G.M. weekly circular : Issue 13 (14th August 2020)

Brethren

13 weeks, unlucky for some. At the start of this lockdown I believed it would only be for a couple of months and we would get back to normal, how wrong can you be. Anyway, I sent a quiz out last week and I know some of you have no interest in F1, while others have sent in their answers already. I have had more correct answers for the F1 quiz than any others I have previously sent out. I would also like to point out that I had some comments about the ‘Where in the World’ quiz saying that Antarctica is not a country. I’m not saying who it was but tough Richard. Oops.

I am still doing research on the history of the Province so I will be sending the next issue out next week. This week’s offering is another quiz to placate those who haven’t got a clue about Formula 1. The quiz this week is all about famous landmarks, which I hope you will all have a go at.

Famous Landmarks

I’ve had some more one liners…here are a few groans

Someone just told me that I don’t know how to shave properly………..bloody cheek!

My mate has crashed his ice cream van…..he’s got Whippylash

Just bought a car that uses wool to power it….its a Lamborghini

I’m going on Mastermind, my specialist subject is ‘The Geography of Wales’, I’m all Clwyd up!

Take care and I’ll talk again next week.

Kind Regards

W Bro Jeff Whiteley, PGSD, DPGM

The D.P.G.M. weekly circular : Issue 12 (7th August 2020)

Brethren of the Worcestershire Mark Degree.

Yet another week rolls by and we are still in various states of lockdown. I heard that they were thinking of isolating the over 50’s, well that must be 99% of us. Hopefully you are all finding your feet in your new normal for 2020 and that some good will be locked in there somewhere, whether it’s spending more time with the family or getting round to all those DIY jobs around the house, looking after the garden or sorting your shed out.

I can’t believe this is my twelfth communication to you, and I didn’t start at the beginning of lock-down. The last two weeks I have extended the research of the Province and I have been repeatedly asked for another quiz. So, this week, because it was the British F1 Grand Prix last weekend and we have another this weekend, I have produced a quiz related to F1, Debbie and I are great fans. If you’re not an F1 fan, don’t be put off, I have given you the answers, well, in anagram form. The idea is to name all the F1 drivers who have achieved pole position between 2000 and 2019. You may not be a fan but some of the drivers are household names. Have fun with it and don’t forget to send me your answers. NO CHEATING.

Link to Issue 12 F1 Quiz

Now for your one liners you have been sending. I’m not naming names, you’ll know if I include one of yours, I’m not taking the blame for such groans.

A member of Parliament to Disraeli: “Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease.” – “That depends, Sir, ” said Disraeli, “whether I embrace your policies or your mistress.”

I saw a sign in a house window which said “Television for sale £1 –volume stuck on full” — well I just couldn’t turn that down.

The flat fish angling contest starts in ten minutes, I’d better get my skates on!

Have to go now, I’m just on my way to fix Cat Stevens caravan, Awning has broken!

Enjoy the heatwave this weekend.

Kind Regards

W Bro Jeff Whiteley, PGSD, DPGM

The D.P.G.M. weekly circular : Issue 11 (31st July 2020)

Brethren all,

Well this week end we are seeing a bit of a heatwave, out with the garden chairs, glass of wine and a good book, but don’t get sunburnt.

I have the answers to the last quiz, ‘Where in the World’. I thank you for your answers although no one got them all correct. The two that stumped most people were No 10 Monaco and No 13 Antarctica. Here is a link to all the answers.

Answers to Where in the World?

I’ve been getting lots of one liners now and have had a good groan at some of them. I thank you for your contribution – here are some of the better ones:-

I saw a sign in a house window which said “Television for sale £1 –volume stuck on full” — well I just couldn’t turn that down.

The guy who owned Odeon Cinemas has died today, his funeral is at 12:10, 14:20 and 18:30

A man was caught breaking into a snooker club, so the police placed him under a rest!

What do you call a Judge with no thumbs……Justice Fingers!

Keep ’em coming, I like a good groan.

Anyway, I have issued more history of the Province, this one is about the war years, I hope you enjoy.

The War Years

Don’t forget you can contact me anytime. More quizzes coming soon

Stay safe and Mark well.
Kind Regards

W.Bro. Jeff Whiteley, P.G.S.D., D.P.G.M.

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 25th July 2020

The National Lottery Bonus Ball for the 25th July 2020 is No 15.

There were two winners this month:

  • W. Bro. Tom Gray of Millennium Lodge
  • Mrs Margaret Green, the wife of our Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies

Congratulations to them both

The next draw will be held on Saturday 29th August 2020.

The National Lottery Bonus Ball is on the last Saturday of each month, and is open to all Mark Master Masons, their families, and friends to assist in raising funds for charitable causes.

If you would like to take part, please fill in the following form: Worcestershire Mark Lottery entry form. The completed form can be sent to me at 7. Keepers Close, Drakes Broughton, Worcs. WR10 2BB or direct to your bank, and advise me of the detail, so I can police your instructions through the account bank.

For more information please contact W. Bro Mike Gage PAGDC at: charity@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk.

The D.P.G.M. weekly circular : Issue 10 (24th July 2020)

ISSUE 10 – Substantial Growth in the Province

Brethren

The lockdown from London has come to an end and they tell us that it is possible to hold meetings, but do we want to? Are our meeting places safe? Will our Ceremonies be safe? I don’t know the answers to these questions, only time will tell. Meanwhile I will continue to do my best and supply you with information, quizzes and other anecdotes. However, last week I asked for you to send me your one liners, where are they? I’ve had a few naughty ones so I’m not sharing those. I’ve also not had many replies to the countries quiz I sent out. Too difficult for you or are you just fed up?

Here are a few more one line groaners:-

I drank a bucketful of beer last night – It was pail ale!

Never realised until today that Karl Marx’s sister, Onya, invented the starting pistol!

What was the best thing before sliced bread?

Come on admit it, it brought a smile to your face and I bet you use them on the family.

This week I’ve written more about the growth of the Province and the very important roll that Moseley Mark Lodge played in those early years. I hope you find it interesting. Don’t forget you can contact me anytime using the Provincial email address, I need more answers to the last quiz and your one liners.

Issue 10 – Substantial Growth in the Province

dpgm@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk

Kind Regards

W Bro Jeff Whiteley, PGSD, DPGM

The D.P.G.M. weekly circular : Issue 9 (17th July 2020)

Brethren all,

Will we or won’t we? Do we want to or don’t we? These questions must be in your thoughts at the moment with regards to the resumption of Masonic meetings. The real criteria is to stay safe and not potentially cause a spike in the virus. If we can resume our meetings without doing this, great, we can all enjoy the camaraderie and one another’s company again in safety. Whatever you decide I will continue to do my best to send out a weekly communication.

I have had many positive feedbacks about the history and about the quizzes, especially the ones where all the family can take part, so, while I continue research I have compiled another quiz which you can ask the family and friends to take part. Its called ‘Where in the World’. It’s a pictorial quiz and when you see the paper you will understand what you have to do. Again, please email me the answers when completed, no cheating.

To lighten the mood I am also starting a weekly joke section and I invite you to send me your contributions, keep it clean. If it makes me laugh then I will circulate it with the weekly communication. Keep them short, one liners almost, here’s a couple to start you off, you can either laugh or groan.

Do bin men get formal training, or do they pick it up as they go along?

Q. What’s a cowboys favourite car? A. Audi…..

Scientists who were initially against genetic engineering have managed to cross a seagull with a sheep, which is a massive ewe tern!

I can hear you groaning already.

Here is the link to ‘Where in the World

Please email me your answers and one liners to dpgm@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk

I’ll be back with more history, and your one liners, next week.

Kind Regards,

W Bro Jeff Whiteley, PGSD, DPGM

The D.P.G.M. weekly circular : Issue 8 (10th July 2020)

Brethren

Again I hope you are all OK and learning to cope with this new normal. I am sure that we will be back to near normal in the not too distant future.

I have attached the next phase in the growth of the Province and I hope you find it interesting. I am still in hope that more of you will communicate your thoughts to me.

You can access this weeks history from the button below or if preferred direct from our website in the Downloads Section.

The Growth of the Province

I have also promised I would give you the answers to the emoji quiz which I know many of you enjoyed with the family. Thank you for all those who took part and sent me their answers, I had a good laugh. I will have another family quiz next week to keep you occupied. In the meantime here are the answers to the last one.

Band Emoji Answers

Take care one and all, your ritual must be perfect by now.

Stay safe and Mark well.
Kind Regards

W.Bro. Jeff Whiteley, P.G.S.D., D.P.G.M.

The D.P.G.M. weekly circular : Issue 7 (3rd July 2020)

Brethren

I write again to try and bring some relief to this Groundhog scenario we are all going through at the moment. I thank all those who have sent me answers to the Emoji music quiz I sent out last week, it seems to have kept you busy for a while and involved some of the family. I will send out the answers next week, so those of you who are still working on it you have a few more days.

Please let me know if you want me to publish more quizzes, I have plenty I can compile.

This week I have sent a document following the progress of the Mark Province of Worcestershire and the way it stumbles forward very slowly. I hope you find it interesting.

Again Brethren, can I ask that you forward me history of your particular Lodges. I am doing research but need more info.

You can access this weeks history here.

The Province stumbles on

As usual, for those who prefer the paper can be found on our Mark Provincial website under ‘The Province stumbles on’ in the ‘Downloads’ Section.

dpgm@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk

Looking forward to the day when we can get back to some sort of normality.

Kind Regards

W.Bro. Jeff Whiteley, P.G.S.D., D.P.G.M.

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 27th June 2020

The National Lottery Bonus Ball for the 27th June 2020 is No 12.

There was no winner this month.

The next draw will be held on Saturday 25th July 2020.

The National Lottery Bonus Ball is on the last Saturday of each month, and is open to all Mark Master Masons, their families, and friends to assist in raising funds for charitable causes.

If you would like to take part, please fill in the following form: Worcestershire Mark Lottery entry form. The completed form can be sent to me at 7. Keepers Close, Drakes Broughton, Worcs. WR10 2BB or direct to your bank, and advise me of the detail, so I can police your instructions through the account bank.

For more information please contact W. Bro Mike Gage PAGDC at: charity@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk.

In Memoriam – ML Homer 1927-2020

V.W.Bro Michael Lawrence Home ( 20th Oct 1927 – 26th June 2020)

It is with sadness that we have to report that earlier today, at home, V.W.Bro. Mike Homer passed peacefully to the Grand Lodge above. He is well known to very many of us and will be very much missed by us all.

Mike was Advanced into Vernon Lodge MMM in December 1963 and Elevated into Vernon Lodge RAM in February 1964. He became Provincial Junior Warden in 1977, was the Provincial Director of Ceremonies for 3 years from 1982 and subsequently Provincial Treasurer for 12 years from 1985.

Appointed to P.A.G.D.C. in 1983 he was regularly promoted, first to P.G.S.D. then P.G.J.O and finally in 2012 to P.G.S.O.

The D.P.G.M. weekly circular : Issue 6 (26th June 2020)

Brethren all.
I am putting this communication together while it is 32 degs outside and probably even hotter inside working at the computer.

I left off the history of Mark Masonry in the Province where there were two Mark Lodges, one RAM Lodge and the Province of Worcestershire had just been Consecrated. I am still doing some research as following the Consecration of the Province things didn’t run too smoothly. With this in mind I will send out the next episode next week. Given the hot weather and the fact that Glastonbury should be taking place at the moment I have decided to send out a music quiz. This one the whole family can take part. It’s an Emoji quiz and you have to work out the band or music artist. There are quite a few so it will keep you and the family busy.

I said I would also give you the answers to ‘Whose a Pretty Boy’, which seems to have stumped many of you. Last week I gave you eleven of the names and nobody came up with the missing name. Well, shame on you all. It was picture number 6 and it was the Grand Master, MW Bro. HRH Prince Michael of Kent. The photograph was taken when he was a Page Boy at the then Princess Elizabeth’s marriage to Phillip Mountbatten.

The full list of answers are :-

  1. RW Bro Eric Rymer
  2. VW Bro Brian Scoffield
  3. W Bro (Stanley) William Southgate
  4. VW Bro John King
  5. W Bro Richard Green. – Yes Brethren this is your Prov Director of Ceremonies.
  6. MW Bro Prince Michael of Kent
  7. W Bro Adrian Hutt
  8. W Bro Jeff Whiteley
  9. W Bro Charles Gwynne
  10. VW Bro (Andrew) Timothy Morris
  11. RW Bro Frank Spencer
  12. W Bro Paul Yarnell

Thanks to all those who took part, I think the highest score was five correct.

Let’s see how many of you have a go at the Emoji Quiz – as usual just click on the button below tto go straight there

Band Emojis Quiz

or those of you who prefer not to click buttons in an E-mail you can find the Emoji Quiz on our Mark Provincial website under ‘Band Emojis Quiz’ in the ‘Downloads’ Section.

Answers to me by E-mail please – as usual a numbered list with your answers alongside will be fine, to :-

dpgm@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk

Whatever you are doing, please do it safely and don’t forget that you can contact me anytime.

W.Bro. Jeff Whiteley, P.G.S.D., D.P.G.M.

The D.P.G.M. weekly circular : Issue 5 (19th June 2020)

Brethren.

I hope this weekly communication is of some interest to you all. I would like some feedback as to whether the content is OK and any other comments you care to make, or any features you would like me to cover.

Today I attach my next instalment about the development of Mark Masonry in Worcestershire and this deals with establishing the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Worcestershire. Just click the button below or go straight to our web-site and download it from there.

Worcestershire becomes a Province

I sent out a quiz last week entitled, ‘Who’s a Pretty Boy’. I haven’t had any answers back yet so perhaps it was a bit difficult. I will let you know Who’s Who next week but in the meantime I will give you answers to eleven of the twelve photographs. All you have to do is match the names below to the photographs and then tell me who the twelfth person is, simples!

The eleven are:-

PGM RW Bro Eric Rymer
DPGM W Bro Jeff Whiteley
APGM W Bro Paul Yarnell
PPGM RW Bro Frank Spencer
PDPGM VW Bro John King
PDPGM VW Bro Tim Morris
ProvGSec W Bro Adrian Hutt
PProvGSec VW Bro Brian Scoffield
ProvGDC W Bro Richard Green
Prov GAlm W Bro Charles Gwynn
ProvDGSec W Bro Bill Southgate

Come on Brethren, have a guess and email me your answer even if your name is on the list above.

Clicking the button below will take you to the picture quiz

Who’s a Pretty Boy?

For those of you who prefer not to click buttons in an E-mail you can find the documents which are referred to above as usual on our Mark Provincial website in the ‘Downloads’ Section. Please email your answer to :-

dpgm@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk

Please keep in contact with me and let me know how you are doing and if you need any assistance, perhaps you would like me to cover any subject or answer any question. I don’t mind but please do take the trouble to keep in touch for whatever reason either by E-mail or telephone.

Stay safe and Mark Well.

W.Bro. Jeff Whiteley, P.G.S.D., D.P.G.M.

The D.P.G.M. weekly circular : Issue 4 (12th June 2020)

Brethren.

I hope you’re enjoying the weekly papers I have been sending out and in particular the history of the beginnings of Mark Masonry in Worcestershire. I will soon be sending out the history of the formation and Consecration of the Province of Worcestershire. I am still looking for material to be able to keep sending out these weekly papers. If you have any information on the beginnings of your Lodge, please let me have it.

We have now entered into a new Mark Masonic year for Worcestershire. Last Saturday should have been our Provincial Grand Lodge meeting at Kings Heath, and to invest all the Officers for the ensuing year. Although this was not possible in the present situation, the Brethren concerned have still taken Office for the year 2020-2021. It is hoped that the PGM will be able to fully invest them in the near future.

Last Tuesday should also have been the Investiture meeting of Grand Lodge in London and again those Brethren from Worcestershire who should have been Invested will still take up their Grand Rank honour as from last Tuesday.

This week Brethren I am sending another quiz, this time called ‘Who’s a Pretty Boy? The attachment shows twelve photographs of Mark Masons who should be very well known to you here in Worcestershire. Not as easy as it seems as the photographs show these Brethren long before they ever became Freemasons.

Clicking the button below will take you to the picture quiz

Who’s a Pretty Boy?

For those of you who prefer not to click buttons in an E-mail you can find the picture quiz on our Mark Provincial website under ‘Who’s a Pretty Boy?’ in the ‘Downloads’ Section. If you are stumped by the photographs I guarantee it will bring a smile to your face trying to imagine who they can be. Have a go anyway and lets see how many you get correct. Please email me some answers, as last time a numbered list with the names alongside will be fine, to :-

dpgm@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk

Whatever you are doing, please do it safely and keep learning that ritual.

W.Bro. Jeff Whiteley, P.G.S.D., D.P.G.M.

A Message from Eric Rymer, Provincial Grand Master

Brethren All,

Today (Saturday 6th June) should have been the Province’s Annual Meeting – an event I look forward to every year. It is a most enjoyable day, with many Brethren present, both Worcestershire members and welcome visitors from other Provinces. We celebrate the past year; remember those who have passed to higher service; thank the Brethren who have been active Provincial Officers; and congratulate those who receive appointments and promotions for the forthcoming year. It is such a happy day.

With the situation as it currently is, we had no choice but to postpone the meeting – such a shame.

However, let me take this opportunity to congratulate all those who receive appointments and promotions today – a list of the active officers can be found at this link while Appointments and Promotions can be found here. Their offices start today. I most certainly look forward to being able to get out and about on the circuit and enjoy our Mark masonry with them. I would also like to thank those Officers who are stepping down today. Their year in office has been sadly curtailed because of the virus, in terms of attending meetings. I thank them all for the meetings they were able to attend, to support the various Lodges, as well as myself, my Deputy and Assistant. In particular, the Wardens – Bob Philips and Trevor Still, did a super job before the lockdown hit us all, as did the DC team under W.Bro. Richard Green – I am most grateful. Welcome to the new Wardens – W.Bros. Jim Mulligan and Stuart Cameron – may they have a good year.

Also, let us remember those Brethren who are about to receive Grand Rank. Next week’s Annual Investiture meeting of Grand Lodge has of course been postponed and it is likely that the September Promotions meeting will suffer the same fate. Our congratulations go to them all.

My grateful thanks also go to the Secretariat, under the leadership of Adrian Hutt, for all the administrative work they have done, much of which is not seen by the membership, but is vital for the continuing good health of the Province. Their work has continued unabated during the lockdown, albeit via virtual media in a lot of instances.

Your executive team have continued to work on your behalf, even though activities have been so curtailed by circumstances. I am so grateful to W.Bro. Jeff Whiteley, Deputy P.G.M. and W.Bro. Paul Yarnell, Assistant P.G.M. for their ongoing support. As I have mentioned, the DC team and Secretariat team have done wonderful work. Also, on behalf of the Province, I thank the Provincial Treasurer, Provincial Almoner and Provincial Charity Steward for their continuing efforts, particularly with regard to charity matters, which have assumed an even greater importance currently.

Above all, Brethren, I thank and appreciate you for all your efforts in supporting each other at this difficult time. Please continue to do so and I look forward very much to the time when I can once again share in your company.

Keep safe and may the Great Overseer of the Universe keep us in all our undertakings. Mark well.

The D.P.G.M. weekly circular : Issue 3 (5th June 2020)

Mark Brethren all
I hope you’re all still doing OK. This will be the third communication I’ve sent out and I hope it brings a little relief from your individual lockdown. The first week I sent out a quiz based on famous Freemasons and I will now publish the answers and who managed to get them all correct, but before I do I wish to send my congratulations to all those Brethren who will, as from tomorrow Saturday 6th June, take Provincial Office for the year 2020-2021. It should have been the annual Provincial Grand Lodge and Brethren would either have been Invested with active Provincial Rank or Past Provincial Rank or Promoted. Although the Provincial meeting has been postponed all those Provincial ranks will become active from the 6th and the Brethren involved will be Invested at some point, hopefully, in the not too distant future.

I also wish to congratulate those Brethren from Worcestershire who will receive Grand Rank as from Tuesday 9th June. They being W Bro John Bentley, PAGDC, W Bro Eric Lee, PAGDC and W Bro Mark Winfield, Grand Steward. In addition RW Frank Spencer will be reappointed as Grand Director of Ceremonies and WBro Justin Parker will be reappointed as Assistant Grand Chaplain and we must of course not forget also the reappointment of MW Bro Raymond Smith (Almoners and Ch Stwds) as Pro Grand Master, RW Bro John Prizeman (Almoners and Ch Stwds) as Deputy Grand Master and RW Bro Ryan Williams (Prov DC’s) as Grand Secretary

Congratulations to W Bro Brian Gargett, DPGM (Glouc & Herefordshire) Provincial DC’s Lodge, W Bro Glyn Condliffe, Mosaic Lodge and W Bro Paul Yarnell, APGM, who all achieved full marks in the Quiz from Issue 1. Well done and a thank you to all those who took part and sent me your answers. The correct answers are :-

1) Peter Sellers, 2) Arnold Palmer, 3) Cyril Fletcher
4) Tommy Trinder, 5) Harry Corbett, 6) David Nixon, 7) Donald Campbell
8) Harry Houdini, 9) David Prince of Wales (King Edward VIII), 10) Robert Burns
11) Alexander Fleming, 12) Alf Ramsay, 13) Billy Butlin, 14) Buffalo Bill Cody
15) Joe Frazier (Smokin Joe), 16) Jackie Milburn, 17) Rudyard Kipling
18) Roger de Courcey, 19) George Washington, 20) Oscar Wilde

Now onto this week’s paper, it is ISSUE 3 and called ‘The Growth of Mark Masonry in Worcester.’

Clicking the button below will take you to the paper

The Growth of Mark Masonry in the Province of Worcestershire

For those of you who prefer not to click buttons in an E-mail you can find the paper on our Mark Provincial website under ‘The Growth of Mark Masonry in Worcestershire’ in the ‘Downloads’ Section. I hope you find it of interest and if you have any comments, suggestions or questions please do not hesitate to contact me at :-

dpgm@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk

I would also like to thank those who have commented on the previous weeks’ communications and to those who have sent in information about their Lodges and other snippets on information, which all helps in my research. Please keep sending them in, I need more information.

I wish you all well and to stay safe, we are slowly coming out of lockdown so hopefully in the not too distant future we will be able to meet in safety.

W.Bro. Jeff Whiteley, P.G.S.D., D.P.G.M.

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 30th May 2020

The National Lottery Bonus Ball for the 30th May 2020 is No 45.

There were two winners:

  • V. W. Bro. John King of Bromsgrove Lodge of MMM No. 1334
  • W. Bro. Terry Davies of Teme Valley Lodge of MMM No. 1260

The next draw will be held on Saturday 27th June 2020.

The National Lottery Bonus Ball is on the last Saturday of each month, and is open to all Mark Master Masons, their families, and friends to assist in raising funds for charitable causes.

If you would like to take part, please fill in the following form: Worcestershire Mark Lottery entry form. The completed form can be sent to me at 7. Keepers Close, Drakes Broughton, Worcs. WR10 2BB or direct to your bank, and advise me of the detail, so I can police your instructions through the account bank.

For more information please contact W. Bro Mike Gage PAGDC at: charity@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk.

The D.P.G.M. weekly circular : Issue 2 (29th May 2020)

Mark Brethren all
I hope you found last weeks picture quiz of interest. I have had a couple of all correct answers back but I’m not posting the answers until next week so those of you who haven’t sent in yet, you have a bit more time.

Last week I asked for Lodges to send in a brief history of the Consecration of their Mother Lodge and any other interesting facts. I need more information so I can start putting it together. I will over the coming weeks continue to send out information about our Lodges and Province and I do have another quiz in hand.

We have now been in lockdown some nine weeks and there looks like there may be some movement on the horizon to get the country moving again although I expect meetings and gatherings to be one of the last, if not the last, to get back to somewhere near normal. But don’t despair, as I said last week, we can still enjoy our Masonry albeit in a different format.

This week I have prepared some information about the beginning of Mark Masonry within the Worcestershire Province.

Clicking this link will take you to the paper

The Beginning of Mark Masonry in the Province of Worcestershire

For those of you who prefer not to click buttons in an E-mail you can find the paper on our Mark Provincial website under ‘A Brief History’ in the ‘Downloads’ Section. I hope you find it of interest and if you have any comments, suggestions or questions please do not hesitate to contact me at :-

dpgm@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk

Brethren, please continue to stay safe and anticipate the time when we can all meet again to enjoy each other’s company.

W.Bro. Jeff Whiteley, P.G.S.D., D.P.G.M.

The D.P.G.M. weekly circular : Issue 1 (22nd May 2020)

Mark Brethren all

Hope you are all keeping safe and well. Instead of a group of Baby Boomers we’ve become a group of Baby Zoomers.

Having watched a Horizon documentary on the Coronavirus earlier this week, I am more uncertain as to when we will be able to meet again and share great times doing our combined hobby. The last meeting I attended was Moseley Centenary on 2nd March, which was a great evening and I managed to have some quality conversation with W Bro Sam Williams, RIP Sam.

With these unprecedented times which we are facing I see no reason why we shouldn’t still enjoy our Masonry, albeit in a different format. I would like to put out a series of information circulars and need the help of you all. I would like each Lodge to send me a small history about your Mother Lodge from Consecration to present day. I will then piece items together and send it to all the Worcestershire Mark Brethren bit by bit over the coming weeks. I may also send some other Worcestershire snippets and maybe a quiz or two.

In fact, if you click on this link:

A Picture Quiz from the Deputy Provincial Grand Master

it will lead you to a Masonic picture quiz. For those of you who prefer not to click buttons in an E-mail you can find the quiz on our Mark Provincial website under Masonic Picture Quiz in the ‘Downloads’ Section. There are twenty photographs of famous Freemasons, and all you have to do is to let me have your answers by email to me at :-

dpgm@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk

There is no need to send back the photographs, just a list numbered 1-20 and the name of who you think it is. I will allow one week from today and then let you know who has scored the most, there may even be a prize.

In the meantime Brethren, please stay safe and I look forward to the time when we can all meet again and enjoy one another’s company.

W.Bro. Jeff Whiteley, P.G.S.D., D.P.G.M.

Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank

The evening of 19th May would have been our Provincial Grand RAM Assembly but regrettably Covid-19 has intervened so that it has been necessary to postpone the meeting.

However, those who were due to be appointed to the rank of ProvRAMGR at the meeting still assume it as of that date and are entitled to wear the appropriate regalia. The Provincial Grand Master extends his congratulations and best wishes to them all. The recipients are :-

  • W.Bro. Brian Reginald Chad (Ark : No.59)
  • W.Bro. Darren Lee Serrell (Abraham Green : No. 330)
  • W.Bro. Dr. Howard Carlton (Athlumney : No. 590)
  • W.Bro. Josephus Adwele Davies (Moseley : No. 667)
  • W.Bro. Michael William Dancer (Perseverance : No. 733)
  • W.Bro. Peter Rex Ross (St. Egwin : No. 1135)
  • W.Bro. Alan Clift (All Saints : No. 1462 (obiit))
  • W.Bro. Clive Haywood (Centenary : No. 1623)

I am sure we all join our Provincial Grand Master in offering our hearty congratulations.

Stay Safe and well and we hope to see each other soon.

News from Grand Lodge

Here is a link to the 8th May edition of the “Freemasonry@86” newsletter from the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons, click on the image and the link will take you to a new website

Freemasonry@86

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 25th April 2020

The National Lottery Bonus Ball for the 25th April 2020 is No 36.

There was one winner:

W. Bro. Mike Bartels of Vernon Lodge of MMM No 923.

The next draw will be held on Saturday 30th May 2020.

The National Lottery Bonus Ball is on the last Saturday of each month, and is open to all Mark Master Masons, their families, and friends to assist in raising funds for charitable causes.

If you would like to take part, please fill in the following form: Worcestershire Mark Lottery entry form. The completed form can be sent to me at 7. Keepers Close, Drakes Broughton, Worcs. WR10 2BB or direct to your bank, and advise me of the detail, so I can police your instructions through the account bank.

For more information please contact W. Bro Mike Gage PAGDC at: charity@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk.

Message from the Provincial Grand Master 7th April 2020

Brethren All,

In this difficult time where many of the things that we would normally do are difficult or even not possible we have created a virtual Book of Condolence for W.Bro. Brian Nutt and W.Bro. Sam Williams.

This at least is something that we can do and allows those who wish to do so to at least record their respects. Something that, in due time, can be passed to the respective families of these 2 well-loved Brothers to show that we do care, even when circumstances prevent our doing so publicly.

Please note there is no cost involved to register and leave some personal thought or reminiscence which could mean so much to others.

· The Book of Condolences for W.Bro. Brian Nutt can be found at: www.tolbc.com/BrianNutt

· The Book of Condolences for W.Bro. Sam Williams can be found at: www.tolbc.com/SamWilliams

On a happier note we can announce the following Grand Rank Appointments/Promotions:-

Re-appointment

  • G.D.C. : W. Bro. F. C. Spencer, G.D.C
  • A.G.Chap. : W.Bro. Justin Trevelyan Parker, A.G.Chap

First Appointment

  • Grand Steward : W.Bro. Mark John Winfield, P.Prov.G.J.W.
  • P.A.G.D.C. : W.Bro John Bentley, P.Prov.G.S.W.
  • P.A.G.D.C. : W.Bro. Eric Patrick Lee, P.Prov.G.J.W.

Promotion

  • P.G.J.O. : W.Bro. Jeffrey William Whiteley, P.G.S.D.
  • P.G.J.D. : W.Bro. Joseph Fahmy Khalil Marzouk, P.G.Stwd.

Our congratulations to these Brethren, it is well deserved recognition for their commitment to this Province.

Keep in touch – and be safe.

Warm masonic wishes,

Right Worshipful Brother Eric John Rymer PGM

Message from the Provincial Grand Master

Brethren All,

Now we are entering the second week of the lockdown, I trust that everyone has become inured to the frustrations of the essential need to stay indoors and safe during this crisis.

It has meant that we cannot practice the masonry we love and has led to some lonely evenings for many of us.

However, it is also a time when we can try new things; sort out the loft; tidy the toolshed and so much more. Let’s use this enforced idleness in a positive way. (Especially learning ritual)

In particular, let’s keep in touch with our Brethren – use the technology we have – telephone, email, video conference or just standing at the bottom of their garden and waving. I hope that we have always helped a brother in need, but at this time, it is especially important to do so. Be proactive, not reactive.

Keep in touch – and be safe.

Warm masonic wishes,

Eric

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 28th March 2020

The National Lottery Bonus Ball for the 28th March 2020 is No 11.

There were two winners:

  • W Bro Robert Phillips, the Provincial Grand Senior Warden
  • W Bro John Moore of Teme Valley Lodge of MMM No 1260

The next draw will be held on Saturday 25th April 2020.

The National Lottery Bonus Ball is on the last Saturday of each month, and is open to all Mark Master Masons, their families, and friends to assist in raising funds for charitable causes.

If you would like to take part, please fill in the following form: Worcestershire Mark Lottery entry form. The completed form can be sent to me at 7. Keepers Close, Drakes Broughton, Worcs. WR10 2BB or direct to your bank, and advise me of the detail, so I can police your instructions through the account bank.

For more information please contact W. Bro Mike Gage PAGDC at: charity@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk.

Freemasonry @ 86 newsletter

Brethren, here is a link to the latest Freemasonry @ 86 newsletter from Mark Masons Hall.

At this trying time it is great to know that everyone is still there and has your back. There is information in this newsletter to help keep in touch with everything that is going on at Mark Masons Hall.

Stay safe everyone, we hope to see you all soon.

Social distancing guidelines

There is some understandable confusion out there on how social distancing should be carried out. Please refer to the NHS Guidance on Social Distancing. This is the official guidance and has been updated since we first linked to it on this website. Please keep yourself up to date.

Mark Golf Day cancellation

Under the current circumstances the Mark golf day which was to be held on the 26th of May has had to be cancelled. It is hoped to rearrange it for October. We will publish the new dates when things return to normal.

Support for Age Concern

The Provincial Grand Master wishes to canvass your support for Age UK (Herefordshire and Worcestershire) who are urgently seeking volunteers to support those who as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic are confined to home.  An application form is available for download here.

Suspension of all Masonic activity

The Grand Masters of the Orders administered from Mark Masons’ Hall have jointly agreed an immediate General Suspension of all Masonic Activity for a period of four months. This means that no masonic meetings or related social activities should take place until further notice. A similar Notice of a General Suspension is being issued today by the United Grand Lodge of England, the Supreme Council of the Ancient & Accepted Rite and the Grand Lodge of Scotland.

The full announcement can be read here.

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 29th February 2020

The National Lottery Bonus Ball for the 29th February 2020 is No 9.

There were two winners:

W Bro Ian Strongman of Perseverance Lodge of MMM No 733.

Bro Tim Wild of St Egwin Lodge of RAM No 1135.

The next draw will be held on Saturday 28th March 2020.

The National Lottery Bonus Ball is on the last Saturday of each month, and is open to all Mark Master Masons, their families, and friends to assist in raising funds for charitable causes.

If you would like to take part, please fill in the following form: Worcestershire Mark Lottery entry form. The completed form can be sent to me at 7. Keepers Close, Drakes Broughton, Worcs. WR10 2BB or direct to your bank, and advise me of the detail, so I can police your instructions through the account bank.

For more information please contact W. Bro Mike Gage PAGDC at: charity@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk.

W. Bro David Stean funeral arrangements Tuesday 25th February 2020

Please note the following details for W. Bro. Stean’s funeral which will take place on Tuesday 25th February 2020.

14:00hrs – Funeral at St. James’ Church, Church Street, Harvington, Evesham, WR11 8PB (anticipated 45mins to 1 hrs)

15:00hrs – Committal and cremation at The Vale Crematorium, Evesham Road, Fladbury WR10 2QR (actual time will depend upon the church service)

16:00hrs – Refreshments at Ecgwins Club (formerly the BBC Club), 117 High Street, Evesham, WR11 4EQ

There is also a request from Janet for any photographs of David in a Masonic situation for her to have alongside the Book of Remembrance at the Ecgwins Club, please forward any photos to the Provincial Secretary, secretary@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk.

W. Bro. David Stean PProvGMO 1950 – 2020

We are very sorry to have to report that W. Bro. David Stean passed away at 1:40am on Sunday 9th February 2020. Our thoughts are with Janet.

The funeral will take place on Tuesday 25th February, please note the following are the finalised funeral details: 14:00hrs – Funeral at St. James’ Church, Church Street, Harvington, Evesham, WR11 8PB (anticipated 45mins to 1 hrs)

15:00hrs – Committal and cremation at The Vale Crematorium, Evesham Road, Fladbury WR10 2QR (actual time will depend upon the church service)

16:00hrs – Refreshments at Ecgwins Club (formerly the BBC Club), 117 High Street, Evesham, WR11 4EQ

David was a well known and well respected Mason in the Province, especially known for the role of Treasurer in several Lodges. He will be sadly missed.

David was Advanced into the St. Egwin Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 1135 on 1st February 1993. He was Installed into the Chair in 2004 and again in 2013 with a stint as Treasurer in between. On 3rd February 2020 he was made an honorary member in recognition of his work for the Lodge.

He was a founder member of the Quill & Key Lodge No 1901 in 2009 where he served as Treasurer from 2014 until illness prevented his attendance at meetings.

He joined Worcestershire Installed Masters Lodge No 1409 in 2011 and went on to serve as Treasurer from 2015 until illness prevented his attendance at meetings.

He was Elevated into the St. Egwin Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 1135 in 2003 and was Installed into the Chair of Commander in 2009. After his year as Immediate Past Commander he took the office of Treasurer, which he filled for seven years. On 3rd February 2020 he was made an honorary member.

He joined Worcestershire Installed Commanders Lodge No 1409 in 2011 and became Treasurer in 2017, a role he filled until illness prevented his attendance at meetings.

David’s first appointment to Provincial Office was ProvGStwd in 2006, followed by PProvGSD in 2008. He was appointed ProvRAMGR in 2013, the same year he was appointed ProvGJO. Most recently he was appointed ProvGMO in 2018.

Eaton Lodge MMM and RAM 977 Carvery

On Sunday 26th January 2020 40 Brethren, Ladies and Gentlemen met at Kings Heath cricket club for a carvery meal originally arranged to support the widows of past members. Unfortunately only one widow was able to be present Mrs Pat Darby, but the event has become popular for all members including Provincial Officers and members of other orders.

The highlight was a raffle which raised the sum of £155 which will be donated to the benevolent fund. Next year’s date will be published as soon as available.

Members and guests enjoying their carvery lunch.

 

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 25th January 2020

The National Lottery Bonus Ball for the 25th January 2020 is No 21.

There was one winner: W Bro Howard Carlton of Athlumney Lodge of MMM No 590.

The next draw will be held on Saturday 29th February 2020.

The National Lottery Bonus Ball is on the last Saturday of each month, and is open to all Mark Master Masons, their families, and friends to assist in raising funds for charitable causes.

If you would like to take part, please fill in the following form: Worcestershire Mark Lottery entry form. The completed form can be sent to me at 7. Keepers Close, Drakes Broughton, Worcs. WR10 2BB or direct to your bank, and advise me of the detail, so I can police your instructions through the account bank.

For more information please contact W. Bro Mike Gage PAGDC at: charity@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk.

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 28th December 2019

The National Lottery Bonus Ball for the 28th December 2019 is No 9.

There was one winner: Bro Tim Wild of St Egwins Lodge of MMM No 1135.

The next draw will be held on Saturday 25th January 2020.

The National Lottery Bonus Ball is on the last Saturday of each month, and is open to all Mark Master Masons, their families, and friends to assist in raising funds for charitable causes.

If you would like to take part, please fill in the following form: Worcestershire Mark Lottery entry form. The completed form can be sent to me at 7. Keepers Close, Drakes Broughton, Worcs. WR10 2BB or direct to your bank, and advise me of the detail, so I can police your instructions through the account bank.

For more information please contact W. Bro Mike Gage PAGDC at: charity@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk.

Provincial Officers 2020-2021

The Provincial Grand Master has been pleased to announced his Provincial Officers for next year.

Office Officer Name Lodge No.
Senior Warden James Frederick Peter Mulligan 733
Junior Warden Stuart James Cameron 59
Master Overseer Trevor Rodway Barnes 977
Senior Overseer Michael John Pickett 330
Junior Overseer Mervyn Charles Cummings 747
Chaplain Justin Trevelan Parker 590
Treasurer Simon Everard Humberstone 977
Registrar Robin Stanton 893
Secretary Adrian Carl Hutt 1135
Director of Ceremonies Richard John Green 1351
Almoner Charles Morgan Gwynn 733
Charity Steward Michael John Gage 1135
Inspector of Works John William Pritchard 1135
Sword Bearer Gary Vale 667
Deputy Chaplain Anthony William Moody 590
Deputy Secretary Stanley William Scott Southgate 1822
Deputy DC Derek Wyn Owen 977
Senior Deacon (1) Brian Reginald Chadd 59
Senior Deacon (2) Mark Stephen Lodge 1351
Junior Deacon (1) William Ernest Roberts 330
Junior Deacon(2) Paul James Rowlands 1938
Assistant Chaplain Josephus Adwele Davies 667
Assistant Secretary Howard Carlton 590
Assistant DC Leo William Brown 747
Organist Alex Michael Sinton 59
Standard Bearer Keith Howard Green 1623
Assistant Standard Bearer Michael Anthony King 1351
Inner Guard Julian William Taitt 893
Steward (1) Phillip Albert Hill 1135
Steward (2) John William Evans 1136
Steward (3) Philip Alpheus Ratcliffe 590
Steward (4) Clive Michael Hampson 1623
Tyler Sean Paul Warner 923
     
Past Ranks    
Rule 78    
PPrGJW Philip Graham Marshall 1813
PPrGJW Christopher Albert Ernest Nixon 1943
     
First Appointments    
PPrGSD Godfrey Charles Harper 733
PPrGSD David Michael Yates 1822
PPrGSD Robert Harcourt James 1920
     
Promotions    
PPrGSW Ronald Albert Brookes 1135
PPrGSW Gordon Reginald Crew 1334
PPrGJW Ian Samuel McCafferty 330
PPrGJW Nicholas Harry Jones 590
PPrGJW Robert McDowell Barrett 590
PPrGJW Douglas James Leonard Allen 1334
PPrGSO Michael Howard Richard Cole 893
PPrGSO Graham Kenneth Humphreys 977
PPrGSD Neil John Ernest Crabbe 923
PPrGJD Geoffrey Michael Watkins 923
     
Provincial RAMGR    
  Brian Reginal Chadd 59
  Darren Lee Serrell 330
  Howard Carlton 590
  Josephus Adwele Davies 667
  Michael William Dancer 733
  Peter Rex Ross 1135
  Alan Clift 1462
  Clive Haywood 1623

 

Provincial Wardens 2020-2021

At the Royal Ark Mariner Assembly the Provincial Grand Master announced that his Provincial Wardens for 2020 – 2021 are:

  • SW, W.Bro Jim Mulligan, PPrDepGDC
  • JW, W.Bro. Stuart Cameron, PPrGSwdB, ProvDepGDC.

I am sure you will join us in offering our congratulations to them both and we all wish them the best for their year

Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank Investiture

W.Bros Terry Davies and Sean Warner were today invested with RAMGR at the Annual Grand RAM Assembly supported by many Ark Mariners from Worcestershire. Congratulations to them both on their preferment.

Left to right, Terry Davies RAMGR, Eric Rymer PGM and Sean Warner RAMGR.

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 30th November 2019

The National Lottery Bonus Ball for the 30th November 2019 is No 51.

There were no winning number selected this month.

The next draw will be held on Saturday 28th December 2019.

The National Lottery Bonus Ball is on the last Saturday of each month, and is open to all Mark Master Masons, their families, and friends to assist in raising funds for charitable causes.

If you would like to take part, please fill in the following form: Worcestershire Mark Lottery entry form. The completed form can be sent to me at 7. Keepers Close, Drakes Broughton, Worcs. WR10 2BB or direct to your bank, and advise me of the detail, so I can police your instructions through the account bank.

For more information please contact W. Bro Mike Gage PAGDC at: charity@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk.

Many a first time at Tenbury

On Tuesday, 19th November 2019, the Teme Valley Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 1260 held its meeting (By Dispensation) in the Lodge rooms in Tenbury Wells. It was a first, in many ways, for the Teme Valley Lodge of Mark Master Masons, as this was the first meeting to be held in the refurbished facilities, courtesy of the generous bequest from W. Bro. Tudge.

Declaring that this was a first for him, the Presiding Officer, The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, W. Bro. Jeffrey William Whiteley, PGSD, presented five Grand Lodge Certificates to Bros. Hayward, Hooker, Arnold, Rumble and Webb.

The installation meeting saw Bro. Corfield installed into the chair of Adoniram for the first time in Mark with the (not so much as the first time, but more so the many times) Installing Master duties being carried out by W. Bro. Moore as W. Bro. Lyndon Bennett moved to the rank of IPM.

The Deputy PGM thanked W. Bro. Bennett, the IPM, for his outstanding work, dedication and remarkable every day attendance whilst Project Managing the recent building refurbishment program at the lodge rooms in Tenbury.  The Deputy PGM informed W. Bro. Bennett that the Provincial Grand Master requested his thanks and gratitude be recorded at this meeting by Appointing him with immediate effect to the Rank of Past Provincial Grand Junior Deacon.   He presented a Provincial apron to W. Bro. Bennett and Invested him with his collar of that rank. This was the first time a field First Appointment had been awarded under the current governance of The Provincial Grand Master, Eric John Rymer. The Provincial DC made the proclamation, which was duly acknowledged by the Brethren.

All this was observed by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro.  Paul Alan Yarnell attending this Lodge for the first time in his new capacity as A.P.G.M.

The Brethren then retired to the festive board whereupon The Deputy PGM bestowed another first, but unofficial title upon W. Bro. Terrence Davies, proclaiming him as ‘Sunbeam’!

W. Bro. Bennett newly appointed PPrGJD

Lifelite at Acorns charity donation 13th November 2019

Brethren of the provinces Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire & Herefordshire attended the Lifelite Charity demonstration, presentation, and handover of numerous items of “touch and eye contact” aides for the children to use during their stay at the hospice.

R. W. Bro Eric Rymer, P.G.M. Worcestershire with Susan Hayward, Head of Care Services.

The various pieces of equipment will help stimulate the children and help reduce their frustrations in being able to communicate their needs and requirements to the trained staff that look after them.

R. W. Bro Phil Wills, P.G.M. Warwickshire being instructed how to use “an eye” contact visual aid

Acorns, Worcester was one of 14 Hospices throughout the country to be selected by Lifelite Charity to benefit from grant of £141,000 to Lifelite Charity from the Mark Benevolent Fund.

Brethren from the 3 Provinces who attended the demonstration, presentation and handover with staff from Lifelite Charity who provided the equipment from the Mark Benevolent Fund donation.

Seeing double in Tenbury

The Royal Ark Mariner meeting held at the Tenbury Lodge rooms on 12th of November 2019 was an unusual meeting in that a rare double ceremony of elevation took place. Worshipful Commander Cliff Slade welcomed into the degree Bro. Richard Webb and Bro. Lyndon Bennett.

Bro. Jay Da Costa formally toasted both Brethren and stated that this degree and lodge was very fortunate to have these two most dedicated and committed individuals joining the RAM ranks. Bro. Richard Webb has already demonstrated his devoted service to the craft as its organist, secretary, website custodian, as well as supporting various social and formal events in other degrees.  Similarly Bro. Bennett needs no introduction for his stoic project management work transforming and overseeing the current new St Michael’s lodge room building refurbishment.

Keeping in the theme of doubles, the evening was also attended by two Worshipful Assistant Provincial Grand Masters. WAPGM from Stafford and Shropshire WAPGM Dennis Hill and our very own WAPGM Paul Yarnell.

WCN Cliff Slade said the RAM degree was the fastest growing and most attractive side order in Tenbury, very much thanks to the hard work of Past Commanders such as WCNs Kevin Bryant and Eric Humphries and current DC and Grand Lodge Officer WBro John Moore. WCN Slade continued,  if one double ceremony of elevation was amazing enough, the next RAM meeting scheduled for January 2020 is also a double ceremony. So, not only are the colours bright for the RAM degree, the future is also exciting for the quiet degree that is making a lot of noise at its ever growing festive board!

This was the first meeting of Teme Valley RAM in the refurbished facilities at Tenbury courtesy of the generous bequest from W.Bro. Tudge. Teme Valley Mark Lodge will meet there on Tuesday 19th November for their Installation and all would be welcome to support the Lodge and see the new facilities.

Provincial Almoners And Charity Stewards donation to Pearly Kings and Queens

The Provincial Almoners and Charity Stewards Lodge recently received the following letter from the treasurer of the London Pearly Kings & Queens Society Charity Fund:

“I am pleased to announce that the donation made at your annual lunch/dinner on Saturday the 19th of October raised the grand total of £251.00 for the pearly kings and queens charity of which we thank you and your brothers, wives and guests for the magnificent donation.

Both John and Darren stated that they enjoyed meeting them all and telling them the story of both Henry Croft and the pearly kings and queens.

Like your organisation the London pearly kings and queens help those in need and it is with a joyful heart for charity that we both help and assist others in need of our help.

Please pass on our sincere thanks to all of your members, wives and guests for the kind thought of inviting John, Darren and Nicola to your event and I take this opportunity to wish you all well.”

A thank you note from our Past Deputy PGM

The following letter is from our Past Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VWBro John King and very much speaks for itself.

Sheila and I wish to reiterate our thanks for the wonderful financial gift presented at my retirement in June. I previously said that we would use it towards a recuperative break as Sheila recovered from her back operation, this we did in September having four lovely days in Dartmouth.

The circumstances and timing were perfect. Ground floor accommodation in a very nice hotel and a relaxing time away from domestic pressure and above all, an opportunity for Sheila to regain some mobility after a trying and demanding time.

We love Dartmouth and the break did us both the world of good at a time we needed it. We will always be grateful for the kindness and generosity of our many Mark Masonic friends that made it possible. Our thanks again.

Sincerely & fraternally

VWBro. John King, PGMO, RAMGR. PastDepPGM

John King

Sheila King

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 26th October 2019

The National Lottery Bonus Ball for the 26th October 2019 is No 32.

There were 2 winners:

  1. W.Bro John Bentley, Bromsgrove Lodge of MMM No 1334.

  2. W. Bro Matt Rochelle, Ark Lodge of MMM No 59.

The next draw will be held on Saturday 30th November 2019.

The National Lottery Bonus Ball is on the last Saturday of each month, and is open to all Mark Master Masons, their families, and friends to assist in raising funds for charitable causes.

If you would like to take part, please fill in the following form: Worcestershire Mark Lottery entry form. The completed form can be sent to me at 7. Keepers Close, Drakes Broughton, Worcs. WR10 2BB or direct to your bank, and advise me of the detail, so I can police your instructions through the account bank.

For more information please contact W. Bro Mike Gage PAGDC at: charity@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk.

Grand promotions in the province

We are very happy to announce the following appointments to Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank:

WBro SP Warner of Vernon Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 923

WBro DT Davies of Teme Valley Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 1260

Congratulations to both on their well deserved appointments, which will be conferred at the Royal Ark Mariner Grand Investiture at Great Queen Street on 10th December 2019.

Also at the meeting of the Provincial Grand Directors of Ceremonies Lodge on Saturday 5th October WBro RW Kindon of Godson Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 330 was promoted in the field to PGJO, making him VWBro RW Kindon. A special moment indeed and very well deserved.

Brethren, these Masons are well known throughout the province for their wonderful contribution and I am sure you will all join our Provincial rulers in offering our heartiest congratulations to them all.

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 28th September 2019

The National Lottery Bonus Ball for the 28th September 2019 is No 26.

There was 1 winner:

  1. W. Bro. Mark Winfield of Godson Lodge MMM No 330

The next draw will be held on Saturday 26th October 2019.

The National Lottery Bonus Ball is on the last Saturday of each month, and is open to all Mark Master Masons, their families, and friends to assist in raising funds for charitable causes.

If you would like to take part, please fill in the following form: Worcestershire Mark Lottery entry form. The completed form can be sent to me at 7. Keepers Close, Drakes Broughton, Worcs. WR10 2BB or direct to your bank, and advise me of the detail, so I can police your instructions through the account bank.

For more information please contact W. Bro Mike Gage PAGDC at: charity@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk.

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 31st August 2019

The National Lottery Bonus Ball for the 31st August 2019 is No 15.

There were 2 winners:

  1. W. Bro Tom Gray of Quill and Key MMM Lodge No 1901
  2. Mrs Margaret Green, wife of the Provincial Director of Ceremonies

The next draw will be held on Saturday 28th September 2019.

The National Lottery Bonus Ball is on the last Saturday of each month, and is open to all Mark Master Masons, their families, and friends to assist in raising funds for charitable causes.

If you would like to take part, please fill in the following form: Worcestershire Mark Lottery entry form. The completed form can be sent to me at 7. Keepers Close, Drakes Broughton, Worcs. WR10 2BB or direct to your bank, and advise me of the detail, so I can police your instructions through the account bank.

For more information please contact W. Bro Mike Gage PProvGJW (PAGDC – designate) at: charity@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk.

 

PGM of MMM of Worcestershire presents 52nd vehicle to St John Ambulance on behalf of the Mark Benevolent Fund.

As part of the £3.4 million grant made by the MBF, on 25th July 2019, the Provincial Grand Master RWBro Eric John Rymer handed the keys to a new Mobile Treatment Centre and Staff Car to the SJA, ahead of their Dedication, at the Masonic Centre, Rainbow Hill, Worcester. He was accompanied by WBro Darren Coleman-Heald (MBF Charities Manager) and supported by Provincial Grand Officers of Worcestershire.
The Ceremony took place in the presence of the Deputy Lieutenant of Worcestershire and Dean of the Priory of England and the Isles of the Order of St John, the Chairman of the County Priory Group and 55 volunteer members of the St John Ambulance from Evesham, Kidderminster, Pershore, Redditch and Worcester.
After the presentation of SJA service awards all concerned joined together and finished an enjoyable evening with a barbeque.

RWBro Eric Rymer handing over the keys.

Members of the province celebrating the handover

Music From the Movies

Join us at The Rose Theatre in Kidderminster for a wonderful night of music from Oscar winning films.
Songs such as ‘Evergreen’, ‘Alfie’, ‘Chicago’, ‘How do I live without you?’ and ‘I will always love you’ are brought to you by a talented group of performers from the Midlands area, featuring a live band and a host of singers. Young or old – there will be a song for everyone!
The event is produced by Greg Boughton to support The Masonic Charitable Foundation and The Worcester Carers Association. The MCF supports charities that help thousands of disadvantaged and vulnerable people to live happy, fulfilling lives – St Basil’s charity to aid young homeless, the NICE Centre for Movement Disorders and Side by Side Theatre Company have all been recipients of their funds. So, you really are supporting a worthwhile cause and having a fantastic night of entertainment!
So why not book your tickets, from The Rose Theatre Box Office on 01562 743 751, for you and your family and come and relive some great movie moments in song.

Barry Holland Funeral details 6th August 2019

Further to our previous note on the matter, we have received confirmation that the funeral of W.Bro. Barry Holland will be on Tuesday 6th August 2019 and will be held at the Rowley Regis Crematorium, Powke Lane, Rowley Regis, B65 0AD at 12:15hrs.  

Afterwards there will be a wake to which all are invited.   It will be held at ‘ The Round of Beef ‘, 33 Windmill Hill, Colley Gate, Halesowen, B63 2DB, where a light snack will be provided.  This friendly, local pub is about a 15 minute drive (3 miles) from the crematorium and the lounge has been reserved for our exclusive use.

St Egwins Lodges present cheque to St Richards Hospice

Members of St. Egwin Lodges of MMM & RAM with their families, and invited guests attended an afternoon tea at Churchfield Farm, Nr Droitwich on 27th July. The Worshipful Master of St Egwin MMM, W. Bro Paul Taylor presented a cheque for £1,000 on behalf of the brethren to June Patel, Chief Executive of St. Richards Hospice, Worcester in memory of W. Bro John Icke.

W. Bro Paul Taylor presenting the cheque to June Patel, CEO of Richard’s Hospice

Members with family and guests enjoying afternoon tea

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 27th July 2019

The National Lottery Bonus Ball for the 27th July 2019 is No 3.

There were no winners.

The next draw will be held on Saturday 31st August 2019

The National Lottery Bonus Ball is on the last Saturday of each month, and is open to all Mark Master Masons, their families, and friends to assist in raising funds for charitable causes.

If you would like to take part, please fill in the following form: Worcestershire Mark Lottery entry form. The completed form can be sent to me at 7. Keepers Close, Drakes Broughton, Worcs. WR10 2BB or direct to your bank, and advise me of the detail, so I can police your instructions through the account bank.

For more information please contact me at: charity@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk.

St John Ambulance support vehicle presentation 25th July 2019

On behalf of The Mark Benevolent Fund, R.W.Bro. Eric John Rymer Provincial Grand Master for the Mark Province of Worcestershire is proud to be able to present a support vehicle to St John Ambulance.

The new Support Vehicle is the base for a ‘Cycle Response Unit’ an exciting initiative by St John Ambulance to more easily and effectively provide First Aid assistance at large, outdoor events such as Festivals, Concerts, County Shows and the like.

The presentation will take place at the Masonic Centre, Rainbow Hill, Worcester, WR3 8LX at 19:00hrs.

At the same event, the Rev. Anne Potter will be commissioned as the SJA County Chaplain and SJA Service Awards will be presented. Following the formal proceedings there will be a barbecue, with the evening concluding at about 21:30hrs.

WBro Norman Burden 1937 – 2019

It is with regret we have to report the passing to the Grand Lodge above of WBro Norman Burden on 12th July 2019.

We have received notification that the funeral will take place on Friday 9th August 2019 at 1.00pm at the Parish Church of St Mary and St Bartholomew, 2 Solihull Road, Hampton in Arden, Solihull, B92 0AT. Following the service, there will be a reception at the nearby Fentham Hall, which is a short walk away at Marsh Lane, Hampton in Arden, Solihull, B92 0AH to which all are welcome.

The family are keen to make this a celebration of Norman’s life and as Norman’s favourite colour was green, they have asked that all who wish to do so should wear something green.

The family have also asked for family only for flowers but for anyone wishing to make a donation, this will be split between Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis and the Worcestershire 2022 Festival.

Finally, the family are keen to have an idea of numbers attending so that they can make the necessary catering arrangements so if you can let Derek Owen know if you are proposing to attend, preferably by e-mail, he will be happy to collate the numbers and pass them on to the family. If you do not have Derek’s contact information, please email provinfo@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk and I will pass it along.

Norman was Advanced into the Stechford Lodge of Mark Mater Masons No 747 on 27/01/1996 and was Installed as Master in 2002. He was Elevated into Stechford Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 747 on 27/09/2997 and Installed as Commander in 2002, so that must have been a busy year for him.

He was also a joining member of Worcestershire Installed Masters No 1409 in 2003 and a joining member of Centenary Mark No 1623 in 2005. He was a Founder of Centenary Royal Ark Mariner No 1623 in 2010.

He will be sadly missed.

Worcestershire Masonic Museum fully accredited with Arts Council

We are delighted to be able to report the results of a review of the Accreditation status of the Worcestershire Masonic Library & Museum. This was considered by an Accreditation panel appointed by Arts Council England on 27 June 2019, where the panel agreed to award the status of:
Full Accreditation.

This represents a lot of work on behalf of the volunteers who run the museum for us all and on behalf of the members of the Province of Mark Master Masons of Worcestershire we thank them all for their hard work and congratulate them on this wonderful result.

If you have never visited the museum it is well worth the visit. More information can be found on their website.

Worcestershire Carers – continuing support

At the recent Provincial Grand Lodge meeting the Provincial Grand Master was pleased to announce the support for Worcestershire Association of Carers had seen some £3,000 donated to them in the year. The Provincial Grand Master was also pleased to announce that support for them would continue for the ensuing year.

Since the meeting we have received a letter from the Association thanking us all fo the donations received and for the continued support.

Quoting from the letter:

Everything you have done is sincerely appreciated and your donations will benefit many more carers in the community. We wanted to showcase some of the work your continued support has helped us to achieve with carers so have included a small selection of pictures from our recent carers week so that you can see where some of the money goes that you so wonderfully donate to us and our carers.

Athelon drop in Carers Week

Bewdley Drop in Carers Week

Carers Week 2019

Carers Choir 2019

Male carer boat trip, Carers week 2019

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 29th June 2019

The National Lottery Bonus Ball for the 29th June 2019 is No 27.

There were 4 winners:

  1. V. W. Bro Michael Homer of Vernon Lodge of MMM No 923
  2. W. Bro Robert Rice of Perseverance Lodge of MMM No 733
  3. W. Bro Ron Kindon of Godson Lodge of MMM No 330.
  4. Richard Gage son of W. Bro Mike Gage

The next draw will be held on Saturday 27th July 2019

The National Lottery Bonus Ball is on the last Saturday of each month, and is open to all Mark Master Masons, their families, and friends to assist in raising funds for charitable causes.

If you would like to take part, please fill in the following form: Worcestershire Mark Lottery entry form. The completed form can be sent to me at 7. Keepers Close, Drakes Broughton, Worcs. WR10 2BB or direct to your bank, and advise me of the detail, so I can police your instructions through the account bank.

For more information please contact me at: charity@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk.

VWBro John King’s last meeting as Presiding Officer

They say all good things must come to an end and this was true for the Deputy Provincial Grand Master John King, after 6 years serving as an Assistant or Deputy PGM.

John’s last meeting as Presiding Office was on the 3rd June 2019 at St Egwin Lodge of Mark Master Masons when WBro Paul Taylor was Installed into the Chair. It was a wonderful occasion and will be fondly remembered by those who were able to be there.

L to R: Roger Bennett ProvGSW, Eric Rymer PGM, Paul Taylor WM, John King DepPGM and Mark Winfield ProvGJW

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 25th May 2019

The National Lottery Bonus Ball for the 25th May 2019 is No 24.

There was 1 winner:

WBro Peter Ross of St Egwin’s Lodge No. 1135.

The next draw will be held on Saturday 29th June 2019

The National Lottery Bonus Ball is on the last Saturday of each month, and is open to all Mark Master Masons, their families, and friends to assist in raising funds for charitable causes.

If you would like to take part, please fill in the following form: Worcestershire Mark Lottery entry form. The completed form can be sent to me at 7. Keepers Close, Drakes Broughton, Worcs. WR10 2BB or direct to your bank, and advise me of the detail, so I can police your instructions through the account bank.

For more information please contact me at: charity@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk.

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 27th April 2019

The National Lottery Bonus Ball for the 27th April 2019 is No 10.

There were two winners:

  1. W. Bro Eric Rymer, The Provincial Grand Master.
  2. Bro Tom Gray of Quill and Key Lodge of MMM No 1901

The next draw will be held on Saturday 25th May 2019

The National Lottery Bonus Ball is on the last Saturday of each month, and is open to all Mark Master Masons, their families, and friends to assist in raising funds for charitable causes.

If you would like to take part, please fill in the following form: Worcestershire Mark Lottery entry form and either return it to me or your bank.

For more information please contact me at: charity@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk.

Appointments to Grand Rank

The Provincial Grand Master is very pleased to be able to announce the following appointments/promotions to Mark Grand Rank:-

New Appointments:

  • P.A.G.D.C. W.Bro. Cecil Godfrey Cariss, P.Pr.G.S.W.
  • P.A.G.D.C. W.Bro. Michael John Gage, P.Pr.G.J.W., Prov.G.Ch.Stwd.

Re-appointments:

  • G.D.C. R.W.Bro. Francis Charles Spencer, P.Prov.G.M., G.D.C. GMRAC (Hon. Causa)
  • A.G.Chap W.Bro. Rev’d Justin Trevelyan Parker, A.G.Chap

Promotion to active rank:

  • G.S.D. W.Bro George Stoddard William Simpson, P.A.G.D.C.

All of these investitures will take place at the meeting of Mark Grand Lodge at Great Queen Street on Tuesday 11th June 2019.

The Provincial Grand Master has no doubt that you will join him in congratulating them all for this recognition of their contribution to Mark Masonry in general and Worcestershire in particular. He would also encourage members of the Province to attend the meetings to show their support, details of which can be downloaded from https://markmasonshall.org or by contacting the Provincial Grand Secretary.

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 30th March 2019

The National Lottery Bonus Ball for the 30th March 2019  is No 24.

There is one winning member:

W Bro Peter Ross of St. Egwin’s Lodge.

The next draw will be held on Saturday 27th April 2019.

The National Lottery Bonus Ball is on the last Saturday of each month, and is open to all Mark Master Masons, their families, and friends to assist in raising funds for charitable causes. Please contact me at: charity@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk for more information and joining details.

Malvern Priory Lodge No. 1351 Installation and 50th anniversary meeting

On Wednesday 6th March 2019, Malvern Priory Lodge of Mark Master Masons enjoyed a very special evening as they were able to celebrate their 50th anniversary in the presence of one of their founder members. Regular readers of this website may recall that last September a certificate marking 50 years of service to the order was presented to WBro John Guise PAGChap.

John wasted no time in becoming a founder member of Malvern Priory Lodge and so a mere six months later, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master John King, the Presiding Officer at the Installation meeting, was delighted to present a certificate to the Malvern Priory Lodge in recognition of 50 years of uninterrupted working.

VWBro John King, Deputy Provincial Grand Master (right) presenting the certificate to the Worshipful Master, WBro M King (left) and subscribing founder member WBro Rev John Guise (centre).

The rest of the evening was a great success, the Worshipful Master continued in office and appointed his Officers for the ensuing year, confident that it will be a good year. A beautifully produced Mark token had been struck for the occasion, which was presented to all present along with a history of the Lodge and a pen as a memento of the occasion.

Brethren of the Malvern Priory Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 1351 looking forward to the next 50 years.

This is not the end of the celebrations for the Malvern Priory Lodge of Mark Master Masons as it enters its 51st year. Wednesday the 8th May 2019 will witness the Consecration of the Malvern Priory Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners, which will be held at Worcester, although the regular meetings will be held in Malvern. One of the founder members will be none other than WBro John Guise.

All in all, a fantastic evening enjoyed by all who attended.

Brethren of the Lodge accompanied by the Provincial Grand Master Eric Rymer, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master John King and a host of other distinguished visitors.

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 23rd February 2019

The National Lottery Bonus Ball for the 23rd February 2019  is No 57.

There is one winning member:

W Bro Ron Kindon of Godson Lodge.

The next draw will be held on Saturday 30th March 2019.

The National Lottery Bonus Ball is on the last Saturday of each month, and is open to all Mark Master Masons, their families, and friends to assist in raising funds for charitable causes. Please contact me at: charity@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk for more information and joining details.

50 year certificate for VWBro John Denton

On Thursday 21st February Godson Lodge and visitors had the pleasure of witnessing the presentation of a certificate celebrating 50 years of service to Mark Masonry. The Provincial Grand Master, RWBro Eric Rymer made the presentation to VWBro John Denton PGJO after an informal and informative discussion in the Lodge. Even long-standing members of the Lodge learned a few things about Brother John they didn’t know before. It was a wonderful presentation and will hopefully be a memorable occasion for VWBro John.

L to R: VWBro John King DepPGM, VWBro John Denton PGJO, RWBro Eric Rymer PGM, WBro Ernie Roberts WM, WBro Jeff Whiteley AsstPGM.

The rest of the evening was packed, there were two Grand Lodge certificate presentations and an Advancement ceremony. At the festive board members of the Fairways Lodge presented the travelling pig to the Lodge along with a book recording its travels for the Lodge to fill out before passing it on.

A wonderful evening enjoyed by all.

Provincial Directors of Ceremonies Lodge Installation

February 2nd 2019 saw the Installation of V,W.Bro. Phillip G. Marshall, PGJO as WM of the PDCs Lodge.

It was an excellent meeting attended by about 120 Masons, including 21 Worcestershire Provincial Officers.   The Lodge presented £250 to the PGM for his Worcestershire Carers charity of the year.

L to R: Past Deputy Grand Master – R.W.Bro. Herbert Keith Emmerson, The Lodge SW – W.Bro. Graham M. Smith PGSD, The Lodge WM – V.W.Bro. Phillip G. Marshall PGJO, The Lodge JW – W.Bro. Ron W. Kindon PGJD and the Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. Eric J Rymer.

MBF Sponsorship of 2020 Special Olympics

The Mark Benevolent Fund have agreed sponsorship of the 2020 Olympics Special Winter Olympics for those with Disabilities. This follows their support of Craig Hannah in 2016, where he won a gold medal.

More details to follow when available.

Eaton Lodge Widows Lunch

At the widows’ lunch of Eaton Lodge No 977 MMM & RAM held at Kings Heath cricket club on Sunday 27th January, Brethren and their Ladies enjoyed an excellent carvery. A raffle in aid of the Provincial Grand Master’s chosen charity, Worcestershire Carers, raised the sum of £ 112.00.

Eaton Lodge Widows lunch 2019

WBro Fred Hall 1935 – 2019

We are very sad to have to report that W.Bro. Fred Hall passed away in the early hours of the morning of January 29th 2019. He had been in hospital over the weekend and deteriorated extremely quickly.

The funeral will be held at 12:30pm on Wednesday 20th February 2019 at Redditch Crematorium followed by a wake at the Redditch Masonic Centre.

W.Bro. Fred was Advanced into the Bromsgrove Lodge of Mark Master Masons on 13th July 1984 and was installed into the Chair in 1990.

He was Elevated into the Bromsgrove Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners on 13th September 1985 and installed into the Chair in 1994.

He was appointed as ProvGSwdB in 1992 and promoted to PProvGJO in 1998. He was appointed as ProvGSW in 2003 and then as ProvGReg in 2006, an office which he held until 2018. He was awarded the Provincial Grand Master’s Certificate of Merit in 2015. He was appointed to PAGDC in 2006 and promoted to PGSD in 2011. In Royal Ark Mariner he was appointed Provincial RAMGR in 2002 and RAMGR in 2009.

In his office as ProvGReg Fred was very active at Provincial Grand Lodge meetings greeting visitors from outside the Province.

Fred was a very active Mason in other Lodges, having joined the Worcestershire Installed Masters Lodge in 1991, he became Master in 2010. In the meantime, he was one of the Founder members of the Worcestershire Installed Commanders Lodge in 2000, of which he became Commander in 2009.

He was also a Founder member of the Quill and Key Lodge of Mark Master Masons in 2009.

He was also made an honorary member of several Lodges in recognition of his work: Centenary Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners in 2010, Millenium Lodge of Mark Master Masons in 2012, Teme Valley Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners in 2017, Teme Valley Lodge of Mark Master Masons in 2018.

Fred will be sadly missed by us all.

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 26th January 2019

News of the first draw of 2019:

The National Lottery Bonus Ball for the 26th January 2019  is No 45.

There are two winning members:

V W Bro John King Dep Provincial Grand Master

W Bro Terry Davies of Teme Valley Lodge

The next draw will be held on Saturday 23rd February 2019

The National Lottery Bonus Ball is on the last Saturday of each month, and is open to all Mark Master Masons, their families, and friends to assist in raising funds for charitable causes. Please contact me at: charity@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk for more information and joining details.

New Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Tie

Last night, at the Installation meeting of The St Laurence Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 893, the new Provincial Royal Ark Mariner tie was launched. The tie is 100% silk and obtainable from Barry Holland at a cost of £15.

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 29th December 2018

News of the last draw of 2018:

The National Lottery Bonus Ball for the 29th December 2018 is No 28.

There are no winning members.

The next draw will be held on 26th January 2019.

The National Lottery Bonus Ball is on the last Saturday of each month, and is open to all Mark Master Masons, their families, and friends to assist in raising funds for charitable causes. Please contact me at: charity@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk for more information and joining details.

If you do join here’s a hint – nobody else has number 28!

New Deputy and Assistant Provincial Grand Masters for 2019

VWBro John King has indicated his wish to step down from the office of Deputy Provincial Grand Master, which the Provincial Grand Master has accepted with sadness. John has been a member of the Provincial Executive for 15 years, having been the Provincial Grand Secretary from 2003 to 2010. He was appointed as the first Assistant Provincial Grand Master in Worcestershire and served from 2013 to 2015, he was promoted to Deputy Provincial Grand Master in 2015, his current rank in the Province. During his time he has attended over 500 meetings and 150 Provincial meetings around the country.

His work on our behalf for the Province has been exemplary and this has been recognised by his appointments to PAGDC in 2004, RAMGR in 2005, PGJO in 2009 and PGMO in 2016. He has also been award the Provincial Grand Master’s Certificate of Merit.

John has been a great servant to the Province and we all wish him good health to enjoy his retirement.

John’s departure leaves a gap to fill. WBro Jeff Whitely, Assistant Provincial Grand Master will be promoted to Deputy in his stead. Jeff needs little introduction to the members of the Province, having been on the circuit since 2006 when he was appointed AProvGDC, swiftly followed by promotion to DepProvGDC in 2007 and then promotion to ProvGDC 2009, a role he filled for six years until he was promoted to AsstPGM in 2015. He was appointed to the prestigious rank of Grand Steward in 2011 and promoted to PGSD in 2015. He was promoted to RAMGR in 2013.

Jeff’s promotion leaves another gap to fill. WBro Paul Yarnell of Bromsgrove Lodge MMM No 1334 will be appointed AsstPGM. Paul likewise needs little introduction to the Province having already spent several years on the circuit. He was appointed AProvGDC in 2008 and filled the role for three years until he was promoted to ProvGSwdB in 2008, then ProvGSO in 2010 and ProvGJW in 2015. He received RAMGR in 2017 and PAGDC in 2018.

We wish Jeff and Paul every success in their new roles.

2019 Wardens Announced

The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master has been pleased to announce his Wardens for the ensuing year. They are:

  • Provincial Grand Senior Warden – WBro Bob Phillips of Eaton Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 977.
  • Provincial Grand Junior Warden – WBro Trevor Still of Lechmere Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 59.

I am sure members across the Province will join us in offering hearty congratulations.

WBro Bob Phillips will be well known to many throughout the Province, having been a member of Eaton MMM for 30 years and Eaton RAM for 29. He was Installed as Worshipful Commander in 1992 and Worshipful Master in 1993. His first Provincial appointment was in 1995 when he was appointed to PProvGJD, followed quickly by Provincial RAMGR in 1996. He was promoted to ProvGSuptWks in 2000, then to PProvGMO in 2005 and to PProvGJW in 2013. He received RAMGR in 2015.

WBro Trevor Still will also be well known to many. He joined Lechmere MMM in 2000 and Ark RAM in 2010. He was made an Honorary member of the Almoners and Charity Stewards Lodge MMM No 1943 after being on the Consecrating team. He was Installed as Worshipful Master of Lechmere in 2008 and appointed to ProvGStdB in 2010. He was appointed DepProvGChap in 2012 and promoted to PProvGJO in 2018. He will be Installed as Worshipful Commander next week.

We offer them both hearty congratulations and look forward to seeing them on the circuit in the fullness of time.

WBro Douglas Savage 1927 – 2018

It is with sadness we must report the passing to the Grand Lodge above of WBro Douglas Savage on Saturday 1st December 2018.

Douglas had not been active in Masonry for a few years due to ill health, but previously was a prolific member of the order for many years in Worcestershire and in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.

Advanced into Lechmere Lodge No 59 on 13th April 1976, he went on to be Installed into the chair on 16th October 1984. He was appointed Provincial Grand Sword Bearer in 1986 and was promoted to Past Provincial Grand Junior Warden in 2008. In 2001 he was appointed Past Grand Standard Bearer. On 15th April 2014 he was made an honorary member of his Mother Lodge.

A number of other Mark memberships followed:

  • He joined Worcestershire Installed Masters Lodge No 1409 on 7th March 1987 and was Installed into the chair on 13th October 2001.
  • He was made an honorary member of the Kyrle Lodge No 1349 in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire on 14th April 1988.
  • He joined the Leofric Lodge No 1650 in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire on 2nd October 1992 and was made an honorary member on 20th February 2015.
  • He joined the Installed Masters Lodge of Reflection No 1429 in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire on 1st September 1995.
  • He joined the Silurean Lodge No 1677 in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire on 22nd November 1996 and was made an honorary member on 31st August 2018.
  • He was made an honorary member of the Teme Valley Lodge No 1260 on 10th March 2004.

Elevated into the Ark Lodge No 59, he went on to be Installed into the chair on 20th December 1988. He was appointed Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank on 10th December 2002. He was made an honorary member of his Mother lodge on 15th April 2014.

A number of other Royal Ark Mariner memberships followed:

  • He was a Founder of the St Ethelbert Lodge No 243 in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire on 23rd March 1991 and was made an honorary member on 12th February 2014.
  • He was a Founder of the Teme Valley Lodge No 1260 on 12th April 1996 and was made an honorary member on 16th September 2015.
  • He was a Founder of the Installed Commanders Lodge of Reflection No 1429 in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire on 1st July 2000 and was Installed into the chair on 19th February 2005.
  • He joined the Worcestershire Installed Commanders Lodge No 1409 on 25th January 2002.

His funeral will be held at Hereford Crematorium on January 7th 2019 at 11:15 am.

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 24th November 2018

The National Lottery Bonus Ball for the 24th November 2018 is No 10.

There are 2 winning members:

  • R. W. Bro. Eric Rymer.
  • W. Bro. Tom Gray.

The next draw will be held on 29th December 2018

The National Lottery Bonus Ball is on the last Saturday of each month, and is open to all Mark Master Masons, their families, and friends to assist in raising funds for charitable causes. Please contact me at: charity@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk for more information and joining details.

We will remember them

The Centenary of Armistice Day has been widely celebrated across the Province, with Masons all over the area joining in with their local parades.

Redditch saw the Provincial Grand Master for the Mark Province joined by the Provincial Grand Masters for the Craft Provinces of Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

Left to right: David Macey, Craft PGM for Warwickshire, Robert Vaughan, Craft PGM for Worcestershire and Eric Rymer, Mark PGM for Worcestershire.

Although many Brethren attended in their Craft regalia, our PGM was supported by a number of his Officers wearing their Mark regalia.

The wreath.

Support from officers of the year.

The Standard Bearer

Cerebral Palsy Sport Swimming Development Gala, Worcester

Recently, the Province was pleased to support Cerebral Palsy Sport Development at a swimming gala. W. Bro. Mike Gage, the Provincial Charity Steward has the following report:

The Gala Support Team included W. Bro John Fleming, W. Bro Jonathan Swift and myself, along with my daughter Clare, 3 of her friends and my grandson Christopher.

We provided Time Keepers, Reception Assistance, Starter, Result Runners Etc.

There were 15 swimming with ages from 5 to 42 years of age, and races were over 10, 25 and 50 meters and included Butterfly, Breaststroke, Backstroke, and Freestyle.

Each swimmer in each discipline swam twice, the first time to establish a time, which was then used as a handicap for racing purposes.

The winner of each discipline received a Gold Medal on a striped ribbon, the second place swimmer a Silver Medal & ribbon and the third place a Bronze Medal & ribbon.

If you wish to find out more about Cerebal Palsy Sport, visit their website on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CerebralPalsySport  and Twitter at twitter.com/CP_Sport.

A full report and photographs of the Worcester Gala are available at http://www.cpsport.org/sports/swimming/results-and-reports/

We have been invited by Cerebal Palsy Sport to provide Stewards for next year’s Swimming Gala at Worcester, which I have accepted on behalf of the Province. So why not join in, and make a note in your diaries for next year Brethren, it is 19th October 2019. I will be sending out a reminder nearer the time to all Lodges Charity Stewards.

W. Bro. Mike Gage PProvGJW

Provincial Grand Charity Steward

Fred Hall back at Installed Masters

On Saturday 3rd November, Worcestershire Installed Masters Lodge was delighted to welcome W Bro Fred Hall back at after a lengthy absence due to poor health.

Fred was warmly welcomed by the Worshipful Master, the DepPGM and all of the Brethren present. All were pleased to see him amongst us again after his long period of absence.

Enjoying refreshment.

Ready for the meeting.

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 27th October 2018

The latest draw of the Mark Lottery Bonus Ball Draw took place on the 27th October 2018.

The lucky number was 56.

There were no winning members this month

The National Lottery Bonus Ball is on the last Saturday of each month, and is open to all Mark Master Masons, their families, and friends. To assist in raising funds for charitable causes. Please contact me at: charity@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk for more information and joining details.

Almoners and Charity Stewards Gavel dedication

Saturday 20th October 2018 saw what may have been a unique occasion. The Almoners and Charity Stewards Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 1943 held a dedication for a coffer of gavels which had been presented to the Lodge by the Worshipful Master at the previous meeting.

As a Worcestershire Lodge with a Worshipful Master whose home Province is North Wales, the stage was set for an outing to Llandudno where RWBro EJ Rymer, Provincial Grand Master for Worcestershire dedicated the gavels with some ritual prepared especially for the event by his Assistant Provincial Grand Master, WBro JW Whiteley. They were accompanied by a number of the Provincial Officers of the year.

Representing the host Province, the Provincial Grand Master for North Wales, RWBro P Talbot lent his support to proceedings, accompanied by his Deputy and other Provincial Officers.

Left to right: RWBro EJ Rymer Provincial Grand Master for Worcestershire, VW Bro Phillip Orton PGJO Worshipful Master and RWBro P Talbot Provincial Grand Master for North Wales.

Taking full advantage of the event, the Lodge made a weekend of it, with a social event taking place on the Friday accompanied by non-Masonic guests, who were given a talk on old Llandudno during the Lodge meeting on the Saturday before joining up again for lunch.

In all it was a very successful weekend, enjoyed by all those who attended.

Worcestershire brethren honoured with Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank

We are delighted to announce that at the Royal Ark Mariner Grand Assembly on 11th December 2018, WBro Charles Gwynn and WBro John Moore will both be appointed to Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank. WBro Tom Gray will also be appointed, albeit under his Mother Province of Warwickshire.

I am sure we all join the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master in offering hearty congratulations to them all.

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 29th September 2018

The latest draw of the Mark Lottery Bonus Ball Draw took place on the 29th September 2018.

The lucky number was 27.

The winning number was selected by:

  • VWBro Michael Homer
  • WBro Ron Kindon
  • WBro John Icke
  • Mrs Patricia Rice ( Wife of WBro Robert Rice)
  • Mr Richard Gage ( Son of WBro Mike Gage)

If you would like to take part, contact the Provincial Grand Charity Steward: charity@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk.

50 year certificate for WBro John Guise

On the 26th September 2018, Malvern Priory Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 1351 was host to a very special occasion, the presentation of a certificate marking 50 years of active, dedicated and loyal service to the Degree of Mark Master Mason.

The recipient was WBro Rev J C Guise PAGChap, who was advanced into Lechmere Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 59 on 16th July 1968. John’s main involvement in the Mark degree has taken place at Malvern Priory, of which he was a Founder member in March 1969 and Master in 1977 and 2003. Among other provincial roles, John was Provincial Grand Chaplain for 11 years and has been Past Assistant Grand Chaplain for 12 years.

It was a special evening, enjoyed by all present. It was also something of a flavour for the Masonic season to come, which will also see the 50th Anniversary of the Malvern Priory Lodge of Mark Master Masons and the Consecration of the Malvern Priory Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners.

WBro John Guise with the Provincial Rulers and members of his Lodge