News

If you have anything you feel would be of interest to members of the Mark in Worcestershire, please send full details to the Provincial Information Officer.

His details can be found on the Contacts page.


National Lottery Bonus Ball

The winning number in the National Lottery Bonus Ball draw for Saturday 27th November 2021 was 9.

Unfortunately there were no winners for this month.

The next draw will be on Saturday 25th December 2021. So hopefully some of our members will have an extra special Christmas?

Once again grateful thanks for all of those members of the Province who continue to support our charitable efforts.

Thanks to you all.


 

100 not out!

Last night at Abraham Green RAM, John King completed 100 times he has Presided. The team of John, Bob and Trevor have nicknamed themselves ‘The Ghost Squad’. Last night was not only a Proclamation but the Lodge had a candidate for Elevation, Bro James Cooper. 

Congratulations to John on his 100 not out and to James on his Elevation and here’s to another 100!


 

New Advancee

Our Assistant Provincial Grand Master W.Bro Paul Yarnell was very pleased to take part in a ceremony for a newly Advanced Brother Thomas James Bowett who was advanced into Bromsgrove Lodge No 1334 on Friday 12th November 2021.  W.Bro Paul was the Senior Deacon for the evening and the Worshipful Masters work was shared between VW Bro John King PGMO and W Bro Bob Rice PGSD. The Lodge was supported by W. Bro Mark Winfield, W. Bro. Stuart Cameron and W. Bro Mervyn Cummins, who all took Offices for the ceremony.

We hope that Brother James enjoys himself in our friendly degree.


 

Services of Remembrance

Last Sunday the 14th November, Services of Remembrance took place throughout the Province.

Worcestershire Mark Master Masons were well represented at all services and we have some very good reminders of the events sent in from participants from Redditch, Stourbridge and Stourport.

Thank you…..Lest we Forget

R.W.Bro Eric John Rymer and W.Bro Paul Yarnell along with W.Bro George Simpson and W.Bro Roger Bennett from the Mark degree along with R.W.Bro Robert Christopher Vaughn and W.Bro Patrick Firminger from the Craft degree and other Worshipful and Brethren at The Redditch Service 

Stourbridge Mark and Craft Brethren adorning their various regalia.

Stourport Mark and Craft Brethren with Bro David Rushforth in uniform.

Many thanks to all of those who took part.


 

The Provincial Lottery Draw

The winning entry for the Provincial Bonus Ball lottery conducted on Saturday 30th October 2021 was number 17.

There were Two lucky winners for this month:

Mrs. Liz Hutt, wife of our Provincial Secretary; and W. Bro. Bill Southgate, our Prov Deputy Secretary.

So the Provincial secretariat are the clear winners this month!

Once again many thanks to all of the subscribing members for their continuing generosity.

S&F

Mark Winfield

Provincial Grand Charity Steward


 

Extraordinary Charitable Contributions

News has emerged of significant donations to charitable causes in the will of our late W. Bro. Royden Matthew Smith PAGDC, RAMGR who passed to the Grand Lodge above earlier this year.

Roy had been active and well respected member of Godson Lodge of MMM No 330; Abraham Green Lodge of RAM No 330 and also an Honorary member of Millennium Lodge of RAM No: 1822.

Of benefit to all Mark masons, Roy bequeathed £70,000 directly to the Mark Benevolent Fund, our national charity managed at Mark Masons Hall.

Having spoken with the management of that charity since this bequest, I can ensure everyone that it is most gratefully received and as you all will no doubt be aware, will be faithfully applied.

Also of note to many Mark masons and Royal Ark Mariners in this Province, Roy also left the sum of £70,000 EACH to Halesowen Masonic Hall and to the new James S Webb Freemasonry Centre in Stourbridge, where a number of lodges in both of our orders meet.

Roy made a further masonic directed bequest of £70,000 to the St John of Jerusalem eye hospital the national charity for the United Orders (KT).

To add further to these generous Masonic bequests, Roy also made donations of £140,000 each to two local charities.

Firstly to The Mary Stevens Hospice in Stourbridge and also to the Ophthalmic unit at the Russell’s Hall hospital, where Roy had been a regular out-patient for several years receiving treatment for macular degeneration.

I am sure you will all join with me in remembering again our late Brother Royden and his huge generosity, the distinguishing characteristic of a Freemasons Heart.

Mark Winfield

Provincial Grand Charity Steward


 

Remembrance Day Parades Redditch and Kidderminster Sunday 14th November 2021.

The Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Eric John Rymer, would like to encourage a good attendance from both his Executive and the local Lodges, especially Grand Officers, but he fully appreciates that many are involved in other local commitments to mark the occasion.

Details received from Roger Bennett regarding the Royal British Legion order of procession for the Redditch Parade :-

  • Band
  • Clergy and Choir
  • Lord Lieutenant (or rep)
  • Civic Vip`s PM, Mayor, Leader and opposition, Poppy Appeal Organiser and centenary Wreath Bearers.
  • County and Borough Councillors
  • Union Flag.
  • RBL and Women section standards.
  • Other Standards -( Including Masonic Standards)
  • All Wreath and Token of Remembrance Bearers (including .PGM`S or Representatives)
  • Regular Forces
  • Reserve Forces
  • EX Service Contingents
  • Uniformed Public Services
  • Uniformed Service Youth Organisations.
  • Youth Organisations.
  • Other Representatives of Freemasons (In discussion with the RBL they would like us to fill this spot to try and form a barrier between the Members of the Public. Seemingly the young children got quite scared because Members of the Public pushed by them.)
  • Members of the Public.

and in addition the Masonic details are :-

  • The Lodge Rooms will be open at 9.30am (Tea/Coffee and biscuits will be provided by the Hall).
  • Wreaths will be arranged and paid for by the Masonic Centre
  • Form up for Parade by 10.15 latest.
  • Parade to Church.
  • Service will be conducted OUTSIDE due to Covid.
  • After Service and laying of Wreaths Masons will return to Hall.
  • If enough interest is shown, then a light lunch will be provided.

Roger has advised that the bar will be open for anyone who would like a drink and has requested that those intending to support the event confirm their attendance to him in advance on 07557677670 or at roger.bennett1@sky.com so that arrangements can be finalised .   If you have  any queries or need clarification then please contact him direct.


The following received from Allan Bretherton regarding the Royal British Legion Kidderminster Parade

‘ Once again, Kidderminster Masonic Temple Association (KMTA) will be taking part in the Parade. This year we have the pleasure of the (Craft) D.P.G.M. supporting us and we, the KMTA Executive, would like to see as many of our members taking part in this Parade and supporting the D.P.G.M.    We have permission to wear our Regalia for this Parade.    Your support for this event would be appreciated, please let me know the approximate number of Brethren from your unit that will be supporting us.’

This request refers to the Craft but has been extended to other orders too, including Mark and RAM.   His contact details are allan144bretherton@btinternet.com and 07483211549

Details for the event are follows :-

  • The parade will muster in New Road Car Park at 10.15am ready to move off at 10.30am prompt
  • There will be a Service at the Town War Memorial at approximately 10.55am.
  • Persons wishing to lay a wreath on the War Memorial should contact the Parade Marshall (Mr Keith Newman) at the parade assembly point who will
    inform them of the procedure to be followed.
  • Copies of the service sheet for use at the War Memorial will be available to all attending the parade.

If you are able to support the event please confirm that to Allan Bretherton (details above) so that arrangements can be finalised .If you have  any queries or need clarification then please contact him direct.


 

 

 

Provincial Lottery Draw

The winning entry for the Provincial Bonus Ball lottery conducted on Saturday 25th September 2021 was number 53.

Sadly there are no winners on this occasion.

If someone wants to have number 53 (or other “unoccupied” numbers) in future draws then please contact the Provincial Grand Charity Steward.

Once again many thanks to all the subscribing members for their continuing generosity.

S&F

Mark Winfield

Provincial Grand Charity Steward

Worcestershire Brethren receiving RAM Grand Rank Honours

Congratulations to W.Bros. Roger Bennett and Bill Southgate who will be appointed to R.A.M.G.R. at the Investiture Meeting of Grand Lodge on Tuesday 7th December 2021, in London.   Also to W.Bro. Paul Feetum, who although a no longer a subscribing member in Worcestershire is an honorary member of 747 RAM (and MMM) and is well known to many of us.   The Provincial Grand Master sends his best wishes to them all and congratulates them on their preferment, which reflects the contribution that they have made to the Degree.

Charity giving without cost!

Are you an ‘Amazon’ shopper?

You may be aware of the Amazon Smile programme which allows your nominated charity to benefit every time you shop with Amazon, without costing you any extra!

(Amazon do not supply details of any individual’s purchases – all we get is an aggregate total donated by Amazon to our charity for each month)

Our Province is signed up in the programme and therefore you can help

“Province of Worcestershire Mark Benevolent fund”

every time you shop, without ANY additional cost to you.

All you have to do is register your support with Amazon and the easiest way to sign up is follow this link:

https://smile.amazon.co.uk/ch/503776-0

This will then automatically sign you up to contributing to our local Mark charity.

We have recently received our first payment from Amazon from only a very small number of signed-up brethren.

If you require any further information of how this helps us then please contact the Provincial Grand Charity Steward W. Bro. Mark Winfield.

charity@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk


 

Provincial Grand Master’s Nominated Charity 2021-2022

At our recent Provincial Meeting the Provincial Grand Master RW Bro Eric John Rymer announced that his nominated charity for the forthcoming year will be

A charity centered on Mental health issues was set up following the death of the founder’s son. You can read their story at their website  https://behindthesmile.care/

We hope that your lodge will be able to support this very worthy cause during the year ahead.

If you require any further information of how to make a donation then please contact the Provincial Charity Steward W. Bro. Mark Winfield.

charity@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk


 

MBF Donation to Hospices

MBF Grants £ 24,000 to local Hospices on behalf of Mark Master Masons of Worcestershire

Five Hospices throughout the Province are celebrating receipt of grants from the Mark Master Masons of Worcestershire wholly funded by its charity, the Mark Benevolent Fund.

The donations, which are part of a Major Capital Grant of £1.3m to over 250 hospices in England, Wales, Channel Islands and Isle of Man, recognises the contribution made by HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh to the service of the Crown and the life of the nation.

Nominated by the each of the 24 Mark Lodges of Worcestershire,  the following Hospices received donations as part of this grant:

 

Acorns Childrens Hospice, Worcester  £ 8,000

Mary Stevens Hospice, Stourbridge  £ 4,000

St. Richard’s Hospice, Worcester £ 5,000

Primrose Hospice, Bromsgrove £ 3,000

Kemp Hospice, Kidderminster £ 4,000

 

The R.W. Provincial Grand Master Eric Rymer said, ‘We are absolutely delighted that the members of the Province have chosen to support these five local Hospices. We are all aware of the toll that the pandemic has taken on charities across the country and hope that this gift will go some way to help enhance patient care and provide improved facilities for those in need and their families.”

 

The Provincial Grand Master accompanied by the Provincial Grand Charity Steward were also delighted to hand over cheques to three of these Hospices at recent visits and were able to view the magnificent work being undertaken by these inspiring organisations.

The RW Provincial Grand Master and the Provincial Grand Charity Steward present a cheque to Mr. Alex Winstanley of Mary Stevens Hospice, Stourbridge at a recent visit to the hospice.

The RW Provincial Grand Master and the Provincial Grand Charity Steward present a cheque to Ms. Angelique Dalton of Primrose Hospice, Bromsgrove at a recent visit to the hospice.

The RW Provincial Grand Master and the Provincial Grand Charity Steward present a cheque to Mr. Charlie Homer of Kemp Hospice, Kidderminster at a recent visit.

 

Many thanks to every one of our Worcestershire Mark Lodges for nominating their local Hospice.


 

August Provincial Bonus Ball Lottery Draw

Here is the result for the Bonus Ball draw held on Saturday 28th August 2021. The winning number was 41 and we had two winners this month:

W.Bro. Mike Gage of St Egwin Lodge of MMM No: 1135 

W.Bro. Vivian Fogarty of Vernon Lodge of MMM No: 923

Congratulations to them both and thanks to all of the members for their continued support.

Sincerely and fraternally

Bro. Mark WinfieldG.Stwd.

Prov Grand Charity Steward 

charity@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk


 

Provincial Lottery Bonus Ball

Bonus Ball draw held on Saturday 31st July 2021. 

The winning number was 48 and we have two winners this month:

Mrs. Margaret Pritchard  and

Mrs. Tracey Winfield 

Congratulations to them both and thanks to all of the members for their continued support.

Sincerely and fraternally

W. Bro. Mark Winfield G.Stwd.
Provincial Grand Charity Steward 

Lottery Bonus Ball Draw

Bonus Ball draw held on Saturday 26th June 2021

The winning number is 19 and we have two winners this month:

Bro. Mike Bruton  of St. Egwin Lodge of MMM  No: 1135, 

Bro. Stanley Parnell of Stechford Lodge of MMM No: 747

Congratulations to them both and thanks to all of the members for their continued support.

Sincerely and fraternally

W.Bro. Mark Winfield, G.Stwd.
Provincial Grand Charity Steward
charity@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk



May Provincial Lottery

The winning number drawn on the 29th May 2021 was No 44.

There is Two winning members this month.

  1. Bro Tony Duke
  2. Bro Mervyn Cummings

The next draw will be held on 26th June 2021.

Many thanks to W.Bro.Mike Gage Provincial Charity Steward for organising


 

Results of Survey

W.Bro Paul Alan Yarnell PAGDC RAMGR

Assistant Provincial Grand Master Worcestershire MMM & RAM

Brethren All,

As we move towards a resumption of Masonic activities, our thoughts turn to returning to face to face Masonic gatherings. For most, this is a most joyous occasion, however, for others, there may still be some trepidation.

We have all endured a very difficult period in our Masonic history, not knowing if, or when we would be able to return to practicing Masonry. Let me reassure you that work is ongoing to ensure that facilities are in place at our Masonic centres to ensure a safe return when permitted.

The return will depend upon the Governments instructions and then, in turn, instructions received from Grand Lodge. As you know, the Government are working towards the date of the 21st June 2021 to ease Lockdown restrictions, fully. This is obviously subject to a reduction in the relevant Covid infection rates and favourable reports being received from Scientists. However, we are still hopeful that  September 1st 2021 will prove to be the return date for Masonic activity.

Inoculations have continued at an ever increasing rate and at present, at least 38 million people have received at least one dose of vaccine.This represents around 70%of the adult population and almost 23 million have received their second and the UK continues to be among those with the highest vaccination rates globally.

Our survey has revealed that we received feedback from 69% of our members. Of that number, 88% said they would to return to Masonic activity in September, 2% stated that they would not return, whilst 10% were still undecided. Unfortunately, as the figures show, there were a small number of Lodges who missed the deadline for submission and so, those figures have not been included.

However, the survey has shown that the majority of Members of Worcestershire Mark and Royal Ark Mariners are, in general, looking forward to restarting their Masonry in September. There is no doubt, that there is a lot of work to do once we return, with Lodges undertaking Installations at their first meeting and the Province will continue to support you to ensure a smooth transition back into Masonic activity.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for taking part in the survey and I look forward to seeing you all when we return in September.

Sincerely & Fraternally

Paul

Issue 33 – Noah

Brethren
 
The sun is shining, the grass needs cutting, I’ve had both jabs now, what more could I want.  Well for starters I want to get back to proper Masonry.  Zoom has been a lifesaver but there is nothing like meeting in person, enjoying live meetings, the camaraderie of the Festive Board.  I’m sure these times are not that far away now, as long as the general public behave themselves and stick to the covid rules.
 
Thank you to all those who had a go at the Famous Freemasons quiz I set last time, there were a couple of tricky ones.
 
Here are the answers :-

1. Alfred Marks
2. Anthony Trollope
3. Dr Edward Jenner
4. Dr TJ Barnardo
5.Duke Ellington
6. Edmundo Ross
7. Ernest Borgnine
8. Geraldo

 

 

 

 

9. Jock Stein
10. King George 6th
11. Lord Randolph Churchill
12. Nat King Cole
13.Richard Todd
14. Rick Wakeman
15. Len Hutton
16 . Bud Abbott
 

 

 

Hope you had fun with that, I told you you were in good distinguished company
 
On to this weeks topic, you will see that it is entitled ‘NOAH’.  What’s that got to do with the Mark Degree?  Well, the Royal Ark Mariner degree can only be joined if you are a member of the Mark Degree.  Besides that, it’s got nothing to do with the Mark Degree, but is a lovely order to progress to after you have become a member of the Mark.

This is Malvern Priory and Malvern have two Lodges that come under the Provincial Grand Lodge Of MMM of Worcestershire, Malvern Priory Mark and RAM.



Great Malvern Priory in Malvern, Worcestershire, England, was a Benedictine monastery (c. 1075 – 1540) and is now an Anglican parish church. In 1949 it was designated a Grade I listed building. It is a dominant building in the Great Malvern Conservation area. It has the largest display of 15th-century stained glass in England.  It is these stained glass windows that this communication is about.  One of our senior Brethren from Malvern, W Bro Roger Hall-Jones, who I owe a great debt to for researching the history of some of the windows and their significations.  W Bro Roger recently sent me an email with the following note.
A year or two ago I started to do something on the subject of `NOAH AT MALVERN’ and I have at last put it together in a readable form and illustrated it. I am attaching it in case it is of interest to the Province and Royal Ark Mariners.
 
I hasten to add that it is not an explanation of the landing of Noah on the Worcestershire Beacon instead of Ararat.  It actually concerns the 550 year old pictures of Noah’s life contained in Malvern Priory.’
 
The document is most interesting and I asked Roger if I could circulate it and he gave his permission.  I suggest after reading it, you may want to organise a visit, rules allowing, and see this magnificent Priory in all it’s glory.  You can make a day of it and visit the Malvern Hills as well, put your walking boots on, oh, and carry a brolly just in case.

NOAH AT MALVERN

The Benedictine Priory at Great Malvern was founded towards the end of
the 11th century when Malvern was a desolate part of the country; an ideal
place for monks who wished for solitude. The Priory Church today still
contains a considerable amount of architecture from that Norman period.
Towards the middle of the 15th century a great amount of re-building took
place which transformed the rather dark Norman church into a magnificence
of light and colour. It was enlarged in floor area as well as height so that it
was lit by a great number of new windows in the `perpendicular’ architectural
style. These great windows were filled with the painted glass of the period
from about 1440 to 1500 and amount to a comprehensive pictorial Bible
showing stories from both the Old and New Testaments.
When the Priory was dissolved in 1539 and whilst demolition was actually
taking place, the parishioners bought the building for £20 and saved it for
use as their Parish Church. The remoteness of Malvern may have been one
of the reasons the reformers did not break the glass which happened
everywhere else. Furthermore, it is likely that the replacement of the glass
with plain glass would have cost more than the poor parish could afford.
The wonderful collection of glass was inspected and described by Thomas
Habington, the Worcestershire historian, in the early years of the 17th
century and his description was first published was in 1717. A further
inventory of the glass was taken by William Thomas, Rector of St. Nicholas,
Worcester and published in his book on Malvern published in 1725. A
manuscript account written not much later is especially helpful in describing
the Old Testament scenes. These accounts are valuable since they indicate
the subject matter and the original position of much of the glass.
Of course, the glass deteriorated over the years; the lead holding it together
rotted and much of the glass on the south side of the church perished due to
the prevailing wind.
At the great restoration of the church about 1860 most of the surviving glass
was collected together to fill the East Window, the West Window, the North
Transept Window, The Choir Clearstories on both sides and St. Ann’s
Chapel in the South Choir Aisle, forming one of the finest collections of
medieval painted glass in the country.
Such a comprehensive collection could not fail to include the story of Noah
and his ark. The story of Noah was executed about 1480 and can be seen in
the central of the three south facing windows in St Ann’s Chapel (the south
quire aisle). These pictures originally formed part of a series of 72 scenes
from the Old Testament and were placed in the south clearstory windows of
the choir.
The pictures originally included: –
1. God orders Noah to build an ark. Much of the window has been lost but a
bearded Noah can be seen in a red robe raising his hands to God.
2. Noah building the ark. Only fragments of the window remain.
3. Animals entering the ark. Noah wearing a purple cap and red robe is shown lifting a goat to the door of the ark which has a tall polygonal central tower and a dormer window. Several birds are flying towards it and in front can be seen a horse, a boar, a pig, a rabbit, a camel and a lion.
4. Noah enters the ark with his family. Noah and two women are at the foot of a ladder leading to the ark.
5. The flood and the sending forth of the dove. Apparently depicted in two
windows that have been destroyed one of which showed the ark floating.
6. The return of the dove. Noah and his wife are seen peering out from two
parts of the ark. The image of the dove itself, doubtless bearing an olive
branch, has been lost.
7. Noah building an altar. This window has been destroyed.
8. Noah making sacrifice. Noah with purple cap and blue gown is kneeling in front of an altar on which he has placed a goat whose legs are tied.
9. Noah’s vineyard. Noah is digging in stony ground with a spade and behind him are red and white grapes.
10. Noah’s shame. Noah is seen lying on the ground drunk while his sons look on and point at him.
11. Noah’s sons cover their father’s nakedness. The only part of the window to have survived shows the heads of three men in red caps.
12. The Tower of Babel. One of the early descriptions of the glass mistakenly
attributes this window to Noah giving a blessing to Shem and Japheth.
Noah has one further appearance in the ancient glass. The great north window of the north transept was given to the Priory by King Henry VII and was completed shortly after 1500. It was said that this window suffered especially from the stones thrown by children from the churchyard over the centuries.
Known as The Magnificat Window it illustrates the 11 ‘Joys of Mary’. The
principal light of the window shows The Coronation of the Virgin. The
Patriarchs are shown on either side of the Virgin. Level with her feet and on
the left-hand side is a very fine representation of Noah wearing a green cap.
He is holding a yellow ship in his hands (the ark) which has the appearance of a typical 15th century ship with tall mast, furled sail and rigging.
As a final note from Malvern some may remember that Noah’s Ark was an ITV television series about a country vet and his family first broadcast in 1997.
Much of the filming was done around Malvern and on The Malvern Hills.
Castlemorton Common is easily recognised in many outdoor scenes.

Noah, inebriated with wine lying on the ground.

Noah working in his vineyard.

Noah sacrificing a goat on an altar.

Noah supervising the animals entering the Ark.

Noah and his wife in the Ark looking out for the return of the dove



Noah holding a 15th Century representation of the Ark, from the North Trancept window c.1500AD
Noah holding a 15th Century representation of the Ark, from the North Trancept window c.1500AD

Thank you again Roger for this lovely and interesting work on ‘Noah at Malvern’.
 
If anyone else has a piece of interesting work on the Mark or Royal Ark Mariner and would like it circulated, please forward it to me.
 
Keep Zooming Brethren and I’ll talk to you again soon.

Kind Regards
VW Bro Jeff Whiteley, PGJO, DPGM 




Issue 32 Famous Freemasons

Brethren
 
On the last communication I included a cartoon which I invited you to supply the caption.  I thanks all those who sent in ideas, but being a past DC there was one that made me laugh.  The submission was from Bro Chris Brown from Malvern Priory Lodge of MMM.

‘I don’t care how W Bro Richard Green does it in the Mark, this is the Craft’
 
Thank you Chris, but I don’t know if Richard will thank you!

It may seem that we will be able to meet in the not too distant future, I just hope the hairdressers can cope with the strain when they re-open.
 
At the beginning of the first lockdown I sent a quiz out for you to recognise famous Freemasons, well, I have been asked if I could do another one as many of you didn’t realise that many of them were Freemasons at all.  I have now added more to the list, see how many you can get.

Kind Regards
VW Bro Jeff Whiteley, PGJO, DPGM  
   07973 254278


 

Grand Rank Appointments and Promotions of Worcestershire Members.

The Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother Eric Rymer, would like to congratulate the following Brethren who have received Appointments or Promotions to Grand Lodge.

The June meeting of GLMMM will be abandoned but it is hopeful that the September meeting will go ahead at Freemasons Hall and all Brethren receiving Appointments or Promotions will be invested then.

Grand Rank Appointments and Promotions 2021
       
Name   Rank Lodge
Andrew Armbrister Past Grand Junior Deacon 1813
John Bassford Grand Junior Deacon 1943
Roger Bennett Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies 893
Brian Cockersole Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies 1813
Paul Craker Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies 1943
David Davis Past Grand Master Overseer 1813
David Gaulton Past Grand Junior Deacon 1813
Richard  Green Past Grand Senior Deacon 1351
Martyn Hale Past Grand Senior Deacon 1901
Geoffrey Hibbert Past Grand Senior Deacon 1943
Paul McGrath Grand Steward 1943
Robert Osbourne Past Grand Senior Deacon 1813
Kevin O’Shaughnessy Past Grand Junior Deacon 1943
Justin Parker Assistant Grand Chaplain 590
Jonathan Roberts Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies 1813
Arthur Robinson Grand Junior Deacon 1813
Howard Smith Assistant Grand Direcor of Ceremonires 1813
Duncan Smith Past Grand Junior Overseer 1943
Frank Spencer Grand Director of Ceremonires 667
Ivor Spencer Past Grand Junior Overseer 1813
Alun  Thomas Grand Junior Deacon 1813
Robert Vaughan Past Grand Junior Overseer 1462
Barry Weigleb Grand Senior Deacon 1943
Ryan Williams Grand Secretary 1813
Mark Winfield Grand Steward 330
Paul Yarnell Past Grand Junior Deacon 1334

Provincial Golf

A golf match has been arranged by W Bro Barry Benge, (Captain Worcs MMM), the match v Warwickshire is on the 11th May at Gaudet Luce. As it will be under the rule of 6 we will not have a meal afterwards. The trophy will be presented at the Fairways meeting in July. Anyone wishing to play please contact, Barry Benge at barry1013@sky.com


 

W.Bro CV Firminger

Streaming details for Tuesday 23rd March , 1pm St Johns Church Bromsgrove followed by a service at Redditch Crematorium.

 

https://www.funeralstreaming.co.uk/viewing-room/10559/

 

See below for the lovely tribute paid to Chris in the local paper.

FIRMINGER Christopher Vandeleur Died peacefully in the Glenfield Hospital, Leicester on the 27th February 2021. His beloved wife Helen and his adored children Josh and Jess were at his bedside. He leaves a giant, unfillable hole in the lives of his loving family and countless friends. He lived respected and died regretted. Chris was a brilliant orator who loved caravanning, fishing, skiing and hosting fun filled parties. His cheeky sense of humour was legendary, and the world is a poorer place as a result of his untimely death. There will be a private funeral with family flowers only. Donations if desired to The Giles Trust at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital via https://www.memorygiving.com/christopherfirminger A Memorial Service will take place later in the year when everyone will be welcome to attend. All enquiries to James Giles & Sons Ltd (01527 872318)


 

W.Bro Norman Hill and W.Bro John Lock

Please find below details of the funeral services for W.Bro. Norman Hill and W.Bro. John Lock.

This link is purely an online notice with a link to order flowers or make a donation to Acorns Children’s Hospice the Charity the family wish to support on behalf of Norman – https://www.dignityfunerals.co.uk/funeral-notices/05-02-2021-norman-george-hill/.  Donations are made via JustGiving.

Below are the funeral details, along with the link for those who wish to attend the funeral virtually, the details are :-

Date – Tuesday 30/03/2021 15:15

Place: Sutton Coldfield Crematorium

Website: https://www.wesleymedia.co.uk/webcast-view

Login / Order ID: 83449

Password: mqqpnrrh


The funeral arrangements for W.Bro. John Lock, should any of the Brethren like to follow the service on line.

Date: Wednesday 31/03/2021 11:00

Place: Chapel Redditch

Website: https://www.obitus.com/

Username : pasi9475

Password : 930922


 

W.Bro Royden Smith

Many thanks to W.Bro Geoff Weston who presented this eulogy to W.Bro Royden at his funeral today.

A TRIBUTE TO ROYDEN MATTHEW SMITH
Royden Mathew Smith, or Roy as he was known to the majority of us, was not always an
easy man to deal with. He was Old School and he liked things done correctly, which was
normally his way. As you would expect he left me some fairly precise instructions on how
some things were to be dealt with following his passing. One item was his inscription on
the head stone of the family burial plot, it is to read:
ROYDEN MATHEW SMITH A.R.I.B.A, A.I.A.A.A & S.
CHARTERED ARCHITECT AND FREEMASON
DIED. 5th FEBRUARY 2021. AGED. 90 YEARS.
It will of course be done exactly as he requested, but, if Roy can hear me I will take issue
with him over the inscription…….yes it is accurate and it does state two facets of his life of
which he was very proud. But his 90 year lifespan contained many more equally
important items that made him the man that we all knew. He was born in 1930 during the
great depression, which for many was a very difficult time. But as things started to
improve Roy was taken under the wing of his Maiden Aunt, who was becoming a very
successful business woman, his mother worked for his Aunt as a bookkeeper and his
father ran a bicycle shop, both good parents, but he was greatly influenced by his Aunt.
HE WAS SPOILT!
She owned the Dudley Hat Company and properties in the area. Roy would go on trips to
London with her and would tell stories of playing with his beloved model trains on the
stairs of the Dorchester Hotel. so in many ways he was privileged. The picture on the
back of the Order of Service shows him playing with his Train and of course his best
friend his Teddy.
He started his school days at a small private School but this unfortunately didn’t work
out, He proved to be rather disruptive. He was then sent to the local Primary School and
eventually to Dudley Grammar School, stories abound about his early years in education,
connecting the Bunsen burners to the water taps under full pressure, making explosives
and many more, he took great pride in holding the record for the Most Detentions in a
week which stood for a some time, during this period of his life he developed his love of
Steam Trains traveling many miles, on only a platform ticket, spotting trains. He proved
to be a good Athlete achieving great success in distance running, swimming and Rugby…
he enjoyed winning! He realised at an early age that he was developing a photographic
memory he was able to remember details and specifications of Steam Trains , similarly
with bird life plants and Egyptology and found it very useful when cramming for exams.
In the 50’s he went on a trip to Belgium, the only time he ever went abroad, he met the
person who proved to be a great influence in his later life Miss Joan Tipper. He buckled
down to his studies and eventually became Articled to A.T. & B. Butler where he qualified
as an Architect and of course he Married Joan. After some years gaining knowledge and
experience with several practices, he became a partner with Harper and Sperring. with
him Specialising in Pubs, Churches and later Hospitals.
Joan supported him in everything he did, joining Round Table, Rotary and of course
Freemasonry when he joined Priory Lodge in 1970.
I first met Roy in 1979 when he came back into Round Table as President an Office held
by those who were Past Members. I was Vice Chairman and charged with organising a
selection of events to which Roy gave his full support and at this time he was pleased to
support me in Joining Freemasonry albeit in Warwickshire rather than Worcestershire, but
eventually of course when circumstances allowed he proposed me into Old Dudleian
Lodge.
There were so many interests in Roy’s life Gardening, visiting their Static Caravan in
Wales, that they owned for a few years, Fishing, Stamp Collecting and wildlife. In later life
his main interest was of course Freemasonry, his ability to read and retain long passages
of the written word really came into its own and his knowledge and ability with Masonic
ritual was well known and admired in all of the Masonic Orders of which he was a
member, he was always ready to step in and assist when needed and could switch from
one Order to another at very short notice. Roy’s dedication and contribution to all the
Orders of which he was a member was recognised by their Rulers, he attained high Rank
in all of them, he would be pleased to know that there are representatives here from all of
them this morning.
The support he had from Joan during in there 58 years of marriage was truly amazing she
had her own interests but always found time to give support when needed.
Friends and family members will remember parties and barbecues at there home and I
must make mention of Roy’s old brown jumper. This was in a very distressed state but try
as she might Joan could not persuade him to part with it, he wore it when he worked from
home or when he was tucked away in his study. When they had guests Roy more often
that not would suddenly appear in his old Jumper much to Joans embarrassment and
annoyance. We have recently had a ceremonial destruction of the said item!
When Joan passed away in 2013 many were concerned how Roy would cope, he
obviously missed her a great deal but he set to and cooked for himself and maintained
many of his interests, but without the help and support from Anita, Sandra, neighbours,
my family, Noel and Judith from Wellington Road and many others his life style would
have been very different, special thanks should go to Robert and Kate, Joan’s Nephew
and niece for their support. He suffered with macular degeneration in both eyes, his vision
was seriously impaired and without regular injections in each eye he would have lost his
sight completely, he obviously couldn’t drive as the conditioned worsened but he did use
buses until his mobility started to deteriorate. His lack of vision didn’t stop him ,albeit with
the aid of a large magnifying glass, from using his computer, studying his Ritual or
managing his affairs.
A very determined man.
The recent pandemic, like for many others, had a big effect on Roy’s life, although he
would not agree, but the lack of social contact certainly affected him. During the last few
months of last year his general health began to deteriorate and after several falls and
other complications he was admitted to hospital. I could not visit him and communication
was very difficult, however after being stepped down to a care home he passed away
peacefully.
And so, Royden Matthew Smith. Architect and Freemason, and so much more.
Rest In Peace.


 

Issue 29 – Mark Well

ISSUE 29 Mark Well

Brethren.

It looks like we are making progress and could possibly start meetings after the 21 June if everything goes well and everyone behaves themselves.  The trousers to my Masonic suit have been in the trouser press for nearly twelve months now. When I take them out I will be able to slice bread with the crease.  If I see you at a meeting, don’t stand too close or I may accidentally cut your shins.

DINGBATS QUIZ.
I had quite a few entries and although only one or two managed to get the correct answers, I think many of you struggled, too hard was it?  Here are the answers:-     

                                                       

How did you do?

PHOTO COMPETITION
I have had some amazing photos from you and I am still accepting submissions up to the end of February.  Debbie and I will then sit down and study them all and pick a winner.  We will publish the winning photo on the web site as well as sorting a price for the photographer.  If you haven’t sent a photo in yet, don’t delay.

MARK WELL
This weeks attachment is called Mark Well.  When you were advanced into the Mark Degree, one of the first things you were asked to do was to select a Mark at the Registrar of Marks table.  The Mark chosen is one not the same as any other Brothers Mark and must not contain a Triangle. The structure of it is made up from the Mark alphabet you find at the back of your ritual book, although some Lodges have their own alphabet, mine does, maybe yours does as well.

Do you know the relevance and history behind your Mark.  We see some on large buildings, put on the stones by practising Masons.  There are some really fine examples at Worcester cathedral and at Norwich cathedral.  The paper will give you more of an insight as to how they came about, the different kinds of Marks and what they were intended for.  It’s a little longer than I had hoped, but I thought it was important not to leave anything out.  When you read it you will see a reference to the Giblemites.  This is where I challenge you to find out about the Giblemites and send your findings to me.  On my next communication I will let you all know about them as well as announce the winner of the photo competition.

Link to Issue 29 Mark Well

Kind Regards
VW Bro Jeff Whiteley, PGJO, DPGM

07973 254278

The latest Freemasonry@86 newsletter is available by clicking the button below or directly from the website of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons
Freemasonry@86 Newsletter: 26th February 2021


                                                          

MBF Diamond Awards

Further to his presentation of the MBF Grand Patron Diamond Award to the Lechmere Lodge MMM No. 59 at their virtual meeting on Tuesday evening the Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Eric John Rymer, is pleased to further announce today that 3 other Lodges in the Province have also achieved that high milestone. 

They are :-

  • Vernon Lodge MMM : No. 923
  • St. Egwin Lodge MMM : No. 1135
  • Vernon Lodge RAM : No. 923

They have been congratulated by the MBF and the Provincial Grand Charity Steward, W.Bro. Mike Gage, P.A.G.D.C. writes :-

“On behalf of the Provincial Grand Master, R. W. Bro Eric John Rymer and the Provincial Officers of the Province I bring warm masonic greetings and congratulations to you and the members of your Lodge for achieving the highest award of the Mark Benevolent Fund.   Your Lodge is now entitled to have the Logo for this award printed on your Lodge Summons forthwith, whether a Zoom or Open meeting, and on Lodge correspondence.”

In addition the Provincial Grand Master is pleased to announce that the Worcestershire Installed Commanders’ Lodge RAM : No. 1409 has attained the Grand Patron Gold Award, another notable and worthy achievement.   The Lodge has likewise been contacted by the MBF and by the Provincial Grand Charity Steward.

In congratulating all of these Lodges for their ongoing commitment to Charity the Provincial Grand Master hopes that their example will encourage us all to remember the needs of others during this period of enforced isolation from our normal masonic activities.


 

MBF Grand Diamond Award for Lechmere Lodge of Mark Master Masons

At their Zoom meeting on 16th February the Provincial Grand Master was pleased to make a virtual presentation to the Lechmere Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 59.

Earlier in the day the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Barry Benge, had received a package with a note saying “to be left unopened until instructed”.

When the moment came it was the Provincial Grand Master’s privilege to present the Worshipful Master with the MBF Grand Patron Diamond Award on behalf of all of the members of the Lodge, congratulating the Lodge on their sustained effort to achieve this goal. W.Bro. Benge opened the envelope at the request of the Prov.G.M. to disclose the Certificate and Collarette which he displayed for all to see.

Certificate and collarette

The Diamond certificate and collarette.

The Provincial Grand Master went on to observe that Lechmere were only the second Lodge in the Province to achieve this status, the highest available. The first Lodge to reach this milestone is the Provincial D.Cs. Lodge which benefits from a much higher level of membership from its national, indeed worldwide, member base.

The Provincial Grand Charity Steward, W.Bro. Mike Gage, congratulated the Lodge on its success and also noted that there were 9 other Mark and 3 RAM Lodges whose next level of patronage was the Diamond Award and that he could advise them of their current standing if they wished to consider taking this next step.

Our hearthy congratulations to all of the members of Lechmere Lodge of Mark Master Masons.

Issue 28: EMOJI Quiz and Photo Competition

 

ISSUE 28 EMOJI QUIZ AND PHOTO COMPETITION
 
Brethren,
 
Brrr it’s cold, and as my dear Mother used to say, ‘winter drawers on’.  She used to giggle every time she said it, I can’t think why.  I’m guessing, like me, many of you have now had your first jab.  I had mine last weekend after a phone call last Friday evening at 8:00pm asking if I could pop down for an 08:04 appointment the next morning.  Luckily the jab station is only a couple of hundred yards, metres for the younger Brethren, from where I live.  The sooner the vaccination program is complete, the sooner we can hope to get back to meetings.
 
This time last year I hadn’t heard of Zoom, but currently I seem to be attending more Zoom meetings than I did actual meetings.  I hope you are all coping with the technology or does this ring any bells:- 

 

This week’s communication is an emoji quiz and it’s not easy. All the answers are famous brands or brand names. I am concerned that you may be sat at home with the winter blues and can’t be bother to do much, so I thought I would try and stimulate you brains, I did say try.

 

 

PHOTO COMPETITION
I am also asking you to take some winter photos, two reasons, firstly I need to see how many of you are actually reading my communications and secondly to see how many of you will respond.  I will have a prize for what Debbie and I consider the best photo and the deadline for entries is 28 February.  The photo needs to be your interpretation of winter.  It could be of birds on your bird table, a snowman, the scenery around where you live, even a roaring log fire to keep you warm on these cold days.  I know many of you may have had your winter warmer allowance from the DWP, I spent some of mine on a couple of bottles of single malt whiskey, that keeps me warm inside.  Anyway, back to the photo competition.  You can take photos on cameras or phones and then email them to me.  I will announce the winner in March and send a prize direct.

 

This is our courtyard and part of the garden, lets see what your photos are.  I am expecting at least a hundred replies, so don’t let me down.
 
Hopefully I will see some of you on a Zoom call soon.
Jeff Whiteley, P.G.J.O., D.P.G.M.
dpgm@worcestershiremarkpgl.org.uk

O7973 254278

 

Use It As Not Abusing It

ISSUE 27, USE IT NOT ABUSING IT.

Brethren of the Mark Degree of Worcestershire, and beyond.

I’m guessing that some of you may have had your first round of vaccinations, indeed some of you I know have already had both jabs.  I’m still waiting for my letter for the first round.  Hopefully this roll out of vaccinations will go someway to allow us to meet in the not too distant future.

Can I thank all those who took part in this weeks GPC virtual meeting.  The attendance was more than we normally get when the meeting is held at Rainbow Hill, maybe it’s a recommendation for the future?

So, what have you been up to the last fortnight, making snowmen, sledging, snowball fights?  Debbie and I have had a couple of lovely walks through our local park, which although cold, it looked lovely with the snow.

This week I have added a paper concerning the Mark Token you should have received when you were Advanced into Mark Masonry, I hope you find it interesting, and I hope you still have your token put safely away somewhere.  I have a small collection of Mark Tokens and would love to have a full collection from Lodges within the Province of Worcestershire.  If you know where I can get one from your Lodge that has the name of the Lodge on let me know so I can purchase it.


I have had quite a few one liners sent to me recently, I think you have been saving them up, here are a few.  You will know if was you who sent them, so I accept no blame if they are too cringeworthy.

Acupuncture is a jab well done

A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.

A lot of money is tainted – taint yours and taint mine

Those who jump off a bridge in Paris are in Seine

How do you console an English teacher?……. There, their, they’re!


Thank you for all your contributions, keep them coming.

Kind Regards

VW Bro Jeff Whiteley, PGJO, DPGM  

  07973 254278

 

Provincial Appointments 2021-2022

The Provincial Grand Master has been pleased to announce his Provincial Appointments and Promotions for the coming year.

Mark Officers will be invested at the Annual Provincial Meeting on Saturday 12th June 2021, subject to any prevailing Covid restrictions still in force

Those with Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank will be invested at the Provincial RAM Assembly on Tuesday 18th May 2021.

As always, I am sure we all join our Provincial Rulers in congratulating those who have been appointed and wishing them the best for their year in Office.

Active Ranks
Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. EJ Rymer, Prov.G.M.  
Deputy Provincial Grand Master V.W.Bro. JW Whiteley, P.G.J.O., Dep.Prov.G.M.  
Assistant Provincial Grand Master W.Bro. P.A. Yarnell, P.A.G.D.C., A.Prov.G.M.  
Provincial Grand Senior Warden W.Bro. JFP Mulligan, Prov.G.S.W. 733
Provincial Grand Junior Warden W.Bro. SJ Cameron, Prov.G.J.W. 59
Provincial Grand Master Overseer W.Bro. TR Barnes, Prov.G.M.O. 977
Provincial Grand Senior Overseer W.Bro. MJ Pickett, Prov.G.S.O 330
Provincial Grand Junior Overseer W.Bro. MC Cummings, Prov.G.J.O. 747
Provincial Grand Chaplain W.Bro. JT Parker, A.G.Chap, Prov.G.Chap 590
Provincial Grand Treasurer W.Bro. SE Humberstone, P.A.G.D.C., Prov.G.Treas. 977
Provincial Grand Registrar W.Bro. R Stanton, Prov.G.Reg. 893
Provincial Grand Secretary W.Bro. AC Hutt, P.G.S.D., Prov.G.Sec. 1135
Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies W.Bro. RJ Green, P.A.G.D.C., Prov.G.D.C. 1351
Provincial Grand Almoner W.Bro. CM Gwynn, P.A.G.D.C., Prov.G.Alm. 733
Provincial Grand Charity Steward W.Bro. MJ Winfield, GStwd, P.Prov.G.J.W. 330
Provincial Grand Inspector of Works W.Bro. JW Pritchard, Prov.G.Insp.Wks. 1135
Provincial Grand Sword Bearer W.Bro. G Vale, Prov.G.Swd.B. 667
Provincial Deputy Grand Chaplain W.Bro. AW Moody, Prov.Dep.G.Chap 590
Provincial Deputy Grand Secretary W.Bro. SWS Southgate, Prov.Dep.G.Sec. 1822
Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies W.Bro. DW Owen, Prov.Dep.G.D.C. 977
Provincial Grand Senior Deacon W.Bro. BR Chadd, Prov.G.S.D. 59
Provincial Grand Senior Deacon W.Bro. MS Lodge, Prov.G.S.D. 1351
Provincial Grand Junior Deacon W.Bro. WE Roberts, Prov.G.J.D. 330
Provincial Grand Junior Deacon W.Bro. PJ Rowlands, Prov.G.J.D. 1938
Provincial Assistant Grand Chaplain W.Bro. JA Davies, Prov.A.G.Chap 667
Provincial Assistant Grand Secretary W.Bro. H Carlton, P.Prov.G.S.O., Prov.A.G.Sec 590
Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies W.Bro. LW Brown, Prov.A.G.D.C 977
Provincial Grand Organist Bro. AM Sinton, Prov.G.Org. 59
Provincial Grand Standard Bearer W.Bro. KH Green, Prov.G.St.B. 1623
Provincial Assistant Grand Standard Bearer W.Bro. MA King, Prov.A.G.St.B. 1351
Provincial Grand Inner Guard W.Bro JW Taitt, Prov.G.I.G. 893
Provincial Grand Steward W.Bro. PA Hill, Prov.G.Stwd. 1135
Provincial Grand Steward W.Bro. JW Evans, Prov.G.Stwd. 1136
Provincial Grand Steward W.Bro. PA Ratcliffe, Prov.G.Stwd. 590
Provincial Grand Steward W.Bro. CM Hampson, Prov.G.Stwd. 1623
Provincial Grand Tyler W.Bro. SP Warner, P.G.St.B., Prov.G.Tyler 923
Non-collar Officers
Membership Officer W.Bro. S Walker 893
IT Officer W.Bro. NJE Crabbe, P.Prov.G.S.D. 923
Grand Officer Liaison Officer V.W.Bro. BP Scoffield, P.G.J.O. 1351
Information Officer W.Bro. DJ Hughes, P.Prov.G.M.O. 1623
Past Ranks
Past Provincial Grand Senior Warden W.Bro. DC Brown, P.Prov.G.J.W. 1351
Past Provincial Grand Senior Warden W.Bro. SWS Southgate, Prov.Dep.G.Sec. 1822
Past Provincial Grand Senior Warden W.Bro. HD Butterworth, P.Prov.G.M.O. 1822
Past Provincial Grand Junior Warden W.Bro. MA Cannings, P.Prov.G.Swd.B. 667
Past Provincial Grand Junior Warden W.Bro. EJ Humphries, P.Prov.G.S.O. 1260
Past Provincial Grand Junior Warden W.Bro. GM Smith, P.G.S.D. 1813
Past Provincial Grand Master Overseer W.Bro. GC Perry, P.Prov.G.J.O. 59
Past Provincial Grand Master Overseer W.Bro. AF Underhill, P.Prov.G.J.O. 59
Past Provincial Grand Master Overseer W.Bro. MJ Bruton, P.Prov.G.J.O. 1135
Past Provincial Grand Senior Overseer W.Bro. DR Jones, P.Prov.G.S.D. 59
Past Provincial Grand Senior Overseer W.Bro. CC Farrer, P.Prov.G.Reg. 1334
Past Provincial Grand Senior Overseer W.Bro. ML Preece, P.ProvG.Swd.B. 1462
Past Provincial Grand Junior Overseer W.Bro. S Williams, P.Prov.A.G.Chap 590
Past Provincial Grand Junior Overseer W.Bro. DR Jones, P.Prov.G.J.D. 1135
Past Provincial Grand Junior Overseer W.Bro. AR Fennel, P.Prov.G.J.D. 1623
Past Provincial Grand Junior Overseer W.Bro. MJ Cooper, P.Prov.G.S.D. 1901
Past Provincial Grand Inspector of Works W.Bro. BS Blumfield, P.Prov.G.Insp.Wks.(Warwks) 1920
Past Provincial Grand Senior Deacon W.Bro. GA Delicate, P.Prov.A.G.D.C. 59
Past Provincial Grand Senior Deacon W.Bro. MW Dancer 733
Past Provincial Grand Senior Deacon W.Bro. S Walker 893
Past Provincial Grand Senior Deacon W.Bro. PA Taylor 1135
Past Provincial Grand Senior Deacon W.Bro. G Brittain, P.Prov.G.J.D. 1260
Past Provincial Grand Senior Deacon W.Bro. TJ Archer 1462
Past Provincial Grand Senior Deacon W.Bro. CV Firminger 1623
Past Provincial Grand Junior Deacon W.Bro. SR White 590
Past Provincial Grand Junior Deacon W.Bro. AN Portman 1980
Provincial RAMGR Rank (May 2021 onwards)
Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank W.Bro. T Still 59
Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank W.Bro. SR White 590
Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank W.Bro. MRJ Baxendale 667
Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank W.Bro. MP Duerden 733
Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank W.Bro. BS Rothero 747
Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank W.Bro. JW Taitt 893
Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank W.Bro. DR Jones 1135
Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank W.Bro. CM Slade 1260
Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank W.Bro. BW Pendergast 1260
Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank W.Bro. DJ Hughes 1623

R.W.Bro John Brackley

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you all of the death on Saturday 2nd January of R.W.Bro John Brackley.

R.W.Bro John was a Founder of the Vea Secunda Lodge MMM No.1980 and hence is a Worcestershire Mark Mason.   He has a very extensive masonic CV running to 17 pages and that is just for the Orders administered from MMH.   He was the Grand Secretary of our Order from 2005 until 2012 and was appointed Grand Senior Warden in 2013. 

John will be sorely missed, R.I.P.

Further details will appear here when announced.


 

Response to the latest lockdown

5th January 2020

Dear Bro. Secretaries and Scribes,

With this latest pandemic lockdown the Provincial Grand Master is keen that you should encourage your Lodge members to maintain contact both through Virtual Business Meetings as well as less formal ‘social’ virtual meetings.   We cannot meet face to face for at least the next 7 weeks and clearly there will be significant restrictions beyond that.   Over the next 3 months alone, 31 of our Lodges (75%) have Regular Meetings scheduled and of those only 18 (44%) have held a virtual business meeting to date, indeed some have held 2 such meetings.   Over the next 5 months, all of our Lodges have Regular Meetings scheduled.

Many Lodges have within their Membership enough expertise to arrange their own virtual meetings using the Zoom (or similar) platform.   However for those Lodges who are unsure, as I advised in my letter on 16th October 2020, the Province now maintains a Zoom platform for the use of all Lodges should they so wish.   Please contact me or any of my team if you would like our assistance to arrange hosting of such a meeting.   The platform is available for both business as well as social purposes.   It is easy for Lodge members to login to these meetings and it costs them nothing.   If they do not wish to be seen they can turn off video and likewise for audio – but by logging in they can at least see and hear their friends whilst at the same time make their presence known.

I attach a copy of the latest Secretariat Lodge Liaison support groupings giving contact details for all of those in my team and confirming their Lodge allocations.   They will be happy to assist you.

In my letter of 16th October I referred also to keeping track of the health and wellbeing of your Members and their families.   The Provincial Grand Master would like to involve Mark Lodge Overseers to assist Almoners in that role, both for their Mark and moored RAM Lodges.   For most of our Lodges that represents a couple of telephone calls per week per Overseer to ensure that all of your Members have been contacted once a month, whilst a regular check in with the Overseers by the Almoner will ensure that any hardship is identified and can be acted on quickly at whatever level is necessary.  

Equally importantly perhaps, through this regular contact with Members, issues that they identify in the wider community could be relieved through the assistance of Mark Masonry.   For example :-

  • The latest restrictions do not require everyone aged 70+ to shield, just those with underlying issues.   We are allowed go outside to volunteer and with an anticipated vaccination programme of 2 million per week the NHS are seeking volunteer responders.   To find out what support is required and what your Members can do to assist check out the following https://nhsvolunteerresponders.org.uk/i-want-to-volunteer
  • Already Worcestershire Mark has made positive contributions to local food banks.   What does your local food bank need – money, food, drivers to collect and deliver, packers ?
  • Does someone you know of need assistance with shopping or collecting medication or perhaps a regular telephone call to help relieve isolation?

We can help ourselves by doing something, by responding to the needs of others through helping the wider community, after all we are the “friendly degree”.

Please circulate your membership accordingly.

Kind, sincere and fraternal regards

Adrian


 

W.Bro.Tom Gray

Following the funeral of W.Bro Tom Gray, the following was received by The Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro Eric Rymer.

Dear Mr Rymer and fellow county lodge members.

Pleasure to see you at my Fathers funeral service today. I was most humbled and appreciative of your kind words and sincere memories expressed of your time spent with Dad. On behalf of my Mother and Gray family members, may we just simply say ‘thank you’.

My Telephone number should you ever wish to call in the future, is with the Provincial Secretary, Adrian Hutt.

Kindest Regards

Stephen 

For those who do not already know, any donations in Tom’s memory are requested to go to the Alzheimers Society or by the link below:-

https://www.memorygiving.com/thomasgray

James Giles & Sons Ltd

24 Stourbridge Road

Bromsgrove

Worcestershire

B61 0AE

Tel: 01527 872318


 

Provincial Lottery

Hope that you all enjoyed your Christmas.

Some good news for 3 deserving Brethren:-

The winning number drawn on the 26th December 2020 was No 6.

There are 3 winning members this month.

  1. Bro Vivian Fogarty of Vernon Lodge of MMM No 923
  2. Bro Richard Green of The Malvern Priory Lodge of MMM No 1351
  3. Bro Mervyn Cummings of Stechford Lodge No 747

The next draw will be held on 30th January 2021.

Many thanks to W.Bro.Mike Gage Provincial Grand Charity Steward


 

Food Bank Distribution

Following the distribution of monies to various Foodbanks in the Worcestershire Province, our Provincial Grand Charity Steward Mike Gage received the following from The Black Country Foodbank in Halesowen :-

Michael,

I just wanted to let you know that we have delivered a huge amount to LifeCentral Church in Halesowen who are providing Christmas hampers for struggling families who have been referred through schools.

We can do this this year because of your generosity and the generosity of others.

Thank you again for supporting your community.

Jen Coleman

Chief Executive Officer –  Black Country Foodbank

www.justgiving.org.uk/blackcountryfoodbank

Registered Charity Number: 1136676

One of the Vans packed with food to distribute over the festive period


 

W.Bro Adrian Carl Hutt, Provincial Grand Secretary

W.Bro. Adrian Carl Hutt, Prov.G.Sec., has received the Grand Master’s special award for services to the Mark degree during the Covid pandemic. He has been promoted to Past Grand Senior Deacon, with immediate effect. The promotion was conferred on him by the Pro Grand Master via Zoom this evening. The award was due to the huge amount of work W.Bro. Adrian has done during these difficult times, supporting and often suggesting ways to make things better for our Brethren throughout this period. The promotion was fully endorsed by the Provincial Grand Master, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master and the Assistant Provincial Grand Master. We all offer him our congratulations on this well-deserved recognition.


 

Christmas message from the PGM

Brethren All,
Who would have believed last Christmas what would be in store for us during 2020? A year of isolation, lockdowns and fear. And virtually no Masonry (apart from virtual meetings).
The bright part of the year has been how Mark Masons throughout the Province have supported each other during the pandemic. It has been the practical application of masonic principles and I thank all of you for what you have done for each other this year. If nothing else, many of us have learned how to use video conference technology!
And now, with the rollout of a vaccine, there is light at the end of the Covid tunnel. I do so look forward to being able to be with you physically in the not-too-distant future, to carry on our fraternal and friendly activities in person.
At this special time of year, let’s reflect on the past and remember those of our fraternity who have suffered, but more importantly, let’s look forward to a better future. I wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a tremendous 2021. May the Great Overseer of the Universe bless and keep you.
With fraternal regards to you and yours,

Eric Rymer, Provincial Grand Master

November Lottery Draw

The winning number drawn on the 28th November was No 32.

There are 2 winning members this month.

  1. Bro John Bentley of Vernon Lodge of MMM No 923
  2. Bro Matt Rochelle of Lechmere Lodge of MMM No 59

The next draw will be held on 26th December 2020.

Thanks again to W.Bro Mike Gage for his organisation of the Lottery.


 

Provincial Officers 2021

It is the Worcestershire custom, at the banquet following the investiture meeting, for the Provincial Grand Master. to announce his Provincial Wardens for the ensuing year.   With the intervention of Covid-19 he announced earlier this year his intention to emulate the Mark Grand Lodge decision to roll on active Officer appointments for 2020 for a second year.   Accordingly the Active Worcestershire Provincial Officers for 2021 will be the same as 2020 and in particular W.Bro. James (Jim) Mulligan as Senior Warden and W.Bro. Stuart Cameron as Junior Warden.   Likewise therefore our congratulations to them both with a hope that they will be able to take up their responsibilities in a much more rewarding manner than has been possible thus far because of the pandemic.


 

Grand Royal Ark Mariner Assembly

Today would have been the Grand RAM Assembly and W.Bro. Mike Gage and W.Bro. Simon Humberstone would have been there to be invested with Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank. Our congratulations to them on their appointments.   

Attached is a link to a message from the Most Worshipful Grand Master:-

Please read the 2020 message from the Grand Master by clicking here (markmasonshall.org)


 

Worshipful Brother Thomas William Gray

Brethren all,

I am afraid I have sad news to convey of our friend and Brother – Tom Gray.

Tom suddenly passed away on his way to a routine appointment at the hospital yesterday.

He had celebrated his 90th birthday earlier this year.

Tom’s wife, Doreen, suffers from dementia but is aware and Joe McCollum is kindly keeping in touch with her – I suggest we all communicate via Joe to avoid overwhelming Doreen.

We will let you know funeral arrangements when possible.

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.”