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.
We are very sad to have to report that W.Bro. Fred Hall passed away in the early hours of the morning of January 29th 2019. He had been in hospital over the weekend and deteriorated extremely quickly.
The funeral will be held at 12:30pm on Wednesday 20th February 2019 at Redditch Crematorium followed by a wake at the Redditch Masonic Centre.
W.Bro. Fred was Advanced into the Bromsgrove Lodge of Mark Master Masons on 13th July 1984 and was installed into the Chair in 1990.
He was Elevated into the Bromsgrove Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners on 13th September 1985 and installed into the Chair in 1994.
He was appointed as ProvGSwdB in 1992 and promoted to PProvGJO in 1998. He was appointed as ProvGSW in 2003 and then as ProvGReg in 2006, an office which he held until 2018. He was awarded the Provincial Grand Master’s Certificate of Merit in 2015. He was appointed to PAGDC in 2006 and promoted to PGSD in 2011. In Royal Ark Mariner he was appointed Provincial RAMGR in 2002 and RAMGR in 2009.
In his office as ProvGReg Fred was very active at Provincial Grand Lodge meetings greeting visitors from outside the Province.
Fred was a very active Mason in other Lodges, having joined the Worcestershire Installed Masters Lodge in 1991, he became Master in 2010. In the meantime, he was one of the Founder members of the Worcestershire Installed Commanders Lodge in 2000, of which he became Commander in 2009.
He was also a Founder member of the Quill and Key Lodge of Mark Master Masons in 2009.
He was also made an honorary member of several Lodges in recognition of his work: Centenary Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners in 2010, Millenium Lodge of Mark Master Masons in 2012, Teme Valley Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners in 2017, Teme Valley Lodge of Mark Master Masons in 2018.
Fred will be sadly missed by us all.
News of the first draw of 2019:
The National Lottery Bonus Ball for the 26th January 2019 is No 45.
There are two winning members:
V W Bro John King Dep Provincial Grand Master
W Bro Terry Davies of Teme Valley Lodge
The next draw will be held on Saturday 23rd February 2019
The National Lottery Bonus Ball is on the last Saturday of each month, and is open to all Mark Master Masons, their families, and friends to assist in raising funds for charitable causes. Please contact me at: email@example.com for more information and joining details.
Last night, at the Installation meeting of The St Laurence Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 893, the new Provincial Royal Ark Mariner tie was launched. The tie is 100% silk and obtainable from Barry Holland at a cost of £15.
News of the last draw of 2018:
The National Lottery Bonus Ball for the 29th December 2018 is No 28.
There are no winning members.
The next draw will be held on 26th January 2019.
The National Lottery Bonus Ball is on the last Saturday of each month, and is open to all Mark Master Masons, their families, and friends to assist in raising funds for charitable causes. Please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and joining details.
If you do join here’s a hint – nobody else has number 28!
VWBro John King has indicated his wish to step down from the office of Deputy Provincial Grand Master, which the Provincial Grand Master has accepted with sadness. John has been a member of the Provincial Executive for 15 years, having been the Provincial Grand Secretary from 2003 to 2010. He was appointed as the first Assistant Provincial Grand Master in Worcestershire and served from 2013 to 2015, he was promoted to Deputy Provincial Grand Master in 2015, his current rank in the Province. During his time he has attended over 500 meetings and 150 Provincial meetings around the country.
His work on our behalf for the Province has been exemplary and this has been recognised by his appointments to PAGDC in 2004, RAMGR in 2005, PGJO in 2009 and PGMO in 2016. He has also been award the Provincial Grand Master’s Certificate of Merit.
John has been a great servant to the Province and we all wish him good health to enjoy his retirement.
John’s departure leaves a gap to fill. WBro Jeff Whitely, Assistant Provincial Grand Master will be promoted to Deputy in his stead. Jeff needs little introduction to the members of the Province, having been on the circuit since 2006 when he was appointed AProvGDC, swiftly followed by promotion to DepProvGDC in 2007 and then promotion to ProvGDC 2009, a role he filled for six years until he was promoted to AsstPGM in 2015. He was appointed to the prestigious rank of Grand Steward in 2011 and promoted to PGSD in 2015. He was promoted to RAMGR in 2013.
Jeff’s promotion leaves another gap to fill. WBro Paul Yarnell of Bromsgrove Lodge MMM No 1334 will be appointed AsstPGM. Paul likewise needs little introduction to the Province having already spent several years on the circuit. He was appointed AProvGDC in 2008 and filled the role for three years until he was promoted to ProvGSwdB in 2008, then ProvGSO in 2010 and ProvGJW in 2015. He received RAMGR in 2017 and PAGDC in 2018.
We wish Jeff and Paul every success in their new roles.
The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master has been pleased to announce his Wardens for the ensuing year. They are:
- Provincial Grand Senior Warden – WBro Bob Phillips of Eaton Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 977.
- Provincial Grand Junior Warden – WBro Trevor Still of Lechmere Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 59.
I am sure members across the Province will join us in offering hearty congratulations.
WBro Bob Phillips will be well known to many throughout the Province, having been a member of Eaton MMM for 30 years and Eaton RAM for 29. He was Installed as Worshipful Commander in 1992 and Worshipful Master in 1993. His first Provincial appointment was in 1995 when he was appointed to PProvGJD, followed quickly by Provincial RAMGR in 1996. He was promoted to ProvGSuptWks in 2000, then to PProvGMO in 2005 and to PProvGJW in 2013. He received RAMGR in 2015.
WBro Trevor Still will also be well known to many. He joined Lechmere MMM in 2000 and Ark RAM in 2010. He was made an Honorary member of the Almoners and Charity Stewards Lodge MMM No 1943 after being on the Consecrating team. He was Installed as Worshipful Master of Lechmere in 2008 and appointed to ProvGStdB in 2010. He was appointed DepProvGChap in 2012 and promoted to PProvGJO in 2018. He will be Installed as Worshipful Commander next week.
We offer them both hearty congratulations and look forward to seeing them on the circuit in the fullness of time.
It is with sadness we must report the passing to the Grand Lodge above of WBro Douglas Savage on Saturday 1st December 2018.
Douglas had not been active in Masonry for a few years due to ill health, but previously was a prolific member of the order for many years in Worcestershire and in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.
Advanced into Lechmere Lodge No 59 on 13th April 1976, he went on to be Installed into the chair on 16th October 1984. He was appointed Provincial Grand Sword Bearer in 1986 and was promoted to Past Provincial Grand Junior Warden in 2008. In 2001 he was appointed Past Grand Standard Bearer. On 15th April 2014 he was made an honorary member of his Mother Lodge.
A number of other Mark memberships followed:
- He joined Worcestershire Installed Masters Lodge No 1409 on 7th March 1987 and was Installed into the chair on 13th October 2001.
- He was made an honorary member of the Kyrle Lodge No 1349 in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire on 14th April 1988.
- He joined the Leofric Lodge No 1650 in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire on 2nd October 1992 and was made an honorary member on 20th February 2015.
- He joined the Installed Masters Lodge of Reflection No 1429 in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire on 1st September 1995.
- He joined the Silurean Lodge No 1677 in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire on 22nd November 1996 and was made an honorary member on 31st August 2018.
- He was made an honorary member of the Teme Valley Lodge No 1260 on 10th March 2004.
Elevated into the Ark Lodge No 59, he went on to be Installed into the chair on 20th December 1988. He was appointed Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank on 10th December 2002. He was made an honorary member of his Mother lodge on 15th April 2014.
A number of other Royal Ark Mariner memberships followed:
- He was a Founder of the St Ethelbert Lodge No 243 in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire on 23rd March 1991 and was made an honorary member on 12th February 2014.
- He was a Founder of the Teme Valley Lodge No 1260 on 12th April 1996 and was made an honorary member on 16th September 2015.
- He was a Founder of the Installed Commanders Lodge of Reflection No 1429 in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire on 1st July 2000 and was Installed into the chair on 19th February 2005.
- He joined the Worcestershire Installed Commanders Lodge No 1409 on 25th January 2002.
His funeral will be held at Hereford Crematorium on January 7th 2019 at 11:15 am.
The National Lottery Bonus Ball for the 24th November 2018 is No 10.
There are 2 winning members:
- R. W. Bro. Eric Rymer.
- W. Bro. Tom Gray.
The next draw will be held on 29th December 2018
The National Lottery Bonus Ball is on the last Saturday of each month, and is open to all Mark Master Masons, their families, and friends to assist in raising funds for charitable causes. Please contact me at: email@example.com for more information and joining details.
The Centenary of Armistice Day has been widely celebrated across the Province, with Masons all over the area joining in with their local parades.
Redditch saw the Provincial Grand Master for the Mark Province joined by the Provincial Grand Masters for the Craft Provinces of Worcestershire and Warwickshire.
Although many Brethren attended in their Craft regalia, our PGM was supported by a number of his Officers wearing their Mark regalia.
Recently, the Province was pleased to support Cerebral Palsy Sport Development at a swimming gala. W. Bro. Mike Gage, the Provincial Charity Steward has the following report:
We provided Time Keepers, Reception Assistance, Starter, Result Runners Etc.
There were 15 swimming with ages from 5 to 42 years of age, and races were over 10, 25 and 50 meters and included Butterfly, Breaststroke, Backstroke, and Freestyle.
Each swimmer in each discipline swam twice, the first time to establish a time, which was then used as a handicap for racing purposes.
The winner of each discipline received a Gold Medal on a striped ribbon, the second place swimmer a Silver Medal & ribbon and the third place a Bronze Medal & ribbon.
If you wish to find out more about Cerebal Palsy Sport, visit their website on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CerebralPalsySport and Twitter at twitter.com/CP_Sport.
A full report and photographs of the Worcester Gala are available at http://www.cpsport.org/sports/swimming/results-and-reports/
We have been invited by Cerebal Palsy Sport to provide Stewards for next year’s Swimming Gala at Worcester, which I have accepted on behalf of the Province. So why not join in, and make a note in your diaries for next year Brethren, it is 19th October 2019. I will be sending out a reminder nearer the time to all Lodges Charity Stewards.
W. Bro. Mike Gage PProvGJW
Provincial Grand Charity Steward
On Saturday 3rd November, Worcestershire Installed Masters Lodge was delighted to welcome W Bro Fred Hall back at after a lengthy absence due to poor health.
Fred was warmly welcomed by the Worshipful Master, the DepPGM and all of the Brethren present. All were pleased to see him amongst us again after his long period of absence.
The latest draw of the Mark Lottery Bonus Ball Draw took place on the 27th October 2018.
The lucky number was 56.
There were no winning members this month
The National Lottery Bonus Ball is on the last Saturday of each month, and is open to all Mark Master Masons, their families, and friends. To assist in raising funds for charitable causes. Please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and joining details.
Saturday 20th October 2018 saw what may have been a unique occasion. The Almoners and Charity Stewards Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 1943 held a dedication for a coffer of gavels which had been presented to the Lodge by the Worshipful Master at the previous meeting.
As a Worcestershire Lodge with a Worshipful Master whose home Province is North Wales, the stage was set for an outing to Llandudno where RWBro EJ Rymer, Provincial Grand Master for Worcestershire dedicated the gavels with some ritual prepared especially for the event by his Assistant Provincial Grand Master, WBro JW Whiteley. They were accompanied by a number of the Provincial Officers of the year.
Representing the host Province, the Provincial Grand Master for North Wales, RWBro P Talbot lent his support to proceedings, accompanied by his Deputy and other Provincial Officers.
Taking full advantage of the event, the Lodge made a weekend of it, with a social event taking place on the Friday accompanied by non-Masonic guests, who were given a talk on old Llandudno during the Lodge meeting on the Saturday before joining up again for lunch.
In all it was a very successful weekend, enjoyed by all those who attended.
We are delighted to announce that at the Royal Ark Mariner Grand Assembly on 11th December 2018, WBro Charles Gwynn and WBro John Moore will both be appointed to Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank. WBro Tom Gray will also be appointed, albeit under his Mother Province of Warwickshire.
I am sure we all join the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master in offering hearty congratulations to them all.
The latest draw of the Mark Lottery Bonus Ball Draw took place on the 29th September 2018.
The lucky number was 27.
The winning number was selected by:
- VWBro Michael Homer
- WBro Ron Kindon
- WBro John Icke
- Mrs Patricia Rice ( Wife of WBro Robert Rice)
- Mr Richard Gage ( Son of WBro Mike Gage)
If you would like to take part, contact the Provincial Grand Charity Steward: email@example.com.
On the 26th September 2018, Malvern Priory Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 1351 was host to a very special occasion, the presentation of a certificate marking 50 years of active, dedicated and loyal service to the Degree of Mark Master Mason.
The recipient was WBro Rev J C Guise PAGChap, who was advanced into Lechmere Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 59 on 16th July 1968. John’s main involvement in the Mark degree has taken place at Malvern Priory, of which he was a Founder member in March 1969 and Master in 1977 and 2003. Among other provincial roles, John was Provincial Grand Chaplain for 11 years and has been Past Assistant Grand Chaplain for 12 years.
It was a special evening, enjoyed by all present. It was also something of a flavour for the Masonic season to come, which will also see the 50th Anniversary of the Malvern Priory Lodge of Mark Master Masons and the Consecration of the Malvern Priory Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners.
It is with regret that we must report the passing to the Grand Lodge above of WBro John Icke PGJD, who passed away peacefully on Sunday 23rd September, surrounded by his family.
John was a stalwart Mason and a busy and enthusiastic member of his Lodges and the Province of Worcestershire.
He was Advanced into St Egwin Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 1135 in 1990 and was Installed as Worshipful Master in 2000. Provincial appointments soon followed and he was appointed ProvGStdB in 2002, PProvGSwdB in 2004, PProvGSO in 2009 and ProvGJW in 2011. In 2012 he was appointed to the position of AsstProvGSec, a role he filled with distinction until 2018. He was again Installed as Master of St Egwin in 2018, which was the Office he held at his passing.
He was also a Grand Officer, in 2014 he was appointed to the active rank of GStwd and in 2017 promoted to PGJD.
He was Elevated into St Egwin Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 1135 in 2002 and was Installed as Worshipful Commander in 2007. He was appointed ProvRAMGR in 2011.
John was a Founder member of the Fairways Lodge No 1938 in 2013 and was Master in 2016. He also joined the Worcestershire Installed Masters and Worcestershire Installed Commanders Lodges No 1409 as well as the Grand Stewards Lodge No 9002.
A popular figure wherever he went, John will be sadly missed.
The funeral will be held at St Peters Church, Bengeworth on the 9th of October at 1pm. This will be followed by
afternoon tea at Norton and Lenchwick village hall. Flowers will be from immediate family only but donations to St Richards Hospice in lieu of flowers would be welcome.
At the Quarterly Communications of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons held on Tuesday 11th September 2018, the current Provincial Grand Secretary for Worcestershire, WBro Adrian Hutt was promoted to PAGDC while his predecessor, WBro Brian Scoffield was promoted to PGJO. They were accompanied by another Past Provincial Grand Secretary, VWBro John King DepProvGM.
A memorable and happy occasion for all.
In 2016, Mark Grand Lodge organised a sponsored walk through the seven Royal Parks in London, which raised a massive £440,000. Worcestershire’s Walkers, led by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro. Jeff Whiteley, was the largest team to complete the walk and raised a goodly sum towards the total.
Grand Lodge decided to use the funds to purchase vehicles for the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes (http://www.bloodbikes.org.uk) and on Friday 17th August there was a ceremony of dedication and handover of 41 vehicles to Blood Bike Groups from all over England and Wales. The ceremony was rather appropriately held at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull.
Worcestershire’s Blood Bikers are the Severn Freewheelers, who were present at the ceremony, represented by Joe Logan and Gordon Downie, who met with representatives of the Province, the Provincial Grand Master, R.W. Bro. Eric J. Rymer, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, V.W. Bro. John A. King and the Provincial Grand Charity Steward, W.Bro. Mike Gage.
The dedication was carried out by V.W. Bro. Revd. Bruce Harry, the Grand Chaplain, followed by a presentation on the M.B.F by R.W.Bro. Tony Morris, Deputy President of the M.B.F., who then handed over the keys to the vehicles, both motorbikes and cars, to the various representatives.
Mark Masons can be proud of their generosity in providing these vehicles to a wonderful organisation.
Previous information had been given in this report.
The latest draw of the Mark Lottery Bonus Ball Draw took place on the 25th August 2018.
The lucky number was 48.
The winning number was selected by:
Mrs Margaret Pritchard, wife of WBro John Pritchard of St Egwins Lodge No 1135.
If you would like to take part, contact the Provincial Grand Charity Steward: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On 5th July the Grand Officers Mess was held at the Masonic Hall in Worcester. The Presidency was passed from WBro Brian Scoffield to WBro Bob Rice, with more than 40 members attending and enjoying a lively discussion on issues relating to the Province. An enjoyable and successful event.
The latest draw of the Mark Lottery Bonus Ball Draw took place on the 28th July 2018.
The lucky number was 10.
The winning number was selected by:
R.W.Bro Eric Rymer and W. Bro Tom Gray
If you would like to take part, contact the Provincial Grand Charity Steward: email@example.com.
Bromsgrove Mark No.1334 met last night and Advanced Bro Keith Andrew Gorman a Master Mason of Beacon Lodge. The first part of the ceremony was conducted by VWBro John King and the following by WBro Bob Rice.
On a very warm Saturday 7th July 2018 in Lincoln, the PGM, RWBro Eric John Rymer,
WBro Bill Southgate and Mrs Jo Southgate attended the 150th Anniversary Festival of the
Mark Benevolent Fund.
The Festival was hosted by the PGM of Lincolnshire, RWBro Revd Trevor John Walker
and held in the Epic Centre of the Lincolnshire Showground. Lincoln, in the presence of
the MWBro Raymond J Smith, Pro Grand Master, RWBro John H. Prizeman, Deputy
Grand Master, VWBro Ryan A Williams Grand Secretary, RWBro Francis C Spencer
Grand Director of Ceremonies and RWBro Dr John L. W. Wright. President of the Mark
Benevolent Fund and many other distinguished Brethren from around the Provinces.
Over 850 Mark Masons, families and friends sat down to an excellent banquet and
enjoyed a very happy occasion during which the Grand Secretary, as Honorary Secretary
of the MBF, confirmed the magnificent Festival Total of £853,023 in aid of the MBF.
It is with sadness that we report the passing of WBro K V Stooke, Past Provincial Grand Senior Warden.
Ken was a very active member of our order as well as the Craft. He was Advanced into Vernon Lodge of Mark Master Masons in 1984 and was Master in 1997. He was Elevated into Vernon Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners in 1985 and was Commander in 1992. He received numerous Provincial Honours, most recently in 2016 that of PProvGSW. In Royal Ark Mariners he was awarded Provincial RAMGR in 2001 and RAMGR in 2010.
He was also a member of the Worcestershire Installed Masters Lodge No 1409 for 17 years and one of the Founders of three Lodges, namely St George’s Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 1920, Teme Valley Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 1260 and Worcestershire Installed Commanders Lodge No 1409.
Ken was a well-liked and highly respected member of our order, he will be sadly missed.
The funeral service will be at St George’s Church, Radford Avenue, Kidderminster DY10 2ES on Thursday 26th July 2018 at 12:30 pm.
Committal at Wyre Forest Crematorium DY13 8DE at 13:30 pm.
No Flowers. Refreshment venue to be announced.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this sad time.
The latest draw of the Mark Lottery Bonus Ball Draw took place on the 30th June 2018.
The lucky number was 50.
There was no winner this time.
Saturday 30th June 2018 saw the Province in good cheer for another successful Provincial Grand Lodge meeting.
It may have been a warm day, but what will be remembered is the warmth of the welcome extended to all those attending, including representatives from 26 other Provinces and all of the Lodges within the Province.
For the second year, the Provincial Grand Master presented a special Mark Token to the new Advancees of the year in the Province, with 16 recipients able to attend. This initiative has proved successful and looks certain to become a permanent feature of Provincial Grand Lodge.
The Provincial Officers for the year were appointed and invested and huge congratulations extended to all of them along with an exhortation to make the most of their year in office.
Special notice was taken of two of the outgoing Officers. WBro B Scoffield Past Provincial Grand Secretary and WBro J F Icke Past Provincial Assistant Grand Secretary. Both had given great support to the Province during their years in office as well as in previous roles. In recognition of their exemplary work for the Province the Provincial Grand Master presented a Certificate of Merit to both of them.
The Provincial Grand Master also took the opportunity to address a previous omission and present WBro S I Edwards with a collarette as Past Deputy Provincial Grand Master.
The Provincial Grand Master was also pleased to present two cheques: one to Lincolnshire for the 2018 MBF Festival and another to Sussex for the 2019 MBF Festival.
All in all a great day was had by all present and it was a wonderful day for the Province at large.
A joint lunch was held on Sunday 17th June for the members, partners and guests of the Worcestershire Installed Masters Lodge No 1409 (WIML) and the Worcestershire Installed Commanders Lodge No 1409 (WICL).
The event was a great success with 48 people enjoying an excellent lunch at St Andrew’s Hotel, Droitwich.
Twenty Six members of our province traveled to London in support of those brethren who were to receive Acting and/or First Appointment Grand Ranks at the annual meeting of the Mark Grand Lodge held at Masons Hall, Great Queen Street, London on Tuesday 12th June 2018.
It is with sorrow that we report the death of Brother Hugh Meredith of Vernon Lodge MMM No 923.
Hugh was Advanced in Vernon Lodge in 2015 and although he was relatively new to Mark Masonry, he was far from new to Masonry in general having been a subscribing member of his Craft Lodge, Old Carolians No 7599, for 48 years.
The funeral will take place on Tuesday 26th June at 12:30 pm at Wyre Forest Crematorium, Minster Road, Stourport-on-Severn, DY13 8DE. Members of his Craft Lodge will be acting as pallbearers.
This will be followed by a memorial service at St. Bartholomew’s Church, Rectory Lane, Areley-Kings, Worcestershire, DY13 OAR.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
It is with much sadness that we report the death of W Bro Peter Charles Summer of Teme Valley Lodge MMM No 1260.
Peter was Advanced in Teme Valley Lodge in 1987 and went on to become Worshipful Master in 1999. He was Elevated in South Shropshire Lodge RAM No 1150 and became a founder member of Teme Valley Lodge RAM No 1260 in 1996 of which he was was Worshipful Commander in 2000.
Appointed to Past Provincial Grand Junior Deacon in 2001 he subsequently received promotion to Past Provincial Grand Inspector of Works in 2006 and further promotion to Past Provincial Grand Senior Overseer. He was appointed to Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank in 2004.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Funeral details will be added when we have them.
Earlier in the year, it was announced that the Mark Benevolent Fund awarded over £300,000 to 17 Blood Bike charities nationwide using funds raised by the Charity Walk last May.
The local charity to benefit from this is Severn Freewheelers, who work across three main areas: Worcestershire, Gloucestershire & Wiltshire and are increasingly crossing into Herefordshire.
Blood Bikes provide an invaluable service free of charge and it is no exaggeration to say they save lives by getting blood to patients in a timely manner, but that is not all they get involved in. A recent shift saw Severn Freewheelers undertaking the following:
- Deliver vital equipment from Alexander Hospital to Worcestershire Royal Critical Care Unit
- Take a sample of baby’s blood from a community midwife to Worcester Royal Pathology Department
- Deliver an urgent sample to the National Blood Transfusion Unit in Birmingham
The new 18 plate bike is an impressive BMW 1200 cc tourer and adds to the fleet operated by Severn Freewheelers. It’s a high-performance workhorse, fully liveried with protective panniers for storing bio-hazards. It is also fitted with a tracking device, both for the safety of the riders and for security.
It is gratifying to know that money raised by Masons in the province has helped to fund a bike which will help people in the area when they need it for years to come. It will even be ridden occasionally by one of our own who volunteers for the charity.
About Severn Freewheelers:
Severn Freewheelers is a group of advanced motorcyclists providing a free out-of-hours courier service for hospitals in Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, North Wiltshire and Herefordshire. They carry whole blood, pathology samples, patient scans / x-rays, human milk – in fact any medical essentials between hospitals in the area. Their hours are from 7pm in the evening to 7am the following day, and 24 hours at weekends and public holidays.
Appropriate perhaps that we look at the Man behind the Apron following the recent presentation of a Fifty-Year certificate to V.W.Bro. Ronald Gee.
Ron, as he prefers to be known, was born in the home of one of his father’s aunts in Bedworth on St Valentine’s Day 1933. A small baby, weighing in at just 2lb 12oz. he was thought unlikely to survive. However, he proved to be a fighter and when strong enough he was taken home to Bearwood. The family lived near Lightswood Park and remained there until 1938.
Aged Five Ron started his education at the George Dixon School. The family then moved to Coventry but after a very short stay returned to Bedworth. A good move as they were not troubled by the horrendous blitz that Coventry sustained day after day. Able to witness the attack on Coventry they were fortunate that the only bombs dropped anywhere near their home landed in lakes to the front and rear resulting in little or no damage.
Ron attended the local C of E school at Bedworth until his eleven plus results meant moving onto King Edward VI Grammar School at Nuneaton. From there Ron followed his interest in Electronics and went to the City of Coventry Technical College where he studied Telecommunications Engineering.
His interest in electronics came to the fore when he built most of the equipment necessary in becoming a Radio Ham.
Summoned to National Service in 1951, Ron was assigned to the Royal Corps of Signals. He reports that Basic training at Catterick Camp was not funny but the technical training which followed was excellent and resulted in a posting to 11th Air Formation Signal Regiment in Germany, in April 1952. Based near Hamelin, of Pied Piper fame, Ron headed a technical workshop requiring regular visits to many RAF bases in connection with ground communications.
At the completion of his National Service and having seen an advert offering teacher training places, Ron decided against remaining in the signal corps and applied for a place on the training course. He was successful and offered a place at St Paul’s College, Cheltenham, an outpost of Bristol University. Following training he secured his first teaching post as Science Master at Higham Lane High School, Nuneaton.
In 1958 he applied for the post of Head of Science at the newly built Kingshurst High School, near Coleshill. Although surprised with his success Ron took up the offer and after just twelve months the school was split into single sex establishments. Ron continued his duties in the boys’ school.
During 1958 Ron joined the Territorial Army, 39 SM Signal Regt, based in Coventry. Commissioned a 2nd Lt in 1964, Ron had the Territorial Decoration conferred upon him during 1972 and retired in the rank of Captain in 1974.
In 1961 Ron got married and secured a Post as Head of Science at Shipston on Stour High School. He later moved his family to Chipping Campden.
It was about this time when Freemasonry was first mentioned to Ron when one evening in the officers mess his CO asked him if I knew anything about Freemasonry. On replying that he had heard of it but knew nothing about it he was advised to research it and if his interest was sparked to go back to his then CO.
No internet then so off to the Public Library and what he found did indeed interest him, he told his former CO who promised to set the ball rolling by finding out if there were any lodges meeting in Ron’s home area. There were, and sometime later Ron was interviewed by two lodge members who became his proposer and seconder.
He was Initiated, Passed and Raised going on to become Worshipful Master of the Lodge, all very happy years in Ron’s memory.
Unfortunately, Ron’s health became cause for concern, so much so that for several years he was unable to continue with his teaching and eventually forced to retire. The strain of health worries played a part in the breakup of Ron’s marriage but the support of his sons Austen and Alec during this period meant a great deal to Ron. After several years Ron’s health improved allowing him to consider how he would be able to gain employment and so after many and various considerations he settled on a ROSPA Advanced Driving Course which lead to his starting a driving school which he ran for 10 years. During this time, he had met and married Muriel who by coincidence also had two sons. They celebrate twenty happy years together this year.
Having noticed how his tinnitus improved whilst on holiday in Auvergne they decided that living in France had many health benefits for Ron and so decided to up sticks and move home.
The move has had many benefits, not only did the tinnitus go but Ron’s annual cough which appeared from November to March every year also disappeared. His joint pains were also much reduced, so the health benefits were immense. They found a bungalow on the edge of a 12th century village of 1100 inhabitants and moved there in 2008. In their words the natives are wonderful.
Ron’s Freemasonry developed over many years, his Mark Masonry started in 1968 when Advanced into Eaton Lodge of MMM, going on to become Master. At the same time Ron held Membership of Stow on the Wold Lodge MMM in the neighbouring Province of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire for Twenty Years.
In 1999 Ron accepted the then PGM, the late R.W.Bro. Colin Woodward’s, offer to take on the duties of Provincial Grand Secretary.
Astounded but very pleased to accept he set about recording everything onto his computer. Recording all the relevant information into a database.
Ron’s work was recognised by Colin who awarded him the PGM’s certificate of Appreciation.
In 2003 Ron was appointed Deputy Provincial Grand Master of the PGL of MMM of Worcestershire.
Ron served the Province in that Office until 2007. Shortly thereafter becoming Secretary of the WIML going on to become Master in 2012.
In addition to his subscribing lodges Ron holds Honorary Membership of at least Six Mark Lodges within Worcestershire.
A Past Master of the Mark Provincial Grand Secretaries Lodge Ron is the current Secretary.
His first Mark Grand Rank was that of Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in 2000, promoted to Past Grand Senior Deacon in 2004 and to Past Grand Junior Overseer in 2010.
Ron has enjoyed an equally distinctive career in the Ancient and Honourable Fraternity of Royal Ark Mariners.
The latest draw of the Mark National Lottery Bonus Ball took place on Saturday 26th May.
Lucky Number 03
There are no winners this time.
On the second night of a very busy week in the province the best attendance for many years witnessed the Installation of W Bro Adrian Hutt as Worshipful Commander of the Worcestershire Installed Commanders Lodge No 1409 on Tuesday 15th May.
The Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Assembly took place immediately afterwards when the PGM appointed and invested the 2018 Provincial RAM Grand Rank recipients.
A splendid festive board followed rounding off a special evening, proof that a separate assembly is much preferred to the investiture of RAM Ranks being included within the Annual Mark Provincial Grand Lodge Meeting.
Members and Guests who attended the Installation meeting of St Egwin RAM Lodge No 1135 on Monday 14th May.
A most enjoyable evening with the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W Bro Jeffrey William Whiteley presiding accompanied by the Provincial Wardens and the Assistant Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies.
W Bro Peter Ross had the pleasure of Installing W Bro Roger Hall-Jones who has previously held the office of Worshipful Commander in the Tewkesbury Abbey Lodge in the neighbouring province of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.
For most of the past Fifty Years W Bro Kenneth Hinwood has regularly attended the Teme Valley Lodge of MMM No 1260 in Tenbury Wells. However recent health problems have precluded Ken’s regular attendance and so our Provincial Grand Master decided on a home visit to present his Fifty-Year Certificate.
Ken was Advanced on the 13th day of March 1968 and became Worshipful Master of the Teme Valley Lodge MMM in 1979.
His first Provincial Rank, that of Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer came in 2001. His first promotion soon followed when in 2006, he was promoted to Past Provincial Grand Master Overseer. Further promotion followed in 2012 to his present rank of Past Provincial Grand Senior Warden.
Ken has held many offices in the lodge including that of Treasurer.
Our picture has Ken (Seated) along with The Provincial Grand Master, R W Bro Eric John Rymer, whilst W Bro Terry Davies and W Bro Eric Humphries, members of Teme Valley lodge, look on.
Thanks to W Bro Mike Gage for the picture.
The Trustees of the Mark Benevolent Fund are delighted to have awarded over £300,000 to 17 Blood Bike charities in England and Wales that are members of the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes.
The charities, who were all assessed on their own merits, will benefit from 9 Blood Bikes and 8 Blood Cars between them.
The funds come from the Brethren of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons who took part in the Mark Benevolent Charity Walk last May, raising an astounding £437,934.
This comes as we celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Mark Benevolent Fund.
The charities to benefit are:
Blood Bikes Cumbria, Blood Bikes Wales, Devon Freewheelers EVS
Lincolnshire Emergency BBS, Merseyside & Cheshire BB,
Midland Freewheelers EVS, Nottinghamshire Blood Bikes, SERV OBN,
SERV Surrey & South London, SERV Sussex, SERV Wessex,
Severn Freewheelers, Shrops Staffs Cheshire BB, Warwickshire & Solihull BB, Whiteknights Yorkshire BB, Yeovil Freewheelers EVS, Blood Bikes Manchester
Congratulations to all of them. There will be more exciting details to follow.
Issued by The Charities Office, Mark Masons’ Hall, London 19.01.2018
The first ever draw of the Mark National Lottery Bonus Ball took place on Saturday 28th April.
Lucky Number 20
One Winner W Bro Eric Lee of St Laurence Lodge No 893
It is with much sadness that we report the death of W Bro John Christopher Richards of Malvern Priory Lodge MMM No 1351.
A long and brave battle with cancer ended when he passed to the Grand Lodge above on the 18th day of April.
Advanced in Malvern Priory Lodge in 1990 he went on to become Worshipful Master in 1998 and remained a regular attender and an active participant in the lodge, even holding the office of Treasurer during his illness, illustrating his resolve in his battle. Understandably his attendance become less frequent as his illness progressed.
Appointed a Provincial Grand Steward in 2000 he was quickly promoted to Past Provincial Grand Senior Deacon in 2002. Five years later he was promoted to Past Provincial Grand Junior Overseer before further promotion to Past Provincial Grand Junior Warden in 2012.
Chris was very much respected and admired by his many friends at Malvern Priory Lodge of MMM, and their loss will be shared with his friends in both Lechmere Lodge MMM and St Egwin Lodge MMM in Worcester and Evesham respectively.
Our thoughts and prayers turn to his family at this sad time.
We understand that Chris’s family will be holding a private funeral service and have advised that there will be a notification in the obituary section of the Malvern Gazette this coming Friday.
Should any brethren wish to donate to honour and remember W Bro Chris we have been advised a cancer research charity or Macmillan nurses.
Almost Ninety Masons gathered at a recent meeting of Eaton Mark Lodge at Kings Heath, Birmingham for a special meeting where the Sussex Mark Ancient Re-enactment Team put on a most enjoyable demonstration of 18th Century workings of the “Acknowledgement of a Mark Mason”.
A very dedicated team of experienced Mark Masons who have put together a most entertaining demonstration of workings based on documents dated between 1780 and 1850.
The meeting was put on as a possible introduction of the degree to those who had yet to take the fourth regular step and was very well attended by many Craft Masons. Early indications promise some success in recruitment resulting in part from a most enjoyable meeting.
The demonstration Team take back to Sussex a considerable donation towards their coming 2019 Mark Fund of Benevolence Festival where the Provincial Grand Master of Sussex will preside.
The Lodges business was conducted early in the evening before the lodge was closed in preparation for the demonstration.
The second part of the proceedings in the lodge was a presentation and celebration of a 50 Year Certificate to V W Bro Ronald David Gee.
The PGM, R W Bro Eric John Rymer and V W Bro Ron were seated just in front of the WM pedestal. The PGM spoke of Ron’s early years and his education, National Service, and subsequent years as a Teacher.
Following health problems Ron was forced into early retirement from teaching and after a period of recovery sought further employment in other fields. Finally settling on opening a driving school extending his teaching years still further.
Ron’s new business venture was successful, and he spent the remainder of his working life with his wife Muriel and his family at his side.
Ron now lives in France and is appreciative of the conditions which apparently bring much relief to his medical conditions.
Masonic wise Ron has been most active and loyal supporter of the Mark Degree in particular, appointed Provincial Grand Inner Guard two years after going through the chair of his mother lodge, Eaton Lodge MMM, he was soon promoted to Provincial GSOv 1991 then to Provincial GSW in 1996.
In 1999 the then PGM, the late R W Bro Colin Woodward, asked Ron to take on the duties of Provincial Grand Secretary which he was happy to accept. He filled that Office until 2003 going on to become Deputy Provincial Grand Master until 2005.
There followed a wonderful festive board with a buzz about the room for the whole evening. A most splendid evening for which both the PGM and the Lodge WM expressed warm appreciation of everyone, those from within the lodge and at Provincial level, who had contributed to such a splendid occasion.
Bright warm sunshine welcomes a good turnout of members and guests of The Fairways Lodge at Kings Norton Golf club on Thursday 19th April for the annual competition for the Francis Charles Spencer Trophy.
With many not having been able to maintain their regular game due to the excessively wet winter scoring was a little down on previous years. Bro J J Pritchard from Royal Hearsall Golf Club Coventry managed the course conditions best to run out a worthy winner with 33 points.
W Bro Mike Gregory playing his last game as a guest returned the best Visitors card whilst Ian Belsham and Paul Hayward shared the spoils for the longest drive and nearest the pin.
The next fixture and meeting of the lodge will take place at Royal Hearsal Golf Club followed by a regular meeting for an Advancement at Coventry Masonic Centre on the 12th July 2018.
At 5.30pm the golfers were joined by a large number of distinguished guests for the installation of a new Master when W Bro David Smith Installed W Bro William Davies into the chair.
Following the opening of the lodge the Presiding Officer, W Bro Jeffrey Whiteley, PGSD Assistant Provincial Grand Master, was admitted on a report and saluted, to which he suitably replied.
Following approval of the minutes of our last meeting the DC called upon those present to salute:
V W Bro John Anthony King PGMO, CM, Deputy Provincial Grand Master.
R W Bro Francis Charles Spencer Past Provincial Grand Master, Grand Director of Ceremonies.
V W Bro Eric Laurence Bourne PGJO, Past Deputy Provincial Grand Master.
R W Bro Philip Wills Provincial Grand Master of the PGL of MMM of Warwickshire.
R W Bro Roger Mac Past Provincial Grand Master of the PGL of MMM of Warwickshire.
W Bro Michael Damian Saxon PGSD, Deputy Provincial Grand Master of the PGL of MMM of Warwickshire.
W Bro Barrie Ratcliffe Assistant Provincial Grand Master of the PGL of MMM of Warwickshire
V W Bro Gareth Hughes PGJO, Provincial Grand Secretary and Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master of the PGL of MMM of Warwickshire.
All of whom responded in usual masonic manner.
Following his Installation, the new Worshipful Master appointed and invested his officers.
A deputation of five brothers from the All Saints Kings Heath Lodge of MMM, consisting of W Bro Kenneth Downes, Worshipful Master, V W Bro Eric Bourne, W Bro John Stevens, W Bro Terrence Woolley andW Bro Bill Sherlock, then presented the Provincial Traveling PIG, the symbol of inter visiting between Mark Lodges, together with the accompanying documents.
During the meeting and at the festive board thanks were expressed to W Bro Mel Broadhurst for his service as Secretary during the initial setting up of the lodge and the five years since. Also thanked was W Bro Mike Gage who has collected our dues and placed them in a safe depository throughout the first five years of the lodge. A little present of appreciation was made to both.
There followed a splendid festive board for which the golf club caterers are to be commended.
The Grand Master is pleased to announce the 2018 Appointments and Promotions within the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons to include the following Worcestershire brethren.
R W Bro Francis Charles Spencer re-appointed Grand Director of Ceremonies. Moseley Lodge No 667
W Bro Justin Trevelyan Parker re-appointed Assistant Grand Chaplain. Athlumney Lodge No 590
W Bro Brian Phillip Scoffield Past Grand Junior Overseer. Malvern Priory Lodge No 1351
W Bro Adrian Carl Hutt Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies. St Egwin Lodge No 1135
W Bro Irving James Horne Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies. ASKH Lodge No 1462
W Bro Simon Everard Humberstone Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies. Eaton Lodge No 977
W Bro Paul Alan Yarnell Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies. Bromsgrove Lodge No 1334
W Bro Norman George Hill Past Grand Standard Bearer. Moseley Lodge No 667
W Bro Sean Paul Warner Past Grand Standard Bearer. Vernon Lodge No 923
Additionally, the following brethren of other provinces holding membership of a Worcestershire Lodge.
V W Bro Trevor Charles Hicks appointed Grand Senior Overseer. Lodge No 1943
R W Bro Ryan Andrew Williams re-appointed Grand Secretary. Lodge No 1813
W Bro Jonathan Roberts appointed Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies. Lodge No 1813
V W Bro Jonathan Charles Roberts appointed Assistant Grand Secretary. Lodge No 1943
W Bro Herman Ray Lioe-A-Tjam appointed Grand Standard Bearer. Lodge No 1813
Promotions to Past Ranks
V W Bro Barry Charles Clark ap.pointed Past Grand Master Overseer. Lodge No 1409
V W Bro Nigel William Penn Past Grand Master Overseer. Lodge No 1813
W Bro Leonard Michael Mitchell Past Grand Junior Overseer. Lodge No 1813
W Bro Phillip John Purves Past Grand Junior Overseer. Lodge No 1813
W Bro Ronald Cameron Past Grand Senior Deacon. Lodge No 1943
W Bro John Stanley Evans Past Grand Senior Deacon. Lodge No 1813
W Bro Robert Francis Rainford Past Grand Senior Deacon. Lodge No 1943
W Bro Richard Anthony Ayling Past Grand Junior Deacon. Lodge No 1136
W Bro Stephen John Berkshire Past Grand Junior Deacon. Lodge No 1813
W Bro Ashley Stuart Hawkins Past Grand Junior Deacon. Lodge No 1813
W Bro David Balmer Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies. Lodge No 1813
W Bro Joseph Patrick McCollum Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies. Lodge No 1409
W Bro Michael John Tarrant Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies. Lodge No 1813
W Bro Robert Waine Davies Past Assistant Grand Sword Bearer. Lodge No 1943
The Investiture of all Appointments to active Grand Rank will take place at the Annual Investiture meeting to be held on Tuesday 12th June, whilst the investiture of all Past Rank Promotions, will take place at the quarterly communication of Grand Lodge to be held on Tuesday 11th September 2018.
Warmest congratulations to you all.
Have you ever been curious about the Mark Degree? In some parts of the World, once a Fellowcraft, you are automatically made a Mark Man – Why? Is it the missing link between Craft and Royal Arch Masonry?
On Friday 20th April 2018 at the Moseley Masonic Hall, Kings Heath, Eaton Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 977 are hosting a special meeting with a demonstration team from Sussex who will demonstrate the 18th Century Ceremony of a Mark Man, and any Brother who is a Fellowcraft and above can attend. There will be no need to wear Regalia and afterwards you will witness the Presentation of a 50 year Mark Certificate. There will be a jolly Festive board.
Why not come to this special meeting and find out about the ‘Friendly Degree’? There will be no obligation and we are sure that not only will you find the meeting interesting, but you can also be assured of a warm and friendly welcome.
Please get your Mark Mason friends to invite you or just invite yourself.
The ceremony which will be re-enacted was researched from the archives of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons in London and was being worked in English lodges during the 18th century. Before the demonstration is started, it is necessary to mention the subject of “Dreams”. The Volume of the Sacred Law refers to the interpretation of dreams as being of great importance. Life or death could result following an interpretation!
King Nebuchadnezzar was sorely troubled by a dream and demanded of David that he both describe the dream and interpret it. Complying correctly, David became a distinguished figure among Persians. Our ancient brethren subsequently transferred this event to a later period of history and incorporated it into their ritual.
In the ceremony, the Master represents a King of Persia and the Deacons represent the Kings men. They are sent throughout the land to search amongst the magicians and astrologers for someone who could, not only describe the King’s dream but also give the interpretation. They eventually find a captive of the tribe of Judah, who is represented by the candidate and who is able to do this. The King is correctly told that his dream was of a great lion standing by his bedside, ready to devour him and his household if he did not let this captive go down to Jerusalem, there to receive the promise of a Mark Mason. The King agrees that was his dream and orders the captive to be released and allowed to go to Jerusalem, there to assist in the rebuilding of the Holy Temple.
The candidate, having reached Jerusalem, prepares a sample of his work which in due course is accepted. He is then invited to choose his Mark. Before being acknowledged a Mark Mason, the candidate takes a solemn obligation to keep the secrets entrusted to him.
This is followed by a lecture on the history of a Mark Mason followed by a “Charge” directing the candidate how to conduct himself both in Lodge and amongst his fellows. The ceremony ends with a series of Questions and Answers, during which the secrets of a Mark Mason are exchanged.
To book a place or find out more, please contact:
W Bro Trevor Barnes
Tel: 07944 245292
Following the forced cancellation of the WIML Meeting to have taken place on Saturday 3rd March due to Adverse weather conditions, the meeting will take place on SATURDAY 24th MARCH.
Eaton Lodge held their Ladies Luncheon on Sunday 4th February at Kings Heath Cricket Club.
Excellent Carvery enjoyed by members, guests, and lodge widows. A well organised social event which included a raffle organised by the Master W Bro Graham Humphreys the proceeds of which, £120, will be donated to the Midlands Air Ambulance.
Many thanks to W Bro Trevor Barnes for the report.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of W Bro Patrick (Paddy) Joseph Lennon who passed away today following a short Illness.
He was a well-respected, kind, and gentle man beloved by all who knew him and will be sorely missed.
Our most heartfelt condolences are extended to Sarah and the family.
Paddy was Advanced into the Mark Degree during 2000 in the neighbouring Province of Warwickshire. He joined Perseverance Lodge of MMM in Halesowen in 2013 after having been Elevated into the RAM Degree in the same Lodge in 2011.
He was Appointed a Provincial Grand Steward in 2011 and Promoted to Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer in 2013, both in Warwickshire. He was to have been Appointed Provincial Grand Inspector of Works in Worcestershire in June of this year.
The funeral details will be posted when known.
Brief Report from of the General Purposes Committee
Masonic Hall Rainbow Hill, Worcester Tuesday 30th January 2018
Annual Church Assistance Scheme.
Five applications for assistance were considered and approved. Resulting in donations of £200 to the following churches:
- All Saints Church, Wilden
- St Georges Church, Kidderminster
- St Mary’s Church, Tenbury Wells
- St Peters Church, Kinver
- Holy Trinity Church, Worsley
It was reported that PGL has also made contributions to the following Charities:
- The British Heart Foundation
- St Richards Hospice
- Midlands Air Ambulance
- Rory the Robot Worcester Acute Hospital Appeal
- Battle Back Royal British Legion
Several Lodges have also made generous donations in support of Charities in their locality.
Whilst Acorns Children’s Charity application for assistance from Grand Charity was un-successful many will have seen the article in the local press whereby a local Mason helped the Charity.
Charity Stewards Report.
The 100 Club is to be relaunched, based on the Bonus Ball of the National Lottery on the last Saturday of each month. Making the announcement the Provincial Charity Steward stated that he hopes to roll out the new scheme by April. Current standing orders will need to be updated and every brother will be contacted in connection with the changes/or setting up of a new order.
Grand Lodge have issued notice that the Presentation of an Ambulance to be donated to the Worcestershire Branch of St Johns, part of the National Scheme in providing ambulances to St Johns, will most likely take place during February. Keep an eye open for the actual date and place, it would be nice to have a good turnout out for presentation.
The Provincial Treasurer reported that the province remains in good health financially resulting in his being able to leave dues unchanged.
The Provincial Grand Almoner gave an update on brethren whose health was not what it might be just at present.
He also announced that each year in his capacity of Craft and Chapter Provincial Almoner he holds Almoners Training Seminars. He hopes that Mark Lodge Almoners will accept an invitation to attend this year’s seminar a little later in the year. Information will be circulated to all Lodge Almoners.
Some of the many people who attended the Quill & Key Lodge Sunday Lunch at Knowle Masonic Centre. Greeted with a Champagne and Canapés reception before enjoying an excellent lunch, a most enjoyable occasion.
After many years of loyal and dedicated service to our province W Bro Fred Hall has decided that now would be a good time to withdraw from an ever increasing and demanding role as Provincial Registrar.
Accordingly, The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, Eric John Rymer, has reluctantly accepted Fred’s resignation with immediate effect.
Fred first took on the duties of Provincial Registrar in 2006. His appointment followed previous active offices of Provincial Grand Sword Bearer during 1992 and Provincial Grand Senior Warden in 2003. The experience gained during these former times helped him become a much respected and loved member throughout the province.
His dedication to duty in connection with his post together with his work on the Provincial Executive Committee has been exemplary and was recognised in 2015 when he received the PGM Certificate of Merit for outstanding service to our Province.
Fred has been a regular visitor at all lodges, particularly at Installation Meetings, gathering detail necessary to complete the year book entries for all lodges.
The PGM is sure you all join him in saying a huge thankyou to Fred for the many years of attendance and dedication towards the services delivered throughout his term as our Registrar.
We wish him well and hope to see him in our lodges for many years to come.
Appointment of Provincial Registrar.
As previously announced W Bro Robin Stanton was to have been invested into the office of Provincial Registrar at the next meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge to be held on the 30th June.
Work in connection with the management of the province must continue, the PGM is therefore pleased to announce that W Bro Robin Stanton has accepted an offer to take on the duties of Provincial Registrar with immediate effect.
The Provincial Grand Master has announced that the following Brethren will be Appointed and Invested at the Provincial Grand Lodge Meeting to be held on the 30th June 2018.
No doubt you join us in offering them warmest congratulations and wish them good health to enjoy the year.
|Senior Warden||W Bro Roger MIchael Bennett||St Laurence Lodge||893|
|Junior Warden||W Bro Mark John Winfield||Godson Lodge||330|
|Master Overseer||W Bro David Andrew Stean||St Egwin Lodge||1135|
|Senior Overseer||W Bro David John Collett||St Laurence Lodge||893|
|Junior Overseer||W Bro Alan Richard Payne||Athlumney Lodge||590|
|Chaplain||W Bro Justin Trevelyan Parker AGChap||Athlumney Lodge||590|
|Treasurer||W Bro Simon Everard Humberstone||Eaton Lodge||977|
|Registrar||W Bro Robin Stanton||St Laurence Lodge||893|
|Secretary||W Bro Adrian Carl Hutt PAGSwdB||St Egwin Lodge||1135|
|Director of Ceremonies||W Bro Richard John Green PAGDC||Malvern Priory Lodge||1351|
|Almoner||W Bro Charles Morgan Gwynn PAGDC||Perseverance Lodge||733|
|Charity Steward||W Bro Michael John Gage PPrGJW||St Egwin Lodge||1135|
|Inspector of Works||W Bro Patrick Joseph Lennon||Perseverance Lodge||733|
|Sword Bearer||W Bro Paul Loy Wong||Bromsgrove Lodge||1334|
|Deputy Chaplain||W Bro David John Hughes||Centenary Lodge||1623|
|Deputy Secretary||W Bro Stanley William Scott Southgate||MIllennium Lodge||1822|
|Deputy D of C||W Bro Stuart James Cameron||Lechmere Lodge||59|
|Senior Deacon||W Bro Howard Carlton||Athlumney Lodge||590|
|Senior Deacon||W Bro Matthew Henry Rochelle||LechmereLodge||59|
|Junior Deacon||W Bro Martyn Peter Wilcox||Teme Valley Lodge||1260|
|Junior Deacon||W Bro Peter Gerard Ibbotson||Vea Secunda Lodge||1980|
|Assistant Chaplain||W Bro Paul George Whitefield||Godson Lodge||330|
|Assistant Secretary||W Bro Neil John Ernest Crabb||Vernon Lodge||923|
|Assistant D of C||W Bro Derek Wyn Owen||Eaton Lodge||977|
|Organist||Bro Alexander Michael Sinton||Lechmere Lodge||59|
|Standard Bearer||W Bro Christopher Robin Hopes||Malvern Priory Lodge||1351|
|Assistant Std Bearer||W Bro Richard Christopher Field||St Laurence Lodge||893|
|Inner Guard||W Bro David Keith Kingscott||Millennium Lodge||1822|
|Steward||W Bro Trevor Rodway Barnes||Eaton Lodge||977|
|Steward||W Bro Alan Clift||ASKH Lodge||1462|
|Steward||W Bro Leo William Brown||Stechford Lodge||747|
|Steward||W Bro Geoffrey Michael Watkins||Vernon Lodge||923|
|Tyler||W Bro Sean Paul Warner PPrGReg||Vernon Lodge||923|
|PPrGSD||W Bro Thomas G Brown||Centenary Lodge||1623|
|PPrGSD||W Bro William George Gregory||St Egwin Lodge||1135|
|PPrGJD||W Bro Richard Kenneth Abbots||Mosley Lodge||1334|
|PPrGSW||W Bro Malcolm Roy Hancox||Godson Lodge||330|
|PPrGJW||W Bro William Timmins||Perseverance Lodge||733|
|PPrGJW||W Bro David Anthony Stanford||Eaton Lodge||977|
|PPrGJW||W Bro Stephen John Wyer||Athlumney Lodge||590|
|PPrGJW||W Bro Peter Ransome||Vernon Lodge||923|
|PPrGMO||W Bro Richard Charles Moore||Stechford Lodge||747|
|PPrGMO||W Bro Peter Eastbury||Bromsgrove Lodge||1334|
|PPrGSO||W Bro Michael Dennis Gibbs||Godson Lodge||330|
|PPrGJO||W Bro George William Lamb||Lechmere Lodge||59|
|PPrGJO||W Bro William Liggins||Stechford Lodge||747|
|PPrGSD||W Bro Ivan Clifford Potts||ASKH Lodge||1462|
|PPrGSD||W Bro Ivor Edmund John England||ASKH Lodge||1462|
PROVINCIAL RAM GRAND RANKS
|Prov RAM Grand Rank||W Bro Geoffrey Michael Watkins||Vernon Lodge||923|
|Prov RAM Grand Rank||W Bro Mark John Winfield||Abraham Green Lodge||330|
|Prov RAM Grand Rank||W Bro William George Gregory||St Egwin Lodge||1135|
|Prov RAM Grand Rank||W Bro William Leonard Patey||Ark Lodge||59|
|Prov RAM Grand Rank||W Bro Robert Henry Parry||Teme Valley Lodge||1260|
|Prov RAM Grand Rank||W Bro Richard Kenneth Abbots||Moseley Lodge||667|
|Prov RAM Grand Rank||W Bro Matthew Henry Rochelle||Ark Lodge||59|
|Prov RAM Grand Rank||W Bro Leo William Brown||Stechford Lodge||747|
In December Vernon Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 923 had to make the call to postpone their meeting due to the snow. Undeterred by this misfortune, the Lodge decided to hold their meeting by dispensation on 3rd January 2018, the same date as Vernon Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 923.
So the scene was set for a successful and enjoyable evening for both Lodges. The RAM Lodge held a short meeting to transact Lodge business. The Mark Lodge then received a talk on Mason’s marks and an enjoyable Mark festive board was shared by all present.
This didn’t mean that Mark overshadowed RAM, however. During the short RAM meeting three Candidates were proposed for Elevation, which is excellent news for the Lodge. The RAM influence extended into the Mark meeting as the talk was presented by the Worshipful Commander, also known as our Assistant Provincial Grand Master Jeff Whiteley.
All in all it was great start to 2018 for both Lodges.
It is with much sadness that we report the death of W Bro Alfred Edward George of Stechford Lodge of MMM No 747.
Having received the news rather late we regret that the funeral has already taken place.
Alfred was Advanced into the Mark Degree in Beaconsfield Lodge in 1990 and served as Master in 2000. He joined our province in 2009 becoming a member of Stechford Lodge. He went on to be Worshipful Master of that lodge in 2014.
He was Elevated into the Royal Ark Mariner Degree in 1991 also in Beaconsfield Lodge RAM and became Commander in 1997. Having joined Stechford RAM Lodge in 2011 he became Worshipful Commander during 2014.
W Bro George held the rank of Past Provincial Grand Senior Deacon in his home province of Essex since 2003. He accepted the same Provincial Rank in Worcestershire in 2014.
A well-known and much respected member of his lodge he will be sorely missed by all.
The winners in the latest draw were,
No 23 W Bro Bernard Hardy of St Egwin Lodge No 1135, and
No 85 W Bro Mike Cole of St Laurence Lodge No 893
A good number of visitors joined members of the Ark Lodge No 59 on Tuesday 19th December to witness the Elevation of Bro Paul Scott Webber. Worshipful Commander Chris Hopes Invited W Bro Jim Mulligan to take the chair. The elevation team, assisted by several past commanders, presented a most enjoyable ceremony. The signs were delightfully explained by W Bro Brian Scoffield.
Following the elevation ceremony Bro Brian Chad was Installed Worshipful Commander for the ensuing year and immediately Appointed and Invested his officers for the year.
Excellent news for the lodge under propositions when TWO further candidates were mentioned for elevation.
An excellent festive board followed at which £261 was raised through the Alms collection and a small raffle.
The PGM acted as Presiding Officer in the absence of V W Bro John King who has a touch of sickness. We wish him a speedy recover so that he and Sheila can enjoy the Christmas period.
In 2013 the current Secretariat of W Bro Brian Scoffield, W Bro Adrian Hutt and W Bro John Icke were formed to manage the secretarial duties on behalf of the PGM and the Province.
During that period the province has been well served in every respect with regards their duties.
W Bro Brian and John have expressed a wish to return to retirement.
Another great stalwart of the Province, W Bro Fred Hall, Provincial Grand Registrar, has also announced that he will be taking a much deserved rest after many years of loyal dedicated service within the Province.
In light of these developments coupled with the changes being introduced by Grand Lodge via KOL, the PGM is taking the opportunity to revamp the combined duties of the two sections by incorporating the Registrars position within the overall structure of the secretariat, providing much needed secretarial assistance via the Keystone on Line Grand Lodge Database and that of the Province.
W Bro Adrian Hutt is to step up to the Office of Provincial Secretary, and W Bro Robin Stanton to that of Provincial Registrar. The remaining offices will be filled by W Bro Bill Southgate as Deputy Provincial Secretary and W Bro Neil Crabbe as Assistant Provincial Secretary.
These new officers will be shadowing their counterparts throughout the period leading up-to our PGL meeting on the 30th June 2018. It is the PGM wish that Lodge Secretaries in particular, will continue to respond to all requests for information in a manner similar to that which the current officers have both enjoyed and appreciated over the past five years.
The PGM is pleased to announce that W Bro Roger Bennett of St Laurence Lodge No 893 has accepted his invitation to become Provincial Grand Senior Warden of the PGL of MMM for the masonic year 2018-19.
Roger is well-known to many having been Advanced into Mark Masonry in St Laurence Lodge during 1999. He became Worshipful Master of the lodge in 2007 and again in 2014. He is a Founding member of both the Quill and Key Lodge No 1901 and Vea Secunda Lodge No 1980. Also an Honorary Member of St Georges Lodge No 1920 in Kidderminster. When Bromsgrove Lodge of MMM moved to Redditch on the closure of the Bromsgrove Masonic Hall, Roger joined the lodge to offer moral support in setting up in a new home. He has gone on to become a very loyal, energetic and valued member of the lodge.
Additionally the PGM was pleased to announce that W Bro Mark Winfield of Godson Lodge No 330 has been pleased to accept his invitation to become Provincial Grand Junior Warden.
Mark is also well-known throughout the province. Advanced into the Mark Degree in Godson Lodge No 330 during 1998 he has been Worshipful Master of the Lodge on three occasions 2005, 2009 and 2012. Mark has spread his Mark Masonry into Stourport where he has become a valued member of Vernon Lodge No 923 serving as Master in 2016. Mark is delighted with the offer of being a Provincial Warden and very much looks forward to next year. Mark has strong masonic family connections, son of the late Gerald Winfield a PGJD, his brother Paul is also a freemason and he hopes to initiate his son into his Craft Lodge during 2018.
We offer warm congratulations to both our brothers on the news of their preferment. We wish them very good health that they may enjoy a very special and much deserved year ahead.
A good number of Worcestershire Mark Masons attended the Royal Ark Mariner Grand Assembly held at Masons Hall, Great Queen Street, London on Tuesday 12th December in support of W Bro Roy Piddington and W Bro Paul Yarnell who were invested with Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank by the Pro Grand Master Most Worshipful Brother Raymond John Smith.
Roy was our Provincial Senior Warden during 2014, Elevated in St Laurence Lodge RAM during 2002 he became Commander in 2005 and received Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank in 2009.
Paul was our Provincial Grand Junior Warden in 2015. He was Elevated in Bromsgrove Lodge RAM during 2000 and became Commander during 2005.He joined Moseley Lodge RAM in the same year he was elevated into Bromsgrove Lodge and filled the office of Commander simultaneously in the two Lodges. He has since held the office of Commander in both Lodges for a second time, in Moseley Lodge during 2012 and currently in Bromsgrove Lodge.
Paul received Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank in 2009.
We offer warmest congratulations to them both.
Members and friends were joined by a party from St Egwin Lodge to open this years Christmas Festivities in our province. £140 proceeds from a small raffle will benefit “Battle Back” the PGM chosen Charity for the current year. Many thanks to Irving Horne who once more entertained during the meal with christmas music before accompanying the Ladies Song, Carols and the Parting Song. Thanks also to Roger Bennett who has taken on the MC’s duties whilst Fed Hall is taking a well deserved rest from his busy schedule.
Last but not least many thanks to Doug and Vivienne Allen for their tireless efforts in putting the event on.
The winners in the latest draw of the 100 Club made at Dudley are:
No 48 Trevor Still of Lechmere Lodge No 59
No 45 Fred Hall of Bromsgrove Lodge No 1334
The Rory The Robot Prostate Cancer Appeal received a further donation of £500 when Chris Hopes and Ken Hill, on behalf of The Malvern Priory Lodge of Mark Master Masons, presented Ian Jukes with a cheque at Worcester Golf Club recently.
The lodge has an ongoing fund-raising awareness with respect to this local hospital appeal.
W Bro George Simpson’s Rolls Royce on the Classic 300 Masonic Motor Club stand at the NEC Birmingham.
Warwickshire Installed Masters and Installed Commanders Lodges are to meet at Moseley Masonic Centre Kings Heath, Birmingham on Wednesday 31st January when R W Bro David Rawlins will celebrate 50 years a Mark Mason.
A Past Provincial Grand Master of Warwickshire between 2007 and 2012 David is also remembered as Deputy Provincial Grand Master of our Province between 1981 and 1990.
It is anticipated than many from our province will want to join the Warwickshire brethren in celebrating David’s wonderful achievement and service to our provinces and to Mark Masonry in general.
We are promised a summons early January but in the mean time a note in the diary……
The latest member of Malvern Priory Mark Lodge was Advanced on Wednesday 8th November by the WM Tony Baker.
A few visitors joined the regular members to welcome Bro Robert Heritage into the lodge and into Mark Masonry in general.
A splendid evening very much enjoyed by all present.
Members and Guests enjoyed an enactment of an ancient advancement ceremony put on by the Warwickshire Demonstration Team at their recent meeting held at Northfield, Birmingham.
An excellent evening was made complete with the mention of TWO new joining members.
The winners in the most recent Provincial 100 club draw which took place on Tuesday 17th October are:
|93||Eric Rymer||1920 St Georges Lodge|
|8||Richard Green||1351 Malvern Priory|
The Provincial Grand Master is pleased to announce that W Bro Paul Yarnell and W Bro Roy Piddington are to be invested with RAM Grand Rank at the Annual RAM assembly meeting of Grand Lodge to be held on Tuesday 12th December 2017.
We offer them warm congratulations on the news of their appointments and look forward to being with them to celebrate on the day.
The most recent meeting of the Fairways Lodge took place at Cleobury Mortimer Golf Club on Thursday 5th October. As always a game of golf came before the lodge meeting. A good number of members enjoyed bright sunshine throughout the day although the general scoring did not necessarily reflect the good conditions.
The Competition was won by Gerry Logue with 34 points.Gerry also took the longest drive prize whilst Colin Kerfoot carried off the nearest the pin prize.
Geoff Walker, who was later advanced into the lodge, made the most of his last game as a visitor carding a very creditable 34 points to win the visitors prize.
Several non golfing visitors joined the members for the advancement of Bro Geoffrey Walker. Excellent work by the Worshipful Master, David Smith was enhanced by the contribution of several members throughout the ceremony.
During a response to a toast at the festive board, the candidate thanked everyone, saying how much he had enjoyed the ceremony and that he now understood why Mark Masonry is referred to as the friendly fun degree of freemasonry.
Both the Secretary W Bro Mel Broadhurst, and the Treasurer W Bro Mike Gage, confirmed that they would not be continuing in office following the Installation meeting in April and arrangements were put in hand for their successors to be appointed at the next meeting.
The Provincial Grand Master is sorry to announce that he has accepted the resignation of our Provincial Grand Charity Steward – W Bro Joseph Marzouk on personal grounds.
He expressly wishes to thank W Bro Joseph for his work during his term of office and wishes him and his family all the best for the future.
Accordingly he is pleased to announce that an offer of appointment has been accepted and that W Bro Michael John Gage, Past Provincial Grand Junior Warden, will fulfill the duties of Provincial Grand Charity Steward with immediate effect.
W Bro Michael is currently Treasurer of St Egwin Lodge and Founding Treasurer of The Fairways Lodge. An experienced Mark Mason who will bring zeal, care and diligent application to the duties of Charity Steward.
The Provincial Directors of Ceremonies Lodge No 1813 met on Saturday 30th September at the Masonic Hall Harrogate, under the Mastership of RW Bro Jim Truswell, PPGM for West Yorkshire.
Also in attendance were the PGM’s for West Yorkshire, RW Bro Jim Steggles; the PGM for Nottinghamshire, RW Bro Peter Ball; and the PGM for East Lancashire, RW Bro Alex McLaren, together with 72 members of the Lodge and visitors.
The hospitality received in West Yorkshire was superb and the Lodge received a very interesting talk from W.Bro. Dr. Rod Taylor, PGJD, (APGM, West Yorkshire) entitled “The First Royal Mark Mason”, who was Prince Leopold, one of Queen Victoria’s sons.
A double advancement at Evesham helped restore membership numbers following recent losses.
Immediately after the opening of the lodge W Bro Bernard Hardy paid tribute to W Bro Michael Blinkhorn, PGSD who recently passed to the Grand Lodge above. Those present stood in silence in respect of departed merit and were asked to also remember R W Bro Colin Woodward, a Past Provincial Grand Master of our province an Honorary Member of the lodge and W Bro Jim Willis, former Provincial Almoner, who although not a member of the lodge was a valued regular visitor. Three masons whose contribution to the Mark Degree and our province will long be remembered.
The WM Phillip Hill then invited W Bro John Icke to carry out a double Advancement of Bros Geoffrey Ruddock and Stanley Brotherton. On completion of a most enjoyable ceremony the Worshipful Master congratulated and welcomed the candidates into the lodge. The PGM welcomed them into the order in general and into our province in particular.
The Almoner updated the brethren on the health of W Bro Ron Brookes saying he was not at his best at the moment. However a visit from his good friend, MW Bro Raymond John Smith Pro Grand Master, together with his wife, meant a great deal to both Ron and Dianne and cheered them up no end.
An excellent festive board rounded off a splendid evening enjoyed by all present.
The PGM is pleased to announced that W Bro Charles Morgan Gwynn, TD. has accepted the office of our Provincial Grand Almoner and will be invested a little later in the year.
Charles’ is an experienced Almoner having held that position in Craft Masonry for some time.
We offer very warm congratulations and wish him well in his new office.
A packed lodge room welcomed the RW Bro John Herbert Prizeman, Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons to Moseley Masonic Hall, Kings Heath, for the 100th Anniversary celebration of Moseley Lodge of Mark Master Masons, on Monday 25th September.
The Lodge having been designated host of the Four Provinces Meeting for 2017, an impressive attendance was anticipated and the numbers did not disappoint. Each province was represented by their Provincial Grand Master. Additionally a number of Deputies and Assistant Provincial Grand Masters also attended. Strong support from the brethren of the respective provinces filled the lodge room and packed the tables at the festive Board.
Immediately after the opening the PGM, RW Bro Eric John Rymer, took the chair and made mention of three members of Moseley Lodge who had recently passed to the Grand Lodge above, R W Bro Colin Woodward Past Provincial Grand Master of the Province from 1998 until 2005. W Bro James Willis PAGDC, Provincial Grand Almoner and W Bro Alan White who we all knew as Chalky. The loss of three active brothers within such a short space of time was a sad loss to the lodge, the province and freemasonry in general.
RW Bro Colin Woodward is recognised as the originator of the idea of a Four Provinces Meeting which has grown into an eagerly awaited and very well attended annual meeting in all four provinces. He would have been proud to have been present this evening.
The Lodge, through the Grand Director of Ceremonies, R W Bro Francis Charles Spencer, had secured the services of the Grand Masters Lodge of Instruction Team who carried out a most enjoyable ceremony when Advancing Bro David Andrew Phillip Thompson, into Moseley Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 667.
The RW Bro Ryan Andrew Williams, Grand Secretary, rose to say there were occasions when his high office presented the opportunity to take privileges which were not normally exercised. However on this occasion he could not resist the temptation of having prepared the candidates Grand Lodge Certificate, which he produced, explaining the significance of the content to the candidate prior to the Deputy Grand Master making a formal presentation.
To our knowledge a first for any candidate within Worcestershire.
The Grand Secretary was further called upon to read the Moseley Lodge original warrant from 1917. This was followed by a reading of the Centenary Warrant prior to it being presented to the Worshipful Master W Bro Josephus Davies by the Deputy Grand Master.
Centenary Jewels where then presented to all Subscribing and Honorary Members. It was announced that the lodge would be pleased to offer Honorary Membership to RW Bro John Herbert Prizeman, RW Bro Ryan Andrew Williams, RW Bro Eric John Rymer, RW Bro David John Frederick Rawlins and W Bro Jeffrey William Whiteley, which all were pleased accept.
The brethren then retired to enjoy a festive board held in a warm and friendly atmosphere typical of Mark Masonry. During a superb address to the brethren our Deputy Grand Master endeared himself to the brethren by his quick wit and ease of address. Both he and the Grand Secretary received gifts of Worcester Porcelain, appropriately manufactured in 1917.
A wonderful occasion that the lodge members will look upon as a very special evening in the history of the lodge.
We are very sorry to announce the death of W Bro Gerald Winfield yet another much respected senior Mark Mason within our province.
Gerald passed to the Grand Lodge above on Saturday 23rd September.
A prominent and active mason in other orders Gerald became a member of the Mark Degree during 1959 when he was Advanced in Godson Lodge No 330. He became Master for the first time in 1970 and again held that office in 2000. His first Provincial Appointment was that of Past Provincial Junior Overseer in 1987. He was promoted to Past Provincial Grand Junior Warden in 1992 and to Past Provincial Grand Senior Warden in 1999.
Gerald was appointed a Past Assistant Grand Standard Bearer of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Mason of England and Wales and its Districts and Lodges Overseas in 2000 and promoted to Past Grand Junior Overseer in 2013.
Elevated into the Ancient and Honourable Fraternity of Royal Ark Mariners in Abraham Green Lodge No 330 in 1990 he first became Worshipful Commander of the lodge in 1994 going on to be Commander on two further occasions during 2003 and 2004.
Appointed to Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank during 2001 he went on to be appointed to Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank in 2011.
Gerald was a tremendous supporter of his mother lodges and he will be sorely missed not only by his brothers at Dudley but by all who knew him.
As always our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.
The Funeral will take place on Wednesday 18th October 2017 at 12:20 at Gornal Wood Crematorium, Chase Road, Dudley, DY3 2RL
The Family invite anyone attending for refreshments afterwards at The Lodge Rooms (Dudley Masonic Hall), Wellington Road, Dudley, DY1 1RD.
The winners in the most recent Provincial 100 club draws are:
|22||Terry Davies||1260 Teme Valley Lodge|
|13||Michael Taylor||1462 All Saints KH Lodge|
|62||Matt Cannings||667 Moseley Lodge|
|58||Mel Broadhurst||59 Lechmere Lodge|
|90||Trevor Still||59 Lechmere Lodge|
It is with great sorrow that we report the death of Michael Blinkhorn of St Egwin Lodge, Evesham. Michael passed away on the morning of Saturday 16th September.
He will long be remembered for his devotion to Freemasonry, particularly in Evesham where he has been part of the management team of the Masonic Hall Company for many years, culminating as Chairman of the Board for many years until ill health forced his retirement.
Michaels business interests were represented in both his home village of Broadway and in Offices in Vine Street, Evesham with branches of his Valuation/Auction and Estate Management Services outlets. His other interests included motor sports, a past president of the Bugatti Club whilst actively involved in the world-famous Prescott Hill Climb Trials in Gloucestershire.
A very busy and most highly respected gentleman. A very active freemason, a Grand Lodge Officer in the craft for many years, a member of both Abbott Lichfield Craft Lodge and Royal Arch Chapter, a Member of Simon de Montfort Preceptory of Knights Templar and Knights of Malta besides membership of many other side orders.
Michael joined the Mark Family during 1971 when Advanced into St Egwin Lodge and became Worshipful Master in 1979. He was appointed Provincial Grand Junior Warden in 1984 and got his first Grand Rank in the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons, that of Past Grand Standard Bearer, in 1990 and subsequently promoted to Past Grand Senior Deacon in 2008.
Elevated into the Ancient and Honorable Fraternity of Royal Ark Mariners in 1976 he became Worshipful Commander of St Egwins Lodge in 1983. Appointed to Provincial RAM Grand Rank in 1992 and to Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank in 2000.
He will be sorely missed for his extensive knowledge and guidance in all walks of life.
Our thoughts and prayers now turn to Nancy and the family.
The Funeral will take place on Thursday October 5th, at 2pm at St Michaels Church, Snowshill Road. Broadway, WR12 7AE.
There are parking spaces at rear of church.
The funeral will be followed by a Celebration of Michaels Life at Broadway Golf Club, WR12 7LG.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of our brother James Willis who passed away in the Alexander Hospital Redditch early this morning.
Jim’s last year has been very difficult having lost his beloved Rosemary whilst he himself battled illness. Jim was justifiably held in very high regard. The manner in which he has conducted himself during these difficult times is an example to us all. He was brave and remained positive and dignified in manner. When I last spoke with him his concern was for others who were not well and missing the benefit of his services as our Provincial Almoner.
Jim first joined Mark Masonry when Advanced into St Laurence Lodge No 893 in 1988. He became Worshipful Master in 1995 and again in 1996.
His first Provincial Appointment was that of Past Provincial Grand Chaplain in 1998, followed by several promotions culminating in his being Provincial Grand Senior Warden during 2008.
He was appointed a Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons in 2011.
He was a founder member of The Provincial Grand Almoners & Charity Stewards Lodge No 1943 and of the Vea Secunda Lodge No 1980, in addition held membership of Moseley Lodge of MMM No 667 and Honorary Membership of the Quill and Key Lodge No 1901. He was also an active member of the Worcestershire Installed Master Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 1409.
Jim was a recipient of the prestigious Provincial Grand Master Certificate of Merit at the most recent Provincial Grand Lodge Meeting. Presented in recognition of his services to Mark Masonry over a great number of years and most particularly for the caring and sympathy shown to those in need whilst carrying out his duties as Provincial Almoner.
Our thoughts now turn towards the family at this difficult time. Many of JIm’s friends are close to the family and will offer any support needed. We will all miss Jim. A gentleman and true mason who had nothing but good to say about anyone.
The funeral will take at 11.00am on Wednesday 27th September at Redditch Crematorium.
The family wish everyone to know that the crematorium is undergoing extensive refurbishment and that a small marquee is in use in place of the Chapel. Many are expected and it is likely that some will be standing in the open. A brolly would be a useful accessory should it be wet.
All are invited to take light refreshment afterwards at Bordesley Park Farm, Dagnell End Road, Beoley Vale B98 9BH. (Situated opposite the entrance to the Abbey Hotel and Golf Complex).
No Flowers Please. Donations to Primrose Hospice.
St Laurence Lodge held their annual Lunch for members and guests on Sunday 20th of August.
Enjoy the pictures.
Warm conditions, although overcast at times, helped to make the annual Cricket match between Warwickshire and Worcestershire at Dorridge Cricket Club on Sunday 20th August a most enjoyable afternoon.
With strong support from both provinces a good crowd enjoyed a splendid afternoons entertainment with cream teas served on the terrace.
This regular fixture played in friendly banter creates much enjoyment for many. Why not consider bringing the family along to next year’s event at Kidderminster.
Our Provincial Almoner sends greetings to you all and thanks everyone for their best wishes during his illness.
Going out is difficult just at present and he is sorry to have missed the events that have taken place recently.
He is in good heart and says he is looking forward to being able to be with us all again soon.
He anticipates a further course of chemo starting on Thursday, hoping that he will feel better afterwards.
I’m sure you all join us in wishing him all the very best. Jim always sends a lovely card with a little cheering note to those who are not well. Why not send him one, I’m sure he would be delighted to receive greetings from you all.
An amazing Saturday afternoon with thunder storms passing either side of the garden of Jill and Tony Duke at the foot of the Malvern Hills left their garden bathed in lovely warm sunshine.
Almost one hundred supporters filled the garden to enjoy a most splendid BBQ with delicious food and plenty to drink. Tony and Jill, together with their family, have deservedly built up a bit of a reputation for the quality of their hospitality and so it’s not surprising so many people turned out on a day when the weather forecast was less than favourable.
A raffle with lots of prizes donated by those attending coupled with a voluntary entry fee raised £1600 which has been split between the Malvern Scouts and the local Heart Start Program. A marvelous result for local charities.
Knowing how much it means to local charities to have the support of the community we offer warm congratulations and thanks to Tony and Jill, not forgetting the family, for once again opening their garden for the enjoyment of their many friends whilst raising much-needed finance for such worthy local charities.
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We are truly sorry to announce the sudden death of Alan Thomas White of the Moseley Masonic Centre, Kings Heath.
Known affectionately as “Chalky” he passed away in hospital on Sunday 30th July. His smile and presence around Kings Heath Masonic Centre will be very much missed by everyone.
Chalky was Advanced into the Mark Degree in the All Saints KIngs Heath Lodge of Mark Master Masons during 2000 which was quickly followed by his Elevation into the Royal Ark Mariner Degree in the same year.
He became Worshipful Master and Worshipful Commander respectively in 2008.
Chalky was appointed as Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer in 2015.
Well known as the Tyler to a large number of lodges covering almost every order of freemasonry, including his Mark and RAM Lodges, meeting at Kings Heath.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this sad time.
The Funeral will take place at 2.30pm on Monday 14th August at Yardley Crematorium, Yardley Road, Yardley, Birmingham B25 8NA.
For the second time in the last twenty years Mark Masonry has undertaken to provide St Johns Ambulance Service with a number of fully equipped state of the art ambulances for use throughout the UK. With fifty-two on offer they will be stationed across the whole of the Country thereby enabling St Johns to provide much needed support at events.
The President of the Mark Benevolent Fund, Dr John Wright, introduced HRH Prince Michael of Kent and HRH The Duke of Gloucester to the assembled crowd at the Honourable Artillery Company in London on Monday 17th July when HRH Prince Michael of Kent presented the first two sets of keys to HRH the Duke of Gloucester, who then presented the keys of the vehicles to the crews for use within Gloucestershire.
The Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling, Dean of the Priory of England and the Islands, dedicated both of the vehicles which you can be sure will be put to good use.
Thanks to Jeff Whiteley for Details and Pictures.
Part of the ongoing celebration of 300 Years of Craft Freemasonry saw the start of a classic car rally from Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb. The route taking in parts of Herefordshire leading onto Worcestershire finishing at the Hill Climb taking place at the Chateau Impney Hotel in Droitwich.
Our picture shows W Bro George Simpson and his wife Jenny setting off in their 1922 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost.
Following a short business meeting of the Royal Ark Mariners Lodge, Bromsgrove Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 1334 celebrated its Fifty Year Anniversary Meeting at Redditch Masonic Rooms on Friday 14th July.
The lodge members were well supported by several provincial officers to received the 50 year warrant..
Following the recent move to Redditch, the lodge marked the 50 year anniversary celebration by having the refurbished Honours Board re-dedicated by the Provincial Grand Master.
A charity collection and small Raffle raised £174 during a delightful festive board.
Thanks to Richard Weston for the pictures.
Tuesday 11th July 2017 was a miserable night outside but inside at Kings Heath Masonic Hall, a warm and happy masonic evening took place.
The evening started with the 115th Regular meeting of the All Saints Kings Heath Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 1462 which, although it consisted of a short business meeting, was nevertheless a happy meeting led by the Worshipful Commander, W Bro. Reginald Willsher.
This was followed by the 123rd Regular meeting of the All Saints Kings Heath Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 1462 which was expertly led by the Worshipful Master, W Bro. Kenneth Downes, JP, PGSD. The highlight of the evening was an explanation of the Mark Degree Tracing Board expertly given by W Bro. Bob Harrison of the Hertford Military St. Paul’s Lodge MMM No. 408 who meet at Severn Street in Birmingham. All present agreed that this explanation was not only very informative, it was also delivered in a very animated and entertaining manner which kept everyone captivated from beginning to end.
The Festive Board after was a most convivial and happy occasion. However, the highlight of the Festive Board was when a delegation from the Moseley Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 667, led by their Worshipful Master, W Bro. Josephus Davies, presented the Worshipful Master with the ‘Provincial Pig’.
The Provincial Pig, introduced in 2003 by the then Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro. Colin Woodward, was intended to encourage inter visiting between Mark Lodges throughout the Province of Worcestershire. The idea being that every Lodge which receives the ‘Provincial Pig’ should itself form a delegation of at least 6 visiting brethren to accompany the pig to another Mark Lodge and so on. A scroll explaining the purpose of the ‘Provincial Pig’ and a book recording the history of its many visits accompanies the Pig.
Moseley Lodge of MMM, who had previously received the ‘Provincial Pig’ from Eaton Lodge of MMM No. 977, formed the necessary party and transported the pig to its new temporary home. The question now is….when and where will the ‘Provincial Pig’ next appear ? …………….
Report of the Provincial Representative W Bro Derek Owen.
Thirty Eight members attended the Annual Grand Officers Mess at Rainbow Hill Worcester on Thursday 6th July.
W Bro Vivian Fogarty passed on the Presidency to W Bro Brian Scoffield who extended a warm welcome to all present. A very nice meal was enjoyed after which the PGM invited comment and discussion on the principal of Grand Officers becoming the Provincial Representative of lodges.
Some were supportive of the principal whilst others advocated caution against any changes in the roll of the current provincial officers of the year. Their appointment as representative of the Provincial Grand Master to a particular lodge being considered a very special Honour.
It is with much sorrow that we report the death of Right Worshipful Brother Colin Woodward who passed away peacefully in hospital late on the evening of Tuesday 20th June.
A great friend to all and known affectionately as Colin. He was a most respected and admired Provincial Grand Master. A Black Country Mason who stuck by his roots, those who served the province during his term as our Provincial Grand Master worked alongside a dedicated and hard-working leader who won the admiration of so many for his down to earth attitude and dealings with all things masonic.
He had three great loves in his life His Family, Music and Freemasonry.
Colin is survived by his dear wife Christine, his daughter Lynne and five Grandsons, James, Ben, Josh, Sam and Jack. He was immensely proud of them all.
A Teacher by profession,Colin taught at various schools in and around Smethwick and Oldbury. His subjects being maths and music. His leisure time, before freemasonry took hold, was devoted to his love of music. In particular his role as Musical Director of the local Amateur Operatic Society, where he both produced and performed in many musicals.
Colin loved playing the organ which made him an ever welcome and popular person in every lodge he joined or visited. He was initiated into Freemasonry on the 14th December 1972 in Hagley Lodge. He served in many lodge offices on his way to becoming Assistant Provincial Grand Secretary before being appointed Provincial Grand Senior Warden in 1988. He became a Grand Officer when appointed a Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in 1994 and was subsequently promoted to PGSD in 2009.
Colin had a distinguished career in many degrees in Freemasonry. His journey in the Mark Degree began with his Advancement into the Bromsgrove Lodge of Mark Master Masons on 11th July 1975. Installed as Master in 1985 he soon caught the attention of the then rulers who appointed him Provincial Grand Junior Warden in 1986. Appointed a Grand Steward and Deputy Provincial Grand Master in 1991, he served the province in that role until 1993.
Colin became Provincial Grand Master In 1998 and held that office until 2005. During those years he worked tirelessly in modernising and re-invigorating both the Province and the Brethren. His actions changed the ethos resulting in a more dynamic outlook whilst introducing many new and innovative ideas, which included inviting our Ladies into Lodge to witness the dedication of Lodge Banners. Colin was also instrumental in the introduction of the annual Four Provinces Meeting which continues to grow and flourish.
Colin held membership of no fewer than 28 Mark and RAM Lodges within Worcestershire as well as memberships of several other distinguished lodges including; The Grand Masters Lodge, the Grand Stewards Lodge, The Royal Air Force Lodge, Coventry Lodge and The Ronald Albutt Lodge.
Many will remember Colin for his very sharp wit, a warm generous nature and his retention of our ritual to the very end. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him and our thoughts and prayers now turn to his Family.
A sad day and the closing of a Chapter in the History of Worcestershire Mark Masonry.
May he obtain eternal peace.
The funeral will take place at Powke Lane Crematorium, Powke Lane, Rowley Regis.B65 0AD at 11.30 a.m on Tuesday 11th July 2017 followed by refreshments at Hasbury Conservative Club, 91 Blackberry Lane, Halesowen. B63 4NZ.
Family flowers only, donations to Acorn Hospice or Air Ambulance.
On a very warm seventeenth day of June, the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Worcestershire, took place at the Masonic Hall, Kings Heath, Birmingham.
Before the Lodge was opened, RW Brother Francis Charles Spencer, Immediate Past PGM, Grand Director of Ceremonies, together with, R W Bro Stuart Ian Edwards, Past Deputy PGM, PGSW, were escorted into the Temple by the Provincial GDC. Their arrival was greeted with very warm applause.
The PGM RW Bro Eric John Rymer, entered the Temple through a large column of acting officers and eight visiting Provincial Grand Masters. He was similarly greeted with warm applause.
A delegation representative of every Royal Ark Mariner Lodge was received under the Banner of the order.
Following the singing of the opening hymn Provincial Grand Lodge was opened in due form at 10.45am.
Following customary salutations under the direction of the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, the Provincial Grand Chaplain read the names of those who had passed to the Grand Lodge above since our last meeting. This was followed by prayer and a few moments of silent reflection on departed merit.
The RW PGM then Introduced the representatives of all visiting Provinces, the distinguished brethren of our own Province and Rulers of other orders who were all greeted and welcomed with sustained warm applause.
The Provincial Grand Secretary reported that every Mark Lodge was well represented.
The Reports of the Provincial Grand Secretary, Registrar, Charity Steward and Almoner were accepted as circulated prior to the meeting.
The Provincial Treasurer added to his report before announcing a small increase in Provincial Grand Lodge Subscriptions. His report was followed by his re-election for the ensuing year coupled with thanks to the account examiners.
The PGM then updated the brethren on the situation regards VW Bro John King. Expressing how sorry we all are that he was unable to be with us today but that his recovery, although slow, was heading in the right direction and that he would no doubt be amongst us again in the near future.
He announced that it was his pleasure to re-appoint Very Worshipful Brother John Anthony King, PGMO, CM, as Deputy Provincial Grand Master for the ensuing year.
W Bro Jeffrey William Whiteley, PGSD, was re-appointed Assistant Provincial Grand Master.
The PGM then appointed his officers of the year followed by Past Ranks and Promotions.
During his address to the brethren the PGM spoke of the introduction of a Worcestershire Provincial Grand Masters Mark Token.
Those having been Advanced during the year leading to the Provincial Grand Lodge Meeting will be eligible to receive a token provided they attend the PGL meeting.
By way of celebrating the introduction of the token, entitlement for this year only, was inclusive of those who had been advanced since the Appointment and Investiture of the RW Provincial Grand Master.
The PGM continued his address, the full version of which will be available on the front page of this site, speaking of the work of our Provincial Grand Charity Steward and Provincial Grand Almoner. Announcing that they were to receive the prestigious Provincial Grand Masters Certificate of Merit.
The presentation of the certificate to W Bro George Simpson was acknowledgement of the outstanding and often generous contribution to the success of our charity fund-raising, particularly during the years leading to a most successful Festival Year.
A sentiment that all present echoed, mindful of the role that George’s wife Jenny played throughout those busy years. Their home and gardens were often the venue for Garden Parties, Treasure Hunts and other fund-raising activities.
The Certificate presented to W Bro Jim Willis was also warmly received. Jim followed in the footsteps of a most active Provincial Almoner, the late W Bro Norman Yarnell. I think it fair to say that all perceived that Jim had difficult shoes to fill. However it was not long before we realised that he was most capable of filling the role.
Perhaps an appropriate compliment would be to say the change was seamless. The work undertaken was of a quality to which we were accustomed. Jim has since put his own stamp on the post and has the greatest respect of all brethren.
Throughout the last year circumstance has not been kind to Jim and his Family. HIs own battle with illness was cause for concern to all. Then the joy of news of improvement in his circumstance was marred by the news of Rosemary’s illness and sadly her sudden death. Throughout that period Jim remained resolute and positive and earned the respect of many who admired his ability to cope with such circumstance.The qualities displayed during his term of office have proved his appointment as our Provincial Almoner to be well founded.
THe PGM announced his chosen charity which he hoped the province would support.(Full details are included within his address).
Following a charitable collection Provincial Grand Lodge was Closed in Due Form.
A packed Grand Temple with several overspill rooms with large screens enjoyed a most memorable annual investiture meeting of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons at Great Queen Street, London on Tuesday 13th June 2017.
With The Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO, officiating thanks were expressed for the excellent loyal and dedicated service of the retiring Pro Grand Master Most Worshipful Brother Richard Victor Wallis. His many years of outstanding service was warmly acknowledged with sustained applause.
His successor, Most Worshipful Brother Raymond John Smith was promoted and Invested Pro Grand Master, which also received similar acclamation.
Right Worshipful Brother Herbert John Prizeman was promoted and Invested Deputy Grand Master, again greeted with warm acclamation.
The Rulers were completed by the Appointment and Investiture of Right Worshipful Brother Stephen Davison as Assistant Grand Master.
More than 400 Appointments and Promotions followed, of which six amongst the many, were representatives of Worcestershire.
We offer warm congratulations to all recipients’ most especially to those of WORCESTERSHIRE.
The winners in the most recent Provincial 100 club draw which took place on Friday 9th June are:
|38||Mike Gage||1135 St Egwin Lodge|
|60||Ian Strongman||733 Perseverance Lodge|
|62||Matt Cannings||1334 Bromsgrove Lodge|
|71||Ken Stooke||923 Vernon Lodge|
|74||Mrs Lz Hutt|
|69||Mrs Teresa Ballard|
|82||Mrs Ron Gee|
|98||Mrs Carol Icke|
Brethren from Warwickshire and Worcestershire represented their respective provinces at Shirley Golf Club on Tuesday 23rd May in glorious conditions on a testing course in excellent condition.
Worcestershire managed a rare away win and John Icke was pleased to receive the trophy on behalf of the Worcestershire team.
Both John and Roger are stepping down and David Smith is to take over as Worcestershire Captain and Ian Belsham is to take on the Captaincy for Warwickshire.
The Master and Commander of Vernon Mark and RAM Lodges, hosted the annual Party at the Masonic Rooms, in Stourport on Saturday 20th May.
A most successful social occasion which raised £145 for Charity.
W Bro Michael Taylor was Installed the seventeenth Commander of the Worcestershire Installed Commanders Lodge on Tuesday 16th May at Rainbow Hill, Worcester and immediately appointed W Bro Adrian Hutt, Senior Warden and W Bro Jeffrey Whiteley, Junior Warden.
A pleasant meeting enjoyed by almost 60 members and guests.
The Annual Royal Ark Mariner Assembly took place at Rainbow HIll, Worcester on Tuesday 16th May when seven recipients were appointed to Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank.
What A splendid day in London and a magnificent Total raised so far.
More than £410,000
We all know Jim and Rosemary Willis were considered a special couple and are proud to be able to say we are friends. Jim’s recent email showing the result of the donations made to the M S Society at Rosemary’s funeral, whilst all of us would prefer different circumstances, is an uplifting tribute to Rosemary and will bring some comfort to Jim during a most difficult time.