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Address to the Virtual Annual Meeting by R. W. Bro. Eric Rymer, Provincial Grand Master on 12th September 2020
Well Brethren, one silver lining to the Covid cloud is that my address this year will be short!
Thank you for attending this virtual meeting. Whilst it is sad that we cannot spend time together enjoying the magic of the Mark, it is nevertheless good to see you. Most importantly, it is vital to keep safe and ensure that we remain healthy, so that when this awful virus is conquered, we can all return to our meetings and festive boards. In the meantime, please abide by the guidelines set out by the Government and Grand Lodge. More detailed guidelines for holding virtual business meetings will shortly be with the secretaries and scribes in the Province. If in any doubt, please ask the Secretariat for assistance.
It has indeed been a strange year – but not all doom and gloom. Just a few days ago – on Tuesday – we would have been at the Grand Lodge meeting to support the promotion of two senior members of the Province. W.Bro. Joseph Marzouk received the rank of P.G.J.D. and our Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Jeff Whiteley, became P.G.J.O., assuming the title of Very Worshipful Brother. Many congratulations to both.
Speaking of Grand Ranks, the Pro Grand Master recently issued an announcement that the active Grand Officers of the year would continue as such for the following year, so that they can enjoy a full year of being a Grand Lodge Officer. This means that W.Bro. Howard Smith will continue as an Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies and W.Bro. Mark Winfield will continue as a Grand Steward next year – congratulations to both.
I have decided to follow the Pro Grand Master’s lead and consequently, the active Provincial Grand Lodge Officers for this year will continue next year in their respective positions. We all fervently hope that they will be able to get out and about in the Province as active Officers. Their appointments will be confirmed at next year’s annual meeting, which is booked for 12th June 2021 at Kings Heath.
In a similar vein, Advancees and Elevatees of this year, who would have attended this year’s meeting, will receive a token or lapel badge from me at next year’s annual meeting. I certainly look forward to that.
One of the casualties of the general suspension of masonry has been charitable giving. Please continue to give to worthy causes via your Lodge Charity Steward – the worthy causes need help more so than ever. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Provincial Almoner, W.Bro. Charles Gwynn, and the Provincial Charity Steward, W.Bro. Mike Gage, for their continuing hard work and efforts. Please support them as much as you can.
The Province will be donating to the East Lancashire MBF Festival for 2021 and the Surrey Festival, which is the following year. We will also be making a donation to the Worcestershire 2022 Craft Festival in the coming year.
Before the lockdown, there were some notable charity events. In July last year, I handed over a Treatment Vehicle to St. John’s Ambulance at Rainbow Hill, as part of the national donation of vehicles from the Mark of over £3.2 million. And in September, I represented the Province at the royal opening of the new St. John’s administrative centre, an event attended by HRH Princess Ann. Also in September last, W.Bro. Greg Boughton staged a wonderful charity concert at the Rose Theatre in Kidderminster, raising money for charity, split equally between the Craft and the Mark. A super show – it was due to happen again this year, but was cancelled because of the pandemic. Hopefully it will be staged again next year.
In November, I attended the handover of a range of technical equipment to help with children’s sensory requirements at Acorns Hospice in Worcester. This was part of the Mark’s Lifelites initiative, giving £141,000 for this very worthy cause.
So charity is still happening and I repeat, please continue to give to charity. Talking of which, my preferred charity this past year has been the Worcestershire Association of Carers and I thank you all for donations to this wonderful charity. In particular, I thank W.Bro. Mike Gage for his close contact with the association. As with active officer positions, I intend to continue with this charity for the next year, so that it will not lose out too much from Covid.
This past year has been almost washed out because of the virus. However, we still managed to celebrate the centenary of Moseley Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners in March, just before the lockdown. The event was attended by the Deputy Grand Master, R.W. Bro. John Prizeman and he was very pleased to preside at the presentation of the centenary warrant and witness an excellent installation and elevation ceremony. Well done and congratulations to Moseley R.A.M.
Congratulations also to W.Bro. Bernard Hardy, who achieved 50 years as a Mark Mason this year. Due to the pandemic, we couldn’t celebrate this in open Lodge, but nevertheless it is a super milestone. Let’s hope we can celebrate together next year, when he passes the 50-year mark as a Royal Ark Mariner.
Well Brethren, I said that this address would be short. It only remains for me to say a few thank yous.
Firstly, to my Deputy, Very Worshipful Brother Jeff Whiteley, and my Assistant, W.Bro. Paul Yarnell for their continuing support, advice and friendship. In particular, I thank Jeff for his weekly communication published on the website during the past 6 months. They have been informative, interesting and fun. Thanks also to Paul, for heading up the Recruitment, Retention and Reinvigoration initiative in Worcestershire. I’m pleased to say that membership in the Province is holding up well. Please let’s continue to engage with each other as best we can, to maintain our close contact within the Mark and R.A.M. degrees.
Thanks so much to the Provincial Secretary, W.Bro. Adrian Hutt, and his secretariat for all the great work they have been doing during these troubled times – it is very much appreciated. And in particular, thanks to W.Bro. Dr. Howard Carlton, for his technical expertise in hosting this virtual meeting.
My thanks go to W.Bro. Richard Green and his team of DC’s, even though they have been somewhat underemployed these past few months! You may have noticed that W.Bro. Richard is not attending this virtual meeting. That is because he is celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary today. Many congratulations to him and Margaret.
And finally, thank you to all of you for attending. Please persevere through this crisis, keep safe and I look forward to seeing you all for real in the not-too-distant future.
Today would have been the Grand Lodge meeting at which promotions would have been conferred. Although we were unable to meet in person thos promotions still came into effect and I am sure you will all join me in offering hearty congratulations to Jeff Whiteley, Deputy Provincial Grand Master, on his promotion to P.G.J.O., with the title Very Worshipful Brother. Also hearty congratulations to Joe Marzouk, on his promotion to P.G.J.D. Congratulations to all receiving appointments and promotions and we hope to see you in your new regalia soon.
R.W.Bro. Philip James Patrick, P.G.J.W., P.Prov.D.G.M. (Bristol)
(18th October 1948 – 31st August 2020)
The Province is very sad to report the Passing of R.W.Bro. Phil Patrick. He was a Founder and Past Master of our Provincial Directors of Ceremonies Lodge No. 1813 and will be deeply missed.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and his many friends. A close friend, R.W.Bro. Keith Emmerson, writes :-
Phil, as we knew him, was a very committed Mark Mason having held the offices of Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies and Deputy Provincial Grand Master in the Province of Bristol, both of which he served with great distinction.
He was a Founder of the Provincial Directors of Ceremonies Lodge and was delighted when he was elected as Master just two years following the lodge being Consecrated. His commitment continued as Treasurer between 2008 and 2011 with his affection for the lodge being very evident when seen enjoying the company of other members.
I had the pleasure of knowing Phil for many years and, with his daughter living just a few miles away from me, we would occasionally meet and put the masonic world to rights over a pint of beer.
Phil was a highly respected and popular man who will be sorely missed. However we can take consolation in the abiding memory that, undoubtedly, he marked well.
R.W.Bro. Keith Emmerson, Past Deputy Grand Master
A Book of Condolences has been set up and anyone wishing to leave a message can do so by using the following link :-
To leave a message click on the link, scroll through the book to an empty page, click on ‘Add a Message’ enter your E-mail address, a password of your choice (for future access) and then leave your message.
Well I’m writing this while outside it is raining the proverbial. Lockdown is sufferable while the weather is good, and we have had almost reasonable weather since March. I hope you are all doing OK and not watching too much daytime TV. I bet all your decorating is now done or well on the way to being finished. I’d like to know what you have all being doing to avoid climbing the walls or taking it out on the cat. Let me know what you have been up to, keep it clean. Is there anything out of the ordinary or something you’ve been doing for the first time, learning to play an instrument, learning a new language. I’ve increased my reading and am now up to a couple of books a week. I’ve also been groaning a lot at your one liner jokes, jokes, did I say jokes, well you know what I mean. Here are some of them:-
Do you need a current license to drive an electric car?
What has four letters, sometimes nine letters but never has five letters.
In other news…The seven Dwarfs have been advised that as of today, they can only meet in a group of six…. One of them isn’t happy.
I have copies of Osteopaths Weekly if anyone wants some back issues…..
That’s enough of that for one week. This weeks paper records ten years of slow growth within the Province, but consolidated. We see another PGM appointed and there is special interest for the Brethren from Malvern, and the rest of you of course.
I thank all of you who sent in answers to the Famous Landmarks quiz, no all correct answers over the last two weeks although our Provincial DC might query a few answers? I like him really.
W Bro Jeff Whiteley, PGSD, DPGM
Well we’re still in lockdown, the weather can’t make its mind up and its still embarrassing to put out the recycling every week, particularly the bottle bin.
I hope you and your families are keeping occupied and staying safe. My thanks go to all those who have sent in answers to the quizzes and sent me cringeworthy one liners, there are some more below. We’ve had a couple of weeks of quizzes but I’m back on the research and this weeks paper starts at the end of world war two. But first I have the answers to the Formula 1 anagram quiz which many of you sent in your answers and I’m impressed as to how many got them all correct, even though I made a mistake on one.
- Mika Hakkinen
- Rubens Barrichello
- Michael Schumacher
- David Coulthard
- Ralf Schumacher
- Juan Pablo Montoya
- Fernando Alonso
- Kimi Raikkonen
- Jenson Button
- Jarno Trulli
- Gian Carlo Fisichella
- Nick Heidfeld
- Felipe Massa
- Lewis Hamilton
- Robert Kubica
- Heikki Kovalainen
- Sebastian Vettel
- Mark Webber
- Max Verstappen
- Nico Hulkenberg
- Charles Leclerc
- Pastor Maldonada
- Valterri Bottas
- Nico Rosberg
- Daniel Ricciardo
Hope that has relieved the misery for some of you. I’ll post the answers to the world landmarks next week. In the meantime have a read through Issue 14 and find out how the Province faired after the war.
Some of your one liners
Did you know there is no such word as gullible in the English dictionary?
My obese parrot died…… It was sad but it is a huge weight off my shoulders
Yesterday, I met a girl who runs a battery kiosk at our local park. Yes that right……She sells C cells down by the seesaw!
Went to the café yesterday dressed as a tennis ball….got served straight away.
Don’t get any better do they, but keep them coming.
As always keep smiling and stay safe
W Bro Jeff Whiteley, PGSD, DPGM
13 weeks, unlucky for some. At the start of this lockdown I believed it would only be for a couple of months and we would get back to normal, how wrong can you be. Anyway, I sent a quiz out last week and I know some of you have no interest in F1, while others have sent in their answers already. I have had more correct answers for the F1 quiz than any others I have previously sent out. I would also like to point out that I had some comments about the ‘Where in the World’ quiz saying that Antarctica is not a country. I’m not saying who it was but tough Richard. Oops.
I am still doing research on the history of the Province so I will be sending the next issue out next week. This week’s offering is another quiz to placate those who haven’t got a clue about Formula 1. The quiz this week is all about famous landmarks, which I hope you will all have a go at.
I’ve had some more one liners…here are a few groans
Someone just told me that I don’t know how to shave properly………..bloody cheek!
My mate has crashed his ice cream van…..he’s got Whippylash
Just bought a car that uses wool to power it….its a Lamborghini
I’m going on Mastermind, my specialist subject is ‘The Geography of Wales’, I’m all Clwyd up!
Take care and I’ll talk again next week.
W Bro Jeff Whiteley, PGSD, DPGM
Brethren of the Worcestershire Mark Degree.
Yet another week rolls by and we are still in various states of lockdown. I heard that they were thinking of isolating the over 50’s, well that must be 99% of us. Hopefully you are all finding your feet in your new normal for 2020 and that some good will be locked in there somewhere, whether it’s spending more time with the family or getting round to all those DIY jobs around the house, looking after the garden or sorting your shed out.
I can’t believe this is my twelfth communication to you, and I didn’t start at the beginning of lock-down. The last two weeks I have extended the research of the Province and I have been repeatedly asked for another quiz. So, this week, because it was the British F1 Grand Prix last weekend and we have another this weekend, I have produced a quiz related to F1, Debbie and I are great fans. If you’re not an F1 fan, don’t be put off, I have given you the answers, well, in anagram form. The idea is to name all the F1 drivers who have achieved pole position between 2000 and 2019. You may not be a fan but some of the drivers are household names. Have fun with it and don’t forget to send me your answers. NO CHEATING.
Now for your one liners you have been sending. I’m not naming names, you’ll know if I include one of yours, I’m not taking the blame for such groans.
A member of Parliament to Disraeli: “Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease.” – “That depends, Sir, ” said Disraeli, “whether I embrace your policies or your mistress.”
I saw a sign in a house window which said “Television for sale £1 –volume stuck on full” — well I just couldn’t turn that down.
The flat fish angling contest starts in ten minutes, I’d better get my skates on!
Have to go now, I’m just on my way to fix Cat Stevens caravan, Awning has broken!
Enjoy the heatwave this weekend.
W Bro Jeff Whiteley, PGSD, DPGM
Well this week end we are seeing a bit of a heatwave, out with the garden chairs, glass of wine and a good book, but don’t get sunburnt.
I have the answers to the last quiz, ‘Where in the World’. I thank you for your answers although no one got them all correct. The two that stumped most people were No 10 Monaco and No 13 Antarctica. Here is a link to all the answers.
I’ve been getting lots of one liners now and have had a good groan at some of them. I thank you for your contribution – here are some of the better ones:-
I saw a sign in a house window which said “Television for sale £1 –volume stuck on full” — well I just couldn’t turn that down.
The guy who owned Odeon Cinemas has died today, his funeral is at 12:10, 14:20 and 18:30
A man was caught breaking into a snooker club, so the police placed him under a rest!
What do you call a Judge with no thumbs……Justice Fingers!
Keep ’em coming, I like a good groan.
Anyway, I have issued more history of the Province, this one is about the war years, I hope you enjoy.
Don’t forget you can contact me anytime. More quizzes coming soon
Stay safe and Mark well.
W.Bro. Jeff Whiteley, P.G.S.D., D.P.G.M.
ISSUE 10 – Substantial Growth in the Province
The lockdown from London has come to an end and they tell us that it is possible to hold meetings, but do we want to? Are our meeting places safe? Will our Ceremonies be safe? I don’t know the answers to these questions, only time will tell. Meanwhile I will continue to do my best and supply you with information, quizzes and other anecdotes. However, last week I asked for you to send me your one liners, where are they? I’ve had a few naughty ones so I’m not sharing those. I’ve also not had many replies to the countries quiz I sent out. Too difficult for you or are you just fed up?
Here are a few more one line groaners:-
I drank a bucketful of beer last night – It was pail ale!
Never realised until today that Karl Marx’s sister, Onya, invented the starting pistol!
What was the best thing before sliced bread?
Come on admit it, it brought a smile to your face and I bet you use them on the family.
This week I’ve written more about the growth of the Province and the very important roll that Moseley Mark Lodge played in those early years. I hope you find it interesting. Don’t forget you can contact me anytime using the Provincial email address, I need more answers to the last quiz and your one liners.
W Bro Jeff Whiteley, PGSD, DPGM
Will we or won’t we? Do we want to or don’t we? These questions must be in your thoughts at the moment with regards to the resumption of Masonic meetings. The real criteria is to stay safe and not potentially cause a spike in the virus. If we can resume our meetings without doing this, great, we can all enjoy the camaraderie and one another’s company again in safety. Whatever you decide I will continue to do my best to send out a weekly communication.
I have had many positive feedbacks about the history and about the quizzes, especially the ones where all the family can take part, so, while I continue research I have compiled another quiz which you can ask the family and friends to take part. Its called ‘Where in the World’. It’s a pictorial quiz and when you see the paper you will understand what you have to do. Again, please email me the answers when completed, no cheating.
To lighten the mood I am also starting a weekly joke section and I invite you to send me your contributions, keep it clean. If it makes me laugh then I will circulate it with the weekly communication. Keep them short, one liners almost, here’s a couple to start you off, you can either laugh or groan.
Do bin men get formal training, or do they pick it up as they go along?
Q. What’s a cowboys favourite car? A. Audi…..
Scientists who were initially against genetic engineering have managed to cross a seagull with a sheep, which is a massive ewe tern!
I can hear you groaning already.
Here is the link to ‘Where in the World’
Please email me your answers and one liners to firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ll be back with more history, and your one liners, next week.
W Bro Jeff Whiteley, PGSD, DPGM
Again I hope you are all OK and learning to cope with this new normal. I am sure that we will be back to near normal in the not too distant future.
I have attached the next phase in the growth of the Province and I hope you find it interesting. I am still in hope that more of you will communicate your thoughts to me.
You can access this weeks history from the button below or if preferred direct from our website in the Downloads Section.
I have also promised I would give you the answers to the emoji quiz which I know many of you enjoyed with the family. Thank you for all those who took part and sent me their answers, I had a good laugh. I will have another family quiz next week to keep you occupied. In the meantime here are the answers to the last one.
Take care one and all, your ritual must be perfect by now.
Stay safe and Mark well.
W.Bro. Jeff Whiteley, P.G.S.D., D.P.G.M.
I write again to try and bring some relief to this Groundhog scenario we are all going through at the moment. I thank all those who have sent me answers to the Emoji music quiz I sent out last week, it seems to have kept you busy for a while and involved some of the family. I will send out the answers next week, so those of you who are still working on it you have a few more days.
Please let me know if you want me to publish more quizzes, I have plenty I can compile.
This week I have sent a document following the progress of the Mark Province of Worcestershire and the way it stumbles forward very slowly. I hope you find it interesting.
Again Brethren, can I ask that you forward me history of your particular Lodges. I am doing research but need more info.
You can access this weeks history here.
As usual, for those who prefer the paper can be found on our Mark Provincial website under ‘The Province stumbles on’ in the ‘Downloads’ Section.
Looking forward to the day when we can get back to some sort of normality.
W.Bro. Jeff Whiteley, P.G.S.D., D.P.G.M.
V.W.Bro Michael Lawrence Home ( 20th Oct 1927 – 26th June 2020)
It is with sadness that we have to report that earlier today, at home, V.W.Bro. Mike Homer passed peacefully to the Grand Lodge above. He is well known to very many of us and will be very much missed by us all.
Mike was Advanced into Vernon Lodge MMM in December 1963 and Elevated into Vernon Lodge RAM in February 1964. He became Provincial Junior Warden in 1977, was the Provincial Director of Ceremonies for 3 years from 1982 and subsequently Provincial Treasurer for 12 years from 1985.
Appointed to P.A.G.D.C. in 1983 he was regularly promoted, first to P.G.S.D. then P.G.J.O and finally in 2012 to P.G.S.O.
I am putting this communication together while it is 32 degs outside and probably even hotter inside working at the computer.
I left off the history of Mark Masonry in the Province where there were two Mark Lodges, one RAM Lodge and the Province of Worcestershire had just been Consecrated. I am still doing some research as following the Consecration of the Province things didn’t run too smoothly. With this in mind I will send out the next episode next week. Given the hot weather and the fact that Glastonbury should be taking place at the moment I have decided to send out a music quiz. This one the whole family can take part. It’s an Emoji quiz and you have to work out the band or music artist. There are quite a few so it will keep you and the family busy.
I said I would also give you the answers to ‘Whose a Pretty Boy’, which seems to have stumped many of you. Last week I gave you eleven of the names and nobody came up with the missing name. Well, shame on you all. It was picture number 6 and it was the Grand Master, MW Bro. HRH Prince Michael of Kent. The photograph was taken when he was a Page Boy at the then Princess Elizabeth’s marriage to Phillip Mountbatten.
The full list of answers are :-
- RW Bro Eric Rymer
- VW Bro Brian Scoffield
- W Bro (Stanley) William Southgate
- VW Bro John King
- W Bro Richard Green. – Yes Brethren this is your Prov Director of Ceremonies.
- MW Bro Prince Michael of Kent
- W Bro Adrian Hutt
- W Bro Jeff Whiteley
- W Bro Charles Gwynne
- VW Bro (Andrew) Timothy Morris
- RW Bro Frank Spencer
- W Bro Paul Yarnell
Thanks to all those who took part, I think the highest score was five correct.
Let’s see how many of you have a go at the Emoji Quiz – as usual just click on the button below tto go straight there
or those of you who prefer not to click buttons in an E-mail you can find the Emoji Quiz on our Mark Provincial website under ‘Band Emojis Quiz’ in the ‘Downloads’ Section.
Answers to me by E-mail please – as usual a numbered list with your answers alongside will be fine, to :-
Whatever you are doing, please do it safely and don’t forget that you can contact me anytime.
W.Bro. Jeff Whiteley, P.G.S.D., D.P.G.M.
I hope this weekly communication is of some interest to you all. I would like some feedback as to whether the content is OK and any other comments you care to make, or any features you would like me to cover.
Today I attach my next instalment about the development of Mark Masonry in Worcestershire and this deals with establishing the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Worcestershire. Just click the button below or go straight to our web-site and download it from there.
I sent out a quiz last week entitled, ‘Who’s a Pretty Boy’. I haven’t had any answers back yet so perhaps it was a bit difficult. I will let you know Who’s Who next week but in the meantime I will give you answers to eleven of the twelve photographs. All you have to do is match the names below to the photographs and then tell me who the twelfth person is, simples!
The eleven are:-
PGM RW Bro Eric Rymer
DPGM W Bro Jeff Whiteley
APGM W Bro Paul Yarnell
PPGM RW Bro Frank Spencer
PDPGM VW Bro John King
PDPGM VW Bro Tim Morris
ProvGSec W Bro Adrian Hutt
PProvGSec VW Bro Brian Scoffield
ProvGDC W Bro Richard Green
Prov GAlm W Bro Charles Gwynn
ProvDGSec W Bro Bill Southgate
Come on Brethren, have a guess and email me your answer even if your name is on the list above.
Clicking the button below will take you to the picture quiz
For those of you who prefer not to click buttons in an E-mail you can find the documents which are referred to above as usual on our Mark Provincial website in the ‘Downloads’ Section. Please email your answer to :-
Please keep in contact with me and let me know how you are doing and if you need any assistance, perhaps you would like me to cover any subject or answer any question. I don’t mind but please do take the trouble to keep in touch for whatever reason either by E-mail or telephone.
Stay safe and Mark Well.
W.Bro. Jeff Whiteley, P.G.S.D., D.P.G.M.
I hope you’re enjoying the weekly papers I have been sending out and in particular the history of the beginnings of Mark Masonry in Worcestershire. I will soon be sending out the history of the formation and Consecration of the Province of Worcestershire. I am still looking for material to be able to keep sending out these weekly papers. If you have any information on the beginnings of your Lodge, please let me have it.
We have now entered into a new Mark Masonic year for Worcestershire. Last Saturday should have been our Provincial Grand Lodge meeting at Kings Heath, and to invest all the Officers for the ensuing year. Although this was not possible in the present situation, the Brethren concerned have still taken Office for the year 2020-2021. It is hoped that the PGM will be able to fully invest them in the near future.
Last Tuesday should also have been the Investiture meeting of Grand Lodge in London and again those Brethren from Worcestershire who should have been Invested will still take up their Grand Rank honour as from last Tuesday.
This week Brethren I am sending another quiz, this time called ‘Who’s a Pretty Boy? The attachment shows twelve photographs of Mark Masons who should be very well known to you here in Worcestershire. Not as easy as it seems as the photographs show these Brethren long before they ever became Freemasons.
Clicking the button below will take you to the picture quiz
For those of you who prefer not to click buttons in an E-mail you can find the picture quiz on our Mark Provincial website under ‘Who’s a Pretty Boy?’ in the ‘Downloads’ Section. If you are stumped by the photographs I guarantee it will bring a smile to your face trying to imagine who they can be. Have a go anyway and lets see how many you get correct. Please email me some answers, as last time a numbered list with the names alongside will be fine, to :-
Whatever you are doing, please do it safely and keep learning that ritual.
W.Bro. Jeff Whiteley, P.G.S.D., D.P.G.M.
Today (Saturday 6th June) should have been the Province’s Annual Meeting – an event I look forward to every year. It is a most enjoyable day, with many Brethren present, both Worcestershire members and welcome visitors from other Provinces. We celebrate the past year; remember those who have passed to higher service; thank the Brethren who have been active Provincial Officers; and congratulate those who receive appointments and promotions for the forthcoming year. It is such a happy day.
With the situation as it currently is, we had no choice but to postpone the meeting – such a shame.
However, let me take this opportunity to congratulate all those who receive appointments and promotions today – a list of the active officers can be found at this link while Appointments and Promotions can be found here. Their offices start today. I most certainly look forward to being able to get out and about on the circuit and enjoy our Mark masonry with them. I would also like to thank those Officers who are stepping down today. Their year in office has been sadly curtailed because of the virus, in terms of attending meetings. I thank them all for the meetings they were able to attend, to support the various Lodges, as well as myself, my Deputy and Assistant. In particular, the Wardens – Bob Philips and Trevor Still, did a super job before the lockdown hit us all, as did the DC team under W.Bro. Richard Green – I am most grateful. Welcome to the new Wardens – W.Bros. Jim Mulligan and Stuart Cameron – may they have a good year.
Also, let us remember those Brethren who are about to receive Grand Rank. Next week’s Annual Investiture meeting of Grand Lodge has of course been postponed and it is likely that the September Promotions meeting will suffer the same fate. Our congratulations go to them all.
My grateful thanks also go to the Secretariat, under the leadership of Adrian Hutt, for all the administrative work they have done, much of which is not seen by the membership, but is vital for the continuing good health of the Province. Their work has continued unabated during the lockdown, albeit via virtual media in a lot of instances.
Your executive team have continued to work on your behalf, even though activities have been so curtailed by circumstances. I am so grateful to W.Bro. Jeff Whiteley, Deputy P.G.M. and W.Bro. Paul Yarnell, Assistant P.G.M. for their ongoing support. As I have mentioned, the DC team and Secretariat team have done wonderful work. Also, on behalf of the Province, I thank the Provincial Treasurer, Provincial Almoner and Provincial Charity Steward for their continuing efforts, particularly with regard to charity matters, which have assumed an even greater importance currently.
Above all, Brethren, I thank and appreciate you for all your efforts in supporting each other at this difficult time. Please continue to do so and I look forward very much to the time when I can once again share in your company.
Keep safe and may the Great Overseer of the Universe keep us in all our undertakings. Mark well.
Mark Brethren all
I hope you’re all still doing OK. This will be the third communication I’ve sent out and I hope it brings a little relief from your individual lockdown. The first week I sent out a quiz based on famous Freemasons and I will now publish the answers and who managed to get them all correct, but before I do I wish to send my congratulations to all those Brethren who will, as from tomorrow Saturday 6th June, take Provincial Office for the year 2020-2021. It should have been the annual Provincial Grand Lodge and Brethren would either have been Invested with active Provincial Rank or Past Provincial Rank or Promoted. Although the Provincial meeting has been postponed all those Provincial ranks will become active from the 6th and the Brethren involved will be Invested at some point, hopefully, in the not too distant future.
I also wish to congratulate those Brethren from Worcestershire who will receive Grand Rank as from Tuesday 9th June. They being W Bro John Bentley, PAGDC, W Bro Eric Lee, PAGDC and W Bro Mark Winfield, Grand Steward. In addition RW Frank Spencer will be reappointed as Grand Director of Ceremonies and WBro Justin Parker will be reappointed as Assistant Grand Chaplain and we must of course not forget also the reappointment of MW Bro Raymond Smith (Almoners and Ch Stwds) as Pro Grand Master, RW Bro John Prizeman (Almoners and Ch Stwds) as Deputy Grand Master and RW Bro Ryan Williams (Prov DC’s) as Grand Secretary
Congratulations to W Bro Brian Gargett, DPGM (Glouc & Herefordshire) Provincial DC’s Lodge, W Bro Glyn Condliffe, Mosaic Lodge and W Bro Paul Yarnell, APGM, who all achieved full marks in the Quiz from Issue 1. Well done and a thank you to all those who took part and sent me your answers. The correct answers are :-
1) Peter Sellers, 2) Arnold Palmer, 3) Cyril Fletcher
4) Tommy Trinder, 5) Harry Corbett, 6) David Nixon, 7) Donald Campbell
8) Harry Houdini, 9) David Prince of Wales (King Edward VIII), 10) Robert Burns
11) Alexander Fleming, 12) Alf Ramsay, 13) Billy Butlin, 14) Buffalo Bill Cody
15) Joe Frazier (Smokin Joe), 16) Jackie Milburn, 17) Rudyard Kipling
18) Roger de Courcey, 19) George Washington, 20) Oscar Wilde
Now onto this week’s paper, it is ISSUE 3 and called ‘The Growth of Mark Masonry in Worcester.’
Clicking the button below will take you to the paper
For those of you who prefer not to click buttons in an E-mail you can find the paper on our Mark Provincial website under ‘The Growth of Mark Masonry in Worcestershire’ in the ‘Downloads’ Section. I hope you find it of interest and if you have any comments, suggestions or questions please do not hesitate to contact me at :-
I would also like to thank those who have commented on the previous weeks’ communications and to those who have sent in information about their Lodges and other snippets on information, which all helps in my research. Please keep sending them in, I need more information.
I wish you all well and to stay safe, we are slowly coming out of lockdown so hopefully in the not too distant future we will be able to meet in safety.
W.Bro. Jeff Whiteley, P.G.S.D., D.P.G.M.
Mark Brethren all
I hope you found last weeks picture quiz of interest. I have had a couple of all correct answers back but I’m not posting the answers until next week so those of you who haven’t sent in yet, you have a bit more time.
Last week I asked for Lodges to send in a brief history of the Consecration of their Mother Lodge and any other interesting facts. I need more information so I can start putting it together. I will over the coming weeks continue to send out information about our Lodges and Province and I do have another quiz in hand.
We have now been in lockdown some nine weeks and there looks like there may be some movement on the horizon to get the country moving again although I expect meetings and gatherings to be one of the last, if not the last, to get back to somewhere near normal. But don’t despair, as I said last week, we can still enjoy our Masonry albeit in a different format.
This week I have prepared some information about the beginning of Mark Masonry within the Worcestershire Province.
Clicking this link will take you to the paper
For those of you who prefer not to click buttons in an E-mail you can find the paper on our Mark Provincial website under ‘A Brief History’ in the ‘Downloads’ Section. I hope you find it of interest and if you have any comments, suggestions or questions please do not hesitate to contact me at :-
Brethren, please continue to stay safe and anticipate the time when we can all meet again to enjoy each other’s company.
W.Bro. Jeff Whiteley, P.G.S.D., D.P.G.M.
Mark Brethren all
Hope you are all keeping safe and well. Instead of a group of Baby Boomers we’ve become a group of Baby Zoomers.
Having watched a Horizon documentary on the Coronavirus earlier this week, I am more uncertain as to when we will be able to meet again and share great times doing our combined hobby. The last meeting I attended was Moseley Centenary on 2nd March, which was a great evening and I managed to have some quality conversation with W Bro Sam Williams, RIP Sam.
With these unprecedented times which we are facing I see no reason why we shouldn’t still enjoy our Masonry, albeit in a different format. I would like to put out a series of information circulars and need the help of you all. I would like each Lodge to send me a small history about your Mother Lodge from Consecration to present day. I will then piece items together and send it to all the Worcestershire Mark Brethren bit by bit over the coming weeks. I may also send some other Worcestershire snippets and maybe a quiz or two.
In fact, if you click on this link:
it will lead you to a Masonic picture quiz. For those of you who prefer not to click buttons in an E-mail you can find the quiz on our Mark Provincial website under Masonic Picture Quiz in the ‘Downloads’ Section. There are twenty photographs of famous Freemasons, and all you have to do is to let me have your answers by email to me at :-
There is no need to send back the photographs, just a list numbered 1-20 and the name of who you think it is. I will allow one week from today and then let you know who has scored the most, there may even be a prize.
In the meantime Brethren, please stay safe and I look forward to the time when we can all meet again and enjoy one another’s company.
W.Bro. Jeff Whiteley, P.G.S.D., D.P.G.M.
The evening of 19th May would have been our Provincial Grand RAM Assembly but regrettably Covid-19 has intervened so that it has been necessary to postpone the meeting.
However, those who were due to be appointed to the rank of ProvRAMGR at the meeting still assume it as of that date and are entitled to wear the appropriate regalia. The Provincial Grand Master extends his congratulations and best wishes to them all. The recipients are :-
- W.Bro. Brian Reginald Chad (Ark : No.59)
- W.Bro. Darren Lee Serrell (Abraham Green : No. 330)
- W.Bro. Dr. Howard Carlton (Athlumney : No. 590)
- W.Bro. Josephus Adwele Davies (Moseley : No. 667)
- W.Bro. Michael William Dancer (Perseverance : No. 733)
- W.Bro. Peter Rex Ross (St. Egwin : No. 1135)
- W.Bro. Alan Clift (All Saints : No. 1462 (obiit))
- W.Bro. Clive Haywood (Centenary : No. 1623)
I am sure we all join our Provincial Grand Master in offering our hearty congratulations.
Stay Safe and well and we hope to see each other soon.
In this difficult time where many of the things that we would normally do are difficult or even not possible we have created a virtual Book of Condolence for W.Bro. Brian Nutt and W.Bro. Sam Williams.
This at least is something that we can do and allows those who wish to do so to at least record their respects. Something that, in due time, can be passed to the respective families of these 2 well-loved Brothers to show that we do care, even when circumstances prevent our doing so publicly.
Please note there is no cost involved to register and leave some personal thought or reminiscence which could mean so much to others.
· The Book of Condolences for W.Bro. Brian Nutt can be found at: www.tolbc.com/BrianNutt
· The Book of Condolences for W.Bro. Sam Williams can be found at: www.tolbc.com/SamWilliams
On a happier note we can announce the following Grand Rank Appointments/Promotions:-
- G.D.C. : W. Bro. F. C. Spencer, G.D.C
- A.G.Chap. : W.Bro. Justin Trevelyan Parker, A.G.Chap
- Grand Steward : W.Bro. Mark John Winfield, P.Prov.G.J.W.
- P.A.G.D.C. : W.Bro John Bentley, P.Prov.G.S.W.
- P.A.G.D.C. : W.Bro. Eric Patrick Lee, P.Prov.G.J.W.
- P.G.J.O. : W.Bro. Jeffrey William Whiteley, P.G.S.D.
- P.G.J.D. : W.Bro. Joseph Fahmy Khalil Marzouk, P.G.Stwd.
Our congratulations to these Brethren, it is well deserved recognition for their commitment to this Province.
Keep in touch – and be safe.
Warm masonic wishes,
Right Worshipful Brother Eric John Rymer PGM
Now we are entering the second week of the lockdown, I trust that everyone has become inured to the frustrations of the essential need to stay indoors and safe during this crisis.
It has meant that we cannot practice the masonry we love and has led to some lonely evenings for many of us.
However, it is also a time when we can try new things; sort out the loft; tidy the toolshed and so much more. Let’s use this enforced idleness in a positive way. (Especially learning ritual)
In particular, let’s keep in touch with our Brethren – use the technology we have – telephone, email, video conference or just standing at the bottom of their garden and waving. I hope that we have always helped a brother in need, but at this time, it is especially important to do so. Be proactive, not reactive.
Keep in touch – and be safe.
Warm masonic wishes,
Brethren, here is a link to the latest Freemasonry @ 86 newsletter from Mark Masons Hall.
At this trying time it is great to know that everyone is still there and has your back. There is information in this newsletter to help keep in touch with everything that is going on at Mark Masons Hall.
Stay safe everyone, we hope to see you all soon.
There is some understandable confusion out there on how social distancing should be carried out. Please refer to the NHS Guidance on Social Distancing. This is the official guidance and has been updated since we first linked to it on this website. Please keep yourself up to date.
Under the current circumstances the Mark golf day which was to be held on the 26th of May has had to be cancelled. It is hoped to rearrange it for October. We will publish the new dates when things return to normal.
The Provincial Grand Master wishes to canvass your support for Age UK (Herefordshire and Worcestershire) who are urgently seeking volunteers to support those who as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic are confined to home. An application form is available for download here.
The Grand Masters of the Orders administered from Mark Masons’ Hall have jointly agreed an immediate General Suspension of all Masonic Activity for a period of four months. This means that no masonic meetings or related social activities should take place until further notice. A similar Notice of a General Suspension is being issued today by the United Grand Lodge of England, the Supreme Council of the Ancient & Accepted Rite and the Grand Lodge of Scotland.
The full announcement can be read here.
Please note the following details for W. Bro. Stean’s funeral which will take place on Tuesday 25th February 2020.
14:00hrs – Funeral at St. James’ Church, Church Street, Harvington, Evesham, WR11 8PB (anticipated 45mins to 1 hrs)
15:00hrs – Committal and cremation at The Vale Crematorium, Evesham Road, Fladbury WR10 2QR (actual time will depend upon the church service)
16:00hrs – Refreshments at Ecgwins Club (formerly the BBC Club), 117 High Street, Evesham, WR11 4EQ
There is also a request from Janet for any photographs of David in a Masonic situation for her to have alongside the Book of Remembrance at the Ecgwins Club, please forward any photos to the Provincial Secretary, email@example.com.
We are very sorry to have to report that W. Bro. David Stean passed away at 1:40am on Sunday 9th February 2020. Our thoughts are with Janet.
The funeral will take place on Tuesday 25th February, please note the following are the finalised funeral details: 14:00hrs – Funeral at St. James’ Church, Church Street, Harvington, Evesham, WR11 8PB (anticipated 45mins to 1 hrs)
15:00hrs – Committal and cremation at The Vale Crematorium, Evesham Road, Fladbury WR10 2QR (actual time will depend upon the church service)
16:00hrs – Refreshments at Ecgwins Club (formerly the BBC Club), 117 High Street, Evesham, WR11 4EQ
David was a well known and well respected Mason in the Province, especially known for the role of Treasurer in several Lodges. He will be sadly missed.
David was Advanced into the St. Egwin Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 1135 on 1st February 1993. He was Installed into the Chair in 2004 and again in 2013 with a stint as Treasurer in between. On 3rd February 2020 he was made an honorary member in recognition of his work for the Lodge.
He was a founder member of the Quill & Key Lodge No 1901 in 2009 where he served as Treasurer from 2014 until illness prevented his attendance at meetings.
He joined Worcestershire Installed Masters Lodge No 1409 in 2011 and went on to serve as Treasurer from 2015 until illness prevented his attendance at meetings.
He was Elevated into the St. Egwin Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 1135 in 2003 and was Installed into the Chair of Commander in 2009. After his year as Immediate Past Commander he took the office of Treasurer, which he filled for seven years. On 3rd February 2020 he was made an honorary member.
He joined Worcestershire Installed Commanders Lodge No 1409 in 2011 and became Treasurer in 2017, a role he filled until illness prevented his attendance at meetings.
David’s first appointment to Provincial Office was ProvGStwd in 2006, followed by PProvGSD in 2008. He was appointed ProvRAMGR in 2013, the same year he was appointed ProvGJO. Most recently he was appointed ProvGMO in 2018.
On Sunday 26th January 2020 40 Brethren, Ladies and Gentlemen met at Kings Heath cricket club for a carvery meal originally arranged to support the widows of past members. Unfortunately only one widow was able to be present Mrs Pat Darby, but the event has become popular for all members including Provincial Officers and members of other orders.
The highlight was a raffle which raised the sum of £155 which will be donated to the benevolent fund. Next year’s date will be published as soon as available.
The Provincial Grand Master has been pleased to announced his Provincial Officers for next year.
|Office||Officer Name||Lodge No.|
|Senior Warden||James Frederick Peter Mulligan||733|
|Junior Warden||Stuart James Cameron||59|
|Master Overseer||Trevor Rodway Barnes||977|
|Senior Overseer||Michael John Pickett||330|
|Junior Overseer||Mervyn Charles Cummings||747|
|Chaplain||Justin Trevelan Parker||590|
|Treasurer||Simon Everard Humberstone||977|
|Secretary||Adrian Carl Hutt||1135|
|Director of Ceremonies||Richard John Green||1351|
|Almoner||Charles Morgan Gwynn||733|
|Charity Steward||Michael John Gage||1135|
|Inspector of Works||John William Pritchard||1135|
|Sword Bearer||Gary Vale||667|
|Deputy Chaplain||Anthony William Moody||590|
|Deputy Secretary||Stanley William Scott Southgate||1822|
|Deputy DC||Derek Wyn Owen||977|
|Senior Deacon (1)||Brian Reginald Chadd||59|
|Senior Deacon (2)||Mark Stephen Lodge||1351|
|Junior Deacon (1)||William Ernest Roberts||330|
|Junior Deacon(2)||Paul James Rowlands||1938|
|Assistant Chaplain||Josephus Adwele Davies||667|
|Assistant Secretary||Howard Carlton||590|
|Assistant DC||Leo William Brown||747|
|Organist||Alex Michael Sinton||59|
|Standard Bearer||Keith Howard Green||1623|
|Assistant Standard Bearer||Michael Anthony King||1351|
|Inner Guard||Julian William Taitt||893|
|Steward (1)||Phillip Albert Hill||1135|
|Steward (2)||John William Evans||1136|
|Steward (3)||Philip Alpheus Ratcliffe||590|
|Steward (4)||Clive Michael Hampson||1623|
|Tyler||Sean Paul Warner||923|
|PPrGJW||Philip Graham Marshall||1813|
|PPrGJW||Christopher Albert Ernest Nixon||1943|
|PPrGSD||Godfrey Charles Harper||733|
|PPrGSD||David Michael Yates||1822|
|PPrGSD||Robert Harcourt James||1920|
|PPrGSW||Ronald Albert Brookes||1135|
|PPrGSW||Gordon Reginald Crew||1334|
|PPrGJW||Ian Samuel McCafferty||330|
|PPrGJW||Nicholas Harry Jones||590|
|PPrGJW||Robert McDowell Barrett||590|
|PPrGJW||Douglas James Leonard Allen||1334|
|PPrGSO||Michael Howard Richard Cole||893|
|PPrGSO||Graham Kenneth Humphreys||977|
|PPrGSD||Neil John Ernest Crabbe||923|
|PPrGJD||Geoffrey Michael Watkins||923|
|Brian Reginal Chadd||59|
|Darren Lee Serrell||330|
|Josephus Adwele Davies||667|
|Michael William Dancer||733|
|Peter Rex Ross||1135|
At the Royal Ark Mariner Assembly the Provincial Grand Master announced that his Provincial Wardens for 2020 – 2021 are:
- SW, W.Bro Jim Mulligan, PPrDepGDC
- JW, W.Bro. Stuart Cameron, PPrGSwdB, ProvDepGDC.
I am sure you will join us in offering our congratulations to them both and we all wish them the best for their year
W.Bros Terry Davies and Sean Warner were today invested with RAMGR at the Annual Grand RAM Assembly supported by many Ark Mariners from Worcestershire. Congratulations to them both on their preferment.
On Tuesday, 19th November 2019, the Teme Valley Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 1260 held its meeting (By Dispensation) in the Lodge rooms in Tenbury Wells. It was a first, in many ways, for the Teme Valley Lodge of Mark Master Masons, as this was the first meeting to be held in the refurbished facilities, courtesy of the generous bequest from W. Bro. Tudge.
Declaring that this was a first for him, the Presiding Officer, The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, W. Bro. Jeffrey William Whiteley, PGSD, presented five Grand Lodge Certificates to Bros. Hayward, Hooker, Arnold, Rumble and Webb.
The installation meeting saw Bro. Corfield installed into the chair of Adoniram for the first time in Mark with the (not so much as the first time, but more so the many times) Installing Master duties being carried out by W. Bro. Moore as W. Bro. Lyndon Bennett moved to the rank of IPM.
The Deputy PGM thanked W. Bro. Bennett, the IPM, for his outstanding work, dedication and remarkable every day attendance whilst Project Managing the recent building refurbishment program at the lodge rooms in Tenbury. The Deputy PGM informed W. Bro. Bennett that the Provincial Grand Master requested his thanks and gratitude be recorded at this meeting by Appointing him with immediate effect to the Rank of Past Provincial Grand Junior Deacon. He presented a Provincial apron to W. Bro. Bennett and Invested him with his collar of that rank. This was the first time a field First Appointment had been awarded under the current governance of The Provincial Grand Master, Eric John Rymer. The Provincial DC made the proclamation, which was duly acknowledged by the Brethren.
All this was observed by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro. Paul Alan Yarnell attending this Lodge for the first time in his new capacity as A.P.G.M.
The Brethren then retired to the festive board whereupon The Deputy PGM bestowed another first, but unofficial title upon W. Bro. Terrence Davies, proclaiming him as ‘Sunbeam’!
Brethren of the provinces Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire & Herefordshire attended the Lifelite Charity demonstration, presentation, and handover of numerous items of “touch and eye contact” aides for the children to use during their stay at the hospice.
The various pieces of equipment will help stimulate the children and help reduce their frustrations in being able to communicate their needs and requirements to the trained staff that look after them.
Acorns, Worcester was one of 14 Hospices throughout the country to be selected by Lifelite Charity to benefit from grant of £141,000 to Lifelite Charity from the Mark Benevolent Fund.
The Royal Ark Mariner meeting held at the Tenbury Lodge rooms on 12th of November 2019 was an unusual meeting in that a rare double ceremony of elevation took place. Worshipful Commander Cliff Slade welcomed into the degree Bro. Richard Webb and Bro. Lyndon Bennett.
Bro. Jay Da Costa formally toasted both Brethren and stated that this degree and lodge was very fortunate to have these two most dedicated and committed individuals joining the RAM ranks. Bro. Richard Webb has already demonstrated his devoted service to the craft as its organist, secretary, website custodian, as well as supporting various social and formal events in other degrees. Similarly Bro. Bennett needs no introduction for his stoic project management work transforming and overseeing the current new St Michael’s lodge room building refurbishment.
Keeping in the theme of doubles, the evening was also attended by two Worshipful Assistant Provincial Grand Masters. WAPGM from Stafford and Shropshire WAPGM Dennis Hill and our very own WAPGM Paul Yarnell.
WCN Cliff Slade said the RAM degree was the fastest growing and most attractive side order in Tenbury, very much thanks to the hard work of Past Commanders such as WCNs Kevin Bryant and Eric Humphries and current DC and Grand Lodge Officer WBro John Moore. WCN Slade continued, if one double ceremony of elevation was amazing enough, the next RAM meeting scheduled for January 2020 is also a double ceremony. So, not only are the colours bright for the RAM degree, the future is also exciting for the quiet degree that is making a lot of noise at its ever growing festive board!
This was the first meeting of Teme Valley RAM in the refurbished facilities at Tenbury courtesy of the generous bequest from W.Bro. Tudge. Teme Valley Mark Lodge will meet there on Tuesday 19th November for their Installation and all would be welcome to support the Lodge and see the new facilities.
The Provincial Almoners and Charity Stewards Lodge recently received the following letter from the treasurer of the London Pearly Kings & Queens Society Charity Fund:
“I am pleased to announce that the donation made at your annual lunch/dinner on Saturday the 19th of October raised the grand total of £251.00 for the pearly kings and queens charity of which we thank you and your brothers, wives and guests for the magnificent donation.
Both John and Darren stated that they enjoyed meeting them all and telling them the story of both Henry Croft and the pearly kings and queens.
Like your organisation the London pearly kings and queens help those in need and it is with a joyful heart for charity that we both help and assist others in need of our help.
Please pass on our sincere thanks to all of your members, wives and guests for the kind thought of inviting John, Darren and Nicola to your event and I take this opportunity to wish you all well.”
The following letter is from our Past Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VWBro John King and very much speaks for itself.
Sheila and I wish to reiterate our thanks for the wonderful financial gift presented at my retirement in June. I previously said that we would use it towards a recuperative break as Sheila recovered from her back operation, this we did in September having four lovely days in Dartmouth.
The circumstances and timing were perfect. Ground floor accommodation in a very nice hotel and a relaxing time away from domestic pressure and above all, an opportunity for Sheila to regain some mobility after a trying and demanding time.
We love Dartmouth and the break did us both the world of good at a time we needed it. We will always be grateful for the kindness and generosity of our many Mark Masonic friends that made it possible. Our thanks again.
Sincerely & fraternally
VWBro. John King, PGMO, RAMGR. PastDepPGM
We are very happy to announce the following appointments to Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank:
WBro SP Warner of Vernon Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 923
WBro DT Davies of Teme Valley Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 1260
Congratulations to both on their well deserved appointments, which will be conferred at the Royal Ark Mariner Grand Investiture at Great Queen Street on 10th December 2019.
Also at the meeting of the Provincial Grand Directors of Ceremonies Lodge on Saturday 5th October WBro RW Kindon of Godson Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 330 was promoted in the field to PGJO, making him VWBro RW Kindon. A special moment indeed and very well deserved.
Brethren, these Masons are well known throughout the province for their wonderful contribution and I am sure you will all join our Provincial rulers in offering our heartiest congratulations to them all.
As part of the £3.4 million grant made by the MBF, on 25th July 2019, the Provincial Grand Master RWBro Eric John Rymer handed the keys to a new Mobile Treatment Centre and Staff Car to the SJA, ahead of their Dedication, at the Masonic Centre, Rainbow Hill, Worcester. He was accompanied by WBro Darren Coleman-Heald (MBF Charities Manager) and supported by Provincial Grand Officers of Worcestershire.
The Ceremony took place in the presence of the Deputy Lieutenant of Worcestershire and Dean of the Priory of England and the Isles of the Order of St John, the Chairman of the County Priory Group and 55 volunteer members of the St John Ambulance from Evesham, Kidderminster, Pershore, Redditch and Worcester.
After the presentation of SJA service awards all concerned joined together and finished an enjoyable evening with a barbeque.
Join us at The Rose Theatre in Kidderminster for a wonderful night of music from Oscar winning films.
Songs such as ‘Evergreen’, ‘Alfie’, ‘Chicago’, ‘How do I live without you?’ and ‘I will always love you’ are brought to you by a talented group of performers from the Midlands area, featuring a live band and a host of singers. Young or old – there will be a song for everyone!
The event is produced by Greg Boughton to support The Masonic Charitable Foundation and The Worcester Carers Association. The MCF supports charities that help thousands of disadvantaged and vulnerable people to live happy, fulfilling lives – St Basil’s charity to aid young homeless, the NICE Centre for Movement Disorders and Side by Side Theatre Company have all been recipients of their funds. So, you really are supporting a worthwhile cause and having a fantastic night of entertainment!
So why not book your tickets, from The Rose Theatre Box Office on 01562 743 751, for you and your family and come and relive some great movie moments in song.
Further to our previous note on the matter, we have received confirmation that the funeral of W.Bro. Barry Holland will be on Tuesday 6th August 2019 and will be held at the Rowley Regis Crematorium, Powke Lane, Rowley Regis, B65 0AD at 12:15hrs.
Afterwards there will be a wake to which all are invited. It will be held at ‘ The Round of Beef ‘, 33 Windmill Hill, Colley Gate, Halesowen, B63 2DB, where a light snack will be provided. This friendly, local pub is about a 15 minute drive (3 miles) from the crematorium and the lounge has been reserved for our exclusive use.
Members of St. Egwin Lodges of MMM & RAM with their families, and invited guests attended an afternoon tea at Churchfield Farm, Nr Droitwich on 27th July. The Worshipful Master of St Egwin MMM, W. Bro Paul Taylor presented a cheque for £1,000 on behalf of the brethren to June Patel, Chief Executive of St. Richards Hospice, Worcester in memory of W. Bro John Icke.
On behalf of The Mark Benevolent Fund, R.W.Bro. Eric John Rymer Provincial Grand Master for the Mark Province of Worcestershire is proud to be able to present a support vehicle to St John Ambulance.
The new Support Vehicle is the base for a ‘Cycle Response Unit’ an exciting initiative by St John Ambulance to more easily and effectively provide First Aid assistance at large, outdoor events such as Festivals, Concerts, County Shows and the like.
The presentation will take place at the Masonic Centre, Rainbow Hill, Worcester, WR3 8LX at 19:00hrs.
At the same event, the Rev. Anne Potter will be commissioned as the SJA County Chaplain and SJA Service Awards will be presented. Following the formal proceedings there will be a barbecue, with the evening concluding at about 21:30hrs.
It is with regret we have to report the passing to the Grand Lodge above of WBro Norman Burden on 12th July 2019.
We have received notification that the funeral will take place on Friday 9th August 2019 at 1.00pm at the Parish Church of St Mary and St Bartholomew, 2 Solihull Road, Hampton in Arden, Solihull, B92 0AT. Following the service, there will be a reception at the nearby Fentham Hall, which is a short walk away at Marsh Lane, Hampton in Arden, Solihull, B92 0AH to which all are welcome.
The family are keen to make this a celebration of Norman’s life and as Norman’s favourite colour was green, they have asked that all who wish to do so should wear something green.
The family have also asked for family only for flowers but for anyone wishing to make a donation, this will be split between Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis and the Worcestershire 2022 Festival.
Finally, the family are keen to have an idea of numbers attending so that they can make the necessary catering arrangements so if you can let Derek Owen know if you are proposing to attend, preferably by e-mail, he will be happy to collate the numbers and pass them on to the family. If you do not have Derek’s contact information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and I will pass it along.
Norman was Advanced into the Stechford Lodge of Mark Mater Masons No 747 on 27/01/1996 and was Installed as Master in 2002. He was Elevated into Stechford Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 747 on 27/09/2997 and Installed as Commander in 2002, so that must have been a busy year for him.
He was also a joining member of Worcestershire Installed Masters No 1409 in 2003 and a joining member of Centenary Mark No 1623 in 2005. He was a Founder of Centenary Royal Ark Mariner No 1623 in 2010.
He will be sadly missed.
The funeral for W.Bro. Barry Holland will be held at 12:15 hours on Tuesday 6th August 2019 at the Rowley Regis Crematorium, Powke Lane, West Mids, B65 0AD. When we have more information in respect of any after proceedings we will update this entry.
We are delighted to be able to report the results of a review of the Accreditation status of the Worcestershire Masonic Library & Museum. This was considered by an Accreditation panel appointed by Arts Council England on 27 June 2019, where the panel agreed to award the status of:
This represents a lot of work on behalf of the volunteers who run the museum for us all and on behalf of the members of the Province of Mark Master Masons of Worcestershire we thank them all for their hard work and congratulate them on this wonderful result.
If you have never visited the museum it is well worth the visit. More information can be found on their website.
At the recent Provincial Grand Lodge meeting the Provincial Grand Master was pleased to announce the support for Worcestershire Association of Carers had seen some £3,000 donated to them in the year. The Provincial Grand Master was also pleased to announce that support for them would continue for the ensuing year.
Since the meeting we have received a letter from the Association thanking us all fo the donations received and for the continued support.
Quoting from the letter:
“Everything you have done is sincerely appreciated and your donations will benefit many more carers in the community. We wanted to showcase some of the work your continued support has helped us to achieve with carers so have included a small selection of pictures from our recent carers week so that you can see where some of the money goes that you so wonderfully donate to us and our carers.“
They say all good things must come to an end and this was true for the Deputy Provincial Grand Master John King, after 6 years serving as an Assistant or Deputy PGM.
John’s last meeting as Presiding Office was on the 3rd June 2019 at St Egwin Lodge of Mark Master Masons when WBro Paul Taylor was Installed into the Chair. It was a wonderful occasion and will be fondly remembered by those who were able to be there.
The Provincial Grand Master is very pleased to be able to announce the following appointments/promotions to Mark Grand Rank:-
- P.A.G.D.C. W.Bro. Cecil Godfrey Cariss, P.Pr.G.S.W.
- P.A.G.D.C. W.Bro. Michael John Gage, P.Pr.G.J.W., Prov.G.Ch.Stwd.
- G.D.C. R.W.Bro. Francis Charles Spencer, P.Prov.G.M., G.D.C. GMRAC (Hon. Causa)
- A.G.Chap W.Bro. Rev’d Justin Trevelyan Parker, A.G.Chap
Promotion to active rank:
- G.S.D. W.Bro George Stoddard William Simpson, P.A.G.D.C.
All of these investitures will take place at the meeting of Mark Grand Lodge at Great Queen Street on Tuesday 11th June 2019.
The Provincial Grand Master has no doubt that you will join him in congratulating them all for this recognition of their contribution to Mark Masonry in general and Worcestershire in particular. He would also encourage members of the Province to attend the meetings to show their support, details of which can be downloaded from https://markmasonshall.org or by contacting the Provincial Grand Secretary.
On Wednesday 6th March 2019, Malvern Priory Lodge of Mark Master Masons enjoyed a very special evening as they were able to celebrate their 50th anniversary in the presence of one of their founder members. Regular readers of this website may recall that last September a certificate marking 50 years of service to the order was presented to WBro John Guise PAGChap.
John wasted no time in becoming a founder member of Malvern Priory Lodge and so a mere six months later, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master John King, the Presiding Officer at the Installation meeting, was delighted to present a certificate to the Malvern Priory Lodge in recognition of 50 years of uninterrupted working.
The rest of the evening was a great success, the Worshipful Master continued in office and appointed his Officers for the ensuing year, confident that it will be a good year. A beautifully produced Mark token had been struck for the occasion, which was presented to all present along with a history of the Lodge and a pen as a memento of the occasion.
This is not the end of the celebrations for the Malvern Priory Lodge of Mark Master Masons as it enters its 51st year. Wednesday the 8th May 2019 will witness the Consecration of the Malvern Priory Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners, which will be held at Worcester, although the regular meetings will be held in Malvern. One of the founder members will be none other than WBro John Guise.
All in all, a fantastic evening enjoyed by all who attended.
On Thursday 21st February Godson Lodge and visitors had the pleasure of witnessing the presentation of a certificate celebrating 50 years of service to Mark Masonry. The Provincial Grand Master, RWBro Eric Rymer made the presentation to VWBro John Denton PGJO after an informal and informative discussion in the Lodge. Even long-standing members of the Lodge learned a few things about Brother John they didn’t know before. It was a wonderful presentation and will hopefully be a memorable occasion for VWBro John.
The rest of the evening was packed, there were two Grand Lodge certificate presentations and an Advancement ceremony. At the festive board members of the Fairways Lodge presented the travelling pig to the Lodge along with a book recording its travels for the Lodge to fill out before passing it on.
A wonderful evening enjoyed by all.
February 2nd 2019 saw the Installation of V,W.Bro. Phillip G. Marshall, PGJO as WM of the PDCs Lodge.
It was an excellent meeting attended by about 120 Masons, including 21 Worcestershire Provincial Officers. The Lodge presented £250 to the PGM for his Worcestershire Carers charity of the year.
The Mark Benevolent Fund have agreed sponsorship of the 2020 Olympics Special Winter Olympics for those with Disabilities. This follows their support of Craig Hannah in 2016, where he won a gold medal.
More details to follow when available.
At the widows’ lunch of Eaton Lodge No 977 MMM & RAM held at Kings Heath cricket club on Sunday 27th January, Brethren and their Ladies enjoyed an excellent carvery. A raffle in aid of the Provincial Grand Master’s chosen charity, Worcestershire Carers, raised the sum of £ 112.00.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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|