News

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

His details can be found on the Contacts page.


Grand promotions in the province

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 28th September 2019

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

There was 1 winner:

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

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

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

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

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

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 31st August 2019

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

There were 2 winners:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

RWBro Eric Rymer handing over the keys.

Members of the province celebrating the handover

Music From the Movies

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

Barry Holland Funeral details 6th August 2019

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

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

St Egwins Lodges present cheque to St Richards Hospice

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

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

Members with family and guests enjoying afternoon tea

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 27th July 2019

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

There were no winners.

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

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

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

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

St John Ambulance support vehicle presentation 25th July 2019

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

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

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

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

WBro Norman Burden 1937 – 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He will be sadly missed.

Worcestershire Masonic Museum fully accredited with Arts Council

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

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

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

Worcestershire Carers – continuing support

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

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

Quoting from the letter:

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

Athelon drop in Carers Week

Bewdley Drop in Carers Week

Carers Week 2019

Carers Choir 2019

Male carer boat trip, Carers week 2019

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 29th June 2019

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

There were 4 winners:

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

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

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

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

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

VWBro John King’s last meeting as Presiding Officer

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

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

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

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 25th May 2019

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

There was 1 winner:

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

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

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

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

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

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 27th April 2019

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

There were two winners:

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

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

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

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

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

Appointments to Grand Rank

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

New Appointments:

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

Re-appointments:

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

Promotion to active rank:

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

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

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

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 30th March 2019

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

There is one winning member:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 23rd February 2019

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

There is one winning member:

W Bro Ron Kindon of Godson Lodge.

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

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

50 year certificate for VWBro John Denton

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

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

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

A wonderful evening enjoyed by all.

Provincial Directors of Ceremonies Lodge Installation

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

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

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

MBF Sponsorship of 2020 Special Olympics

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

More details to follow when available.

Eaton Lodge Widows Lunch

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

Eaton Lodge Widows lunch 2019

WBro Fred Hall 1935 – 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fred will be sadly missed by us all.

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 26th January 2019

News of the first draw of 2019:

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

There are two winning members:

V W Bro John King Dep Provincial Grand Master

W Bro Terry Davies of Teme Valley Lodge

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

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

New Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Tie

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

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 29th December 2018

News of the last draw of 2018:

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

There are no winning members.

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

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

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

New Deputy and Assistant Provincial Grand Masters for 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

2019 Wardens Announced

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

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

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

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

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

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

WBro Douglas Savage 1927 – 2018

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

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

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

A number of other Mark memberships followed:

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

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

A number of other Royal Ark Mariner memberships followed:

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

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

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 24th November 2018

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

There are 2 winning members:

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

The next draw will be held on 29th December 2018

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

We will remember them

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

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

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

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

The wreath.

Support from officers of the year.

The Standard Bearer

Cerebral Palsy Sport Swimming Development Gala, Worcester

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

W. Bro. Mike Gage PProvGJW

Provincial Grand Charity Steward

Fred Hall back at Installed Masters

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

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

Enjoying refreshment.

Ready for the meeting.

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 27th October 2018

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

The lucky number was 56.

There were no winning members this month

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

Almoners and Charity Stewards Gavel dedication

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

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

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

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

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

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

Worcestershire brethren honoured with Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank

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

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

Mark Lottery Bonus Ball – 29th September 2018

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

The lucky number was 27.

The winning number was selected by:

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

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

50 year certificate for WBro John Guise

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

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

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

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

WBro John F Icke 1941 – 2018

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.

Grand Lodge Promotions for Secretaries old and new

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.

A trio of Provincial Grand Secretaries, past and present. Left to right: WBro Brian Scoffield, WBro John King, WBro Adrian Hutt

Blood Bike presentations – 17th August 2018

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.

WBro M Gage, VWBro JA King and RWBro EJ Rymer with the bike for Severn Freewheelers.

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.

R.W.Bro. Tony Morris, Deputy President of the M.B.F., handing over the keys to representatives of Severn Freewheelers.

Mark Masons can be proud of their generosity in providing these vehicles to a wonderful organisation.

Previous information had been given in this report.

Cricket match cancelled – 26th August 2018

The captains of the Worcestershire and Warwickshire cricket teams have been monitoring the weather and due to the forecast of heavy rain they have made the decision to cancel tomorrow’s match.
Naturally this is disappointing, but the forecast shows heavy rain for the duration of the match and they have taken the decision today to allow time for the news to be circulated to those who were planning on making the trip.
Please share this information with anyone who was planning to attend.

New President for Grand Officers Mess

On 5th July the Grand Officers Mess was held at the Masonic Hall in Worcester. The Presidency was passed from WBro Brian Scoffield to WBro Bob Rice, with more than 40 members attending and enjoying a lively discussion on issues relating to the Province. An enjoyable and successful event.

The outgoing President WBro Brian Scoffield hands over to the incoming President WBro Bob Rice

The Provincial Grand Master, RWBro Eric Rymer congratulates both the incoming and outgoing Presidents

Group photo

Bromsgrove Mark Lodge welcomes new Advancee

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.

Left to right: Lodge Secretary WBro Bob Rice PGSD, Lodge Chaplain VWBro John King PGMO DepPGM, Candidate Bro Keith Gorman and Worshipful Master WBro Paul Eastbury PProvGMO.

Provincial Grand Master attends the 150th MBF Festival

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.

The PGM is pictured with RWBro Michael Heenan PGM, members of Staffs & Shrops
and their wives together with Mrs Jo Southgate.

Ken Stooke 1923 – 2018

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.

Another successful Provincial Grand Lodge meeting

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.

Successful lunch for Installed Masters and Installed Commander Lodges

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.

Left to right: WBro Mel Broadhurst, WM of WIML, Mrs. Anne Broadhurst, RWBro Eric Rymer, PGM, Mrs. Liz Hutt, WBro Adrian Hutt, WCN of WICL.

Grand Lodge Appointments – June 2018

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.

 

Hugh Meredith 1937 – 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.

Peter Charles Summer 1939 – 2018

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.

New Blood Bike at work in the Province

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.

The Man Behind the Apron

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.

WIC Lodge and RAM Grand Assembly

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.

L/R W Bro Matthew Rochelle – W Bro Mark Winfield – W Bro Bill Patey – W Bro Bill Gregory – W Bro Leo Brown and W Bro  Robert Parry

St Egwin RAM Installation

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.

Left to Right W Bro Mike Gage – Bro Stan Brotherton – W Bro Bill Southgate – Bro Brian Harper – W Bro Eric Lee – W Bro Adrian Hutt – W Bro Melvyn Broadhurst – Bro Stuart Rothero -W Bro John Bentley – W Bro Robin Stanton – W Bro John Pritchard – W Bro Jefrey Whiteley – Bro Paul Taylor – W Bro Mervyn Cummings – W Bro Peter Ross – Bro Des Fagg – W Bro Philip Hill – W Bro Mike Bruton – W Bro Bernard Hardy – W Bro Bill Gregory – W Bro David Stean – W Bro Roger Hall-Jones – W Bro David Collett – Bro Roddy Jones and W Bro John Sermon. W Bro John Icke behind the Lens.

50 Year Certificate -W Bro Kenneth Hinwood

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.

£300,000 Donation to Blood Bike Charities

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

National Lottery Bonus Ball

The first ever draw of the Mark National Lottery Bonus Ball took place on Saturday 28th April.

Lucky Number 20

 One Winner W Bro Eric Lee of St Laurence Lodge No 893

 

John Christopher Richards 1952 – 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.

Eaton Lodge Special Meeting

Eaton Lodge – April 2018

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.

Fairways Lodge No 1938

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.

J J Pritchard receives the trophy from R W Bro Francis Spencer

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.

 

2018 Grand Ranks

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.

Appointments.

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

Promotions.

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.

Appointments.

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.

Calling All Craft Masons

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

E-Mail:            tr.barnes@outlook.com

Tel:                  07944 245292

Next WIML Meeting.

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.

Please contact the lodge Secretary to confirm your attendance.
 

Eaton Lodge Ladies Luncheon – £120 for Charity

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.

Patrick Joseph Lennon 1960 – 2018

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.

GPC Meeting

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 Charity.

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.

Treasurers Report.

The Provincial Treasurer reported that the province remains in good health financially resulting in his being able to leave dues unchanged.

Almoners Report.

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.

Quill and Key Sunday Lunch

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.

Provincial Registrar to Step Down

Provincial Registrar.

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.

Provincial Officers 2018-2019

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

PAST RANKS

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

PROMOTIONS

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

 

Great start to 2018 in Stourport

In December Vernon Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 923 had to make the call to postpone their meeting due to the snow. Undeterred by this misfortune, the Lodge decided to hold their meeting by dispensation on 3rd January 2018, the same date as Vernon Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 923.

So the scene was set for a successful and enjoyable evening for both Lodges. The RAM Lodge held a short meeting to transact Lodge business. The Mark Lodge then received a talk on Mason’s marks and an enjoyable Mark festive board was shared by all present.

This didn’t mean that Mark overshadowed RAM, however. During the short RAM meeting three Candidates were proposed for Elevation, which is excellent news for the Lodge. The RAM influence extended into the Mark meeting as the talk was presented by the Worshipful Commander, also known as our Assistant Provincial Grand Master Jeff Whiteley.

All in all it was great start to 2018 for both Lodges.

Jeff Whiteley and Phil Martin, respectively the Worshipful Commander of RAM and Worshipful Master of Mark, both enjoying the festive board.

Alfred Edward George 1932-2017

It is with much sadness that we report the death of W Bro Alfred Edward George of Stechford Lodge of MMM No 747.

Having received the news rather late we regret that the funeral has already taken place.

Alfred was Advanced into the Mark Degree in Beaconsfield Lodge in 1990 and served as Master in 2000. He  joined our province in 2009 becoming a member of Stechford Lodge. He went on to be Worshipful Master of that lodge in 2014.

He was Elevated into the Royal Ark Mariner Degree in 1991 also in Beaconsfield Lodge RAM and became  Commander in 1997. Having joined Stechford RAM Lodge in 2011 he became Worshipful Commander during 2014.

W Bro George held the rank of Past Provincial Grand Senior Deacon in his home province of Essex since 2003. He accepted the same Provincial Rank in Worcestershire in 2014.

A well-known and much respected member of his lodge he will be sorely missed by all.

Busy Night at Worcester

New member of RAM Bro Paul Webber and the new Commander W Bro Brian Chadd

A good number of visitors joined members of the Ark Lodge No 59 on Tuesday 19th December to witness the Elevation of Bro Paul Scott Webber. Worshipful Commander Chris Hopes Invited W Bro Jim Mulligan to take the chair. The elevation team, assisted by several past commanders, presented a most enjoyable ceremony. The signs were delightfully explained by W Bro Brian Scoffield.

Following the elevation ceremony Bro Brian Chad was Installed Worshipful Commander for the ensuing year and immediately Appointed and Invested his officers for the year.

Excellent news for the lodge under propositions when TWO further candidates were mentioned for elevation.

An excellent festive board followed at which £261 was raised through the Alms collection and a small raffle.

The PGM acted as Presiding Officer in the absence of V W Bro John King who has a touch of sickness. We wish him a speedy recover so that he and Sheila can enjoy the Christmas period.

Changes in Provincial Management Team.

In 2013 the current Secretariat of W Bro Brian Scoffield, W Bro Adrian Hutt and W Bro John Icke were formed to manage the secretarial duties on behalf of the PGM and the Province.

During that period the province has been well served in every respect with regards their duties.

W Bro Brian and John have expressed a wish to return to retirement.

Another great stalwart of the Province, W Bro Fred Hall, Provincial Grand Registrar, has also announced that he will be taking a much deserved rest after many years of loyal dedicated service within the Province.

In light of these developments coupled with the changes being introduced by Grand Lodge via KOL, the PGM is taking the opportunity to revamp the combined duties of the two sections by incorporating the Registrars position within the overall structure of the secretariat, providing much needed secretarial assistance via the Keystone on Line Grand Lodge Database and that of the Province.

W Bro Adrian Hutt is to step up to the Office of Provincial Secretary, and W Bro Robin Stanton to that of Provincial Registrar. The remaining offices will be filled by W Bro Bill Southgate as Deputy Provincial Secretary and W Bro Neil Crabbe as Assistant Provincial Secretary.

These new officers will be shadowing their counterparts throughout the period leading up-to our PGL meeting on the 30th June 2018. It is the PGM wish that Lodge Secretaries in particular, will continue to respond to all requests for information in a manner similar to that which the current officers have both enjoyed and appreciated over the past five years.

Provincial Grand Wardens 2018

The PGM is pleased to announce that W Bro Roger Bennett of St Laurence Lodge No 893 has accepted his invitation to become Provincial Grand Senior Warden of the PGL of MMM for the masonic year 2018-19.

Roger is well-known to many having been Advanced into Mark Masonry in St Laurence Lodge during 1999. He became Worshipful Master of the lodge in 2007 and again in 2014. He is a Founding member of both the Quill and Key Lodge No 1901 and Vea Secunda Lodge No 1980. Also an Honorary Member of St Georges Lodge No 1920 in Kidderminster. When Bromsgrove Lodge of MMM moved to Redditch on the closure of the Bromsgrove Masonic Hall, Roger joined the lodge to offer moral support in setting up in a new home. He has gone on to become a very loyal, energetic and valued member of the lodge.

Additionally the PGM was pleased to announce that W Bro Mark Winfield of Godson Lodge No 330 has been pleased to accept his invitation to become Provincial Grand Junior Warden.

Mark is also well-known throughout the province. Advanced into the Mark Degree in Godson Lodge No 330 during 1998 he has been Worshipful Master of the Lodge on three occasions 2005, 2009 and 2012.  Mark has spread his Mark Masonry into Stourport where he has become a valued member of Vernon Lodge No 923 serving as Master in 2016. Mark is delighted with the offer of being a Provincial Warden and very  much looks forward to next year. Mark has strong masonic family connections, son of the late Gerald Winfield a PGJD, his brother Paul is also a freemason and he hopes to initiate his son into his Craft Lodge during 2018.

We offer warm congratulations to both our brothers on the news of their preferment. We wish them very good health that they may enjoy a very special and much deserved year ahead.

RAM Grand Assembly

A good number of Worcestershire Mark Masons attended the Royal Ark Mariner Grand Assembly held at Masons Hall, Great Queen Street, London on Tuesday 12th December in support of W Bro Roy Piddington and W Bro Paul Yarnell who were invested with Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank by the Pro Grand Master Most Worshipful Brother Raymond John Smith.

Roy was our Provincial Senior Warden during 2014, Elevated in St Laurence Lodge RAM during 2002 he became Commander in 2005 and received Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank in 2009.

Roy and Paul looking happy and relaxed after a long but memorable day.

 

 

Paul was our Provincial Grand Junior Warden in 2015. He was Elevated in Bromsgrove Lodge RAM during 2000 and became Commander during 2005.He joined Moseley Lodge RAM in the same year he was elevated into Bromsgrove Lodge and filled the office of Commander simultaneously in the two Lodges. He has since held the office of Commander in both Lodges for a second time, in Moseley Lodge during 2012 and  currently in Bromsgrove Lodge.

Paul received Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank in 2009.

We offer warmest congratulations to them both.

Bromsgrove Lodges Christmas Party

Members and friends were joined by a party from St Egwin Lodge to open this years Christmas Festivities in our province. £140 proceeds from a small raffle will benefit “Battle Back” the PGM chosen Charity for the current year. Many thanks to Irving Horne who once more entertained during the meal with christmas music before accompanying the Ladies Song, Carols and the Parting Song. Thanks also to Roger Bennett who has taken on the MC’s duties whilst Fed Hall is taking a well deserved rest from his busy schedule.

Last but not least many thanks to Doug and Vivienne Allen for their  tireless efforts in putting the event on.

100 Club November Draw

The winners in the latest draw of the 100 Club made at  Dudley are:

No 48 Trevor Still of Lechmere Lodge No 59

No 45 Fred Hall of Bromsgrove Lodge No 1334

£500 for Rory the Robot Prostate Cancer Appeal

The Rory The Robot Prostate Cancer Appeal received a further donation of £500 when Chris Hopes and Ken Hill, on behalf of The Malvern Priory Lodge of Mark Master Masons, presented Ian Jukes with a cheque at Worcester Golf Club recently.

The lodge has an ongoing fund-raising awareness with respect to this local hospital appeal.

Warwickshire Installed Masters

Warwickshire Installed Masters and Installed Commanders Lodges are to meet at Moseley Masonic Centre Kings Heath, Birmingham on Wednesday 31st January when R W Bro David Rawlins will celebrate 50 years a Mark Mason.

A Past Provincial Grand Master of Warwickshire between 2007 and 2012 David is also remembered as Deputy Provincial Grand Master of our Province between 1981 and 1990.

It is anticipated than many from our province will want to join the Warwickshire brethren in celebrating David’s wonderful achievement and service to our provinces and to Mark Masonry in general.

We are promised a summons early January but in the mean time a note in the diary……

Malvern Priory Lodge of MMM

 

The latest member of Malvern Priory Mark Lodge was Advanced on Wednesday 8th November by the WM Tony Baker.

A few visitors joined the regular members to welcome Bro Robert Heritage into the lodge and into Mark Masonry in general.

A splendid evening very much enjoyed by all present.

L/R W Bro C M Henderson, Treasurer Elect, WM A J Baker, Candidate Bro R C Heritage and Bro M A King, Master Elect

Quill and Key Lodge

Members and Guests enjoyed an enactment of an ancient advancement ceremony put on by the Warwickshire Demonstration Team at their recent meeting held at Northfield, Birmingham.

An excellent evening was made complete with the mention of TWO new joining members.

Worshipful Master David Carey, V W Bro John King Deputy PGM and the Warwickshire Demonstration Team.

October 100 Club Draw

The winners in the most recent Provincial 100 club draw which took place on Tuesday 17th October are:

Oct:

No Name Lodge
93 Eric Rymer 1920 St Georges Lodge
8 Richard Green 1351 Malvern Priory

RAM Grand Ranks

The Provincial Grand Master is pleased to announce that W Bro Paul Yarnell and W Bro Roy Piddington are to be invested with RAM Grand Rank at the Annual RAM assembly meeting of Grand Lodge to be held on Tuesday 12th December 2017.

We offer them warm congratulations on the news of their appointments and look forward to being with them to celebrate on the day.

Fairways Lodge

Bro Geoffrey Walker and W M David Smith

The most recent meeting of the Fairways Lodge took place at Cleobury Mortimer Golf Club on Thursday 5th October. As always a game of golf came before the lodge meeting. A good number of members enjoyed bright sunshine throughout the day although the general scoring did not necessarily reflect the good conditions.

The Competition was won by Gerry Logue with 34 points.Gerry also took the longest drive prize whilst Colin Kerfoot carried off the nearest the pin prize.

Geoff Walker, who was later advanced into the lodge, made the most of his last game as a visitor carding a very creditable 34 points to win the visitors prize.

Several non golfing visitors joined the members for the advancement of Bro Geoffrey Walker. Excellent work by the Worshipful Master, David Smith was enhanced by the contribution of several members throughout the ceremony.

During a response to a toast at the festive board, the candidate thanked everyone, saying how much he had enjoyed the ceremony and that he now understood why Mark Masonry is referred to as the friendly fun degree of freemasonry.

Both the Secretary W Bro Mel Broadhurst, and the Treasurer W Bro Mike Gage, confirmed that they would not be continuing in office following the Installation meeting in April and arrangements were put in hand for their successors to be appointed at the next meeting.

Provincial Grand Charity Steward

The Provincial Grand Master is sorry to announce that he has accepted the resignation of our Provincial Grand Charity Steward – W Bro Joseph Marzouk on personal grounds.

He expressly wishes to thank W Bro Joseph for his work during his term of office and wishes him and his family all the best for the future.

Accordingly he is pleased to announce that an offer of appointment has been accepted and that W Bro Michael John Gage, Past Provincial Grand Junior Warden, will fulfill the duties of Provincial Grand Charity Steward with immediate effect.

W Bro Michael is currently Treasurer of St Egwin Lodge and Founding Treasurer of The Fairways Lodge. An experienced Mark Mason who will bring zeal, care and diligent application to the duties of Charity Steward.

Provincial DC Lodge No 1813

The Provincial Directors of Ceremonies Lodge No 1813 met on Saturday 30th September at the Masonic Hall Harrogate, under the Mastership of RW Bro Jim Truswell, PPGM for West Yorkshire.

Also in attendance were the PGM’s for West Yorkshire, RW Bro Jim Steggles; the PGM for Nottinghamshire, RW Bro Peter Ball; and the PGM for East Lancashire, RW Bro Alex McLaren, together with 72 members of the Lodge and visitors.

The hospitality received in West Yorkshire was superb and the Lodge received a very interesting talk from W.Bro. Dr. Rod Taylor, PGJD, (APGM, West Yorkshire) entitled “The First Royal Mark Mason”, who was Prince Leopold, one of Queen Victoria’s sons.

St Egwin Lodge No1135

A double advancement at Evesham helped restore membership numbers following recent losses.

Immediately after the opening of the lodge W Bro Bernard Hardy paid tribute to W Bro Michael Blinkhorn,  PGSD who recently passed to the Grand Lodge above. Those present stood in silence in respect of departed merit and were asked to also remember R W Bro Colin Woodward, a Past Provincial Grand Master of our province an Honorary Member of the lodge and W Bro Jim Willis, former Provincial Almoner, who although not a member of the lodge was a valued regular visitor. Three masons whose contribution to the Mark Degree and our province will long be remembered.

Bro Geoffrey Ruddock and Bro Stanley Brotherton with R W Bro Eric John Rymer, PGM

 

 

The WM Phillip Hill then invited W Bro John Icke to carry out a double Advancement of Bros Geoffrey Ruddock and Stanley Brotherton. On completion of a most enjoyable ceremony the Worshipful Master congratulated and welcomed the candidates into the lodge. The PGM welcomed them into the order in general and into our province in particular.

 

The Almoner updated the brethren on the health of W Bro Ron Brookes saying he was not at his best at the moment. However a visit from his good friend, MW Bro Raymond John Smith Pro Grand Master, together with his wife, meant a great deal to both Ron and Dianne and  cheered them up no end.

An excellent festive board rounded off a splendid evening enjoyed by all present.

Provincial Almoner

The PGM is pleased to announced that W Bro Charles Morgan Gwynn, TD. has accepted the office of our Provincial Grand Almoner and will be invested a little later in the year.

Charles’ is an experienced Almoner having held that position in Craft Masonry for some time.

We offer very warm congratulations and wish him well in his new office.

100th Anniversary Meeting

A packed lodge room welcomed the RW Bro John Herbert Prizeman, Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons to Moseley Masonic Hall, Kings Heath,  for the 100th Anniversary celebration of Moseley Lodge of Mark Master Masons, on Monday 25th September.

The Lodge having been designated host of the Four Provinces Meeting for 2017, an impressive attendance was anticipated and the numbers did not disappoint. Each province was represented by their Provincial Grand Master. Additionally a number of Deputies and Assistant  Provincial Grand Masters also attended. Strong support from the brethren of the respective provinces filled the lodge room and packed the tables at the festive Board.

L/R RW Bro Francis Charles Spencer, GDC – VW Bro John Anthony King, Deputy PGM – RW Bro Ryan Andrew Williams, GSec – W Bro Josephus Adewale Davies, WM Moseley Lodge – RW Bro John Herbert Prizeman, Deputy Grand Master – RW Bro Eric John Rymer, PGM – W Bro Jeffrey William Whiteley, APGM

Immediately after the opening the PGM, RW Bro Eric John Rymer, took the chair and made  mention of three members of Moseley Lodge who had recently passed to the Grand Lodge above, R W Bro Colin Woodward Past Provincial Grand Master of the Province from 1998 until 2005. W Bro James Willis PAGDC, Provincial Grand Almoner and W Bro Alan White who we all knew as Chalky. The loss of three active brothers within such a short space of time was a sad loss to the lodge, the province and freemasonry in general.

RW Bro Colin Woodward is recognised as the originator of the idea of a Four Provinces Meeting which has grown into an eagerly awaited and very well attended annual meeting in all four provinces. He would have been proud to have been present this evening.

The Lodge, through the Grand Director of Ceremonies, R W Bro Francis Charles Spencer, had secured the services of the Grand Masters Lodge of Instruction Team who carried out a most enjoyable ceremony when Advancing Bro David Andrew Phillip Thompson, into Moseley Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 667.

The RW Bro Ryan Andrew Williams, Grand Secretary, rose to say there were occasions when his high office presented the opportunity to take privileges which were not normally exercised. However  on this occasion he could not resist the temptation of having prepared the candidates Grand Lodge Certificate, which he produced, explaining the significance of the content to the candidate prior to the Deputy Grand Master making a formal presentation.

To our knowledge a first for any candidate within Worcestershire.

The Grand Secretary was further called upon to read the Moseley Lodge original warrant from 1917. This was followed by a reading of the Centenary Warrant prior to it being presented to the Worshipful Master W Bro Josephus Davies by the Deputy Grand Master.

Centenary Jewels where then presented to all Subscribing and Honorary Members. It was  announced that the lodge would be pleased to offer Honorary Membership to RW Bro John Herbert Prizeman, RW Bro Ryan  Andrew Williams, RW Bro Eric John Rymer, RW Bro David John Frederick Rawlins and W Bro Jeffrey William Whiteley, which all were pleased  accept.

The brethren then retired to enjoy a festive board held in a warm and friendly  atmosphere typical of Mark Masonry. During a superb address to the brethren our Deputy Grand Master endeared himself to the brethren by his quick wit and ease of address. Both he and the Grand Secretary received gifts of Worcester Porcelain, appropriately manufactured in 1917.

A wonderful occasion that the lodge members will look upon as a very special evening in the  history of the lodge.