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Team Visit to Powys Lodge of M.M.M., No. 685 on 31 October 2019

R.W.Bro. Robert Andrew Stokes accompanied by W.Bro. Brian J. Elliott, P.G.S.D., Deputy Provincial Grand Master and 21 members of the Provincial Team together with 10 Grand Officers visited the Lodge to complete the Lodge Centenary Celebration.

The Assistant Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Stephen Davison, at the request of the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Kevin Williams, presented members of the Lodge with a Lodge Centenary Jewel. Also visiting the Lodge were R.W.Bro. Michael E. Herbert, P.Dep.G.M., R.W.Bro. Philip J. Mann (Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Leicestershire and Rutland), R.W.Bro. A Morris, Dep.Pres.M.B.F. together with the immediate Past Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. George E Bonham, G.M.R.A.C.

Following the presentation Bro. Simon Craggs was Advanced by W.Bro. Kevin Williams and the Lodge officers with great sincerity and feeling. It will be remembered by those present as an outstanding ceremony for many years to come. After the ceremony the Assistant Grand Master, whilst welcoming Bro. Simon to our Order, presented him with a Lodge Centenary Jewel. The Provincial Grand Master congratulated him on becoming a member of the Lodge and hoped that he would have a long and happy association with the Lodge, he then presented him with a copy of the Province booklet entitled “Notes for the guidance of Newly Advanced Brethren”

Afterwards, 58 brethren enjoyed the fellowship of the Festive Board under the direction of W.Bro.Mark Golding Dep.G.D.C.

Left to right: W.Bro. Balbir Lotay, D.C.; R.W.Bro. Phil Mann, Prov.G.M. Leics & Rutland; W.Bro. Mark Golding, Dep.G.D.C; R.W.Bro. Stephen Davison, Assistant Grand Master; Bro. Simon Craggs, Advancee; W.Bro. Kevin Williams, W.M.; R.W.Bro. Robert Stokes, Prov.G.M; W.Bro. Brian Elliott, Dep.Prov.G.M.; R.W.Bro. George Bonham, P.Prov.G.M; and W.Bro. David Balmer, Prov.G.D.C.

Newly Advanced Craft Prov.G.M. makes his Mark at Charity Event

 

Bedfordshire Craft Provincial Grand Master, Anthony Henderson signed his new Mark on a log during a special log-laying event at the Leslie Sells Activity Centre earlier in the Summer.

Freemasons in Bedfordshire have been working hard to support their local Scouts as part of their celebration of the Craft Tercentenary in 2017. The Scouts were chosen as their focus as the Province felt that they "shared common values", and that this assistance would provide the local area with a worthwhile facility that will help to improve the community for many years to come.

 

Tony and his Province have had fantastic success in their fundraising, resulting in a donation of £500,000 to create a new 48-bed accommodation and amenities lodge for the Bedfordshire Scouts, which will help thousands of children to socialise, develop new skills and gain confidence.

 

On 4 August, they had a special log-laying event and barbeque to celebrate the beginning of the building (expected to be complete in Spring 2020). Tony was given the privilege of signing the first log - which he did as a Craft, Royal Arch, Rose Croix and, of course, as a Mark Master Mason using his brand-new Mark. The full inscription read "Freemasonry and Scouting - Sharing one ethos. Anthony P. Henderson, Provincial Grand Master. 4th August 2019"

We at Mark Masons’ Hall wish hearty congratulations to the Craft Province of Bedfordshire on this marvellous achievement.

Pro Grand Master's Address September 2019

Address of the Pro Grand Master
M.W.Bro. Raymond J. Smith
Mark Grand Lodge Communication Meeting
Tuesday, 10 September 2019

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Brethren, a warm and special welcome to this September Communication of Mark Grand Lodge. I hope everyone has enjoyed the past few months of Summer; part good, part not-quite-so-good - especially for those affected by storms and heavy rainfall.

This meeting marks the beginning of the new Masonic Season, one that I’m sure will bring much pleasure to you all.

I begin this address with good wishes, but an apology, from our Most Worshipful Grand Master, His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent. He greatly enjoyed the June Investiture meeting and his commitment to this Grand Lodge is further demonstrated by his forthcoming visits to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in October, then to Southampton University Hospital in November to formally handover equipment funded by your Mark Benevolent Fund. Earlier this year the Trustees approved a grant of £85,000 to Addenbrooke’s for the purchase of a Laparoscopy surgery kit, £200,000 to Southampton University for a Nanoscope to help treat patients suffering from cancer. Further to this, our Grand Master will be visiting the RMBI Prince Michael of Kent home on 24 September to open the new orangery which is being supported by a grant of £36,850 from your Mark Benevolent Fund.

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Consecration of La Cantera Lodge of MMM, No. 2006 in Mendoza, Argentina

Brethren celebrated the Consecration of La Cantera Lodge of Mark Master Masons, No. 2006 in Mendoza, Argentina on 22 June 2019.

This will be the 8th Lodge of MMM in the River Plate District, and comes shortly after the Consecration of Southern Keystone Lodge, No. 2005 last month.

The new Lodge reports that they have a good list of Candidates waiting to be Advanced into the Order, and we at Grand Lodge wish them the very best of luck for their future.