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Grand Master's Special Award

At a specially convened Zoom meeting held on Tuesday, 15 December, the Pro Grand Master, M.W.Bro. Raymond John Smith, was delighted to confer promotion in, or first appointment to, Mark Grand Rank upon the following recipients of the Grand Master’s Special Award in recognition of their outstanding community service during Covid-19. Our hearty congratulations to all these Brethren.

Past Grand Senior Deacon

Anthony Francis John Ball - Warwickshire

Ian Michael Crawford - Spain

Thomas Hodgson - Cumberland & Westmorland

Adrian Carl Hutt - Worcestershire

Fraser McPherson - West Yorkshire

Michael John Pescod - Northamptonshire & Huntingdonshire

Clive Stephen Weston - Leicestershire & Rutland

Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies

Frans Cornelius Alwyn Roodt - Natal

Graham Peter Dearing - Buckinghamshire

Past Grand Standard Bearer

Patrick Donald Burridge - Hampshire & Isle of Wight

David Arthur Day - The Transvaal

David John Dixon - Somerset

Keri John Evans - South Wales

David Charles Greenway - Derbyshire

Brian Peter Hamley - Bristol

Paul Jones - Devonshire

Stephen Jones - Derbyshire

Trevor John Edward Quartermaine - Somerset

152nd MBF Festival

On Saturday, 12 December, the Grand Secretary was pleased to announce the fantastic total raised by Brethren of the Mark Province of Kent for their 2020 MBF Festival.

£2,050,879

An excellent effort. Congratulations to all involved.

This, the 152nd MBF Festival, was due to be celebrated at a gala dinner in July, which has now been postponed until the Province can gather in September 2021. But we could not let 2020 end without sharing this with the Brethren of the Province, and the Order worldwide.

You can find a video showing how they raised the money here

And another video showing the causes supported here

Mark Communication September 2020

It’s a little more than two years since we took the decision to give over the September Communication to those Brethren being honoured with a promotion in Grand Rank.

The fact that so many of you have supported this meeting in the last two years, and in such large numbers, testifies to it being the right decision and I hope that, in more normal circumstances, you will feel able to continue that support in the future.

We stand on the brink of a new masonic year at a time when Freemasonry faces perhaps its greatest trial. The lifting of the General Suspension of Masonic Activity just six weeks ago, signalled the start of a process aimed at creating an environment in which Lodges could resume their activities properly and safely.

Where this cannot happen, we have made it possible for administrative business to be conducted remotely, keeping things ticking over until face to face meetings can take place.

Communication has never been more important if we are to minimise the impact the pandemic will have on our numbers. Keeping in touch with one another; maintaining our interest in our craft; and demonstrating that Freemasonry is still relevant even in these unprecedented times, must be at the forefront of our actions.

 Amid the difficulties we are all facing right now, we must look for hope and opportunities to celebrate Mark Masonry. Today, that hope exists in the achievements of those whom the Most Worshipful Grand Master has been pleased to promote in Grand Rank. Their preferment recognises their past contribution and is a reward for future efforts.

To you all, I send my warmest good wishes and to those for whom today is a special occasion, I offer you hearty congratulations on your preferment.

In his goodwill message last June, the Most Worshipful Grand Master charged each of us not to let the past dictate what we are, but to let it shape what we will become – perhaps a leaner organisation than before but one that is fitter and stronger.

In the spirit of that message, let us continue to look forward together to brighter days when we can resume our masonry safely and confidently.

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Raymond John Smith

Pro Grand Master

2021 MBF Festival Forms

We’re pleased to announce that the 153rd Mark Benevolent Fund Annual Festival is now underway, being hosted by the Mark Province of East Lancashire.

We hope that you will consider supporting East Lancashire by making a donation to qualify as a Festival Steward and also purchasing a Festival Badge.

All donations and orders for badges must be made directly to Mark Masons’ Hall by completing the forms here.

pdf2021_MBF_Festival_Complete_Forms_Pack.pdf

pdf2021_MBF_Stewardship__Badge_Form.pdf

 

Rulers

M.W.Bro. His Royal Highness
Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO
Grand Master

M.W.Bro. Raymond J. Smith
Pro Grand Master

R.W.Bro. John H. Prizeman
Deputy Grand Master

R.W.Bro. Stephen Davison
Assistant Grand Master

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