District of Hong Kong gives unusual gifts to The Duchess of Kent Children's Hospital


Earlier this Month, the Brethren of the RAM District of Hong Kong donated four electronic cats to The Duchess of Kent Children's Hospital At Sandy Bay. These rather unusual devices mimic the real animals and give a calming effect for the young patients, who can stroke the soft fluffy companions, which purr and miaow in response.

Congratulations to the recipients at The Duchess of Kent Children's Hospital At Sandy Bay, and well done to the Brethren of the RAM District of Hong Kong.



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Pro Grand Master's Address 2018

Address of the Pro Grand Master
M.W.Bro. Raymond J. Smith
Annual Assembly of Royal Ark Mariner
Tuesday, 11 December 2018

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Brethren, it is a great privilege, delight and pleasure to have the honour to preside at today's meeting, to welcome so many to this Grand Assembly of Royal Ark Mariners. The Grand Secretary tells me this is one of the best attended Grand Assembly meetings and that indicates that support for this delightful order in our Masonry is stronger than ever.

Before proceeding further it is my duty to bring you fraternal good wishes from our Most Worshipful Grand Master. His busy schedule prevents him from being with us today but he is always aware of our proceedings and his interest is as strong as ever. He has been with us on several important occasions during this year and we are indeed most fortunate to have him as our Most Worshipful Grand Master.

This annual meeting of our Order is important, but to more than 150 Brethren who have received appointments to Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank, most of whom have been invested today, it marks a most significant milestone in their Masonic life.  They have shown their dedication to Masonry in general and to this Royal Ark Mariner Degree in particular and have succeeded in extending their Masonic knowledge so successfully to have warranted their appointment to Grand Rank. Congratulations to all of you and it has indeed been my great pleasure and privilege to have invested you today.

All of you who have received preferment should rightly be proud of your achievement and here in this Grand Assembly, in your Provinces and in your Lodges your appointment to this high office will rightly be recognised. I hope however that having achieved such high office your dedication will not diminish but that you will continue with your commitment to this Order and will encourage others to follow in your footsteps.

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Powys Lodge of Royal Ark Mariner No.477 celebrates Centenary

Powys Lodge

L to R: W.Bro. Mark Golding, Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies, W.Bro. Daniel Heath, Asst. Grand Secretary, RW.Bro Ernest Stevens, Past District Provincial Grand Master River Plate, R.W.Bro. John Prizeman Deputy Grand Master, W.Bro. David Hilton Worshipful Commander, R.W.Bro Bob Stokes Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro. Ian McLachlan, Senior Warden and W.Bro. Mark Constant, Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies.

In the month of June 1918 a group of brethren in Peterborough decided to form a Royal Ark Mariner Lodge from which the Powys R.A.M. Lodge No. 477 was later constituted and moored to the Fitzwilliam Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 477.

The first Commander was Lord Lilford who was the first of four brethren of the Lodge subsequently to attain the Office of Provincial Grand Master. On 5th October 2018 the brethren of Powys assembled to celebrate the Centenary of the Lodge in the presence of the Deputy Grand Master, R.W.Bro. John Prizeman and the Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Robert Stokes, two Past Provincial Grand Masters and a Past District Grand Master of the District of the River Plate.

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Admiral Beatty Lodge - Banner Dedication

Admiral Beatty Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 594 
Celebrates its Centenary with a Banner Dedication Ceremony

Right Worshipful Brother John Herbert Prizeman, Deputy Grand Master (centre left, holding the Centenary Warrant), was delighted to make a visit to Wellingborough Masonic Hall on Thursday 3 May 2018; to take the Chair and preside over the celebration of the Lodge’s Centenary.

Following this he handed the gavel to Right Worshipful Brother Robert Andrew Stokes, Provincial Grand Master for Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire (3rd from right), who led the Banner Dedication Ceremony.

A full, informative and entertaining history of the Lodge was delivered by the Worshipful Commander, David Snape, R.A.M.G.R. (centre right), which was followed by an equally captivating Oration from Worshipful Brother Reverend Tony Avery, R.A.M.G.R. (2nd from right).

In-line with the nautical connection of the Royal Ark Mariner Degree, the Lodge is named after one of the important naval figures of the day: Admiral Sir David Beatty, who had been appointed First Sea Lord in November 1916. It was Beatty’s part in the battle of Jutland in 1916 which cemented his reputation in the British psyche.

After the meeting closed the Brethren retired to dinner which included fabulous roast beef joints carved at the dining table, echoing the serving of the beef 100 years ago at the Consecration meeting in 1918.


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