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From: Peter Gibson-Leitch PGSec for MMM Province of Leics & Rutland
Date: Thu, 9 May 2019 at 14:12
Subject: Leics. & Rutland - The Sussex Mark Antient Re-enactment Team Demonstration on Tuesday 18th June 2019, at Freemasons' Hall, Leicester
Dear Brother Provincial Grand Secretaries
The Mark Province of Leicestershire & Rutland is delighted to be hosting the renowned Sussex Mark Ancient Re-enactment Team at Freemason’s Hall, Leicester on the evening of Tuesday 18th June 2019, starting at 5.30p.m.
Our Provincial Grand Master, R. W. Bro. Phillip J. Mann will be in attendance and cordially extends this Invitation to our neighbouring Mark Provincial Grand Masters, Deputy Provincial Grand Masters, Assistant Provincial Grand Masters and Provincial Grand Secretaries to join us at this intriguing event which will hopefully encourage our Mark brethren to learn more about the Mark Degree and their knowledge of Masonry in general. Guests are welcome to attend as long as they are Mark Master Masons.
The Letter of Invitation and Promotional Leaflet, Agenda & Information sheet attached here provides more information on the demonstration of the antient Mark ceremonies of Mark Man and Mark Master to our Mark brethren.
If you and your colleagues are able to join us we’d be delighted to see you, so please don’t delay and I would be very grateful to receive your booking as soon as possible but by no later than Monday 3rd June please.
With kind and fraternal regards

W. Bro. Peter Gibson-Leitch, P.A.G.D.C.
Provincial Grand Secretary



Announcement of W.Bro.David Snape as Provincial Grand Assistant Charity Steward

Following the release of the list of Provincial Officers for the 2019-2020 year, W. Bro Brian Bell wrote to the Provincial Grand Master in March, informing him that due to his continuing health problems he felt unable to accept the active office of Provincial Grand Assistant Charity Steward, to which he had been appointed. In his response to W. Bro. Brian, The Provincial Grand Master expressed his complete understanding and thanked him for his hard work and his positive enthusiasm over his five years in the Office of Provincial Grand Charity Steward and for the way he gave encouragement to the Lodge Charity Stewards in promoting both the MBF and the Provincial Mark Benevolent Association.

W. Bro Brian leaves the Provincial Team having seen 9 Mark Lodges achieve the MBF Grand Patron Diamond Award, and 6 Lodges awarded the MBF Grand Patron Gold award and our youngest Lodge, Ailwyn Lodge, holds the MBF Grand Patron award.
He will long be remembered for his phrase "ENTHUSIASM IS INFECTIOUS DO YOU WANT TO CATCH IT".  
The Provincial Grand Master is therefore pleased to announce that W. Bro David Snape P.G.S.D. has been offered and accepted the appointment of Provincial Grand Assistant Charity Steward and will assume his duties along with W. Bro Jeff Chambers (Provincial Grand Charity Steward) on 22nd June. I am sure that you will see this team visiting and encouraging your Lodges to support our Charity and I am equally sure that you and your brethren will give them your support when requested.  
This team remember also administers the Province’s web site Regalia “Shop” where donated regalia is sold in support of the Provincial Benevolent Association.

Best wishes and fraternal regards 


W. Bro. J. David Sowerby P.A.G.D.C.
Provincial Grand Secretary
Mark Province of Northamptonshire & Huntingdonshire

On the 5th March at the Huntingdon Masonic Centre, the Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother Robert Andrew Stokes, attended the Installation of Brother Mark Howell as Worshipful Commander of Socrates Lodge RAM No. 794.

After an excellent installation ceremony by the Installing Commander, Worshipful Brother Ian McColl, the Provincial Grand Master unveiled a collection of Mark Benevolent Fund Steward lapel badges dating between 1946 to 1980 in honour of his visit.  Presented in a display case, they had been recovered and collected by W.Bro. Howell and would be suitably displayed at the Huntingdon Centre.

In thanking Brother Mark, Right Worshipful Brother Stokes, said they would be a lasting legacy and reminder of the work Mark Master Masons give to the MBF and charity in general and would be an honour to the Province perpetually remembered in the Huntingdon Masonic Centre.

Provincial Grand Master receives an historic collection of MBF Steward Lapel Pins

L to r: W.Bro. David Balmer (ProvDepGDC), R.W.Bro. George Bonham (PastPrGM), R.W.Bro. Bob Stokes (PrGM),  W.Bro. Mark Howell (WC) W.Bro. Geoff Pitcher (PC), W.Bro. Doug Peacock (Scribe) and W.Bro. Des Hinshelwood (DC)


Mark and Royal Ark Mariner joint social evening at Ellindon Masonic Centre Peterborough on 6th September 2019 - Flyer

The Norman Rolfe Lodge meeting of the 11th February saw the celebration of 50 years of service to the Mark Order by W.Bro. Langford Smith.


The Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Bob Stokes accompanied by 10 Grand Officers of the Province and 15 active Provincial Grand Officers attended in support of the celebration held at Ellindon Masonic Centre in Peterborough to present him with his certificate from the Grand Master.


Bro. Langford was Initiated into Freemasonry whilst working in Nigeria and is currently a Craft  member of Schola Regia Lodge No.9105 holding the rank of PPJGW.   Returning to England, in 1969 he was Advanced into the Mark Degree in Fitzwilliam Lodge MMM No. 477 and was Worshipful Master in 1980.  He received Mark Grand Rank of PAGDC in 1991.


In December last year, Bro. Langford celebrated his 87th Birthday. He was educated at The Masonic Boys School at Rickmansworth and later at Kings School Peterborough.  A qualified Chartered Surveyor by profession he is married with four children.  As well as his freemasonry interests, Bro. Langford is also the Commandant of the local Sea Cadets and very active with the British Legion.  In his address the Provincial Grand Master said how pleased he was to be able to present the certificate on behalf of The Grand Master and the importance of recognising long service in the Order.  He then requested the Provincial Grand Secretary to read the certificate to the assembled brethren.


On the same evening the Lodge undertook its annual Installation meeting with W.Bro. Alan Nicolls installing his successor, W.Bro. Clive Lane in an excellent ceremony following which everyone retired to a very enjoyable festive board.


Provincial Grand Master presents 50 year Certificate to W.Bro. Langford Bernard Smith PAGDC

L to r: W.Bro. Alan Nicholls (IM), W.Bro. Clive Lane (WM), W.Bro. Langford Smith PAGDC,  R.W.Bro. Bob Stokes Provincial Grand Master and R.W.Bro. George Bonham, Past ProvGM


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