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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)



Back Row l to r: Bro. Michael Fraser, Bro. Jack Hirst, Bro. Gene David, W.Bro.Richard Hill, WC, W.Bro. Tony Pointing, Bro. Simon Key, W.Bro. Richard Bedells RAMGR, ProvGDC

Front Row l to r: W.Bro. Andrew Woodward RAMGR, Bro. John Westlake, W.Bro. Brian Elliott, RAMGRDepPrGM, W.Bro. Tim Almond, W.Bro. Gilbert Williamson, W.Bro. Norman Pope.

The Royal Ark Mariner Tracing Board Lecture is a piece of ritual that is not often heard in our Mariner Lodges but on the 11thFebruary The Graftonian RAM Lodge No.1243 rectified that situation in a superb presentation of it by eleven members of the Lodge.

The lecture portrays not only the origins of the RAM Degree but also episodes and symbols relating to the many masonic degrees being worked in masonic lodges in the 18thcentury.  The lecture was subsequently revised in the late 1950’s by two Hertfordshire freemasons after diligent search amongst the records in the archives of Mark Masons’ Hall.

The RAM Ritual Book No.1 defines the presentation into four parts but The Graftonian Lodge divided the work into eleven parts in a well thought out and choreographed delivery under the direction of W.Bro. Tim Almond.  He was assisted in presentation order by Bro. John Westlake, W.Bro. Tony Pointing, Bro. Gene David, Bro. Michael Fraser, Bro. Jack Hirst, W.Bro. Gilbert Williamson, W.Bro. Andrew Woodward, Bro. Simon Key, W.Bro. Norman Pope and completed by the WC, W.Bro.Richard Hill.

In thanking the brethren for their presentation, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master remarked that the use of a team of eleven had worked extremely well making for a very enjoyable and enlightening experience for the listener.

Very Worshipful Brother Michael Arthur Richards was installed as Master of the Mark Grand Stewards’ Lodge on Monday, 10th December 2018.
Michael was accompanied by WBro. Graham Minett, PGJD, who is a member of the Lodge, and WBro. John Harris, PGStdB a member of the Graftonian Lodge.
The meeting was held in the Princess Alexandra Room at the Royal Overseas League, as Mark Masons Hall was temporarily closed.
The Installation ceremony was conducted by the Deputy Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother John H. Prizeman.
The Address to the Wardens was given by Right Worshipful Brother Russell Howard, the PGM for Bedfordshire and the Address to the Overseers was given by WBro. John Harris.
The ceremony was followed by an extremely convivial Festive Board in the same building, in the India and Pakistan Hall.”
Photo shows L to R: WBro John Harris PGStdB, RWBro John Herbert Prizeman, Deputy Grand Master, VWBro Michael Richards, PGMO and RWBro Russell Howard, PGM for Bedfordshire.

2019 is an important year in the history of the Powys Lodge of MMM No 685, with it's Centenary due to be reached on 21st May 2019, which will be marked by a special meeting, due to be held at Kettering Masonic Hall.

We hope other Lodges in the Province will support us on this memorable day to honour the memory of our many predecessors & to wish us well for the next 100 years!

Just to put into context, some events which took place during 1919, following the devastation & largest ever loss of life during WW1:

-          George V was King

-          Lloyd George was Prime Minister (coalition)

-          First non stop transatlantic flight

-          Scuttling of German warships at Scapa Flow

-          Treaty of Versailles

-          Town & Country Planning Act, targets to build 500K council houses by 1922

-          11th November - the first remembrance day

-          First Woman MP (Nancy Astor)


We have already raised some funds internally for the banner, charter, history leaflet of the Lodge & its members - the banner has been approved & is now in process of being made.


Full details of the Centenary meeting will be sent nearer the time to all Mark Brethren in the Province.

Kind regards,



WBro David Crocker 

Worshipful Master Powys Lodge of MMM

Immediately after the Provincial RAM Assembly at Corby on Saturday 1st December a presentation of an ambulance support vehicle was made to representatives of St.John Ambulance by the Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Bob Stokes.

l to r: Alan Boaden– Chairman of the Northamptonshire County Priory Group, St.John Ambulance, Peter Castle - St.John AmbulanceR.W.BroBob Stokes– ProvGM,

W.Bro. Brian Elliott– DepProvGM

The Northamptonshire vehicle is one of over 50 mobile treatment centres, ambulances and support vehicles which are being handed over in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in a phased programme from October 2018 to early 2019.


The vehicles have been secured by a capital grant by the Mark Benevolent Fund of over £3M to the Order of St.John with the specific aim of providing new vehicles to the operational arm of the Order, St.John Ambulance.

The Northamptonshire vehicle will be put to use at events in the county as volunteers deliver life saving first aid to members of the public.

At the handover ceremony, Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Bob Stokes said “18 years ago the MBF carried out a similar exercise donating vehicles in every county so that the charity could continue its life saving mission.  We look forward to continuing our long relationship with St.John Ambulance and the Order of St.John over the coming decades and sincerely hope that this vehicle will provide many years of service for the Northamptonshire volunteers”

In reply Alan Boaden, Chair of the Northamptonshire County Priory Group said “The donation of this vehcicle is wonderful news for both counties and will significantly help enhance patient care and contribute to more lives saved locally.  We are immensely grateful to the Mark Master Masons of the Province of Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire and to the Mark Benevolent Fund for their generosity and we look forward to seeing the positive use made by local St.John Ambulance volunteers in the future as they continue the charity’s life saving mission”

Before presenting the keys of the support vehicle vehicle to Peter Castle, the Provincial Grand Master called upon W.Bro. Rev’d Tony Avery, the Provincial Grand Chaplain who then delivered a dedication address and blessed the vehicle. 

Brian Elliott


Photos: Ian McLachlan/Darren Coleman

l to r: Peter Castle - St.John Ambulance, Darren Coleman– MBF Charities and Communications Co-Ordinator, R.W.Bro Bob Stokes– ProvGM, W.Bro. Brian Elliott– DepProvGM, W.Bro. Richard Bedells– ProvGDC and W.Bro. Rev’d Tony Avery– Provincial Grand Chaplain.


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