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From: J. David Sowerby

Date: 08:51am 25th April 2020 

 
Good morning Brother Secretaries and Scribes ,

Due to the formal Suspension of Freemasonry on 17 March and the continuing restrictions covering the unnecessary movement and gathering of people implemented by Government you will have understood that the Provincial Grand Lodge Meeting due to take place on 27 June has been cancelled.

Under the Constitutions & Regulations of the Order the Provincial Grand Master is required to hold an Annual Provincial Grand Lodge. Such will be held later in the Year subject to the Suspension being lifted and Government relaxing/removing the “Covid 19” Regulations but primarily when it is deemed safe for the brethren to meet.

When normality returns a truncated form of Provincial Grand Lodge will be held as soon as possible to transact essential business which will include the adoption of the accounts and the election of the Treasurer and Account auditors there will not be an investiture. There will be no official visitors and currently the intention is that there will not be a festive board afterwards.

Those officers appointed in both Active and Past Rank will assume their new ranks and be entitled to wear the Collar, Collar Jewel and Apron of their preferment as of 27th June 2020. With regard the Collar Jewels of the Active Officers,  the Deacons Wands and the regalia of the Stewards instructions will follow once normality returns, the current thinking is that they could be passed on to the new team at the rearranged Provincial Annual Meeting.

The Advancees of the year will each receive their Province Token during July. 

Please forward this e-mail to all of your brethren."

 
Best wishes and do look after yourself and the family
 
David 
 
W. Bro. J. David Sowerby P.A.G.D.C., Prov.R.A.M.G.R.
Provincial Grand Secretary
Mark Province of Northamptonshire & Huntingdonshire
Tel No. 01832 734688
 

The Installation meeting of Socrates Royal Ark Mariner Lodge No.794 at Priory House Huntingdon on the 3rdMarch 2020 saw R.W.Bro. Bonham very ably Installed as the Commander of the Lodge for 2020 by W.Bro. Mark Howell.

Supported by the Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Bob Stokes, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro. Brian Elliott, the Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies, W.Bro. Tony Bloxsome and over thirty members and guests a superb evening of Mariner masonry was enjoyed by all.

In reply to his toast given by W.Bro. Alex Brown, the senior subscribing Past Commander of the Lodge, at the Festive Board following the meeting, Brother George told everyone present that the Mariner Chair was the first ever Chair that he attained in 1986 preceding both Craft and Mark and many others.  Reference to Keystone On-Line, the masonic database held at Mark Masons’ Hall testifies to that and runs to eleven pages in total of his masonic career in many Orders.

The Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Bob Stokes, congratulated both him and the IC, Mark Howell, and looked forward to him Elevating two candidates during the coming year.

 

Left to right: W.Bro. Tony Bloxsome, Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies, R.W.Bro. Bob Stokes, Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. George Bonham, Past Provincial Grand Master and WC of Socrates Lodge RAM, W.Bro. Mark Howell, Installing Commander & IPC of Socrates RAM Lodge and W.Bro. Brian Elliott, Deputy Provincial Grand Master.

 

 

The Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Robert A Stokes, accompanied by the Provincial Grand Secretary visited R.W. Bro. Roy K. Bradley at his home on Tuesday 25th February. On that occasion the Provincial Grand Master presented the Past Provincial Grand Master with his Grand Lodge Fifty Year Service Certificate.

R.W. Bro. Roy reminisced on the enjoyment of his masonic life. He was Advanced into Fitzwilliam Lodge of M.M.M.  on 22nd January 1970 (three years after being initiated into his Craft Lodge), served as Master in 1981 and was elected an Honorary member in 2017. He served the Province as Provincial Grand Master from November 2000 to June 2006 and is an Honorary Member of eleven Mark Lodges .

A Freeman of the City of London and now all but house bound his only regret is that he did not join masonry earlier albeit that he had been invited in 1958 but the farming business and his family rightfully took precedence. 

 

Provincial Grand Master congratulates Past Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Roy Bradley on achieving 50 years of service to the Order of Mark Master Masons.

At the Annual Meeting of our Mark Provincial Grand Lodge in 2015 the then ProvGM, R.W.Bro. George Bonham presented a cheque from our Benevolent Fund to the then ProvGM for London R.W.Bro. David Ashbolt for £3000 towards the Mark Province of London Appeal to raise money to buy Minibuses for the use of the Masonic Homes in and around London. This qualified the Province to receive a Ceremonial Axe for use in Mark Ceremonies. It was agreed that this would be given to R.W.Bro .George Bonham’s mother Mark Lodge – Earl of Euston Lodge No. 1458.

London being such a large and busy Province it has taken almost five years for a delegation to be free to come to Earl of Euston Lodge to present it. This happened on Friday 28th February when the current ProvGM for London  R.W.Bro. Tom Quinn, accompanied by the PastProvGM, R.W.Bro. David Ashbolt, and “axe maker” W.Bro. Charlie Newman came to Eaton Socon to present it.  Bro. Charlie told the Brethren that this was the 75thhe had made and the first to be presented outside of the London Province. The evening, which included a truly excellent Advancement ceremony undertaken by the WM, W.Bro. Alan Edwards and his Officers - was enjoyed by all who attended.

Those who were present in 2015 will remember that it was R.W.Bro. David Ashbolt’s thanking response that gave Bro. George the title of “Legend” which was subsequently changed by the then Deputy Grand Master R.W.Bro. Keith Emmerson to “Leg-end” as he was escorted out at the end of the meeting.

 

Left to right: W.Bro. Brian Elliott, Deputy Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Tom Quinn, Provincial Grand Master for London, R.W.Bro. George Bonham, Past Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro. Alan Edwards, WM of Earl of Euston Lodge, R.W.Bro. David Ashbolt, Past Provincial Grand Master for London, W.Bro. Charlie Newman and W.Bro. John Clarke, DC of Earl of Euston Lodge.

 

 

 

From: Darren Coleman-Heald 
Date: Wed, 18 Dec 2019 at 10:03
Subject: MBF - Safe Anchor Trust - Boat refurbishment update
Distribution: MBF Trustees / Prov.G.M. / Prov.G.Sec.

Dear all, 

Please see updates from the Safe Anchor Trust and Dogs for Good Trust.

The MBF granted £48,235 for the refurbishment of the canal boat ‘Safe Anchor Lady’. The charity provides trips for those in the community who suffer physical and mental disabilities, poor health and social isolation and caters for over 7,000 people each year. 

Update from Dogs for Good Trust

Kind regards

Darren

W.Bro. Darren W. Coleman‑Heald, P.A.G.D.C.

Charities Manager

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