At the meeting of Grand Lodge of MMM held at UGLE Gt.Queen Street on Tuesday 11th June, two brethren of the Province received Grand Rank appointments from the Grand Master, M.W.Bro. HRH Prince Michael of Kent.
W.Bro. Brian Hornigold of Ferrers Lodge No. 1341 received an active first appointment of Assistant Grand Sword Bearer and W.Bro. Mike Nixon of Ailwyn Lodge No.1871 a first appointment of Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies.
Sadly, due to a knee injury, the Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. Robert Stokes, had to cancel at the last minute but a total of thirteen brethren from our Mark Province, including the two candidates, enjoyed a superb ceremony presided over by the Grand Master, M.W.Bro. Prince Michael of Kent. In his address toward the end of the meeting he spoke about an initiative taking place in London in September 2020 being the first ever Mark Keystone Conference bringing together representatives from daughter and sister Constitutions to discuss the challenges and leverage the opportunities facing the Order. The next major initiative after the St.John Ambulance project was also mentioned and opportunities to support national programmes in the dementia care, loneliness and prostate cancer sectors are being considered for support. It was also noted that the Grand Master was celebrating 40 years in Mark Masonry and at the end of the meeting was given a rousing three cheers led by the Grand Secretary. A memorable day both for the 200 plus candidates and all those in attendance.
For the second year in succession, the Promotions meeting will be held at the Mark Grand Lodge meeting on the 10th September when W.Bro. Trevor Boswell of Simon de St.Liz Lodge and W.Bro. Andrew Woodward of The Graftonian Lodge will both receive promotion to Past Grand Junior Deacon.
Why not put that date in your diary and come along to an enjoyable day in support of those worthy candidates.
W.Bro. Mike Nixon received Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies and W.Bro. Brian Hornigold received Assistant Grand Sword Bearer.
Table 65 - l to r: W.Bro. Jeremy Allen, W.Bro. Richard Asher, W.Bro. David Balmer, R.W.Bro. George Bonham, W.Bro. Brian Elliott, W.Bro. Russel Laxton, W.Bro. Mike Nixon, W.Bro. Brian Hornigold and W.Bro. Bob Dennis