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                                 Mark Benevolent Fund


Mark Benevolent Fund Festival Badges 2017-2018 Festival


2017 MBF Festival Result for Berkshire - £666,666


MBF has recently provided a grant for £107,628 to the St Oswald’s Hospice in

Newcastle-upon-Tyne. To see the impact that the MBF grant has had on this

most worthy charity

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                                   Mark Grand Lodge


 Address of the Pro Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons

M.W.Bro. Raymond John Smith, Tuesday, 12 September 2017

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                          MBF Donation to the Caribbean


Brethren, the Trustees of the Mark Benevolent Fund held emergency discussions this week in response to the devastating hurricanes that are battering the Caribbean and surrounding areas. £35,000 has been donated to the Shelter Box charity to fund 1,000 Shelter Kits for the affected residents in the region. Many have had their homes decimated over successive weather fronts and there is more bad weather on the way. The Shelter Kits provide tools, ropes and heavy-duty tarpaulins to quickly repair existing structures.

Mark Masons’ Hall is proud to have many Brethren in the Caribbean representing all of the Orders administered here, many of whom are in the worst hit parts. In some cases, they are still unable to get in touch due to poor communications. We all send our thoughts and prayers during these difficult times and hope our friends and colleagues are safe and well.

The Mark Benevolent Fund will continue doing all they can and will keep everyone updated on any further developments.

Should you wish to make a donation of you own please follow the link below.

https://www.shelterbox.org/

                          Chaloner Mark Installation Meeting


The PGM R.W.Bro. Andy Beaumont and his provincial team paid a visit to Chaloner Installation Meeting  on Tuesday 3rd October and what a great night was had by all. The Master W.Bro Barry Flack was installed into the chair by W.Bro. Chris Webb in very sincere and able manner. All the officers where installed including the new secretary W.Bro. Nick Short. The D.C. W.Bro Brian Amos was pleased with all proceedings and himself gave a splendid rendition of the Keystone Jewel. W.Bro Ray Honey presented the working tool from his wheel chair to the acclaim of the lodge.

There was more to come as the PGM presented W.Bro David Hogg with his provincial collar of PrGReg as he could not attend the PG Meeting, but the shock of the night was given when the PGM stood up and called Bro. Alan Kerr to front of the W.M pedestal and presented him a provincial apron and collar as Acting Provincial Assistant Standard Bearer for his work on the provincial website. This was the first time this honour has been presented in Wiltshire and to say Bro Kerr was shocked would be an understatement, what a lovely event to witness.    

Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank 2017


The Most Worshipful Grand Master has appointed W.Bro. D.C. Kilford, of the Goddard Lodge of RAM No. 401 to Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank.

He will be invested on Tuesday 12th December 2017 at Freemasons Hall, Great Queen Street, London.

W.Bro. Dennis was elevated into the RAM Degree on the 19th May 2003 and became Worshipful Commander of his Lodge, Goddard Lodge which meets in Swindon, on the 4th November 2006. He was appointed to Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank on 21st June 2012.

Congratulations to W.Bro. Dennis on his well-deserved promotion.


The Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Andy Beaumont, hopes that as many Brethren as possible will travel up to London on the 12th December 2017 to support W.Bro. Dennis Kilford on this very special day.


Details of travel options will be posted nearer the time.


                                  Annual Mark Sunday Lunch

Another very successful Sunday Lunch was held at the Assembly Hall, Melksham on Sunday 2nd October. This year the format was changed slightly and the hall was laid out with circular tables. All agreed this was improvement and that the hall looked extremely good.

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Warminster Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 1110

held their Installation Meeting on Tuesday 10th October 2017aAt the Masonic Hall Warminster. There were 23 members and 20 visitors present, including the Provincial Grand Master W.Bro

A.P Beaumont PGM who was admitted into the Lodge and welcomed by the Worshipful Master Derek Atkinson.

The R.W PGM W.Bro A.P Beaumont presented a Grand Lodge Certificate to Bro Jonothan Carver.

Bro Lindsay Young was then installed as Master of the Warminster Lodge of Mark Master Masons 1110. After which VW.Bro  Bryan Little the presented the Patrons Jewel and the Keystone Jewel to the new W.M

V.W.Bro John Bell gave an detailed explanation of the workings of the MBF before presenting a Vice Patron Collarette to W.Bro C.J Robbins to mark his contributions.

Alms collected were £77.88p and a raffle at the Festive Board raised £190 which will be donated towards the New Dementia Day Care Centre being established in Warminster along with the proceeds of the forthcoming Skittles Night on 11th November.

 Bob Chalmers, Secretary


Walter "Wally" Ernest Simmons Legacy


The Provincial Grand Charity Steward is pleased to announce the receipt of a Legacy from the Trustees of the estate of the late Walter Ernest Simmons.



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Information about free membership of the

"Club @ 86 St James" and the benefits thereof.

 



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Warminster Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 1110


On Saturday 11th November 2017 around 40 members and wives from Warminster, Geoffrey Short, Radnor, Elias De Derham Lodges and the Province gathered at the Fox and Hounds pub in Warminster for a charity skittles challenge in aid of a new Dementia Day Care Centre in Warminster.


The event was organised by the Secretary/Charity Steward of Warminster Mark Lodge W.Bro Bob Chalmers. Spread over 3 legs it pitted teams of 6 players against each other. With the winning team being the Worshipful Masters Team from Warminster on 102, closely followed by the Provincial Team & Geoffrey Short Lodge on 98, the Warminster Lodge Team on 92 and a combined Elias De Derham/Radnor team on 86.


The evening raised a total of £305 towards the Lodge target of £1000 for the Day Care Centre. Thanks are extended to all who took part and the pub landlord who provided the Skittle Ally and an excellent spread of sandwiches free of charge.

 

Bob Chalmers

Secretary

Warminster Mark Lodge