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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

                          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.

                          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.


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.


Information about free membership of the

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



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


Warminster Mark Lodge

Royal Ark Mariner Annual Assembly December 2017

On Tuesday 12th December 2017, a number of Brethren from the Province of Wiltshire, including the Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. A.P. Beaumont, the Past Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. M. Meade, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master W.Bro. Bob Blake, and the Past Deputy Grand Master V.W.Bro. John Bell, travelled to London by train and car for the Annual Investiture Meeting of Royal Ark Mariners in Grand Lodge at Freemasons Hall, Great Queen Street London. R.W.Bro. Martin Brown had intended to attend but was unwell on the day.

In attendance for the Annual Assemblage were The Most Worshipful Pro Grand Master, Raymond John Smith, The Right Worshipful Deputy Grand Master, John Herbert Prizeman and The Right Worshipful Assistant Grand Master, Stephen Davison, together with many Provincial and District Grand Masters and visiting brethren from Europe and around the World.

During the appointment and investiture for the year 2017/2018, W.Bro. D.C. Kilford of the Goddard Lodge of RAM No. 401 was invested with Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank to much acclamation.

Afterwards several of us had an enjoyable meal in the Great Connaught Rooms whilst others including W.Bro. Dennis Kilford eat elsewhere, before all commencing our journeys home.

It was a long day but well worth all the effort involved.

Many congratulations to W.Bro. Dennis. It is a well-deserved promotion for all his hard work for the Province over many years.

 Address of the Pro Grand Master

Warminster Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 1110

Warminster Mark Lodge Gives £1,000 To Dementia Centre

The Warminster Lodge of Mark Master Masons, has donated a cheque for £1,000 to Alzheimer’s Support for the new day care centre being built in Warminster.

First spotted in an article in the local Warminster Journal by the secretary/charity steward of the Lodge W. Bro. Bob Chalmers, the money was raised by a raffle at the Lodge Installation evening, then by means of a Charity Skittles match against lodges from Trowbridge and Salisbury, which was held, with the kind support of the landlord, Chris Pitcher, at the Fox & Hounds in Warminster. It was then topped up with a donation from the Mark Provincial Grand Master for Wiltshire Right Worshipful Brother (R.W. Bro.) Andrew Beaumont and a final donation from the Lodge Charity account.

The cheque was presented to Babs Harris, the CEO of Alzheimer’s Support, by W. Bro. Lyn Young the current Master of Warminster Lodge. The group was shown the work that had been undertaken so far and the future plans were also explained.

The charity is creating a purpose designed day club for up to 48 people each week, activity rooms and bases for its specialist staff who support people living with dementia and their carers in Warminster and surrounding villages.

R.W. Bro. Andrew Beaumont the Provincial Grand Master (PGM) for the Mark Degree in Wiltshire said, “My father in-law who lives in Chippenham, has dementia so we see the effects of dementia first hand. We really want to help alleviate the pressure that the disease brings for the carers and family members.”

Wiltshire’s Masons have a long history of supporting grassroots causes within the county and they are hoping to give more towards supporting dementia services.

Andrew added, “Alzheimer’s Support does all its important work in the county so we are going to look into the feasibility of supporting the charity on a more regular basis.”

Alzheimer’s Support CEO, Babs Harris said, “We are delighted to receive this donation, and it was fantastic to be able to show the Masons around the building which is starting to take shape.

“We are incredibly excited about this project and meeting everyone here today really brought home to us how much this centre is valued and welcomed by the community here in Warminster.”

Pic – The Masons present a cheque for £1000 to Alzheimer’s Support’s for their new Dementia Centre in Warminster. From left: R.W. Bro. Andrew Beaumont, the Provincial Grand Master of the Mark Degree in Wiltshire; W. Bro. Bob Chalmers, secretary/charity steward; Babs Harris, CEO of Alzheimer’s Support; W. Bro. Lyn Young, Master of Warminster Lodge of Mark Master Masons; W. Bro. Bob Blake, deputy PGM of Mark Degree in Wiltshire.


                                 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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R.E.Kt. John Walter Cave the Provincial Prior for Dorset & Wiltshire became a member of  The

Lansdowne Mark Lodge No. 1035.


Latest from Lansdowne….. By W.Bro. Simon Grove W.M.

After a very successful installation back in October, the brethren of Lansdowne were delighted that we had not one or two but three candidates keen to join our happy ranks.  Our December meeting saw Bro. Bryan Elliott advanced.  We knew that our next candidate, Bro. John Cave, was very well known in Wiltshire as well as further afield, being the Provincial Prior for Dorset and Wiltshire.  Bro. John will have made a great number of friends over nearly 30 years of membership of the Craft and, sure enough, he invited a goodly number to come and support him as he took his next masonic step.  However, what we were not expecting that among his guests would be R.W.Bro. John Prizeman, the Deputy Grand Master!!  This somewhat focused the mind and ensured that we were all on our metal for the ceremony of Bro. John’s advancement.

With the great responsibility that comes with such high office, R.W.Bro. Prizeman does not often get to visit a private lodge so it was not only a privilege for us to receive him but a delight to give him the night off, well nearly!  After a splendid meeting, the assembled throng enjoyed a most convivial festive board.  With a fair distance to travel, the Deputy Grand Master was planning to depart after toast number 2.  We were delighted that, after a little persuasion, he agreed to stay for at least the next toast, that to Grand Lodge.  After a few words thanking him for all that he does for our wonderful Order, the toast was given with extra poignancy.  We were further honoured when R.W.Bro. John wishes to respond, which gave him the opportunity not only to bring us up to date with the latest news from Grand Lodge but also to praise us for a wonderful meeting, adding that he would be reporting back to London most favourably.

We were delighted to welcome Bro Cave into the Lodge and W.Bro Frank Fletcher gave a wonderful speech to John that was received most warmly. (Toast from W.Bro Fletcher)

That perhaps means that we are getting slowly closer to getting the set.  The set, that is, of heads of the various Orders as amongst our numbers we have the Craft PGM, Mark PGM, Inspector General, Deputy Grand Master Masons (of The Operatives), the Past Chief Adept (SRIA) and now, of course, the Provincial Prior!

We are looking forward to our next meeting on Monday 23rd April when we will be advancing Bro. John Sellwood of St Edmund Lodge.  If you would like to come and support him, we would be delighted to offer a warm welcome so please get in touch!

Photo (l to r):

W.Bro. Bob Blake Deputy, Provincial Grand Master; W.Bro. Simon Grove, Worshipful Master; Bro. John Cave; R.W.Bro. John Prizeman, Deputy Grand Master.

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  Wiltshire Provincial Officers Dinner 2018

On Saturday 27th January the annual Active Provincial Officers Dinner was held for the first time at the Bear Hotel, Devizes. As well as the Active Officers, those Brethren who had assisted on visits during the year were also invited.

R.W.Bro. Andy Beaumont and his wife Diana were very pleased to welcome a total of 51 Brethren and their Ladies to a drinks reception prior to dinner in The Ball Room. Unfortunately, on the drive up from Salisbury, the car in which V.W Bro. Paul Turner and W.Bro. Ian Gibson and their wives were traveling hit a pot hole and they were unable to complete the journey to Devizes.

A late increase in numbers attending prompted a move upstairs from The Lambton’s Room, but despite the slight confusion this caused, it was agreed by all that the dinner was a great success with a good location, enjoyable food and excellent company.

The atmosphere in The Ballroom, the use of round tables, the pleasant staff and the catering were first class ensuring that the event was a great success and a happy time was had by everybody.

The Provincial Grand Master spoke briefly at the beginning and end of the meal and thanked
W.Bro. Steve Lee and his wife Diane for all their efforts in organising the event.

We look forward to next year!


St Aldhelm Lodge No 1531

On Tuesday 6th March the new Master and Officers of St Aldhelm Lodge No 1531 meeting in Malmesbury had the great pleasure of advancing our newest member into Mark masonry.  Thirty six brethren, including the Provincial Grand Master, witnessed an excellent ceremony and enjoyed a most wonderful meal afterwards where £180 was raised for the Mark Benevolent Fund.

Warminster Lodge 1110

On Tuesday 13th March 2018 Warminster Mark Lodge 1110 welcomed it’s newest advancee W.Bro Paul Brown of White Horse Lodge 2227. An excellent ceremony was performed by the Worshipful Master W.Bro Lyn Young and his officers. At the festive board the speech to the advancee was given by his father W.Bro Mike Brown of Thomas Dunkerley MMM Lodge 1296 in the Province of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Paul is the first candidate to come as a result of the Provincial Presentation to Craft Masons and a further candidate will be advanced at the next meeting.

Wiltshire Installed Mark Masters Lodge No 1460

On Sunday the 25th March 2018 at the Bear Hotel Devizes, 1460 Mark Lodge held another excellent annual luncheon party.

Some 28 Brethren, wives and partners attended and enjoyed a splendid meal ably organised again by W Bro Michael James and his wife Elizabeth.

The menu choices and service – first class, the chatter and camaraderie were only interrupted by the quality of the meal – all totally calorie free of course.

The meal was blessed by W Bro Rev John Hughes and flowers presented to the ladies before we all departed.

This Lodge is keen to recruit new Installed Masters into its fold, so if you would like to join us please contact W Bro Ralph Moore details are in the year book page 303.

Thank you, Michael and Elizabeth, for all your efforts in ensuring a good time was had by us all.

Changes to Arrangements for Mark Grand Rank Investiture in June

The Grand Secretary has announced changes to the investiture process of Mark Grand Rank. As a trial this year, Brethren receiving Active Grand Ranks and First Appointments the Investiture will take place at the June Communication as usual and Brethren receiving promotion in Grand Rank with be invested at the September Communication.

To find out more read here.

Wiltshire Grand Lodge Appointments 2018

The Provincial Grand Master has pleasure in confirming his

Officers for 2018-2019

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Lansdowne Lodge of RAM

32 Brethren sat to dine at Malmesbury on Monday 16th April 2018 following a wonderful double Elevation Ceremony conducted by Worshipful Commander Bob Dixon of the Lansdowne Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners, No. 1035.  The Lodge was enhanced by no less than 13 visitors from other lodges in Wiltshire, including the R.W.Bro. Andy Beaumont, PGM, and R.W.Bro. Martin Brown, PPGM, and Brethren from the Provinces of Gloucestershire and Bristol.

Following the Elevation of Christopher Branford-White and Michael Neal, both members of St Aldhelm Mark Lodge, W.Bro. John Bell, PDPGM, presented the Grand Patron's Gold Award Collarette and Jewel of the Mark Benevolent Fund to the Worshipful Commander who accepted it on behalf of the Lodge.

Roger J Clarke