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Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank

 
On behalf of our RW Provincial Grand Master, it is my pleasure to advise that the following Brethren have been appointed to Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank.
 
Remigius     117     Ivan F. Slapp
Trent           172     Connor P. Burke
Heneage     188     Philip W Spicksley
Heneage     188     Paul W. Doughty
St Wilfrids    209    Paul W. Darlaston
St Mary        326    Steven E. Siddle
St Oswalds  387     David Carswell
St Denys      427    William Stewart
St Swithuns 445     Ian C. Smith
The Haven  1732   Anthony D. Miller.
 
I am sure that you would wish to join with me in congratulating these Brethren on their preferment which is well deserved by all.
 
The investiture will take place at Skegness Masonic Hall on Saturday the 4th of June and all Royal Ark Mariner Brethren in the Province, regardless of rank are invited to attend with their partners to support both these Brethren and the PGM - a summons and official invitation will follow in due course.

Grand Lodge Appointments

On behalf of our RW Provincial Grand Master, I am delighted to advise you of the following first appointments and promotions to Mark Grand Lodge for the ensuing year.

First appointments:
W. Bro .Michael Allen-Earl of Scarbrough Lodge MMM no.1032 to Past Assistant Grand Sword Bearer
W. Bro. Graham Steen-St. Matthew Lodge MMM no. 1239 to Past Grand Standard Bearer
 
Promotions:
W. Bro,. Phillip Aitken-St. Oswald's Lodge MMM no. 387 to Past Grand Junior Deacon
 
Promotions to Active rank:
W. Bro. Ray Wade-St. Oswald's Lodge MMM no. 387 to Deputy Grand Inspector of Works
W. Bro. David Wheeler-White Stone Lodge MMM, no.1203 to Deputy Grand Sword Bearer.
 
I am sure that you will join our RW Provincial Grand Master in congratulating all these Brethren on their forthcoming preferments.
The Active ranks and first appointments are scheduled to take place at the next meeting of Mark Grand Lodge on Tuesday the 7th of June at Freemasons' Hall followed by the promotions on Tuesday the 13th of September.
Your support for these Brethren and our Provincial Grand Master would obviously be much appreciated and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at either or both of these meetings.
PLEASE NOTE - the meetings of Grand Lodge are open to all Brethren regardless of Rank - you do not have to be a Grand Officer to attend and Mark Master Masons are particularly encouraged to be present.

Double Exaltation at Haven RAM

At Haven RAM on 7th April 2022, as well as the Commander being proclaimed, there was also a double elevation.

Bros. Norman Mooney and Don Tolson were welcomed to the degree. They are pictured with R W Bro. Steve Hallberg and W Bro Neil Charlesworth the WCN


50th Certificate

On Thursday 24th March at St Wulframs Lodge MMM, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro Jack Geelhoed, was pleased to have the opportunity to present a certificate to W. Bro. Clarry Hunton to celebrate 50 years as a Mark Master Mason. Clarry reminisced about the many changes he has seen in Masonry and Mark Masonry over that period, and how much he had enjoyed being a member of such a wonderful degree. Congratulations to Clarry on such a remarkable achievement.

   


 

Grand Mark Lodge Annual Investiture

Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London

Meeting starts at 1.00pm Tuesday 7 June 2022

Sadly I have had to cancel the coach trip to London for the Grand Mark Investiture on 7 June 2022 as only 10 brethren have expressed interest.

Also, the Templars Restaurant has closed and finding a replacement is proving difficult; however, more importantly our usual coach provider cannot supply a 29 seater and having been offered an alternative by PC Coaches it is too costly at £1,600.

I felt is necessary to inform you sooner rather than later to enable those of you who wish to attend Grand Mark can make alternative travel arrangements.

Sincerely and fraternally,  

Ray


 

Provincial Grand Lodge 26th March 2022

Brethren: A warm welcome to Lincolnshire and to our Provincial Grand Lodge meeting . Thank you all for attending today , particularly our friends from other Provinces who have travelled extremely long distances to be with us. The fact that we are now able to do this face to face, and be back in our normal home is not only a great pleasure but an enormous relief for me. Believe it or not it is the fourth time I have addressed you (only once virtually thank goodness) and how things have changed in the last three years.

We have recently lost amongst others through deaths three Very Worshipful Brethren and giants in our Lincolnshire Mark Order. Our Deputy PGM Ron Harrison, our Lecture Master Derek Bontoft and our Past Craft PGM Geoffrey Mawer Cooper. I have to ask myself how on earth do we replace men of such calibre? I feel confident those of us who remain will re-double our efforts to make sure their loss spears us on to greater success and we do this as fitting tribute to their departed merit.

I have previously mentioned my decision to wait until after this meeting to make a decision about appointing a Deputy was mainly out of a deep respect I think we all owe V W Bro. Ron Harrison. He supported me without question when my term of office started, sharing travelling to other Provinces where he was very popular, and was a pillar of strength throughout the pandemic, particularly by organising zoom meetings.

Something not many of us had even heard of before March 2020 but encouraged by MMH as a method of keeping in touch and undertaking necessary business. Ron was the original Mark zoom master for us and I have much to thank him for. We have done everything we can to support Angie his wife over the last few months of his life, and my tribute to him can be viewed on our website. 

Our recovery post pandemic in Lincolnshire is patchy with some Lodges having several candidates being Advanced or Elevated . Others regrettably are not doing so well. I believe we must all assume the responsibility of being assistants to our Lodge Almoners. They cannot be expected to contact every brother who for his own reasons is not attending his Lodge, making a contribution and adding strength to the Lodge they belong to. Make contact with absentees, give them assurance any fears they have about returning can be overcome with careful thought.

On a brighter note - Provincial Grand Lodge requires a tremendous amount of organisation and once again I do sincerely thank our hard working Provincial team for all their efforts in making today possible. W Bro. Craig Maurier continues to maintain our website which I hope you will start to re-visit regularly and which hopefully now will start to be filled with good news and seeing Mark Masons enjoying our wonderful Mark & RAM meetings.

I know that the Wardens retiring today have really relished their 7 months of representing me at your Lodges which have included for the first time Installations. Their reports have been comprehensive and give me hope for the future. I’m desperately sad the full Provincial team have only enjoyed three official visits since they were first appointed- they have when asked supported me so well and I’m grateful to all who have done so. In many ways it’s a shame they can’t continue but time moves on and those who have waited so patiently for today can look forward to some milestone events coming up in 2022. Once again the information can be found on the website.

Many aspects of our lives have changed but the work of the MBF continues , even more so pressing now with the horrific events in eastern Europe. I’m sure every one in this room must have felt moved by the images we see and I felt it was appropriate we ask the collection today to be earmarked by the MBF for the relief effort in Ukraine.

In the Autumn I , along with small delegations presented cheques to 6 Hospices in total £22,000 donated by the MBF in Lincolnshire to mark the life-long dedication to duty of the Duke of Edinburgh in total 1.25m throughout the UK to the Hospices whose fund-raising capabilities have been so much neglected due to the pandemic.

We continue despite adversities to keep up our support for the forthcoming Festivals in the same way others supported us- we have again this year donated another £5000 to the Craft 2025 Festival and also supported Surrey’s Festival in July this year and West Yorkshire’s Festival in 2023.We also made a contribution with our good friends in NE and West Yorkshire to the Friends of Connaught Court in their time of need, something we should all be proud of.

To that end I ask you all to continue making donations to our Lincolnshire Mark Benevolent Fund with gift aid envelope collections. Closely linked to this charitable giving is our Mark Prize Draw - I encourage all those participating to continue to do so. For those who don’t why not? Not only does it distribute great prizes , it gives us the ability to fund both our Provincial Grand Lodge in this magnificent setting it also provides funds for Festival donations, something we can be very proud of. In real terms we punch above our weight and long may it continue.

Turning to Grand Mark Lodge : I was delighted we were able to see W Bro’s Mike Allan, Richard Garn and Mike Robinson promoted to Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank in December. I congratulate them all for honours thoroughly deserved.

I congratulate too all Provincial Officers appointed/ promoted and invested today and remind each and every one how very important the rank is- you will be looked up to for an example of good order and practice, and for that reason I ask you set high standards for yourselves and all those around you.

Work which was ongoing with ‘’Awareness evenings’’ planned before the virus intervened continues and we owe it to Derek Bontoft to continue his amazing work. Watch out for these coming soon in your area. It will be a great opportunity for you to take a Master Mason who is not a member of our Order for a free supper for you both and learn something about what we have to offer, which I’m sure you will agree is something special.

We can all now do a great deal to promote our two Orders of Mark and Royal Ark Mariner, both beautiful in their own rights. Now our Province is open for business those Lodges who are presently finding difficulty in attracting candidates - we will try to offer help and guidance for retention and recruitment . Essential to this of course is ensuring our Craft Lodges remain vibrant and providing the right men to join us.

I continue to be thankful to you all for the great privilege of being your Provincial Grand Master and wish you continued happiness in our Mark & Royal Ark Mariner Masonry.

May the Great Overseer of the Universe bless you All & Mark well.

Provincial Grand Master 


 Lincs MMM Prize Draw

 
The latest winners were announced by the PGM at the Festive Board after the Provincial Meeting.
Congratulations to theses winners, and remember, "You've got to be in it to win it!"
 
First £200.00 82 Chris Judge John O'Gaunt
Second £150.00 103 Philip Coxon John O'Gaunt
Third £125.00 2 Nigel Winn Spurn & Humber
Fourth £100.00 135 Raymond Wade St. Oswald's
Fifth £ 75.00  231 Brian  Nicholson St. Swithun's

Mark Grand Lodge at Freemasons' Hall in London

On the 8th of March our Right Worshipful Provincial Grand master. accompanied by a contingent of Brethren from Lincolnshire attended the meeting of Mark Grand Lodge at Freemasons' Hall in London.

This particular meeting is always deemed as the main business meeting of Grand Lodge but it was nevertheless enjoyable with the Pro Grand Master announcing an aid donation of £25,000 from the Mark Emergency Relief fund to assist in the Ukraine, along with details of the ways which any individual donations may be made to the fund.

The donation is to be sent to the Mark Inspectorate of Romania for the specific purpose of easing the hardship being experienced by the refugees fleeing the war In the Ukraine - Freemasonry universal and always there when needed.
The full story may be found in the Freemasonry news letter of 11th March :
 

 

The day was completed by an excellent festive board where we were joined by the Provincial Grand Master of Leicestershire and Rutland, R.W. Bro. Phillip Mann.

The next meeting of Grand Lodge will take place on Tuesday the 7th of June and this will be the Investiture of the Brethren being appointed to Grand Lodge for the first time.

Please note the date in your diary and try to attend to support both our Provincial Grand Master and the Brethren being appointed, whilst having an enjoyable day out.


 

Ronald Henry Harrison - Deputy Provincial Grand Master

15/9/1950 – 27/02/2022 

Lincolnshire Freemasonry and Lincolnshire Mark / Ark Mariner Masonry in particular lost a true friend and eminent colleague when Ron passed away on Sunday 27th February after a prolonged fight with cancer. He leaves wife Angie and two daughters Karen and Paula and their families and our hearts go out to them at this saddest of times.

Ron retired as a police officer in 2004  and was famously accredited with a commendation from the Chief Constable  when he saved a man’s life,  when a travelling circus’s lions escaped from their compound in Grimsby. The story can be found in the archives of the Grimsby Evening Telegraph (click HERE), and Ron said the person whose life he saved from a mauling lion kept in touch with him for many years as a token of his gratitude.

He became a Freemason in 1991 joining the Ancholme Lodge in Brigg. He was advanced into the Mark Degree in 1997 and his career blossomed in the Order he loved above all else - attaining the Chair in 2004 and being honoured with Provincial rank in 2009.

His commitment and potential were recognised by our immediate past PGM and current PGM (who was Provincial Secretary at the time) and Ron was promoted to an active Grand Steward in 2014.

He made many friends through the Grand Stewards Lodge and travelled (often with Angie ) to visit other Provinces from 2014 right up until the autumn of 2021, despite his health problems, and was a very popular representative of Lincolnshire and widely respected wherever he travelled.

The summation of his Mark career saw him invested as APGM in 2017 and two years later our current PGM promoted him to Deputy PGM. As a reward for his unstinting work he then received the Grand rank of Very Worshipful Brother in September 2021 as a PGJO - a fitting end of a truly amazing masonic career.

Rest in peace Ron - may the Great Overseer of the Universe take good care of you.


 

St Mary Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners - Successful 'Raid' for the "Travelling Sceptre" accomplished!

The Regular meeting and "White Table" event of the St Mary Lodge of RAM No326 (Louth) on 22 Feb 22 saw two 'Raiding Parties' attempt to claim the "Travelling Sceptre" for their respective Lodges.  The 1st 'Raiding party' claim was made from St Wilfrid's RAM Lodge No 209 (Alford), bravely led by their W.Cdr: W.Bro C.J. Woods and 8 of his trusty brethren, this claim was contested by a 'Raiding party' from The Earl of Scarbrough (EoS) RAM Lodge No 1032 (Skegness) boldly led by their W.Cdr: W.Bro M.T. Robinson and 6 of his loyal brothers.  After some calculations by the St Mary Scribe (W.Bro G.A. Tuckett), utilising the mileage matrix, it was declared that the EoS Lodge were the victors much to the disappointment of the St Wilfrid's team!

On learning of the victory for the EoS Lodge, W.Bro Mick Robinson was magnanimous in the EoS triumph declaring that all contenders (Teams of 4 or more RAM Brethren) would be welcome to make a claim for the 'Sceptre' at the next meeting of the EoS RAM No 1032 and the Lodge looked forward to welcoming any and all Royal Ark Mariners; a demonstration of the principles and goals of the "Travelling Sceptre".

The next meeting of Earl of Scarbrough RAM Lodge No 1032 is on Wednesday the 23rd March (Installation Ceremony) at the Skegness Masonic Centre and all RAM Lodges will be most welcome to attend and make a claim for the 'Sceptre' on that evening.  Please contact the EoS Scribe (W.Bro P.W.M. Mason) for further details including the Dining details (places limited to 100 brethren dining).


Two Wheels for Lincolnshire Craft 2025 Festival 

W Bro Phil Aitken, our Deputy Provincial Grand Secretary is once again taking to two wheels in order to raise money for the Lincolnshire Craft 2025 Festival. The Covid pandemic prevented him from doing the London to Paris ride last year, it being replaced by a ride across Scotland.

This year the ride to Paris is once again on the cards, with a difference – Starting at Calais, Phil and his brother Rob are cycling to Paris (195 Miles), then from Paris to Dieppe (138 Miles). They will then catch the Ferry from Dieppe to Newhaven and cycle from Newhaven to Dover (84 Miles), a total of around 440 miles and 1200 feet of elevation (hills)!

The ride is unsupported so the riders have to carry all their luggage for the 7 days.

“It’s a tough but hopefully enjoyable ride, through some lovely French countryside and for a great cause”

Please support Phil by sponsoring him -and if possible, gift aid your donation. He can be contacted by email (p.aitken2@ntlworld.com) or phone (07747 622989).

Or click on the JUST GIVING link HERE.


 

Provincial Active Officers Dinner – February 18th 2022

Despite the best efforts of Storm Eunice, the Harbour Lights Restaurant at Burton Waters successfully hosted the 2nd Provincial Active Officers Dinner, where 25 Brethren and their partners met to relax and celebrate their time in office together. It should be remembered that these officers have effectively served 2 years in Office, but due to the Covid pandemic have only been able to meet since the lifting of the restrictions in September 2021.

 

It was a night of great company, great food and everyone had a wonderful time.


Provincial Wardens for the forthcoming year

On behalf of our RW PGM, I am delighted to advise you that at the recent Lodge meeting & annual Burns night held by St Wilfrid's Lodge, RAM, the PGM took the opportunity to announce that his Provincial Wardens for the forthcoming year will be:
 
SW - W. Bro. Phil Spicksley - St. Matthew Lodge MMM, no. 1239;
JW - W. Bro. Maurice Cockburn - St Guthlac Lodge MMM, no. 1122.
 
These Brethren will be invested at the meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge which is to be held at the Epic Centre, Lincoln on Saturday the 26th of March and I am sure that you would wish them many congratulations and best wishes on their appointments and for their term of Office.

The Travelling Sceptre moves on.

 
The annual Burns night at St Wilfrid's RAM no. saw the Travelling Sceptre claimed by St Mary Lodge RAM no. 326, who meet at Louth, with 10 of their members attending to support their W. Cdr, W. Bro. Andrew Wrisdale in taking home the trophy - a super turnout by their members and a testament to the ideals and aims of the Traveling Sceptre.
 
The next meeting of St Mary RAM is on Tuesday the 22nd February and they welcome any other Lodges and their members who wish to claim the prize from them on that evening.
 
 
*** picture shows the W. Cdr of St Mary Lodge - W. Bro. Andrew Wrisdale receiving the Travelling Sceptre from W. Bro. Christopher Woods, the W., Cdr of St Wilfrids Lodge

Team Visit to John O'Gaunt

R.W.Bro Stephen Hallberg PGM was pleased to attend John O'Gaunt Lodge MMM No 172 on Monday 17th January 2022 with a goodly number of Active Provincial Officers. In the presence of such illustrious company, Bro Crosskill was advanced to this honourable degree. It was a superb evening and reminded the brethren of what we've all been missing during the course of the Covid-19 pandemic. The PGM expressed a hope that now most people have been vaccinated against this terrible virus, more brethren may feel confident to return to the fellowship and fraternity of our Mark meetings.


Mark 50 Year Certificate.

It was the PGM’s privilege and pleasure to attend the Earl of Scarbrough’s Lodge meeting on 12th January to present W Bro. David Gaylor with his Mark 50 year certificate.

David  was advanced in to the Mark in the Thistle Lodge No 62 (Scottish Constitution) on 19th February 1968, transferring to the English Constitution on 3rd February 1977. He pursued a colourful career in the Armed Forces serving in amongst other places Germany and as he describes it, "as a member of the United Nations of Mark Masonry visited several Mark Lodges in Europe". He eventually returned to the UK and settled as a joining member of the Earl of Scarbrough Lodge MMM No 1032 in February 1994. Now a Provincial officer he told the PGM his Father would have been very proud to see him awarded a 50 year certificate in our wonderful Mark Degree.

The evening was capped off with a most interesting talk by W Bro. Chris James GSD on the life and times of Rudyard Kipling titled "A man and a Mason" which was greeted warmly by those who had the good fortune to attend.


On the 8th of March our Right Worshipful Provincial Grand master. accompanied by a contingent of Brethren from Lincolnshire attended the meeting of Mark Grand Lodge at Freemasons' Hall in London.

This particular meeting is always deemed as the main business meeting of Grand Lodge but it was nevertheless enjoyable with the Pro Grand Master announcing an aid donation of £25,000 from the Mark Emergency Relief fund to assist in the Ukraine, along with details of the ways which any individual donations may be made to the fund.
The donation is to be sent to the Mark Inspectorate of Romania for the specific purpose of easing the hardship being experienced by the refugees fleeing the war In the Ukraine - Freemasonry universal and always there when needed.
The full story may be found in the Freemasonry news letter of 11th March :
 
https://sway.office.com/U6a07dFmMmLCM0Ed?ref=Link

 

The day was completed by an excellent festive board where we were joined by the Provincial Grand Master of Leicestershire and Rutland, R.W. Bro. Phillip Mann.

The next meeting of Grand Lodge will take place on Tuesday the 7th of June and this will be the Investiture of the Brethren being appointed to Grand Lodge for the first time.

Please note the date in your diary and try to attend to support both our Provincial Grand Master and the Brethren being appointed, whilst having an enjoyable day out.

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