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Brethren, I am delighted to inform you that WBro Brian Wisbey, Grand Superintendent and High Prelate of Hampshire and Isle of Wight in the order of  Knight Templar Priests, is to become the Assistant Grand High Priest on June 13th 2020. As a result of his new appointment, WBro Malcolm Lloyd ( Provincial Almoner) is to succeed him as Grand Superintendent & High Prelate, and we wish both Brian and Malcolm every success in their new High Office.

RWBro George Deacon
Provincial Grand Master

At the Special General Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge held on the 7th February, RW Bro Michael Wilks announced his retirement as ProvGM of Hampshire and Isle of Wight. He will be succeeded by VW Bro Jonathan Whitaker the DepProvGM. VW Bro Jonathan will be installed on 22nd May 2020 at the Novotel Southampton.

On 28th January 2020, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, WBro Peter Lewis visited Christchurch Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 1453 and presented WBro Colin Atyeo, ProvRAMGR with a Certificate to mark his 50 years continuous service in the Degree.

On Wednesday the 22nd of January, the Provincial Grand Master attended Unity Mark No 381 to present WBro Laurie Brookes with his 40 year Certificate.  WBro Laurie was advanced in St Cuthberga Mark in Dorset and is now W.M in Unity Mark for the second time. RWBro Michael James Whelan, PGM of Dorset attended as Laurie's Guest.

The Provincial Grand Junior Warden, W.Bro. Ian Peter Vincent along with Officers of Provincial Grand Mark Lodge visited The Albany Lodge T.I. of Mark Master Masons on Tuesday 21st January 2020, at the Masonic Hall, Lugley Street, Newport, Isle of Wight.

THE ANNUAL ASSEMBLY OF PROVINCIAL ROYAL ARK MARINERS
OF HAMPSHIRE AND ISLE OF WIGHT

SATURDAY 18th JANUARY 2020

As part of the long standing support by Isle of Wight Freemasons to local charities, Needles Lodge of Mark Master Masons No.1246 donated the sum of £1,000 to the Isle of Wight Prostate Cancer Support Group.  Read the full story here.

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons held their Annual Mess Curry Night on Monday 9 December 2019 at Botley Masonic Centre. A total of 60 Officers were in attendance including the Provincial Grand Master R.W. Bro. George J. Deacon, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, V.W.Bro. Brian Ridler, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, V.W. Bro. W. Peter Lewis and Officers of Grand Lodge and Provincial Grand Lodge. This was an informal occasion with everyone enjoying an excellent curry.

 

 The Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Hampshire and Isle of Wight, V.W. Bro. W. Peter Lewis, RAMGR, accompanied by Officers of Provincial Grand Lodge attended the Regular Meeting of Medina Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 140 at the Masonic Hall, Cowes, Isle of Wight on 3 December 2019. The Worshipful Master W.Bro. Stephen Humby, PC, welcomed the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, following which V.W.Bro. Peter presented a Grand Lodge Certificate to Bro. Derek Hatt who was elevated on 2 April 2019.

The Centenary Meeting of Peace Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners TI was held on Thursday 28 November 2019 at Newport, Isle of Wight. In attendance were the Deputy Grand Master, R.W. Bro. John H Prizeman, the Provincial Grand Master R.W. Bro. George J. Deacon, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, V.W. Bro. W. Peter Lewis and accompanied by Officers of Provincial Grand Lodge.

Congratulations to those who will be honoured with ProvRAMGR in January 2020. The full list is here.

 
 The Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. George J. Deacon, accompanied by Officers of Provincial Grand Mark Lodge visited Harmony Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 875 on Tuesday 19 November at the Masonic Hall, Fareham. The Immediate Past Master W.Bro. Nigel Linfield was in the Chair as the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Trevor Williams, was unable to attend due to illness. Bro. Alan Mark Jones was the candidate for an excellent Ceremony of Advancement. W.Bro. Nigel was assisted by W.Bro. Keith Annand, PPrGSW, who entrusted the secrets, Bro. Mark Kay, presented the Working Tools and the Provincial Grand Master gave the “In Conclusion”.

 
The Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. George J. Deacon, accompanied by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, V.W.Bro. W. Peter Lewis, and Officers of Provincial Grand Mark Lodge visited Brocas Hyrst Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 1733 on Thursday 14 November at the Brockenhurst Masonic Hall. Prior to the business of the Lodge a eulogy was given by W. Bro. Ron Mabey, PPrGInspWks, for Bro. Jim Cobb, one of the Founders of the Lodge. This was a heartfelt memorial to a well loved mason who will be very sadly missed.

The Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. George J. Deacon, RAMGR and Officers of Provincial Grand Lodge visited the Oakley Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 886 at the Masonic Hall in Basingstoke on Thursday 7 November 2019. The Provincial team entered the Lodge soon after the opening in order to hear the eulogy’s for W.Bro. Terence Henry Waite, RAMGR and W.Bro. Ernest Mercer, ProvRAMGR. They both joined the Lodge in 1991 and by 1996 they had both been Worshipful Commanders of the Lodge. They were stalwarts of the Lodge and gave fantastic service for 28 years; they will be sadly missed.

The Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. George J. Deacon, RAMGR, accompanied by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, V.W.Bro. W. Peter Lewis, RAMGR and Officers of Provincial Lodge visited Phoenix Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 2 at the Phoenix Lodge Rooms in Old Portsmouth on Monday 4 November 2019. After entering the Lodge room the Provincial Grand Master requested W.Bro. Alan Sutherland to be brought to him so that he could notionally present his ProvRAMGR collarette to him. He received it two years ago but W.Bro. Alan was unable to be present at the Provincial Meeting. The Provincial Grand Master welcomed W.Bro. Alan to this meeting and added that this Provincial rank was for all the hard work he had done for the Lodge.

 

The Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. George J. Deacon, accompanied by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, V.W.Bro. W. Peter Lewis, and Officers of Provincial Grand Mark Lodge visited the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Installed Mark Masters Lodge No.1687 on Wednesday 30 October at the Masonic Hall in Cowes, Isle of Wight. This was the Installation Meeting of the Lodge where W.Bro. Tony Green, PGStwd, installed the Master-elect W.Bro. Stephen Henry Brown, PGStdB.

The Centenary Meeting of Connaught Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 694 was held on Thursday 24 October 2019 at Botley. In attendance were the Deputy Grand Master, R.W. Bro. John H Prizeman, accompanied by Officers of Grand Lodge, the Provincial Grand Master R.W. Bro. George J. Deacon accompanied by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, V.W. Bro. W. Peter Lewis and Officers of Provincial Grand Lodge. 

The Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons for Hampshire and Isle of Wight held its Mid-term Luncheon at Botley on Sunday 13 October. This was a well attended event, enjoyed by all. A raffle was held during the luncheon which raised over £500 for the Wardens’ charities. W.Bo. Barry Wilkinson, ProvGSW, has chosen to support The Rainbow Centre in Fareham for children, adults and families affected by neurological conditions. W.Bro. Ian Vincent, ProvGJW, is supporting the Countess of Brecknock Hospice in Andover. The Wardens would like to thank everyone for bringing along prizes for the raffle which was so large we had to do it in two parts!