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 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.
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 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 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!