MARK & ROYAL ARK MARINER EVENTS
NORTHANTS & HUNTS MARK PROVINCIAL GRAND LODGE EVENTS
On Monday 16th April, the PGM, attended by his team of Provincial Officers conducted a Banner Dedication Ceremony to mark the 100th Regular meeting of Norman Rolfe Lodge of Mark Master Masons meeting at the Ellindon Centre, Peterboro.
A good number of brethren turned out at Corby on
Saturday 2nd June 2012, for the AGM of the Northants & Hunts Mark Benevolent Association. VW Bro Simon A. Mighall, PGJO attended and made a Presentation on the Mark Benevolent Association, which we supported with our Festival in 2010. FYI, a copy of the Notice of AGM, Agenda and Accounts for YE 31/12/11 are available for download below.
The Provincial Grand Master, R W Bro George E Bonham and Avril, had the support of a good number of brethren at the Annual Mark Luncheon, held at the Peterborough Masonic Hall on Sunday 3rd March 2013. It is hoped that this very pleasant annual social event continues for many years
On Saturday 3rd December, the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons held the Annual Assembly of Royal Ark Mariners, at The Masonic Hall, Corby, when the Provincial Grand Master was pleased to invest those Brethren he had appointed to Provincial RAM Grand rank, following which the PGM addressed the Brethren.
During the meeting, the Ladies were invited to an audience with WBro David E. A. Adams, Grand Organist for "Getting to know You ........ Name that Musical?"
The Assembly was followed, as usual, by a luncheon to which the Ladies were invited. The event proved to yet another very enjoyable occasion.
On Saturday 25th June 2011, the brethren of the province assembled at Freemasons Hall Northampton for the annual meeting of Mark Provincial Grand Lodge. After welcoming the large number of visiting PGM's, DPGM's, Heads of Orders and other distinguished brethren and having completed the usual labours of PGL, the PGM requested the PrGSec, WBro Peter Dawson to read the patent granted to WBro Brian Ennever, following which he was pleased to appoint and install WBro Brian Ennever as his new Deputy.
Our PGM, RWBro George Bonham and his newly appointed Deputy - WBro Brian Ennever
WBro Brian Ennever DPGM, RWBro George Bonham PGM and VWBro Simon Mighall DepGSec PGJO, congratulate VWBro Arthur Piggins following his being presented with a certificate to celebrate his 50 years in the Mark and his promotion to PGJO
Brian and Michaela wish to thank everyone for your tremendous support for their Italian Themed weekend, our own ‘Cheltenham Festival,’ in April.
In the light of this success, the 2013 Weekend will be held in the comfort of a Four Star Hotel, the Norton Park Hotel, close to the Cathedral City of Winchester from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th April. This Hotel has recently undergone a £14 million investment and offers good value for money, comfort and location
It is situated in 54 acres of grounds (just off the A34) and just 10 miles from the historic city of Winchester with its magnificent cathedral and guided city walks and
tours. Slightly further afield, but within easy reach, is the
spectacular New Forest, or enjoy coastal walks close to Southampton or the maritime
history of Portsmouth where you can also take in the stunning views across the Solent from
the top of the Spinnaker Tower.
There are a host of picturesque villages and country towns nearby to browse around, alternatively relax in the hotel’s peaceful grounds and enjoy a stroll around the woodland
walk or a game of croquet.
Once again we are taking on the organisation ‘in house’ and the Festival Secretary has secured this well appointed venue for the two day Festival, with additional days available, again at the very reasonable price of £130 per person for two nights DB&B, payable direct to the hotel, plus £20 per person for Sat Banquet/Dance with music by ‘Soundscene’, payable to Festival Sec. Extra nights are available at the discounted rate of £65 per person per night (Dinner B&B) for Thurs and Sun.
The President is W Bro Tony Greene, and both he and Julia, look forward to you, your families and friends (Masonic or not), joining them for a very enjoyable weekend.
To avoid disappointment, you can book your places with the Festival Secretary, W Bro Rick Bott, whose details are on the Croyland Mark Lodge 594 page in the Year Book (Charity Steward).
Please make a note in your diaries - Further information as well as an invitation and booking form can be downloaded below.
Come and join us in Hampshire!
The 2011 Mark Ladies Festival Weekend was held at The Stratford Manor Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon from Friday 15 April to Sunday 17 April. The hotel, set in 21 acres of beautiful countryside, proved to be a delightful new venue for us situated just 5 minutes from the centre of historic Stratford-upon-Avon. Many found the leisure centre with pool and fitness facilities the perfect place to relax and unwind after visiting Stratford, Warwick or any one of the wealth of nearby interesting venues in the surrounding area.
Message from the Provincial Grand Master.
I am delighted - as I am sure you all are - with the result of a magnificent £561,127 raised over the course of our Festival and I now publicly thank all those members and Lodges of the Province, together with those from other Provinces and Districts, and indeed the Craft and other orders within Freemasonry, for their generous support.
Thank you all so very much.
I also thank all those who helped with the preparations for the functions over 16th & 17th July and those who helped in any way at those events – above all I thank those of you who attended for their support and encouragement.
RW Bro George E Bonham
Provincial Grand Master - Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons
of the Province of Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire
The Festival results booklet which details the donations received from our own Mark and RAM lodges, as well as from other Orders, of this and other Provinces, both of this Country and abroad, can be downloaded here. Festival Results Booklet
This booklet also serves to illustrate the level of assistance which the Mark Benevolent Fund has been able to provide to a wide variety of very deserving causes since its inception, only as a result of your generosity
- to date amounting to over £20million.
- was held at the East of England Showground Atrium, Peterborough on Saturday 17th July under the Chairmanship of our Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro George Edward Bonham RAMGR.
A total of 711 people dined, including Mark Master Masons and their partners and guests, who were honoured by the presence of representatives of The Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons in the persons of the Pro Grand Master MW Bro John Hale, the Deputy Grand Master RW Bro Benjamin Addy, Assistant Grand Master RW Bro Michael E Herbert, President of the General Board RW Bro Peter H Rollin who is also President of the Mark Benevolent Fund, and the Grand Secretary RW Bro John Brackley.
The Festival was to celebrate the culmination of over 7 years of fundraising for the MBF Charity, which was launched by our immediate Past PGM, RWBro Roy K Bradley and continued by the present Provincial Grand Master RWBro George Bonham. The magnificent sum of £561,127 raised by Mark, Royal Ark Mariner lodges and other Orders of both our and other Provinces, was a result which more than doubled the original target.
MW Bro John Hale -Pro Grand Master, meeting guests
Grand Lodge with PGM & DPGM - RW Bros John Brackley - Grand Secretary, Michael Herbert - Asst GM, Benjamin Addy - Dep GM, Peter Rollin - President of General Board, MW Bro John Hale - Pro GM, RW Bro George Bonham - PGM, VW Bro Richard Turpin - DPGM, RW Bro Graham Herbert - Grand DC
The Top Table
A sizeable room was required to accomodate all those who wished to celebrate the Festival with the PGM - a total of 711 dined.
PRIVATE MARK & RAM LODGE EVENTS
Any Brother who wants to highlight a special Lodge meeting or fundraising event on this page for the benefit of the Brethren, please forward it to the Provincial Grand Secretary using the "Contact Us" link on the left.
The events detailed below have been organised by an individual Mark or RAM lodge in our Province, who want to open up the event to other Brethren,their family and friends
By kind permission of WBro Gordon and Pam Easton, a "Grand Hog Roast" was held at Engine Farm, Coates, Whittlesey on Sunday 26th June at 3pm in support of the N&H Mark & RAM Charities. Admission by ticket only £10 (to assist catering)
Also on site was WBro Gordon's famous "Museum Collection" which was open for viewing from 1.00pm. The Showman's Engine was "steamed up" along with the Theatre Organ, Gypsy Caravan and a host of other wonderous items
Further information can be found here
EVENTS IN NEIGHBOURING PROVINCES
Following the highly successful 143rd Mark Benevolent fund festival hosted in July 2011 by the Province of North Wales, RW Bro Peter George Halls-Dickerson, the Provincial Grand Master for Middlesex will preside over the 144th Anniversary Festival on
Saturday 29th September 2012 at Twickenham Stadium, Rugby Road, Twickenham TW1 1DE
More can be found at information www.thefriendlydegree.org.uk
Our Provincial Grand Master, RWBro George Bonham, will lead a party from Northants & Hunts, for more information please contact WBro Brian Ennever, DPGM on email@example.com