The Somerset Antient Mark Masons is not a Lodge but a demonstration team of international repute! The team has thirty or so members and is organised by W.Bro Barrie Baker. The team performs a ceremony that predates the formation of The Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons, the demonstrations are enacted in costume and have taken place all over the UK and Europe.

The photo shows members of the Somerset Antient Mark Masons team together with the Most Worshipful the Grand Master His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, The Pro Grand Master the Most Worshipful Brother John Hale at the celebration to mark John Hale's 50 years in Mark Masonry.
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Programme of Demonstrations 2017 -18


4th September 2017 - Joseph Whittall Lodge of IMM - Shrewsbury
18th April 2018 - Cerdic Lodge MMM No 571 - Chard
26th October 2018 - Berkshire and Oxford IMM 1330 - Wallingford

2015 was a busy year! - Visits to Minehead, Bridgend and Eastwood in Essex

 

5th March - Minehead

Sixteen years after visiting Exmoor Lodge 697 of Mark Master Masons the SAMM’s team returned under the command of the Worshipful Sir WBro Derek Wilton. Our special guest star (kept secret from the members of his Lodge) was VWBro Arthur (John) Lendon.
The demonstration took place on the 5th March 2015 at the Masonic Hall, Bank Street, Minehead. It coincided with the fraternal visit of Fortescue Lodge No 9 meeting in South Molton Devon. Needless to say the Lodge was full to capacity!
Following the demonstration an excellent Festive Board was provided by the caterers Sue and Phil Thresher during which a cheque was presented to the Worshipful Sir for the SAMM’s team Charities by WBro. Richard Wickham
When the Team were changing, John (we believe it was John) was heard to say “this reminds me of when I first joined Freemasonry”.

The Team

Worshipful Sir
Derek Wilton
Past Master
John Morgan
Secretary
Mike Gagg
Registrar
Terry Wadman
Narrator
Steve Defries
Senior Warden
Ian Strickland
Junior Warden
John Nicholson
Overseer 1
Eric Kellett
Overseer 2
Richard Chivers
Overseer 3
John Smith
Senior Deacon
David Bush
Junior Deacon
Ron Babbage
Inner Guard
Roy Morley
Tyler
Roy Morley
Mark Man
John Lendon
Landlord
Roy Morley
Candidate
Peter Penfold
Music Man
Barrie Baker

The demonstration was so good that two of the Minehead members asked if they could join the Team. Following our AGM on the 22nd March 2015 both WBro Phil Thresher and Bro Tony Everett are now members of the team.

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Copy by Barrie Baker
Photos by Richard Chivers

6th October - Bridgend

On the 6th October 2015 the SAMM’s team visited Bridgend to carry out a demonstration for the Dunraven Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 950. The Lodge room was packed to capacity with two Provincial Grand Masters in attendance including our own RWBro John Morgan who acted as our Narrator. Unfortunately the Provincial Grand Master of South Wales was otherwise engaged and his place was taken by WBro Thomas Jones.

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Copy and photos - Barrie Baker

It was an opportunity for some of our newer members to take an office in the team. This included Phil Thresher as the Candidate, Graham Bodman as IPM and Bryan Foster as Overseer No 1. All three carried out their duties as if they had always been in the SAMM’s team!
The friendship of the members of Dunraven Lodge was second to none.
The secretary of the Lodge WBro Bill Wilson was overheard talking to the Deputy Provincial Grand Master WBro Thomas Jones when it was said that
” it does not get better than that!”
During the Festive Board The Worshipful Sir was presented with £300 for our Charities. The evening ended with Barrie Baker making a witty response on behalf of the visitors which included several comments regarding the English Rugby team!

The Team

Worshipful Sir
Derek Wilton
Past Master
John Morgan
Secretary
Mike Gagg
Registrar
Terry Wadman
Narrator
Steve Defries
Senior Warden
Ian Strickland
Junior Warden
Cliff Hannabuss
Overseer 1
Bryan Foster
Overseer 2
Richard Chivers
Overseer 3
John Smith
Junior Deacon
Garry Mackenzie
Inner Guard
John Moray
Tyler
John Morey
Mark Man
Ray Johnston-Smith
Landlord
John Morey
Candidate
Phil Thresher
Music Man
Barrie Baker

28th November - Eastwood

St KATHARINES LODGE OF MARK MASTER MASONS
NO 1026

The SAMM’s Team’s final demonstration for 2015 was held in Eastwood, Essex where they had previously carried out a demonstration almost 8 years ago. This time, however, the Lodge had moved premises from Canvey Island to Eastwood. The team took the opportunity of including their wives for a weekend away. Most of the team booked into the Holiday Inn at Southend Airport which proved a good choice. During the teams last visit they were impressed by the hospitality and friendship of the Lodge members and their wives and the quality of the festive board.

The Team

Worshipful Sir
Ian Strickland
Past Master
Steve Defries
Secretary
John Smith
Registrar
Sidney French
Narrator
Geoff Nash
Senior Warden
Derek Wilton
Junior Warden
Cliff Hannabuss
Overseer 1
Bryan Foster
Overseer 2
Richard Chivers
Overseer 3
John Nicholson
Junior Deacon
Peter Roworth
Inner Guard
Tony Everett
Mark Man
David Bush
Landlord
Phil Thresher
Candidate
John Morey
Music Man
Barrie Baker
However, eight years has seen changes to the Lodge that no one expected. The standard of the demonstration and accommodation was excellent but unfortunately the team almost outnumbered the Lodge members-who appeared not to have publicised our visit!
Lessons have now been learned and a different approach to arranging our visits has now been implemented.
On a more positive note the Worshipful Sir was presented with a £300 cheque for our Charities for which he thanked the Lodge and the members of the SAMM’s team.
The weekend culminated by driving back to Somerset in appalling weather

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Copy and Photos by Barrie Baker

Contact - SAMMs Secretary - Barrie Baker

SAMMS AGM and Sunday Lunch at the Masonic Hall Nailsea on Sunday 19th March 2017.
AGM at 10.30 followed by lunch 12.30 for 1.00pm.
Ladies and friends are invited to join the member for lunch.

The History of SAMMs by Geoff Nash

Our ceremony, of making a Mark Man, is taken verbatim from ancient hand written manuscripts belonging to the Royal Cumberland Mark Lodge meeting at Bath since Time Immemorial. It was in use in that Lodge certainly in 1795 and probably long before that. There was a book for each participating officer. In those days a junior officer was not permitted to see the book of a senior officer until he was appointed to that office.
The Obligation itself was apparently contained in a separate sheet, and is missing from the manuscripts in our possession.
However there is a complete version of an Obligation in another hand written Royal Cumberland Mark Lodge manuscript set, describing a ceremony drawn up in 1885; Just prior to the formation of Mark Grand Lodge. A study of these two ancient manuscript versions lead us to suppose that the missing early Obligation would have been virtually identical to the surviving version, so that is the one we use with a reasonably clear conscience.
It was in 1993, when the idea of a Somerset Mark Demonstration Team was first mooted by the then Provincial Grand Master for Somerset, The Right Worshipful Brother David Palmer.
We gave our first demonstration at Yatton to the George Norman Mark Lodge in 1995 and since then we have given a number of performances throughout our own Province, and also in Devonshire, Cornwall, Dorset, Wiltshire Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, Monmouthshire, South Wales, Kent & Surrey.
We can rightly call ourselves the Somerset Antient Mark Masons International, as we have presented our demonstration in Germany and Belgium.
We were requested to go to Carlisle in 2006 as part of the celebration of 50 years in Mark Masonry of the Pro Grand Master the Most Worshipful Brother Bro. John Hale. The Most Worshipful Grand Master His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent was present and enjoyed himself so much that he agreed to be photographed with the team.
Whilst the SAMM’s do not set out to be a fund raising organisation as such, in the event, a donation is usually made to the “Team” which we, in due course, distribute to charity. We have, to date, been able to distribute more than £12.000 to 25 charities.
We make no charge for presenting our demonstration and the members cover all expenses themselves, including travel, overnight stops and our costumes.
This then is a little background of the Somerset Antient Mark Masons. Otherwise known as SAMM’s.

Somerset Antient Mark Masons News and Events

  • SAMMs visit to Mark Masons Hall 2010

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    10th September 2010 SAMMs Visit to Mark Mason Hall, London.

    It was a unique occasion, three Mark Lodges coming together to celebrate jointly their 125th anniversary.
    The meeting was held under the warrant of the Emblematic Lodge of MMM No 350, which was consecrated on 16th February 1885. The other two Lodges are the Royal Savoy Lodge of MMM No. 355 consecrated 31st March 1885 February 1885 and the Chiswick Lodge of MMM No. 357, consecrated 1st June 1885.
    The meeting was opened and closed by the Worshipful Master of Emblematic W.Bro O'Reilly. The Provincial Grand Master for Middlesex, Right Worshipful Brother Peter Halls-Dickerson presided over the business of the evening he was accompanied by David Sparks, the DPGM of Middlesex. Also in attendance as were R.W.Bro John Oakley- Smith the Deputy PGM of Hertfordshire and V.W.Bro.
    David Ashbolt the DepPGM of London.
    The demonstration by the team was well received and enjoyed by the fifty or so members of the three Lodges present. As has become practice the team remained in their costumes when they dined with there hosts.

    In the photo, The PGM for Middlesex Peter Halls-Dickerson (centre) surrounded by members of the SAMMs team.
  • 2010  SAMMs visit Llanelli

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    April 26th 2010  SAMMs visit Llanelli.

    It was another successful visit by the members of the SAMMs team, this time to the Lliedi Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 820.
    Gary Mackenzie was Worshipful Sir and a total of 24 brethren went to Llanelli this included two guests; John Henson and Sidney French. 
    The Lodge and the Province of Dyfed made fantastic donation was of £750 to the SAMMs charities. The largest largest single donation ever received by the group.
    The photos show from the top. SAMMs John Moray, Eric Kellet and Steve De Fries enjoy the festive board.
    SAMMs Derek Wilton, John Morgam, Terry Wadman and Ron Babbage with PGM of Dyfed, Nigel Adams in the centre.
    The Team with the Master of ? Lodge
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