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22nd November - Mike celebrates 50 years in Mark!

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The Provincial Grand Master presented a certificate to W.Bro Mike Scaggs to celebrate his 50 years as a Mark Master Mason. The presentation took place at the meeting of the Royal Sussex Lodge in Bath when the Provincial Grand Master, Philip Voisey and his team were in attendance. Read more here.

November Installations

November Installations kicked off with Mike Jakins proclaimed as Commander of Bath TI Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners and Craig Harding is elevated.
World famous cyclist W.Bro David Hutchings is Installed as Master of the
Portcullis Mark Lodge in Langport.
At Weston super Mare another well known Mason, W.Bro Ben White is installed as
Master of the Else Lodge of Mark Master Masons.
While at
Monument Lodge in Wellington W.Master, Ron Troup and his team advanced Brother Christopher Thorpe

Bowls Craft v Mark at Taunton!

The Annual Craft v Mark indoor bowls competition took place at Taunton Deane Bowling Club, Blackbrook Way in Taunton on 11th November. As always the result was very close! Read More
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2nd November - Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank Appointments

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At the Annual Assembly of Royal Ark Mariners to be held in Freemasons Hall, London on 7th December 2021, The Grand Master will be pleased to appoint W.Bro Richard Cooper of Bath RAM Lodge TI, and W.Bro Val Cooke of the Irwin Lodge of RAM No 119, to Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank. Congratulations to both these worthy and distinguished brethren.
It is the hope of the Provincial Grand Master that a good number of Somerset Royal Ark Mariners will be able to attend this meeting and support these brethren. If you wish to do so please contact the Deputy PGM, W.Bro Tony Guthrie

Fidelity and Unanimity Mark Lodge Installation

Fidelity and Unanimity Lodge No 348 Installation meeting was held in Taunton on 26th October. W.Bro Bob Nichols was proclaimed as the Master continuing in office.
Full Report.
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22nd October - William Long Royal Ark Mariners

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W.Bro Ted Toon installs his successor Mike Jarvis in the chair of Commander of the Lodge, Mike then went on to appoint his two sons Matt and Paul as his Wardens! Read more

A successful Mark Weekend

A good time was had by all who attended the recent Mark weekend at the Cumberland Hotel in Bournemouth. Bro Terry Hulbert has created an on line photo album of the main event, the Saturday dinner. You can see the photos here.
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20th October - Tea with Terry and Betty

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W.Bro Terry Wood helped by his wife Betty and the members of Fidelity and Unanimity Royal Ark Mariner Lodge, celebrate his 40 years service as a Royal Ark Mariner. Read more

13th October - a busy night at Nailsea Royal Ark Mariners!

It was a busy evening at Nailsea RAM, Commander Phil Thorne proclaimed and continues in office for his third year. Bro Graham Chipperfield elevated and Grand Lodge certificates presented! Read more
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8th October - Fidelity and Unanimity Royal Ark Mariners

The Provincial Grand Master brought his team and the Travelling Ark this evening. W.Bro Rod Green installed his successor David Palmer. Read more
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£3,000 Donation to Weston Hospicecare

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14th October - The Provincial Grand Master, Phil Voisey presents £3,000 cheque from the Mark Benevolent Fund to Weston Hospicecare. He was accompanied by, John Chinn, Dave Bussell and Ivan Marks. This formed part of the donation of £23,000 from the MBF to Somerset hospices.

Somerset to Host 2028 MBF Festival

20th October - The Province of Somerset will host the 2028 Festival for the Mark Benevolent Fund.
You can become a steward of the festival by donating £100 to the MBF. This will entitle you to wear the 2028 Jewel shown on the left.
Download the form to order the jewel.
For more information about the work of the MBF look at the 2020 annual review for the charity. It shows £853,231 to dispersed charities and worthy causes.
Read the annual review.
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19th October - During the third quarter of this year The Mark Benevolent Fund distributed over £230,000 to charities and worthy causes. Read the report.
Download Honorifics Application Form

26th August - Mark Masons present £28,000 to Children's Hospice South West
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Provincial Grand Master Phil Voisey along with W Brothers Marshall Westley, Steve McNaughton and James Tonkin present a cheque for £28,000 to the Children's Hospice South West at Charlton Farm, Wraxall. Read more
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6th August - £5,000 donation to Dorothy House Hospice
Provincial Grand Master Philip Voisey with brethren representing five Somerset Mark Lodges presents £5000 to Dorothy House Hospice. More details
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We will be holding our own Festival in 2028, hopefully with the support of other Provinces.
Members of Somerset are invited to help the Province of Surrey achieve their target by purchasing the Surrey 2022 Lapel Badge.
Order your badge here

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Provincial 600 Club New 21-22 Season!
In the 2020/21 season over £2,500 was raised for the Provincial Mark Benevolent Fund. A similar amount was distributed in prizes. Help to make this years 600 club just as successful, entering now. If you're not in it you can't win it!

Annual Provincial Meeting Saturday 4th September 2021

A very successful annual Provincial meeting was held on Saturday 4th September at the Webbington Hotel. It was a joint Mark and Royal Ark Mariner meeting followed by lunch. Over 150 members of the Province were present, nearly 100 brethren and their Ladies dined after the meeting. List of Provincial Officers 2021/22

Dates for your Diary

Mark eNewsletter

The Mark email Newsletter is published regularly. You can sign up to receive it on the form below. If your Lodge something of interest that you feel should be in the Newsletter please contact the Editor.
Proposing a Masonic toast? Here are some helpful hints.

You can read the back issues of Keystone Magazine here

Mark Grand Officers Mess

The Provincial Grand Master will host a Grand Officers Mess and lunch on Wednesday 8th December at Clevedon Masonic Hall. Details from Neil Hurcum.

Zoom Open House new date

During the recent lockdowns the Open House Zoom meetings hosted by our Provincial Grand Master proved very popular. R.W.Bro Philip has decided to continue the meetings so that brethren from across the Province can meet informally and enjoy each others company.
The next meeting will be held on
Tuesday 9th November at 10.00am, it is scheduled to last no more than an hour.
All Somerset Mark Master Masons are welcome, contact your Lodge secretary for log on details.

Mark and Royal Ark Mariner Installations

The Travelling Keystone

Programme 2021 to 2024
Masters
words for delivery of the Keystone.

The Travelling Ark

Programme for Sept 2021 to 2023
Commanders words for delivery of the Ark.

Calendar of Mark and
Royal Ark Mariner Meetings

Taking the fourth regular step Download a pdf leaflet which explains why a Master Mason should join the Mark Degree.

Provincial Weekend 15th to 17th October 2021

Brother Terry Hulbert has created an on line photo album of the dinner held on Saturday evening at this event. You can access it here.

Somerset Antient Mark Masons

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There are no SAMMs demonstrations scheduled for this year. If your Mark Lodge would like to host a demonstration please contact the secretary, W.Bro Barrie Baker.
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