Annual Provincial Meeting Saturday 4th September 2021

The annual Provincial meeting will be held at 11.30am on Saturday 4th September at the Webbington Hotel. This will be a joint Mark and Royal Ark Mariner meeting followed by lunch at 1.15pm. Ladies are welcome to attend the lunch. Full details will appear here as soon as they become available.

18th June 2021 - Mark Golf Day at The Isle of Wedmore Golf Club.

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The Mark Golf day in 2020 had to be cancelled due to Covid restrictions in place last June. It was back with a bang this year with a very creditable thirty two golfers meeting at the Isle of Wedmore Golf Club for the 15th annual Somerset Mark Golf day. It was wonderful to get together with brethren and fiends whom we haven't seem for some time. The weather was kind, cool but the forecast rain didn't arrive. There was good golf and some not so good golf! Brian Pollard won the Provincial Grand Masters Shield with an excellent 37 stableford points. Full report and photos.

You can read the back issues of Keystone Magazine here

22nd May - Riding for Bloodbikes

Bro Paul Marshall of the Carnarvon Lodge of MMM No 119 is a volunteer Bloodbike rider. He is on call one weekend in four giving his time and motorcycling expertise freely to this great organisation. Paul emailed us to say that this weekend he was riding a BMW bike that was sponsored by the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons!
Riding this weekend Paul will be supporting the Great Western Air Ambulance and the Wales Air Ambulance, two other charities that are close to the hearts of Freemasons.
We hope the weather wasn't too wet Paul!
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Are you ready to take the fourth regular step in Freemasonry?

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The Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro Phillip Voisey invites you along to one of the Zoom video presentations about the degree of Mark Master Mason to be held at
7.30pm on the 9th June.
There will be an opportunity afterwards to ask questions of the PGM and his officers.
If you would like to further your knowledge of Freemasonry and the Mark degree in particular, use the link below to register your interest. The Provincial Grand Secretary will then let you have the Zoom log on details.

Sharpen your ritual - join the Provincial Zoom Lodge of Instruction!

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With the help of some clever software made available by the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons, the Provincial DC, W.Bro Mark Golding will be holding a series of Zoom virtual Lodges of Instruction commencing on 6th May.
All Mark Master Masons are welcome.
More details and register to attend

30th March 2021 - Grand Lodge Appointments

The Most Worshipful Grand Master, His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO will be pleased to invest the following Brethren of this Province with Grand Rank Honours, taking effect from 7th September 2021 :
First Appointments
W.Bro. Richard Dredge to Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies
W.Bro. Stephen McNaughton to Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies
Promotions
VW.Bro. Raymond Guthrie, PGSO to Past Grand Junior Warden
W.Bro. Terence Haggett, PAGSwdB to Past Grand Junior Deacon
Reappointments
W.Bro. Paul Cullum as Assistant Grand Sword Bearer

Provincial 600 Club New 20-21 Season!
In the 2019/20 season over £3500 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!

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29th April - During the first quarter of this year The Mark Benevolent Fund distributed over £320,000 charities and worthy causes. Read the report.
Download Honorifics Application Form

29th April - Mark Benevolent Fund
Major Capital Grant to support Hospices in England & Wales

In recognition of a lifetime of service and dedication to the Crown and the nation by His Royal Highness, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the Trustees of the Mark Benevolent Fund (M.B.F.) have approved a Major Capital Grant of £1.25 million to support hospices in England & Wales.
Every Mark Lodge in England & Wales will be invited to nominate a local hospice to receive a £1,000 donation wholly funded by the MBF with nominations being co- ordinated by each Province. Full details of how the Grant is to be distributed will follow shortly.
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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

Mark Newsletter

Early in the New Year we will be publishing a Mark email Newsletter. 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.
Future Events

Provincial Weekend 15th to 17th October 2021

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The Provincial weekend will be held at the Cumberland Hotel, Bournemouth from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th October 2021. Full details and Booking Form.

Calendar of Mark and
Royal Ark Mariner Meetings

Mark and Royal Ark Mariner Installations

There will be no Provincial representation at any Lodge for any ceremony (including Installations) or Provincial Team Visits for the foreseeable future. As the situation regarding the Covid 19 pandemic evolves, a new Provincial Diary for 2021/22 will be drafted and Lodge Secretaries/Scribes will of course be kept informed of this.

The Travelling Keystone

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

The Travelling Ark

Programme for Sept 2020 to 2022
Commanders words for delivery of the Ark.

Proposing a Masonic toast? Here are some helpful hints.

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.

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

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