The Irwin Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 119, the oldest Royal Ark Mariner Lodge in the Province, meets at the Masonic Hall, Bath Road Keynsham, Bristiol BS31 1SR at 18.45 on the third Monday in March (Installation), September and November. The Lodge has 31 subscribing members.

Officers of the Lodge - appointed Monday 18th March 2019

Richard Ferris
Roger Blake
Malcolm Toogood
Bob Newman
Keith Surry
Neil Hawes
Asst. DC
Val Cooke
Dave Foreman
Graham Howell
Alan Thompson

David Foreman
Bill Parks
Bill Roberts
Bob Ross
Sam Mayer
James Fagan

Past Commanders of and in the Lodge

1988 Ron Babbage RAMGR
1996 Ray Guthrie RAMGR
1997 Tony Fisher RAMGR
2000 Bob Newman PrGR
2002 Fred Parsons RAMGR
2003 Dave Foreman PrGR
2004 Neil Hawes
2006 Keith Surry PrGR
2007 Val Cooke PrGR
2010 John Bathe-Taylor PrGR
2012 John Muskett PrGR
2014 Ken Ellis
David Bishop
2016 David Nelson RAMGR PPrGM
2017&18 David Dixon

Roger Blake RAMGR

Irwin Lodge News and Events

16th September 2019 - Elevation ceremony

It was another splendid Irwin meeting on 16th September. The Deputy PGM was present to see the Immediate Past Commander, W.Bro David Dixon elevate Bro Brian Mogg into the ancient and honourable fraternity of Royal Ark Mariners. David was ably assisted by his Wardens W.Bro Roger Blake and Bro Malcolm Toogood and Deacons, Brothers Graham Howell and Alan Thompson. W.Bro Ray Guthrie communicated the signs of the degree and W.W.Bro David Nelson presented the working tools to the candidate.
In the photo left to right are Deputy PGM - Tony Guthrie, JW - Malcolm Toogood, IPC - David Dixon, SW - Roger Blake and David Nelson.
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  • November 2018 - Members of the Herbert Fuller Lodge arrive with the Travelling Ark!

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    It was a busy evening on Monday 19th November when the Commander and brethren of the Herbert Fuller Lodge of Royal Ak Mariners sailed to Keynsham to deliver the Travelling Ark. No less than fourteen members accompanied Commander Steve McCarthy on the journey north. Their attendance was much appreciated by the Commander of Irwin Lodge, David Dixon and his brethren. Shown below holding the Ark are Commanders Steve McCarthy and David Dixon, backed by the members of Herbert Fuller Lodge.
    The evening continued with an interesting talk on some of the history of the degree and its connection to other degrees in Masonry given by W.Bro Roger Blake.
    A presentation of a Grand Lodge Certificate to Bro Sam Mayer was held over because of a technical hitch, the Lodge Scribe Neil Hawes having left the certificate at home!
    The evening concluded with a pleasant festive board, with much discussion and laughter plus the usual Masonic toasts.
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  • March 2018 - Installation meeting and an elevation ceremony

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    It was a great evening at Irwin RAM Lodge on 19th March with over thirty Royal Ark Mariners present. The Provincial Grand Master, John Morgan accompanied by the Provincial Director of Ceremonies, Mark Golding attended. Commander David Dixon was continuing in the chair and he was proclaimed by the PGM and afterwards saluted by all under the direction of the Provincial DC. He appointed his new officers in a very proficient manner and then went on to conduct the ceremony of elevation. Our candidate on this occasion Sam Mayer, well known to many of us in other degrees and of course Chairman of the Adair Club
    The Provincial Grand Master complemented the Commander and all his officers on an excellent ceremony and welcomed Bro Sam into the order.

    Left to right, Roger Blake - Junior Warden, John Morgan - PGM, Commander David Dixon, Bro Sam Mayer and Provincial DC - Mark Golding.

  • November 2017 - Somerset Commanders moor the Travelling Ark at Irwin and a new Royal Ark Mariner

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    Monday 21st November 2017 - The Worshipful Commander of the Somerset Commanders Lodge No 1652 W.Bro George Small presents the Travelling Ark to Commander David Dixon (left) As you can see he was well supported by the brethren of his Lodge when they lined up behind him for this photo, no less than twenty brethren.
    In Addition to the presentation Bro Bob Ross, a familiar face at Keynsham Masonic Hall was welcomed and elevated into the degree by the Commander ably assisted by his team of officers. With over forty brethren present it was a truly memorable Masonic occasion. Photo Bro Bob (left) is welcomed by Commander David Dixon.
  • March 2016 - Past PGM David Nelson Installed as Commander

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    Monday 21st March 2016 - Past Provincial Grand Master David Nelson is installed as Commander of Irwin Lodge. It was a special evening in the company of 30 Royal Ark Mariners including the Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro John Morgan. The installation was conducted by outgoing Commander David Bishop who was ably prompted by his successor!
    In the photo left to right. Bro Graham Howell Provincial ADC, PGM John Morgan, Junior Warden - Peter Martin, Commander David Nelson and Senior Warden David Dixon.
    A donation of £250 to the Provincial Grand Master’s appeal for the Hope for Tomorrow Charity was approved by the Lodge and cheque presented by the new Commander to the John Morgan the Provincial Grand Master.
  • November 2014 - A Somerset Royal Ark Mariner first

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    Irwin Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No.119 paid host to the Provincial Grand Master and the Somerset Mark Provincial Team to conduct their first ever Elevation Ceremony. The Regular meeting of Irwin lodge held on Monday 17th November 2014 saw the Worshipful Commander, W.Bro. Ken Ellis hand over the reins to the Provincial Grand Master for Somerset. R.W.Bro. John Graham Morgan PGM, placed those members of his Mark Provincial Team who were also members of the Royal Ark Mariner degree in the respective offices in a Royal Ark Mariner lodge and carried out the full ceremony of Elevation.
    Acting as the lodge officers were:-
    W.Cmdr. – Provincial Grand Master
    S.W. – W.Bro. Roger Hutchings
    J.W. – W.Bro. Brian Foster
    D.C. – W.Bro. Ray Johnstone-Smith
    S.D. – Bro. Sandy Sandford
    J.D. – Bro. Rod Green
    Guardian – Bro. Jim Gilbody
    Warder – W.Bro. Ron Babbage
    The Signs and Secrets were conferred by W.Bro. Phil Voisey, DPGM
    The Working Tools were presented by W.Bro Tony Guthrie
    An explanation of the Nine Steps was given by W.Bro. Ian Strickland
    W.Bro. Phil Voisey also presented Grand Lodge Certificates to Bros. Shaun Hobbs and Malcolm Toogood
    Those present witnessed an impeccable demonstration of the ceremony; showing just how it should be done.
    The candidate for the evening was W.Bro. Peter Parks, a member of Carnarvon Mark lodge No.119 who was delighted to be joining Irwin lodge of RAM and most impressed by the whole occasion; so much so that he proposed his own brother Bill Parks as a candidate for elevation. This will take place on Monday 16th March 2015, when the W.Cmdr. will also be Installing his successor.
    Certainly a night to remember!
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  • March 2013 Installation meeting

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    Installation night 18th March 2013.
    John Muskett installed Paul Giblin as Commander of Irwin Lodge in his own inimitable style!
    Deputy PGM John Morgan was present and gave the address to the Commander.
    The Worshipful Commander is in the Chair, on his left Ken Ellis the Senior Warden. On the Commanders right are David Bishop the Junior Warden and Deputy PGM John Morgan.
  • March 2012 Installation meeting

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    Installation night 19th March 2012.
    Toby Hammond made a superb job of installing his successor John Muskett in the Chair of Irwin Royal Ark Mariner Lodge. John as many of us know spends some time on cruise ships but now he is in charge of the Ark!
    The Worshipful Commander is in the Chair, on his left Toby Hammond and Junior Warden Ken Ellis. On the Commanders right is Paul Giblin the Senior Warden and Deputy PGM Ray Guthrie.
  • November 2010 - Travelling Ark sails in from 348 Taunton.

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    15th November 2010 - Brethren of the Fidelity and Unanimity Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners, Taunton sail the Travelling Ark to the Irwin Lodge at Keynsham. In the photo left to right Sidney French, David Bates, Terry Haggett, John Bathe Taylor and Richard Francis.
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