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Newly Advanced Craft Prov.G.M. makes his Mark at Charity Event

 

Bedfordshire Craft Provincial Grand Master, Anthony Henderson signed his new Mark on a log during a special log-laying event at the Leslie Sells Activity Centre earlier in the Summer.

Freemasons in Bedfordshire have been working hard to support their local Scouts as part of their celebration of the Craft Tercentenary in 2017. The Scouts were chosen as their focus as the Province felt that they "shared common values", and that this assistance would provide the local area with a worthwhile facility that will help to improve the community for many years to come.

 

Tony and his Province have had fantastic success in their fundraising, resulting in a donation of £500,000 to create a new 48-bed accommodation and amenities lodge for the Bedfordshire Scouts, which will help thousands of children to socialise, develop new skills and gain confidence.

 

On 4 August, they had a special log-laying event and barbeque to celebrate the beginning of the building (expected to be complete in Spring 2020). Tony was given the privilege of signing the first log - which he did as a Craft, Royal Arch, Rose Croix and, of course, as a Mark Master Mason using his brand-new Mark. The full inscription read "Freemasonry and Scouting - Sharing one ethos. Anthony P. Henderson, Provincial Grand Master. 4th August 2019"

We at Mark Masons’ Hall wish hearty congratulations to the Craft Province of Bedfordshire on this marvellous achievement.

Pro Grand Master's Address September 2019

Address of the Pro Grand Master
M.W.Bro. Raymond J. Smith
Mark Grand Lodge Communication Meeting
Tuesday, 10 September 2019

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Brethren, a warm and special welcome to this September Communication of Mark Grand Lodge. I hope everyone has enjoyed the past few months of Summer; part good, part not-quite-so-good - especially for those affected by storms and heavy rainfall.

This meeting marks the beginning of the new Masonic Season, one that I’m sure will bring much pleasure to you all.

I begin this address with good wishes, but an apology, from our Most Worshipful Grand Master, His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent. He greatly enjoyed the June Investiture meeting and his commitment to this Grand Lodge is further demonstrated by his forthcoming visits to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in October, then to Southampton University Hospital in November to formally handover equipment funded by your Mark Benevolent Fund. Earlier this year the Trustees approved a grant of £85,000 to Addenbrooke’s for the purchase of a Laparoscopy surgery kit, £200,000 to Southampton University for a Nanoscope to help treat patients suffering from cancer. Further to this, our Grand Master will be visiting the RMBI Prince Michael of Kent home on 24 September to open the new orangery which is being supported by a grant of £36,850 from your Mark Benevolent Fund.

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Consecration of La Cantera Lodge of MMM, No. 2006 in Mendoza, Argentina

Brethren celebrated the Consecration of La Cantera Lodge of Mark Master Masons, No. 2006 in Mendoza, Argentina on 22 June 2019.

This will be the 8th Lodge of MMM in the River Plate District, and comes shortly after the Consecration of Southern Keystone Lodge, No. 2005 last month.

The new Lodge reports that they have a good list of Candidates waiting to be Advanced into the Order, and we at Grand Lodge wish them the very best of luck for their future.

 

Grand Master's Address, June 2019

The Most Worshipful Grand Master, His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO, gave the following address to 1,600 Brethren assembled at the Grand Lodge Investiture on Tuesday 11 June, 2019.

 

Brethren, There can be no more gratifying a sight than to see the Grand Temple full of Mark Master Masons from throughout the Constitution and I am delighted that so many of you have travelled great distances to be here today. 

During the last year I have enjoyed exceptional support from the Pro Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master and Assistant Grand Master all of whom have travelled extensively in England & Wales and overseas. In each case, their reappointment today is an acknowledgement of their commitment to our Order and I thank them for all that they are doing to develop Mark Masonry at home and abroad.

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This afternoon I have been pleased to invest over two hundred Brethren with Grand Rank and to each of our worthy recipients, I offer my warmest congratulations.

The award of a Grand Honour is not something that is given without consideration. It is a positive reflection of, and reward for, the work that each of today’s recipients has carried out and I have no doubt that their preferment will stimulate them still further to promote the Order at every opportunity.

Brethren, I have been most encouraged to note the continuing growth of new Lodges as detailed in the reports of the General Board this year. In all, I have approved Warrants for eighteen Mark and six Royal Ark Mariner Lodges with over a third of these being established oversea

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