Mark Master Masons’ around Britain answer the call and swing into action.


During the week commencing Monday 27th April, Provincial Grand Masters were invited to take part in an initiative to supply Provinces in England, Wales, The Channel Islands and the Isle of Man with PPE (personal protection equipment) full-face visors and to distribute within their local community to those on the front line of fighting coronavirus (COVID-19). A week later (5th May) over 70 orders for around 9000 visors have been received. Members of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons General Board have been delighted to witness the way in which the initiative has been received. Asked for a comment, the member who set the initiative up and who continues to manufacture the visor said, “It’s just Mark Men Marking Well!’

Since the demand has outstripped initial supplies, things are now back ordered. Therefore, on review of the logistics and production, priority will be focused on delivering initial orders from Provinces. Around 3000 visors have already been shipped and 100’s continue to be sent daily.

The member producing the visor has applied for approval to BS EN 166:2002 quality status through the BSI (British Standard Institute). This will provide our front-line health workers the comforting reassurance that the visors are fit for purpose.

The General Board would like to thank Provinces for responding to this initiative. To those waiting for delivery, thank you for your patience as work continues to get these much needed items of protection out as quickly as possible, so those who desperately rely on them may continue to maintain their excellent service provided to our country.


Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons Address 10 March 2020

JPrizemanDeputy Grand Master, R.W. Bro. John Herbert Prizeman

Brethren, welcome to this March Communication of Mark Grand Lodge and to this special meeting where the focus has been on the work of the Mark Benevolent Fund and the charities that the trustees, on your behalf, have worked with and supported, making a difference to the society in which we live.
I begin this address with good wishes, but also an apology from our Most Worshipful Grand Master, His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent. He will be with us at the Keystone Conference taking place on the 7th, 8th and 9th September when we hope to welcome representatives of some 40 Mark Grand Lodges and Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapters who work the Mark degree. This will be the first such gathering for Mark constitutions from across the world and, it is hoped, will begin a three-year cycle of the conference being hosted at different locations around the world.

I am certain it will be another most enjoyable and successful occasion.

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Grand Secretary’s Christmas Message 2019

It’s quite natural at this time of year to look back on the last twelve months and assess what’s been achieved and what remains to be done. But we should always bear in mind that the past should not dictate who or what we are, it should be part of what we become.

This sentiment encourages us to look to the future and build on our achievements. It’s a call to action to be bold and brave and meet our future challenges head on.

2019 hasn’t been plain sailing all the way but I’m delighted to say that we’ve continued to make progress in several key areas, including developing our understanding of the factors that affect our headcount and membership numbers, and extending the reach of our various recruitment and retention initiatives.

Perhaps the greatest progress we’ve made this this year has been in the way we communicate with you and our wider audience. Internally, I have continued my commitment to more open and transparent communication through regular reporting to our various Boards and Executive Committees; to annual conferences with the leaders in our various Orders; and most importantly by getting out to the Provinces and Districts and sharing news of what we’re doing directly with our members.
For the first time, we have a coherent communication strategy in place founded upon three core values of Respect, Friendship and Care. We aim to be better, easier and fairer in the way we communicate.

Externally, we’ve been working hard since the summer to improve our outreach through a variety of communications channels and the results clearly show that there’s an appetite out there for more news and information about who we are and what we do.

2020 will bring with it new and different challenges; challenges we must turn into opportunities.

We are all rooted in the Craft and the Royal Arch which completes our initial journey into Freemasonry, and we must always acknowledge that fact. But it’s time to be bold and proud about our Orders and celebrate the heritage, colour, ritual, ceremonial and diversity they bring to the table.

Our Orders are progressive and provide a doorway to greater enlightenment and I encourage you all to do whatever you can to increase awareness of and interest in the rich tapestry of Masonic knowledge that the progressive Orders provide.

What we have achieved this year has only been possible with the support of the staff at Mark Masons’ Hall, those who lead and administer the Orders in the UK and abroad and most especially you.

None of us knows what the future holds but our expectations must be for good health and happiness; the love and support of our families and friends and, of course, a brighter future for our Orders.

Wherever you are and whatever you may do over the coming festive season, I send you my warmest fraternal good wishes for Christmas and the New Year and look forward to your continuing support in 2020.



Ryan A. Williams

Grand Secretary


M.W.Bro. His Royal Highness
Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO
Grand Master

M.W.Bro. Raymond J. Smith
Pro Grand Master

R.W.Bro. John H. Prizeman
Deputy Grand Master