PGM Update – June 2020

Regrettably the Mark Masonic Year of 2019-2020 was suspended in March due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. However up to that point it had once again proved to be yet another busy year for the Province and the Provincial Team.

The Provincial Wardens W.Bros John Coulton and Frank Hatton managed over 60 visits between them and were disappointed to miss out on visiting the remainder of the Lodges.

The Acting Provincial Officers attended 4 Team Visits, 2 Lodge Anniversaries, 30 Lodge Installations and seven 50 year Certificate presentations all of which were well represented. 13 Installations were unable to take place and these will be carried forward to when the suspension has lifted.

V.W.Bro. Tom Wilkinson, W.Bros. Gilbert Finlinson, Ian Lister, John Brown, Colin Pritt and David Kellet were presented with 50 year certificates and W.Bro.Gilbert Finlinson received a second presentation when he completed 50 years in the RAM Degree.

In December W.Bros. Johnston Ross, Frank Hatton and John Benson received RAMGR in London and were well supported from our Province – regrettably the Provincial RAM Assembly which was due to take place at Aspatria had to be cancelled.

The Grand Lodge Annual Investiture Meeting due to be held on 9th June 2020 was also postponed and re-scheduled for September and we hope that this meeting will take place. Four Brethren from our Province would have been Invested at this Meeting – W.Bro.Ken Archer – Acting Grand Sword Bearer, W.Bro.Andrew Inglesfield – Acting Grand Steward, W.Bros. John Reay and Stuart Pritchard as Past Assistant Grand Directors of Ceremonies. At the September meeting W.Bro.David Robinson will be promoted to Past Grand Junior Overseer and W.Bro.Tom Lomas promoted to Past Grand Junior Deacon – these Ranks will become effective from the dates of these meetings even if the meetings do not take place. I congratulate all of these Brethren and I look forward to working with them in the future.

My thanks go to the Dept & AsstPGM’s for their continued hard work and support.

The Provincial Secretary W.Bro.Peter Sacre is now well established in this Office and receives good support from W.Bros. Lawrence Hinde and John Reay in their respective roles as Dept & Asst.Secretaries.

W.Bro. David Robinson continues to be involved in producing the Calendar & Directory although we have decided not to produce one for 2020-2021 as by the time we resume activity we will probably have lost over 6 Months of Meetings and there would be minimal change in the Directory. W.Bro.Robinson will however be producing a pocket calendar and this will be distributed in November.

I must also thank W.Bro.Andrew Inglesfield for organising and looking after the Mark Provincial Website.

The Provincial D.C. W.Bro.Phil Carruthers and his Team combine to produce a high standard of Ceremonial and may this long continue.

W.Bro.Fred Roeschlaub has retired as Provincial Chaplain after having carried out this role for 7 years, however he has agreed to take the position as Deputy Chaplain and continues to give us his support and I thank him for all his work.

We have donated over £30,000 to the Mark Benevolent Fund and Local Charities over the last year and I thank you all for your donations and for the hard work of the Prov.Charity Steward W.Bro.Tom Hodgson and the Prov.Almoner W.Bro.Ken Archer in collating your donations and searching out worthy causes.

I wish to thank all the Acting Provincial Officers of 2019-2020 and I congratulate all the Brethren who are receiving Acting Rank, First Appointment and Promotions for 2020-2021 – these Ranks take effect from 18th June 2020.

We are hoping to have our re-scheduled Provincial Meeting on Thursday 16th September 2020 but if this is not possible we will not re-schedule again and therefore have the next Provincial Meeting in June 2021.

I continue to receive support from our Craft PGM Rt.W.Bro. Bill Bewley and we will be working together to see when and how we can resume our meetings.

Brethren these have been difficult times and I look forward to meeting you all again to enjoy your company and “The Magic of the Mark”.