The PGM was presented for installation as Worshipful Master of Utrique Fidelis Lodge Castleton (Prov of Monmouthshire) by the PGM of Monmouthshire R.W.Bro.Derek Thomas. Following his Installation the address to the WM was delivered by The PGM of Bristol R.W. Bro. John Platts. Also in attendance were R.W.Bro. John Morgan PGM of Somerset and R.W.Bro. Eirian Jones PGM of South Wales, both members of the Lodge. Our PGM was supported by a good number of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire brethren either as members or guests. (click below for full article)
The Provincial Grand Master and his wife Amara hosted the customary Lunch before the Annual Church Service. The Lunch organised by W.Bro. John Moles and catered for by Marion and her team from The Fern Ticket. It was enjoyed by a total of seventy six brethren and their Ladies. (click below to see whole article)
The Vicar of Tewkesbury, Canon Paul Williams (pictured here with the PGM) wore his Order of St John Robes as a Sub Dean of the Priory of St John, and commenced the Annual Service by reading the Press Release announcing the MBF's £3.2m scheme to replace the St John Ambulances supplied by the MBF in 2000. He thanked the brethren for the continued support of the MBF for St John. News is expected that the vehicle for Gloucestershire will be delivered in the New Year for Dedication and Handover at a suitable venue and event in the County. More news to follow when available.
In the first week of November W.Bro Mike Parkin, the Provincial Grand Secretary, was fortunate enough to be selected to play for Gloucestershire in the English County Seniors Final at Goswick golf club, Berwick on Tweed. The finals consisted of three days of competition, playing a different county each day.
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This evening our PGM RWBro John Gillo stepped up to the Mark. At very short notice he accepted the gavel, and took take the chair for an absent master. Sadly, illness had prevented the WM of Stroud Mark 1039, WBro L 'Mitch' Mitchell, from attending his lodge. So the PGM took to the chair of a regular Mark lodge for the first time in (he admitted) very many years. Not only that, but he did a pretty decent job of it too - and not a ritual book in sight! (click button to read more)
The Provincial Grand Master presents RWBro Alan Tuffley (Past Deputy Grand Master of New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory) with a gift in appreciation of his visit to Gloucester Mark Lodge No439 and his support to VW Bro Viv Stringer when he was taken so ill on his visit to Australia. Freemasonry at its best!
You are invited to read the address of the Pro Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons, the M.W.Bro. Raymond John Smith, given at the September Communication of Mark Grand Lodge on Tuesday, 12 September 2017 (click 'read more for link).