Mariner Appointments 2021

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The Provincial Grand Master, Prof. Denovan Keith Wilson, has great pleasure in announcing that the following Brethren have been offered, and have accepted, Provincial Grand Rank in the Ancient and Honourable Fraternity of Royal Ark Mariner. Pandemic restrictions permitting, they … Continued

2021

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Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous 2021. And always remember, among Mark Master Masons, you will ever find friends.

Centenary Dinner Rearranged

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Finally, there was to be a collective celebratory event the ‘Centenary Dinner’ at Hardwick Hall on the 13th June 2020, followed by our Centenary Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 26th June 2020. Unfortunately due to the Coronavirus pandemic both had … Continued

Mark Money Draw

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The 2020 Mark Money Draw in aid of the Durham Provincial Mark Benevolent Fund are provided below.  Congratulations to all the winners and a BIG thank you to all who supported the raffle.  The raffle raised over £2000 for the … Continued

Centenary Dinner Update

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For the latest update please visit the latest post here The organising team have issued a Centenary Dinner update. The organising team, like so many others, were disappointed to be forced to cancel the Centenary Dinner.  However, the Centenary Director … Continued

Provisional Exit Strategy

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The Grand Secretary issued a blueprint for a Provisional Exit Strategy from the suspension of our activities. The letter regarding the Provisional Exit Strategy is available here. Similar information has been provided by United Grand Lodge of England. We will … Continued

Importance of Communication

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Recently, there have been numerous remarks about the importance of communication in our daily lives.  For those responsible for delivering our emergency services, clear communication is vital.  Support services include the ‘Blood Bikes’.  The volunteer run charity started here in … Continued

Three times a hero

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This is the story of Captain George Burdon McKean, three times rejected, three times a hero. We are grateful to Peter Beale for sharing his amazing family story about Captain George Burdon McKean, VC, MC, MM. He could rightly be … Continued

Time on their hands

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The lock-down has opened up many opportunities for people with time on their hands. For many it has been a bit of gardening and for some painting but not always decorating. David Brown, a member of Walton Mark Lodge at … Continued

Volunteer Ambulance Drivers

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Phil Heaviside, a past master of Lodge of Progress saw an appeal for volunteer ambulance drivers on the Lodge Facebook page.  The sister of one of the members works for NE Ambulance service and had asked him to share it.  … Continued

PPE from the Mark

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How does the Mark become involved in the supply of PPE you may ask. Grand Lodge is supporting an initiative to provide Provinces, wishing to participate, with a reasonable supply of re-usable full-face visors for onward distribution to those in … Continued

Zoom in on Progressive Orders

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The Grand Secretary, Ryan Williams held a Zoom conference on 12th May 2020.  He took the opportunity to explain and discuss the Progressive Orders administered from Mark Masons’ Hall.  Nearly 600 members from around the world tuned in to participate … Continued

A Message from the Grand Master

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The Grand Master Prince Michael of Kent GCVO has written to all Mark Masons reflecting on the Coronavirus pandemic we are all working through. A copy of his letter is available here

Support for St John Ambulance

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We have probably all seen the appeal on TV by St John Ambulance which is struggling under the strain of the extra burden put on its resources by the Coronavirus pandemic.  This wonderful organisation always steps up when its vital … Continued

Durham gives neighbourly support

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The Province of Northumberland recently received a request for computer Firesticks for a group of care homes.  It transpired that of the 9 homes involved, 3 were in the Province of Durham.  The Provincial Grand Master of Northumberland therefore suggested … Continued

A story to warm the heart

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Michael Jordan who it the Almoner of Dunelm Lodge of Mark Master Masons contacted the Durham Mark Benevolent Fund. This followed an approach by Natalie Maughan, the Head Teacher of Silver Tree Primary School in Ushaw Moor, Durham. Since the … Continued

2020 Wardens Dinner Gallery

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The 2020 Warden’s Dinner took place at Ferryhill.  To mark the occasion and as a memoir, we present here a small gallery of photographs taken during the evening.

Happy Birthday Your Majesty

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The Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Durham would like to send our sincere best wishes for a happy Birthday to Her Majesty the Queen on her 94th Birthday. We would like to wish her continued good health … Continued

Mark Grand Rank Appointments

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We are delighted to announce that the following Brethren from the Province of Durham have been offered the following appointments and promotions to Mark Grand Rank. We congratulate each and every one on well deserved ranks in Mark Grand Lodge.  … Continued

Caring for one another

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The following is a message for the Provincial Grand Master encouraging us to continue caring for one another whilst we are having to social distance.  The message is provided below but the full letter can be found here. Dear Brethren, … Continued

Mariner Promotions and Appointments

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The Provincial Grand Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners of Durham are pleased to announce the appointment and promotions to Royal Ark Mariner Provincial Grand Rank. We congratulate each and every one on their appointments.  We hope you enjoy your office … Continued

Centenary Dinner Refunds

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The following is the content of a letter from the Provincial Grand Secretary regarding the Centenary Dinner.  A copy of the letter can be obtained here. Brethren, As you may have read in an earlier announcement, the above Centenary Dinner … Continued

Update on Planned Events

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Brethren, For the sake of clarity, and to avoid any confusion, I have been asked to make the following announcement: In view of the recent advice and instructions received from UGLE and Mark Masons’ Hall, the Provincial Executive have taken … Continued

All shipshape at Shipley Mark

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Friday 6th March 2020 was the first working meeting of the reactivated Shipley Mark Lodge. Worshipful Master, David Hanson had a busy night getting through the business and advancing two new members. It was very pleasing to see the Lodge … Continued

Darlington Mark does Mark Mastermind

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The Provincial Grand Master and his Deputation visited Darlington Mark Lodge on 8th January 2020. The Lodge saw this as a perfect occasion to do something a little bit different. Darlington Mark did a Mark Mastermind. The Lodge has its … Continued

Shipley Mark Lodge Reactivated

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Something very special occurred on Friday January 3rd. It was something very rarely witnessed. It was the evening that the Shipley Mark Lodge was reactivated. What an evening it was and it will be remembered by all who were there. … Continued

The Mark helps Santa in Dawdon

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Santa made an early appearance at Dawdon Community Centre in Seaham on Dec 23rd.  It happened when the Mark Benevolent Fund responded to a late appeal for funds.  This would enable them to stock up their food bank and to … Continued

Grand Rank for 3 top Mariners

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The Province of Durham was once again well represented in London when 37 Royal Ark Mariner Brethren travelled to the Great Queen Street Temple together with the Provincial Grand Master to support those brethren receiving Grand Rank in the Ancient … Continued

Hackworth Lodge goes festive

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Hackworth Lodge of Mark Master Masons hosted their Christmas Party on their regular meeting at the beginning of December. The meeting was to see the Provincial Grand Master and a Deputation of Provincial Officers also attend.  This would make the … Continued

Deputy PGM Visits Moseley RAM

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Moseley Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners meets in Birtley and has a mixture of young and experienced members. The Deputy Provincial Grand Master David Hanson made an official visit to Moseley Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners on Monday 25th November … Continued

Indaba Mark Installation

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The Indaba Lodge of Mark Master Masons which meets in Darlington, was founded on a Scouting pedigree.<br><br> As with all Lodges, they annually install a new Master. Friday 22nd November saw the Installation of Tony Bird into the chair of … Continued

Jarrow Mark marches past 100

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On Monday 18th November 2019, Jarrow Lodge of Mark Masons celebrated their centenary in style.  This Lodge was one of only 10 Lodges which existed when the Province of Durham was founded, this being the last of the 10 to … Continued

4 Steps to Hetton le Hole

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The Bernard Gilpin Mark Lodge welcomed the “4 Steps to the Mark” Team to Hetton le Hole for their ‘Open Night’. The Bernard Gilpin Mark Lodge wanted to raise awareness of the Mark Degree and decided to invite the 4 … Continued

50 Mark Years and not out for Frank

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Click in the images above to view them at full size. The Provincial Grand Master presents a Mark 50 Year Certificate to Frank Sanderson in recognition of his fantastic achievement in the Mark Degree. On Friday 8th November 2019 Frank … Continued

The 4th Time

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On Wednesday 6th November 2019 Ryton Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners met for their Installation meeting.  Once the Lodge was opened Keith Liddell the Representative of the Provincial Grand Master was admitted under the guidance of his Director of Ceremonies, … Continued

Industry Mark Lodge takes two

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On Monday 4th November 2019 it was a wet and windy Gateshead evening outside when the Deputy Provincial Grand Master David Hanson made an official visit to Industry Lodge of Mark Master Masons. Once the lodge was opened the brethren … Continued

Moseley welcomes its new Master

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P. Layton was installed as the Worshipful Master of the Moseley Lodge of MMM No. 925 by the Installing Master, Neil Garrett on the 18th October 2019 in Birtley. This is the second time for W.Bro. Layton to occupy the … Continued

RAM Reps Launched at Unity Lodge

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The event of a Provincial Deputation to Unity Mark Lodge in Seaham was chosen as the launch of the Royal Ark Mariner Degree representatives scheme, it was also appropriate that the talk that evening was to be about the RAMs … Continued

Travelling Gavel Stops Off at Birtley

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On Tuesday evening at the Cestria Mark Lodge meeting, brethren from Moseley Mark Lodge claimed the gavel. The Travelling Gavel has resided at Cestria Mark in Chester-le-Street for a little too long, so thought the Master of Moseley Lodge.  He … Continued

Remembering the Fallen

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In the peaceful surroundings of the Parish Church of St Mary and St Cuthbert, Chester-le-Street, a presentation of £500 was made by the Province of Durham Mark Benevolent Fund to the North East War Memorials Project. In its application the … Continued