PGM Writes, February 2017

Brethren all,

With Christmas and New Year celebrations now nothing but a dim and distant memory, it’s time to let you all know what has happened since the start of 2017 and, more importantly, what is planned for the first few months of this new year. Brethren, I hardly know where to start – there is so much going on in this wonderful Mark Province of London and of course much of it is there for you all to read and view on the Provincial Website. Someone asked recently how to access the website – so here’s the link:-

The new year had hardly begun when we held the Province’s Annual Burns Weekend in Bournemouth. A roaring success, with all the usual favourite Scottish ingredients of Haggis, Kilts, a Piper, entertaining speeches and of course Tom Quinn in rhyme and music, lampooning everything and everyone from foreign and national politicians to his colleagues on the Executive, including yours truly, sporting the kilt for the first time – East End Tartan of course! Next year’s event has been set for 19th to 21st January – we had record numbers this year of 140 – book early for 2018 to avoid disappointment. Information will be issued before the summer.

Immediately after Burns Weekend, the Executive were hard at work, drawing up the Provincial Appointments for 2017/18. A difficult task as usual, as we are blessed with so many hard working and deserving candidates for Provincial Appointment but have such limited scope for awarding these. Offer letters will be issued very soon and the date for your diaries to support your colleagues’ Investitures is Thursday 13th July. 2pm at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street. The highlight of our masonic year and an event not to be missed.


MBF Walk – Saturday 6 May 2017

Click the Title and then "Also See" to watch the video !

The Mark Benevolent Fund (MBF) is very proud to have raised and donated over £19m to worthy causes since its inception over 150 years ago. The Fund today continues to support worthwhile charitable aims and its current focus is to support the Hope for Tomorrow cancer charity in raising £2.6m for the purchase of ten mobile chemotherapy units.

Seirios Kokkalis - Mark's own Marathon Man - Sponsor him for the MBF Appeal

Monday, 20 February, 2017 - 13:45 to Monday, 24 April, 2017 - 13:45

Seirios is a lover of running who finally this year got a place in one of the most well celebrated Marathons in the World and will try to break his personal record which is 4 Hours 21 minutes. This year he is supporting the Mark Benevolent Fund - Hope for Tomorrow and he is looking to get some more sponsorship. If, like me, you are a frustrated Marathon runner (OK NOT!) you cannot help but be amazed that he is undertaking such a gruelling event.

He has his own Just Giving Page and I know he would be delighted to achieve his target of £500.00. He is already on the way to that. Let's see if we can help a little bit. Whatever you can give etc etc...

Please just follow the link to his Just Giving Page and see how well he's doing.

Grand Masters LOI Annual Festival Northampton Tuesday 25th April 2017

You are cordially invited to attend and support the Grand Masters LOI Festival to be held at Freemasons Hall Northampton on Tuesday 25th April at 3.30pm. R. W. Bro. David Ashbolt will be in attendance in his capacity as the Immediate Past Master.

It is hoped that there will be the usual generous response from the London Mark Brethren to support our PGM.

To facilitate transport this Province will be laying on a coach, Waterloo Station to and from Northampton departing at 1pm and returning for 11pm.


London Mark Provincial Grand Officers Mess Friday 19th May 2017

You are cordially invited, with your partner and/or guests, to attend a fun champagne and canapés reception in the magnificent Long Room at the HQ of the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) in Armoury House, Moorgate.

The evening will conclude (weather permitting) with a bespoke Beating of the Retreat by the HAC band on the lawn, at which the DGM, Ray Smith, will take the salute.

The date is Friday 19 May 2017. The reception timings are 6 to 8, but the HAC Museum will be open exclusively for us from 5.30 for those who wish to arrive early and visit it. Dress will be lounge suit.



The Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro. David Ashbolt, has asked his Deputy Provincial Grand Master, W Bro. Tom Quinn, PGJD, and W Bro. Tony Harvey, PGSD, to develop plans to found a Scouting Lodge in the Mark Province of London.

The aim of the Lodge will be, “to create closer ties between Mark Masonry and Scouting in London”. It will be open to Freemasons who have, or have had in the past, a connection with the Scout Movement in London and who support the aims of the Lodge. The Lodge will be named, “The Ralph Reader Lodge of Mark Master Masons”. Bro. Ralph Reader was the founder of the Gang Show and was known as the “Holborn Rover”. His son, W Bro. Bob Corp-Reader, is a distinguished London Freemason and has given the idea his full support. Members of The Scout Association will be allowed to wear the current Scout uniform to meetings and in time it is likely that other Scouting traditions will develop.


New Cryptic unit for Metropolitan Craft and Chapter Members

Hot off the Press - Initial Communication and early advice of a brand new Cryptic unit for Metropolitan Craft and Chapter Members.

This new Council will be styled “Metropolitan Royal and Select Council” and will meet twice a year and dine at Mark Masons Hall.

Are you a Metropolitan Mason, a member of the Mark and are already a lover of our beautiful Cryptic Degrees?

If you would like to become a Founder of this exciting new Council then you can register your interest by contacting the District Grand Master, R. Ill. Companion Vincent Driver on

Provincial Delegations January 2017 to July 2017

Dear Provincial Grand Officer

Please find below the link to Provincial Delegations for the period January 2017 – July 2017.

The Province of London operates a system of Official Visits to nearly all of its Mark Lodges once every year – headed by a member of the Executive known as the “Official Visitor”. Each Official Visitor to a Lodge is supported by a Delegation of Provincial Officers drawn from Lodges in the Province other than the host Lodge. Attendance in a Delegation is open to all Officers of the Province irrespective of their year of appointment. You are therefore cordially invited to apply for a place on any of the visits detailed on the schedule of Official Visits which can be found on the Provincial website using the button below.


Special Opportunity Lodges

There are a small number of Lodges within the Mark Province of London which may be able to provide a relatively rapid progression to the Office of Worshipful Master, for Brethren who demonstrate application and commitment to the Mark Ceremony and Ritual.

These Lodges have been designated “Special Opportunity Lodges”.

Such Lodges may be of particular interest to Brethren Advanced in to Lodges where progression to the Office of Worshipful Master may take an especially long time or may, because of membership numbers, simply not be possible at all.



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