Presentation of a Cheque by DPGM W. Bro. Philip Sefton & Charity Steward to W. Bro. Iestwyn Jones of St George’s for the Joshua fund. Presented on Thursday 20th June at the Ashlar Lodge of Mark Master Masons.
The Petition for the Traian Vuia Lodge No. 2010 has now been approved by the MW Grand Master and it will be consecrated in Timisoara, which is approximately 340 miles north west of Bucharest on Saturday 25th May.
Plans are also well advanced for the formation of what will be the sixth Lodge of Mark Master Masons in Romania, to be titled the Mihai Cristea Lodge, in Sibiu on the 13th July. We anticipate that the Petition be submitted to Grand Lodge towards the end of May.
Following which we plan to return to Bucharest in late October for TMIL to possibly undertake an advancement ceremony immediately prior to the consecration of another Mark Lodge. We anticipate that the following day the seven Mark Lodges, currently unattached, will be formed into an Inspectorate.
On Saturday 30th March RW Bro. Derek Thomas PPGM and W Bro. Brendan Williams Prov. G SW accompanied by RW Bro. Ryan Williams Grand Secretary attended the National Grand Lodge of Romania held in Brasov which is located about 120 miles due west of Bucharest.
There were over 600 brethren present at the meeting chaired by the Grand Master MW Bro. Radu Balanescu including no fewer than 24 Grand Masters from literally all over the world such as Japan, Brazil, Russia, Poland, Italy and Holland.
During the course of his address the Grand Master outlined the progress being made with the introduction of the Mark Degree and strongly recommended that the brethren consider joining the Order.
At the conclusion of his address he honoured RW Bro Derek and RW Bro Ryan with The Order of the Grand Collar in the Rank of Grand Officer in recognition of their hard work and dedication in establishing the Mark Degree in Romania.
A Gala Dinner in the evening at which over 700 brethren and ladies were present completed a very busy but enjoyable day.
On Sunday 9th June, Torfaen Lodge MMM 796, held a Cream Tea and Trains charity event at the Worshipful Master’s garden railway. Some 50 members, friends, family and 2 very well-behaved dogs attended on a lovely sunny afternoon, with flowers in profusion.
Wye Valley Railway Society, who previously operated the miniature railway at Tintern old Station for over 35 years, ran a coal fired steam locomotive and an electric locomotive which were very busy giving rides all afternoon. These were augmented by a radio-controlled electric locomotive with scale sit on carriages and a radio-controlled shunter hauling a demonstration goods train.
Visitors travelled from as far afield as Oxfordshire and Somerset.
The event raised £681 for Mark Masonic charities.
Afterwards, tired but happy helpers retired to the Royal Oak who had kindly made their carpark available for the event.
The secretary of Sincerity Lodge No.327 in the Province of Cheshire received a very welcome phone call on the eve of their Installation meeting in February. W. Bro. Bill Hall, who is currently in the chair of Torfaen Lodge of MMM No.796, was making contact with Harry Shone as he had a past master’s jewel, which had been presented to his wife’s father, W. Bro. Arthur Oliver Chatterley P.A.G.D.C., following his year as W. Master of Sincerity in 1945, which he and his wife Jeanna were anxious to return to the Wallasey lodge.
Bill then offered to travel up to Wirral the following day to “repatriate” the jewel and asked permission to address the brethren, which was swiftly granted, and he gave the following history of his father-in-law’s life.
W. Bro Arthur Oliver Chatterley was born on November 8, 1899 and died in 1978 Aged 79. He lived at Oriel Road Liverpool opposite the Town Hall, attended Liverpool University, and his initial Architectural thesis was entitled “Masonic Buildings in England and America”.
He was a member of Liverpool University Lodge and won a national architectural competition in Birmingham so moved to Sutton Coldfield in 1928 where he raised a family of three girls and designed several Schools in Birmingham as well as private houses.
“He kept his office in Liverpool as well as his office in Birmingham travelling to Liverpool every second week as well as attending his Lodge in Wallasey and his University Lodge in
During WW1 he was a fighter pilot in the Royal Flying Corps which later became the RAF, flying Sopworth Pups and Tiger Moths amongst others in later years.
In the WW2 he and three others ran the Birmingham fire service and were responsible for the central section of the city. He was an Air Raid Warden when off duty and also ran the local Home Guard. He joined Lodges in Birmingham and as an organist was in great demand.
“When desperately ill with cancer he played the brethren out of the lodge room after the meeting and halfway through the festive board the members noticed he was missing and found him collapsed at the organ. He refused to take pain killers and died at home with his family at his side.
What a wonderful evening as St Margaret’s lodge of mark master Mason installed their new Worshipful Master, W. Bro. Paul Hartshorn. A first class ceremony, let by the Installing Master, W. Bro. Allan Howells was followed by an excellent meal, enjoyed by all.
Our Provincial Grand Master was delighted to present no less than seven Mark Benevolent Fund Collars.
Well done to the brethren of St Margaret’s Lodge. Pictures PGM congratulates the new WM and the festive board
On the 1st of April, V. W. Bro. Benjamin Dykes PGJO, ProvGChap was installed as Worshipful Master of the Portwall Lodge of Mark Master Masons in splendid style by W. Bro. J.R. Spary in the presents of our Deputy Provincial Grand Master, W. Bro. Philip Sefton.
After the meeting we all sat down to a splendid meal which was topped off with a main course of Confit Belly Pork with the finest crackling I have tasted in a long while.
A good time was had by all.
Torfaen Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 796 installation photograph. With the Provincial Grand Master at the back and Immediate Past Commander Keith Daniel (Left) and newly installed Commander Andrew Crump (Right). Picture taken by Norman Davies.
Rumours that W.C Keith Daniel bought a round of drinks after this are completely unfounded.