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Craft & Mark Annual Golf Match (Aug 2021)

The Annual Golf match between Craft and Mark Masons took place on Friday 6th August 2021. 2 teams of 8 players participated on what proved to be a bit of a wet day. Despite the weather all participants enjoyed the day and there was some good golf played on both sides.

The day was completed with a pleasant meal in the clubhouse and the presentation of a Trophy. The Pledger Cup had been left in the Provincial Office. The Craft retained the Trophy with 210 points against the Mark 177 points but we all had a very enjoyable day and it was great to return to some form of normality.

Eric Longstaff
Northumberland Masonic Golfing Society

Team 1

Team 2

Team 3

Team 4

Presentation of Trophy

Annual Meeting of PGML of Northumberland 2021

The 2021 Annual Meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Northumberland will be held at Newcastle East Masonic Centre, Corbridge Road, Newcastle upon Tyne on Saturday 25th September 2021 at 11 a.m.

The meeting will be followed by lunch at around 1 p.m. Please note that early booking is needed if you wish to dine.

To download an Application Form plus a Meeting Agenda, click PGML AGM 2021 Application Form.

For those who are without Internet access and require hard copies of this notice to be sent to you please contact Provincial Mark Office where we will be happy to post hard copies to you.

A Memorial and Acknowledgement

I wish to thank Mark Masons and Royal Ark Mariners for their very supportive telephone calls and the many sympathy cards following the very sad passing of my dear wife Lynn on 17th January.

It makes me very proud to be a Mason.

W Bro. Colin Dodds
Provincial Grand Chaplain

Annual PGML Virtual Meeting on 26th September 2020

On Saturday 26th September 2020 the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Mark Lodge of Northumberland was held at 11 a.m.. It was an unprecedented Virtual Zoom Meeting which was quite well attended.

This Virtual Meeting was in lieu of the Annual Meeting to be held on this date at Corbridge Road Masonic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne but it was cancelled due to the continued concerns relating to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

The meeting was opened by the outgoing Provincial Grand Master (PGM), R W Bro. Gordon Craigs who gave a brief introduction of the new PGM, R W Bro. Raymond Arthur Walton before handing the meeting over to him. 

The Provincial Secretary, W Bro. Chris Allan then read the letter of permission to hold this Virtual Meeting from the Grand Secretary, R W Bro. Ryan Williams. Having gone through a number of agenda items including obituaries, confirmation and approval of minutes, reports, elections, appointments and promotions, R W Bro. Raymond Walton then gave a short address. 

In his address, the PGM made tribute to R W Bro. Gordon Craigs who worked tirelessly for our Province and has gained the respect of the Brethren in the Province and wished him well in the future especially as the new Assistant Provincial Grand Master in the Craft. He was sad to say that all our Masonic activities were suspended since 16th March which was the situation that no one had predicted. Since then the Provincial Executives ordered to suspend all our Mark and Mariner meetings due to local lockdown until such time when the restrictions are lifted.

In the meantime he proposed with the assistance of the Provincial Directors of Ceremonies (DC) to instruct Lodge and Mariner DC and Worshipful Masters and Commanders on the proceed required to hold meetings in line with the advisory working of Mark and Mariners degrees. 

He mentioned with the introduction of Virtual business meetings, everyone has an opportunity to keep in touch with each other remotely and it has been welcomed by members. He also encourages all Mark and Mariner Lodges to consider to hold their own Virtual meetings not only for the members to communicate with each other but to keep the business ticking over. For the Brethren who have no access to modern technology, a simple phone call is always welcome.

Finally he congratulated those appointed and promoted and thanked those for their services for our Province especially the Provincial Secretary for his hard work throughout the year and more particularly for organising this Virtual Meeting today. He also thanked the Deputy Grand Master, R W Bro. John Herbert Prizeman for tuning in this morning and hoped that he has found it interesting. In conclusion the PGM thanked everyone for the attendance this morning.

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