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W.Bro. Ken Jones receiving his 40 Year Certificate from W.Bro. Alun Howell Thomas A.Pr.G.M.

Fourty Year Certificate Presentation

 Updated 6th Apr 2023

W.Bro. Ken Jones was a stalwart of the Abbey Lodge of MMM No. 225 in the Mark Province of Oxfordshire for many years. Now an honorary member of the lodge, he has returned to his native Wales and is now secretary of his Mother Mark Lodge.
Bro. Ken is pictured receiving his 40-year Mark Certificate from the Assistant PGM Master for South Wales, W.Bro. Alun Howell Thomas; Bro. Ken is also to receive a promotion to PPGJW in South Wales, the same rank he has in Oxfordshire.
The WM, Wardens and Brethren of Abbey Lodge 225 congratulate him on this achievement.

A Taylor-made Evening

 Updated 2nd Dec 2022
Why would one embark on a 130-mile round trip to attend a Mark meeting which did not include an Advancement or an Installation?
Well, first and foremost, Percy Taylor was going to be there. Percy has been a Freemason for 43 years, a Mark Mason for 38 years and Director of Ceremonies of Cherwell Mark Lodge for 25 years; but numbers tell only part of the story.
Percy is the epitome of what a Freemason should be – kind, self-effacing and friendly, with a good sense of humour. Percy also takes ritual seriously, wanting work in The Temple to be carried out correctly. Just ask Keith Horne, who has been ADC alongside Percy for more than 20 years; even on this celebratory evening, Percy was keeping him and the rest of the Brethren under control.
Well, almost under control! Just as we were about to listen to a talk entitled "Who really won in 1856?" a disembodied voice could be heard coming from the direction of Percy's chair. Diligent search was made for the source of the questions, "Are you there, Mr Taylor? Are you alright, Mr Taylor?", but to no avail. Percy withdrew apologetically from The Temple and was subjected to a search which was as intrusive as politely possible. The origin of the voice was never discovered and will remain a mystery. Very Worshipful Brother Bob Chevin was then able to resume his most interesting talk which was well received by all present.
The Lodge had earlier been opened by The Worshipful Master, Worshipful Brother Nicholas Turner, who then received the Travelling Keystone from Worshipful Brother Jason Garner and a delegation from Wychwood Mark Lodge.
Later in the meeting, Right Worshipful Brother Ian Wright, Provincial Grand Master, who had earlier been received with his Provincial team, presented a Certificate of Merit to Percy Taylor in recognition of the exemplary service he has given to Mark Masonry. The PGM referred to what a pleasure it was for him to count Percy as one of his friends. This theme of friendship was continued at the festive board at which The Worshipful Master presented Percy with a bottle of vintage port.
Cheers Percy!! and thank you for this Taylor-made evening which we all enjoyed ... and which made the journey very worthwhile.


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Percy Taylor receives his Certificate of Merit from The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master

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Percy Taylor proudly holding his Certificate of Merit alongside the PGM and The Worshipful Master


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The Worshipful Master, Jason Garner, and his delegation from Wychwood Mark Lodge who delivered The Travelling Keystone

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Brethren enjoying the festive board at the end of the Taylor-made evening


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Ginny Cumming smiles as one of her husband's losing bets goes past in the background

They were Under Starter's Orders

 Updated 21st Jul 2022
A party of thirty (Mark Masons, their families and friends) came "under starter's orders" and enjoyed a great day at Newbury races organised by Allan Dishington and Barry Weston.
On a beautifully sunny day, it was an opportunity to meet up with friends and have some fun; this was particularly welcome after so many months of restrictions on social interaction.
There were mixed fortunes on the gambling front. The Festival Secretary's wife backed three winners and had other placed horses. Her success was sadly offset by her husband's lack of judgement of equine potential.
This was a brilliant day out, greatly enjoyed by all who attended and raising £300 for Festival funds.



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Wendy and Ginny pose in front of Trillium, a fast filly who won her race and won them some money

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Barry Prior smiling as he calculates his winnings; Wendy and Ian Wright are pleased for him

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The Festival Secretary gives some racing tips which are sensibly ignored by Allan Dishington and Chris Reynolds

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Steve, John and Rita enjoying the sunshine


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Festival Fund Raising Update

 Updated 19th Jul 2022

Dear Brethren,

Please click below to read a letter from the Secretary and Executive Officer of the 157th MBF Annual Festival 2025 in Oxfordshire.

20220718 Regular Giving Letter.pdf

S&F,
Mocky Khan
Provincial Communications Officer

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Oxfordshire PGM, DPGM and Mocky Khan with the Cheshire Festival and their PGM


Oxfordshire celebrates Surrey's success!

 Updated 9th Jul 2022
A delegation from Oxfordshire, led by our Provincial Grand Master and Deputy Provincial Grand Master went to Brighton to support the culmination of the 154th MBF Festival hosted by Mark Province of Surrey.
Due to covid, the Surrey Festival preparation has been hampered, they even lost their original hotel booking at the last minute and had to find new venue. Surrey Festival Committee found a great alternative venue at Hilton Brighton Metropole. Despite all the problems, Surrey organised a fabulous event with 360 Brethren from all over the country attending.
Members of Oxfordshire Festival Committee explored Brighton, checked out the bars, the shops and had made friends with fellow Brethren and most importantly took notes to help our own festival.
At the dinner, Oxfordshire sat with the Festival Committee from Cheshire who will be in holding their festival in 2024. Drinks were shared as well as ideas to raise money.
After a dramatic build up, the final amount raised by the Surrey Festival was revealed and they raised a tremendous amount - £1,002,022. Well done Surrey!
Our Festival has recently hit the £100k mark, which is great. We need to keep going and keep the money rolling in!

More photo's can be seen in the latest Mark weekly newsletter.


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(L-R) Sam Lydiatt (Marcus's grandson), VWBro Steve Willoughby, WBro Leo Catney, WBro Marcus Smith, VWBro Barry Prior


Spills and Thrills

 Updated 8th Jul 2022
On a number of occasions our Provincial Grand Master has said that one of the main objectives of our MBF Festival is to have fun as well as trying to raise some money. On Wednesday evening a number of Brethren did just that. W Bro Leo Catney of Windrush Car and Motorcycle Lodge organised a visit to Oxford Speedway.
Although some Brethren fell by the wayside or didn't take up the offer several did attend at Oxford Stadium to watch the match between Oxford Cheetahs and Plymouth Gladiators. The evening started with a complimentary drink then a tour of the pits and the stadium followed by a chicken curry meal including a dessert. The party then settled down to an action packed evening of racing.
Although the weather was very kind, we all watched from the comfort of the spacious enclosed bar.
The enjoyment of the evening was completed by victory for Oxford!
Watch this space as, hopefully, W Bro Leo will be prepared to organise another visit in the not too distant future. If he does then I would encourage as many of you to attend if you would like a convivial as well as exciting evening.



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(L-R) Steve Bowers, Tony Judd and Peter Gilkes


A visit to the Home of Cricket

 Updated 6th Jul 2022
As an antidote to the pyrotechnic approach of Ben Stokes and his England team, Oxfordshire Brethren and friends visited Lord's to enjoy the gentler cricket provided by Oxford and Cambridge Universities.
Worshipful Brother John Grout and the Festival Secretary, as MCC members, were able to introduce twelve guests into the Lord's pavilion. Although the lunch of bangers and mash was not quite in keeping with the genteel surroundings, it was very much enjoyed, washed down with agreeable pints or even-more-agreeable glasses of Malbec.
Some of us went to the Lord's Museum and other parts of the ground (Marcus Smith visited the shop and purchased a very interesting item of headwear), while others stayed in the pavilion with an eye on the televised England game mentioned at the start of this piece.
Almost £200 was raised for the Festival and a most enjoyable time was had by all.


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(L-R) Marcus Smith and Jim McSherry

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Swinging in the Sunshine

 Updated 10th Jun 2022
Freed from his duties as Didcot Mayor, Mocky Khan and his friend Manj joined the Festival Secretary for an afternoon of fun at Hadden Hill Golf Club, Didcot.
In glorious sunshine, and spending more time in the undergrowth than might have been strictly necessary, all three players had an enjoyable time and raised £100 for Festival funds.
As 'cooling lotions' were consumed afterwards, mutterings of "hustler" and "bandit" were directed at the Festival Secretary, but he either chose to ignore them or, more likely, did not hear them in the first place.


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A History of Rose Croix in Oxfordshire

 Updated 1st May 2022
The meeting of Thames Chapter RC on 1 June was a truly memorable occasion.
Ill. Bro Dr Matthew Coward, who researched and wrote 'A History of Rose Croix in Oxfordshire' to celebrate the 175th Anniversary of the formation of the Supreme Council, launched the book at the meeting. Copies were presented to Alan Englefield PSGC, Peter Jones IG Oxon, Peter Harborne IG Bucks, David Jarvis IG Berks and James Hilditch PGM Oxon David Lambton, MWS of Thames Chapter, was also presented with two copies for the Chapter to keep.
Peter Jones also presented the PGM with a cheque for £600, donated by the Chapters in the District towards the Oxfordshire 2022 Festival in aid of the MCF.
V.Ill.Bro. Peter Jones 33°
Inspector General, District of Oxfordshire

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A History of Rose Croix in Oxfordshire

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The Magic of the Mark

 Updated 10th June 2022

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Welcome to this informative video introduction to The Magic of The Mark.
We hope you find much to interest you in this wonderful and friendly Order and look forward to welcoming you should you decide to take this Degree as your next regular step in Freemasonry.
You can download an application form here.
Talk to any Mark Master Masons and they will help you find a Mark Lodge to suit you.
Mark Well!

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Appointment of Assistant Grand Master

 Updated 10th June 2022

Dear Sir and Brother

Please find the link to a letter from the Grand Secretary regarding the appointment of a new Assistant Grand Master.

27.05.22 Appointment of Assistant Grand Master.pdf

Keep safe and well.

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Fides Chapter No. 596 Perfection

 Updated 1st May 2022
On 26th May, the six members mentioned in the recent article, Keith Austin, Allan Dishington, Graham Ellis, Patrick Hayes, Peter Lindfield and Mike Smail, all received their promotion to 30° at a ceremony in Duke Street. Many congratulations to them. They were supported by the Inspector General, District Recorder and five guests.
Two days later, Keith and Peter proudly showed off their new regalia at the Enthronement meeting of Fides Chapter when Steven Hignell was enthroned as MWS and Richard Bartram was perfected into the Order.
V.Ill.Bro. Peter Jones 33°
Inspector General, District of Oxfordshire

OMMBA Report

 Updated 9th Apr 2022
On 5th April the Committee of OMMMBA met to consider a number of items. In particular the Committee approved the following donations:-
Oxfordshire Provincial Craft 2022 Festival £1,000
MBF 2022 Festival hosted by the Province of Surrey £1,000 this is additional to the earlier approved donation of £1,000
MBF 2023 Festival Hosted by West Yorkshire £1,000
MBF Fund for the Ukraine £2,500
MBF 2025 Festival - our own – a matching donation of up to £400 in respect of The Golden Hind event organised by University Lodge of Mark Masters No. 55
Were a request to be made, the committee agreed to assist the widow of a Brother whose front door had been damaged by the emergency services when attending to assist her.
No other requests for assistance have been received

Bonus Ball Bounces Back

Covid has compounded the problems with the running of the bonus ball as subscribing members have reduced without new numbers being sold.
The current rules prevent a game being run unless all 59 numbers have been sold. After consideration the committee agreed that the rules should be amended to permit games to be run provided 40 numbers have been sold.
This does mean that games can continue. This may result in a small reduction in the prize monies.
The Bonus Ball Competition finances our Almoner's Fund which is used to provide annual gifts to our widows and to offer small immediate assistance if requested.
Click here to locate an application form to purchase a number. I urge all Brethren to support our Provincial Grand Almoner and the Almoners of your Lodges by immediately signing up to purchase a number, or even two as a surprise for your wife/ partner. Thank you.
VW Bro Barry Prior, Chairman, OMMBA


Rose Croix Promotions

 Updated 4th Apr 2022
As a consequence of the suspension of Masonic activities during the pandemic, Supreme Council were not able to hold Higher Degrees ceremonies.
However, a number of our members will all receive their promotion to 30th Degree on the same day, 26th April 2022, at Duke Street.
On behalf of all the members of Oxfordshire District, I offer them many congratulations.
They are Keith Austin (Bicastrian), Alan Dishington & Graham Ellis (Thames), Patrick Hayes (St. John the Baptist), Peter Lindfield (Fides), Mike Smail (Wykham). Stuart Thomson (Oxford University Chapter RC) has also been honoured but he will be attending for his promotion at a later date.
V.Ill.Bro. Peter Jones 33°
Inspector General, District of Oxfordshire

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Mark Emergency Relief Fund Launch

 Updated 15th Mar 2022
To: All Mark Brethren with email addresses
Dear Sir and Brother,
Following the announcement by the Most Worshipful Pro Grand Master at Tuesday's communication of Mark Grand Lodge, we are able to share with you details of how you can donate to support humanitarian relief for Ukraine via the Mark Emergency Relief Fund.
Please click this link for further information about the fund:
bit.ly/MarkEmergencyReliefFund
Yours fraternally
Masonic Support Services


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Update for The Mark Benevolent Fund

March 2022


Thank you from Helen & Douglas House

Thank you so much to the Trustees of The Mark Benevolent Fund for your support, and wonderful donation of £3,000 in August 2021. Your kindness has helped us to provide vital, expert hospice care for babies, children, young people and their families.

As you know, Helen & Douglas House cares for terminally ill children from Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties. We offer specialist hospice care for children and their families, wherever it is needed. This might be at our home-from-home hospice, at hospital or out in the wider community, including the family home. Our personalised care includes respite stays, pain relief, symptom management, end-of-life care and bereavement support. We help children live as fully as possible, and whilst time is precious, we enable families to make lasting and treasured memories. We do everything we can to support families practically and emotionally during these incredibly tough times, helping them to cope at every stage of their child's life, and beyond.

Recent stories of care

Here are some examples of the recent care our incredible team has delivered:

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Supportive respite stays
Our supportive stays are a lifeline for many families, giving them an essential break from the strains of full-time care for their terminally ill children. Some families choose to stay in our dedicated on-site family flats, so they can be only a minute away from their child, or in the child's private bedroom. Other families use this time to get things done at home, spend time with their other children, or simply to recuperate. Tim, Toby's dad said, "The breaks keep us sane. They allow us to be the people we are. We'd fall apart without it". Having families back in house after such a long time of restrictions has been wonderful, not just for the families but for our staff too.

Our supportive stays allow mothers and fathers to take time off from the exhausting role of full time carer, and to just be parents to their children. It makes a world of difference to hand over the responsibility of dealing with medication, bathing, dressing and other care duties, and to have time to read, play or talk together. Something as seemingly simple as walking in the garden can be difficult for families if they do not have specially adapted access at home or the time to keep a garden maintained. Families enjoy spending time in our much-loved, beautiful garden relaxing outside and just being in each other's company.

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"Helen & Douglas House gave us the chance to spend three precious days with Ryan going for walks around the grounds. They provided anything we needed to make all the memories we could whilst offering us constant support and reassurance that when the time came, they would be there for us."
Paul, Ryan's Daddy

While staying with us, the children have opportunities to do things that they would not be able to do at home. This can be everyday activities that are too difficult to do at home, such as taking a bath or playing with other children. They can also enjoy swimming in our Therapy Pool, playing and listening to music or enjoying therapeutic animal visits – most recently from two penguins, Pringle and Charlie!

For children who are unwell or who have disabilities, opportunities for play and fun can be overlooked as their clinical needs are often the focus, and time during the day can be limited. Our Play Specialist enables children to play and have new experiences, while adapting to each child's specific needs and interests. Setting and clearing up activities takes time that many families don't have.

This time is invaluable for families, as it gives them the chance to create new memories together and for mums and dads to enjoy just being a parent and having fun together. Other families come to us with newly diagnosed children and have been so focused on their care and coming to terms with their child's condition that they are sometimes nervous to try new things. We support them with this and show them activities and toys that are appropriate and how these can then be developed in the future.

Bereavement services for families
Our Family Support and Bereavement Team is here to offer support for parents, partners, siblings and the whole family. We provide support at our hospice, at home or in hospital, depending on what the family prefer. We put families' needs and wishes at the centre of the care they receive, providing both one-to-one and group support around the many issues of living with a terminally ill child and dealing with grief and loss, from diagnosis all the way through to bereavement.

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Immy passed away at Helen & Douglas House from a brain tumour when she was 2 years old, having already lost her twin sister in the late stages of pregnancy. Her mum, Kathryn said, "Helen & Douglas House have been so supportive to us since Immy passed away. I have regular counselling to help me survive and get through the tough days. We also get to join a parents bereavement group which helps us to realise we are not alone, and we can talk to others who are feeling the same as us and just understand how we feel. Lester attends a regular dads' group which is a great way for him to talk to other dads who often find it hard to talk to counsellors. Without this support I am not sure we would have got through the first year on our own, there is nowhere else that offers this support and we would be totally lost without it."


Every year we organise a Remembrance Service, where we light candles to honour the precious little lives of the children we have cared for. The service provides time and space for families to remember their child and for bereaved families to come together. Unfortunately, once again this year we were unable to hold the service in person, but we held an incredibly moving virtual service which can be viewed here: youtu.be/Wcx3qYXqnZ8, and we sent accompanying Remembrance boxes to families. One of our bereaved parents fed back on the virtual service saying "Our son died nearly 4 months ago now and the pain has certainly not lessened, but we took comfort in the service and it was lovely to see the faces of staff we worked closely with during the hardest 6 weeks of our lives again. Thank you so much again to every member of the team who was involved in the making of the virtual remembrance service. Helen House is a very special place, filled with the most wonderful people."

In addition to the support this team provides families, they also support the rest of the clinical and care teams employed by Helen & Douglas House, providing de-briefs and counselling sessions to talk through and cope with the loss they face as part of their professional lives.

Thank you

We would not be able to offer the personalised, one-to-one hospice care that so many families rely on without the generosity of our funders and supporters. As a charity we need to raise £3.6 million each year to fund our care costs so we can continue supporting families. We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of the funding needed to provide these services, with only 19% of our care costs coming from statutory sources.

We would like to sincerely thank the Trustees of The Mark Benevolent Fund and the lodges that nominated us for so kindly supporting our work. With your help, we will continue to provide vital care for terminally ill children and their families, supporting them wherever they need us.

Thank you.


"You walk through the door and the pressures and the daily worries and stresses are just lifted because you know he's in such good hands. You can't thank them enough. They go above and beyond, and they are always there for you. Not only when you go and stay, but they're always at the end of the phone. I think it takes a very special person to work at Helen House and they are all wonderful. Families like us would just be lost if Helen House didn't exist."
Lauren, Finley's Mum
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Marlborough Mark Lodge No. 980 Welcomes New Brother

 Updated 15th Feb 2022
On Tuesday 8th Feb 2022 Marlborough Mark Lodge welcomed a new brother, Bro Paul Blake who was the Advancee for the evening. The meeting was well attended and our candidate had a great introduction into our Order.
The PrGM is looking forward to the next meeting where Marlborough hope to be advancing another Brother.
Bro Paul now knows why we are often referred to as the friendly degree.
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Euston Mark Lodge No. 399 Installation Meeting

 Updated 28th Jan 2022
Last Friday our PrGM RW Bro Ian Wright was installed into the chair of Euston Mark Lodge No. 399 in London.
It was a memorable occasion as the Lodge was visited by the London PrGM RW Bro Tom Quinn as well as his predecessor RW Bro David Ashbolt, and our Provincial Grand Masters' predecessor RW Bro Ian Alexander QC, along with many other distinguished brethren.
A fantastic meal was enjoyed in the Euston room at Mark Masons' Hall, so much so that our esteemed Provincial Grand Master nearly missed the last train home!




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The two Oxfordshire Barry(ie)s ride to the rescue for Burn's Night Meeting

 Updated 28th Jan 2022
A combination of family commitments and positive Covid tests left Thames Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 1183 very short handed for their meeting on 21st January at Henley-on-Thames.
The Chair was taken by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VW Bro Barry Prior PGJO, a member, and the office of Junior Warden was filled by VW Bro Barrie Vernon PGJO, a visitor.
The Burns' Night themed Festive Board was also under threat as the Lodge's star Haggis Slayer, W Bro Allan Dishington, was also laid low with Covid. Up stepped the Lodge Secretary, W Bro David Cumming, who, having revealed his Scots heritage enlivened the evening with a hilarious Burnsesque poem.
The spirits of the Brethren raised, aided no doubt by the wee dram which was served with the haggis, an Alms collection and raffle in aid of the MBF 2025 Festival were both generously supported.


Rose Croix Promotions

 Updated 2nd Jan 2022
Since the resumption of Masonic activities and meetings of Rose Croix Chapters, the following Brethren in our District have been elected to 30th Degree -
E & P Bros Graham Ellis, Michael Smail, Peter Lindfield, Keith Austin and Alan Dishington.
On behalf of all the members of the Order I offer them hearty congratulations and I look forward to seeing them all receive their well-earned promotion.
V.Ill.Bro. Peter Jones 33°
Inspector General, District of Oxfordshire


Rose Croix Promotion

 Updated 20th Oct 2021
I am pleased to report that, since the resumption of Masonic activities, four of the Rose Croix Chapters in the District of Oxfordshire have held meetings. All the Brethren who attended seemed very happy that we are meeting again. I was pleased to attend all those meetings and I look forward to renewing friendships when the other Chapters meet.
On 18th October I attended the first Higher Degrees meeting at Duke Street to support Peter Connor, who received his well-deserved promotion to 31°. Congratulations to him on behalf of us all.
V.Ill.Bro. Peter Jones 33°
Inspector General, District of Oxfordshire

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St Marys Mark & RAM Lodge No. 1242 Meeting

  Updated 19th Jul 2021
On Friday 25th June the St Mary's Mark & RAM Lodge No. 1242 had separate meetings, by dispensation from the PGM, under the rule of 6 and all 6 of the following members attended both meetings:
W.Bro Tony McGahan, WM & WC
V.W. Bro Barry Vernon, DC
W.Bro Paul Hurd, Secretary
W.Bro Stewart Dunbar, Scribe (and photographer)
W.Bro Jim Watts, Charity Steward
W.Bro Adrian Barlow, Almoner.
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Major Capital Grant to support Hospices in England & Wales

  Updated 28th Apr 2021

Dear Sir and Brother

Please find below a link to a letter from the Grand Secretary with an important announcement from the Mark Benevolent Fund.

26.04.21_M.B.F.Major_Capital_Grant-Hospices_in_England_Wales.pdf

Keep safe and well.

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Mourning for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

  Updated 16th Apr 2021

To: All Heads of Orders in England, Scotland and Wales
Cc: All Provincial, District, Divisional and Regional Secretariats in England, Scotland and Wales & Exexcutive Committee Members

Dear Sir and Brother

Please find below a link to a letter from the Grand Secretary.

12.04.21 Letter to Heads of Orders in Great Britain re mourning for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.pdf

Fraternal regards
Masonic Support Services


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Provincial Grand Conclave Virtual Business Meeting


The Provincial Grand Conclave of Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire Virtual Business Meeting

    Updated 22nd Feb 2021
The Order of the Secret Monitor has been a trail blazer during the Coronavirus pandemic, with Provinces throughout England, Wales and Scotland holding a series of very successful Virtual Business Meetings using the Zoom platform.
The Provincial Grand Conclave meeting of Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire held its Virtual Business Meeting on the 13th of February and The Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler R. Wy Bro Bernie Wegerhoff was delighted to re-appoint V.Wy Bro Richard Owen as Deputy Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler.
Though nearly all the Provincial Grand Officers agreed to continue in post, three appointments were made on the day, namely Wy Bro Paul Meacham as Provincial Grand Guide, and Wy Bros Rob Dewberry and Joes Seymour as Provincial Grand Visitors. We send them our hearty congratulations.
There were 112 brethren present at the meeting including 30 R. Wy Brethren representing 29 Provinces. The business was completed in record time, the formal meeting was closed and re-opened for a social meeting afterwards, which proved very popular.
We look forward to seeing you all again for a "real" meeting next year!
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St Marys Mark Installation Meeting

  Updated 17th Oct 2020
Meeting within the Rule of Six!

WBro. Tony Magahan, WM (in chair),
WBro. Vaughan Humphries, IPM,
WBro. Jim Watts, acting JW,
WBro. Paul Hurd, Secretary,
WBro. Stewart Dunbar, Chaplain and
WBro. Adrian Barlow, acting SW and photographer!

Oxfordshire Mark Masonic Benevolent Association

  Updated 1st Sep 2020
As members are well aware Masonic giving is not restricted just to members of our Degree.
Mindful of the difficulties faced by small charities in Oxfordshire during these difficult times, Lodges have been invited to nominate a charity near where they meet to receive a helping donation from OMMBA.
Donations have now been made by OMMBA to the following charities:

   Bluebells Day Centre - Henley - nominated by Thames Mark and RAM Lodges
   Yellow Submarine – Witney - nominated by Windrush Car and Motorcycle Lodge
   Contented Dementia - Burford - nominated by Wychwood Lodge and Bowyer RAM Lodge
   Katherine House Hospice - Adderbury - nominated by Cherwell Lodge and Bowyer RAM Lodge
   The Abingdon Bridge - Abingdon - nominated By Abbey Mark Lodge
   Lilacs Daybreak Club - Kidlington - nominated by Marlborough Mark Lodge
   The Bicester Baby Bank - Bicester - nominated by Weyland Mark Lodge

Two other nominations are under consideration. If you are aware of a struggling charity local to your area please let the Secretary of OMMBA know - WBro. Steve Pope at bonusball.admin(at)oxfordshirefreemasons.org (replacing '(at)' with '@').
In addition OMMBA has recently made a donation to an Oxfordshire member to allow a respite break for himself and his wife and has presented a patio plant to the wife of a member who is very ill.
VW Bro. Barry Prior
Chairman

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Wychwood Mark Master Masons – will Shock you!

 Updated 13th Mar 2020
Thanks to the sterling efforts of VW Bro. Steve Willoughby PGJO, Secretary of Wychwood MMM No. 1443, Burford Masonic Centre, now have their very own Defibrillator, purchased and installed by Wychwood MMM No. 1443 themselves. As the picture shows, the apparatus has been sited outside the entrance to the Centre, in Sheep Street Burford, allowing access to the public of Burford, in time of need.
The Members of Wychwood MMM No. 1443 were given a lesson on 'how to use the Defibrillator' by Lodge Member Bro. Adrian Pallet, a fully qualified 'First Responder' in our locality. His comprehensive instruction was hugely appreciated by all in attendance whom now, I feel sure, feel confident to 'Shock you'; should there ever be a need!
As the WM was unfortunately absent, WBro. David Brown PrGIG stood up to the fold and once again returned to the East with polished Ritual. The Meeting was well supported Lodge Members notably including RWBro. Richard Slade PPrGM, and by the DPrGM VW Bro. Barry Prior PGJO, escorted by WBro. Eddie Peirce PrAGDC and several visitors; all of who enjoyed the fabulous Festive Board, as is always provided at Burford.

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(L-R) V.W.Bro. Barry Prior DepPGM, W.Bro. Eugene Gratwohl WM and Bro. Dougie Roberts


Marlborough Mark Lodge No. 980

 Updated 14th Feb 2020
On Tuesday 11th February 2020, the Marlborough Lodge of MMM No. 980 elected their Worshipful Master for the ensuing year. Brother Dougie Roberts joined the Lodge in 2017 having received the Mark Degree under the Heidelberg York Rite in Germany in 1987! Bro. Dougie will be installed as Master in July 2020.

Rose Croix Promotion

 Updated 16th Jan 2020
On 13th January 2020, Ill Bro. Peter Smith of Oxford University Chapter Rose Croix and also a member of the Oxfordshire Chapter Rose Croix, was promoted to the 31st Degree in a ceremony at Duke Street.
On behalf of all the members in the District of Oxfordshire I offer him sincere congratulations.
V.Ill.Bro. Peter Jones 33°
Inspector General, District of Oxfordshire

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Alfred Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners

 Updated 4th Jan 2020
A happy and successful meeting of Alfred Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 247 on Wednesday 18th December. We Elevated Bro. Terry Williams and then proceeded to elect Bro. George Strachan as our new Commander for the ensuing year. We wish them both every success. The evening was rounded off by a very convivial dinner with our Mark Brethren and guests.












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