RAM annual investiture

Twenty one Brethren from the Province of East Lancashire travelled to London to attend the annual investiture for the holders of Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank. Three of those investees included WBros Steven Boyle, Shaun Higson and Gerry Young.

Prior to the meeting, they all dined together at the Union Jack Club at a private dinner organised by WBro Malcolm McCarthy. A full Christmas dinner, along with a selection of more “RAM annual investiture”

Royal Ark Mariner Lodge No 990

Monday the 29th November, The East Lancashire Provincial Grand Officers Royal Ark Mariner Lodge No 990 meeting took place at Rochdale Masonic Hall and what a great turn out it was.

The new Provincial Grand Master, RWBro John H Smith, accompanied by the other members of the executive, along with a fine body of men of the officers of the year were also in attendance. It was indeed a heart-warming sight to see so many brethren in one place during these very difficult times once again.

On his arrival into the Lodge, the PGM took the chair and after he had introduced the team and highlighted the purpose of the meeting, he appointed and invested 6 brethren to the rank of Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank.

The social board was a lively affair and the PGM made an impassioned speech thanking the brethren for their efforts during the recent festival but asking everyone to now turn their attention to recruitment and retention in an attempt to try and build up the membership of the RAM degree.

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50th Celebration for County Palatine 156

What a night County Palatine Royal Ark Mariners No 156 hosted a celebration for its 50th year, slightly behind schedule due to covid. The Lodge, consecrated on 23rd November 1970, laid on a splendid occasion with 30 brethren in attendance. The newly appointed Deputy Provincial Grand Master, David George Rainford, took the chair for part of the evening and presented more “50th Celebration for County Palatine 156”

New Commander for 1014 RAM

Gawthorpe Royal Ark Mariner Lodge No 1014 held its Installation Meeting on the Monday, December 2nd. Gawthorpes RAM meetings take place at Colne Masonic Hall at the same time as a Craft meeting. This enables the Lodge to use the smaller practice room downstairs whilst the main lodge room is occupied by the more “New Commander for 1014 RAM”