Grand Master's Lodges of Instruction

Grand Master’s Lodges of Instruction
For
Mark Master Masons & Royal Ark Mariners

The Grand Master’s Lodges of Instruction meet on First and Third Monday of each month, commencing with the Masonic season starting in September to March at Mark Masons’ Hall, 86 St.James’s Street, London SW1A 1PL. The Advancement and Elevation ceremonies are rehearsed at each meeting; with the Elevation ceremony starting at 5.00pm and the Advancement ceremony starting at 6pm
The Installation ceremonies for Mark and RAM are rehearsed once each month on alternate Mondays; and also when requested by the members to accommodate their individual schedule.

The instructions are given in a friendly and relaxed manner to an approved standard of ritual, to fit individual requirement and need. Regalia is not worn for the GMLoI, but smart casual dress is a requirement at MMH (no jeans or trainers!).
The Lodges of Instructions’ season culminates with the Annual Festival, at which the Advancement and Elevation ceremonies are demonstrated, and is usually held during the last week in April, on a date and at a venue, mutually agreed by the GMLoI’s committee and also the committee of the host Mark Province.

The GM`s LoI`s Annual festival for 2020 had to be postponed, due the current Coronavirus pandemic and subsequent suspension of all Masonic activities.

The next GM`s LoI’s Annual Festival will be held on Wednesday, 29th April, 2021 at Mark Masons’ Hall, 86.St.James’s Street, London SW1A 1PL, at which the R.W.Bro. A. I. Torrance, Provincial Grand Master for the Mark Province of Kent, will preside.

The complete team is shown below. They are all very willing and eager to support and assist attendees in their individual requirements and the specific Offices that they wish to undertake in their own Lodges.

Chairman:
RW Bro Frank Spencer GDC, PProvGM (Worcs), GMRAC

Preceptor:
RW Bro Tom Quinn ProvGM (London), RAMGR

Assistant Preceptors:
W Bro David Stiff PGSD, Asst.ProvGM (Kent), RAMGR
W Bro Graeme McCormack PAGDC, PPAGDC (London), PrRAMGR
W Bro G.C. Munday PGSD, PProvGSW (London), RAMGR

Secretary:
W Bro Hemant Vyas PGJD, RAMGR

Assistant Secretary:
W Bro Michael Guile PAGDC, RAMGR

Treasurer:
W Bro Shane Clapham PAsstGSwdBr, RAMGR

Festival Secretary:
W Bro Shaun Rayner MBE, JP

Members:
VW Bro D.F. Pascho PGMO, RAMGR
VW Bro G.A. Trew PGJO, RAMGR
W Bro C.J.B. Lloyd PGJD, RAMGR
W Bro J.H. Bussel PAGDC, RAMGR

Mark Master Masons and Royal Ark Mariners of all Provinces are cordially invited to participate in the Festival in addition to taking the opportunity to rehearse work which they are expecting to do in their own Lodges.

Any inquiries should go to W Bro. Hemant Vyas (hemantvyas@btopenworld.com)

Calendar for the 2020-2021 Session

07/09/20 16.15 R.A.M. Installation* 17.00 R.A.M. Elevation 18.00 Mark Advancement.
21/09/20 16.15 Mark Installation* 17.00 R.A.M. Elevation 18.00 Mark Advancement.
05/10/20 16.15 R.A.M. Installation* 17.00 R.A.M. Elevation 18.00 Mark Advancement.
19/10/20 16.15 Mark Installation* 17.00 R.A.M. Elevation 18.00 Mark Advancement.
02/11/20 16.15 R.A.M. Installation* 17.00 R.A.M. Elevation 18.00 Mark Advancement.
16/11/20 16.15 Mark Installation* 17.00 R.A.M. Elevation 18.00 Mark Advancement.
07/12/20 16.15 R.A.M. Installation* 17.00 R.A.M. Elevation 18.00 Mark Advancement.
04/01/21 16.15 Mark Installation* 17.00 R.A.M. Elevation 18.00 Mark Advancement.
18/01/21 16.15 R.A.M. Installation* 17.00 R.A.M. Elevation 18.00 Mark Advancement.
01/02/21 16.15 Mark Installation* 17.00 R.A.M. Elevation 18.00 Mark Advancement.
15/02/21 16.15 R.A.M Installation* 17.00 R.A.M. Elevation 18.00 Mark Advancement.
01/03/21 16.15 Mark Installation* 17.00 R.A.M. Elevation 18.00 Mark Advancement.
15/03/21 Festival Rehearsal 16.45 R.A.M. Elevation 18.00 Mark Advancement.
29/03/21 Festival Rehearsal 16.45 R.A.M. Elevation 18.00 Mark Advancement.
05/04/21 Festival Rehearsal 16.45 R.A.M. Elevation 18.00 Mark Advancement
19/04/21 Festival Rehearsal 16.45 R.A.M. Elevation 18.00 Mark Advancement.
29/04/21 Annual Festival** Kent

*For Installed Commanders or Mark Masters. ** Times to be confirmed

Note:
Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic and suspension of all Masonic activities, and restrictions imposed on Masonic gatherings, the GM`s LoI, have been holding virtual Zoom meetings since Monday 6 April 2020, commencing at 19:30hrs as per the guidelines prescribed by the Mark Grand Lodge.

The MMM and the RAM meetings are held on alternate Mondays.
Further information may be obtained from the Secretary.

Guidelines for Virtual Grand Master`s Lodges of Instruction

Meeting Set-up:
The LoI will be held via video sharing application (Team, Zoom etc.). An experienced Worshipful Master will be responsible for setting up the meeting and monitoring the attendance.
1. The meeting password must be changed for each meeting
2. The waiting room and individual access being granted must be applied.
3. The meeting details must not be shared on the social media.
4. A list of attendees for each meeting – to be obtained from the application to be kept in a minute book.
5. Every effort should be used to ensure that the security of our meetings is not compromised.

Officers and Officials:
1. A meeting matrix will be created on a rolling monthly basis.
2. Bids for offices or part offices (WM – first half of ceremony, working tools etc.) to be made one week prior to the meeting date.
3. A ‘Narrator` will describe movement to cue the next line of ritual. (e.g. SD and Candidate moves to NW facing E.)
4. No Signs, passwords or other words to be used. The word `password` or initial (`J`) only to be used.
5. Members are placed on trust and that books or notes will not be used, unless they announce beforehand that they are.
6. Prompting to be allocated to one person (Narrator?) who will follow the ceremony closely. Corrections to be made sympathetically, stopping for only `serious` variations.
7. The GM`s LoI operates a membership register, however virtual Zoom meetings are open to all `bona fide` Mark Master Masons and Royal Ark Mariners who are properly vouched for.
8. Membership of GM`s LoI – details are available from the Secretary. Any Mark Master Mason may be proposed, seconded and elected to life membership of Mark Lodge by a show of hands.

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