Somerset Antient Mark Masons
Programme of Demonstrations
Thursday August 29 Wilts. I.M.M’s Lodge, Ludgershall Wiltshire
Friday October 4 - Royal Connaught Lodge 409 Brighton
Saturday February 22 Bath TI Bath
Monday March 31st Lodge No 104 St.James London 17.00 or 17.30 or 18.00 until 21.30
Sunday March 23rd A.G.M. Nailsea
April 16 - Langdale Lodge Taunton
Our ceremony, of making a Mark Man, is taken verbatim from ancient hand written manuscripts belonging to the Royal Cumberland Mark Lodge meeting at Bath since Time Immemorial. It was in use in that Lodge certainly in 1795 and probably long before that. There was a book for each participating officer. In those days a junior officer was not permitted to see the book of a senior officer until he was appointed to that office.
The Obligation itself was apparently contained in a separate sheet, and is missing from the manuscripts in our possession.
However there is a complete version of an Obligation in another hand written Royal Cumberland Mark Lodge manuscript set, describing a ceremony drawn up in 1885; Just prior to the formation of Mark Grand Lodge. A study of these two ancient manuscript versions lead us to suppose that the missing early Obligation would have been virtually identical to the surviving version, so that is the one we use with a reasonably clear conscience.
It was in 1993, when the idea of a Somerset Mark Demonstration Team was first mooted by the then Provincial Grand Master for Somerset, The Right Worshipful Brother David Palmer.
We gave our first demonstration at Yatton to the George Norman Mark Lodge in 1995 and since then we have given a number of performances throughout our own Province, and also in Devonshire, Cornwall, Dorset, Wiltshire Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, Monmouthshire, South Wales, Kent & Surrey.
We can rightly call ourselves the Somerset Antient Mark Masons International, as we have presented our demonstration in Germany and Belgium.
We were requested to go to Carlisle in 2006 as part of the celebration of 50 years in Mark Masonry of the Pro Grand Master the Most Worshipful Brother Bro. John Hale. The Most Worshipful Grand Master His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent was present and enjoyed himself so much that he agreed to be photographed with the team.
Whilst the SAMM’s do not set out to be a fund raising organisation as such, in the event, a donation is usually made to the “Team” which we, in due course, distribute to charity. We have, to date, been able to distribute more than £12.000 to 25 charities.
We make no charge for presenting our demonstration and the members cover all expenses themselves, including travel, overnight stops and our costumes.
This then is a little background of the Somerset Antient Mark Masons. Otherwise known as SAMM’s.
Contact - Secretary - Geoff Nash - email@example.com
Somerset Antient Mark Masons News and Events
It was a unique occasion, three Mark Lodges coming together to celebrate jointly their 125th anniversary.
The meeting was held under the warrant of the Emblematic Lodge of MMM No 350, which was consecrated on 16th February 1885. The other two Lodges are the Royal Savoy Lodge of MMM No. 355 consecrated 31st March 1885 February 1885 and the Chiswick Lodge of MMM No. 357, consecrated 1st June 1885.
The meeting was opened and closed by the Worshipful Master of Emblematic W.Bro O'Reilly. The Provincial Grand Master for Middlesex, Right Worshipful Brother Peter Halls-Dickerson presided over the business of the evening he was accompanied by David Sparks, the DPGM of Middlesex. Also in attendance as were R.W.Bro John Oakley- Smith the Deputy PGM of Hertfordshire and V.W.Bro. David Ashbolt the DepPGM of London.
The demonstration by the team was well received and enjoyed by the fifty or so members of the three Lodges present. As has become practice the team remained in their costumes when they dined with there hosts.
In the photo, The PGM for Middlesex Peter Halls-Dickerson (centre) surrounded by members of the SAMMs team.
It was another successful visit by the members of the SAMMs team, this time to the Lliedi Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 820.
Gary Mackenzie was Worshipful Sir and a total of 24 brethren went to Llanelli this included two guests; John Henson and Sidney French.
The Lodge and the Province of Dyfed made fantastic donation was of £750 to the SAMMs charities. The largest largest single donation ever received by the group.
SAMMs Derek Wilton, John Morgam, Terry Wadman and Ron Babbage with PGM of Dyfed, Nigel Adams in the centre.
The Team with the Master of ? Lodge