2015 RAM Assembly
It was a very successful first outing as PGM for R.W. Bro John Morgan when he took the Chair of the Annual Royal Ark Mariner Assembly at 10.45 am on Valentines day.
The Lodge room was full to capacity with extra chairs brought in to cope with the numbers. In addition to the normal business the Assembly was entertained by W.Bro John Oakley-Smith who gave an interesting talk on the origins and history of the degree.
The Provincial Grand Master then welcomed all new members who had been elevated into the degree in the last twelve months. Seven of the eight recipients of Royal Ark Mariner Provincial Grand Rank were then invested with their collateral, W.Bro Bill Roast of Cerdic Lodge being unavoidably absent.
The PGM then addressed the brethren, read the full text here
and stated that the time and venue would be changed in 2016 to cope with the increased number of brethren wishing to attend the RAM Assembly. The meeting will be held on Saturday 3rd September 2016 at the Webbington Hotel. The meeting was closed just after midday and the brethren enjoyed a hearty lunch in the dining room.
Minutes of the meetingLeft to right - Norman Ackland, Provincial Junior Grand Warden. Phil Voisey, Deputy PGM. John Morgan PGM and Bryan Foster acting Provincial Senior Grand Warden.
Below - The recipients of Royal Ark Mariner Provincial Grand Rank appointed today. Left to right Graham Jeffery 119, Brian Buckle 128, Richard Francis 191, George Small 348, Eric Kellett 155, Willy Brown 697 and Sandy Kemlo 1548.