The First ever Provincial Assembly of Royal Ark Mariners was held at the Masonic Hall, Crewe Street, Shrewsbury on Friday 29th September 2017. All twenty one Mariner Lodges of the Province were represented and over one hundred Brethren were present to applaud the recipients of Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank at the Assembly which was held under the Banner of the Kenneth Shenton Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 1392. The Brethren Honoured and Appointed by the Provincial Grand Master, RW.Bro Michael R Heenan, were W.Brothers G.S.D’Anna of Wolverhampton 186, A.M.Marshall of St James 318, H Loasby and F.G.Heath both of Shropshire 444, R.A.Yates of Peace 541, J.C.Adam of North Shropshire 840, D.J.Moore of Beaudesart 1127, G.E.W.Condliffe of South Shropshire 1150,, J Moore of George Hargreaves 1304, A.M.Cullen of Sir John Jervis 1416, and A.R.Tomson of St Editha’s 1426.
The meeting was further enhanced by a demonstration of the Royal Ark Mariner Tracing Board by a team from the South Shropshire Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners led by W.Bro. J.R.Richardson RAMGR. This Tracing Board is a legacy from the Craft “Antients” and portrays episodes and symbols relating to many of the Masonic degrees being worked in the eighteenth century. Under the English Constitution most of these degrees, each now a Sovereign Grand Order, are now administered by either the United Grand Lodge of Englan or the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of England and Wales and its Districts and Lodges Overseas.
All retired to a splendid Festive Board and from the general level of noise and laughter the evening was enjoyed by all.