National Association of Blood Bikes

On behalf of the Mark Benevolent Fund, R W Bro Kevin Hicks The Provincial Grand Master for the Province of Cornwall, was delighted to handover the keys for the latest addition to the Cornwall Blood Bikes fleet at a presentation held at Falmouth on Friday.

The donation to Cornwall Blood Bikes, is part of the partnership with the National Association of Blood Bikes which has seen donations made by the Mark Benevolent Fund to twenty six Blood Bike Groups nationally totalling £437,934.

The funding for this partnership came from the Royal Parks walk which took place in May 2017.

CMF Supports St Austell Town Youth Band

Helen Rowe, Treasurer of St. Austell Town Youth Band receiving a cheque to the value of £400 from Philip Snell, representing St Austell Lodge of Mark Masons. The donation came from the Cornwall Mark Foundation, which has, with the support of the Mark Brethren of Lodges in Cornwall, made awards totalling £7600 to deserving causes  and is in addition to £100 generously given to the band from the St Austell Lodge previously.

St Austell Town Youth Band is the only youth brass band in the St Austell area and gives concerts as an independent ensemble whilst being financially supported by the

Senior Band. Many Youth members are also members of the Cornwall Youth Brass Band. Both bands are based at The Band Club, East Hill,


St. Austell and both bands welcome new or returning players and players who may have recently moved to the area. You’ll see them representing St Austell at the West of England Bandsmen’s festival at Bugle on 16th June; the Youth Band in their own section and the Senior Band in The Championship Section. The bands are also to be seen supporting local events such as Feast Week in Mevagissey 24-30th June 2018 and lead many of the summer carnivals occurring throughout Cornwall. For further information on rehearsal times and up coming concerts, please refer to the band website or contact us via our Facebook page.


Cornwall Mark Masons Donate to Children’s Sailing Trurst

W. Bro. Peter Johns, Deputy Provincial Grand Master, was delighted to present on behalf of the Cornwall Mark Foundation, a cheque for £400.00 to Mr. Richard Nathan, Co-Chairman of the Helford River Children’s Sailing Trust.
The Trusts aim is to boost the confidence of both abled bodied and disabled children in a wide range of water actives including “wild swimming”, paddle boarding, rowing and sailing both in the Helford River and in a nearby recently purchased lake with fully qualified instructors and safety boats in attendance.

Cornwall Mark Masons Make Donation to BATS

Pictured (R-L) Most Worshipful Pro Grand
Master Raymond John Smith, Right Worshipful Brother Kevin John Hicks, Provincial Grand Master for Cornwall,(presenting a cheque for £400 on behalf of the Brethren of Cornwall), Mrs Sue Hicks,
Gerald Bianchi (Treasurer of BATS, – Blind at Sea)
and Mrs Ann Smith

Cornwall’s Sailing Club for Visually Impaired People

Blind at Sea (BATS) provides water related activities for visually impaired people.

Many blind and visually impaired people are denied the opportunity to fully participate in all Cornwall has to offer. Blind at Sea, founded 30 years ago by a keen group of visually impaired sailors, now offers sailing, gig rowing and fishing to our members.

BATS is based at Mylor Yacht Harbour at the entrance to the beautiful, tranquil Mylor Creek where, our own yacht, a Sadler 25, is kept on a harbour mooring. This spring we are taking ownership of a new yacht, Lucienne. She is a Westerly Konsort and with more room and speed, she will allow us to sail longer distances and has the potential for some overnight stays!

Blind at Sea‘s activities are made possible by volunteers, some who provide their own boats for sailing and fishing, skipper our own yacht, act as help-buddies and drivers to assist VI (visually impaired) members, or to help crew the boats. Gig rowing takes place under the guidance of the excellent coxes from Nankersey Gig Club.

Merlin MS Centre receive £43,791. from MBF

It’s always great to receive an update on the difference donations have made, many of you will recall the presentation made to the Merlin MS Centre via the Mark Benevolent Fund of £43,791.00 to provide a fully equipped easy access minibus and sensory equipment for a treatment room at the Centre.

The attached letter has been received from staff at the Merlin Centre and highlights the positive impact that donations from Brethren have made to service users at the centre.

Link to Letter from Kevin Hicks from Merlins MS Centre

Three Generations of Provincial Grand Masters of Cornwall

Three Generations of Provincial Grand Masters of Cornwall spanning from 1992 to present day. Rt.W.Bro. Frank Tonkin held the position from 1992-2004, Rt.W.Bro. Geoffrey Isaac 2004 – 2014 and Rt.W.Bro. Kevin Hicks 2014 to date, a period of 25 years and still great friends, a true reflection of Mark Masonry in our Province.


Rt. W.Bro Frank Tonkins PPGM,Rt. W.Bro Kevin Hicks PGM &  Rt. W.Bro Geoff Isaacs PPGM
(Left to Right)


Presentation to Sophie Hibbs

Recently the Provincial Grand Master for Cornwall was pleased to present a cheque on behalf of the Cornwall Mark Foundation to Sophie Hibbs for £300 towards a new vehicle with disabled access.

The presentation took place at Gorran School, pictured are Abby &, Sophie Hibbs with Chloe McDonnell and our Provincial Grand Master Right Worshipful Brother Kevin Hicks.


Presentation of New Mini Bus and Sensory Equipment

Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons Cornwall

Provincial Grand Master

Rt W. Bro. K. J. Hicks, RAMGR
Ferryside Cottage,
St. Michael Penkivel,
Cornwall TR2 4AH.
Tel:  01872 520514




M S Merlin Centre – Presentation of New Mini Bus and Sensory Equipment

The Provincial Grand Master Kevin Hicks and the members of the Mark Masons of Cornwall are absolutely delighted to receive the news that our MBF are presenting the Merlin Centre with a new Mini Bus and to fully equip their new sensory room on the 11th May 2017. The Mini Bus will be available for all to view at the Provincial meeting on the 12th May 2017 between 10 and 12 at the Atlantic Hotel.

It is the MBF’s hope that the provision of this mini bus and equipment, which has been financed entirely by Mark Freemasons, will enable Cornwall MS sufferers to be offered high class local treatment and to alleviate the stresses and strains of having to travel long distances.

Kevin J Hicks
Provincial Grand Master

MBF Support The Merlin Centre

Following a submission from the Merlin MS Centre, the Provincial Grand Master is pleased to announce that the Mark Benevolent Fund has recently approved significant funding for two projects at the Centre in Hewaswater near St Austell, totalling £50,794.00.  This funding  follows hot on the heels of the funding of three powered traverse hoists for the Phoenix Stroke Appeal at Treliske Hospital.

For full details please click on the picture below.

MBF Award £17,000 To RCH Treliske


The Provincial Grand Master announced at the Cornish Installed Commanders Lodge of RAM No. 1332 on Tuesday 31st January 2017 that our petition to the Worthy Causes section of the Mark Benevolent Fund for £17,137.12 was successful. For full details of the award please read – Charity – Grants to Cornwall