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

St Michaels Lodge RAM No.175

The installation meeting of any lodge becomes a special day for the member taking the Chair and his new team. This such meeting was also a unique occasion for St Michaels Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No.175 meeting in Helston, and for the Province of Cornwall when, on Thursday 16th February 2017, the Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother Kevin Hicks conducted the installation ceremony to install Bro Peter George.
As no doubt you will all recall Right Worshipful Brother Peter George was, for a number of years the Provincial Grand Master (Craft) of Cornwall

Pictured L-R are, Rt.WBro. Kevin Hicks, WBro. Peter George,
V.WBro Peter Johns, WBro. Christopher Hawkey

Cornubian Lodge No.87 RAM – Celebrates 50 years of History

The installation meeting of Cornubian Lodge of Royal Ark Mainers held on Wednesday 15th February 2017,  Worshipful Brother Vyvian Jenkin was installed as Commander for a second year. The installation meeting was also a celebration of 50 years since its consecration on Saturday 11th February 1967.

To read the 50 years of history click on the image above

£12,000 Donation for Hope for Tomorrow

On Saturday the 9th May 2015, R.W.Bro. Kevin John Hicks presented a cheque for £12,000 from The Mark Benevolent Fund, to Claire Cosgrove, Head of the Trust for ” Hope for Tomorrow “,  on behalf of the Mark Master Masons of Cornwall

Below are the  Mark Master Mason Mobile Chemotherapy Unit and nurse support vehicle.

319x239-images-hope_for_tomorrow_support_vehicle   404x360-images-mark_benevolent_presentation_for_hope_for_tomorrow
(click on the pictures to view)