SYMBOL OF ORDER

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NATIONAL NAME OF ORDER

The Ancient and Honourable Fraternity of Royal Ark Mariner

LOCAL NAME OF ORDER

The Ancient and Honourable Fraternity of Royal Ark Mariner of Oxfordshire

DESCRIPTION

The Ancient and Honourable Fraternity of Royal Ark Mariner, more commonly known as RAM, has been under the jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons since 1871 and governed by the Grand Master's Royal Ark Council. However, its early history is obscure. Statutes refer to Grand Lodge being reconstituted in 1772. It is recorded that the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons took possession of the rights to the Grand Lodge of Royal Ark Mariner on 10 June 1884 for just £25.

Lodges are attached, or moored, to Mark Lodges assuming their Number in the Roll and to be a member the Candidate has to have been advanced as a Mark Master Mason. There the similarity ends. In chronological terms it precedes the Mark by hundreds of years because it relates to the building and voyage of Noah's Ark and the Great Flood and has none of the other characters that we meet in Freemasonry.

There are no individual Ranks within either Province or Grand Lodge. Brethren holding those Ranks suffix their name with Royal Ark Mariner Provincial Grand Rank or Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank. The Grand Master of the Mark is, ipso facto, the Grand Master of the Degree of Royal Ark Mariner.

WHO CAN JOIN

The Candidate has to have been advanced as a Mark Master Mason

WHO'S WHO

PGM RW Bro I.W. Wright PGSD
DPGM VW Bro B.A. Prior PGJO
Treasurer W Bro P.G. Benham
Secretary W Bro M.H.E. Ball
Director of Ceremonies W Bro R.G. Harrison

WHERE WE MEET

Abingdon Coseners House, 15-16 Abbey Close, Abingdon, OX14 3JD.
Banbury Freemasons Hall, Marlborough Road, Banbury, OX16 8DB.
Bicester Weyland Masonic Hall, 10 North Street, Bicester, OX26 6ND.
Burford The Masonic Hall, Sheep Street, Burford, OX18 4LS.
Chipping Norton The Masonic Hall, Over Norton Road, Chipping Norton, OX7 5NR.
Henley-on-Thames Henley Masonic Centre, Reading Road, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1DL.
Oxford Oxford Masonic Centre, Cardinal House, Baldon Lane, Marsh Baldon, Oxford, OX44 9LT.
Thame The Masonic Hall, 14 High Street, Thame, OX9 2BZ.
Wallingford The Masonic Hall, Goldsmith Lane, Wallingford, OX10 0DU.
Witney The Masonic Hall, Church Green, Witney, OX28 4AW.
Woodstock The Masonic Hall, New Road, Woodstock, OX20 1PD.

LIST OF LODGES

55 University RAM Lodge
225 Abbey RAM Lodge
247 Alfred RAM Lodge
847 Cherwell RAM Lodge
980 Marlborough RAM Lodge
1183 Thames RAM Lodge
1242 St Mary's RAM Lodge
1330 Installed Mark Masters RAM Lodge
1386 Windrush RAM Lodge
1655 Bowyer RAM Lodge
1838 Menatschim RAM Lodge

CONTACTS

WBro Mark Ball PrGSec 01235 816153 mark@ball-family.me.uk

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