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Welcome to the Mark Province of Dyfed Website

Provincial Grand Master
R.W.Bro. Gary Hicks

Welcome to another Masonic Year..

A warm welcome to the website of the Mark Province of Dyfed which covers the three Counties of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

We hope that this website will be of interest to not only Freemasons but also to those merely intrigued.

The Mark Degree in Freemasonry, which greatly enhances the Craft Masons’ understanding of operative masonry, has been practised in the three counties for many years with our oldest Mark Lodge being established in 1870.

We currently have 12 Mark Lodges and 6 Royal Ark Mariner Lodges meeting at various centres throughout the Province.

The Province is governed by the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of England and Wales and its Districts and Lodges Overseas and is presided over by the Provincial Grand Master Right Worshipful Brother Gary Hicks and assisted by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master Worshipful Brother Martin Lowe.

The Province is very active bringing much pleasure and friendship to all its members .
It is known by its members as the “Friendly Degree”.

The Mark Degree promotes Charity with the Mark Grand Charity making very considerable contributions to major National and International worthy causes.

The Province and individual Lodges also make donations to meet many Local needs.
We hope that this site will be a stimulus to Craft Masons’ to seek further insight into Freemasonry
and the Mark Degree in particular.

Current list of appointments and promotions to Provincial Grand Lodge here
(forthcoming appointments and promotions for June 2018 announced here

W Bro Martin Lowe - Deputy Provincial Grand Master and R W Bro Gary Hicks PGM

M W Bro Raymond John Smith with R W Bro Gary Hicks

Latest News from the Province -



Meeting under the Authority of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master
Masons of England and Wales and its Districts and Lodges Overseas


R.W.Bro. Gareth Raymond Hicks, ProvGM
W.Bro.Martin James Lowe RAMGR Deputy ProvGM

A very successful meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Masons of Dyfed was held on the 30th June 2018. 
The weather was superb, with cloudless skies and a the Provincial Grand Master welcomed many Right Worshipful Brethren and supporters from all over the country. 

We congratulate all who received Provincial hnours and promotions on the day 

Full list of officers appointed and promoted in Provincial Grand Lodge 2018

Sadly we have to report the sad departure of W Bro Ivor Lloyd...

Ivor, a Past Master of Mansell Mark Lodge and Past Commander of Lliedi RAM was a huge supporter of the Mark and
Royal Ark Mariner degrees - being a Provincial Senior Warden in 2000, and Grand Rank of
PADGC in 2003. He also was awarded RAMGR in 2001.

He will be sadly missed.

Right Worshipful Bro John Benjamin Lloyd - PPGM

It is with great sadness that we record the passing of Right Worshipful Brother Dr John Benjamin Lloyd -
our first Provincial Grand master for the Mark Province of Dyfed... 

R.W. Bro. Dr. John Benjamin Lloyd
20th November 1933 – 10th June 2018

The First Provincial Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Dyfed
1989 – 2001

Province of Dyfed : L to R : RW Bro Gareth Hicks PGM (2017) : RW Bro Ronald Jones PPGM (2012) : RW Bro Nigel Adams (2007) :
RW Bro Dr John B Lloyd PPGM (1989) : RW Bro Ivor Shuttleworth PPGM ( 2001)

On 5th January 1967, Dr John Benjamin Lloyd was initiated into Freemasonry, and a chapter of Masonic history began. 

On the occasion of his celebration of 50 years in Craft Masonry, RW Bro Stephen Hookey PGM of West Wales Craft Province said

"Brethren I can say without fear of contradiction that there is not a living Freemason in this Province who has given more to Freemasonry than RW Bro Dr Lloyd. Indeed, I would go further than that and would say to you that he has done so much to make Freemasonry in this Province what it is today, and we therefore owe him a great debt of gratitude.

In his time, he has set standards which still hold good today, particularly in the area of ritual delivery and execution. He was, and is, universally acknowledged to be so very very good at whatever ceremony he is doing in whichever order he is doing it. So many of us, myself included, were in awe of his delivery and filled with a wonder of just how he achieved it. I can tell you, and I feel sure that he would say the same, that it is done by sheer hard work and a determination to do it properly. Not only has he shown us all how it should be done, and impressed us all in the process, but he has also achieved the most important thing, namely making a lasting impression upon the person who is being initiated, exalted, installed, perfected etc etc – the candidate.

As if that were not enough, Dr John Lloyd has been involved in just about every Other Order meeting in the Province and beyond. When I say involved that is really an understatement. He has achieved high office in them all, and is or has been at or very near to the top in each one. "

We in the Mark Province of Dyfed will sorely miss a great man and Mason who has been a support and inspiration to us all for so many years ....


Investiture of Grand Officers

We are delighted to have 6 members of the Province receiving honurs at Grand Mark Lodeg this year.

From Left to Right:
RW Bro Ivor Shuttleworth (PPGM), W Bro Tom Evans, RW Bro Gareth Hicks (PGM), 
W Bro Wynne Moodie, W Bro Martin Lowe (DepPGM), W Bro Clive Griffith, W Bro Jeffrey Squirrell,
W Bro Bob Davies

Royal Ark Mariner Provincial Grand Rank

At the Annual Provincial RAM Assembly on the 8th June 2018, the Provincial Grand Master was pleased to award Provincial Grand Rank to four hard working members of the Province. We congratulate them all.

W Brethren: Adrian Thomas, Christopher Samuel, Tudor Thomas and Geoffrey Hall
with the Provincial Grand Master Right Worshipful Brother Gareth HIcks 
and the Deputy Provincial Grand Master W Bro Martin Lowe 


30th June 2018 - Halliwell Centre 10.30am
Don't Miss it ...
Bookings via the Provincial Registrar Jeffrey Squirrell




The overall winner Alan Dennison

2 Chris Harding

3 D Algieri,

Nearest to pin & longest Drive Chris HardingSadly, the event was poorly Attended, but weather was fantastic & the Derllys Court Golf Court Excellent conditions, with good food & hospitality and raised £115 pounds to Dyfed Mark Benevolent fund.




Well done to all

2018 Provincial Appointments Announced:
Congratulations to Emyr Davies as next Provincial Grand Senior Warden
and to Sion Wilson as our next Provincial Grand Junior Warden


Full list of appointments and promotions here

Over £419,000 So far (1st June 2017) 

Congratulations to everyone 

See full article on the MBF section here 

See the Facebook Pages here 



Pro Grand Master and Dyfed MBF Walking Team

Huge Congratulations to our intrepid walkers , VWBr Gary Hicks, WBrn adrian Thomas and David Doyle

The Province have raised a massive £6,840.62 to date (1st June 2017) 

Read the letter from WBro Bob Davies here 


Teifion Celebrates 50 years in Mark Masonry 

See full article here 


Picton Castle Lodge saw the celebration of W Bro Teifion Evans through 50 years of Mark Masonry...