VW Bro Dr Paul Calderwood is writing a book to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Mark Province of South Wales, which until 1989 included the Mark Lodges in West Wales too. Despite his best efforts, VW Bro Paul has been unable to find an image of RW Bro Thomas William Hughes who became the Mark PGM in 1963. The profile of RW Bro Hughes is below and if anyone has an image of him, or knows where one could be found please email the Provincial Secretary, James Ross at email@example.com.
In addition VW Bro Paul would also be pleased to receive the first entry for the Ceredigion Mark Lodge which appeared in the South Wales Western Division Year Book in either 1982 or 1983. If you could scan the entry, or take a photo of it and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org it would be very much appreciated too. The book is due to be published next year.
After the death of Sir Frederick Alban, the Mark Province of South Wales was governed for five years by Thomas William Hughes who was appointed as Provincial Grand Master on 30 October 1963 - a position which he held until his death. Although a native of West Wales, he lived at Cyncoed, in Cardiff. He was an accountant by profession and provided valuable service to the Mark Degree by being its Provincial Treasurer.
His Masonic service to South Wales was split between west and east as he was Worshipful Master of Five Arches Mark Lodge No.256 in Tenby in 1923 and a Past Master of Stability Mark Lodge No.758 in Penarth. In October 1951 he also became a Joining Member of Langley Mark Lodge No.28 in Cardiff. In addition, he was a Founder Member of Dunraven Mark Lodge No.950 in Bridgend, where his father, WBro Edgar Owen Hughes, became a Worshipful Master of the Lodge.
He similarly split his service in the Royal Ark Mariner Degree, being a member of St John’s Royal Ark Mariner Lodge No.28 in Cardiff and the De Valance Royal Ark Mariner Lodge No.256 in Tenby and was their Commander in 1934 and 1937 respectively.
In addition to his membership in the Craft and the Holy Royal Arch, he was a past member of Glyntaf Council No.40 in the Royal and Select Masters, and a past Sovereign of St David’s Rose Croix Chapter No.215 in 1934, and attained the rank of 31⁰.
He spent his final years besides the banks of the River Teifi at Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire.
His period as Provincial Grand Master saw the number of Mark Lodges increase from 19 to 21, with the Consecration of Rhaeadr Gwy Mark Lodge No.1318 in 1966 in the Elan Valley and Loventium Mark Lodge No.1287 in 1964 at Aberaeron.
These years also saw the number of Royal Ark Mariner Lodges increase by one, with the Consecration of Dunraven RAM Lodge in 1964.