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PGM announces new Assistant PGM and his Wardens for 2022


I am delighted to announce that at the Provincial meeting on 7th April next year I will appoint W.Bro Tony Guthrie of the Priory Lodge No 6913 as my Assistant Provincial Grand Master. At the Provincial meeting I will also appoint W.Bro Clive Dunster as my Senior Warden and W.Bro Ray Conneely as my Junior Warden.

These brethren are all very experienced Masons who, I am sure, will continue to contribute a great deal to our Province. They are known to many of you and I know you will all wish them well for a successful term in office.

W.Bro Martin Slocombe will be standing down as Assistant PGM at the Provincial meeting. I would like to thank him for five years exemplary service in that position. Martin is not retiring however, he will retain his role as principal lead for Mentoring and Membership in the Province, including the all important roll out of the new updated Members’ Pathway, he remains as a member of the Provincial Executive.

I would also take this opportunity to thank my Senior Warden, Keith Baker and Junior Warden Andy Wade, they have both done, and I’m sure will continue to do, a great job as my Wardens this year. That is in addition to their other Provincial duties, Keith as the co-ordiator of the Provincial Meeting and Andy as head of the IT and web teams, your input and effort is much appreciated brethren.

Yours sincerely and fraternally


Who are the newbies?

W.Bro Tony Guthrie – APGM designate.

W.Bo Tony Guthrie was initiated into to Priory Lodge No 6913 at Keynsham in 1999, he was Master in 2005 and Lodge Secretary  from 2009 to 2017, currently Lodge Charity Steward. He is also a member of Somerset Fairway Lodge No 9251 where he was Master in 2016. He is a member of Somersetshire Lodge No 2925 (London) where he was Master in 2017. Tony is also a member of Somerset Masters Lodge and a Past First Principal of Dungarvan Chapter No 973. He was made a Grand Officer in 2019 when he was appointed to the active rank of Assistant Grand Standard Bearer. As many brethren will also know, he is the Deputy Provincial Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Somerset.

Tony lives in Trowbridge with his partner Jayne, and runs his own electrical contracting business. Prior to that he served for twelve years in the Royal Navy. His son Michael followed in dad’s footsteps when he joined the Royal Navy two years ago, he is now based at Yeovilton. With work and Masonry Tony says he has little time for anything else but he does enjoy a game of golf.

W.Bro Clive Dunster – Senior Warden Designate

W.Bro Clive Dunster was initiated into Connaught Lodge No 3573 in Midsomer Norton in 1987. By coincidence this was also the mother Lodge of the then Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro Kenneth Kinnersley. On his retirement from the police force in 2002, Clive and his family moved to Minehead and he joined the Exmoor Lodge No 2390, where he became Master in 2008. From 2009 to 2018 he was the Lodge treasurer and he was installed in the Chair of the Lodge again last month. He is a member of the Wellington School, Somerset Lodge No 7230 where he was Master in 2018 and a member of Somerset Masters’ Lodge No 3746.

Born in Taunton Clive is an old boy of Wellington School. He joined the Somerset and Bath Constabulary in August 1971 and became a dog handler of both general purpose and explosive detection dogs seeing service all over the UK until retirement in 2002. During his police career he lived in Midsomer Norton but moved to Bilbrook in West Somerset on his retirement. Married to Sandy they have two children and four grandchildren. Clive has been a keen sea fisherman since boyhood, his other interest include training and working spaniels for country pursuits.

W.Bro Ray Conneely – Junior Warden Designate

W.Bro Ray Conneely was initiated into the Forest of Selwood Lodge No 8912 in Frome in 1997, he was Master in 2004, secretary from 2007 to 2012 and D.C. from 2014 to 2020. He became a joining member of the Kenneth Kinnersley Lodge No 9218 in Midsomer Norton and was Master in 2000. In 2013 he took on the roll of Lodge Secretary and he still holds that post. Not content with all that he joined Queens College, Taunton Lodge No 6988 in 2015 and is currently the Lodge Senior Warden. In common with Clive Dunster he is also a member of Somerset Masters’ Lodge. Ray is a Past First Principal in both Connaught Chapter No 3573 and Dungarvan Chapter No 973.

Ray and his wife Maggie will celebrate their Ruby Wedding next year. They have three children and two grandchildren with number three on the way! He is the General Manager for Massey Wilcox Transport at Chilcompton and Avonmouth. Outside interests include motor cycling, he owns a BMW1200, computers and his Man Cave built during the first lock down! 

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