After a few Masonic ‘wilderness” years, when serving in the Royal Marines, Dennis began his masonic career in earnest in the Province of Devonshire as a Joining member of Bishop Surtees Lodge No. 8497 (2008), followed by being exalted into The Brent Chapter No. 1284 (2009), advanced into The Athelstan Mark Lodge No. 958 elevated into Ancient and Honourable Degree of Royal Ark Mariners St George Lodge No.15.
He attained the Chair of his Mark Lodge in 2016, and due to Covid-19, he is continuing as Worshipful Commander of his Royal Ark Mariner Lodge for a second year. Dennis holds the offices of Treasurer and Almoner in Athelstan Mark Lodge.
In 2017, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of HRH The Duke of Kent as Grand Master, Dennis was one small number of brethren nominated for Provincial Honours in the Craft, and was appointed Past Provincial Junior Grand Deacon. Dennis has held office in his Chapter and hold Provincial Chapter rank as well as other significant roles in Craft, Rose Croix, Royal Order of Scotland and The United Religious, Military and Masonic Orders of the Temple and of St John of Jerusalem, Palestine, Rhodes and Malta (Knights Templar).
Dennis left Royal Marines in1988 and after two years in the Sultan of Oman’s Navy, was employed by SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors and Air Force Association) The Armed Forces Charity as Training Officer (now Learning and Development Officer) training volunteer caseworkers in the art of visiting eligible clients in need. The subjects covered were State Benefits, Personal Safety, how to research Charities appropriate to the clients’ needs (Almonising), Money Advice, Bereavement and Trauma among many other subjects that would be of benefit to the volunteer workforce.
In addition he was part of the group sent to Russia in 1995 to help establish Veterans’ Centres throughout the Russian Federation. During his time with SSAFA Dennis also trained as a counsellor and travelled to numerous Armed Forces Establishments at home and overseas running bereavement, and listening skills workshops to Service personnel and their families. For as short time he was also temporary manager of the Armed Forces Confidential Support Line.
Now happily retired, Dennis lives in Exmouth with Sarah, his wife of just over 30 years. He divides his time between travelling, walking, cycling, his Freemasonry and being an artist from all of which he derives enormous satisfaction. Dennis hopes that his background in the Charitable Sector will help him in his new role as Provincial Grand Almoner for the Mark Province of Devonshire.