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The Provincial Grand Master visits Woodgrange Lodge
With a little help from their friends

In October, W.Bro. Chris Eley, Assistant Provincial Grand Master, together with a number of Provincial Officers made an Official Visit to Coulsdon Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners and Coulsdon Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 1268. Also present were a number of Members of the Provincial Support Team, who were invited to assist in both the RAM and Mark meetings.

The afternoon started off with a Royal Ark Mariners meeting where the Acting Worshipful Commander, W.Bro. Ian Keen, ProvRAMGR, welcomed the Assistant Provincial Grand Master and Provincial Officers. A ballot was taken for Bro. Ian Michael Thomas, a member of Coulsdon Lodge of Mark Master Masons.

This proved in his favour and Bro. Ian was Elevated to the Ancient and Honourable Degree of Royal Ark Mariner in a very friendly and sincere manner by W.Bro. Ian Keen and the members of the Provincial Support Team.

With a little help from their friends

The offices undertaken by the Support Team members were: Worshipful Commander, W.Bro. Ian Keen, ProvRAMGR; Senior Warden, W.Bro. Chris Eley, RAMGR, AProvGM; Junior Warden, W.Bro. Steve Guzy; Senior Deacon, W.Bro. Gary Raggett; Junior Deacon, W.Bro. John Enscoe; and Guardian, W.Bro. Chris George, RAMGR. It was a splendid ceremony which demonstrated the value of the Support Team to both the Province of Surrey and the Lodges that call on their assistance.

The Worshipful Assistant Provincial Grand Master was then invited to present Grand Lodge Certificates to Bros. Trevor Woolston and Antony Kirk.

With a little help from their friends

A Lodge of Mark Master Masons was then opened. The Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, W.Bro. Mark Donovan, was admitted and advised the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Michael Bushby, that the Worshipful Assistant Provincial Grand Master was in the ante room and demanded admission to his Lodge.

The Assistant Provincial Grand Master entered in procession with the Provincial team. The Assistant Provincial Grand Master was presented with the gavel and took the Chair. He said how pleased he was to be visiting Coulsdon Lodge again and how much he was looking forward to the afternoon’s proceedings. He also said how nice it was to see members of the Provincial Support Team assisting Coulsdon Lodge. The Assistant Provincial Grand Master spoke about the 2022 Festival, especially the events that have been planned. He especially thanked the Worshipful Master for arranging the Clay Shoot in November, which the Worshipful Master encouraged everyone to attend. The Assistant Provincial Grand Master then introduced the Provincial Team, took the minutes and then vacated the Chair.

The offices undertaken by the Support Team members in the Mark Degree were: Senior Warden, W.Bro. Gary Raggett, ProvGStwd; Junior Warden, W.Bro. Steve Guzy, ProvGStwd; Junior Overseer, W.Bro. Ian Keen, ProvGJD; ADC, W.Bro. Chris George, PAGStB; and Inner Guard, W.Bro. John Enscoe, ProvGJD. W.Bro. Michael Bushby was declared Worshipful Master of the Coulsdon Lodge of Mark Master Masons by the Acting Director of Ceremonies, VW.Bro. Arnold Long, PGJO, PAProvGM. The Address to the Master was given by W.Bro. Chris Eley; to the Wardens by VW.Bro. Arnold Long; to the Overseers by W.Bro. Robert Breeze; and to the Brethren by W.Bro. Chris Eley.

With a little help from their friends

The Group Charity Steward for the Wheeler Group, W.Bro. Steve Guzy gave an update on the 2022 Festival as well as the Bonus Ball. After the meeting was closed the Brethren of Coulsdon Lodge and their guests sat down to a most enjoyable festive board at the Croydon Masonic Centre.

Coulsdon Lodge is a member of the Wheeler Group meeting at Croydon and an open invitation is always there for other Brethren go along and enjoy their Mark Masonry with them. Who knows, you may even get an office.

Article and photographs by Chris Eley