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The Provincial Grand Master visits Pride of Surrey Lodge

In March 2018, Pride of Surrey Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 1738 and Pride of Surrey Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 1738 were honoured by a visit from RW.Bro. Ian Clark, Provincial Grand Master, accompanied by W.Bro. Chris Eley, Assistant Provincial Grand Master, and a number of Provincial Grand Officers of the year.

The afternoon started off with a Royal Ark Mariners meeting where the Worshipful Commander, W.Bro. Stuart Smith, welcomed the Provincial Grand Master and the Provincial Officers. W.Bro. Stuart Smith was declared Worshipful Commander of the Lodge for the ensuing year and W.Bro. Michael Clothier was declared Treasurer.

The Provincial Grand Master visits Pride of Surrey Lodge

A Lodge of Mark Master Masons was then opened. The Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, W.Bro. Richard Knox, was admitted and advised the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Mike Lawrence, that the RW Provincial Grand Master was in the ante room and demanded admission to the Lodge. The RW Provincial Grand Master entered in procession with the Provincial team, was presented with the gavel and took the Chair. The RW Provincial Grand Master said how pleased he was to be visiting Pride of Surrey Lodge again, his last visit being just after his installation in 2014. He introduced the Provincial team and spoke about the 2022 Festival.

He then presented the Worshipful Master with MBF Patron collaret thanking them for their support for the 2022 Festival.

The Provincial Grand Master visits Pride of Surrey Lodge

After the Provincial Grand Master had vacated the Chair a ballot was taken taken to Advance Bro. Mark Austin a member of Letchworth Lodge No 3505 and John, Lord Lumley Lodge No 5885. This proved in his favour. The Worshipful Master invited W.Bro. Roy Baker to conduct the ceremony of Advancement. W.Bro. Tim Ford, GStwd, ProvGSec, acted as Senior Deacon, W.Bro. Paul Wicking, PProvAGDC, as Junior Deacon and W.Bro. Bill Barr, GIG, acted as Inner Guard.

Mark was admitted and Advanced to the Honourable Degree of Mark Master Mason by W.Bro. Roy, ably assisted by W.Bro. Paul who explained the signs and W.Bro. Tim who gave the Charge after Advancement. The Working Tools were presented by W.Bro. Peter Kipps.

The Provincial Grand Master welcomed Bro. Mark into the Mark Province of Surrey and invited him along to the Annual Meeting in two days time where he would have much pleasure in presenting him with a special pin. Bro. Mark was the first candidate to come into Pride of Surrey Lodge following their Mark awareness evening.

The next item was to proclaim W.Bro. Mike Lawrence as Worshipful Master for a second year. The Worshipful Master then invested those officers present. The Address to the Wardens was given by W.Bro. Roy Baker, to the Overseers by W.Bro. Peter Kipps and to the Brethren by RW.Bro. Ian Clark.

The Provincial Grand Master visits Pride of Surrey Lodge

After the Lodge was closed the Brethren of Pride of Surrey Lodge and their guests sat down to a most enjoyable meal at the Sutton Masonic Hall.

Article and photographs by Chris Eley