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Mark Enthroned Commanders and Installed Masters Lodge Meetings

In September the Installation meeting of the Surrey Installed Mark Masters Lodge No 1219 was held at the Surbiton Masonic Hall.

This was preceded by a meeting of the Surrey Enthroned Commanders Lodge where W.Bro. Chris Cradock was elected Worshipful Commander and W.Bro. Adrian Kidney was re-elected Treasurer for the ensuing year.

A Lodge of Mark Master Masons was then opened. The Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Chris Cradock, welcomed the many guests and visitors, which included the RW Provincial Grand Master and members of the Provincial Executive Present and Past, and guests from other Provinces.

A ballot was taken for a number of Joining Members of the Lodge, which proved in their favour. They were welcomed into the Lodge by the Worshipful Master. The Lodge Banner was then paraded and the Junior Warden explained the history of the Banner. W.Bro. Chris Eley was then installed in the Chair of the Lodge by VW.Bro. Chris Cradock in a very sincere manner. The Worshipful Master then appointed and invested his Officers.

Mark Enthroned Commanders and Installed Masters Lodge Meetings

The Provincial Grand Master had much pleasure in presenting MBF Collarets to four members of the Lodge, thanking them for their support for the Festival.

Mark Enthroned Commanders and Installed Masters Lodge Meetings

VW.Bro. Arnold Long, W.Bro. Harry Beal, RW. Bro. Ray Hussey and W.Bro. Stuart de Fraine Ford. Pursuant to Notice of Motion, the proposition to donate the sum of £1,500 to the 2022 Festival in the name of the Surrey Enthroned Commanders Lodge was approved by the Brethren. The Charity Steward had much pleasure in presenting the cheque to the Provincial Grand Master. This was received with grateful thanks to all the members of the Lodge.

Mark Enthroned Commanders and Installed Masters Lodge Meetings

After the Lodge was closed the Temple was set up for a most interesting and informative presentation by Hugh Terry, Chairman of the Surrey and South London Blood Runners on the work of the Charity. The blood bike charities come under the umbrella of the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes which acts as a representative body for blood bike groups throughout the UK. Their aim is to assist in the promotion of public health through voluntary support of hospital services. The charity provides out of hours transportation services for local NHS sites in the movement of blood and human tissue. Other organisations also benefit from the work they do, all free of charge thus reducing the strain on NHS funding. Click here to visit the SERV Surrey and South London Blood Runners web site.

Mark Enthroned Commanders and Installed Masters Lodge Meetings

After the presentation Hugh and his two colleagues, Jon and Jamie joined us for drinks in the bar, following which we all dined together in the Elizabethan Suite. In the middle of the dining room was Mark Mason, one of the Blood Bikes presented by the MBF.

Mark Enthroned Commanders and Installed Masters Lodge Meetings

At the end of the meal the Worshipful Master had much pleasure in presenting Hugh Terry with a cheque for SERV SSL thanking them for their presentation and for bringing along Mark Mason.

Mark Enthroned Commanders and Installed Masters Lodge Meetings

All Installed Masters are encouraged to join the Surrey Installed Mark Masters Lodge No 1219; likewise all Installed Commanders are encouraged to join the Surrey Enthroned Commanders Lodge No 1219. Both Lodges meet on the same day at the Surbiton Masonic Centre.

Joining these Lodges will not only afford you an enjoyable means of increasing your Masonic knowledge but also give you the opportunity of meeting other installed Masters and Commanders from all parts of the Province. You will hear many eminent speakers giving addresses and answering questions on matters of Mark and Royal Ark Mariner interest and, from time to time, you will witness demonstrations and presentations of particular workings of these and related ceremonies.

The Lodges meet twice a year, on the 3rd Wednesday in June and the 4th Thursday in September.

Click here to view a slide show of all the photo of the day.

Article and photos by Chris Eley