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Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Surrey
Executive Visit to Weyside Lodge

In April, W.Bro. Chris Eley, Assistant Provincial Grand Master, together with 13 Provincial Officers made an Official Visit to Weyside Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners and Weyside Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 442.

The afternoon started off with a Royal Ark Mariners meeting where the Worshipful Commander, W.Bro. Mark Winchester, welcomed the Assistant Provincial Grand Master and Provincial Officers.

Executive Visit to Weyside Lodge

Then followed a talk by the Scribe, W.Bro. Richard Collinson, entitled ‘The Four Great Pillars’ referring to the pillars on the Craft Second Degree Tracing Board and the Royal Ark Mariner Tracing Board.

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. John Roberts, PProvGSD, 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. A eulogy was then given by Bro. Mike Fisher for W.Bro. John Sivill who passed to The Grand Lodge Above in October last year.

The Assistant Provincial Grand Master was then presented with the gavel and took the Chair. He said how pleased he was to be officially visiting Weyside Lodge for the very first time and how much he was looking forward to the afternoon’s proceedings. He also said how nice it was to see VW.Bro. Jack Flint, PDepProvGM of Middlesex who attended the meeting as a guest. W.Bro. Chris has known VW.Bro. Jack for many years and it was Jack’s first visit to Guilford in a long time. The Assistant Provincial Grand Master introduced the Provincial Team, took the minutes and then vacated the Chair.

W.Bro. William Emms Brodie was inducted into the Chair of Weyside Lodge of Mark Master Masons by the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. John Roberts and W.Bro. John Massey, PAGStB, presented the Working Tools in an excellent manner. The Address to the Master was given by W.Bro. John Billett, PGJD, to the Wardens by W.Bro. Barrie Selway, PProvGJO, to the Overseers by W.Bro. Richard Collinson, PProvGJD and to the Brethren by W.Bro. Chris Eley.

Executive Visit to Weyside Lodge

The Charity Steward in his report gave Notice of Motion for the Lodge to donate the sum of £500 towards the 2022 Festival. This will entitle them to receive a Grand Patron award.

After the meeting was closed the Brethren of Weyside Lodge and their guests sat down to a most enjoyable festive board at the Guildford Masonic Centre.

Article and photographs by Chris Eley