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Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Surrey
A very special meeting of Ditton Lodge

In April, W.Bro. John French, Assistant Provincial Grand Master, together with a large number of Provincial Officers made an Official Visit to Ditton Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners and Ditton Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 1857.

The afternoon started off with a Royal Ark Mariners meeting where the Worshipful Commander, RW.Bro. Ian Clark, ProvGM, welcomed the Assistant Provincial Grand Master and the many Provincial Officers who had come along to support these very special meetings.

A ballot was taken for two Candidates for Elevation. This proved in their favour and the Worshipful Commander invited W.Bro. Ian Keen to conduct the Ceremony of Elevation assisted by W.Bro. Tim Ford who acted as Senior Deacon and W.Bro. Terry Carpenter who acted as Junior Deacon. Bros. Colin Beerling and Steven Pollitt were Elevated to the Ancient and Honourable Degree of Royal Ark Mariner in an excellent manner by W.Bro. Ian Keen.

A very special meeting of Ditton Lodge

A Lodge of Mark Master Masons was then opened. The Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, W.Bro. Mark Guzam, was admitted and advised the Worshipful Master, RW.Bro. Ian Clark, ProvGM, 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, was presented with the gavel and took the Chair. He said how special it was to receive the gavel from the Provincial Grand Master and how much he was looking forward to the afternoon’s proceedings. The Assistant Provincial Grand Master was then invited to present Mark Grand Lodge Certificates to Bros. Colin Beerling and Steven Pollitt.

A very special meeting of Ditton Lodge

W.Bro. Laurie Young, PGSD, was then inducted into the Chair of Ditton Lodge of Mark Master Masons by the Worshipful Master. W.Bro. Laurie is the Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler in the Order of the Secret Monitor. The Address to the Master was given by W.Bro. Chris Eley, to the Wardens by W.Bro. Tim Ford, to the Overseers by W.Bro. Terry Carpenter and to the Brethren by W.Bro. John French.

A very special meeting of Ditton Lodge

After the meeting was closed and the customary photographs taken the Brethren of Ditton Lodge and their many guests sat down to a most enjoyable festive board at the Surbiton Masonic Hall.

Article and photographs by Chris Eley