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Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Surrey
Executive visit to Redhill Ram and Mark Lodges

In October, VW.Bro. Richard N Baker, Deputy Provincial Grand Master, together with a number of Provincial Officers, made an Official Visit to Redhill Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners and Redhill Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 1285. Also present was W.Bro. Chris Eley, Assistant Provincial Grand Master.

Executive visit to Redhill Ram and Mark Lodges

The afternoon started off with Royal Ark Mariners meeting where the Worshipful Commander, W.Bro. Anthony Taylor, ProvRAMGR, welcomed the Deputy Provincial Grand Master and the Provincial Officers. Bro. Martin Fowler was then installed into the Chair of the Redhill Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners by the Worshipful Commander. The Worshipful Commander then appointed and invested his officers.

Executive visit to Redhill Ram and Mark Lodges

The Lodge then balloted for W.Bro. Harry Winter, RAMGR, to be elected to Honorary Membership of the Lodge in recognition of his service to the Lodge over many years. This was approved by the members. The Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners was closed.

Executive visit to Redhill Ram and Mark Lodges

A Lodge of Mark Master Masons was then opened. The Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies, W.Bro. Roy Baker, was admitted and advised the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Ray Beadle, PProvGStwd, that the VW Deputy Provincial Grand Master was in the ante room and demanded admission to the Lodge.

The VW Deputy Provincial Grand Master entered in procession with the Provincial team, was presented with the gavel and took the Chair. The VW Deputy Provincial Grand Master spoke about the 2022 Festival, introduced the Provincial team and took the minutes.

After the Deputy Provincial Grand Master had vacated the Chair the Worshipful Master invited W.Bro. Martin Fowler a good friend of the Master Elect to conduct the Ceremony of Installation. Bro. Jonathan Holden was installed into the Chair of the Redhill Lodge of Mark Master Masons by W.Bro. Martin Fowler. The Address to the Master was given by W.Bro. Martin Fowler, to the Wardens and Overseers by W.Bro. Stephen Hall and to the Brethren by VW.Bro. Richard Baker.

Executive visit to Redhill Ram and Mark Lodges

The Lodge then considered a proposal by Bro. Secretary that W.Bro. Harry Winter, PProvGMO, a Founder of the Lodge, be elected to Honorary Membership. This was approved by acclaim. The Deputy Provincial Grand Master congratulated W.Bro. Harry and invited him to sit next to him while he spoke about Harry’s life.

Executive visit to Redhill Ram and Mark Lodges

W.Bro. Harry was born in Cardiff in 1922 and worked for 50 years in the paper industry. During the Second World War Harry, who had joined up in 1941 as a RAF Wireless Operator, was shot down and spent 7 months in hospital before spending the rest of the war in a German prisoner of war camp. He married Josie in 1951 and has been happily married for 66 years. They have 2 sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

W.Bro. Harry was initiated into Manor of Bensham Lodge in 1960, Advanced into Crystal Palace Mark Lodge in 1961, Elevated into Sutton Surrey Royal Ark Mariners Lodge in 1961 and Exalted into Manor of Bensham Chapter in 1962. He was presented with a 50 Year Certificate by RW.Bro. Ray Hussey in October 2011.

The Deputy Provincial Grand Master said that W.Bro. Harry had declined a promotion to PProvGSW in 1999 and 2011 saying that there were far more deserving people than he to receive such an honour. The Deputy Provincial Grand Master said that he had spoken to the RW Provincial Grand Master and he had much pleasure on his behalf in making a field appointment to Past Provincial Grand Senior Warden. The Deputy Provincial Grand Master then proceeded to present W.Bro. Harry with the badge and collar of his new rank to much applause from the Brethren present. W.Bro. Harry thanked the Deputy Provincial Grand Master and said what an honour this was on his very special day.

W.Bro. Ray Beadle on behalf of the Brethren of Redhill Lodge presented Harry with a pair of engraved whiskey glasses and a nice bottle of malt whiskey – which was gratefully received and will be faithfully applied.

Executive visit to Redhill Ram and Mark Lodges

After the meeting was closed the Brethren of Redhill Lodge and their guests sat down to a most convivial festive board at the Croydon Masonic Centre.

Redhill Lodge is a member of the Wheeler Group whose Lodges meet at Croydon and an open invitation is always there for other Brethren to join their meetings.

Article and photographs by Chris Eley