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The Provincial Grand Master visits Woodgrange Lodge
The Provincial Grand Master visits Welcome Lodge

In November 2017, Welcome Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 1237 and Welcome Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 1237 were honoured by a visit from RW.Bro. Ian Clark, Provincial Grand Master, accompanied by RW.Bro. Ray Hussey, Past 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. Stephen Hall, ProvRAMGR, welcomed the Provincial Grand Master and the Provincial Officers. The next item on the agenda was to elect Bro Maximillian Woodward as a joining member which was duly done. Being unavoidably absent the Lodge postponed the Elevation of Bro Robert Armstrong until the next meeting. The Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners was closed.

The Provincial Grand Master visits Welcome Lodge

A Lodge of Mark Master Masons was then opened. The Deputy Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, W.Bro. Roy Baker, was admitted and advised the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Stephen Hall PProvGJW, 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 introduced the Provincial team and spoke about the 2022 Festival.

The Provincial Grand Master visits Welcome Lodge

After the Provincial Grand Master had vacated the Chair the Worshipful Master Stephen Hall was proclaimed as Worshipful Master of the Welcome Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 1237 for the ensuing twelve months. The Worshipful Master then invested his Officers. The Address to the Brethren by RW.Bro. Ian Clark.

After the Lodge was closed the Brethren of Welcome Lodge and their guests sat dined in peace and harmony at the Sutton Masonic Hall.

Article and photographs by Jeff Penfold