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The Provincial Grand Master visits Comites Sigillorum Lodge

On 6th February 2018, Comites Sigillorum Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 1352 and Comites Sigillorum Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 1352 were honoured by a visit from RW.Bro. Ian Clark, Provincial Grand Master, accompanied by VW. Bro. David Blackburn, Past Deputy 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. Neil Farrell, ProvRAMGR, welcomed the Provincial Grand Master and the Provincial Officers. As i t was the installation meeting W.Bro. Farrell was proclaimed as Worshipful Commander for a second year. W.Bro Neil appointed his Officers and invested those present and the Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners was closed.

The Provincial Grand Master visits Comites Sigillorum Lodge

A Lodge of Mark Master Masons was then opened. The Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, W.Bro. Richard Knox, was admitted and advised the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Stuart de Fraine Ford, 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, spoke about the 2022 Festival and presented the Worshipful Master with the Lodge's Grand Patron collarette.

After the Provincial Grand Master had vacated the Chair the Worshipful Master inducted W.Bro. John Gregory (Sen.) PProvGSO, into the Chair of the Comites Sigillorum Lodge of Mark Master Masons. The Address to the Master was given by W.Bro. de Fraine Ford, to the Wardens by W.Bro. Wadkin, to the Overseers by W.Bro. Andrew Ford and to the Brethren by RW.Bro. Ian Clark.

The Provincial Grand Master visits Comites Sigillorum Lodge

After the Lodge was closed the Brethren of Comites Sigillorum Lodge and their guests sat down to a most enjoyable meal at the Croydon Masonic Halls.

Article and photo by Jeff Penfold