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The Provincial Grand Master visits Sanderstead Lodge

On 8th March, Sanderstead Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 1742 and Sanderstead Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 1742 were honoured by a visit from RW.Bro. Ian Clark, Provincial Grand Master, accompanied by VW. Bros. Richard Baker, Provincial Deputy Grand Master, David Blackburn Past Provincial Deputy Grand Master, and a number of Provincial Grand Officers of the year.

The Provincial Grand Master visits Sanderstead Lodge

The afternoon started off with a Royal Ark Mariners meeting where the Worshipful Commander, W.Bro. Antonios Antoniou, welcomed the Provincial Grand Master and the Provincial Officers of the Year. The Lodge business was conducted and the Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners was closed.

The Provincial Grand Master visits Sanderstead Lodge

The Provincial Grand Master visits Sanderstead LodgeA 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. Derek Lawrence, PProvGJO, 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 and presented the Worshipful Master with the Lodge's Masonic Benevolent Fund Grand Patron Certificate.

After the Provincial Grand Master had vacated the Chair the Worshipful Master Derek Lawrence installed as Bro Mike Sharpling as Worshipful Master of the Sanderstead Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 1742 for the ensuing twelve months. The Worshipful Master then invested his Officers. The Address to the Worshipful Master was given by W. Bro. Ricky Toomey, to the Wardens by W. Bro Antonios Antoniou, to the Overseers by VW. Bro. Richard Baker, ProvDepGM, and to the Brethren by RW.Bro. Ian Clark.

After the Lodge was closed the Brethren of Sanderstead Lodge and their guests sat dined in peace and harmony at the Croydon and District Masonic Hall.

Article and photographs by Jeff Penfold