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Mark Master Masons of Surrey
Surrey Mark Installed Masters and Enthroned Commanders Lodges

In June the Installation meeting of the Surrey Enthroned Commanders Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 1219 was held at the Surbiton Masonic Hall.

At the meeting W.Bro. David Wills, RAMGR, was installed as Worshipful Commander of the Lodge in a most sincere manner by W.Bro. Peter Rubie-Todd, RAMGR.

After the appointment and investiture of the Officers the Provincial Grand Master, RW.Bro. Ian N Clark, was delighted to present W.Bro. David Willmott, RAMGR, PAProvGM, with a Certificate of 50 years service to the Ancient and Honourable Fraternity of Royal Ark Mariners.

Surrey Mark Installed Masters and Enthroned Commanders Lodges

After a short break for tea a Lodge of Mark Master Masons was then opened by the Worshipful Master, VW.Bro. Chris Cradock, PGJO. W.Bro. Chris Eley was elected as the Worshipful Master and W.Bro. Adrian Kidney was elected as Treasurer for the ensuing year.

The Worshipful Master, VW.Bro. Chris Cradock, then gave a most interesting and enlightening talk entitled ‘Marks & More’.

The RW Provincial Grand Master, was again delighted to present W.Bro. David Willmott, PGJO, PAProvGM, with another Certificate of 50 years service, this time to Mark Masonry. He spoke about what was happening in the world in 1968 when VW.Bro. David was admitted into the Order. Richard Nixon was elected as the 46th President of the USA, Enoch Powell made his Rivers of Blood speech and Dad’s Army was first broadcast. He then spoke about David’s very varied and distinguished Masonic career and how much he had done for Mark Masonry over the years, especially in his charitable work.

Surrey Mark Installed Masters and Enthroned Commanders Lodges

W.Bro. David Barden, the Charity Steward, gave a report following which the RW Provincial Grand Master was pleased to present the Worshipful Master with a Grand Patron Gold award and thanked the Lodge for its support for the 2022 MBF Festival.

Surrey Mark Installed Masters and Enthroned Commanders Lodges

After the Lodge was closed the Brethren of the Surrey Installed Mark Masters Lodge and their guests sat down to a splendid meal in the Elizabethan Suite at the Surbiton Masonic Hall.

All Installed Masters are encouraged to join the Surrey Installed Mark Masters Lodge No 1219; likewise all Installed Commanders are encouraged to join the Surrey Enthroned Commanders Lodge No 1219. Both Lodges meet on the same day at the Surbiton Masonic Centre.

Joining these Lodges will not only afford you an enjoyable means of increasing your Masonic knowledge but also give you the opportunity of meeting other installed Masters and Commanders from all parts of the Province. You will hear many eminent speakers giving addresses and answering questions on matters of Mark and Royal Ark Mariner interest and, from time to time, you will witness demonstrations and presentations of particular workings of these and related ceremonies.

The Lodges meet twice a year, on the 3rd Wednesday in June and the 4th Thursday in September.
Article and photograph by Chris Eley