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Mark Master Masons of Surrey
Percy Lodge's Double Double and Raiders of the Mark Keystone

Wednesday 3rd of October was a special day at Percy Lodge of Mark Master Masons when a double Advancement was preceded by a double Elevation in the Royal Ark Mariners degree, and a claim on the Travelling Keystone by Croydon Lodge.

The momentous day started with Bro’s Stuart Hogarth and Clive Goode being Elevated in a rare double ceremony with W.Bro. Tony Callister taking the WCdr’s chair for the proceedings and W.Bro. Graham Beer acting as SD.

W.Bro. Tony performed a superb ceremony complete with the Working Tools. A further treat was to have our own AProvGM W. Bro. John French explaining the steps in his usual expert and gentle way.

There then followed a double Advancement in the Mark Masters’ degree, when Bro.’s John Riddell and Oliver Fifield were Advanced in a remarkable and fun ceremony by the WM W. Bro. Nigel Graham. A thespian like performance of Master Overseer from a regular guest and friend W. Bro. Andrew Bridges from Camberley Lodge of MMM helped to make the inspection of the material for the building of the Holy Temple great fun.

Later it took a high-powered raiding party from CroydonLodge of MMM to claim the ‘Travelling Keystone’ with no less than seven members including their WM and the ProvGSec to add some weight to the claim.

After due process the Keystone was reluctantly handed over at the Festive board and taken to Croydon where it is nevertheless still vulnerable to a raid from any Lodge who can get a team together.

Article by Graham Beer