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A Visit to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Kent

In September a number of Surrey Mark Masons attended the Annual Meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Kent held at Oakley House, Bromley, Kent.

A Visit to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Kent

The delegation from Surrey included the Provincial Grand Master, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master and the Assistant Provincial Grand Masters.

A Visit to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Kent

Also present were a number of Surrey Mark Masons including W.Bro. Richard Knox, W.Bro. Terry Carpenter, W.Bro. Frank Powell, and W.Bro. John Billett.

A Visit to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Kent

Other Surrey Mark Masons present included RW.Bro. David Ashbolt, Provincial Grand Master of the Mark Province of London, a member of Rose Lodge of Mark Master Masons, VW.Bro. Jerry Gangadeen, Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master of the Mark Province of London, a member of Richmond Lodge of Mark Master Masons, and RW.Bro. Peter Ribi and VW.Bro. Noel Grout, members of Frederick Wheeler Lodge of Mark Master Masons.

A Visit to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Kent

A Visit to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Kent

The meeting was opened in due form by RW.Bro. Archie Torrance, Provincial Grand Master. At the meeting the RW Provincial Grand Master obligated, invested and installed VW.Bro. Fred Brown, PGJO, as Deputy Provincial Grand Master, re-appointed W.Bro. Ian Gallehawk, PGJD, as Assistant Provincial Grand Master, and obligated, invested and installed W.Bro. Perri Ahmet, PGStwd, as Assistant Provincial Grand Master. It was a special day for Perri and his family as his father carried the Chain of Office into Provincial Grand Lodge and his son in law carried the Patent.

A Visit to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Kent

A Visit to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Kent

A Visit to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Kent

After the completion of business RW. Bro. Archie Torrance, Provincial Grand Master, presented James London, Chairman of the Kent County Priory Group of the Order of St John, with the keys to a brand new St. John Ambulance Patient Treatment Centre for the use of the charity in the county.

A Visit to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Kent

The unit is one of 52 vehicles which are being handed over in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in a phased programme throughout 2018. They have been provided to the Order of St John by the Mark Benevolent Fund, with the specific aim of providing new ambulances, treatment centres and support vehicles to St John Ambulance, the Order’s operational arm in England and the Islands. The vehicles will be put to use at local events throughout the country as volunteers deliver lifesaving first aid to members of the public. This latest donation marks both the 140th anniversary of St John Ambulance in 2017 and the 150th anniversary of the Mark Benevolent Fund in 2018.

There to watch the handover of the Patient Treatment Centre were many members of the Mark Province of Surrey.

A Visit to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Kent

After the presentation the Mark Master Masons of the Province of Kent and their guests sat down to a splendid meal in the dining room of Oakley House. VW.Bro. Jerry Gangadeen had brought along some of his famous cakes for us to have with our coffee. As is customary, RW.Bro. David Ashbolt organised a game of heads and tails to raise money for the Kent Mark 2020 MBF Festival.

A Visit to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Kent

RW.Bro. Archie Torrance thanked VW.Bro. Jerry for his support for the MBF and his 2020 Festival.

Article and photos by Chris Eley