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Mark Master Masons of Surrey
The Provincial Grand Master visits Dorking Lodge

In October 2018, Dorking Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 1358 and Dorking Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 1356 were honoured by a visit from RW.Bro. Ian Clark, Provincial Grand Master, accompanied by W.Bro. Chris Eley, Assistant 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. Peter McCarthy, welcomed the Provincial Grand Master and the Provincial Officers. W.Bro. Peter McCarthy was Proclaimed Worshipful Commander of the Dorking Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners for the ensuing year and then appointed and invested his Officers.

The Provincial Grand Master visits Dorking Lodge

The Worshipful Commander invited the Provincial Grand Master to present a Royal Ark Mariner Grand Lodge Certificate to Bro. Stephen Hudson.

The Provincial Grand Master visits Dorking Lodge

A Lodge of Mark Master Masons was then opened. W.Bro. Les Smith, PProvGSD, was admitted and advised the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Sonny Chung, 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 said how pleased he was to be visiting Dorking Lodge again. He introduced the Provincial team, spoke about the 2022 Festival and took the minutes. After the Provincial Grand Master had vacated the Chair a ballot was taken to Advance Bro. Simon Wadsworth of Golden Square Lodge No 2587 and Bro. Ian Lingham of Composite Lodge No 7162. This proved in their favour. The Worshipful Master invited W.Bro. Peter McCarthy to conduct the ceremony of Advancement. W.Bro. Chris George, acted as Senior Warden, W.Bro. Harry Smith as Junior Warden, W.Bro. David Wills as Master Overseer and W.Bro. Ron Tuffey as Inner Guard. Bros. Simon and Ian were admitted and Advanced to the Honourable Degree of Mark Master Mason by W.Bro. Peter in an excellent manner.

The Provincial Grand Master visits Dorking Lodge

The Worshipful Master welcomed Simon and Ian into Dorking Lodge of Mark Master Masons, following which the Provincial Grand Master welcomed them into the Order and into the Province of Surrey. He wished them many years to enjoy their Mark Masonry.

The Provincial Grand Master visits Dorking Lodge

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

The Provincial Grand Master visits Dorking Lodge

The Provincial Grand Master visits Dorking Lodge

Meeting on the same day was Addiscombe Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 1320. Visiting them at their Installation meeting was the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VW.Bro. Richard Baker, escorted by W.Bro. Roy Baker, Deputy Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, and a number of Provincial Officers.

W Bro Alan Perry was Installed as Master of the Addiscombe Lodge of Mark Master Masons for the ensuing year.

The Provincial Grand Master visits Dorking Lodge

The Provincial Grand Master visits Dorking Lodge

Article and photos by Chris Eley