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The Provincial Grand Master visits Lingfield Lodge

In January 2019, Lingfield Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners and Lingfield Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 1419 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. Christopher Da-Silva-Skinner, welcomed the Provincial Grand Master and the Provincial Officers.

A ballot was taken for Bro. Anthony Odling a member of Lingfield Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 1419 which proved in his favour. The Worshipful Commander invited W.Bro. Mike Flynn to conduct the ceremony of elevation, W.Bro. Bob Soper to act as Senior Warden and W.Bro. David Skilleter to act as Junior Deacon. Bro. Anthony was Elevated to the Ancient and Honourable Degree of Royal Ark Mariner in a very friendly and sincere manner by W.Bro. Mike Flynn.

The Provincial Grand Master visits Lingfield Lodge

Bro. Anthony was welcomed into the Order and congratulated by RW.Bro. Ian Clark. The Worshipful Commander and W.Bro. Mike Flynn, welcomed him into the Lingfield Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners.

The Provincial Grand Master visits Lingfield Lodge

The Provincial Grand Master was then invited to present RAM Grand Lodge Certificates to Brothers Dudley Thompson and John Beer. Lingfield Lodge is unique in that every member of the Mark Lodge is also a member of the Royal Ark Mariner Degree.

The Provincial Grand Master visits Lingfield Lodge

A Lodge of Mark Master Masons was then opened. The Provincial Grand Senior Deacon, W.Bro. Paul Wicking, was admitted and advised the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Christopher Da-Silva-Skinner, that the 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.

After the Provincial Grand Master had vacated the Chair the Worshipful Master, invited W.Bro. Bob Soper to conduct the Ceremony of Installation of Bro. Wally Maynard. This was done in a very sincere manner by W.Bro. Bob. The Address to the Master was given by W.Bro. Chris Eley, to the Wardens by W.Bro. Terry Carpenter, to the Overseers by W.Bro. Chris George, and to the Brethren by the RW. Provincial Grand Master.

The Provincial Grand Master visits Lingfield Lodge

The Worshipful Master invited W.Bro. Chris Eley to present a Mark Grand Lodge Certificate to Brother Dudley Thompson.

The Provincial Grand Master visits Lingfield Lodge

After the Lodge was closed the Brethren of Lingfield Lodge and their guests sat down to a most enjoyable meal at the Nutfield Masonic Centre where the members of the Allied Masonic Degrees wore their AMD napkins to promote the Order to Mark Masons.

The Provincial Grand Master visits Lingfield Lodge

After the meal the Worshipful Commander and the Worshipful Master had much pleasure in presenting a cheque for £300 to the Provincial Grand Master to enable Lingfield Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners to become a Patron of the MBF. The RW. Provincial Grand Master thanked the Lodge for their kind donation.

The Provincial Grand Master visits Lingfield Lodge

Lingfield Lodge is a member of the Wheeler Group meeting at Nutfield and an open invitation is always there for other Brethren go along and enjoy their Mark Masonry with them.

Article and photographs by Chris Eley