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The 50th Anniversary Meeting of Comites Sigillorum Lodge

On the 5th February 2019, Comites Sigillorum Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 1352 and Comites Sigillorum Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 1352 were honoured by a visit from RW.Bro. Ian Nelson Clark, Provincial Grand Master, and a goodly number of Provincial Grand Officers of the year.

The afternoon started off with a Royal Ark Mariners meeting where the Worshipful Commander, W.Bro. Neil Farrell, welcomed the Provincial Grand Master and the Provincial Officers. He also welcomed RW. Bro. Clark as an Honorary Member. RW. Bro. Ian suitably replied.

The Provincial Grand Master presented the Worshipful Commander with a Mark Benevolent Fund, Grand Patron collaret and certificate, remarking that it was unusual for a Royal Ark Mariner Lodge to achieve this award. He also congratulated W.Bro. Stuart de Fraine Ford on his impending appointment to Provincial Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank.

The next item on the agenda was to Install W.Bro. John Gregory (Snr) as Worshipful Commander. This was carried out by W. Bro. Farrell, who also gave the address to the Worshipful Commander, both in an impressive manner. The Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners was then closed.

The 50th Anniversary Meeting of Comites Sigillorum 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. John Gregory (Snr), 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. He then congratulated the Lodge on achieving its 50th Anniversary and spoke about historical and other interesting events that had occurred in 1969, the year of the Lodge’s Consecration. The Provincial Grand Master went on to congratulate W. Bros. Keith Wadkin and Stuart de Fraine Ford on their impending appointments as Provincial Grand Standard Bearer and Provincial Grand Steward respectively.

After the Provincial Grand Master had vacated the Chair, the Worshipful Master inducted W.Bro. Charles Beauchamp into the Chair of the Comites Sigillorum Lodge of Mark Master Masons. The Keystone Jewel Address was given by W.Bro. Andrew Ford, PAGSwdB, PProvGJW; the Address to the Master was given by W.Bro. John Johnston, PAGDC, PProvGJW; to the Wardens by W.Bro. Stuart de Fraine Ford; to the Overseers by W.Bro. Neil Farrell, PProvGJW, and to the Brethren by the RW. Provincial Grand Master.

The 50th Anniversary Meeting of Comites Sigillorum Lodge

The 50th Anniversary Meeting of Comites Sigillorum Lodge

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

Article and photographs by Jeff Penfold