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An Executive visit to Crystal Palace Lodge

In February 2019, Sutton Surrey Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners and Crystal Palace Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 450 were honoured by a visit from W.Bro. Chris Eley, Assistant Provincial Grand Master, and a good number of Provincial Grand Officers of the year.

The afternoon started off with a Royal Ark Mariners meeting where the Worshipful Commander, W.Bro. Ian Holden, welcomed the Assistant Provincial Grand Master and the Provincial Officers.

After taking the minutes, Bro. Secretary, W.Bro. Mike Neville, congratulated W.Bros. Rob Downing and Peter Unwin on their recent appointment to RAM Grand Rank. The Lodge was then closed. 10 minutes for a RAM meeting must be a record – even for Mike Neville.

Fratres Calami Aerariique Lodge hosts the 2019 Secretaries, Treasurers and Directors Of Ceremonies Seminar

The Temple was then converted into a Mark Lodge room. While this was going on, W.Bro. Chris had the opportunity to talk with Bro. Gerald Cohen who was advanced into Crystal Palace Mark Lodge in 1999 and is the Lodge’s longest serving subscribing member. Chris was present as their Official Visitor when Gerald was installed into the Chair of Sutton Craft Lodge in preparation for the Lodge’s Centenary meeting in March.

Fratres Calami Aerariique Lodge hosts the 2019 Secretaries, Treasurers and Directors Of Ceremonies Seminar

A Lodge of Mark Master Masons was then opened. The Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, W.Bro. James Hill, was admitted and advised the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Rob Downing, PProvGJD, ProvDepGSec (Kent) that the Assistant Provincial Grand Master was in the ante room and he demanded admission to the Lodge. The Assistant Provincial Grand Master entered in procession with the Provincial team and was welcomed by the Worshipful Master, presented with the gavel and took the Chair. He said how pleased he was to be visiting Crystal Palace Lodge again and how good it was to see the Lodge growing in numbers.

The Assistant Provincial Grand Master spoke about the various ongoing initiatives, especially events in support of the 2022 Festival. He introduced the Provincial team, took the minutes and vacated the Chair.

Next on the agenda was the installation of Bro. John Rollason as Worshipful Master. This was done in an excellent manner by W.Bro. Rob Downing. W.Bro. Mike Neville, PGStB, presented the Working Tools, W.Bro. Ron Downing gave the Address to the Master; W.Bro. Ian Holden the Address to the Wardens; W.Bro. Peter Unwin, PGStwd, the Address to the Overseers and the Address to the Brethren was given by W.Bro. Chris Eley.

Fratres Calami Aerariique Lodge hosts the 2019 Secretaries, Treasurers and Directors Of Ceremonies Seminar

After the Lodge was closed the Brethren of Crystal Palace Lodge and their guests sat down to a most enjoyable meal at the Nutfield Masonic Centre where the members of the Allied Masonic Degrees once again showed off their AMD napkins.

Fratres Calami Aerariique Lodge hosts the 2019 Secretaries, Treasurers and Directors Of Ceremonies Seminar

Crystal Palace Lodge is a member of the Wheeler Group meeting at Nutfield and an open invitation is always there from Mike Neville for other Brethren to join them.

Article and photographs by Chris Eley