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An official visit to Richmond Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners

The Installation meeting of the Richmond Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners was held in April. Present as the Lodge’s Official Visitor was W.Bro. Ray Seeley, RAMGR.

The Lodge was opened by the Worshipful Commander, W.Bro. Gordon Hamilton. W.Bro. Chris Eley gave a eulogy in memory of W.Bro. Michael White, an Honorary Member of the Lodge.

W Ray Seeley, RAMGR, the representative of the RW the Provincial Grand Master, was welcomed by the Worshipful Commander and saluted with three under the direction of the Director of Ceremonies.

W.Bro. Gordon Hamilton installed W.Bro. Garth Blanchard as Worshipful Commander for the ensuing year in a most sincere manner. The Worshipful Commander appointed his Officers and invested those present: The Address to the Worshipful Commander was given by W.Bro. Tim Ford.

An official visit to Richmond Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners

The Worshipful Commander then invited W.Bro. Chris Eley to present Grand Lodge Certificates to Bros. Tony Mullard and Perry Harmon. This was done in a most interesting and informative manner.

After the customary photographs, the Brethren of Richmond Lodge and their guests sat down to a most enjoyable Royal Ark Mariner festive board where the Travelling Keystone won at the Annual Meeting in March was proudly displayed.

An official visit to Richmond Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners

Richmond Lodge is a member of the Austin Group meeting at Surbiton and an open invitation is always there for other Brethren to join them.


Article and photos by Chris Eley