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A Grand Patron Diamond Award for the Surrey Installed Mark Masters Lodge

In June the Installation meeting of the Surrey Enthroned Commanders Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 1219 was held at the Surbiton Masonic Hall.

At the meeting W.Bro. Chris Cradock, RAMGR, was installed as Worshipful Commander of the Lodge in a most sincere manner by W.Bro. Peter Rubie-Todd, RAMGR. W.Bro. Frank Lee, ProvRAMGR, was invested as Senior Warden and W.Bro. John French, RAMGR, AProvGM, as Junior Warden.

A Grand Patron Diamond Award for the Surrey Installed Mark Masters Lodge

After a short break for tea a Lodge of Mark Master Masons was then opened by the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Chris Eley, PGSD, PAProvGM, who welcomed all the honoured guests and visitors.

A number of joining members were successfully balloted for and were welcomed into the Lodge by the Worshipful Master. VW.Bro. Brian Berry was elected as the Worshipful Master and W.Bro. Adrian Kidney was elected as Treasurer for the ensuing year.

A Grand Patron Diamond Award for the Surrey Installed Mark Masters Lodge

The Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Chris Eley, then gave a most interesting and enlightening talk entitled ‘The Keystone’, which was well received by all present.

W.Bro. David Barden, the Charity Steward, gave a report following which the RW Provincial Grand Master was pleased to present the Worshipful Master with a Grand Patron Diamond award, the first Grand Patron Diamond award to be presented to a Mark Lodge in Surrey, thanking the Lodge for their tremendous support for the 2022 Festival.

A Grand Patron Diamond Award for the Surrey Installed Mark Masters Lodge

He also had much pleasure in presenting W.Bro. John Coleman, Provincial Grand Almoner, with a Grand Patron Gold Award, thanking him for his support for the Festival and for all the work he does with the Mark Benevolent Fund.

A Grand Patron Diamond Award for the Surrey Installed Mark Masters Lodge

After the Lodge was closed the Brethren of the Surrey Installed Mark Masters Lodge and their guests sat down to a splendid meal in the Elizabethan Suite at the Surbiton Masonic Hall. Here we see some of the members of the Allied Masonic Degrees wearing their AMD napkins.

A Grand Patron Diamond Award for the Surrey Installed Mark Masters Lodge

All Installed Masters are encouraged to join the Surrey Installed Mark Masters Lodge No 1219; likewise all Installed Commanders are encouraged to join the Surrey Enthroned Commanders Lodge No 1219. Both Lodges meet on the same day at the Surbiton Masonic Centre.

Joining these Lodges will not only afford you an enjoyable means of increasing your Masonic knowledge but also give you the opportunity of meeting other installed Masters and Commanders from all parts of the Province.

You will hear many eminent speakers giving addresses and answering questions on matters of Mark and Royal Ark Mariner interest and, from time to time, you will witness demonstrations and presentations of particular workings of these and related ceremonies. The Lodges meet twice a year, on the 3rd Wednesday in June and the 4th Thursday in September.


Article and photo by Chris Eley