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Good to be back

On the 17th March 2020 Mark Masons Hall gave notice of a General Suspension of all Masonic Activity. On the 17th July 2020 this notice expired and after a lot of work behind the scenes by our Secretary and Director of Ceremonies plans were made to hold the Installation meeting of the Fratres Calami Aerariique Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 1704.

To ensure compliance with government guidelines, and instructions from Mark Masons Hall, it was agreed to hold this meeting in the Wheeler Temple at Croydon which is large enough to ensure that social distancing rules could be observed. Many thanks to David Candeland and Gary Billington of CDMH for their support and assistance in making our meeting happen.

Good to be back

There were 21 members and guests present at the meeting including VW.Bro. Bob Tuthill who came along to take the photos as our other photographer was busy with other duties. Also present was our Provincial Grand Charity Steward, W.Bro. Steve Jones, who took the first opportunity in four months to bring along some Festival merchandise to sell.

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The Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Barrie Selway, looking resplendent in his new Grand Rank regalia, opened the Lodge and welcomed the members and guests. The Dispensation for a change of meeting place was then read by the Secretary.

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The RW Provincial Grand Master was saluted with seven under the direction of the Director of Ceremonies, W.Bro. Paul Wicking, who also looked resplendent in his new Grand Rank regalia.

The RW Provincial Grand Master said how pleased he was that we could get together at last and hoped it would not be too long before we can all meet up again.

The Master Elect, VW.Bro. Chris Eley, was presented to the Installing Master, recited his Obligation and was installed as Worshipful Master in a very socially distanced way. The Address to the Master was given by W.Bro. Barrie Selway, to the Wardens by W.Bro. Gary Raggett, to the Overseers by W.Bro. Tim Ford and to the Brethren by RW.Bro. Ian Clark.

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The Worshipful Master gave a short talk entitled ‘From Darkness towards Light’, and the business of the Lodge was concluded. The RW Provincial Grand Master congratulated the four Brethren of the Lodge who were honoured with appointments to Grand Rank on the 12th June 2020. First appointment to the active rank of Grand Steward, W.Bro. Paul Wicking; first appointment to the past rank of PAGDC, W.Bro. David Lawrence and to PGStB, W.Bro. Barrie Selway; and promotion to the rank of Grand Junior Overseer, VW.Bro. Chris Eley.

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As we were unable to hold our Annual Meeting in March due to the suspension of all Masonic activity the RW Provincial Grand Master requested the Provincial Grand Secretary, W.Bro. Tim Ford to read the Patent of Appointment of Deputy Provincial Grand Master. The RW Provincial Grand Master had much pleasure in confirming W.Bro. John French as Deputy Provincial Grand Master. The Provincial Grand Secretary read the Patent of Appointment of Assistant Provincial Grand Master and the RW Provincial Grand Master had much pleasure in confirming W.Bro. Bill Barr as Assistant Provincial Grand Master.

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The RW Provincial Grand Master then invested a number of Brethren in Provincial Grand Rank. W.Bro. Martin Baker as Provincial Grand Master Overseer; W.Bro. Michael Fenech as Provincial Grand Senior Deacon; and W.Bro. David Clark as Provincial Grand Junior Deacon.

After the Lodge was closed the Brethren of Fratres Calami Aerariique Lodge and their guests said their goodbyes. It certainly was a unique and very special meeting, possibly the first following the relaxation of the General Suspension of Masonic Activity.

Fratres Calami Aerariique is the Surrey Secretaries, Treasurers and Directors of Ceremonies Lodge. All Lodge Secretaries, Treasurers and Directors of Ceremonies are invited to join the Lodge. All enquiries to the Lodge Secretary, W.Bro. David Clark. Email: FCA1704@btinternet.com

Article by Chris Eley and photographs by Bob Tuthill