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A visit to the Essex Enthroned Commanders and Installed Masters Lodges

As the Worshipful Commander and Worshipful Master of the Surrey Enthroned Commanders’ and Installed Masters’ Lodges, VW.Bro. Brian Berry and I were invited to the Installation meetings of the Kent Enthroned Commanders’ and Installed Masters’ Lodges held on Tuesday 21st September 2021 at the Saxon Hall in Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

A visit to the Essex Enthroned Commanders and Installed Masters Lodges

The Lodges were honoured by the presence of the Pro Grand Master, M.W.Bro. Raymond J Smith escorted by his Acting Grand Director of Ceremonies, V.W.Bro. Nigel Scott-Moncrieff, seen here with the Provincial Grand Master of Essex, R.W.Bro. Terry Sheern.

A visit to the Essex Enthroned Commanders and Installed Masters Lodges

The RAM Lodge was opened by the Worshipful Commander, W.Bro. Barry F G Coombes, and the Pro Grand Master was saluted with eleven under the direction of the Acting Grand Director of Ceremonies. The Pro Grand Master said how good it was to see everyone.

After the regular business of the Lodge had been concluded W.Bro. John Finlay, Deputy Provincial Grand Master, was Installed as Worshipful Commander of the Essex Enthroned Commanders Lodge No 1044. In the Inner Working the Brethren of the Lodge were joined by the Pro Grand Master and the Provincial Grand Master, which made this a very special ceremony for W.Bro. John.

The Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Terry Sheern, gave the long Address to the Worshipful Commander in an excellent manner. The Officers were appointed, and the Royal Ark Mariner Lodge was closed.

After a short break the Essex Installed Masters’ Lodge was opened by the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Derek B Manister. The Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Terry Sheern, entered and was greeted by the Worshipful Master.

The Acting Grand Director of Ceremonies, V.W.Bro. Nigel Scott-Moncrieff, was admitted and advised that the Pro Grand Master, M.W.Bro. Raymond Smith was outside the door of Provincial Grand Lodge. The M.W. Pro Grand Master entered, was greeted by the Worshipful Master and saluted with eleven under the direction of the Acting Grand Director of Ceremonies.

A visit to the Essex Enthroned Commanders and Installed Masters Lodges

The Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Derek B Manister. was Proclaimed as Worshipful Master for the ensuing year and the appointed and invested his Officers.

The Provincial Grand Master then congratulated the Provincial Officers and those who received Promotion and First Appointments saying how good it was to be able to do this as it has been two years since he last had the opportunity to congratulate his Provincial Officers.

The Provincial Grand Master and the Pro Grand Master took pleasure in presenting a number of MBF collarets to Brethren of the Province of Essex thanking them for their support.

A visit to the Essex Enthroned Commanders and Installed Masters Lodges

The next item was to Dedicate the Secretary’s Table Cloth, as donated by the late W.Bro. John Edwards who had left a generous legacy to the Lodge.

A visit to the Essex Enthroned Commanders and Installed Masters Lodges

The Pro Grand Master addressed the Lodge. He said that there are no more important Lodges than the Installed Masters Lodges and that it was an honour to be there and to enjoy two well run meetings. He spoke about the good work that the staff at Mark Masons Hall had done during lockdown to keep us all informed, and the success of the Virtual Business Meetings.

He mentioned that due to good financial management MMH had ended the year with a surplus of £1 million which has been passed back to the members in the form of a £10 rebate on the Grand Lodge dues. He said he could not end without mentioning the Essex 2030 MBF Festival, and wished everyone success with their fund raising.

The Pro Grand Master then retired from the Essex Installed Masters Lodge accompanied by those Officers who had entered with him; and RW.Bro. Eddie Garty, Provincial Grand Master of the Mark Province of Middlesex.

A visit to the Essex Enthroned Commanders and Installed Masters Lodges

The meeting ended with the Worshipful Master individually welcoming the many representatives of other Installed Masters Lodges and other Masonic Orders in Essex. It was a very happy meeting, one that V.W.Bro. Brian and I were delighted to be able to attend.

A visit to the Essex Enthroned Commanders and Installed Masters Lodges

After photographs and refreshments in the bar we sat down to a lovely meal at the Saxon Hall.

A visit to the Essex Enthroned Commanders and Installed Masters Lodges

The Provincial Grand Master proposed the Toast to the M.W. Pro Grand Master thanking him for coming along to make this a very special day for the Kent Installed Mark Masters Lodge. He then presented the Pro Grand Master with a mug inscribed with a guide to the Essex lingo for the Pro Grand Master to place on his desk to help him understand what is being said next time he visits Essex.

A visit to the Essex Enthroned Commanders and Installed Masters Lodges

The Pro Grand Master then retired from the Festive Board.

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Article and photos by Chris Eley