Fifty Years in RAM and Mark
In September 2021 the Installation meeting of the Surrey Installed Mark Masters Lodge No 1219 was held at the Surbiton Masonic Hall.
This was preceded by a meeting of the Surrey Enthroned Commanders Lodge where W,Bro. Chris Eley, R.A.M.G.R. was Proclaimed as Worshipful Commander for a second year.
A ballot was taken for six joining members. This proved in their favour, and they were welcomed into the Lodge by the Worshipful Commander. The Worshipful Commander gave a short talk on the History and Meaning of the Apron, which was well received. W.Bro. Brian Berry. R.A.M.G.R. was then elected as Worshipful Commander for the ensuing year. He will be installed at our June meeting.
RW.Bro. Ian Clark, Provincial Grand Master, presented a Certificate commemorating 50 years as a Royal Ark Mariner to W.Bro. Ian Andrew Neve, R.A.M.G.R., who was Elevated into Rose Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 534 on the 14th October 1970. W.Bro. Ian was the Worshipful Commander of Rose Lodge in 2007 and 2012.
A Lodge of Mark Master Masons was then opened by the Worshipful Master, VW.Bro. Brian l Berry, P.G.J.O., Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master (Middx), who welcomed all our visitors, especially R.W.Bro. Ian Clark, our Provincial Grand Master. A ballot was taken for four joining members. This proved in their favour, and they were welcomed into the Lodge by the Worshipful Master.
The Lodge Banner was paraded, and the Junior Warden explained the history of the Banner. The Brethren stood in memory of VW.Bro. George Melber, W.Bro. John Finlayson, and W.Bro. Henry (Harry) Hutchins who had passed to the Grand Lodge Above during 2020 and 2021.
After the Dispensation had been read, W.Bro. John French, P.G.J.D., Deputy Provincial Grand Master, was installed in the Chair of the Lodge by VW.Bro. Brian Berry in an excellent manner. The Address to the Master was given by VW.Bro. Brian Berry; to the Wardens by W.Bro. Paul Haycock; to the Overseers by VW.Bro. Chris Cradock; and to the Brethren by RW.Bro. Ian Clark.
The Worshipful Master then appointed and invested his Officers.
The next item on the agenda was to present a 50 Year Certificate to W.Bro. Ian Andrew Neve, P.G.S.D., P.Prov.G.S.W. This was again presented by the Provincial Grand Master in a very personal way. W.Bro. Ian was Advanced into Rose Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 534 on the 18th June 1970, and was the Worshipful Master of Rose Lodge in 1975, 2006 and 2013. Present was W.Bro. Bill Caughie who, as Assistant Provincial Grand Master in the Craft, presented Ian with his Craft 50 year Certificate in 2019.
After the Lodge was closed, we all retired to the bar for drinks following which we all dined together in the Elizabethan Suite.
As is the usual custom at Mark Lodge Festive Boards the members of the Allied Masonic Degrees were all wearing their AMD napkins.
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 by Chris Eley, photos by Bob Tuthill and Chris Eley