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A Double Installation at Lingfield Lodge

On Friday the 19th of November 2021 Lingfield Lodge No 1419 held a double installation ceremony. This was to install the Commander and Master, who were both unable to be installed earlier in the year due to the suspension of Masonic activity. The Lodges were also honoured with the presence of our Deputy Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro. John French and a team of Provincial Grand Officers.

The Royal Ark Mariner Lodge was opened by the Worshipful Commander, W.Bro. Christopher Da-Silva Skinner, who welcomed the Deputy Provincial Grand Master who said how good it was to be with everyone again after such a long time.

The main item on the agenda was to install Bro. Wally Maynard as Worshipful Commander. This was done by the Worshipful Commander, very ably assisted by W.Bro. Tim Ford, our Provincial Grand Secretary. The Deputy Provincial Grand Master congratulated W.Bro. Wally and wished him a successful year.

A Double Installation at Lingfield Lodge

After the Officers were appointed and invested, the Lodge was closed, and after the customary photographs taken…

A Double Installation at Lingfield Lodge

…the Temple was re-arranged for the Mark meeting.

The Mark Lodge was opened by the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Wally Maynard, and V.W.Bro. Chris Eley, G.J.O., who acted as Junior Warden, was saluted with five under the direction of the Director of Ceremonies, W.Bro. Michael Flynn.

The Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, W.Bro. Colin Clark, was admitted and advised the Worshipful Master that the Deputy Provincial Grand Master was in the ante room, and he demanded admission to the Lodge.

The Deputy Provincial Grand Master entered in procession with the Provincial team, was welcomed by the Worshipful Master and presented with the gavel. He said how pleased he was to be visiting Lingfield Lodge and how much he was looking forward to the meeting.

The Deputy Provincial Grand Master spoke about the various ongoing initiatives, especially events in support of the 2022 Festival. He then had much pleasure in presenting a Patron Certificate to W.Bro. David Planner thanking him for his support for the MBF.

A Double Installation at Lingfield Lodge

He then introduced the Provincial team, took the minutes, and vacated the Chair.

Next on the agenda was the installation of W.Bro. John Raymond Beer as Worshipful Master. This was done in a very personal manner by W.Bro. Wally Maynard, very ably assisted by W.Bro. Bob Soper, our Provincial Grand Organist, the Lodge Secretary. V.W.Bro. Chris Eley gave the Addresses to the Master, W.Bro. Michael Flynn to the Wardens, W.Bro. Tim Ford to the Overseers, and W.Bro. John French to the Brethren.

The Deputy Provincial Grand Master wished the new Worshipful Master a most enjoyable year, his first in a Surrey Chair, and said how pleased he was to hear they have a candidate for their next meeting.

A Double Installation at Lingfield Lodge

After the Officers were appointed and invested, W.Bro. Wally Maynard presented the Deputy Provincial Grand Master with a cheque for £600 towards the Surrey Mark 2022 Festival. The Deputy Provincial Grand Master thanked the Brethren of Lingfield Mark Lodge for their generous donation.

A Double Installation at Lingfield Lodge

W.Bro. Des Franklyn, one of the Group Charity Representatives, gave a very informative presentation on the Surrey Mark 2022 Festival. Des had with him the Provincial suitcase full of goodies to sell in the bar on behalf of the 2022 Festival. After the Lodge was closed the Brethren of Lingfield Lodge and their guests lined up for a photograph…

A Double Installation at Lingfield Lodge

…and then retired to the bar for refreshments before sitting down to a most convivial meal at the Nutfield Masonic Centre.

A Double Installation at Lingfield Lodge

As is the usual custom, the Members of the Allied Masonic Degrees wore their AMD napkins at the Festive Board to promote the Order.

A Double Installation at Lingfield Lodge

Especially as our Deputy Provincial Grand Master is the District Grand Prefect of the District Grand Council of Surrey in the Order of the Allied Masonic Degrees.

Article and photographs by Chris Eley