At the regular meeting held on Wednesday 28th June 2017, the lodge was honoured to receive R.W.Bro. Ian Kingsbury – PGM, V.W.Bro. Nicholas Ball – Dep PGM, W.Bros. Colin Gale, Christopher Yard & Charles Yelland – APGMs, R.W.Bro. Robin Osborn – PPGM along with many Grand Officers and active Provincial Officers including W.Bro. Barry Page – ProvJGW, W.Bro. Michael Doleman – ProvGDC and W.Bro. Graham Lea – ProvGChap.
After receiving the gavel from W.Bro. John Pritchard – acting WM, the PGM placed W.Bro. Andy Vodden into the SW’s Chair, W.Bro. Barry Page into the JW’s Chair and W.Bro. John Hipwell as IG. In total 93 brethren were present to hear W.Bro. Chris Banbury give a brief but very informative history of the lodge over it’s 78 years since consecration.
The Banner was then dedicated under the direction of the Provincial Grand DC. The Banner escort consisted of W.Bro. Terry Bray – DC, W.Bro. John Sevieri – ADC, W.Bro. Jack Parnell – acting SD, Bro. Derek Farrow – JD and Bro. Ken Nairne – Banner bearer.
The Provincial Grand Chaplain then gave a thought provoking Oration on the history and symbolism of Banners. After the Patriarchal Benediction completed the ceremony of Dedication, the acting WM resumed the Chair and the agenda continued as normal.
The lodge members express their sincere thanks to W.Bro. John Pritchard who managed this project from conception through to the dedication in the memory of the late Mrs. Elsie Beer and W.Bro. John Smerdon who kindly printed the Lodge Masonic History booklets and menu cards.
The evening was completed with a superb Banner Dedication Dinner provided by Roger & Barbara Lillicrap and staff. The acting WM & PGM cut a celebration cake to complete the meal which was enjoyed by all present.
(Photos By W.Bro. John Smerdon)