The fourth Installation meeting
Installation meeting number four again proceeded with the admission
of joining members, namely Bros
Davidson, Barclay and Holmes. And, also once again, we had a
candidate for elevation, Bro Neil Leatherland from Pioneer Lodge №
WBro Graham Jones was asked to take the chair, "where to" he
responded rising from his place in the North! Once re-seated on the
dais one may have expected a somewhat comical period of ritual, but
WBro Graham lead the ceremony in his classical style of virtually
faultless rite - very ably supported by the Officers of the Lodge.
The Master, WBro Frank returned to the chair for the second event of
the day, the Installation of WBro Les Sinclair, adding "this wont
take long" as he announced the proceedings. The Master was quite
correct, he installed Bro Les very efficiently and as ever, in a
very competent fashion.
The Lodge was very well supported by the Provincial Team, and as
always, VWBro Colin Cantrell discharged the presentation of the Warrant
in his normal and stylish manner. He would have probably presented
the Constitutions, Provincial & Lodge By-Laws in the same fashion
- if the Secretary had remembered to bring them along!
Almost as a foot note, but in someway the most important item on the
agenda: the membership proposed and moreover, supported the
foundation and mooring of a new RAM Lodge; namely The Scout Lodge of
RAM. It would hold its
meetings in the morning
prior to SLoMMM in the afternoons. You see, our Lodges are
very 'green' in our outlook, putting the environment first!
The Lodge joins one
of its newest members in Durham!
On Saturday 30th June 2012
we held our 8th meeting at Ferryhill; under dispensations granted by
the Provincial Grand Master of Derbyshire, RWBro Robert Poxon and
the Provincial Grand Master of Durham RWBro James Peter Croft, both
of whom were present to support the Lodge.
Holding only our
Installation meeting in our home county of Derbyshire, our other
meetings are held by visiting other Mark Provinces so encouraging
friendship. Durham had the pleasure of this meeting.
membership of the Lodge started to arrive on Friday and were met and
made to feel welcome at Ferryhill Masonic Chambers by WBro Richard
Armstrong and eventually Stuart Ingram APGM who had been delayed in
North Yorkshire. Other Ferryhill and Spennymoor Mark Masons were
also on hand to offer help. The Lodge room was set up and the
loan of some Lodge furniture from the Ferryhill Lodge of Mark Master
Masons was greatly appreciated.
The visitors were staying at
various hostelries in the area. On Saturday morning the Brethren and
their partners began to arrive and the Masonic Chambers were soon
buzzing. Durham's Provincial Grand Master had decided that this visit
would enjoy a full Durham Mark Provincial Deputation and it was the
first opportunity for many of the newly appointed officers of
Provincial Grand Lodge to air their new regalia.
commenced at 2-00pm and closed at 2-45pm and whilst the Brethren
were so engaged the Ladies and guests were entertained by Bro Jim
Cole and his lady, Doris. Jim gave a talk entitled “The Bishops
Palace – A history with humour” which was greatly appreciated by the
audience of some thirty five guests. Our thanks go to Jim and Doris
for their contribution.
After the Lodge was closed the brethren
were invited to retire to accompany their ladies and guests into the
Lodge Room. There then followed a very informative illustrated talk
entitled “Scouting in Durham” given by Jeff Ledger, the County
There were over 105 members and guests present and
following the presentation the majority retired to the Festive Board
where Vivian had prepared a five course meal for us to enjoy. After
the usual Masonic toasts the Provincial Grand Master for Durham, R W
Bro James Peter Croft presented Mr. Ledger with a cheque for £500-00
towards the “Scouting Award of Merit Scheme” to be held later this
summer. The Lodge also presented Mr. Ledger with the proceeds of a
well supported raffle, a further cheque for £360-00.
Mr. Ledger expressed his appreciation and noted the similarities
between our two organizations.
To her very great surprise Mrs
Wendy Hill was then presented with a cheque for £500 for the
“Trefoil Guild”, a senior Guide group, by the Deputy Provincial
Grand Master, Prof. Denovan Wilson. Mrs. Hill expressed the grateful
thanks of the Guild for the donation received. After wishing R W Bro
Robert Poxon a very happy birthday the assembly disbursed from
Ferryhill with a feeling that it was a job well done.
evening some stalwarts met up in Durham City for a get together and
on the Sunday Morning we visited “Moor House” at West Rainton. This
is a 15.5 acre outside activity centre owned by the Durham Scout
Association. We were met by Ian the Centre Manager who gave us a
guided tour. The place was busy with two District Scout Camps, Duke
of Edinburgh Award teams on their overnight stops and “Backwoodsmen”
in the woods practicing their survival skills. Oh the smell of a
wood fire – there’s nowt like it. After coffee and biscuits the
party left Moor House and made their separate ways.
forward to the next time that The Scout Lodge of Mark Master Masons
№ 1907 visit the Mark Province of Durham. We know that we will be
made most welcome.
WBro Stuart Ingram, APGM Durham
The third Installation meeting
Cleve Lodge (HQ) once again hosted us for our third Installation Meeting.
The whole day was superb, the catering elegant and the atmosphere
was as good as it gets: precise ritual and the usual additions of
good honest humour.
WBro Frank Milner was Installed in a stylish
fashion by WBro Tony Harvey our IPM as most unfortunately, the
Master WBro Stuart Goold was attending a family marriage. A
brief rehearsal was all that was required previously and
everyone performed their parts in a faultless fassion, including
the senior Provincial Officers!
The ceremony was thoroughly enjoyed by all attendees, notably by the
PGM, RWBro Robert Poxon, VWBro Colin Cantrell (DPGM) and RWBro Peter
Croft (PGM Nottinghamshire).
It should be pointed out that this was very busy meeting as WBro
Paul Barrass occupied the chair somewhat earlier to advance our
candidate Bro Peter Clarke, which Bro Paul did in a splendid manner
that many of us have grown to adore.
We also saw WBro Stuart Ingram (APGM Durham) approved for joining
membership and MWBro Ben Addy Pro Grand Master - not surprisingly
approved for honorary membership.
A jolly good day all-in-all!
The Scout Lodge goes “Back to
July saw the culmination of a special project in the
young history of The Scout Lodge of Mark Master Masons
№ 1907. The Lodge had raised the
money to erect a flagpole to mark the site of Robert
Baden-Powell’s experimental camp on Brownsea Island in 1907,
the camp that led to the formation of the Worldwide Scout
members and guests congregated on the quay at Poole ready in
anticipation of what could be a very special event. One person in
the waiting queue, an impeccably dressed gentleman, accompanied Tony
Harvey, his shoes shining as he stepped onto the ferry. He was soon
to be introduced to us all as the Deputy Grand Master, RWBro
Benjamin Addy. No airs, no graces, just an ordinary, warm and
ride was unremarkable apart from the modest friendly abuse hurled at
each other. It had to be modest as some of our ladies were present
and I am still wondering how Alan Beckerton got away with wearing a
yellow casual jacket? The Treasurer and Secretary not wearing ties –
welcomed onto the island by Kevin Phillips, the Brownsea Island
Scout Commissioner, who then gave many of us a guided tour of the
island, including a photo session at the memorial stone. Eventually
we reached our goal – B-P’s campsite. Remarkably there was no
permanent marker to indicate the site or to commemorate the camp.
That is, until The Scout Lodge’s flagpole.
noon we assembled at the new flagpole. When I first envisaged a new
flag pole on Brownsea Island, I thought it would tower over the
installation in Tony Harvey’s garden. Imagine my surprise to find it
was the same size, but for a very good reason – it was seasonal and
would be taken down in winter.
joined by a Beaver Colony, a Scout Troop and the Dorset Jamboree
Contingent and many members of the Brownsea Island SAS – not the
military but Scout Active Support. These are the people that run the
Scout base on the island on a day to day basis and who later would
be supplying our lunch !!!!
speeches and readings were delivered by Kevin Phillips, the Dorset
Provincial Grand Master, RWBro Jeremy Shaw, the Derbyshire
Provincial Grand Master, RWBro Robert Poxon and by Tony Harvey. Then
the Deputy Grand Master formally presented the flagpole from Mark
Masonry to the Island and to Scouting. At the very moment of
presentation a bugler blew a long note on the very same Kudu horn
that Baden-Powell had used to open his camp while the Master of The
Scout Lodge MMM № 1907, WBro
Stuart Goold, broke the flag and all Scouts present saluted. Thanks
were then made by the Chairman of the Brownsea Island Scout and
Guide Committee, by the National Trust Representative, and by the
Scout Association’s Deputy Chief Commissioner for England, Mark
Lodge was supported in its efforts by the Mark provinces of
Derbyshire and Dorset and by the Kindred Lodges Association, of
which I am proud to be chairman. The flagpole is now a focal point
for Scouting on the Island, visible from around the harbour. Around
the flagpole are various plaques listing the names of the people who
were at that first pioneering camp in 1907. It is rather a shame it
has taken 104 years for them to be displayed. Better late than
followed a rather splendid buffet provided for us by the Scout and
Guide Committee members. I think it tasted all the better for
knowing that everything had been brought over from the mainland by
the SAS (no, not the military ones). We all had an elegant
sufficiency of food – thank you.
us walked back to the ferry, but many rode in the Land Rover – too
much to eat, I couldn’t help think. They did stop en-route however
to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to my wife Irene – well not so much stop,
but pause for effect. She was suitably embarrassed and a still year
honestly say that without the efforts of Tony Harvey this event
would not have taken place at all. It was his enthusiasm which
sparked it all off, I take my hat off to you Tony and say a big
were not there, you missed a great day out. One for the memory books
of Scouting and Mark Masonry. We made many friends and the name of
“The Scout Lodge of Mark Master Masons
№ 1907” is now embedded firmly in the
minds of many.
Lodge MMM № 1907
Chairman of the Kindred Lodges Association
The second installation meeting
The second Installation Meeting was superbly
hosted at our HQ, Cleve Lodge in their usual highly efficient
WBro Stuart Goold was Installed in a stylish
fashion by our Primus Master, WBro Tony as he presided over a
wonderfully orchestrated ceremony, evidently, the brief rehearsal an
hour or so prior to the event had paid off!
Tony was clearly very emotional as he handed
control of our new Lodge to his Senior Warden, but as we all know,
the Lodge is still in a very safe pair of hands. Tony thanked all of
those involved in the Lodge's first year most sincerely.
The ceremony was thoroughly enjoyed by all
attendees, notably by the PGM, RWBro Robert Poxon, VWBro Colin
Cantrell (DPGM) and the DPGM for Nottinghamshire WBro Peter Ball. It
also became evident that the festive board was also a great success!
We are all now looking forward to our next
meeting in Rhyl , at the slightly earlier date of 11/6/11 than
regularly published ocassion.
A weekend Lodge
in Southend (Saffend!)
What a great
meeting in such a prestigious Masonic Hall, the weekend of the 18th
of September was already starting to 'feel' as though something
special was in the offing. Just looking round it was awe inspiring.
The windows were full of stained glass logos for every Lodge/Order
that met there. It was a joy to see. The Lodge meeting went well –
the PGM of the Mark, Rt.W.Bro. Michael Spencer, was there and also
the PGM of the Craft, Rt.W.Bro. John Webb was present – not often
you get that happening at a private Lodge meeting!
given by senior scouting personnel from Essex was illuminating but
the trip round Gilwell Park (the headquarters of scouting) was even
more illuminating. This was given by Peter Rogers who has researched
and written the history of Gilwell at least twice! It was a pleasure
to meet him and to have the tour - fascinating.
thing about it was that a few short weeks later Peter was initiated
into Masonry and many of us were there to see it. Indeed this was
done at our WM’s Craft Lodge, Authors No 3456, in London and he did
most of the ceremony – what a great day that was.
The second meeting
Our second meeting of
the Scout Lodge of Mark Master Masons took place at Poole in
Dorset on Saturday 19th June 2010. The Provincial
Grand Master for Dorset was present together with his Deputy and
Provincial Secretary. A total of 28 members and visitors were
present including wives and some Masonic camp followers from
Derbyshire – even as far away as New Mills! The brethren and
ladies received an address from Kevin Phillips, ACC (Scout
Fellowship) for Dorset about scouting in Dorset and particularly
the Brownsea Island celebrations of 2007 – the 100th
year of scouting.
Indeed many of the group took
advantage of a trip to Brownsea Island on the Sunday. A guided
tour was given by Kevin and in brilliant sunshine we saw for
ourselves the first camp site that Baden Powell occupied in
1907. In due time a flagpole will be erected there to mark the
spot and the Scout Lodge have agreed to fund this. We look
forward to a return to see the pole erected together with a
plague to mark the Lodge’s contribution to this venture.
Base camp and camp 1 have now
We now move on to Gilwell Park
in Essex in September..........
first regular meeting
The first regular meeting
of the Lodge, in February 2010 was a great
success. It was well attended by our members and visitors too. We
had two candidates who were advanced in a wonderfully humorous
manner, and a joining members was successfully balloted for as well.
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