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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 № 9065.

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.

The 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.

The meeting 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 Commissioner.

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.

Later that 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.

We look 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 Brownsea”

23rd 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 Movement.

Lodge 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 friendly, chap.

The ferry 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 – whatever next!!

We were 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.

At 12 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.

We were 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 !!!!

Welcoming 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 Tarry. 

The Scout 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 never.

There 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.

Some of 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 older.

I can 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 thank you.

If you 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.

Bro Steve Gough
The Scout 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 manner.

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!

The talk 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.

The best 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 been passed!

We now move on to Gilwell Park in Essex in September..........


The 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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