The supporting Team of Grand Lodge Officers
After inspecting his Patent of Appointment, the Provincial Grand Master then Appointed, Obligated, Invested, Installed and Proclaimed, WBro Brian John Elliott PAGDC as the Deputy PGM.
It had been a busy week for WBro Brian, as the Deputy Provincial Grand Secretary and ProvGSec Elect, WBro David Sowerby was at home recuperating from recent surgery and a 21 day spell in hospital, which had not only prevented him from attending the meeting as he had planned, it had also prevented him from assisting WBro Brian with the preparations for this meeting as much as he would have wished. Thankfully, the Past ProvGSec, WBro Peter Dawson, had been ‘resurrected’ for the occasion to fill in as Secretary on the day – which he did with his usual nonchalance and aplomb.
On top of this hard work, on the previous Wednesday, WBro Brian had also been Installed as the 3rd Provincial Grand Principal of the PGChapter of Cambridgeshire – Phew, What a week!
The PGM then welcomed and thanked the Pro Grand Master for his visit and for the sincere and memorable way in which he had conducted his Installation. In reply, the Pro Grand Master starting off by remarking that by his attendance, the brethren must be reminded of ‘buses’ - as you have to wait an age for a Pro Grand Master to visit, only to then have two visits within the space of less than a month, as only two weeks previously he had attended the Northants & Hunts Installed Commanders meeting, where he had enjoyed listening to RWBro Roger Mac’s talk about his racing career.
A procession was then formed and the Pro Grand Master retired, escorted by his supporting Active Officers of Mark Grand Lodge.
The PGM ‘Called Off’ the meeting and 214 brethren retired to enjoy an excellent Festive Board served very efficiently by the catering staff.
On proposing the Pro Grand Master’s toast and again thanking him for attending, as is customary on these occasions, the PGM presented MWBro Raymond with several gifts to commemorate this truly memorable occasion, including two of specific interest
- a ‘custom-made shoe last’ to remind the Pro Grand Master of his visit to the home of British Boot & Shoe making
- and one of the new, specially ‘minted’ Mark tokens, which the PGM had had commissioned to present that afternoon, and at future meetings of PGL, to all new Advancees during the previous year – but only to those in attendance at the Provincial meeting.
Following the luncheon, the brethren re-assembled in the lodge room and the PGM ‘called on’ the meeting.
After receiving a Delegation from Royal Ark Mariner Lodges of the Province, the usual business of PGL was conducted, before the Provincial Grand Master Invested the newly Appointed and Promoted, Provincial Grand Officers.
After closing the meeting, the PGM and DPGM retired in procession to then welcome individually all of the brethren and receive their hearty congratulations.
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JSN Imageshow list PGL 2017
DSC_0035 Norman Manser Roy Bradley PPGMs 0617.JPG
DSC_0049 Brian Bell ProvGChStwd PAGDC Sideways 0617.JPG
DSC_0049 Brian Elliott DPGM hand on Ped 0617.JPG
DSC_0049 Richard Bedells DGSwdB 0617.JPG
DSC_0049 PGM DPGM Close up 0617.jpg
DSC_0049 Richard Bedells ProvGDC.JPG
DSC_0049 Rick Bott ProvGAlmoner 0617.JPG
DSC_0049 Robert Stokes PGM Forward 0617 copy.JPG
DSC_0049 Robert Stokes PGM Welcome 0617.JPG
Parade out Mark PGL 0617.JPG
PP Exec greeting Brethren 0617.JPG
[Photos courtesy of WBros Chris James (London Mark) & Mike Sheppard]