In the month of May 1919 the Powys Lodge of MMM No.685 was Consecrated taking its name from the 5thBaron Lord Lilford, John Powys, who was Provincial Grand Master of the Mark Province of Northamptonshire, Huntingdonshire and Bedfordshire between 1912 and 1939. As well as giving his name to this Mark Lodge he was also a founder in the formation of Lilford Lodge MMM No.471 and Powys RAM Lodge No.477. which celebrated it 100thyear in 2018.
Exactly 100 years to the day on the 21stMay 2019, the Lodge held, by an emergency meeting, it’s Centenary Meeting at the Masonic Hall, York Road, Kettering.
Members and guests in attendance were honoured by the presence a number of senior brethren from Mark Grand Lodge, namely that of the Assistant Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Stephen Davison, the Grand Secretary, R.W.Bro. Ryan Williams and the Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies, W.Bro. Mark Golding. Also attending was the Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Bob Stokes, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro. Brian Elliott and a large number of active Officers of the Provincial Team in support of the Provincial Grand Master. In all around 50 attended the meeting.
The AGM took the Chair to present the Lodge with its Centenary Warrant before which he called upon the Grand Secretary to read in full the original Warrant of 1919 and then the Centenary Warrant was presented to the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Kevin Williams. The historic origins of the Lodge was then delivered in a very interesting presentation by W.Bro. David Jackson who spoke about the Lilford family connection as well as the town’s links with leather and lace making.
The Chair was then taken by the Provincial Grand Master who along with members of the Provincial team and those of the Lodge dedicated a banner for the use of the Lodge. Following the dedication an oration was ably given by the Provincial Chaplain, V.W.Bro. Tony Avery on the origins and purposes of masonic banners which was well received by all present.
A presentation to all members of the Lodge of a centenary jewel had to be unfortunately postponed to another occasion due to its delay being received in good time from the manufacturers. However, the AGM kindly agreed to make a return visit to the Lodge on a future occasion and to undertake this pleasant duty.
The brethren retired to enjoy a wonderful festive board of Mark fellowship during which and to the enjoyment of all, the Assistant Grand Master gave an entertaining reply to his toast.
The Powys Lodge Banner
After 100 years of continuous service the Powys Lodge of MMM No.685 now has a Lodge banner.
The design shows a leather hide fringed with lace depicting the industries of the town from whence the founders were largely drawn.
Centenary Meeting – Tuesday 21stMay 2019
l to r: W.Bro. Mark Golding, DepGDC, W.Bro. Richard Asher, GJD, W.Bro. Brian Elliott, PGSD., DepPrGM, R.W.Bro. Stephen Davison, AGM, W.Bro. Kevin Williams, W.M, R.W.Bro. Bob Stokes, PrGM, R.W.Bro. Ryan Williams, GSec, V.W.Bro. Tony Avery, PGJO., ProvGChap, V.W.Bro. Brian Ennever, PGJO, PDepPrGM.
The WM, W.Bro. Kevin Williams together with members of Powys Lodge present for the Centenary Meeting and Dedication of the Lodge Banner.