On Friday 4th October, The Powys Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 477 was delighted to welcome members of the Provincial Team to its Installation Meeting during which the Provincial Team was to dedicate a Banner for the Lodge not having had one since its Consecration in June 1918.
The ProvGM, R.W.Bro. Robert Andrew Stokes, was in attendance, took the Chair and together with W.Bro. Tony Avery, Provincial Grand Chaplain and members of the Provincial Team dedicated the Powys Royal Ark Mariner Lodge banner in an excellent manner. Also in attendance to witness the historic occasion was R.W. Bro. Michael Herbert, Past Deputy Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Phillip Mann, ProvGM for the Province of Leicestershire and Rutland and R.W.Bro. George Bonham Past ProvGM together with 56 Royal Ark Mariner brethren.
There was a strong contingent from Leicestershire and Rutland brethren in attendance being the first of what is hoped to be regular exchange visits between the two Provinces. There is a strong historic connection between our two Provinces as up until 1894 we were all the Province of Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire and Rutlandshire.
Following the dedication the Lodge Worshipful Commander accepted the banner and thanked the ProvGM and his Team. Special thanks were given to W.Bro. Richard Asher for his hard work in bringing the banner to fruition which was funded by personal donations of members of the Lodge.
The Chair was returned to the Lodge Commander, who then went to the next item on the summons which was to install the Worshipful Commander, W.Bro. Ian McLachlan for the ensuing year. This was done by proclamation as he was carrying on in that office for a second year. The Worshipful Commander the proceeded to invest and install his Officers..
Following the meeting, the brethren joined together in harmony for a wonderful Ellindon festive board.
l to r: W.Bro. David Balmer, ProvGDC, W.Bro. Tony Avery, ProvGChap, R.W.Bro. Michael Herbert, PastDGM, R.W.Bro. Robert A Stokes, ProvGM, W.Bro. Ian McLachlan, Commander, R.W.Bro. George Bonham PProvGM, R.W.Bro. Philip Mann, ProvGM Leics & Rutland and W.Bro. Eugene Brook, Lodge Director of Ceremonies.