A candidate for elevation, Brother Michael Hamilton Stephen, not a surprise to this Lodge as this was the third this year and another was proposed later in the meeting, great news for the Worshipful Commander, Worshipful Brother Rod Williams, and a testimony to the work of the Lodge Crimps. They have worked assiduously over the years, mainly around the docks at Legioleum Lodge of Mark Master Masons No. 457 Castleford, where they have shanghaied a number of recruits, 2 earlier this year, but many in the past. They have now expanded their area of activity to cover Selby, particularly Abbott Hugh of Selby Lodge No. 1640 from whence the night’s candidate hailed.
The Crew of 21 assembled, and joined by 26 fellow matelots from other vessels at anchorage, including Worshipful Brother Richard Boswell Puttrell, Deputy Provincial Grand Master, the Lodge was opened in due form by the Worshipful Commander, Worshipful Brother Rodney Williams. He then welcomed Worshipful Brother Paul Cook, the Worshipful Commander of The Bram Morley Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 1905 who, accompanied by an escort of his Brethren, presented the travelling Porphyry Stone to W.Bro. Rod. He explained the history which in summary is to encourage, as also applies to the travelling maul in the Mark, visiting in the Royal Ark Mariner Fraternity and efforts should be made to pass on to another Lodge within 2 months or so.
The Worshipful Commander then skilfully navigated his Officers and Crew through the turbulent waters of the Elevation ceremony which, whilst not only much enjoyed by Brother Stephen, also surprised and intrigued him in places. Particular praise to the 1st and 2nd. Lieutenants, Bro. Paul Levy, Senior Warden and Bro. John Derwanz, Junior Warden for their presentations and Worshipful Brother James Garland for an excellent rendition of the Working Tools and traditional History. There then followed the Declaration of Bro. Paul Levy as Commander Elect for the ensuing year, he looking forward to guiding the Crew on a successful voyage , in calm waters, over the ensuing year.
The Menu at the following festive board merely put a superb finishing gloss on the proceedings with a Black pudding starter, W.Bro. Rod does have good taste, this being followed by a cold meat salad and sweet, appropriate to the time of year, we had some sun on the day! The final gloss was applied by W.Bro. Tony, ‘The Purser’, Parker who supplied the Port in accordance with the Carl Whitehead Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 110 tradition; well received by all, and some receiving a lot more than others! In response to his toast, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master congratulated Bro. Stephen on becoming a Member of the Fraternity, the Lodge on an excellent ceremony and Bro. Paul on being Commander Elect. He also made particular reference to the requirement of all Masters of Lodges to represent their Lodges around the Province, this being particularly appropriate as there were 5 visiting Commanders in attendance, the most that I have witnessed in the last year, things are improving.
For the record, and well done to all, they were;
W.Bro. Paul Cook, W.C. of the Bram Morley Lodge of R.A.M. No.1905.
W.Bro. Tony Parker, W.C. of the Carl Whitehead Lodge of R.A.M. No. 110.
W.Bro. Charles Lindsay, W.C. of the Portal Lodge of R.A.M. No. 127.
W.Bro. Ian Smith, W.C. of the St Swithuns Lodge of R.A.M. No. 43.
W.Bro. Richard Stone W.C. of the Abbey Lodge of R.A.M. No. 768.
Smile, be happy and enjoy your Mark Masonry. I was going to say enjoy the summer but we may have just had it, perhaps.
W. Bro. Duncan Smith, P.S.G.D.