Cestria Mark hosted the Provincial Grand Master and the Mark Provincial Team at their April meeting in Chester-le-Street.
After completing some Lodge business and election of the Master for the ensuing year, the scene was set for the PGM, David Hanson and his team to enter. The Provincial DC announced the first procession and then the Grand Officers. The PGM entered with the senior Provincial Officers in the third procession. After the formalities were concluded, control was handed back to the Lodge DC.
The next business was to advance a new member of the Lodge, Bro Brian Woodhall. What was to follow was an excellent ceremony of advancement, with some drama and light humour for added sparkle.
Before closing the Lodge, Richard Scott provided a short presentation about the Durham 2029 Festival. He demonstrated how the Mark Benevolent Fund was making a difference to local people. He also encouraged everyone to become part of the fundraising effort but importantly to enjoy what they are doing at the same time, have some fun. Further details about the Durham 2029 Festival can be found HERE
After the formal meeting, everyone was treated to a lovely meal and drinks. There was a really good vibe in the room with much chat and laughter. Festival jewels were also flying out of Richard’s hands with seven soon obtaining theirs.
The PGM on responding to his toast, started by thanking the Lodge for the very warm welcome everyone received, a wonderful ceremony and how well it had been performed for the candidate, Bro Brian. ‘This is what the Mark is all about, the warmth of friendship, fellowship and great ritual’ he enthused.
David commented that he would often speak about recruitment at this point. However, as the lack of past masters on the Lodge officer list showed that it was doing well, he told the Cestria Mark Lodge to keep doing what it is doing. He did remind everyone that there is also the Royal Ark Mariner degree and encouraged membership to those who had not joined … yet.
David would also comment on the promotions that some Cestria Mark members were receiving this year, with two first appointments to Grand Rank and two Provincial promotions, as well as four current acting Provincial officers some of whom will be reappointed. He congratulated the Lodge on the hard work which has been displayed by so many and the energy and enthusiasm.
The joyful mood continued to the close of the evening, with everyone making Cestria Mark Lodge’s newest member, Brian Woodhall feel really welcome.
Find out more about the Royal Ark Mariner degree HERE