A packed lodge room welcomed the RW Bro John Herbert Prizeman, Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons to Moseley Masonic Hall, Kings Heath, for the 100th Anniversary celebration of Moseley Lodge of Mark Master Masons, on Monday 25th September.
The Lodge having been designated host of the Four Provinces Meeting for 2017, an impressive attendance was anticipated and the numbers did not disappoint. Each province was represented by their Provincial Grand Master. Additionally a number of Deputies and Assistant Provincial Grand Masters also attended. Strong support from the brethren of the respective provinces filled the lodge room and packed the tables at the festive Board.
Immediately after the opening the PGM, RW Bro Eric John Rymer, took the chair and made mention of three members of Moseley Lodge who had recently passed to the Grand Lodge above, R W Bro Colin Woodward Past Provincial Grand Master of the Province from 1998 until 2005. W Bro James Willis PAGDC, Provincial Grand Almoner and W Bro Alan White who we all knew as Chalky. The loss of three active brothers within such a short space of time was a sad loss to the lodge, the province and freemasonry in general.
RW Bro Colin Woodward is recognised as the originator of the idea of a Four Provinces Meeting which has grown into an eagerly awaited and very well attended annual meeting in all four provinces. He would have been proud to have been present this evening.
The Lodge, through the Grand Director of Ceremonies, R W Bro Francis Charles Spencer, had secured the services of the Grand Masters Lodge of Instruction Team who carried out a most enjoyable ceremony when Advancing Bro David Andrew Phillip Thompson, into Moseley Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 667.
The RW Bro Ryan Andrew Williams, Grand Secretary, rose to say there were occasions when his high office presented the opportunity to take privileges which were not normally exercised. However on this occasion he could not resist the temptation of having prepared the candidates Grand Lodge Certificate, which he produced, explaining the significance of the content to the candidate prior to the Deputy Grand Master making a formal presentation.
To our knowledge a first for any candidate within Worcestershire.
The Grand Secretary was further called upon to read the Moseley Lodge original warrant from 1917. This was followed by a reading of the Centenary Warrant prior to it being presented to the Worshipful Master W Bro Josephus Davies by the Deputy Grand Master.
Centenary Jewels where then presented to all Subscribing and Honorary Members. It was announced that the lodge would be pleased to offer Honorary Membership to RW Bro John Herbert Prizeman, RW Bro Ryan Andrew Williams, RW Bro Eric John Rymer, RW Bro David John Frederick Rawlins and W Bro Jeffrey William Whiteley, which all were pleased accept.
The brethren then retired to enjoy a festive board held in a warm and friendly atmosphere typical of Mark Masonry. During a superb address to the brethren our Deputy Grand Master endeared himself to the brethren by his quick wit and ease of address. Both he and the Grand Secretary received gifts of Worcester Porcelain, appropriately manufactured in 1917.
A wonderful occasion that the lodge members will look upon as a very special evening in the history of the lodge.