The Royal Ark Mariner meeting held at the Tenbury Lodge rooms on 12th of November 2019 was an unusual meeting in that a rare double ceremony of elevation took place. Worshipful Commander Cliff Slade welcomed into the degree Bro. Richard Webb and Bro. Lyndon Bennett.
Bro. Jay Da Costa formally toasted both Brethren and stated that this degree and lodge was very fortunate to have these two most dedicated and committed individuals joining the RAM ranks. Bro. Richard Webb has already demonstrated his devoted service to the craft as its organist, secretary, website custodian, as well as supporting various social and formal events in other degrees. Similarly Bro. Bennett needs no introduction for his stoic project management work transforming and overseeing the current new St Michael’s lodge room building refurbishment.
Keeping in the theme of doubles, the evening was also attended by two Worshipful Assistant Provincial Grand Masters. WAPGM from Stafford and Shropshire WAPGM Dennis Hill and our very own WAPGM Paul Yarnell.
WCN Cliff Slade said the RAM degree was the fastest growing and most attractive side order in Tenbury, very much thanks to the hard work of Past Commanders such as WCNs Kevin Bryant and Eric Humphries and current DC and Grand Lodge Officer WBro John Moore. WCN Slade continued, if one double ceremony of elevation was amazing enough, the next RAM meeting scheduled for January 2020 is also a double ceremony. So, not only are the colours bright for the RAM degree, the future is also exciting for the quiet degree that is making a lot of noise at its ever growing festive board!
This was the first meeting of Teme Valley RAM in the refurbished facilities at Tenbury courtesy of the generous bequest from W.Bro. Tudge. Teme Valley Mark Lodge will meet there on Tuesday 19th November for their Installation and all would be welcome to support the Lodge and see the new facilities.