One year ago R.WBro. Peter Balsom Consecrated the Uffculme Cornerstone Lodge of Mark Master Masons, clearly the enthusiasm generated at that time engendered a drive to create a Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners. The last Consecration of a RAM Lodge in Devonshire happened in 1995!

In his address to the assembled Royal Ark Mariners from Devonshire and Somerset (and elsewhere) R.WBro. Peter commented on how delighted he was to be in this position again having had the petition to moor a Royal Ark Mariner Lodge at Uffculme. The evening highlighted the culmination of a lot of hard work undertaken by his executive and members of he Devon Mark Support Team (DMST) in recruiting to this beautiful degree and to the Province.

R.WBro. Peter said he was confident that the Lodge will prosper following the launch and Candidates were already in the pipeline.

He then moved on to the Consecration Ceremony with his team, W.Bro John Clendinning as Son Shem and W.Bro Bernard Wayne as Son Japeth under the control, guidance and watchful eye of W.Bro. Lee Taylor the Provincial Director of Ceremonies providing a magnificent ceremony and an example to us all.  W.Bro. Mick Carter, Provincial Assistant Secretary read the Warrant of the Lodge and W.Bro. Martin Smith, Provincial Grand Chaplain gave an Oration on the purpose of the Lodge and led us in prayers for the success and harmony of the Lodge. 

Following the Consecration, R.WBro. Peter Balsom seamlessly moved into the Installation of the First Worshipful Commander W.Bro. David Purdie, Deputy Provincial Grand Master, again another demonstration of faultless delivery of the ritual.

W.Bro David then went on to Appoint and Invest his Officers in a confident an faultless manner. Confidence was high and the atmosphere within the Lodge was excited. Once the Consecration party had retired the general business was conducted with the announcement of the first candidate for elevation in January 2020.

We all retired to the Festive Board where the atmosphere was electric the air full of banter, laughter and joy, a great example of the fellowship that the Ancient and Honorable Fraternity engenders.

Thanks were expressed to all those who had organised and maintained the enthusiasm to bring this Ark to fruition and for such a successful launch.

A great evening for Devonshire Royal Ark Masonry!

Photographs courtesy of W.Bro. Bob Ware and W.Bro Nic White

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