Amongst the number were the Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. Peter Balsom, his Deputy V.W.Bro. David Purdie and Assistant W.Bro. John Clendinning supported by W.Bro. Chris Elliott and a host of Active Provincial Officers. They boosted the number of members of Pleiades Mark Lodge and other visitors from as far afield as Guernsey.
A slight hiccough occurred in that the Worshipful Master was unable to join the meeting so an unsuspecting W.Bro. Richard Lucas was asked to 'take the chair' by W.Bro. James Evans the Secretary. W.Bro. Lucas was delighted to accept the challenge and declared the meeting open. The Dispensation Letter and Certificate of Dispensation was read. And so to business, the minutes and matters arising were dealt with at which point W.Bro. Lucas asked the Provincial Grand Master to address the Lodge.
This was a special occasion indeed, as W.Bro. Colin Palmer was celebrating 50 years of service to the Mark Degree. The Provincial Grand Master gave a resume of W.Bro Colin's masonic journey which had taken him to many Lodges all around the world, including France and Gibraltar as well as London and Kent. He was initiated into Craft Masonry in 1970 Advanced into the Mark Degree in 1970 and Exalted into the Holy Royal Arch in 1970, a busy year! He went on to be Elevated into the Ancient and Honourable Degree of Royal Ark Mariners in 1971. Colin has also served in the Worshipful Society of Freemasons as well as the Allied Masonic Degrees. In summing up, R.W.Bro. Peter Balsom was delighted to promote W.Bro. Colin Palmer to the rank of Past Provincial Grand Junior Warden of the Province of Devonshire. W.Bro. Colin was suitably surprised and pleased for the recognition of his lengthy and varied service to the Mark Degree wherever he had been able to take part ending as a member of Pleiades Mark Lodge No.675.
W.Bro. Richard Lucas then moved to the items of business of the Officers of the Lodge for the ensuing year which included the ballot for Bro. Andrew Chapman for Master. The nomination was accepted by all members present and Bro. Andy responded giving his assurance that he would do his best for the Lodge.
Final business being dispatched, W.Bro. Lucas moved to close the meeting, thanking everyone for attending in such good numbers and his hopes that we would all meet again in person as soon as it was safe. The after meeting chat was full of good humour and demonstrated the value of the Virtual Business Meeting process which the Provincial Grand Master is keen for us to continue to use and promote.
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