The Lodge had been preparing for this evening for a while as, not only was there to be a Candidate for Advancement, there was a Grand Lodge Certificate to present and a slightly delayed Certificate for 50 years service to be presented to R.W.Bro. Peter Hawken MBE.
In the presence of R.W.Bro. Peter Balsom, his Deputy V.W.Bro. David Purdie, the Past Deputy PGM V.W.Bro. Bill Humphries and, as is often said, a galaxy of Grand Officers and Provincial Officers, W.Bro Tom Betts conducted a lovely Advancement ceremony for Bro. Ian Southcott. W.Bro. Betts was well supported by his Officers with W.Bro. Martyn Lawrence acting as Senior Deacon. It was also a delight to have three Assistant Provincial Grand Masters from the Craft, W.Bros. Peter Keaty, Craig Cox and the newly appointed Andy Vodden.
After the ceremony, there was the presentation of a Grand Lodge Certificate to Bro. Iain Wilkinson by the Provncial Grand Master. This was followed by the presentation of the Diamond Collaret to the Master and the presentation of a Collaret to Bro. Osborne from the MBF.
The Provincial Grand Master then took the floor together with R.W.Bro. Peter Hawken for the formal presentation of his Jubilee Certificate. The event had been acknowledged in 2021 at a Zoom meeting but this was the first suitable occasion that the certificate could be presented in person. R.W.Bro. Peter Balsom explained why Fifty Years constituted a Jubilee, an advancement in Masonic Knowledge, and gave a few highlights of R.W.Bro. Peter Hawken's Masonic journey over those 50 years. The PGM then called for the Provincial Tyler, W.Bro. Alastair Duncan, who entered the Lodge bearing the Certificate from Grand Lodge, the Certificate from the Province and a lapel pin badge.
The Certificates were read by W.Bro. Nicholas White, Deputy Provincial Grand Secretary, which gave the detail of R.W.Bro. Peter Hawken's progress in Mark Masonry to date. They then passed to the Provincial Grand Master to present to R.W.Bro. Peter Hawken.
R.W.Bro Peter Hawken made comment on the great enjoyment he had experienced in his journey and reflected on the many great characters he had had the pleasure of knowing and working with over the years in the Oldest (and finest Province). This was met with acclamation.
After the meeting had closed, we then retired to the refectory with anticipation of a supper which included Haggis. The traditional piping of the Haggis and the Burns Ode to the Haggis was delivered in fine style and well received.
A truly memorable evening for all concerned and especially Bro. Ian Southcott!
R.W.Bro. Peter Balsom; R.W.Bro. Peter Hawken; V.W.Bro. David Purdie R.W.Bro. Peter Hawken; Bro. Iain Wilkinson; Bro. Ian Southcott; R.W.Bro. Peter Balsom
Bill Humpries; David Purdie; Peter Keaty; Peter Balsom; Craig Cox; Andy Vodden; Peter Hawken Piping in the Haggis The Top Table with W.Bro. Tom Betts nominally in charge!