...when Hawton 100 Royal Ark Mariners held their 43rd Birthday Party at the Masonic Hall in Ivybridge.  What is usually a quiet meeting for many Lodges, summertime, buinsess meeting, Hawton RAM have recently held the meeting with a 'party' atmosphere!  To add to the evenings festivities an elevation was conducted as well.  What a great birthday present to receive a new member of the Order, Bro. Derek Arthur Wills.

The ceremony was conducted under the care of the Worshipful Commander, W.Bro. Ron Goss and a superb tream of officers marshalled by W.Bro. Tony Carney the Director of Ceremonies.

The Lodge was well supported by over 50 brethren in attendance including the Provincial Grand Master, Deputy Provincial Grand Master, the Past Provincial Grand Master and a flotilla of RAM Grand Rank, Provincial Grand Rank and brethren of the Ancient and Honourable Fraternity.  A truly colourful array!

A second gift was presented to the Worshipful Commander, that being the Lodges' 'Diamond Award' for contributions to the Mark Benevolent Fund.  Rt.W.Bro. Peter Balsom thanked the Lodge and praised the Charity Steward, W.Bro. B. Gordon, for his tenacity in the role encourage the brethren to contribute.

     The assembled company then retired to partake in the Birthday Festive Board amongst good company, good food and drinks and             Birthday Cake!