Meeting at the Masonic Hall, Old Orchard Street, Bath. BA1 1JU. At 18.40 on the fourth Monday of March (Installation), September and November. The Lodge has 19 subscribing members.
Officers of the Lodge - appointed Monday 27th March 2017
Worshipful Master - Mike Scaggs Senior Warden - Neil Hawes Junior Warden - Richard Ferris Master Overseer - Ewan Page Senior Overseer - Stuart Howe Junior Overseer - Malcolm Toogood Chaplain - Frank Silver Treasurer - John A Nicholson Registrar of Marks - Frank Silver Secretary - Ian Anderson Director of Ceremonies - Graham Jeffery
Almoner - Ian Anderson Charity Steward - John A Nicholson Senior Deacon - John W Nicholson Junior Deacon - Fred Karlson Assistant D of C - Vacant Organist - Vacant Assistant Secretary - Vacant Inner Guard - Ian Bruce Stewards - Brian Hardesty Tyler - Rex Williams
Past Masters of and in the Lodge
1988 Mike Scaggs JW 2000 & 2010 Neil Hawes PGJD 2001 Ian Anderson SW
2004&5 John A Nicholson PGJD 2006 Ewan Page PPGM(Berks) SW 2007 & 15 Frank Silver SO
2008 Graham Jeffery SO 2012 & 16 Mark Steventon-Smith JD 2013-14 John W Nicholson Reg
March 2017 Installation
Monday 27th March 2017 - Twenty nine years after he was first placed in the Chair of the Lodge, W.Bro Mike Scaggs once again took up the challenge of being Master. He was installed by W.Bro Mark Stevenson-Smith who has also been Master of the Lodge twice but with only a four year gap! Very Worshipful Brother Geoff Nash, Past Deputy PGM represented the Provincial Grand Master and he was accompanied by W.Bro Mark Golding the Provincial DC.
In the photo left to right, the Installing Master, W Bro Mark Steventon-Smith, the ‘new’ Worshipful master, W Bro Michael (Mike) Scaggs V W Bro Geoffrey Nash, PPrDepGM and W Bro Mark Golding, PrGDC.
Mark Steventon-Smith having enjoyed his year in the Chair made a great job of installing his successor. The new Master John Nicholson has been working in Africa and didn't return to Britain until late on the morning the day before his installation. The brethren of 177 were all on tenterhooks that he might not arrive in time to be Installed as WM - but all his flights were on schedule and all was well. The Installation was watched by John Smith the Provincial Grand Secretary representing the PGM and of course by the Lodge Treasurer and proud Dad, John Nicholson Snr. In the photo from Left to right, John Nicholson Snr, Mark Steventon-Smith - Installaing Master and now SW! The new WM John Nicholson, Junior Warden - Neil Hawes and Provincial Grand Secretary - John Smith.
The outgoing Master Ray Harris made a superb job of installing his successor Mark Steventon-Smith watched by a good number of lodge members and visitors the principal of whom was Roger Blake the Deputy Provincial Grand Master of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. Also in attendance was Mark's Dad Tony, his first time at a Mark meeting for many years, lets hope that he now starts to make a habit of attending! Deputy PGM Ray Guthrie attended the installation and thanked the brethren of Royal Sussex for making him an honorary member of the Lodge. The meeting was followed by an excellent festive board and the usual Masonic toasts accompanied with good humour!
Royal Sussex Lodge has had more than its fair share members who have been seriously ill in the past few months, so it was good to see the Installing Master, Alan Booty back in the Lodge and Tyler, Chris Fear back at his post. Unfortunately secretary Ian Anderson was still not well enough to attend. Alan installed his successor Neil Hawes who then went on to appoint his officers. The Deputy PGM, Ray Guthrie presented a Grand Lodge certificate to new member Simon Bennett and the evening was completed by R.W.Bro Dr Ewan Page giving a superb rendition of the Lecture on the Degree of Mark Master Mason.
The members of Royal Sussex were delighted to learn that Lodge treasurer John Nicholson will be appointed Past Assistant Grand Sword Bearer by the Grand Master at the annual Investiture of Grand Lodge on 8th June this year.
The photo shows the Frank Silver - Junior Warden, Master - Neil Hawes and Senior Warden - Ray Harris.
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