Meeting at the Masonic Hall, Fore Street, Chard TA20 1PH, at 18.30 on the third Wednesday of February, April, October (Installation 18.15), except December when it is the second Wednesday at 18.30. The Lodge has 45 subscribing members
Officers of the Lodge - appointed Wednesday 18th October 2017
Worshipful Master - Bob Loader Senior Warden - Ben Newton Junior Warden - Ian Clift Master Overseer - Charlie Swaffield Bill Newton Senior Overseer - Richard P Baker Junior Overseer - Alan Gitsham Chaplain - Paulin Philips Treasurer - Steve Pike Registrar of Marks - Roger Allen Secretary - Ian Walker Director of Ceremonies - Peter Penfold
Almoner - Terry Harris Charity Steward - Roy Harkness Senior Deacon - Mike Dadds Junior Deacon - John Bateman Assistant DC - Peter Knapman Organist - Andy Campbell Asst Sec (Dining Steward) - Ron Jones Inner Guard - Dave Wakely Stewards - Vacant Tyler - Alan Morris
Past Masters of and in the Lodge
1976 Stanley Hopkins PGJO 1984 Jimmy Evans SW 1988 Ian Walker PGStdB 1991&2000 Peter Knapman PGStdB 1996 Paul Newham SO 1997 & 2005 Mike Hole SO 1998 & 2007 Steve Pike MO
2002 Paulin Phillips JO 2004 Nigel White SO 2006 Richard Baker SD 2008 Bill Newton SD 2010 Stanley Langhorn JD 2011 Terry Harris JD 2012 Ron Jones JD
2013 Roger Allen JD 2014 Grahame Turner Steward 2015 Martin Lock 2016 Bob Loader Rob Stacey PAGStB Peter Penfold JD Paul Brice-Bullows PGJD
Cerdic Mark Lodge Installation on Wednesday 21st October 2015 was honoured, not only by the presence of the PGM, RW Bro John Graham Morgan and his DC, W Bro Mark Golding DPrGDC, but also the Provincial Senior and Junior Grand Wardens, W Bros. Geoff Seaman and Mike Condick. In addition we were also honoured by the presence of the DPGM for Dorset W Bro Jim Rowe who has been visiting Cerdic for many years representing his lodge, the Victory Mark Lodge No. 690, which is anchored in Bridport.
The photo shows from left to right: W Bro Mark Golding, The RWPGM, W Bro Geoff Seaman PrSGW, Bro Kevin Douglas JW, W Bro Martin Lock WM, Bro Bob Loader SW, W Bro Mike Condick PrJGW, Peter Knapman (Acting) DC, W Bro Grahame Turner IPM and W Bro Jim Rowe DPGM of Dorset. Words and photo - Ian Walker
At the meeting on 15th February 2015 a certificate was presented to Very Worshipful Brother Stanley HAF Hopkins to celebrate his 50 years of Mark Masonry. The RW Provincial Grand Master invited VW Bro Stanley to join him in the NE corner of the Lodge in order to make the presentation. The PGM delivered a most interesting account of VW Bro Stanley's early life and his progress in Mark Masonry and Masonry in general. The secretary was then invited to read the Grand Lodge Certificate to the Brethren before the presentation was made. The PGM then also presented VW Bro Stanley with a framed Provincial Certificate. VW Bro Stanley addressed the Lodge expressing his grateful thanks to the PGM and all members of Cerdic Lodge. Photo and words by Ian Walker
Worshipful Master W Bro Terry Harris welcomed W Bro John G Morgan, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Somerset, to the Cerdic Mark Lodge's Installation meeting. He then went on to ably install his successor Bro Ron Jones who then appointed and invested his officers for the year: Following a successful ballot, W Bro Ron Jones welcomed W Bro Peter Penfold as a joining member. Cerdic Lodge will be meeting again on Wednesday 12th December when it will be advancing Brother Charlie Swaffield of the Somerset Tablers' Lodge. We also look forward to advancing two Dorset Master Masons next year. Ian Walker, Secretary
Left to right in the photo, Roger Allen - SW, John Morgan - Deputy PGM, Ron Jones - Master and Grahame Turner - JW
V.W. Bro Ray Guthrie, Deputy PGM led a team of Provincial Officers for the dedication of the new Lodge Banner. The new banner was paraded round the Lodge with due formality after being presented to the DPGM by the Master, Terry Harris and Banner Bearer, Steve Pike. After an oration from the Provincial Garnd Chaplain, W.Bro Vernon Harding the Banner was dedicated. The Festive Board was enjoyed afterwards at which the Master presented the Deputy PGM with a Rolex. Click on the photo gallery to view the pictures.
Installation Night 19th October 2011.W Bro Mick Abbott made an excellent job of installing Bro Terry Harris into the chair. It was a very good evening with the Provincial Junior Grand Warden Roger Teale representing the PGM. In the photo left are, Ron Jones SW, the new Master Terry Harris and Roger Allen JW. The photo below shows the WM Terry Harris with W Bro Roger Teale to his right, together with several other important people who managed to squeeze into the photo! Plus of course our brand new Lodge Banner, which the Provincial Grand Master will dedicate at our February meeting. Ian Walker
The Installation meeting at Cerdic Mark Lodge No. 571 based in Chard took place on Wednesday 20 October 2010. Bro Stanley Langhorn was expertly installed into the Chair by W Bro Mick Abbott. The Lodge was honoured by the presence of W Bro Tony Wilcox PrGSW representing the RW Provincial Grand Master of Somerset assisted by W Bro Ray Johnstone-Smith the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies. Following the Installation, W Bro Tony Wilcox presented our recently advanced Brother Matthew Crouch with his Grand Lodge Certificate. Following the meeting, an excellent meal was enjoyed by all, accompanied by much lively banter! Ian Walker In the photo l to r: Terry Harris - SW, Tony Wilcox - PrGSW, Stan Langhorn - Master, Ray Johnstone-Smith - Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, Nigel White - JW, Mick Abbott - Installing Master.
The Christmas meeting at Cerdic Lodge on Wednesday 8th December 2009 was a very special occasion for father and son Bill and Ben Newton. The Worshipful Master, W Bro Stanley Langhorn invited W Bro Bill to take the chair for the ceremony in order to advance his son Ben into the Lodge.
The occasion was made even more special when the Provincial Grand Master accompanied by the Provincial Junior Warden, W Bro Neil Hawes and a number of Grand Officers visited for this special occasion. Even W Bro Steve Defries made a special visit to provide the music, as our organist W Bro Don Fisher has been so unwell recently.
It was a very memorable evening for all the brethren and in particular for W Bro Bill and Bro Ben.
New Banner proposed for the Lodge. Cerdic Lodge has been given the honour of hosting the Provincial Grand Lodge meeting at the Webbington Hotel in May 2011. Many of the brethren have expressed a wish for Cerdic Lodge to have a banner for that occasion. Over the summer recess, several ideas have been circulating around the membership by email, until a final version with a representation of the ancient King Cerdic of Wessex who, according to legend, was based in Chard, was chosen. (See image below) We hope that, if approved and constructed in time, it will be shown on-parade at Provincial Grand Lodge.