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Celebrations at Carnarvon Lodge, 616, Mark Masons Hall, London
Our Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. David Nelson attended the Installation Meeting of the Carnarvon Lodge of Mark Master Masons,No.616 in Mark Masons Hall, London on Saturday 13th February, when his Excellency Dr. Carl Bertram Roberts the High Commissioner for Antigua was Installed as Worshipful Master.
In the afternoon the Lodge also celebrated its Centenary of being consecrated on 11th February 1910. Carnarvon was the first Mark Lodge to be formed in the City of Westminster. The Lodge was honoured by the presence of the Assistant Grand Master R.W.Bro. Benjamin Addy and three other Provincial Grand Masters besides our own R.W.Bro. David.
It was a wonderful ceremony of celebration with details of the 1910 consecration meeting and celebratory dinner that followed. It was revealed that the menu included 13 courses beginning with “Whitstable Native Oysters” eventually finishing with dessert and coffee. History gave a fascinating insight into the early years of the Lodge and that of Mark Masonry in the City of London before the Second World War; membership costs then bore little resemblance to those of today!
The Royal Ark Mariner meeting started at 10 am and the Mark meeting at 11am, lunch was at 1 pm. The Centenary Meeting was reconvened at 3pm and we were eventually asked to close the doors behind us at 11.30 pm after a superb dinner and excellent speeches!
David Nelson, Dr Carl Roberts - Master of 616, Gerry Ifill Lodge DC (& member of Royal Cumberland Lodge TI) and Derek Hugh - District Grand Master S&E Caribbean.
Right Worshipful Brethren present at the centenary meeting of 616, Bert PGJW, Richard Slade - PGM Oxfordshire, Russel Race JGW, Ben Addy - Assistant Grand Master, Peter Halls-Dickerson - PGM Middlesex, Roger Croucher - PGM Kent, Kieth Emmerson - PPGM Hertfordshire, Roland Wade - PPGM Kent and David Nelson.