On Wednesday 2nd December 2015 eleven brethren from Nailsea Mark Lodge No 1548 travelled by minibus to visit the De La Pole Mark Lodge No 372 in Seaton, Devon. The connection between the two Mark Lodges is that the WM of De La Pole, W Bro Barry Fowkes is a past master of Estune Lodge in Nailsea, and although now living in Colyton, Devon is still a member of Estune Lodge and frequently attends their meetings.
The WM of Nailsea Mark Lodge, W Bro Martin Slocombe and W Bro Barry Fowkes have been friends for a long time, Barry being Junior Deacon of Estune when Martin was WM in 1994. It would appear they have both made “steady progress" in their Mark careers having taken another 21 years to reach the Mark Chair.
The brethren of De La Pole Lodge provided excellent hospitality, ceremony and festive board. As Barry and Martin are both Deacons in their respective RAM Lodges, arrangements to visit De La Pole RAM Lodge, meeting in Sidmouth, are being planned for the future.
The group photographs taken in the lovely Seaton Temple show from left to right: Bro David Wasmuth, Bro Peter Pearson, W Bro Peter Cornall, Bro Philip Boulter, V W Bro Cliff Hannabuss, W Bro Barry Fowkes – WM De La Pole Mark Lodge, W Bro Ben Ambler, W Bro Martin Slocombe – WM Nailsea Mark Lodge, W Bro Austin Chivers, Bro Michael Price, Bro David Sidwell and Bro Chips Rafferty.