It may seem somewhat surprising for a Lodge celebrating its 125th Anniversary not to have a Banner. However this has now been put right. When W. Bro Peter Smith took over as Secretary of Granville Mark Lodge in April 2011 he discovered amongst the paperwork handed to him a small red crest that had been used on lodge summons some years ago.
It transpired that this was the coat of arms of the 2nd Earl Granville who was Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports when the lodge was formed and after whom the lodge was named.
After much research into its contents and thanks to modern technology the crest was reborn as a clearer, full colour version able to be transferred electronically. W. Bro Peter canvassed the Brethren and put forward a design incorporating the new coloured crest inside a Keystone The membership voted in January 2012 to accept the design. Approval of Provincial Grand Lodge and subsequently Grand Lodge to use this new version was sought and duly given. It was then utilised on Lodge letter heading and on the cover of the Lodge summons.
Fundraising for the new Banner began and by August 2012 the appeal had almost reached its target. An order for the Banner was placed and the PGM was approached as to a suitable date to hold the Dedication Ceremony.
On the 17th June 2013 at Sondes Road, Deal the Lodge held a special meeting under dispensation from the Provincial Grand Master to dedicate the Lodge Banner and to celebrate the Lodge’s 125th anniversary.
The Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro. Roger Henry Harley Croucher, was the Dedicating Officer. He was accompanied by the DepPGM VW. Bro. Peter Williams, the two APGMs, VW Bro. David Green and W. Bro. Archie Torrance together with members of the Provincial Executive and Active Provincial Officers totalling 35. Members of the Granville Mark Lodge and their guests brought the total up to 85 witnessing the event.
An interesting oration was given by the Provincial Grand Chaplain, W. Bro. Howard Pashley, about the history of Granville Lodge and the Lodge crest.
To mark the occasion a souvenir Order of Ceremony and an updated version of the Lodge's History, together with a foreward by the PGM was produced by W.Bro Smith and given to all who attended. After the ceremony 75 brethren retired to dine at a sumptuous festive board.
W. Bro Peter Smith. PProvGSD Lodge Secretary EMBED PBrush
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