Kent Mark Provincial Officers’ Mess

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This Annual Event was held at Franklin Road, Gillingham on Saturday 12th April 2014 and followed the Provincial Committee Meeting, when nearly 100 Mark Masons were present and enjoyed lunch in each other’s company.

In the post luncheon proceedings those members who had passed to higher service during the past year were respectfully remembered.

The Mess Secretary, W. Bro. Chris Boak, gave his report and said that membership numbers were very marginally down on the previous year but would, no doubt, improve to extent with new memberships when the list of new Provincial appointments are issued. The Mess Accounts were presented by the Treasurer, VW Bro. Peter Ward and were duly proposed, seconded and adopted.

The President of the Mess, RW Bro. Archibald Torrance, explained that VW Bro. Peter Ward was now standing down as Mess Treasurer after some 32 years of faithful and loyal service. He went on to pay tribute to VW Peter’s work over these years and said that it had been hoped that a presentation could have been made to him today to recognise this service. Unfortunately, however, the gift was not available so would have to be presented later.

It was agreed that a donation of £750 from Mess Funds be made to the 2020 Festival.

It was proposed that W. Bro. Bill Taylor should be the next Treasurer and this was seconded and duly carried.

The Mess Secretary, W. Bro. Chris Boak, informed the Mess that in view of other Provincial duties he now wished to stand down as Mess Secretary and proposed that W. Bro. Malcolm Burkett should succeed him. This was seconded and duly passed.

The Vice President of the Mess, VW Bro. David Green, proposed the Toast to the President of the Mess, RW Bro. Archibald Torrance, who responded accordingly. The names of those Brethren who are being honoured with Promotion or Appointment in Grand Rank in June and who were present today were read out and congratulated.

The President said he now had the pleasant task of making a presentation of the Silver Pin of Excellence. He went on to explain the significance and history of this award and asked the Provincial Grand Secretary to read the Citation. The President then asked for the recipient, W. Bro. David King of the Gordon Royal Ark Mariner Lodge No. 364, to be conducted to him whom he congratulated on his achievement before presenting him with the Silver Pin, the Ritual Book and the Citation.

The President congratulated W. Bro. Reg Warren of Royal Oak Lodge No. 416 whose 86th birthday it was today. The assembled Brethren echoed this with a rendition of 'Happy Birthday'.

A happy and successful occasion was brought to a conclusion when the Provincial Grand Junior Warden, W. Bro. Michael Plant, proposed a vote of thanks to the President.

Bill Balderston, ProvGSec


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