Essex Combined Stewards Advance Two More
The Essex Combined Stewards Lodge, No. 1628 which meets at Orsett Masonic Hall, saw two more Craft Stewards Advanced into Mark Masonry in an excellent meeting a few days ago which also had the DPGM, VWBro. Richard Bowyer. an APGM, WBro. Mark Reeve and the ProvGSW, WBro. Bill Fraser present.
The Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Paul Thurgood, with some fine assistance from his Officers and several willing volunteers in the persons of Roger Wacey, PastAPGM as the Senior Deacon as well as Derek Oliver and Charles White, conducted the meeting in a superb manner.
The Overseers were, apparently, led by a particularly officious Master Overseer in the person of Bob Potts, PastAPGM with Roy Kaye and Len Abrahams in the Senior and Junior Chairs. Credit was also due to the Director of Ceremonies, John Finlay, for the organisation and direction of everyone concerned and for ensuring it all ran smoothly. The Lodge was also honoured by the presence of several visitors from other Stewards Lodges in neighbouring Provinces.
Finally, the WM was also pleased to accept a Grand Patron Gold Award MBF Collarette to mark the several thousands of pounds that have been donated to the MBF by the Lodge in total which was presented by the DPGM, VWBro. Richard Bowyer.
Combined Stewards is "special" Mark Lodge which is growing fast. It is open to anyone to be Advanced into (or join) who holds or has held Office as a Provincial/District or Grand Steward (or equivalent) in any Masonic Order. If that's you, then mayhap you ought to join them! Whilst membership is restricted to Stewards, all Mark Masons are welcome to attend as guests.
Pictured below are the two new Mark Master Masons,
Bro. Sean Fitzgerald, a Craft PProvGStwd of the Valence Lodge, No. 5388 which meets at meets at Upminster
Bro. Stuart McMillan, a Craft PProvGStwd of the Roding Lodge, No. 3090 which meets at Loughton.
Also, in the background, is the WM proudly wearing the MBF Collarette.