The Provincial Grand Master Visits Ambresbury Lodge, No. 834
The Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro Terence D. Sheern, escorted by the Provincial Grand DC and accompanied by Officers of Mark Provincial Grand Lodge had the pleasure of attending Loughton for the Installation Meeting of the Ambresbury Lodge of Mark Master Masons on Friday, 26th October 2018.
Before the Installation went ahead it was the important and pleasurable duty and privilege of the Provincial Grand Master a Certificate confirming and commemorating fifty years of membership in the Mark Degree to RW Brother John Michael Webb.
RW Bro John was Advanced into the Ambresbury Lodge in mid 1968 and has had an extensive and varied Masonic journey.
He progressed through the Lodge Offices to the Chair, received a first Provincial appointment to the acting rank of ProvGrSwdB, was ProvDepDC and, eventually, Provincial Grand Senior Warden; he also was Master of the Essex Installed Mark Masters Lodge, No. 1044. It is of note that he will also clock up fifty years in the Royal Ark Mariner Degree next year too.
He received a first Grand Rank Appointment as acting Assistant Grand DC receiving further promotions to PGSD; PGJO and, finally, in 2007 to Past Grand Junior Warden (hence Right Worshipful in Mark), he also holds RAM Grand Rank.
Somewhere along the line he also found time to be the Provincial Grand Master of the Craft Province of Essex as well as the Grand Superintendent for Essex Royal Arch.
In addressing the Brethren and in presenting him with his Certificate, RW Bro Sheern paid tribute to John and all the years of dedication and devotion to Freemasonry reminding the Brethren present that RW Bro Webb now has a hat trick of Certificates, Craft, Chapter and the Mark.
In an evening of anniversaries, W.Bro. Edward Smith was subsequently Installed Master ten years since he left it for the first time. The Brethren then retired after the Lodge was closed to a fine Festive Board, a great end to a wonderful meeting.
For those that might want to attend the Lodge as a guest on a future occasion, it meets twice a year on the 4th Friday in April and October (I) at the Loughton Masonic Centre.