Lodge Visits 2016

 

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Union of Malta Lodge no.407

Following on from the Royal Naval Lodge no. 2761 group visit to Malta last May, when we were very pleased to share in the bicentenary celebrations of the oldest Lodge in Malta, the Lodge of St John and St Paul no 349, founded in 1815, there has been a genuine effort by those Lodges which originated there, but are now in the UK, to maintain a degree of contact.

Indeed as previously reported a few of us attended a meeting of Zetland Lodge no 505 at Aldershot last June to share in the 50th Certificate presentation to W Bro Granville Angell PAGPursuivant, ( the Prestonian Lecturer in 2006) whom we had met in Malta. On that occasion two of our brethren took part in the ceremony as Inner Guard and Junior Deacon.

We recently had an official invitation to the Installation of Union of Malta Lodge no. 407 which meets in Petersfield, Hampshire, on Saturday 12th March 2016 and indeed our Worshipful Master, W Bro Chris Kelly was invited to take the Junior Warden’s chair for the Installation ceremony- quite an honour!

He was accompanied by W Bro Rory B White, LGR, a recent joiner to Royal Naval Lodge and by W Bro Mike Waterman PPrJGW, our Almoner and Asst Secretary, so only a small boarding party this time.

The WM of Zetland Lodge no.515, W Bro Paul Nutton, was invited to take the Senior Wardens chair and the WM of Waller Rodwell Wright Lodge no 2755 (also now in Aldershot), W Bro Darren Hayter, was invited to be Inner Guard, so that all three visiting “Malta Lodges” were involved in the proceedings, which was a generous gesture on the part of our Hosts.   

It was a splendid Masonic occasion, with meaningful contributions by several Brethren to enhance the whole affair. 

The Lodge had been consecrated in 1831 and moved to Hampshire in 1981 becoming part of that Province a couple of years later.

There were no less than 6 Grand Officers present including one Asst PGM, W Bro Noel Reginald Voice PSGD, who spoke in most cordial terms at the Festive Board.

The Installing Master, W Bro Hamilton Huxham did a great job installing his successor, Bro Jeremy Ward. Only later in the day did we learn that the IPM commutes to meetings from Aberdeen, and that he is also currently in the Chair of his School Lodge.

W Bro Huxham did a fine job in also delivering the Address to the Master, something which is assigned a senior Past Master in Somerset.

He certainly earned his dinner.

W Bro Jeremy Ward who had been Junior Warden last year then handled the remaining ceremonial like a seasoned campaigner despite the fact that he has been a freemason for barely 4 years- quite remarkable.

The senior member of the Lodge, W Bro Frank Green PJGD, in explaining some elements of the Lodge history during Dinner, gave a very moving toast to the Other Constitutions operating in Malta, those of Ireland and Scotland (who had all pulled together in times of woe).

It wrapped up beautifully a lovely Masonic experience.

W Bro Green mentioned to us afterwards that he had presented to the Royal Naval Lodge no.2761 some ashlars made from Admiralty Arch in the mid 1980’s when RN 2761 came to rest in Yeovil.

 He remembered RW Bro Kenneth Caswell Kinnersley, the then PGM for Somerset, presiding.