The Trip to Grand Lodge

PiccadillyFor the trip to Grand Lodge on the 9th June we had  our largest contingent yet, 108 East Lancs Mark Masons made the trip down to London . Tuesday We set off from Piccadilly on the 0855 hrs  train to Euston, we had carriages A and B to ourselves. Our old friend Tracey was our train Manager and she helped the Stewards look after the large numbers in the 2 carriages . Unfortunately there were some cars travelling down from the North of the Province that were held up by an accident on the M62 , so the PGM, his chauffeur, navigator and bag carrier had to catch a later train and missed out on the delightful snacks and drinks laid on by the Stewards.                     Apparently Malcolm worked his magic and they were well looked after on their way down.

Some of the travellers are shown below on the journey down.

You can view the photos as a slide show just click on the first one and scroll right with the arrow.

We arrived in London Safely and made our way to Great Queen Street.

The Stewards and Investees went off for their practices and the rest dropped our bags off and repaired to a Local Hostelry.

The meeting started at 2 pm and we managed to get  in and get good seats, the Lodge Room was full and their was an overflow room with 200 people in that!

It was nice to see  one of the Grand DCs team do the fire procedure and point out the exits using his arms in the manner to which we have become accustomed!

The Grand Master, His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent  presided over the Meeting and he invested over 400, including the following brethren;

Grand RankRecipient  
Grand Standard BearerKeith DoyleF W Broadbent 1132
Grand StewardDavid Biggs
Grand StewardGerry YoungProgress1577
Past Assistant Grand Director of CeremoniesPeter RothwellQuatour Legati 1165
Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies Brendan HarteManchester Engineers 1059
Past Grand Sword BearerJames BeninsonTemperance 56
Past Grand Standard BearerPhilip PriceManchester Keystone745
Past Grand Junior WardenArthur AxfordManchester Keystone745
Past Grand JuniorOverseerBrian SigsworthSt Andrew's
Past Grand Junior DeaconGary WilliamsWycollar
Past Grand Junior DeaconMartin Kay
Skelmersdale 141
Past Grand Junior DeaconFraser McCordUniversity of Manchester

Following the Meeting it was off to the Connaught Rooms for dinner, the beef was quite good and the pudding was very tasty, although the wine ran out quite quickly. After the meal we had to join the extra long queue at the cloakroom to retrieve  our bags, grab a taxi and then head off to the Union Jack Club.

We settled in to our Rooms and then gathered in the bar for a quiet drink and conversation.

The view from the 11th Floor of the Union Jack Club

Wednesday  we enjoyed a cooked breakfast and then we split up to do our own exploring around the Capital, some are seen here with some of the big shots at  the Imperial War Museum.

Some Big Shots at the Imperial War Museum








The Museums around London were also Popular with the Victoria and Albert on the list. There were also visits to Covent Garden, and the Natural History Museum.

We should have worn hats, everyone else did!
Wasn’t he in a film with Peter Ustinov?
Some people had a Whale good time!
I remember him, he was on the DCs team a few years ago!
Speaking of the DCs Team, we know where you are………..

The train back to Manchester left at 1820 hrs and this year everyone made it to the Station on time, we were in Carriages A and B again and it was a long walk down the other end of the platform, the upside was we were near the exit when we got to Manchester.

Tracey was travelling with us for the last time as she is moving on and she was presented with a Marks and Spencer’s voucher in appreciation for the way she has looked after us over the years.

The train arrived back in Manchester on time at 2025 hrs and over 100 weary travellers made their way to their connections home.

Until the next time, see you on the train in December for the Grand RAM Investiture! 


One thought on “The Trip to Grand Lodge

  1. David Stevens Reply

    An excellent couple of days. Good company, exceptional organisation (thanks to Malcolm McCarthy) good food, we all put the world to right at the Union Jack Club (it didn’t take long for some!!) stopped a few beers from going stale!
    At Grand Lodge it was good to see the spectacle of the high rulers and the grand officers. Looking forward to the December trip.
    For those who have never been…….GO and find out why Mark Masonry is know as the friendly degree and in East Lancs in particular.

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