Rugby Football Lodge of MMMs 1965 – Dedication of the Lodge Banner.

Kick Off 6.30.

What a night ! RWBro Bob Clancey PGM of N East Yorkshire and WM of the Rugby Lodge got proceedings underway. With around 80 Mark Masons present, the night was bound to be informative, entertaining and very different from a normal Lodge meeting.

The PGM of East Lancs RWBro Alexander Sillars McLaren and a Deputation of Provincial Officers, which included the Deputy and both Assistants, were in attendance. The PGM was offered the Gavel and on this occasion took the Chair of Adoniram.

The new Lodge banner had been donated by WBro Peter Brookes-Tee and he was honoured by being in the Delegation presenting the banner to the Lodge and the PGM.

The banner was duly dedicated and revealed to the Brethren. During the dedication, WBro Peter Hargreaves the Provincial Deputy Grand Chaplain provided us with an excellent oration explaining the meaning of such banners, not just to Masons but to society in general.

The social board got off to a rousing start with the Lodge Banner wafting in the breeze in a corner of the room. The DC wielding his red and yellow cards with wild abandon, and blasting away on his whistle. There were early baths for WBro Gerry Young APGM for not having a drink in his hand at the appropriate moment. In a first for the Lodge, a new joining member WBro Steve Spooner PPGMO was red carded early doors after only just stepping onto the pitch as a new joining member.

The JW WBro Steven Graham, invited all the guests to return on a future occasion and he allegedly offered to pick up the bill. Yet again the poor JW (well he will be poor if he pays the meal bill for North and East Yorkshire) fell foul of the DC with the cat joke. A good night was had by all with excellent work in the Llodge and good old banter at the dining table. Proving once again Mark Masonry is the friendly degree !

WBro Mark Rowe ProvDepGSwdB

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