Brethren of MAMR were in attendance to see one of the Associations’ Vice Presidents, VW Bro Roger Pemberton, installed as The Provincial Grand Master and Grand Superintendent in the Province of Shropshire.
Taking place in a rural setting in the heart of the county, Provincial Grand Lodge had some distinguished guests including MW Bro Peter Geoffrey Lowndes, Pro Grand Master, with a full team of acting officers of United Grand Lodge to assist him.
MAMR’s visitors included the current President and Master of Lodge of Silent Temple No.126, WBro Peter Robinson, Program Secretary WBro John Acaster, Treasurer, WBro Peter Nicholson and Webmaster and Publicity Officer WBro Allan Shields.
Left to right, John Acaster, President Peter Robinson and Allan Shields
The day started with a special Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter during which Peter Lowndes, Pro First Grand Principal opened the convocation and then proceeded to install Roger as Grand Superintendent in and over Shropshire.
The brethren then dined at a festive board lunch, during which the brethren of the Province along with its many visitors enjoyed a fine meal and the opportunity to raise their glasses to both Peter Lowndes and Roger.Who then entertained the brethren with their responses. Roger presented The Pro Grand Master with a bottle of Welsh whiskey. Many of the brethren had the unique and pleasurable experience of meeting the Pro Grand Master as he mingled among them in the bar before lunch.
The brethren then reassembled in the lodge room and Provincial Grand Lodge was opened in due form by Past Provincial Grand Master RWBro James McAllister Hodgson. The Pro Grand Master was then admitted in fine style along with a procession of Grand Officers from London and other Provincial Grand Masters from around the country. The Pro Grand Master welcomed all the brethren, many had travelled from far and wide to share the day with Roger including a Brother who had journeyed from Cape Town, South Africa to be there.
Roger Pemberton, right, with Peter Robinson
Roger was installed in a wonderful ceremony; the day was a real treat for any brother who enjoys the spectacle of high quality ritual and ceremonial displays.
Roger then appointed his deputy WBro Jeremy Lund along with the rest of his team for the year.
He then thanked all those who had made the day a special occasion and attended the meeting and following a rapturous singing of the National Anthem, closed Provincial Grand Lodge in his new capacity as RW Brother, the Provincial Grand Master.
MAMR are planning visit to The Shropshire Lodge of Installed Masters on Saturday November 3rd. Look out on mamr.co.uk for further details.
Roger is to bring Quatuor Coronati Lodge No 2076 to the province for one of its future meetings details of which will be issued in due course.
For information about Freemasonry and The Royal Arch in Shropshire visit: shropshiremasons.org.uk