For a number of years the members of Granville Lodge No. 3405 which meets in Bude have been busy fund raising for the Masonic Charitable Foundation. They recently qualified as Patrons of the charity and were awarded a Patron’s Certificate, the first to be issued in the Masonic Province of Cornwall.
The members of the lodge were delighted to learn that the Provincial Grand Master would be attending the lodge to personally make the presentation. Together with a number of this year’s Provincial Team, including his Wardens, David Maskell, the Provincial Grand Master attended the lodge meeting on Tuesday 19th September.
He was welcomed by the Worshipful Master John Weller who offered him the position of Master for the evening which he duly accepted. Various items of business were transacted and those attending stood in silent reflection as mark of respect for two members who had recently passed away.
Presentations were made to Keith Taylor the Secretary and Andy Bain the Immediate Past Master who had both recently qualified as Individual Patrons of the charity.
The Certificate for the lodge was presented to John Weller, the Master who was accompanied by the Charity Steward Peter Reeve. David Maskell gave an interesting and informative talk about the charity and those who had benefitted in Cornwall.
He then asked for Peter Reeve to be presented to him and thanked him for his work in general as Charity Steward since 2015 and the Masonic Charitable Foundation in particular. He then proceeded to promote Peter to the rank of Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden.
Usually promotions are only made annually at the provincial meeting and it was an honour for Peter and Granville lodge to have the rank conferred at a lodge meeting on such a special occasion.
On completion of the evenings business the members and guests dined together when the usual toasts were honoured and speeches made. A raffle and charity collection raised £160.
This was a truly memorable occasion for the lodge and the certificate will be displayed at the lodge with great pride.