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Official Visit by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master to the Court of Sion Abbey

On Wednesday, 16th October 2019 the Court of Sion Abbey No. 126 was honoured by a visit from the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro. Mark Donovan, KAG.

After the Court was opened the Provincial Grand Marshal, W.Bro. Chris Eley, was admitted and advised the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. George Rodger, that the Deputy Provincial Grand Master was in the ante room and demanded admission to the Court. On this occasion he was accompanied by VW.Bro. Mike Ellis, KAG, Past Deputy Provincial Grand Master.

Official Visit by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master to the Court of Sion Abbey The Deputy Provincial Grand Master entered in procession with the Provincial team, was presented with the gavel, took the Chair and was saluted with 5 under the direction of the Provincial Grand Marshal. The Deputy Provincial Grand Master said how good it was to be visiting the Court of Sion Abbey and introduced the Provincial team, thanking them for their support.

Official Visit by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master to the Court of Sion Abbey After the Deputy Provincial Grand Master had vacated the Chair, the Worshipful Master announced his intention of rehearsing the Ceremony of Instruction. He invited W.Bro. Varinder Dhir to act as Worshipful Master and W.Bro. Chris Eley to act as Senior Warden. W.Bro. George then offered himself as the Candidate.

The Ceremony of Instruction was conducted in an excellent manner by W.Bro. Varinder and the Officers of the Court, with the assistance of W.Bro. Satish Dhir who assisted with the Circle of Nine.

The Court then received a talk written by W.Bro. Gordon Smith entitled ‘Architecture and the Medieval Man’. As W.Bro. Gordon was unable to attend this was delivered in a most interesting manner by Bro. Martin Beard.

Official Visit by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master to the Court of Sion Abbey Afterwards the Deputy Provincial Grand Master congratulated Bro. Martin on the way he delivered the talk, and also on being awarded the Chevalier Ramsey Lecture Prize for 2019 for his lecture at the Installation Meeting of the Court of Sion Abbey on “Rosetta Stone”. He will present his paper at Grand Court in Leicester on 26th October and be invested with a special Collaret & Jewel by the Most Worshipful Grand Master.

Official Visit by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master to the Court of Sion Abbey After the meeting the Brethren of the Court of Sion Abbey and their guests sat down to a most enjoyable meal at the Twickenham Masonic Centre.

Official Visit by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master to the Court of Sion Abbey

Article and photos by Chris Eley


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