Stamford Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 148 – Elevation of RWBro Stephen Martin Blank Craft PGM

Stamford Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 148 meeting took place at Sale Masonic Hall, Tatton Road, Sale, on Wednesday 13th April 2016 at 6.15pm.

The Lodge was honoured by the presence of Provincial Grand Master, RWBro David Robinson Sellers, accompanied by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, WBro Austin Westbury Bamber PDGSwdB, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master,WBro R Glyn Hewitt PGJD, MWBro Benjamin Addy, PProGM and RW Bro Bryan Russell Ogden, PProvGM.

Before proceeding to the summons, In Memoriam to WBro James Albert Moyse RAMGR called to higher services on 5th February a sincere heart felt eulogy was read out by the ProvGM.

The main item of business was to ballot for, as candidate for elevation, Bro Stephen Martin Blank.

The ballot approved in favour and the elevation ceremony was conducted by the Worshipful Commander WBro Michael Brown assisted by Senior Warden WBro Simon Palfreyman and Acting Junior Warden WBro Graham Brew RAMProvGR with other Past Commanders of the Lodge. The Working Tools were delivered by Bro Stephen Headdock to a very high standard.

At the Festive Board, RWBro David Robinson Sellers ProvGM, congratulated the Worshipful Commander on a sincere and excellent Elevation Ceremony and congratulated the Candidate and wished him well for the ensuing years.

He also reminded us that Bro Stephen Martin Blank joining this Lodge is a great step towards integrating into Cheshire Freemasonry and that he will help and support the Lodge and is a great asset to the Lodge.

The turnout for the meeting was phenomenal as more than 50 dined. He also congratulated WBro John Cavanagh for achieving rank of Grand Steward and our Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, WBro Bill Caren being promoted to PJGD. The Worshipful Commander, Bro Michael Brown thanked the ProvGM and the Provincial distinguished guests, officers of his Lodge and the visitors.

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Bro Stephen Martin Blank

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Left to right:- R.W. Bro. David Robinson Sellers and W. Bro Michael Brown Worshipful Commander

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Left to right:- WBro Graham Brew ProvRAMGR , MWBro Benjamin Addy PProGM, WBro Ronald Glyn Hewitt PGJD AsistantPGM, WBro Austin Westbury Bamber PDGSwdBr DepPGM, Bro Stephen Martin Blank, RWBro David Robinson Sellers PGM, WBro Michael Brown Commander, RWBro Bryan Russell  Ogden PPGM, WBro Simon Palfreyman PProvGSwdB.