The Fidelity and Unanimity Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 348 meets at the Masonic Hall, The Crescent, Taunton TA1 4EB at 18.30 on the second Friday in January, April (Installation) and October. (First Friday in April 2017) The Lodge has 38 subscribing members.
Officers of the Lodge - appointed Friday 7th April 2017
Vacant Colin Neagle Peter Penfold Harry Price Mike Needs David Preece
Past Commanders of and in the Lodge
1989 Terry Wood RAMGR 1994 Peter Knapman RAMGR 2004 Peter Roworth RAMGR 2005 David Bates PrGR 2007 George Small PrGR
2009 David Lampard PrGR 2010 John Winston PrGR 2014 Terry Haggett 2015 Jimmy Durant 2016 Nigel Handbury
David Hartley RAMGR Andrew Barrett RAMGR Chris Court PrGR Barrie Baker PrGR Mark Bajona PrGR
Fidelity and Unanimity Lodge News and Events
Fidelity and Unanimity RAM No348 Celebrates its Centenary.
Wednesday 14th October 2015 was an important day in the history of this old Lodge. The Taunton Royal Ark Mariner Lodge was consecrated on 20th May 1913 by RWBro Col William Long CB the PGM at that time. It was our present PGM RWBro John G Morgan supported by his Provincial Team who joined us to celebrate its Centenary. Our guest of honour was The Assistant Grand Master RWBro Raymond J Smith accompanied by The Deputy Grand Secretary WBro Ryan Williams and WBro Nicholas Murzell Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies. They had travelled from Grand Lodge to be able to present The Centenary Warrant and commemorative Jewels to the brethren of the Lodge. The ceremony in the temple went well with the PGM taking the chair and giving a brief outline of the RAM degree in Somerset and a short history of the Lodge. He then called upon WBro Ian Strickland who gave an excellent oration on "The History and Symbolism of the Porphyry Stone" which was well received by all the Brethren present. The chair was then taken by the AGM who proceeded to present the Centenary Warrant after it had been read out by the Deputy Grand Secertary to the Worshipful Commander WBro Jimmy Durant. Before handing the chair back to the W Commander he again rose and stated that it was his great pleasure to be able to present to a rather surprised PGM with a "Grand Patron Collarette" on behalf of the Mark Benevolent Fund. On resuming the chair the W Commander invited the AGM to present the Centenary Jewels to the members of the Lodge.
Click photo to enlarge and see gallery.
On conclusion of the ceremony the brethren retired to the supper room to partake in an excellent festive board supplied by our caterers. Just over 80 dined and it is nice to record that every RAM lodge in the province was represented by at least one member.During his speech the W Commander thanked all those present for attending and presented the AGM with a special bottle of 10 year old Somerset Cider Brandy to mark his first visit to the Lodge. A truly memorable evening for all concerned, and the Lodge looks forward to its next 100 years full of confidence. Report and photos by Rod Green, Scribe 348RAM
John Winston made an excellent job of installing his successor in the Chair, the photo shows Deputy PGM - Ray Guthrie with the new Junior Warden - David Hammacott, Commander - Terry Leach and Senior Warden - Peter Clapperton.