The Monument Lodge meets at the Masonic Hall, Mantle Street, Wellington TA21 8BZ at 18.30 on the third Wednesday of January, March, September (Installation 18.00) and November. The Lodge has 24 subscribing members. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 15th March 2017 - Presentation by W. Bro Nigel Handbury - Lecture on the Mark Degree.
Officers of the Lodge - appointed 21st September 2016
Worshipful Master - Leslie Neville Senior Warden - Peter Thomas Junior Warden - Richard Gale Master Overseer - Richard Smith Senior Overseer - Simon Bartlett Junior Overseer - Garfield Taylor Chaplain - Keith Smith Treasurer - Richard Dunn Registrar of Marks - Alan Baker Secretary - Roger Tozer Director of Ceremonies - Michael Condick
Almoner - Keith Smith Charity Steward - Michael Condick Senior Deacon - Peter Binding Junior Deacon - Matthew Layzell Assistant D of C - Jim Nicol Organist - Vacant Assistant Secretary - Vacant Inner Guard - Frank Cross Stewards - Mike Porter & Terry Dickins Tyler - Peter Stradling
Past Masters of and in the Lodge
1989 Alan Baker Reg 1993 Keith Smith JW 1994 Ronald Troup SW 1996 David Hanks PGStdB 2001&08 Peter Thomas SO
2002 Alan Dummett JO 2003 Michael Condick SW 2004 Graham Sprague JO 2005 Derek Salter SD 2006/7 Roger Tozer JW 2009 Richard Gale JD
2010 Jim Nicol SD 2011 John Gould SD 2012 & 15 Richard Dunn JD 2013 Garfield Taylor JD 2014 Peter Stradling Assit Chap
November 2016 Meeting
Thirty members and visitors attended the meeting of Monument Mark Lodge held on 16th November 2016, including the Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro John Morgan and the Provincial Director of Ceremonies, W.Bro Mark Golding. All were present to witness the first ceremony performed by the new Master, W.Bro Les Neville and his team of officers. The principal guest was of course the candidate for Advancement into Mark Masonry, Bro Geoff Ash. Geoff is a past master of Wellington School, Somerset Lodge No 7230 and the Charity Steward of that Lodge. The Master and his team performed a very good ceremony giving Bro Geoff a great welcome into Mark Masonry. In the past the Lodge has been a great supporter of the local Wellington Hospital, that tradition continued this evening with over £160.00 raised for The League of Friends of Wellington Hospital. In the photo below, left to right are: Peter Thomas - SW, Les Neville - Master, Geoff Ash - Candidate and Richard Gale - JW.
Celebrating 50 years of Mark Masonry in Wellington
Planning for this particular started over a year ago and the Lodge was pleased and honoured to secure the Provisional Grand Master & the whole of the Provincial Team to their Lodge meeting held on 19th November 2014 A total of 24 Officers & Brethren and 37 visitors witnessed a very unique occasion. The Brethren of Monument decided to purchase a new cushion for the Volume of the Scared Law and some Alms' purses. The PGM, Provincial Chaplain and dedicated the Cushion for its use in our Ceremonies. It was a moving first experience for many of the assembled brethren. An added bonus addition to the meeting was the Explanation of the Tracing Board given, in near faultless style, by the Brethren of the Provincial Team. The Lodge Secretary gave a short paper outlining the history of the 50 years of the Lodge. This was well received, with many past and sometimes forgotten aspects of the Lodge highlighted. The Festive Board was, what can only be described as, a superb occasion with 61 guests sitting down to a three course meal. The Lodge is well founded to move on to the its next fifty years as we now have had two applications for Advancement.
Lodge Meeting on Wednesday 16th November 2011. The Brethren of Portal Lodge No 155, Frome present the Travelling Keystone to Monument Lodge. Master of Portal - Clive Lambert presents the Travelling Keystone to John Gould Master of Monument Lodge surrounded by members of both Lodges. Monument will take the Keystone on to Exmoor Lodge on 1st December. Members of Portal Lodge attending were; Worshipful Master - Clive Lambert, W Bro's David Lyons, Eric Kellet, John Morey & Tony Wilcox together with Brothers Peter Curtain and David Smith.
Installation Night, 21st September 2011. The new Master of Monument - W.Bro John Gould with his Senior Warden - Richard Dunn to his right and on his left Junior Warden - Garfield Taylor.
There were no less than eight active Provincial Officers present to see Jim Nicol install his successor in fine style. They are left to right, Mike Condick - Junior Overseer (and LodgeDC), Richard Gale - Junior Deacon, Ray Johnson- Smith - DC, Peter Penfold - Junior Deacon, Richard Dunn, John Gould, Garfield Taylor, Roger Teale- Junior Warden, representing the R.W. Provincial Grand Master, Brian Watkis - Senior Overseer, Sidney French - Senior Deacon and Barry Renwick - Organist.
The Banner of Monument Mark Lodge No 1295 The Minutes of the Meeting held at The Masonic Hall Wellington on Thursday 19th September 1968. “The Worshipful Master, W.Bro K. C. Bailey, announced the next item of the agenda ‘The Dedication of the Lodge Banner’ and called upon W. Bro G W Grosvenor, Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, who arranged the Banner escort who retired and then re-entered the Lodge. The Banner being borne by V.W Bro. R Stewart, the first Master of the Lodge, escorted by W. Bro Maynard, the first Senior Warden and W. Bro C. Harris, the first Junior Warden V.W Bro. Stewart addressed the Worshipful Master and asked him to accept, the banner on behalf of the lodge, the banner so kindly presented by Worshipful Bro. S. J Price. PPGSW The W. M assented, thanked all concerned and requested R W Bro H G B Catford. Provincial Grand Master for Somerset to dedicate the Banner The dedication ceremony then proceeded as in the Order of Ceremony with Patriarchal Benediction and address by the Provincial Grand Chaplain, V W Bro W F L Houlden. At the conclusion the W M thanked the dedicating Officer & his team