Registrar of Marks
Director of Ceremonies
Assistant D of C
Past Masters of the
Else Lodge No 102
1985 David Parrott JW
1989 Ian White JW
1994 Keith Britton JW
1995 Steve Williams SW
1998 Tony Heliker SW
2000 Pat Morrisey PGJD
2001 Syd Brailey SD
2003 Peter Elmont PAGDC
2004 Reyn Badger Asst Chap
2005 David Holder Reg
2006 Toby Hammond JD
2007 Graham Rice JD
2008 Tony Edwards I of W
2009 Wayne Kelly Swd Br
2010 Garry Mackenzie PGJD
2011 Mike Willis
Past Masters in the Lodge
Mike Braden JW
Ron Ward MO
Gordon Chenhall SW
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Else Lodge News and Events
The Installation Meeting of the Else Lodge of MMM was held at Weston-super-Mare on 20th November. The Lodge was honoured by the presence of VWBro, Geoffery Nash accompanied by WBro. Chris Summers, Provincial Deputy DC. The outgoing Master, Mike Willis has had an eventful & busy year well supported by his Officers & Lodge members. In April he travelled to Portcullis Lodge at Langport accompanied by 17 Else members to present the Travelling Keystone to the Lodge. By sheer coincidence, W. Bro. Mike won a Raffle prize consisting of a Weston donkey, a bucket & Spade, sun glasses & hat!
After a wet summer break & before the first Else meeting, in September, Mike was again off this time to Clevedon for the Annual Fraternal visit to Hallam Mark Lodge; this time supported by 14 brethren. These Fraternal visits began in 1934 when Hallam visited Else for the first time. Naturally, there is a close & happy link between both lodges with many Else brethren also being members of Thackeray Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners which is moored to Hallam.
W. Bro. Mike Installed his successor Bro. Bryan Ashton with a faultless ceremony that was appreciated by all who were fortunate to witness it.
A very happy & emotional ending to his year in office was the presentation of a Past Masters Jewel presented by his proposer into Else W. Bro. Toby Hammond. A jewel with many memories, it had belonged to Mike’s father Dennis…Pat Morrisey.
In the photo left to right - Mike Fazackerley - Senior Warden, Bryan Aston - Master and Ben White - Junior Warden.
W. Master Gary Mackenzie Installed Master Elect Bro. Michael Willis in a faultless & brilliant ceremony that could not fail to delight all who saw it. The Past Masters who witnessed the Inner Workings all agreed that they had not seen finer, Bro. Willis could be in no doubt that he was now Master of the Else Lodge. Although W. Bro. Gary had been through the Mark Chair in the past and is a Grand Officer, to his credit he had worked through the Offices of the Lodge over several years to regain the Masters’ Chair. By both precept and example his dedication encourages all who will follow him to do well.
In the photo Back Row (left to right) - Ray Johnstone-Smith - Provincial DC, Tony Edwards - Lodge Treasurer, Michael Fazackerley - Junior Warden, Michael Willis - Master, Gary Mackenzie - IPM, Peter Penfold - Provincial Junior Deacon & Geoff Seaman - Provincial Master Overseer. Front Row - Tony Helliker - Provincial Senior Warden, PGM, Roger Teale - Provincial Junior Warden & Brian Watkis - Provincial Senior Overseer.
Garry Makenzie is installed as Master of the Else Lodge of MMM.
The Installation ceremony was well conducted by Wayne Kelly who has enjoyed a very good year in the Chair. There were visitors from Devon and Gloucestershire in addition of course to a goodly number of members of the SAMMs team. The new Master is a prominent member of the team often playing the part of the Master or Worshipful Sir in the demonstration ceremonies.
Ian White stepped down as Director of Ceremonies after 12 years excellent service his, place taken by David Holder.
The new Master surprised Terry Gilbert by making him Lodge organist, much to Terry's amusement.
The Lodge currently has one candidate in the pipeline no doubt they will have another good year.
In the photo are Mike Willis - SW, Master - Garry Makenzie and Junior Warden - Brian Aston.
Richard Charles Else was advanced into Else Lodge, No.102 (Then known as The United Artillery, Engineer and Rifle Volunteer Lodge of Mark Master Masons) in 1870. In 1881 he was appointed Provincial Grand Mark Master for Somersetshire.
Richard Charles Else was initiated into the Rural Philanthropic Lodge, No.291 Highbridge in 1858. He was Worshipful Master in 1865, 1877 and 1893, between these dates; he spent many years as Lodge Treasurer. He was appointed Provincial Grand Secretary in 1870 and in 1875 was appointed Deputy Provincial Grand Master for Somersetshire. He held this post for 27 years, retiring in 1902. During his 37 years as an executive officer, he visited countless Lodges and performed various other functions including the Consecration of four new Lodges and the installation of 594 Worshipful Masters. In 1882 he was made Grand Deacon of England by H.R.H. the Prince of Wales later to become King Edward VII.
The Else Banner was the Inspiration of Bro. Tony Harwood and designed by W. Bro. Patrick Morrisey. The wording was agreed by the Lodge Committee to reflect the original Lodge name. The Artillery Engineer and Rifle Volunteer Lodge ceased work for some twelve years late 19th Century and when re-consecrated in 1892 was re-named after R.W.Bro Richard Charles Else.
The Banner was made by South Wales Regalia in Swansea at the cost of £800, the money being raised by the Brethren through many social events and personal contributions. It was completed in February 2004 and was dedicated by the PGM R.W.Bro. A.W.S.Hick and the Provincial Team on Tuesday 16th March 2004, carried into the Lodge by the newest Advancee Bro. Umit Shevket.