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The Lodge Room was filled to capacity and rose to the triumphant organ playing of Barry Renwick, the Provincial Grand Organist to admit the Sword and Standard Bearers, followed by R.W.Bro. David Nelson, Provincial Grand Master for Somerset, his Deputy V.W.Bro. Raymond Guthrie and members of the Provincial Team. R.W.Bro. David welcomed all to the meeting and addressed the brethren on the object of this special occasion. The following Consecration Ceremony was spectacular, directed throughout by the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies Ray Johnstone-Smith. The lengthy Ceremony being performed by Right Worshipful Brother David together with the Provincial Grand Chaplain Vernon Harding, who presented a stunning Oration at the beginning of the Ceremony. Corn was scattered, wine was poured, oil was sprinkled and salt was strewed on each of the 29 Petitioners present; the Isle of Wedmore Mark Lodge, No. 1912 was Dedicated, Consecrated and concluded with the Patriarchal Benediction proclaimed by the Chaplain.
There followed the Installation of the first Worshipful Master, John Newland Peters performed with great sincerity by Deputy PGM Raymond Guthrie. W. Master John then invested each Lodge Officer with a personal thank you, the Lodge By-Laws were approved and the business of the first Lodge Meeting was concluded. This happy day ended with a thoroughly enjoyable Festive Board catered for by Zena's Catering and her staff. We all look forward to the first Lodge Meeting in June....Pat Morrisey.
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The consecrating team, David James - PGM Monmouth. Provincial Officers - Roger Hutchings Assistant DC, Neil Hawes Junior Warden, Vernon Harding Chaplain, Tony Wilcox Senior Warden, Ray Johnstone-Smith Director of Ceremonies, John Morgan Secretary, Barrie Baker Sword Bearer, David Nelson PGM, Val Cooke Standard Bearer, Ron Babbage Tyler and David Lampard Inner Guard. Also part of the team but not in the photo were Graham Gamble Deputy DC and Ray Guthrie DPGM & photographer!
The Founders with The Provincial Grand Master.
The founding Master and Wardens of the Isle of Wedmore. Senior Warden - Peter Layzell, David Nelson PGM, Master - John Peters, Junior Warden - Barry Burridge and the DPGM Ray Guthrie. (photo Pat Morrisey)
Over 70 founders and their guests enjoyed the first festive board of the Lodge.
The top table.
The Senior Warden's Table.
The Junior Warden's Table.
The start of the meeting is delayed due to brethren failing to sign the register!!!