Director of Ceremonies
Assistant D of C
Past Commanders of the
Thackeray Lodge of RAM No 730
1982 John Bennett RAMGR
1983 Alec Gamble
1987 Robert Ansell PrGR
1989 Euan Thomas RAMGR
1993 Mike Burridge PrGR (Bristol)
1994 John Massey RAMGR
1997 Alun Rees PrGR
1998 Steve Wheeler PrGR
2001 Ian Waterhouse PrGR
2002 Peter Liptrot
2003 Brian Grant PrGR
2005 Sydney Brailey
2006 Derek Wilton PrGR
2007 Ian Strickland
2008 Steve Williams
2009 Neil Hurcum
2010 Alan Douglas
2011 Pat Morrisey
Matt Westley (acting)
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Thackeray Lodge News and Events
One look at the dining list for the October meeting of Thackeray RAM would surely have been enough to make many Worshipful Commanders turn weak at the knees, for the Lodge was to be honoured by the presence of the PGM, DPGM and PDPGM, along with 11 other visitors, for what was to be our outgoing Commander’s swansong as he installed his successor. However, W. Bro. Pat Morrisey was made of sterner stuff, and gave an excellent example of how to carry out the ceremony which did both him and the Lodge proud and no doubt impressed all present – whatever their rank.
This confidence was obviously infectious, for the new Commander W. Bro. Phil Voisey carried on in similar vein, and certainly bodes well for the year ahead in the Lodge. Two candidates were proposed, giving W. Bro. Phil the opportunity to prove his officers shipshape (but hopefully not Bristol fashion?) in the meetings to come.
On a personal note, it will be a pleasure not to have to endure the strains of “Any old iron” from the acting organist W. Bro. Matt Wesley during the incoming and outgoing processions anymore! No doubt he will find something equally apt for our new Commander.
At the festive board Bro. Tony Edwards organised a raffle in aid of Weston Hospicecare, which had supported his late wife Pam admirably during her struggle with terminal cancer earlier in the year. This was very well supported by all present, and was made up to the sum of £300 by the Lodge, the cheque being presented by W. Bro. Phil at the end of the evening.
All present agreed that the meeting was a great success and once again exhibited the warmth, fellowship and friendship for which the Royal Ark Mariner degree is so well know.
Ian Strickland. Scribe
At the meeting on 3rd October 2011 W. Bro. Alan Douglas installed his successor W. Bro. Pat Morrisey into the Commander’s chair in blistering heat in Clevedon Temple, the weather being uncharacteristically hot for a RAM meeting at the start of October. All present agreed it was an excellent evening, and quite an achievement for both the installing and incoming Commanders as they were suffering from heavy colds, something which was not evident (apart from W. Bro. Pat having acquired a somewhat husky tone of voice). The ceremony concluded with a presentation of the Royal Ark Mariner Charge after Installation.
The meeting as always was a very warm and friendly one, an atmosphere much contributed to by the presence of the RW Provincial Grand Master along with a good number of visitors.
Thackeray Lodge continues in good heart, and all present agreed that the Installation ceremony augured well for a successful year ahead. With two candidates having been proposed W. Bro. Pat should have ample opportunity to prove his team in the months ahead.
In the photo (left to right) Bro. Andy Gray JW, David Nelson PGM, Pat Morrisey W. Commander, Alan Douglas IPC, Phil Voisey SW.
Installation meeting 4th October 2010.
At the meeting on 4th October 2010 W. Bro. Neil Hurcum installed his successor W. Bro. Alan Douglas into the Commander’s chair in most confident manner, which gave all fortunate enough to see it a splendid example of the Royal Ark mariner installation ceremony. All present were most impressed, not least the newly installed Commander. With the new officers duly invested the Lodge looked set for an enjoyable and rewarding 12 months ahead. The ceremony concluded with a presentation of the Royal Ark Mariner Charge after Installation, which had not been heard in the Lodge for many years.
The meeting as always was a warm and friendly one, an atmosphere contributed to by the presence of W. Bro. Ray Guthrie Deputy PGM, along with a good number of visitors.
The Lodge looks forward to the December meeting at which we are to welcome the R.W. Provincial Grand Master along with the Provincial team on an official visit, as well as receiving the travelling ark from the Commander and brethren of Irwin Lodge of RAM No. 119.
Thackeray Lodge continues in good heart, and hopes to weather the storm of increased levies with minimum damage, and looks forward to future calmer waters.
The photo shows, l to r, Pat Morrisey - SW, Ray Guthrie - DPGM, Commander - Alan Douglas and Phil Voisey - JW.
December 2010, The Provincial Grand Master and his team visit the Lodge
And the Travelling Ark is delivered by the Commander and Brethren of Irwin Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners.
Photo and report by Ian Strickland.
The photo above shows Commander Alan Douglas with the PGM and his team and the photo right shows The Commander receiving the Travelling Ark from John Bathe-Taylor, Commander of Irwin Lodge of RAM and his brethren.