Meeting at the Masonic Hall, Fore Street, Chard TA20 1PH, at 18.30 on the third Wednesday of February, April, October (Installation 18.15), except December when it is the second Wednesday at 18.30. The Lodge has 38 subscribing members

Officers of the Lodge - appointed Wednesday 16th October 2019

Worshipful Master - Ian Clift
Senior Warden - Richard P Baker
Junior Warden -
Alan Gitsham
Master Overseer - Stephen Clift
Senior Overseer - Mike Dadds
Junior Overseer - Charles Swaffield
Chaplain - Paulin Philips
Treasurer -
Steve Pike
Registrar of Marks - Roger Allen
Secretary -
Paul Brice-Bullows
Director of Ceremonies - Richard Baker
Almoner - Terry Harris
Charity Steward -
Roy Harkness
Senior Deacon -
Dave Wakely
Junior Deacon - Stephen Warwick
Assistant DC - Bob Loader
Organist -
Asst Sec -
Inner Guard - Robert Thomas
Stewards - David Craner
Tyler - Alan Morris

Past Masters of and in the Lodge

1976 Stanley Hopkins PGJO
1988 Ian Walker
1991&2000 Peter Knapman
1996 Paul Newham SO
1997 & 2005 Mike Hole SO
1998 & 2007 Steve Pike MO
2002 Paulin Phillips JO
2006 Richard Baker JW
2008 Bill Newton SO

2010 Stanley Langhorn JD
2011 Terry Harris JD
2012 Ron Jones JD
2013 Roger Allen JD
2014 Grahame Turner JD
Martin Lock JD
2016-17 Bob Loader Asst Chaplain
2018 Ben Newton

Peter Penfold JD
Paul Brice-Bullows PGJD

Cerdic Lodge News and Events

February 19th 2020 - An advancement and the Travelling Keystone is delivered.

The Cerdic Mark Lodge No 571 saw a busy meeting on 19th February. The members were delighted to welcome a number of brethren from Mendip Mark Lodge No. 781 who very kindly brought the Travelling Keystone. Following on to the main business of the evening, the Worshipful Master W.Bro Ian Clift ably Advanced Bro, Joseph M. Furneaux-Gotch into the Mark degree. The tools were delivered by Joseph's Son-in-law, Bro. Robert Thomas, the Lodge Inner Guard. The evening concluded at an enjoyable Festive Board where new friends were made and old friendships renewed.

Top Photo 1  L to R Bro Joe Furneaux-Gotch (Advancee), WBro Ian Clift (WM) and Bro. Robert Thomas (IG)

Photo 2. Mendip members meet the Master of Cerdic - L to R - V.W.Bro John Morey PGJO, W.Bro Steve Defries PGJD, V.W.Bro Geoff Nash PGSO, PDPrGM, W.Bro Terry Wadman PAGStdBr, W.Bro Ian Clift (WM 571),  Bro. David Harris, Bro. Davild Hillburn and W.Bro Mike Gagg PPrDGChap

Report by Paul Brice- Bullows, phots Alan Gitsham.
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  • December 2109 - Lodge Secretary recognised for his support of the Mark Benevolent Fund

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    At the Cerdic Mark meeting on the 11th December. W.Bro Paul Brice Bullows, the Lodge secretary received recognition of his support for the Mark Benevolent Fund.
    The distinctive collarette and Grand Patrons Jewel was presented to W.Bro Paul by The Provincial Grand Master Phil Voisey and the Provincial Grand Charity Steward. The PGM thanked Paul for his generous contributions to the fund.

    In the photo Pr Charity Steward - John Nicholson, W.Bro Paul proudly wearing his collarette and holding his certificate from the MBF, and PGM R.W.Bro Phil Voisey.
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  • October 2019 - Installation Night.

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    The Cerdic was delighted to welcome W.Bro Graham Jeffery, the Provincial Grand Senior Warden, representing the RW Provincial Grand Master, to the Installation meeting on Wednesday 16th October.
    The Installing Master, W.Bro Ben Newton worked a really meaningful and very enjoyable Installation ceremony, widely complimented by all brethren who had the opportunity to speak.
    The new Worshipful Master, Bro. Ian L Clift was well and truly installed and continued by installing his Officers with some wise and grateful words. Looking forward to a busy and productive year, W.Bro Clift thanked the Installing Master and all who assisted.
    It was notable the two visiting brothers Ken and Norman Crang kindly and in true Mark fashion, filled a last minute need for two deacons all night!

    Paul Brice-Bullows - Secretary
    Photos - Ian Walker & Alan Gitsham
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    W.Bro Graham Jeffery Provincial Senior Grand Warden congratulates the new Master, W.Bro Ian Clift.

    W.Bro Alan Gitsham JW, W.Bro Graham Jeffery ProvGSW, W.Bro Ian L Clift WM and W.Bro Ben Newton IPM. 

  • April 2019 - R.W.Bro John Morgan's last visit to Cerdic as PGM.

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    The ultimate meeting in the Masonic year at Cerdic Mark Lodge in Chard witnessed the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro John G. Morgan and the Deputy Provincial Master, VW Bro Philip C. Voisey PGJO lead a good number of the Provincial team attending what was their final team visit of the Provincial year and the last team visit for both the leaders in their current positions. Some sixty Mark Masons filled the lodge room with happiness and with such a friendly buzz at the festive board, it made for a memorable event.
    The Master in the chair, W.Bro. Bob Loader in welcoming the PGM, Deputy and team, congratulated and thanked the PGM for his long service and commitment to the Somerset Mark and Royal Ark Mariner lodges and brethren. Following the lodge business meeting, a short talk entitled "The use of the Mark" was delivered by the lodge Secretary, W.Bro. Paul Brice-Bullows PGJD. The brethren certainly made their daily advancement in masonic knowledge. At the festive board, following good fayre and drink, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master thanked the PGM for his service and presented him with a framed photograph of the Provincial team at a previous meeting. The PGM thanked all and congratulated VW Bro Voisey and W. Bro. Tony Guthrie on their
    preferments and wished them well at Provincial Grand Lodge following which the brethren applauded. The PGM continued to say he would be "off the scene" for a year or so following Provincial Grand Lodge, but looked forward to seeing many of the brethren following that break. The brethren really enjoyed a varied and friendly team visit. To the next merry meeting!
    Paul Brice-Bullows - Secretary
  • October 2018 - Installation Night

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    Cerdic enjoyed a busy Installation meeting in the presence of the Deputy Provincial Grand Master where W.Bro. Bob Loader ably installed the new Master, W.Bro. Ben Newton. Ben’s father, Bill Newton presented the working tools. Nine years ago in December Bill Newton advanced his son Ben into the Lodge, see item at the bottom of this page.

    This Installation meeting also saw W. Bro. Ian Walker, after nine years in post, hand over the office of Secretary to W. Bro. Paul Brice-Bullows.
    Photos by Alan Gitsham, words Paul Brice-Bullows.
    Click on the image to enlarge.
    •  W.Bro. Steve McNaughton PrAGDC, VW. Bro. Phillip Voisey PGJO DepPrGM, W. Bro. Ben Newton WM, W.Bro. Bill Newton PPrGSO and W. Bro. Ian Strickland GJD PrGSec

      W.Bro. Steve McNaughton PrAGDC, VW. Bro. Phillip Voisey PGJO DepPrGM, W. Bro. Ben Newton WM, W.Bro. Bill Newton PPrGSO and W. Bro. Ian Strickland GJD PrGSec

    •  W. Bro. Peter Knapman PGJD Lodge DC, W. Bro. Ben Newton WM, W.Bro. Bill Newton, W.Bro. Bob Loader IPM and Installing Master

      W. Bro. Peter Knapman PGJD Lodge DC, W. Bro. Ben Newton WM, W.Bro. Bill Newton, W.Bro. Bob Loader IPM and Installing Master

    •  W.Bro. Paul Brice-Bullows PGJD Incoming Secretary, W.Bro. Ian Walker PGStdBr, Outgoing Secretary

      W.Bro. Paul Brice-Bullows PGJD Incoming Secretary, W.Bro. Ian Walker PGStdBr, Outgoing Secretary

  • April 2018 - A very busy evening at Cerdic!

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    There was a lot going on at the April meeting of Cerdic Lodge. A demonstration of an old working of the mark degree by the Somerset Antient Mark Masters, all splendidly dressed in period costumes. Their presentation was much appreciated by all the brethren present.

    The Provincial Grand Master RW Bro John Graham Morgan presented a 50th certificate to W Bro Stanley Langhorn. In fact W Bro Stan was presented with three certificates: the first, a Jubilee Certificate from The Grand Lodge of Antient Free and Accepted Masons of Scotland which is where his Mark Masonry began. His second certificate was from the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of England and Wales and the PGM also presented him with a certificate and a Mark 50th year Lapel Badge from the Province of Somerset. Following an account of Stan’s life in the Royal Navy and his Masonic career the certificates were read to the brethren by the secretary and then presented by the PGM.

    Mrs Lis Foy, the Schools Liaison Officer for the 'School in a Bag Charity' give a most informative talk on the work of this amazing charity. She explained that by the end of the year they will have donated 100,000 schoolbags containing eating utensils and school stationery equipment to countries all around the world. Each bag costs about £20.00 including shipping to poor, distressed and deprived children. Each bag carries a unique number linking the donor to the child receiving the bag on the charity’s database. Following this most interesting talk, the Worshipful Master, W.Bro Bob Loader, presented a cheque from the lodge for £500.00, following which, the Provincial Grand Master added a further £250 from the Provincial Funds.
    •  The Master Bob Loader with Mrs Lis Foy, the Schools Liaison Officer for the 'School in a Bag Charity'

      The Master Bob Loader with Mrs Lis Foy, the Schools Liaison Officer for the 'School in a Bag Charity'

    •  Masters and Wardens! left to right: Brian Foster-JW SAMM's, Ian Clift-JW 571, Chris Court-Worshipful Sir SAMM's, Bob Loader-Master 571, Ben Newton-SW 571 and Roy Morley-SW SAMM's

      Masters and Wardens! left to right: Brian Foster-JW SAMM's, Ian Clift-JW 571, Chris Court-Worshipful Sir SAMM's, Bob Loader-Master 571, Ben Newton-SW 571 and Roy Morley-SW SAMM's

    •  The Provincial Grand Master RW Bro John Graham Morgan presenting a 50th certificate to W Bro Stanley Langhorn

      The Provincial Grand Master RW Bro John Graham Morgan presenting a 50th certificate to W Bro Stanley Langhorn

    For more info about the work of the Charity go to

    Photos by Alan Gitsham, words Ian Walker
  • October 2015 Installation

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    Cerdic Mark Lodge Installation on Wednesday 21st October 2015 was honoured, not only by the presence of the PGM, RW Bro John Graham Morgan and his DC, W Bro Mark Golding DPrGDC, but also the Provincial Senior and Junior Grand Wardens, W Bros. Geoff Seaman and Mike Condick. In addition we were also honoured by the presence of the DPGM for Dorset W Bro Jim Rowe who has been visiting Cerdic for many years representing his lodge, the Victory Mark Lodge No. 690, which is anchored in Bridport.

    The photo shows from left to right: W Bro Mark Golding, The RWPGM, W Bro Geoff Seaman PrSGW, Bro Kevin Douglas JW, W Bro Martin Lock WM, Bro Bob Loader SW, W Bro Mike Condick PrJGW, Peter Knapman (Acting) DC, W Bro Grahame Turner IPM and W Bro Jim Rowe DPGM of Dorset.
    Words and photo - Ian Walker
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  • February 2015 Stanley Hopkins recieves his 50 year certificate from the PGM

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    At the meeting on 15th February 2015 a certificate was presented to Very Worshipful Brother Stanley HAF Hopkins to celebrate his 50 years of Mark Masonry. The RW Provincial Grand Master invited VW Bro Stanley to join him in the NE corner of the Lodge in order to make the presentation.
    The PGM delivered a most interesting account of VW Bro Stanley's early life and his progress in Mark Masonry and Masonry in general. The secretary was then invited to read the Grand Lodge Certificate to the Brethren before the presentation was made. The PGM then also presented VW Bro Stanley with a framed Provincial Certificate. VW Bro Stanley addressed the Lodge expressing his grateful thanks to the PGM and all members of Cerdic Lodge.
    Photo and words by Ian Walker
  • October 2014 Installation

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    Installation Night 15th October 2014
    Graham Turner is Installed in the Chair

    Photo left to right. Norman Ackland the Provincial Junior Grand Warden, Graham Turner Master and Graham Howell Provincial ADC.
  • October 2012 Installation

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    Installation 17th October 2012

    Worshipful Master W Bro Terry Harris welcomed W Bro John G Morgan, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master of the Province of Somerset, to the Cerdic Mark Lodge's Installation meeting. He then went on to ably install his successor Bro Ron Jones who then appointed and invested his officers for the year: Following a successful ballot, W Bro Ron Jones welcomed W Bro Peter Penfold as a joining member. Cerdic Lodge will be meeting again on Wednesday 12th December when it will be advancing Brother Charlie Swaffield of the Somerset Tablers' Lodge. We also look forward to advancing two Dorset Master Masons next year.
    Ian Walker, Secretary

    Left to right in the photo, Roger Allen -
    SW, John Morgan - Deputy PGM, Ron Jones - Master and Grahame Turner - JW
  • February 2012 Banner Dedication

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    Banner Dedication 15th February 2012.

    W. Bro Ray Guthrie, Deputy PGM led a team of Provincial Officers for the dedication of the new Lodge Banner. The new banner was paraded round the Lodge with due formality after being presented to the DPGM by the Master, Terry Harris and Banner Bearer, Steve Pike. After an oration from the Provincial Grand Chaplain, W.Bro Vernon Harding the Banner was dedicated.
    The Festive Board was enjoyed afterwards at which the Master presented the Deputy PGM with a Rolex!
    Click on the photo to enlarge and view the other pictures taken on the evening.
  • October 2011 Installation

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    Installation Night 19th October 2011. W Bro Mick Abbott made an excellent job of installing Bro Terry Harris into the chair. It was a very good evening with the Provincial Junior Grand Warden Roger Teale representing the PGM.
    In the photo left are, Ron Jones SW, the new Master Terry Harris and Roger Allen JW. The photo below shows the WM Terry Harris with W Bro Roger Teale to his right, together with several other important people who managed to squeeze into the photo! Plus of course our brand new Lodge Banner, which the Provincial Grand Master will dedicate at our February meeting. Ian Walker
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  • October 2010 Installation

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    The Installation meeting at Cerdic Mark Lodge No. 571 based in Chard took place on Wednesday 20 October 2010. Bro Stanley Langhorn was expertly installed into the Chair by W Bro Mick Abbott.
    The Lodge was honoured by the presence of W Bro Tony Wilcox PrGSW representing the RW Provincial Grand Master of Somerset assisted by W Bro Ray Johnstone-Smith the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies. Following the Installation, W Bro Tony Wilcox presented our recently advanced Brother Matthew Crouch with his Grand Lodge Certificate.
    Following the meeting, an excellent meal was enjoyed by all, accompanied by much lively banter! Ian Walker

    In the photo l to r: Terry Harris - SW, Tony Wilcox - PrGSW, Stan Langhorn - Master, Ray Johnstone-Smith - Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, Nigel White - JW, Mick Abbott - Installing Master.
  • December 2009 Father advances his son

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    The Christmas meeting at Cerdic Lodge on Wednesday 8th December 2009 was a very special occasion for father and son Bill and Ben Newton. The Worshipful Master, W Bro Stanley Langhorn invited W Bro Bill to take the chair for the ceremony in order to advance his son Ben into the Lodge.

    The occasion was made even more special when the Provincial Grand Master accompanied by the Provincial Junior Warden, W Bro Neil Hawes and a number of Grand Officers visited for this special occasion. Even W Bro Steve Defries made a special visit to provide the music, as our organist W Bro Don Fisher has been so unwell recently.

    It was a very memorable evening for all the brethren and in particular for W Bro Bill and Bro Ben.
  • Design for the new Lodge Banner

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    New Banner proposed for the Lodge.

    Cerdic Lodge has been given the honour of hosting the Provincial Grand Lodge meeting at the Webbington Hotel in May 2011. Many of the brethren have expressed a wish for Cerdic Lodge to have a banner for that occasion. Over the summer recess, several ideas have been circulating around the membership by email, until a final version with a representation of the ancient King Cerdic of Wessex who, according to legend, was based in Chard, was chosen. (See image below) We hope that, if approved and constructed in time, it will be shown on-parade at Provincial Grand Lodge.
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