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On Tuesday 8th October The Prov. Grand Master, RW Bro George Deacon made a visit to John Pounds Mark Lodge No.809 as a private guest, accompanied by the ProvGSW, Barry Wilkinson and ProvGSec Nigel Bell, to see Bro. Blake Hopley admitted as a joining member and Bro. Mark Grady advanced. The PGM worked the “In conclusion” part of the ceremony and warmly welcomed Bro. Mark into Mark Masonry.

As this was Installation Evening and the Worshipful Master W. Bro Ali Nazaripour was remaining in the chair, he was duly proclaimed and then invested his officers, including new member Bro. Blake Hopley as Junior Deacon and Advancee Bro Mark Grady as a Steward – now that is rapid involvement!!  The last Bro. to be invested was the Tyler, Bro. Michael Olden, who was taken completely by surprise when the Provincial Grand Master rose, made a few remarks about Bro. Michael’s Mark Masonry and then gave him a Field Promotion to Past Prov. Grand Standard Bearer, presenting him with his smart new regalia, which was met with great acclaim from all present.

At the Festive Board the PGM presented Bro. Mark with a Hants and IoW Mark Token. He also presented Bro. Blake with a Provincial Tie as a personal token of thanks for “Tyling” the VIP reception at the recent 250th Anniversary of Phoenix Mark No.2.  Another happy, friendly and enjoyable Mark evening for all who witnessed it.

The Provincial Grand Master congratulating Bro Michale Olden after his field promotion to PProvGStdB.


Bro B Hopley, The Provincial Grand Master, the WM, Bro M Olden, Bro M Grady