Three Generations of One Family in One Lodge
On the 4th November 2015 at the Masonic centre in Windmill Street, Hythe, the Lodge of St Mark No 6969 had a very good reason to celebrate. Keith Beavers, a Past Master of the lodge, initiated his son Ben into Freemasonry while his father Ernie watched on with pride, thus making it three generations of the same family, in the same lodge, at the same time.
Ernie was initiated into Freemasonry in 1990 at the tender age 62 in the Stella Polaris Lodge No 6780 in Penge, South East London. He joined the Lodge of St Mark on the 5th April 2000 when he moved to Hythe with his wife Joan. His father and brother were Freemasons and his mother a member of the Order of the Eastern Star – a fraternal organisation for both men and women.
Ernie, a retired carpenter, is now 87 and still an active lodge steward, a respected Freemason and real character within the lodge. His son Keith, who is a quantity surveyor working for a local builder, was initiated into the Lodge of St Mark on the 5th January 2005 with his father presenting the Working Tools. Keith progressed to the Master’s Chair in 2011 and now holds the office of Assistant Director of Ceremonies within the lodge and was promoted to Provincial Grand Steward in 2015.
The current Master of the lodge, Ron Jackson, was delighted to vacate the chair on this very special occasion to allow Keith to initiate his eldest son Ben into Freemasonry. Keith performed a first class ceremony ably assisted by the other officers of the lodge. Not only did Keith carry out the main part of the ceremony but he also presented the Working Tools and the Charge. Clearly a herculean amount of work to undertake but well worth the effort.
Ben, who works as a project manager in the world of ‘I.T.’ and, at the age of 26 the youngest member of the lodge, is looking forward to many happy years in the lodge with his Dad and Grandad ready, as Brothers. to support his progress in Freemasonry.
The lodge of St Mark 6969 was consecrated on Tuesday 5th June 1950 at the Hotel Metropole in Folkestone. It is therefore 65 years old this year but has no intentions of going into retirement. The consecration of the lodge was presided over by the then Provincial Grand Master for Kent, Wing Commander Bertram Wilfred Noble OBE. 94 Brethren were in attendance, 18 of whom were Founder Members of the lodge. The first Master was Capt. William Walter Rowe.
Following its consecration the meeting date was changed to the first Wednesday of the month and the lodge then met for approximately 10 years at the Masonic Hall in Grace Hill, Folkestone. In the early 60’s it moved to its current location in Windmill Street, Hythe which it shares with two other Craft Lodges.