Lodge Room at the Dover Masonic Centre Dedicated to the late Brian William Powell
Brian Powell was a serving Assistant Provincial Grand Master when, sadly, he passed away in April 2014. As a member of the Military Jubilee Lodge No 2195, Brian had made a massive contribution to the development of the Dover Masonic Centre and served as its Chairman for many years.
In recognition of his valued service to Freemasonry in general and the Dover Masonic Centre in particular, a lodge room there was named after him at a ceremony on 25th March 2015.
The evening started when the Military Jubilee Lodge held a short meeting attended by the Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother Geoffrey Dearing. During the course of the meeting the Master of the lodge, Worshipful Brother David Prescott, presented Geoffrey with a cheque for £1000 for the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity. Afterwards a number of non-Masonic guests including Brian’s widow Julie, his son David and daughter-in-law Zara, were invited into the main lodge room, where the Provincial Grand Master welcomed everyone and explained what was about to happen. He then escorted Julie, David and Zara into the adjoining lodge room, together with a limited number of Military Jubilee lodge members and some guests.
Worshipful Brother Roy Howard gave a brief history of how he and Brian worked to raise the money for the new lodge room and the building work that led to its completion. The Provincial Grand Master then spoke about Brian and his work in raising monies for the Province, particularly the successful 2014 Festival for the Freemasons’ Grand Charity. He then went on to name the room “The Brian William Powell Lodge Room”
Geoffrey then invited Mrs Julie Powell to unveil the plaque and, in so doing, Julie described that Brian had loved Freemasonry and that they had made many good friends over the years through his Masonic involvement. Since the new lodge room is quite small, and about 100 people were present, a live video and audio link was made to the main lodge room which housed a video screen so that the others could watch the proceedings.
During the Festive Board, David Powell was presented with a cheque for £1000, in favour of the Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity that he and his late father Brian had done so much to raise money and awareness. A Toast was given to the guests and visitors by Worshipful Brother George Sanders who remarked: “this evening is unique in my 60 odd years in Freemasonry. I have heard of lodge rooms being named after Lords and Sirs, but I have never known one to be named after someone like Brian”.