At 3 pm on Friday 24th May, 133 masons attended the Installation and Centenary meeting of East Kent Masters Lodge No 3931. It was held at the Connaught Hall in Dover Town Hall, due to the large number attending and the modest size of their usual meeting place at St Peters Place, Canterbury.
Among the attendees, were the Deputy Grand Master, RW Bro Jonathan Spence, the Deputy Grand Secretary VW Bro Graham Redman, the Provincial Grand Master of East Kent RW Bro Neil Hamilton Johnstone, the Provincial Grand Master of West Kent RW Bro Mark Estaugh and RW Bro Russell John Race, the Second Grand Principal in the Holy Royal Arch; along with the Provincial Executive and representatives of the Founding Lodges.
The Master Elect was RW Bro Geoffrey Gordon Dearing, Past Provincial Grand Master and President of the Board of General Purposes, who was installed into the chair of King Solomon by W Bro Mark Christopher Bassant, Assistant Provincial Grand Master.
The Installation of the 100th Worshipful Master complete, the business of presenting the Centenary Warrant went under way.
W Bro Charles Edward Boxer, PSGD, PAProvGM, gave a precis of the Lodge History and a flavour of the Founders, Worshipful Masters, attending Lecturers, members and purpose of a Past Masters Lodge, to impart ‘Masonic Knowledge and Understanding’ to all who have met over the past 100 years.
The Centenary Warrant was then read by VW Bro Graham Redman in a most dramatic manner and presented to the Worshipful Master by RW Bro Jonathan Spence. RW Bro Geoffrey Gordon Dearing thanked the Deputy Grand Master for not only presenting the Centenary Warrant, but also for taking the time out of his busy schedule to come down to Dover to do so.
The Provincial Grand Chaplain, W Bro Rev Howard Thomas Pashley gave an Oration to the assembled brethren, speaking of hope. Hope for today, Hope for tomorrow and hope for the next hundred years. His delight in the close association to Canterbury Cathedral; and his prayer to the brethren of East Kent Masters Lodge, to continue in your Scholarship and in your charitable work, as well as your close and strong links with the Cathedral, and that in another hundred years, your successors will not just be celebrating 200 years from the end of the Great War, but 200 years of the continued success of East Kent Masters Lodge No 3931.
After the Lodge was closed the brethren retired to the grandest of rooms in the Town Hall, the Stone Hall for the lavish Festive Board.
Membership of East Kent Masters Lodge is open to all Installed and Past Masters who are encouraged to join to expand their Masonic Knowledge.
Geoffrey Dearing delivering his speech to the Festive Board.