On Sunday 3rd October 2021,
On Sunday 3rd October 2021, a moving memorial service at All Saints Church, Lydd, was held in memory of those East Kent Freemasons and family members who had unfortunately passed to the Grand Lodge above during the Covid 19 pandemic of 2020-2021
The service was organised by the three lodges of Romney Marsh;
- Romney Marsh Lodge No 4743.
- Romney Marsh Lodge of Mark Master Masons No 1417.
- Romney Marsh Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 1417.
The Service began at 3 p.m. and was led by Reverend Christopher McLean.
As the service began, an Entered Apprentice Apron of pure white, was quietly carried into the church by Brother Stephen Marshall and this took centre place for everyone to see. The Apron was adorned with a sprig of Acacia.
Worshipful Brother Willie Leitch then read a touching tribute with great dignity, to those departed and the names were read by Worshipful Brother Desmond Bidwell and Worshipful Brother Stephen Harvey.
A short ceremony then followed,
the origins of which originate from Romney Marsh’s twin Lodge in the Netherlands, Lodge D’Eendraagt. In total silence, the congregation witnessed the “Laying of the four Roses” on the Entered Apprentice Apron. This was expertly delivered by the three masters of the Lodges of the Marsh, Worshipful Brother: David Tyler, Colin Griffiths, Vernon Hutchens and Paul Settle, the Lodge Secretary
Worshipful Brother Richard Wingett,
an Assistant Provincial Grand Master of the Province of East Kent, was invited to give a talk on “The Way forward for Freemasonry” which, not only gave a reflection of what as an organisation we had been through over the past 18 months, but on where we are going, how the pandemic has modified the need for change how people are starting to understand how much Freemasonry contributes to society and how we truly want to be recognised as a genuine force for good by, for example:
- Building a caring society with integrity
- Being a common foundation for friendship
- Treating others with respect
- And by making a difference to charity.
Finally, before the service was closed, a cheque for £1000 was presented from the Kent Mark Benevolent Fund by Worshipful Perri Ahmet, Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Mark Province of Kent. The Rev. Christopher McLean said that he was is always very happy when money was donated as it will go to helping the church and the local community.
Following the service, the congregation had a chance to network over refreshments and view the display stands and the work of various masonic charities.