Thomas Beevor 25th Anniversary meeting

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When do you start to celebrate lodge anniversaries? Officially probably 100 years when you can get a Centenary Warrant from Grand Lodge. Thomas Beevor Mark Lodge 1724 didn’t wait that long and we gathered in Great Yarmouth to mark 25 years of the lodge history.

A fine idea in my opinion, not least because you can actually celebrate in the company of some of the Founders. It could be said there is not enough history to look back on. Not so, when we heard Founder Chris Bowles enlighten us into the reasons for a second Mark lodge in Yarmouth, the people who made it happen and how Thomas Beevor was not first choice for the name. Distinguished brethren have visited, including a young Paul Norman (now our PGM), when he was a Provincial Warden. I have diarised the half century date. Founder Tom Hatchett presented the lodge with a superb, and very heavy, Volume of the Sacred Law, which was put into immediate use. Congratulations from the Province was marked with a certificate.

The importance of the occasion was not lost on the PGM and his Executive, who came along with a full Provincial Visit of Active Officers. The customary rehearsal led by the Provincial DC was an eye opener for the first timers, while the old timers took it in our stride.

With all present and correct, Thomas Beevor Officers opened the lodge. The PGM entered escorted by the Active Officers, accepted the gavel, took the Chair with Provincial Wardens assisting, signed the minutes, reminded us why we were there and presentations were made. With an Installation ceremony to perform, control was handed back to WM Michael Ross and his Officers. Shortly after, newly Installed and first time WM Clint Vince invested his own team of Officers for the ensuing year. As a final surprise, the PGM gave outgoing WM Michael Ross a field Provincial Appointment to Past Standard Bearer, in recognition of his, and the lodge’s, hard work and place in history. Thanks also go to the Officers and members who put in so much work to make the meeting the success it was.

A four course Festive Board followed with the menu the same as 25 years ago. Although I’m not sure if those in 1994 were treated to a bag of Yarmouth rock!

The evening was certainly one of those “I was there meetings”, and I would suggest many of us have a good chance of celebrating the Thomas Beevor half century anniversary. As for who will write the blog and take the photos, only time will tell. Remember the reasons why the lodge was formed and make a concerted effort to find those Candidates who will continue the name of Thomas Beevor Lodge No 1724.

Richard Pryor
Past Provincial Grand Senior Warden