Monday 7th August 2017 âsaw âten brethren from the Province meâet for a very convivial âget together âdinner at Ye Olde Turk restaurant in Trafalgar Road, âGreenwich.
The âspecial âreason âbehind the the dinner was these brethren were all potential âjoining âmembers of the Greenwich Mark and Royal Ark Mariner Lodges. Theyâ, âalong with seven other brethrenââ, âwill be joiningâ as âpart of a recovery project led by âour Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, W.Bro. Perri Ahmetâ.
The purpose of the projectâ is to âreinvigorate one of our Provinceâ’s oldest Lodges – âThe Greenwich Lodge No. 332 which meets at Mark Masons Hall inâ London and received its warrant on 23ârdâ February 1884. The theme of the recovery âis to make âit âa Fine Dining Lodge with an emphasis on Excellent Ritual.
You would not imagine that âaâ group who have chosen âfine âdining for their meetings âin St James’s âwould naturally have âgoât together in a âGreenwich Kebab Restaurantâ,â but the background to this is that in the Royal Ark Mariner Centenary history produced âearlierâ this year, it is reported that a group of the Mark Lodge members met at the King William IV Hotel in Trafalgar Road,Greenwich to discuss the potential formation of a Royal Ark Mariner Lodge to be moored to the Greenwich Mark Lodge.
After âsome online research it was discovered that the hotel was still in âexistenceâ, with the âaforementioned Turkish ârestaurant operating from the ground floor. Henceâ,â it was decided that this would be the perfect venue for an out of Masonic season get together.
As you can see from the accompanying photograph, an excellent time was had by all presentâ,â including our Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro. Archie Torrance, who is to be installed as Master on the 28th September 2017.