Agricola Lodge No 4501 has a new Worshipful Master!
At our installation meeting on Friday 24th November 2017, Paul Constable was installed into the Chair of the Lodge as it’s 96th Worshipful Master. The ceremony being expertly carried out by his predecessor Neil Sadler.
Paul is one of a very select group of Masons who have served as Master of Agricola 4501 on more than one occasion. Aged 67, Paul is a retired IT professional and former Royal Navy seaman. He lives in Tunbridge Wells with his wife Lin, and has been a member of the Lodge since 2004.
Every Installation meeting in East Kent is attended by a senior member of the Province, representing the Provincial Grand Master. On this occasion we were pleased to welcome Provincial Junior Grand Warden, Martyn Summers.
We were also pleased to welcome 24 other guests and visitors. This number included the Masters of Duke of Kent, Monckton and Malling Centenary Lodges who assisted during the ceremony.
Following the appointment and investiture of the new Master’s team of Officers, the Brethren approved donations to the following Charities….
The formal work of the Lodge being complete, members, guests and visitors repaired to the dining room where they enjoyed a sumptuous meal of Farmhouse Pate, followed by Roast Lamb, a dessert of Baked Apple, and the usual Cheeseboard, Coffee and mints!
During his response to the Toast to the Provincial Officers, Martyn Summers thanked the Lodge members for their warm welcome, and conveyed to the new Worshipful Master the personal congratulations of Provincial Grand Master Geoffrey Dearing.
After the meal a raffle organised by new Charity Steward Jim de Save raised the magnificent sum of over £325.00 which was donated to the Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons Charity
Agricola Lodge No 4501, traditionally ends the Festive Board with the Tyler’s Toast which guides our thoughts to those of our Brethren who might be in “….distressed circumstances”. This having been completed, the Brethren departed, eagerly looking forward to a new Masonic year.