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Kingston Lodge 1010-150 years.

Kingston Lodge 1010-150 years.

On Wednesday 1st October 2014 a celebration was held at Beverley Road Hall Hull to mark the 150 years of existence of the Kingston Lodge no 1010
kingston1The members and guests numbered 106 as fire regulations restricted the attendance. The RW PGM together with the Deputy PGM, the Asst PGM’s and a Provincial team of officers were in attendance. Other senior figures in Masonry included the Past Deputy Grand Master IRB and PPGM J M Raylor
After the WM of Kingston, P Goldthorpe had opened the Lodge and the guests been admitted the RW PGM took the Chair as did his Wardens their respective places.
The Lodge Secretary read a portion of the original minutes from 1864.
Following an introduction by the RWPGM the Lodge Secretary N Armstrong gave a short dissertation of the history of the Kingston Lodge illustrated with a few examples of stories of the first WM and one about an new initiate whose early resignation was a source of mixed feelings as he came from what became one of the richest families in the whole of England.
kingston3This was followed by a short illustrated lecture by BC Hovell centred on a photograph album presented to the Lodge in 1867. The talk consisted of pictures of the present guests and members linked with various appropriate themes of nature. Changes in styles of beards of members then and now was also explored.
Following an address by the PGM he announced that he was appointing the WM P Goldthorpe to become a PPGSuptWks.
W Bro JCP Sharp presented a cheque on behalf of the Lodge for the MSF which was for £1864, a sum linked to the year the Lodge was founded.
The festivities continued at the Festive Board, at which as well as a good meal the PGM was presented with a newly written history of the Lodge by Kingston members BC Hovell and N Armstrong. A further presentation was made to all the rulers of a cartoon in colour of themselves by W Bro E Wildman the Provincial Organist.
Following witty speeches and toasts, a successful raffle was held, a feature of which was that the prize was for a M&S voucher for £150 (a pound for each year).
The proceedings finished on time much to the relief of the Director of Ceremonies

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