East Surrey Masters Legends Event

East Surrey Masters Lodge No. 5888 make a fine start to the 2019 Festival in support of the RMBI

The Brethren of East Surrey Masters Lodge No.5888 and their guests were delighted to learn that their fund raising activities at the Regular Meeting of the Lodge, held on 31st January 2014, and at the Festive Board that followed, produced the magnificent sum of £3,683.00p, which will be donated to the 2019 Festival.

Over 160 Brethren, including R.W.Bro Eric Stuart-Bamford, The Provincial Grand Master, were present to witness a unique event within the main Temple at Croydon Masonic Hall; a demonstration of the First Degree Ceremony, undertaken by Past members of the Provincial Executive. Collectively referred to as ‘The Legends Team’, all had enthusiastically answered the call made to them by W.Bro Chris Rashbrook; himself a member of the Team.  

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Few Members of the Lodge were aware of who were to be within the Team, with the identity of the Candidate known only to W.Bro Chris Rashbrook and the candidate himself. An air of suspense was maintained throughout the meeting as the Team swapped places with the ESM officers. Last to take office was W.Bro David Ebdon, occupying the Worshipful Masters Chair for the ceremony.

The admission of the Candidate took all by surprise as a suitably attired W.Bro John Tomlin, The Provincial Grand Secretary, was admitted. Explanations of The Mode of Preparation, The Gloves, The Apron and The First Degree Tracing Board made the ceremony a memorable occasion.

During the Meeting W.Bro David Eager presented the Provincial Grand Master with a cheque for £10,000 on behalf of the Surrey Masonic Sports Association and intended for the 2019 Festival.

ESM Charity Steward, W.Bro Klick Rahman, saw his hard work come to fruition at the Festive Board as a bumper Raffle and an Auction proved to be a well-deserved success.

(Pictured with The Provincial Grand Master is W.Bro Jim Hagarty, Worshipful Master of East Surrey Masters Lodge No.5888, and the Brethren of ‘The Legends Team’)