St. Michaels Lodge 8186 who meet in Dawlish celebrated the anniversary of the 50th year since their consecration in grand style on Wednesday 6th December.

They were blessed with the attendance of Rt. W. Bro. Ian Kingsbury JP. Provincial Grand Master. Accompanied by V. W. Bro. Nicky Ball. Deputy PGM, Peter Keaty, Colin Gale & Chris Yard 3 of our 4 Asst. PGM’s, also present were Rt. W. Bro. Michael Penny PPGM, W. Bro. Gerry Rooke. & W. Bro. Derek Webber both PAPGM’s. They were greeted with acclamation by 76 members and visitors when they processed into the lodge room having been announced by the Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies W. Bro. Howard Pope.

W. Bro. Roy Halsey, Worshipful Master of St. Michaels Lodge welcomed everyone and then proffered the gavel to the PGM who received it and after a few well-chosen words returned it to allow Roy to continue the business of the evening.

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The evening continued with each officer in the lodge announcing the name of the founder who had taken the equivalent position at the consecration meeting, followed by a parade of lodge members who were all presented with a pair of engraved silver cufflinks and finally the lodge was presented with a hand carved Beech mace by W. Bro. Keith Vallance.

The lodge was then closed with due reverence and the brethren proceeded to the refectory where they enjoyed a superb festive board consisting of Pea, Mint & Spring Onion Soup, Cod Goujons, Sorbet, Rack of Lamb, Caramel Apple Pie, Cheese & Biscuits followed by Coffee & Mints all washed down by copious amounts of wine & Port.

During the evening a raffle and a sprit drawer was held, snuff hankies embroidered with the lodge crest sold and an auction of a visit for four to the Arsenal Emirates Stadium which included an introduction to the teams at a match and a tour of the facilities, raised over £1,700 for charity.

It was agreed by all those present that it was a wonderful occasion which hopefully will be repeated in another 50 years.

Clive Eden
PPrSGW