Owner of Kents Cavern and the Worshipful Master of Miles Coverdale Lodge No. 5069, WBro. Nick Powe and his wardens accompanied by the RWBro. Ian Kingsbury, JP, Provincial Grand Master for Devonshire, VWBro. Nick Ball, Deputy Provincial Grand Master and WBro. Peter Keaty Assistant Provincial Grand Master, distinguished guests and members as the Lodge celebrates its 700th meeting underground in Kents Cavern.
Miles Coverdale Lodge No. 5069 celebrated its 700th meeting in the spectacular underground setting of Torquay’s prehistoric caves at Kents Cavern on 20 October 2016. The cavern is owned by WBro. Nick Powe, Worshipful Master of Miles Coverdale Lodge. His family have been custodians of the prehistoric cavern for five generations since 1880. The brethren were summoned to a business meeting which was also attended by RWBro. Ian Kingsbury JP, Provincial Grand Master for the Province of Devonshire and a number of the Devonshire Provincial Executive. Once the lodge was closed the 80 or so brethren were led on a guided tour of the caverns by WBro. Alan Salsbury, Secretary of Quest Lodge No. 7883 and WBro. Nick Powe.
R.W.Bro. Ian Kingsbury said:
“I really enjoyed this evening and so did my Executive. A quite unique event we will remember for a long time. I’m not sure we’ll see this repeated again. I suggest that on the occasion of Miles Coverdale’s 800th meeting in 13 years’ time WBro. Nick Powe is back in the chair of his lodge.”
WBro. Nick Powe, commenting on the first lodge meeting held in Kents Cavern, said:
“This was a very special evening for the lodge and for me personally. It was my last in the chair before our installation in November and the first time a lodge meeting has taken place in this historic natural underground setting. The cavern was the perfect place to do something different for this landmark event and being honoured by the presence of the PGM and many of his Executive added to the success of the evening for all the members of the Lodge.
My grandfather, Leslie Powe, would have really enjoyed seeing the lodge set up in his cave. He was a member of the Lodge of St. Mary No. 5148, in Torquay, and ran the caves all his life until his 84th year, when my father John Powe took over. I took over in 2000.”
Before the lodge was Tyled, and taking advantage of the colourful regalia in the cavern, the lodge Charity Steward WBro. Georges Adroit presented a cheque for £1,110 to Martin Brook, from the Torbay Holiday Helpers Network (THHN), being the monies raised from the Ladies Night on 1st April 2016.
Martin Brook, Director of THHN said:
"I would like to offer my sincere thanks to all at the Miles Coverdale Lodge, for their incredible support of our charity. We were honoured to be the benefiting charity and we truly value and appreciate such support, enabling us to continue to providing families affected by serious illness and bereavement with free fun filled, memory making holidays. To put into context we offer a grant scheme. Many families faced with truly heart-breaking situations also find themselves in extra financial difficulties as one or maybe both parents need to stop work and become full time carers. THHN found, in these situations, families couldn’t even afford the transport costs to get to a holiday. We are directly helping one family right now whom, due to specific circumstances, have needed a hire car. Such a sum enables a family like this to have a holiday."
WBro. Georges Adroit, charity steward for Miles Coverdale said:
“The lodge is always keen to support local charities and on behalf of the members of Miles Coverdale, I was delighted to present this cheque to such a good local cause.”