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SOMERSET LODGE, 1811, E.G. The annual festival of the Somerset Lodge, Ashburtoo, and Installation of Master and Investiture of office ra was celebrated last night at the Masonic Hill, There was a good assemblage of the craft, numbering about sixty, and including, besides the members f the Lodge, visitors from tbe Sfc John's aod Thistle Lodge*, Arfiburton, the '.South Rakaia Lod^e and BBVecal other Lidges under Eogii-h and Scottish constitutions. The ooremonlee were performed by the DUtr.ot Gr»nd Maßter, Bro H. rhomsun, m the must masterly manner, and the noldental musio was rendered by a . efficient ohotr under tho direoilon of Bvo ti. Gates, who aoted as Organist, Bro. E J. Pul was Installed m Worship Masoer for the ensuing yea*, and appo.nted the following aa his c ffioers, who were duly Invested. Ben J &, Oolyer, S.W.j 0. W. B»ker, JW. ; H. W Oollter, Saoretary ; J M. Onmbridge, SD.; J Mallaney, J,D ; W. Orooka, D.0. ; A Oook, 1.G. ; J. a«noing and F. W, Matr.ews, Stewards. Bo H. W. Felton, JtP«M. , had prevlouily coo i pled tha; poUttoD, and Bro J. R. Oolller, Tyler, who was re eleoted took their pUoes without ceremony. Bro W. Pattmao, who was re-eleotcd Tieasarar, will be Invested by the W M. on his retu a from Aosttalia. At tha, cuuoluilon of tbe ceremonies the newly-Installed W,M. reoelved tha hearty congratulattjnß and good w'ahea of tha brathern, The L jdga was then closed, and a sumptuous banquet Berved j aft?r which the Oiual social prooeedlngß wereobeecved, During the ev<nlng'the D.G,M. propceed icn imjjreßßive terms the toast of thu maoaory of tho late D.D.G.M., Bro Desmjr, whloh was draak m aolema Bllonoa. A vtry interesting statement was also nude with refort noe to the proposed formation of a Grand Lodge of New Zealand, a matter which the Lodges will have before th >m at their next meetings. Tha meeting passed off most successfully, and the Somerset Lodge promises to have another sncoessful year.

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MASONIC., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2095, 23 March 1889

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MASONIC. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2095, 23 March 1889