The candidate for initiation was Keith Mason, a Police Officer. The Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Derek Greenwood invited the following brethren to assist in the ceremony :
- As Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Ian Greenlow.
- As Senior Warden, W.Bro. James Young.
- As Junior Warden, W.Bro. Tom Cranmer.
- As Senior Deacon, Bro. Reg Keys.
- As Junior Deacon, Bro. Allen Fuller.
- As Inner Guard, Bro. Hugh Shaw.
In October 1986, W.Bro. Roy Lane Smith retired as Director of Ceremonies and W.Bro. Ian Greenlow took on the duties of that most important office. Since the Consecration of the Lodge, very experienced and dedicated brethren have occupied this post and W.Bro. Ian continued those very high standards.
Due to the severe weather being experienced by most of the country, January 1987 saw the shortest ever meeting of the lodge. Just 14 local brethren were able to reach the Temple. Many of the roads around Bexhill were closed by deep snow. The Lodge was opened in due form and with solemn prayer at 5.00 p.m. and the secretary proposed that because of the extremely severe weather conditions the business of the agenda be deferred until the following meeting. This was seconded by W.Bro. Frank Spooner and agreed by the brethren. The Secretary expressed his sincere thanks to those brethren who had been able to reach the Temple and the lodge was then closed in ancient and solemn form at 5.20 pm, and we all gratefully returned to our firesides!
The October 1987 meeting opened with the sad news of the passing to the Grand Lodge above
of two highly, respected and much loved brethren, W.Bros. James Young and Ken Greenlow.
W.Bro. Richard Barnes drew the brethren's attention to the extensive
masonic and police career of. W.Bro. Young and of the distinguished flying record of
W.Bro. Ken Greenlow in Wellington bombers during the years of conflict.
On a happier note the November meeting saw the lodge convey their warmest wishes of congratulation to W.Bro. Frank Spooner, our one remaining Founder, on the celebration of his 50 years in Freemasonry. There is scarcely an office in the lodge that W.Bro. Frank had not filled with his usual enthusiasm and attention to detail. There are also many recorded occasions where Frank has delivered the Charge after Initiation, the Second Degree, Tracing Board, the Traditional History of the Third Degree and presented the explanation of the Grand Lodge Certificate. In addition Frank always encouraged the younger brethren and to this end he opened up his home on Monday evenings to those officers approaching the chair. There are many Past Masters who can reflect on the time spent at "Little Copse", Birchington Close, with grateful thoughts. At the following Festive Board, Frank was presented with an engraved silver tray and a beautifully decorated cake which the assembled brethren felt privileged to share on this happy evening.
At the same meeting the brethren experienced a joyful ceremony where the Worshipful Master, W.Bro. Alan Fuller raised his own son, Bro. Robin Fuller. The Wardens for this ceremony, Bros. Roy Sydney and Malcolm Cowlard were tested to the full, as Bro. Robin was well over six feet tall and in the words of his dad was "quite a big lad" - he wasn't exaggerating!
The Election Meeting in April 1989 saw W.Bro. Richard Barnes draw the
attention of the brethren to the sad state of our lodge banner. Many years of standing in
an atmosphere of high humidity in the temple had taken its toll and the banner was now
beyond repair. It was agreed that a fund should be started and events organised to obtain a
replacement as soon as possible.
Estimates for supplying a new Lodge Banner were sought and W.Bro. Roy Lane Smith and Bro. Roy Sydney were subsequently despatched to Fabb and Company of Maidenhead to confirm the final price, design and delivery date of the new banner.