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Across the Plain - across the miles

The circulation and readership of Across the Plain increased by at least one when it reached Bro Gary Walling in the Falkland Islands.

Gary is a member of Pro Deo et Patria Lodge No 4425, at Great Queen Street, but lives in Devizes. He is also a serving officer in the Royal Air Force. Just before Christmas last he was posted on a six month tour to the Falklands.

On hearing that Gary was short of leisure reading your editor sent a copy of Across the Plain to him. His wife took a copy out when she visited over Christmas and photographed Gary holding his copy at well known places.

“You can get a lot of reading done in six months on the Falklands,” said Gary. “I was pleased to have some other Masonic material to read than my little blue book and enjoyed my copy of Across the Plain.”

Asking Gary about Freemasonry in the Falklands he told Across the Plain that he decided not to visit the nearest Lodge as it was in Buenos Aries!

Gary is now back in Wiltshire and had the chance to visit Moonraker Lodge in May. “I really must think about joining a Devizes Lodge. I retire from the RAF next year and Morris Lane is less than 100m from my home!”

The Ancient and Accepted Rite

At the February meeting of the Lansdowne Chapter Rose Croix No 554 RW Bro Martin Brown, Provincial Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons was Perfected. The evening was a star-studded occasion with the Inspector General for the District of Wiltshire, David Hobbs, and the Provincial Grand Master for Wiltshire, Francis Wakem, being accompanied by the heads of four other Wiltshire Masonic Orders. Above - front row from left to right: E Comp David Blanchard Grand Superintendent Provincial Grand Chapter of Wiltshire, V Ill Bro David Hobbs Inspector General of The Ancient and Accepted Rite District of Wiltshire, RE Kt Rev Dr John Railton Provincial Prior Knights Templar Dorset and Wiltshire, E P Bro Ralph Phillips MBE Most Wise Sovereign, RW Bro Martin Brown Provincial Grand Master of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons, RW Bro Francis Wakem QPM Provincial Grand Master and RW Fra Martin Caunter Chief Adept Province of Southern England Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia. 18

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