On Wednesday evening 17 November, Charles Herbert Perram Council, East Midlands District, welcomed the Provincial Grand Secretary of Bedfordshire, Clive Walsh, as their newest member. Due to the unavoidable absence of the Thrice Illustrious Master, Very Illustrious Companion Russell Howard, the chair was taken by the District Grand Master, Right Illustrious Companion Martin Wilson, who conducted the ceremony of the Select Master with Illustrious Companion Nick Edwards explaining the signs and words and then Companions Oneal Thomas, Stuart French and Rob Venn explaining the History.
Companion Clive then took the Royal Master degree at which Illustrious Companion Kyle Whitbread took the chair as well as explaining the signs. The History of the degree was presented by Companions Robert Curson, Tony Green, Steve Joyce and Allen Worrall.
On Friday 3 September, Carillon Council No 267, met at Loughborough Masonic centre for its Installation meeting.
This was the first Council in the East Midlands District to hold a physical meeting since the lifting of the suspension.
There were 28 Companions present including the District Grand Master, Rt. Ill. Comp Martin Wilson.
Ill Comp Brien Emerton installed Comp Philip Marshall, Provincial Grand Master of the Craft for Nottinghamshire, into the chair, a ceremony that should have taken place in September 2020 but unfortunately delayed due to the Pandemic.
The Companions assembled after the meeting to have a photograph taken and by the looks on there faces they were all very pleased to be back at a physical meeting.
After the ceremony the District Grand Master congratulated the newly Installed Thrice Illustrious Master on reaching the chair of the Council. (Click on link below)
DGM & TIM
The new TIM is a very keen supporter of the Progressive Orders being a member of not only the Mark, RAM and Royal & Select Masters but also being a member of the AMD, KT and Malta degrees.
On Wednesday 21 April Peterborough Council held a Virtual Business Meeting in place of their Regular meeting due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. A total 12 Companions were present and the Agenda was dealt with effectively and efficiently by the Thrice Illustrious Master. The District Grand Master addressed those present congratulating the Thrice Illustrious Master as the previous day he had received Grand Council honours. The DGM also advised that the District meeting would be held virtually for the second year running however if circumstances permitted there would be a low key District meeting on Saturday 25 September.
Charles Herbert Perram held its third Virtual Business Meeting on Wednesday 27 January, since the first lockdown in March 2020. A total of twenty five Companions attended the meeting which was presided over by Very Illustrious Companion Russell Howard, TIM, and the business of the evening was conducted within thirty minutes which included elections of Thrice Illustrious Master, Treasurer, Auditors and members to serve on the Council Standing Committee. Amongst the members in attendance were:
R. Ill. Comp. Martin Wilson District Grand Master
R. Ill. Comp. Tim Hancock District Grand Master Ox, Berks & Bucks
V. Ill. Comp. Russell Howard PGM Mark Bedfordshire
Ill. Comp. Kyle Whitbread DepPGM Mark Bedfordshire
Ill. Comp. Nick Edwards Inspector General A & A Rite Beds & Herts
Comp. Robert Curson Deputy Grand Superintendent Royal Arch Bedfordshire
On Thursday 12 November Towcester Council held a Virtual Business meeting in order to cover off some essential business. Seventeen Companions were in attendance including the District Grand Master, R. Ill. Comp. Martin Wilson, and the District Grand PCW, Ill. Comp. Norman Pope, a member of the Council. The T.I.M., Ill. Comp. Gerry Crawford, opened the VBM at 7.30 p.m. and conducted the business which included approval of accounts and a Notice of Motion to approve the revised Council By Laws. The meeting closed at 7.45p.m. with everyone present stating that it was nice to see each other albeit virtually.