On Sunday 15 December Companions and their wives gathered at the Boat Inn Stoke Bruerne for the District Christmas lunch and carols. Seventy five people were present and a good time was had by all. The Grand Organist, John Hitchin, accompanied us on the organ between courses with carols which were heartily sung. The day was topped off with the singing of Happy Birthday to Arthur March who celebrated his 94th birthday.
Friday 22 November saw the Installation meeting of Corby Council but not before they had received the District GPCW, the Travelling Trowel brought by the DGM from Charles Herbert Perram Council plus the Deputy DGM arriving at the meeting and choosing a new Companion for the Order.
The meeting commenced and following the opening the District Grand Principal Conductor of the Work, Illustrious Companion Norman Pope, was welcomed into the Council escorted by the Assistant District Grand Director of Ceremonies, Illustrious Companion Tony Elsey. Following his salutation, there was a report on the door of the Council and a delegation from the Charles Herbert Perram Council bearing the Travelling Trowel seeked admission. The Travelling Trowel had only been in the charge of the Charles Herbert Perram Council for two days but they were happy to pass it on to Corby Council who would retain it until February and then see it passed on to another Council. The delegation from Charles Herbert Perram Council included the District Grand Master Right Illustrious Companion Martin Wilson. The Deputy District Grand Master, Illustrious Companion Ian Knox then arrived at the meeting having been held up by a traffic accident near to tehcentre which had totally blocked the Raod causing long delays. Ian Lapsley was then chosen as a Select Master following which Illustrious Companion Owen Davison was installed into the chair by Illustrious Companion David Sutton.
This was a really memorable and happy meeting with the fact that the three members of the District Executive were all at the meeting but for different reasons, – a rare occurrence.
Pictured were all of those attending the meeting.
Friday 4 October saw the Installation of The Olney Council in Olney. The District Grand Master was in attendance escorted by the District Grand Director of Ceremonies. Twenty five members were present and enjoyed a very good meeting followed by an excellent festive board provided by new Caterers. Pictured are left to right: Stephen Tunney, Deputy Master, David Snape, Thrice Illustrious Master, Bernard Fancourt, Installing and Immediate Past Thrice Illustrious Master, and Michael Egan, Principal Conductor of the Work.
On Monday 9 September Leicester Council held their meeting at London Road, Leicester with 36 present at the meeting. The MEM degree was conferred upon Comp Kalpesh Chauhan with Very Illustrious Companion Jim Patel taking the chair and Companion Trevor Rogers delivering the history.
Illustrious Companion Stephen Finnigan then Installed Companion Peter Gibson – Leitch into the chair following which the new TIM invested his officers.
Pictured left to right are: Companion Chris Packham, DM, Illustrious Companion Peter Gibson-Leitch, TIM, Illustrious Companion Stephen Finnigan, Installing Master, and Companion Tony Fraser PCW
On Friday 6 September Carillon Council held its Installation meeting at the Masonic Hall, Loughborough. Prior to undertaking the Installation ceremony the Thrice Illustrious Master, Illustrious Companion Martin Collins, conducted the Select Master degree. Following his Installation, Illustrious Companion Brian Emerton appointed Companion Philip Marshall as Deputy Master and Nicholas Simpson as his Principal Conductor of the Work.
Pictured left to right are: Philip Marshall, Brian Emerton, Martin Collins and Nicholas Simpson