On Thursday 12 March a delegation from the Carillon Council in Loughborough delivered the Travelling Trowel to the Huntingdon Council at their Installation meeting. Pictured left to right are Companion Mark Meade, Illustrious Companion Ray Ellis, Illustrious Companion Terry Weston and Companion Bob Stephens
On Tuesday 11 February 2020 the District Grand Master accompanied by all but three of his District Officers visited Northampton Council. The meeting was a Select & Royal degree which was performed to a high standard by all of the Council Officers. There were a number of Heads and Past Heads of Orders present including the Provincial Grand Master, Max Bayes, Past Provincial Grand Master, Barrie Hall, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent (also TIM of the Council), Jim Boughton, Inspector General for Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire, Nick Edwards, Past Inspector General for Northamptonshire Tony Avery & the Assistant Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons Steven Davison. Pictured is the District Grand Master with his District Grand Officers.
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.