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
On Tuesday 16 April Grand Council was held in the Grand Temple at Great Queen Street. A number of members from the East Midlands District were either Appointed or Promoted in Grand Rank. After the meeting a number of members from the District then dined in the Grand Connaught Rooms.
Nine Arches Council met on Wednesday 10 April at Corby Masonic Centre and sixty five members were in attendance. After the usual business had been conducted the Council was closed and a Council of Thrice Illustrious Masters was opened and a total of twelve candidates from this District plus one from Warwickshire had the degree conferred upon them. Afterwards sixty two Companions sat down to lunch.
On Friday 22 March the Grand Master Most Illustrious Companion Kessick John Jones attended the meeting of the Old Kimboltonians’ Lodge No 7204 at Kimbolton School in order to present a 50 year certificate to Right Illustrious Companion Alan Stewart.
Right Illustrious Companion Alan lives on the Isle of Man and only comes over to the mainland on odd occasions so it was proving to be difficult to present him with his certificate at a Council meeting within the District. Right Illustrious Companion Alan is a member of Charles Hebert Perram and Northampton Councils as well as being an Honorary member of Towcester and Leicester Councils.
Finding that Right Illustrious Companion Alan would be on the mainland when the March meeting of the Old Kimboltonians’ Lodge was to be held and the District Grand Master coincidently being the Worshipful Master of the Lodge it was an ideal occasion to make the presentation. Permission was obtained from the Craft Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother Max Bayes that the presentation could be made. The main work of the evening, a passing, having been undertaken and the Worshipful Master called off the Lodge and then announced why the Grand Master was present and invited him to take the floor and make the presentation.
After saying a few words about Right Illustrious Companion Alan’s journey in Cryptic Masonry the Grand Master invited the District Grand Master to join him and read out the certificate. Following the presentation of the certificate Right Illustrious Companion Alan Stewart admitted he was lost for words.
A very happy festive board followed the meeting with the Worshipful Master taking wine with Cryptic Masons present which to his surprise was almost half the room.
Pictured left to right are Most Illustrious Companion Kessick J Jones, Grand Master, Illustrious Companion Alan Stewart and Right Illustrious Companion Martin Wilson, District Grand Master and Worshipful Master.