The District Grand Prefect welcomes New Members of AMD in London

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A fantastic evening was hosted by the District Grand Prefect, RW Bro Colin Woodcock, in the comfortable surroundings of City University Club (a new venue for the AMD London). The evening started with a drinks reception and canapés followed by a great meal where old and new friends shared their experiences of this particular and very special Order.

The dinner was rounded off with a speech from the District Grand Prefect emphasising a very successful year within the Order in terms of new joiners, with the highlight of the year being the Consecration of the new Council Goose and Gridiron which meets on a Saturday. He also explained his vision for growing the membership of the London District even further.

He thanked everyone for attending, with special thanks to the team that helped organising an excellent and memorable evening.

Spring Message from the District Grand Prefect

Spring Message from the District Grand Prefect

Spring isDSC04922 here and managing to gain a tentative foothold over the winter; it is not easy for Nature and the cold snaps are playing havoc with my young plants and seedlings, most have survived - despite my attempts to look after them.  We have some Egyptian Geese living near us, they are good neighbours but are terrible bullies to the other wildfowl on the lake.  They already have goslings and manage to keep all the food I throw down for them.  Life eh…

Allied Masonry continues to grow and thrive in London and we have our own new baby.  Our big news of the year, so far, is the recent Consecration of The Goose and Gridiron Council No 275.  The Grand Master and his team conducted the ceremony in a magnificent manner; over 100 people were present and most stayed on for a really nice lunch with lots of laughter and happiness.  We have already held our first meeting and five new members were Admitted, come along to visit the Council when we next meet on 21st October.

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A New London AMD Council is born

The Goose & Gridiron Council is Consecrated

DSC04922On 13th March 2017, at Mark Masons’ Hall, London, The Goose & Gridiron Council No.275 was consecrated by the Grand Master M.W. Bro. Thomas Firth Jackson and a full team of Grand Officers. Events started at 11am and the ceremony was conducted in a most excellent way by the Grand Officers and Petitioners. After R.W. Bro. Colin Woodcock - our District Grand Prefect - was installed as the first Worshipful Master, the new Council was closed and 80 of the 90 brethren attending were treated to a fabulous Carvery luncheon where the Grand Master was presented with a wonderful stainless steel Gridiron, designed and manufactured for this very special occasion.

GGThe name “Goose & Gridiron” is a direct reference to the ale-house that was located in a section of London known as St. Paul’s Churchyard, and where – officially – the Grand Lodge of England was founded on 24 June, 1717. The Council’s name, therefore, is a timely reminder of our Masonic heritage in this the tercentenary year of Craft Masonry. It also, of course, a reference to St Lawrence the Martyr and the manner in which he died – an event that plays a crucial part in one of the Allied Masonic Degrees.

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The Goose & Gridiron is the first new Council for the District of London since 2006, and will meet on Saturdays to address the demand of AMD members unable to commit to weekday meetings.

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AMD London Awareness Evening

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On 19th January, the District Grand Prefect Colin Woodcock hosted an Awareness Evening at Mark Masons’ Hall for the District of London.

After warmly welcoming the 50 or so Brethren, of whom 30 were potential candidates, the DGP gave a brief history of the Order and talked about the how the District is organised, the regalia of the Order and the lessons that the five degrees teach us.

The Deputy District Grand Prefect, Steven Warwick, then mentioned the imminent consecration of the new Council – the Goose & Gridiron – and how the District anticipated that this new unit, meeting on a Saturday, would appeal to younger Masons who perhaps had busy work schedules during the week.

The District Grand Prefect then opened the floor to questions, of which there were several, before inviting those present to join him for one of Mark Masons’ Hall’s excellent carveries. There then followed more conversations over a few post-dinner drinks in the bar!

Next Meetings

14
Jan
Mark Masons’ Hall
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London
Grand Tilers of Solomon

15
Jan
Mark Masons’ Hall
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London
Grand Tilers of Solomon
St Lawrence the Martyr

22
Jan
Mark Masons’ Hall
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London

28
Jan
Mark Masons’ Hall
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London
Grand Tilers of Solomon
Knight of Constantinople

29
Jan
Mark Masons’ Hall
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London

18
Mar
Mark Masons’ Hall
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London
Installation Meeting

25
Mar
Mark Masons’ Hall
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London

07
Apr
Mark Masons’ Hall
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London

10
Apr
Mark Masons’ Hall
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London

14
Apr
TBA
We will be holding our next Spring Social Event on Dinner on Tuesday 14th April 2020. Please add the

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