Requiescet in pace - W. Bro. Richard Bradburn

The District Grand Prefect regrets to announce the passing of W.Bro. Richard Bradburn, DistGIG, who sadly died of a heart attack in Stoke Mandeville Hospital on Sunday 15 March. 

Richard was a stalwart member of the District of London in general and the Guild of Freeman Council in particular. He will be sorely missed by all of us who knew him.

 

The Travels of a Sword Bearer - Part 1

At last year's Grand Council meeting our good friend, Mike Winch from Perram Council, was appointed and invested as the Grand Sword Bearer.

Active Grand Ranks are very rare and we in London are fortunate to have had such a strong candidate in Mike; many congratulations to him.

We have seen him out and about performing his official duties and very impressive he is, too - well done Mike, we are very proud of you!

We thought it would be nice for us all to follow his progress during his year of office and so have asked him to pen us some reports of his visits and his experiences as he travels around. Click on the link below to read his first submission -

The Travels of a Sword Bearer - Part 1

Colin's December message

Dear Brethren all,

greetings to you and I hope and trust that you are all well and enjoying our wonderful Order in London.

This year has gone remarkably fast; we began at speed, zoomed through Spring, foot slightly off the accelerator in the summer break and then into overtake mode in the Autumn and now we hurtle toward Christmas when we can cut the engine and... relax. We all deserve it.

London AMD has been most successful in 2019 - a continued flow of new members to our Councils; a Spring social event which took us to the top of Tower Bridge and then into the deepest of engine rooms followed, of course, by a good dinner; an Autumn event where we were treated to a brilliant presentation on the Victoria Cross, this time preceded by a superb dinner and then our Annual meeting in November which had high numbers and a splendid lunch.

I have been to many Council meetings during the year and they have all proved to be enjoyable, with good companionship and well-run meetings; this is very pleasing to see.

I am so impressed and grateful for the people behind the scenes who help to keep our District running in such a smooth manner, which allows the rest of us to hold good meetings in a happy and efficient manner. Thanks to all of them.

Our Council of Improvement continues to successfully rehearse our ritual and is a first class environment for new members or those taking Office, so please go along and join them for a taster session.

Well, I told you it was a fast-paced year but let us look forward to 2020.

This will be the last year of the second decade of the 21st century – wow!  So much has changed in our country and our world, and that change is usually for the better and should remind us that to remain relevant and necessary we must be aware of our surroundings and adapt and move with our times. This is not to say that we have annual upheaval but more that we take the best of ideas, maintain our core principles and prepare ourselves to meet the future.  

I believe that we have managed to maintain that balance of changing and preserving – I assure you that we will continue in that vein during 2020.

Let me extend to you all, your families, friends and even casual acquaintances the very best of Christmas wishes and my hope that you all have a healthy and safe New Year. Finally, let us remember those who do not enjoy our blessing of friendship and try to do just one thing to help them at this time of year.

Colin

Next Meetings

15
Jul
TBA
The next New Members Dinner will be held on Wednesday 15th July 2020. Please add the date to your diary. Further details to follow.

23
Jul
TBA
The next Secretaries Dinner will be held on Thursday 23rd July 2020. Please add the date to your diary.

05
Nov
TBA
The Autumn Social Event 2020 will be held on Thursday 5th November 2020. Please put the date in your diary. Further details to follow.

21
Nov
Mark Masons’ Hall
The 2020 District of London Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 21st November 2020. Please add

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