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

DGP’s Address – 16th November 2019

colin agm 2019Distinguished guests, brethren all, I have already made so many ‘welcomes’ here but let me, once again welcome you all to our District Meeting.  I do appreciate the support you have all given by making the effort to be here today, it certainly ‘makes the day’ to have good numbers.

It continues, for me, to be an enormous privilege to hold the office of District Grand Prefect for London and I am conscious of this every time that I visit a council or when I represent you in other Districts.  Between Steven, myself and the Wardens of the year we have visited widely across the District and on every occasion we have been met with all we would expect from this Order – good Companionship, well worked ceremonies and an enthusiasm and commitment to the Allied Masonic Degrees.  

Before I go too much further I must thank those who make such an effort to ensure that everything in our District goes smoothly and efficiently.

My hardworking District Grand Secretary Peter Warner and the District Assistant Secretary – Scott Cargill, who have worked very hard to make today so successful.  Events like today are a major challenge and can only be left to a few people otherwise life gets very confusing.  Thank you.

Mike Adkins our District DC and our District Treasurer – Gordon Trew, thank you both for your hard work and support through the year.

To Dougie Black who has enhanced our meeting with music and to Mark Corcoran who has taken over from dear Aby Obadiah.– thank you.  And I must not forget those Officers of the year, and others, who have attended our Delegations, your company was much appreciated, it was always enjoyable and fun.

Finally, our Secretaries, who keep our Councils enthused and running, thank you for your time and effort, only those who have carried out that work know the amount of effort involved, – I have and I do.  Thank you.

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Colin's Autumn message

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Well, the summer is over and we are heading into the wet and gloomy depths of autumn from where we will slide and skid into the icy grip of winter. However there is a ray of warmth and happiness on the horizon! Our wonderful Order has much to offer to brighten our lives, not only in the many meetings between now and Christmas but also some special events. The London AMD autumn social night will be on Thursday 7th November where over dinner we shall have a fascinating talk on the VC, and our own District AGM will be on Saturday 16th November - please attend and support if possible as it is always a good day out. For more on these and for information on a wide range of activities across the District, please visit our website where in particular you will also find information on a photo competition for all of you camera or smartphone buffs. I look forward to seeing you at your meetings or elsewhere across the District.

Best wishes to you all,

Colin

Next Meetings

18
Mar
Mark Masons’ Hall
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London
St Lawrence the Martyr
Installation Meeting

25
Mar
Mark Masons’ Hall
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London
Knight of Constantinople

07
Apr
Mark Masons’ Hall
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London

10
Apr
Mark Masons’ Hall
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London

14
Apr
The Royal Institution & RAF Club
This year's Spring Social event will be held on Tuesday 14th April and will involve not 1 but 2 tours! We

02
May
Mark Masons' Hall
Installation Meeting

13
May
Mark Masons’ Hall
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London

19
May
Mark Masons’ Hall
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London
Installation Meeting

22
May
Mark Masons' Hall
Installation Meeting

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