Council of the Four Kings Welcomes DGP

On Monday 21st November members of The Council of the Four Kings No.7 assembled in the Brazil room at Mark Masons' Hall for their installation meeting.

After opening they welcomed R. W. Bro. Colin Woodcock MBE, the District Grand Prefect into the meeting. He was accompanied by a large delegation of District Grand Officers.

W. Bro. Terry Gilbert then proceeded to install Bro. David Ashbolt into the Chair. This was conducted in fine manner and W. Bro. David Ashbolt then appointed and installed his officers for the year.

After the meeting was closed, brethren made their way to the holding area on the 2nd floor (aka The Bar), before assembling in the Egerton room to partake in a splendid and convivial festive board. Wine was taken, Toasts were made before brethren toasted to their next merry meeting.

More photos from the meeting can be viewed here

District Annual Meeting 2022

On the chilly Saturday morning of November 19th 2022 the first of the helpers arrived at Mark Masons’ Hall to assist the District Secretariat to prepare for the Allied Masonic Degrees District of London Annual Meeting.

Signing in sheets were laid out, changing room signs were displayed, Lodge and dining seating plans put up, summons distributed and other jobs assigned all executed like a well-oiled machine.

Distinguished guests from other Districts and Orders started to arrive, along with District members.

At 10:45, the first of the processions was conducted into the Grand Temple concluding with the final procession of the District Grand Officers and the District Grand Prefect R. W. Bro. Colin Woodcock MBE.

District Grand Lodge was then opened and silent periods of reflection were observed for the late Queen Elizabeth II as well as for members of the District who had been called to Higher Service in the last 12 months.

The DGP then welcomed the distinguished brethren from other Districts as well as Heads and representatives of other orders.

All 11 District Councils were represented and there were also a number of newly admitted Brethren who were warmly welcomed to the meeting.

V. W. Bro. Steven Warwick PGReg was re-appointed as Deputy District Grand Prefect.

Before appointing and investing his District Officers for the year, the DGP paid a heartful thanks to W. Bro. Mike Adkins for his years of loyal service as District Grand Director of Ceremonies.

 

The District Grand Officers appointed and invested for the year can be found here.

 

First Appointment to Past Rank:

Past Dist. Grand Inner Guard      -             W. Bro. Brian Ennever

 

Promotions:

Past Dist. Grand Senior Warden -             W. Bro. Matthew Hampson DepGDC

Past Dist. Grand Senior Warden -             W. Bro. Glen Sapsford PGReg

Past Dist. Grand Senior Warden -             W. Bro. Ben Dykes PGJD

Past Dist. Grand Junior Warden -             V. W. Bro. Jules Greenwall PGReg

Past Dist. Grand Junior Warden -             W. Bro. Ivor Cook PGIG

Past Dist. Grand Junior Warden -              W. Bro. Keith Johnson PGStdB

 

The District Grand Prefect then delivered his Annual Address, which can be read here.

 

The District Grand Council was then closed and Brethren retired to the VIP bar area and the main bar for some pre lunch refreshments.

A light lunch was then served to a room full of smiles, chatter and laughter. Wine was taken, Toasts were given until finally the District Grand Prefect wished everyone a safe journey and a final toast to our next merry meeting.

 

A full set of photos from the day can be viewed here

 



DGP's AGM Address 19th Nov 2022

Good morning brethren and welcome.

I thank you all for making the time and effort to be with us here today.  I have pulled many strings to ensure all goes well, we have insisted that there will be no train or tube strikes, no rain, no problems and no money !!!  but we have lots that money cannot buy.  We are all members here of a very special Order in Freemasonry, as our Grand Master said at Grand Council in October – it is fun and always has to be fun…  and that is something that we in London have long believed in; it is our guiding aim and I am pleased to say that I constantly see that in action throughout our District.  More than 100 members here today testify to something being done right.  - of course, a Gin & Tonic in the bar in a few minutes will add to the happiness barometer.

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.  Nearer to home our Official Visit programme is in full swing; indeed, I have completed two in the last week and one next Monday – Council of the Four Kings which will be a good night out. I was even at Sussex Council on Thursday with my friends Gene Earland and John Ellenger, again a very nice night out.  After today, it will start again and either myself, Stephen or the District Wardens will attend.

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.

Our hardworking District Grand Secretary Scott Cargill and the District Assistant Secretary – Richard Criddle, who have worked very hard to make today so successful.  Thank you.

Mike Adkins our Past District DC, who has stood down today and handed over to Roger, Mike, thank you so much for your loyalty and commitment, you have looked after me so well with no fuss or panics even when the others were stressing (not me !!!) and we always enjoyed ourselves.  Thank you.   Our District Treasurer – John Baker, who cannot be with us today, but I thank him for his hard work and support through the year.

To Dougie Black who has enhanced our meeting with music and to Mark Corcoran our Tyler who has given this District much help and support during the year. thank you. 

To Stephen Schofield who ably organises and manages our Official visits and to all those who come along to support our visits even though they have moved on from being Active District Officers, this is most heartening – thank you.

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

I mentioned earlier our good numbers here, numbers are not everything but from where `I sit the data and the metrics help me balance what I see and hear across the Councils.  At our meeting in 2019 we had 280 members and we now have 255, yes that is a loss but when balanced out with over 20 deaths in that period and the knowledge that we have had a steady stream of new members since we resumed meetings and more in the pipeline across all of our councils - we are in a good position.  Our smallest unit has 20 members, not bad… and where any Council needs help then our recruitment team are deployed and we help them, by securing candidates and helping them recruit for themselves.

Some of our new members are with us today.

Enjoy your allied Masonry with us in London.

And the happiness barometer is riding high on the social side -

  • We enjoyed a really good day out at Greenwich in April where we taken around the Painted Hall with lunch afterwards.
  • On 3rd of this month we had a Zoom lecture by one of the visitor guides at Hampton Court Palace – all about Ghoulies and Ghosties – great fun.
  • We resumed our dinner for Secretaries and Treasurers.
  • And we reinstated our dinner for new members which I find very enjoyable and also instructive – it is interesting to hear why members join and what they expect to get out of it, it definitely influences how we chart the course of the district.
  • We also collected over £1000 from Council and personal donations which we have distributed equally to a Ukrainian charity and UK Med– which is a UK medical support charity which deploys doctors and nurses with kit and support staff in battle field situations.

And it does not stop there, we have much planned for the coming year.

We have a very energetic Communications team who are supported by an excellent website and a number of good and effective social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp and these have been used to great effect throughout.

And let me mention our Council of Improvement, it has run on Zoom since the first lockdown and has developed the most brilliant virtual temple and floor movements, Steve Roberts is the creator, host and maestro, well done Steve and thank you.  Full details are on the website.

We have had success at Grand Rank as well,

Peter Warner promoted to Active Grand Junior Deacon

First Appointments for -

John Eldridge and Stuart Graves to PAGDC

Richard Higginson, Bob Turner and John Johnston to PGStdB

Congratulations to them and all those across the Order who have been so honoured. 

Finally, let me say a huge thank you to the members from London and our guests who have joined with me today, in such good numbers, to celebrate our wonderful Order and its strength and prosperity.

In a few weeks it will be December and the Christmas season will be here again I wish you and your families, most especially at this time, all good wishes, good health and much happiness.

May the Great disposer of all bless you all.

Photos from the meeting can be viewed here

 

Metropolitan Council "A" - Welcomes District Grand Prefect

On Wednesday 16th November members of Metropolitan Council welcomed the District Grand Prefect, R. W. Bro. Colin Woodcock MBE and a delegation of District Grand Officers to their meeting.

The District Grand Prefect gave eulogies for sadly departed brethren M. W. Bro. Timothy Lewis, Past Grand Master and W. Bro. David Alexander.

There then followed a busy schedule of work. Starting with W. Bro. Shirish Patel being admitted as a joining member.

Bro. Paul Askham-Spencer was then introduced into the order with Worshipful Master W. Bro. Terry Worrall conducting the ceremony of St. Lawrence the Martyr using the "Eastenders" Workings of the ritual.

The room was then prepared for the ceremony of Grand High Priest which was in the capable hands of W. Bro. Roger Keys, who Anointed, Consecrated and Set Apart five Brethren into the order with Bro. Jake Mossom acting as the Nominated Candidate.

The District Grand Prefect then rounded off the ceremonial by presenting members of the Council with their unique "A" jewel.

Brethren then retired to the Hertfordshire room where a joyful festive board was held in a room full of chatter and laughter. Wine was taken, Toasts were made before finally we drank to our next merry meeting.

Some photos from the evening can be viewed here.