AMD Autumn Social

A most entertaining, amusing and historical talk “Secrets, Scandal & Salacious Gossip of the Royal Court”, was given via Zoom to a large number of AMD London members, partners and friends this evening.

The presentation was by Sarah Slater an official guide at Hampton Court. Sarah’s talk last year on The Ghosts of Hampton Court was well received and so it made sense to invite Sarah back again for this year’s Autumn online social.

And she did not disappoint, in my opinion topping last year’s talk. With talk on Royal lines, official and unofficial mistresses (aka Ladies of Negotiable Affection), and the connections of families which still to this day are closely associated with our Royal family. The talk concluded with some examples of the types of contraception used during the time with a stark warning given “not to try these at home!!”.

Thank you to all those who attended and if you were not there you missed a treat and will have to look up a picture of Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland to see which PM he looks like and is related to.

Perram Council Welcomes Deputy District Grand Prefect

On Monday 30th October Perram Council No. 45 welcomed the Deputy District Grand Prefect V.W. Bro. Steven Warwick and a delegation of District Grand Officers to their meeting. Also in attendance was R.W. Bro. Richard Mayers, District Grand Prefect for South & East Caribbean.

During the meeting W. Bro. Chetan Patel was installed in fine form by W. Bro. Aiden McDonald. The Worshipful Master then installed his officers.

The meeting was then interrupted by W. Bro. Michael West, Assistant Grand Tyler, who presented to the Worshipful Master, a jewel which had come into his possession and what appeared to be a Past Master's Jewel which belonged to Perram Council. The Worshipful Master thanked Michael for repatriating the Jewel to the Council. The Jewel was then presented to W. Bro. Aiden McDonald as the Immediate Past Master.

The meeting was then closed and brethren retired to the holding area on the 2nd floor before gathering for a most enjoyable festive board where we enjoyed a carvery dinner.

During dinner R.W. Bro. Richard Mayers mentioned that he was last at Perram Council exactly 7 years previously. A picture from that meeting is shown below.


Photos from the meeting can be viewed here.

Britannic Council of Madeira welcomes District GJW

Monday 25th September 2023 saw the Britannic Council of Madeira kick off their new season by welcoming W. Bro. Vincent Fattorusso, the District Grand Junior Warden and a delegation of District officers to their meeting. A good turnout with around 20 brethren in the temple and 17 dining.

At the meeting W. Bro. Alan White was installed into the chair in fine manner by W. Bro. Bryan Wakely. The Master then installed his officers before conducting the degree of St. Lawrence the Martyr welcoming into the order Bro. Carlo Callisto. The ceremony was conducted in fine style by the Worshipful Master and his newly installed officers.

The festive board was typical of AMD meetings with a room full of chatter and laughter which concluded as usual with the Worshipful Master toasting to our next merry meeting.

Photographs from the meeting can be viewed here.


Grand Rank - Congratulations

I have received notification from the Grand Secretary informing me of the allocation of Grand Ranks this year and we, in London, have been particularly fortunate to have six recipients this year.  Congratulations to them, they are -

Dr Colin Howard, Secretary at Londinium Council who has been appointed to Active Grand Inner Guard, many congratulations Colin, a real honour for you, the Council and the District.

Stephen Fenton, who has been appointed Past Grand Sword Bearer.

Harvey Roland and Julian Trought, who have been appointed Past Grand Standard Bearer.

Brian Chapman and David Major who have been appointed Past Grand Inner Guard.

There have also been other successes in which we can share -

Other members of London who received promotion through other Districts are -

Brian Sarre, a member of Goose and Gridiron, who (through Essex) has been promoted Past Grand Registrar.

Dougie Black (through Grand Masters Centennial No 100) has been promoted to Past Grand Senior Deacon.

Many congratulations to all of these brethren, all worthy recipients, and I am sure I speak for us all in wishing them well.

They will receive their honour at the Grand Council which will meet at Freemasons Hall on Tuesday 24th October, please note the date and join me there to see them personally congratulated by the Grand Master.