Autumn Event - "Working with the Ghosts of Hampton Court Palace"

On the evening of Thursday 3rd November, members of AMD Councils and their Partners and Friends joined us online via Zoom for a fascinating and entertaining talk "Working with the Ghosts of Hampton Court Palace". Our presenter was Sarah Slater a Guide Lecturer at Hampton Court Palace.

Sarah was dressed in one of her costumes a dark Victorian mourning dress which fitted well into her talk. Sarah gave us a potted history of Hampton Court Palace before leading onto the main subject which was discussing the various sightings and spooky events which have been reported at the Palace over the last 500 years.

A recent YouGov poll revealed that 34% of people believe in ghosts - However, a quick poll of those on our zoom meeting showed only 24% of us were believers. But, this did not distract from the talk as the content had sufficient content to satisfy both believers and sceptics, with Sarah revealing how some sightings had been explained whilst others had still not been explained.

The talk concluded with a short period of questions for Sarah, before our District Grand Prefect Colin Woodcock concluded the evening with thanks to Sarah and to everyone who attended.

It seems that the talk was well received with the following feedback:

"What an excellent informative and entertaining evening - good choice."

"Just a note to say how much we enjoyed last night’s Autumn Social Event. Sarah Slater is a great presenter. Her presentation was both informative and entertaining. The time went so quickly. We would certainly be Interested in attending either another Zoom with her or a real conducted tour at Hampton Court."


Perram Council No.45 - Welcomes District Grand Prefect

On Monday 31st October, members of Perram Council No.45 met at Mark Masons' Hall and welcomed to their meeting R.W. Bro. Colin Woodcock MBE*, the District Grand Prefect and a delegation of District Grand Officers.

After a moments reflection for the passing of our late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the meeting continued with an eulogy in memory of our Past Grand Master M.W. Bro. Tim Lewis.

W. Bro. Michael Winch then proceeded to install Bro. Aidan McDonald as Worshipful Master for 2022/23. 

W. Bro. McDonald then installed his officers before closing the Lodge. Members and visitors then retired to the bar, before an enjoyable Festive board.

There is no truth in the rumour that when the inner guard went to the door to inquire "Whom have you there?", that the response was "Trick or Treat!".

Goose & Gridiron Council - Welcomes District Grand Junior Warden

On Saturday 15th October 2022 The Goose & Gridiron Council No.275 welcomed W. Bro. Vincent Fattorusso, District Grand Junior Warden to their meeting.

At the meeting W. Bro. Paul Asante was installed as Worshipful Master, who then appointed and installed his officers for the ensuing year.

The degree of Knight of Constantinople was then conducted to admit as a Knight of Constantinople Bro. Stuart McGhie.

Some photos from the meeting can be viewed here.

The Brigadier Galloway Council - Welcomes District Grand Secretary

On Friday 14th October The Brigadier Galloway Council No. 126 welcomed W. Bro. Scott Cargill, District Grand Secretary to their meeting. At the meeting they also welcomed to the order Bro. Christopher Griggs who was admitted as a Brother of St. Lawrence the Martyr.

W. Bro. Roderick Bradley was then installed as the 31st Master of the Council, who then appointed and installed his officers, before closing the council meeting. Members and guests then retired to enjoy a splendid festive board.

Photos from the evening can be viewed here.