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Berkshire Province was well represented at the Annual Investiture at Freemasons’ Hall on 27th April. The Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent, presided at the meeting.
The following Brethren, who are Members of Berkshire Lodges, received honours:
- Jim Sampins, Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, was promoted to the acting rank of AGDC.
- Graham Seeman, Past Provincial Grand Organist, was honoured with the acting rank of DepGOrg.
- Rabbi Zvi Solomons received the acting rank of AGChap.
- Sean Kulan, Provincial Grand Almoner, and Raymond Alexander, Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden, were both appointed PAGDC.
- Adrian Robson, Provincial Grand Almoner in Somerset Province and a founder Member of Constructors’ Lodge and the Gourmet Lodge, was appointed PAGStdB.
- Martin Kemble was promoted to PAGDC.
After the Investiture, the Provincial Grand Master for Berkshire, RWBro. Anthony Charles Howlett-Bolton OBE, alongside the Provincial Executive, those who received an appointment or promotion and guests, including PastPGM Digby Woods and Iain Marnock who is to be appointed APGM in September, enjoyed dinner at Tuttons Wine Bar in Covent Garden.
A grand time was had by all!
Congratulations to those Brethren who received honours!
The special “Relief Chest” set up by the Masonic Charity Foundation (MCF) for Freemasons to make donations for humanitarian work in Ukraine has already received in excess of £560,000. The response from members across the constitution has been tremendous and will enable Freemasonry to respond to the crisis in a meaningful and impactful way.
The MCF has announced grants of £100.000 each to the five charities listed below together with the main focus of each charity.
|UK for UNHCR – the UN Refugee agency||Emergency Shelter and protection supplies|
|UNICEF||Health and emergency supplies|
|Plan International UK||Child protection and resettlement|
|British Red Cross||Refugee support and protection|
|The Refugee Council||Refugee support and advice|
The Berkshire lodge room at Sindlesham was the venue for the dedication of the new robes and sceptres of Sandhurst Chapter No. 8505 of Royal Arch Masons on 6th April. There were many visiting Royal Arch Masons present to witness the ceremony and to join with the Sandhurst Principals and Companions in celebrating this unique occasion.
Soon after the opening of the meeting, the Principals were pleased to receive The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Berkshire, leading a contingent of 18 officers of the Provincial Grand Chapter of Berkshire. The Principals and officers of the Sandhurst Chapter then vacated their places for the ME Grand Superintendant and his officers to conduct the Service of Dedication.
The Dedication was performed with due reverence, solemnity and sincerity. The inclusion of apposite readings from the book of Exodus together with a very interesting Oration presented by the Deputy Grand Superintendent explained the symbolism and significance of the colours of the robes and of the sceptres and their emblems.
The Sandhurst Principals with the new robes and sceptres.(front)
The Grand and Deputy Grand Superintendents and 2nd Provincial Grand Principal
After the meeting was closed the company adjourned for an excellent celebration dinner, during which the Sandhurst Chapter pledged a donation of £1000 to the Berkshire 2022 Festival to which the proceeds of the raffle added nearly £300.
The emblems on the new sceptres
The Sandhurst Chapter Principals with their new robes and sceptres
The Provincial Grand Chapter team ready for action
It was a most enjoyable evening and will live long in the memories of all those fortunate enough to have been present.
Photographs courtesy of and ©Steve Heike