Wednesday 9th May 2018 was a special day for Star in the East 95, formed on 15th November 1866. Not only was it the 1075th meeting of the Lodge, but they were also celebrating their sesquicentennial (150 years), albeit two years late.
The Deputy Grand Master, RW Bro John Herbert Prizeman, was in attendance to see the Advancement of Paul Simon Sellers into the Lodge, before presenting the sesquicentennial Warrant to the Master.
For one individual though, the biggest surprise of the evening was to be called before the DepGM to receive a field promotion to the rank of PGStdB. The recipient was none other than the Lodge Secretary, Cedric Thornton. A big lad, who could have been knocked down by a feather. Is this the first time in our Province that such a promotion has occurred?
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A raiding party consisting of 16 members (17 if you include RW Fred Smith, an honorary member) of The Abbot Hugh of Selby Lodge 1640 attended the Regular Meeting of St Peters Lodge 1008 on Tuesday 1st May 2018 and successfully claimed the Travelling Keystone.
W Bro David Strathie, WM of the Abbot Hugh of Selby 1640 was ceremonially presented with the Keystone by W Bro C A N McLaren, WM of St Peters Lodge 1008, at the festive board.
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The following members of the province will receive their first appointment at the Mark Grand Lodge Annual Investiture to be held on Tuesday 12th June 2018 at FMH, Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ.
William Ernest Glanville – PAGDC
John Kilmartin – PAGSwdB
Alan Rooke – PAGSwdB
William Stephen Hawkes – PGStdB
Terence Cook – PAGStdB
The following members will receive promotion at the Mark Grand Lodge Communication to be held on Tuesday 11th September 2018 at FMH, Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ.
John Charles Kettlewell – PGJO
Gordon John Dudley – PGJD
Thomas James Spinks – PGJD
The Secretaries/Scribes meeting held at Connaught Court on Wednesday 28th April saw 28 in attendance. The meeting was led by the Provincial Secretary, W Bro Bill Glanville, supported by his Deputy, his Assistant and the Registrar.
Opened by the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro Bob Clancey, the aim was to show how the province could provide support for Lodge Secretaries/Scribes and how, in return, they could help the provincial administration to operate more smoothly.
It's hoped that this will be an annual event but, obviously, the secretaries/scribes unable to attend need to be involved in a similar a meeting too, possibly an evening session - watch this space.
Thanks go to all who were able to attend.