I am pleased to submit to you my report on the activities within your Province for the period June 2013 to May 2014.
It is with sadness I have to report that during the last year thirty threet of our members have passed to the Grand Chapter above. Well known to many will be E.Comp. His Hon. Peter Edward Copley PGStB PProvGDC, E.Comp. Michael John Mercer PPGSN, E.Comp. Douglas Edwin Gordon-Smith PPGSN and Comp. Ronald Charles Rigby-Saunders PPAGDC. May all of our departed Companions rest in peace, and we add our sincere condolences to the families and Chapters of those many Companions whose names are not recorded in this report.
During the 2013-2014 Masonic year your Province has been represented by members of the Executive at the Annual General Convocations of the Metropolitan Grand Chapter of London and twelve other Provinces. In return we are pleased to receive and welcome visitors from Provinces with whom we have reciprocal arrangements, so continuing to cement Inter-Provincial relationships.
During the year 2013 and there were 76 Exaltees but we had an still had an overall loss of 78 members, The total number of members at the end 2013 was 1,960. During 2013 the number of memberships fell by 32 to 2,499. The total number of Chapters at the end of 2013 was 98.
On 4th March 2013 the Middlesex First Principals Chapter, No. 3420, was again honoured to host the annual ‘Gordon Bourne Lecture’. The lecture was on ‘Sacred Secrets – Royal Arch Masonary, The Bible and the Christian Faith’ by E.Comp. Mike Neville MEZ of Frederick Chapter of Unity No. 452, Provincial Grand Chapter of Surrey. It was presented in a most professional manner and well received by those present. After the lecture E.Comp Mike received a warm round of applause.
The Assistants to the Provincial Grand Principals, each with his own team of Visiting Officers, have ensured that every Chapter in the Province has been visited during the last twelve months. On occasions of more than usual importance, such as Anniversaries or Banner Dedications, visits have been made by the Deputy Grand Superintendent, Second or Third Provincial Grand Principal. The purpose of such visits is to continue to encourage, assist and support the Companions of the Province and to maintain a happy and unified Province.
The following chapters celebrated its Anniversary and/or Banner dedication:
10th : Scriveners’ Chapter No. 9588
25th : Sudbury Chapter No. 4529
: Carnarvon Chapter No. 708
50th and Banner Dedication : Whitton Chapter No. 4770
75th : Northwick Chapter No.5020
: Middlesex St. David’s Chapter No.5460
: Heston Chapter No.5220
Banner Dedication : Middlesex First Principals Chapter no. 3420
A new chapter, Middlesex First Principals (Southgate) Chapter No. 9240 was dedicated
The Province continues its policy of development and training and on 29th March 2014 a Principals Seminar was held at Cole court Twickenham and was hosted by the Third Provincial Grand Principle E.Comp. Paul Huggins.
The ‘Travelling Pedestal’ initiative, which was launched five years ago, continues to gather momentum and to date has visited forty six Chapters and from June 2013 to May 2014 visited six Chapters. It is hoped that it will continue to foster new friendships and encourage more regular visiting between Chapters. E.Comp. Alan Peters has been organising the visits although there are already several presentations already arranged the E.Comp.Alan Peters would be pleased to hear from any Chapter which wishes to be a recipient of the ‘Travelling Pedestal’.
The Middlesex Grand Officers’ & Provincial Grand Officers’ Club (PGO Club) Club continues to flourish with Andrew Elliott as secretary organised its two yearly dinners. The Pro Provincial Grand Master/Grand Superintendent continues to use these meetings as his principle vehicle for disseminating news and information to the senior members of the Province for onward transmission to other Lodge members. On the 3rd April 2014 which was the 25th Anniversary of the PGO Club the AGM was held and The Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. H.R.H. Prince Michael of Kent GCVO was in attendance. Representatives from five charities were invited and were pleased to received donations totalling £101,850. The donations were presented on behalf of The Middlesex Province Relief Fund, Middlesex Masonic Charity, The Masters’ Ride, The Provincial Ball and the Grand Charity.
On Remembrance Sunday members of your Executive, wearing their Chains of Office and Grand or Provincial Officers wearing their Collars but no other regalia, again honoured the men and women who lost their lives for their Country by attending Wreath Laying Services on behalf of the Freemasons of Middlesex. Ceremonies were held at Chipping Barnet, Eastcote, Enfield, Harefield, Harrow, Pinner, Northwood, Richmond, Ruislip, Shepperton, Southgate, Staines, Twickenham, Uxbridge and Wembley. This is now a regular feature each year and it is pleasing to note that Freemasons attending these ceremonies are welcomed and acknowledged by the civic dignitaries.
Congratulations are extended to all those who were honoured by the conferment to Grand Rank, especially the following Middlesex Companions who were re-appointed, appointed or promoted as a result of your recommendation, or from other sources.
E.Comp. Andrew Paul Elliott AGDC
E.Comp. Andrew David Alexander Manasseh PAGSoj
E.Comp. Douglas Howard Miller PGStB
E.Comp. Lewis Read PGStB
E.Comp. Michael Karn PAGDC
E.Comp. Philip C. Summers from PGSoj to PGSwdB
M.E.Comp. David K. Williamson as 3rdGPrin
During the past year several Chapters have appointed new Scribes E and Treasurers and on behalf of the Provincial Executive I thank those Companions for accepting the additional duties and responsibilities involved. Similarly, grateful thanks are extended to those who retired from those Offices for the valuable contribution made to the administration of the Province, in some cases over the course of many years.
I extend my grateful thanks to the Provincial Grand Treasurer, E.Comp. Brian Fisher PGStB, the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, E.Comp. Nigel Codron, GStB, his Deputies, E.Comp Erle Beale ProvGStwd and the members of Prince Michael of Kent Chapter, who provide essential services to the Province, and to the many others who have given valuable assistance with the arrangements for today’s Convocation. My thanks to E.Comp Peter de Wolfe ProvDepGSwdB who arranges for the escorts for the members of the Executives when visiting Chapters. In addition E.Comp Peter de Wolfe has done excellent work in collecting and issuing Royal Arch Jewels for Active officers.