CHANGES IN THE CRAFT AND ROYAL ARCH EXECUTIVE COMMITTEES –
I am pleased to announce the following changes in the membership of the Craft Executive Committee, with effect from Tuesday 11th May 2021, which would normally be the regular date for the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge, and when W. Bro. Paul Jesse Huggins PSGD will complete 5 years as an Assistant Provincial Grand Master and retire from office.
To fill the vacancy that will be caused by his retirement, the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro. His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent GCVO has been pleased to appoint W. Bro. William James (Jim) Mitchell PAGDC, ProvGDC, as one of his Assistant Provincial Grand Masters.
Due to the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge must necessarily again be deferred this year, until Friday 3rd September 2021, when a scaled down Annual Meeting will be held at Twickenham District Masonic Centre. At that meeting I will have the pleasure of obligating, investing, and installing Bro. Jim Mitchell in office on behalf of our Provincial Grand Master. However, his appointment will become effective as from Tuesday 11th May 2021.
As a result of this appointment, the Provincial Grand Master has also been pleased to appoint W. Bro. Christopher Colin James Parfitt-Taylor as his Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies in succession to Bro. Jim Mitchell, and his appointment will also become effective from 11th May 2021.
Consequent on the above changes in the Craft, E. Comp. Jim Mitchell PGStB, will also retire as the Royal Arch Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies and from the Royal Arch Executive Committee on Thursday 8th July 2021, being the previously advised date for the Annual Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter.
As Grand Superintendent, I have likewise appointed E. Comp. Christopher Colin James Parfitt-Taylor as Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies for the Royal Arch Province with effect from 8th July 2021 and will have the pleasure of investing him at the deferred Annual Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter, which will also be held on Friday 3rd September 2021 at Cole Court, Twickenham.
I am sure that you will wish to join me, firstly, in thanking Bro. Paul Huggins for his 5 years sterling service as an Assistant Provincial Grand Master and, secondly, to congratulate Bro. Jim Mitchell and Bro./Comp. Chris Parfitt-Taylor on their respective forthcoming appointments and to wish them every success in their future endeavours on behalf of the Province of Middlesex.
Details of the arrangements for the two meetings to be held on Friday 3rd September 2021, together and the subsequent additional meetings for the investiture of those Brethren and Companions appointed or re-appointed to, or promoted in, Craft or Royal Arch Provincial Grand Rank, will be published in due course when finalised.
Peter R A Baker
Pro Provincial Grand Master for and
Grand Superintendent in and over Middlesex
18th March 2021
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