Installation of the Pro Grand Master, Deputy Grand Master and Assistant Grand Master designees on Wednesday 14th September 2022 at Grand Lodge.
Brethren in the Province will have received an invitation to enter the ballot for the chance to attend the above Installation Ceremony, a most important event in the 2022 masonic calendar.
The names of those designated for Installation will subsequently appear on the various festive board toast lists throughout the Provinces.
However, it is always good to reflect on whom we give these toasts so we might appreciate their standing within freemasonry and also the communities to which they have given service.
The MW Bro Peter Geoffrey Lowndes, who is the outgoing Pro Grand Master, has featured at length in Freemasonry Today and reflects on his 50 years in freemasonry. (See link – www.freemasonrytoday.com/magazine).
It is opportune, therefore, to give a brief pen picture of these designees to high office.
Jonathan Spence – Pro Grand Master Designate
He was born in 1960, and educated at the Mathematical School, Rochester, Kent and also Trinity College, Oxford.
After a career in banking, from which he retired in 2006 as Chief Executive of a London bank, he now holds a senior position in education as Senior Bursar for Queen’s College, Cambridge.
He was appointed Grand Director of Ceremonies in 2003 and served in that office until his appointment as Deputy Grand Master on 11 March 2009.
Jonathan was appointed Chairman of the Cambridge Building Society in 2014, after serving on the board as a Non-executive Director from 2006.
He has a passion for rugby and, it is noted, a seasoned referee. Other spare time interests include opera, gardening, reading and tennis.
Sir David Hugh Wootton – Deputy Grand Master Designate
A former Lord Mayor of London he merits his own Wikipedia entry:- (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Wootton)
Suffice it to say that RW Bro Sir David has an immense catalogue of involvement on various boards within Institutions from the Arts and Judicial system as a Magistrate, to various memberships and posts within the City Livery Companies and also as a lawyer and politician.
He was the 684th Lord Mayor of London from 2011 t0 2012.
Born in 1950 RW Bro David Wootton was educated at Bradford Grammar School before going up to Jesus College, Cambridge, to read Classics and then Law.
His name will be familiar to all freemasons.
Masonic roles he has held include Senior Grand Warden in the Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London in 2007 and was Past Grand Sword Bearer in 2012.
Since March 2014, he has been Assistant Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England.
David Medlock – Assistant Grand Master Designate
He was born in 1955 and was educated at King Edward’s School, Bath and is a graduate of Salford University after which he completed his professional qualification as an Environmental Health Officer at Tameside Metropolitan Council.
Later he joined his father’s engineering company, Hebron and Medlock, and is now Managing Director of the Sitec Group with a turnover of £65m.
His life has been one of service to the community having been involved voluntarily with Shelter, Adult literacy in Manchester and the Gateway Club in Bath – (www.bathgatewayoutandabout.co.uk).
Currently he is Managing Trustee of a Charitable Trust set up by his father in 1985 (medlockcharitabletrust.org) which has contributed over £35m to various causes throughout the country.
He has been High Sheriff of Somerset (2007-2008), then Deputy Lieutenant 2008 and subsequently Vice Lord Lieutenant from 2012-2018.
Like his colleague RW Bro Jonathan Spence he has a keen interest in Rugby and, of course, freemasonry.
Somerset Brethren must be cock a hoop at this wonderful accolade to their Provincial Grand Master.
It is without doubt that Middlesex freemasons salute and congratulate these three on their appointments and no doubt will perform their tasks with credit to themselves and to the benefit of freemasonry.
All members of the Province will have received an e mail from the Pro Provincial Grand Master inviting them to apply for tickets to attend this very special occasion.
Each Province has been allocated a specific number of tickets and the Pro Grand Master designate is insistent that 25% of the tickets are allocated to Light Blues i.e., those who are Master Masons and who do not hold Provincial Grand Rank.
As a large attendance is expected, this will be spread between the Grand Temple, the Gallery Suite and Lodge Rooms 9 & 10.
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