Pride of Surrey Council January Meeting

In January 2018, R.Ill. Comp. David Blackburn, District Grand Master, together with a number of District Grand Officers made an Official Visit to Pride of Surrey Council No 168.

Pride of Surrey Council January Meeting After the Council was opened the District Grand Director of Ceremonies, Ill.Comp. Peter Kipps, was admitted and advised the Thrice Illustrious Master, Ill.Comp. Chris Eley, that the Right Illustrious District Grand Master was in the ante room and demanded admission to the Council. The District Grand Master entered in procession with the Provincial team and was welcomed by the Thrice Illustrious Master. Also present was the Past District Grand Master, R.Ill. Comp. Arnold Long, an Honorary Member of the Council.

The main item on the agenda was to Choose as a Select Master and Honour as a Royal Master Bro. Garth Blanchard. The ceremony of Select Master was undertaken by the T.I.M., Ill.Comp. Chris Eley, assisted by Ill.Comp. David Thompson who presented the history of the Degree. Comp. Garth was then welcomed into the Council by Ill. Comp. Chris and the District by R.Ill.Comp. David.

Pride of Surrey Council January Meeting The Council was adjourned and Comp. Garth retired from the Council. Ill.Comp. Chris invited Ill.Comp. Richard Baker to act as T.I.M. to conduct the Ceremony of Royal Master. A Council of Royal Master was opened and Comp. Garth was honoured as a Royal Master by Ill.Comp. Richard in an excellent manner. Ill.Comp. Richard invited R.Ill.Comp. Michael Barnes to give the lecture of the Degree, which was done in Mik’s very special way. Comp. Tim Ford gave a splendid performance as Principal Conductor of the Work.

After photographs and a few drinks in the bar, the Companions of the Pride of Surrey Council and their guests sat down to a most enjoyable festive board at the Sutton Masonic Centre.

Article and photographs by Chris Eley

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