A Visit to the District of London

Due to the suspension of Masonic activity the Annual Meeting of the District Grand Council of London was held as a Virtual Business Meeting on Thursday 24th June 2021. Attending was the Grand Recorder, R.Ill.Comp. Ryan Williams, and Companions from many other Districts. Just over 120 Companions joined the meeting.

Also attending were our District Grand Master, R.Ill.Comp. David Blackburn; Deputy District Grand Master, Ill.Comp. Peter Kipps; District Grand Principal Conductor of the Work, Ill.Comp. David Thompson; District Grand Director of Ceremonies, Ill.Comp. Simon McCarthy, and our Assistant District Grand Recorder, Ill.Comp. Chris Eley.

A Visit to the District of London The District Grand Master for the District of London, R.Ill.Comp. Vincent John Driver, declared the meeting open and welcomed all present. The District Grand Recorder, Ill.Comp. David Green, read the permission to hold a Virtual Business Meeting.

A Visit to the District of London The Minutes of the previous District Grand Council Meeting were approved by the Companions. After the regular business of the District was completed, the District Grand Council Officers for the ensuing year were appointed. V.Ill.Comp. Jules Greenwall was reappointed Deputy District Grand Master and Ill.Comp. Ben Dykes was reappointed District Grand Principal Conductor of the Work.

The District Grand Master addressed District Grand Council. He congratulated those Companions who received appointments or promotion in Grand Council in April as well as those he had appointed today thanking them for their support.

A Visit to the District of London He also thanked those attending the meeting today, a total of 16 District Grand Masters and representatives from a number of Districts. He said that he plans to hold a dinner for Active Officers later in the year.

The Grand Recorder, R.Ill.Comp. Ryan Williams, was invited to address the meeting. He thanked the District for his invitation and reflected on the challenges we have faced over the past year; and how we have addressed these. Communication has been critical during this period. Looking forward we should be encouraging our existing membership to return to meetings when they feel ready and over the next few months move from retention to recruitment.

A Visit to the District of London The District Grand Master then thanked everyone for attending and declared the meeting closed. Afterwards the guests all said how much they had enjoyed the meeting and wished the District of London every success in the future.

A Visit to the District of London Article and photos by Chris Eley, Assistant District Grand Recorder

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