Sussex by the Sea

On Saturday 13th November 2021 a delegation from Surrey drove down to Brighton to attend the Annual Meeting of the District Grand Council of Surrey. Also attending the meeting was The Right Illustrious Deputy Grand Master His Hon. Ian Douglas Gavin Alexander, QC.

Sussex by the Sea We all met up in the dining room for coffee and a chat before getting ready for the meeting.

Sussex by the Sea Sussex by the Sea Sussex by the Sea Sussex by the Sea The meeting was opened by the District Grand Master, R.Ill.Comp. Bernard F Marchant, and The Right Illustrious Deputy Grand Master His Hon. Ian Douglas Gavin Alexander, QC., entered and was warmly welcomed by the District Grand Master. The Deputy Grand Master thanked the Organist for the lovely music on his entry into District Grand Council and addressed the meeting.

He said that after the challenges of the past 18 months the Grand Master thought it would be good to attend as many District Council meetings as possible to meet everyone and congratulate those who had received Grand Rank. He said that the Grand Master sends his personal good wishes and encourages every Council to maintain contact with their members to support a return to meetings.

A eulogy was given for R.Ill.Comp. Brian C Wareham, Past District Grand Master of Sussex; following which the District Grand Master welcomed all the Distinguished visitors from other Districts, and other Masonic Orders in Sussex.

Sussex by the Sea After the regular business of District Grand Council had been concluded, the District Grand Master had much pleasure in appointing as Deputy District Grand Master, Ill.Comp. John C Gough, P.G.Capt.Gd. Ill.Comp. John has served the District with distinction for many years, latterly as the District Grand Recorder. The District Grand Master then had much pleasure in re-appointing as District Grand Principal Conductor of the Work Ill.Comp. Colin Dann, P.A.G.D.C.

Sussex by the Sea After the District Grand Master had invested his Officers the Deputy Grand Master invested and congratulated, on behalf of the Grand Master, the six Companions Appointed or Promoted in Grand Rank.

The District Grand Master then addressed District Grand Council. He said that this was the first face-to-face meeting in two years, and he thanked everyone for attending and supporting the District Grand Council of Surrey, especially the Deputy Grand Master. He congratulated those he had appointed and invested today saying he was looking forward to the future. He thanked the District Grand Recorder and the District Grand Director of Ceremonies and their teams for all they had done to make the meeting such a success, and finally all the Companions of Sussex for their companionship, friendship, and support. The Deputy Grand Master then retired from District Grand Council.

District Grand Council was closed and the District Grand Master, attended by the Deputy District Grand Master, the District Grand Principal Conductor of the Work, and distinguished guests retired in procession.

Sussex by the Sea Afterwards R.Ill.Comp Bernard Marchant posed for a photograph with the Surrey delegation…

Sussex by the Sea …before we retired for pre-lunch drinks.

Sussex by the Sea I don’t know what Terry had done to get a telling off from the District Grand Master.

Sussex by the Sea The meeting was supported by many Heads of Other Orders in Sussex, including Roger Richardson, the Past District Grand Prefect of the Allied Masonic Degrees, seen here sporting a Surrey AMD napkin.

Sussex by the Sea It was a very convivial lunch with good food and good company. As the Assistant Recorder for Surrey I was fortunate to be seated at the District Recorders’ table, thereby enjoying a glass of the customary port.

Sussex by the Sea After the meal the District Grand Master proposed the Toast to the Deputy Grand Master and presented him with a nice bottle of gin.

Sussex by the Sea The Deputy Grand Master thanked the District Grand Master and the Companions for their kind hospitality and wished the District well for the future.

Sussex by the Sea Article and photographs by Chris Eley


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