The Degree of Excellent Master

On Monday the 22nd November 2021 the Degree of Excellent Master was Conferred on a number of Candidates at a meeting of the Grafton Council of Anointed Kings No 16 at Mark Masons’ Hall.

As this could not take place last year due to the suspension of all Masonic activity there were three ceremonies on that day. The Director of Ceremonies, R.Ill.Comp. Paul Norman, was there before the meeting to ensure everything was ready.

The Degree of Excellent Master Our District Grand Master, R.Ill.Comp. David Blackburn was the Conductor, and R.Ill.Comp Christopher Lewis, District Grand Master of Middlesex, was the Captain of the Third Veil.

The Degree of Excellent Master The Three Captains of the Veils were, R.Ill.Comp. Christopher Lewis, Captain of the Third Veil; V.Ill.Comp. Graham Seeman, Captain of the Second Veil; and R.Ill.Comp. Steven Warwick, Captain of the First Veil.

The Degree of Excellent Master The Representative Candidate was Ill.Comp. Jonathan Whitaker seen here with the Conductor, R.Ill.Comp. David Blackburn.

The Degree of Excellent Master The three Candidates from Surrey were Ill.Comps. Leslie Grout, Chris Eley, and Steve Rowlands.

The Degree of Excellent Master The Degree of Excellent Master It was a most interesting and enjoyable Ceremony conducted by the Right Worshipful Master, R.Ill.Comp. Vince Driver, District Grand Master of London; the Senior Warden, R.Ill.Comp. Martin Wilson, District Grand Master of East Midlands; and the Junior Warden, R.Ill. Comp. Colin Hellyer, District Grand Master of Hertfordshire. The Chaplain was M.Ill.Comp. Kessick Jones, the Grand Master.

The Degree of Excellent Master After the meeting we all retired to the bar…

The Degree of Excellent Master …before sitting down to an excellent meal at 86 St James’s Street.

The Degree of Excellent Master Following the meal, some of us stayed behind to continue our conversations, and to finish the Port.

The Degree of Excellent Master Click here to see all the photographs of the day.

Article and photographs by Chris Eley


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