Grafton Council of Anointed Kings

Thursday the 3rd of February 2022 was a busy day for Grafton Council of Anointed Kings No 16 meeting at Mark Masons’ Hall. The afternoon started with a meeting to confer the Degree of Excellent Master on several Candidates, followed by two meetings to confer the Degree of Thrice Illustrious Master.

Grafton Council of Anointed Kings R.Ill.Comp. Vince Driver, Dist.G.M. London, was the Right Worshipful Master; R.Ill.Comp. Martin Wilson, Dist.G.M. East Midlands, was the Senior Warden; R.Ill.Comp. Colin Hellyer, Dist.G.M. Hertfordshire, was the Junior Warden; R.Ill.Comp. His Hon. Ian Douglas Gavin Alexander, QC. Deputy Grand Master was the Chaplain; and R.Ill.Comp. Paul Norman, Grand Director of Ceremonies, was the Director of Ceremonies; and R.Ill.Comp. David Blackburn, our District Grand Master, was the Conductor.

Grafton Council of Anointed Kings The Three Captains of the Veils were: R.Ill.Comp. Steven Warwick, Captain of the First Veil; V.Ill.Comp. Graham Seeman, Captain of the Second Veil; and R.Ill.Comp. Christopher Lewis, Captain of the Third Veil. The Representative Candidate was Ill.Comp. Perri Ahmet from Kent.

It was a most interesting and enjoyable Ceremony conducted by the team in an excellent manner. Afterwards the Candidates were presented with their Certificates by the Deputy Grand Master who gave a most interesting presentation of the origin of this Ceremony in this county. Here we have Ill.Comp. Perri Ahmet, Ill.Comp. Bob Hancock, and Ill.Comp. Richard Baker, with our District Grand Master.

Grafton Council of Anointed Kings We then had a short break for refreshments while the Temple was set out for the Degree of Thrice Illustrious Master.

Grafton Council of Anointed Kings A meeting of Grafton Council of Anointed Kings was opened by the Thrice Illustrious Master / King David, R.Ill.Comp. Peter Brindle, Dist.G.M. of Hertfordshire. The Senior Warden / Zadok the High Priest, was R.Ill.Comp. Trevor Sharpe, Dist.G.M. of Kent; the Junior Warden / Nathan the Prophet, was R.Ill. Comp. David Blackburn, Dist.G.M. of Surrey; the Chaplain was R.Ill.Comp. His Hon. Ian Douglas Gavin Alexander, QC. Deputy Grand Master: the Director of Ceremonies was R.Ill.Comp. Paul Norman, Grand Director of Ceremonies; and the Steward / Beniah, was R.Ill.Comp. Peter Wellings, Dist.G.M. of Warwickshire.

Grafton Council of Anointed Kings Grafton Council of Anointed Kings Grafton Council of Anointed Kings We were treated to a wonderful ceremony by R.Ill.Comp. Peter Brindle and the team, probably the best I have seen. The Grand Temple at Mark Masons’ Hall was an excellent venue for this very moving ceremony. After being crowned, King Solomon posed for a photo with some of the members of the team.

Grafton Council of Anointed Kings Ill.Comp. Richard Baker from Sussex and I agreed that this was a very special afternoon.

Grafton Council of Anointed Kings Article and photos by Chris Eley


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