A visit to Northampton

On Saturday the 21st of May 2022 a delegation from Surrey drove up the M1 to Northampton to attend the Annual Meeting of the District Grand Council of the East Midlands.

A visit to Northampton Also attending the meeting was The Right Illustrious Deputy Grand Master, His Hon. Ian Douglas Gavin Alexander, QC.

A visit to Northampton We all met up in the bar for coffee and a chat before getting ready for the meeting.

A visit to Northampton The meeting was very well supported by other Districts with 11 District Grand Masters attending, along with their Companions, plus four Heads of Other Orders.

A visit to Northampton Surrey was represented by our District Grand Master, R.Ill.Comp. David Blackburn (our driver); the District Grand P.C.W., Ill.Comp. David Thompson; the District Recorder, Ill.Comp. Terry Carpenter; and the Assistant District Recorder, Ill.Comp. Chris Eley. We were all warmly welcomed by R.Ill.Comp. Martin and his team.

A visit to Northampton The meeting was called to order by the District Grand Director of Ceremonies, Ill.Comp. Alan Black, and the District Grand Master entered in procession.

A visit to Northampton The meeting was opened by the District Grand Master and The Right Illustrious Deputy Grand Master, His Hon. Ian Douglas Gavin Alexander, QC., escorted by Ill.Comp. Andrew Jennings, Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies, entered and was warmly welcomed by the District Grand Master.

A visit to Northampton The Deputy Grand Master addressed District Grand Council saying how good it was to be in Northampton again. He congratulated those who had received Grand Rank at the Grand Council meeting in April.

After the regular business of District Grand Council had been concluded, the District Grand Master had much pleasure in re-appointing as Deputy District Grand Master, Ill.Comp. Ian Knox and re-appointing as District Grand Principal Conductor of the Work Ill.Comp. Norman Pope. There were 31 appointments and promotions in District Grand Rank.

After the District Grand Master had invested his Officers the District Grand Master had much pleasure in presenting 13 Silver Trowel Certificates to Companions of the District.

The District Grand Master then addressed District Grand Council. He gave a warm welcome to all attending today and said how pleased he was to see so many Companions present. He thanked everyone for attending and supporting the District Grand Council of the East Midlands, 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. 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.

A visit to Northampton Afterwards R.Ill.Comp. Martin Wilson and his team returned for a photograph…

A visit to Northampton …and then joined us for a Surrey/Sussex group photo…

A visit to Northampton …before we retired for pre-lunch drinks.

A visit to Northampton It was a very convivial lunch with good food and good company.

A visit to Northampton After the meal the District Grand Master proposed the Toast to the Deputy Grand Master. The Deputy Grand Master thanked the District Grand Master and the Companions for their kind hospitality and wished the District well for the future.

A visit to Northampton A visit to Northampton The Deputy Grand Master and the District Grand Master then retired from the festive board.

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Article and photographs by Chris Eley


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