District Grand Council of London

Three of us were due to travel to Mark Masons Hall on Thursday the 23rd of June to attend the Annual Meeting of the District Grand Council of London.

District Grand Council of London Unfortunately, the rail strike meant that our District Grand Master, R.Ill.Comp. David Blackburn, and our District Grand Principal Conductor of the Work, Ill.Comp. David Thompson, were unable to attend the meeting leaving our Assistant District Grand Recorder, Ill.Comp. Chris Eley, to represent Surrey. Despite the rail strike there were quite a few honoured guests from other Districts.

District Grand Council of London The Council was opened by the District Grand Master, R.Ill.Comp. Vincent John Driver, assisted by the Deputy District Grand Master, V.Ill.Comp. Julian James Greenwall; the District Grand Principal Conductor of the Work, Ill.Comp. Benjamin William Dykes; and the District Grand Director of Ceremonies, Ill.Comp. Roderick Bradley.

District Grand Council of London We were all warmly welcomed by the District Grand Master who thanked everyone for making the effort to attend despite the challenges faced by some in getting to London. 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, V.Ill.Comp. Julian James Greenwall and re-appointing as District Grand Principal Conductor of the Work Ill.Comp. Benjamin William Dykes.

After the remaining District Officers had been invested the District Grand Master addressed District Grand Council. He congratulated those he had appointed and invested saying he was looking forward to the future now we are back to face-to-face meetings, with candidates in the pipeline. 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 despite the last-minute changes.

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.

District Grand Council of London We were all invited to join the District Grand Master at a drinks reception…

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District Grand Council of London After the meal the Deputy District Grand Master proposed the Toast to the District Grand Master. In his reply, the District Grand Master thanked the Companions for attending and proposed the toast to the visiting Companions.

District Grand Council of London Here are all the photos taken on the day...

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Article and photographs by Chris Eley


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