Another Candidate for the Pride of Surrey Council

In September the Pride of Surrey Council No. 168 had another candidate for admission to the Degree of Select Master along with a special joining member.

Another Candidate for the Pride of Surrey Council

We have for a number of years been trying to persuade Comp. Richard Wileman to re-join the Order. Richard was the Second Provincial Grand Principal in the Royal Arch and is currently the Inspector General in the Ancient and Accepted Rite as well as the newly appointed Deputy Provincial Grand Master in the Craft Province of Surrey. A ballot was taken and the T.I.M. Ill.Comp. Chris Eley warmly welcomed Comp. Richard back into the Pride of Surrey Council. The District Grand Master, R.Ill. Comp. David Blackburn then welcomed Comp. Richard back into the District of Surrey. The next item on the agenda was to Choose as a Select Master and Honour as a Royal Master Bro. Stuart de Fraine Ford. Stuart, who is a member of the Craft Orations Team, was looking forward to developing his Masonic knowledge by completing the Solomonic degrees.

Present to see Stuart Chosen were a number of guests including the District Grand Master, R.Ill. Comp. David Blackburn, the Past District Grand Master, R.Ill. Comp. Arnold Long, R.Ill. Comp. Michael Barnes and Ill.Comp. Richard Baker. Stuart’s dad, Ill.Comp. Andrew Ford, was also present to see his son Chosen.

Another Candidate for the Pride of Surrey Council

The ceremony of Select Master was undertaken by the T.I.M., Ill.Comp. Chris Eley, assisted by Ill.Comp. David Thompson who presented the history of the Degree. Comp. Stuart was then welcomed into the Council by Ill. Comp. Chris and the District by R.Ill.Comp. David. The Council was then adjourned and Comp. Stuart retired from the Council.

Ill.Comp. Chris invited Ill.Comp. Richard Baker to act as T.I.M. to conduct the Ceremony of Royal Master. A Council of Royal Master was opened and Comp. Stuart was honoured as a Royal Master by Ill.Comp. Richard in an excellent manner. Ill.Comp. Richard invited R.Ill.Comp. Michael Barnes to give the lecture of the Degree, which was done in Mik’s very special way. Comp. Tim Ford gave a splendid performance as Principal Conductor of the Work.

The T.I.M. then invited the District Grand Master to present a Grand Council Certificate to Comp. Steve Wigmore, which was done in a most informative way.

Another Candidate for the Pride of Surrey Council

After photographs and a few drinks in the bar, the Companions of the Pride of Surrey Council and their guests sat down to a most enjoyable festive board at the Sutton Masonic Centre.

Article and photographs by Chris Eley


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