Derbyshire Today - Issue 11


Derbyshire Today - Issue 11
News and events in Derbyshire Freemasonry
Issue 11 - November 2015
Provincial Carol
The annual Provincial Carol Service is
to be held, by kind permission of the
Dean, at Derby Cathedral, on Sunday
13th December at 3.00 pm.
The Order of Service is on sale
through Lodges and will be available
on the day. All proceeds are to be
split between the Long Eaton
Children’s Fun Fair and the Provincial
Grand Charity.
Movember - in support
of men’s health
A team of Derbyshire Freemasons,
under the captaincy of Bro. Pete
Walklate of Hartington Lodge No.
1085, are seeking your support and
sponsorship as they grow
moustaches in aid of men’s health in
the annual Movember appeal.
Full details can be found on http://
movember-2015/. Please follow the
link on this page to the team page on
the Movember website.
Prestonian Lecture
It is over two years since W Bro. Tony
Harvey last delivered his 2012
Prestonian Lecture, “Scouting &
Freemasonry: two parallel
organisations?”, in Derbyshire. In the
last three years he has delivered it on
73 occasions and raised over
£48,000 for charity.
On Tuesday 10th November he will
once more deliver his lecture within
the Province, at Mundy Grove Lodge
No. 506 in Long Eaton.
Bookings should be made direct to
the Lodge’s Assistant Secretary, Bro.
[email protected]
New District of Derbyshire in the
Order of Royal & Select Masters
The former District of the North Midlands in the Order of Royal & Select
Masters has been divided to create two new Districts. The seven
Councils meeting in Derbyshire have been formed into a new Derbyshire
District while the remaining seven have been formed into a new North
Midlands District.
On Thursday, 29th October 2015, R.Ill.Comp. Kessick Jones, Deputy
Grand Master for the Order, constituted the two new Districts and
installed R.Ill.Comp. Alan Beckerton as the first District Grand Master for
Derbyshire and R.Ill.Comp. John Clements as the District Grand Master
for the North Midlands.
Assisting were R.Ill.Comp. His Hon. Ian
Alexander, QC, and R.Ill.Comp. Bill Summers, PDistGM.
Summers is credited with building the former North Midlands District to
become the largest in the Order.
R . I l l . Co m p.
was initiated
into Pioneer
Lo d g e N o .
1986, since
when he has
senior rank
Orders. He
served as
Pro v i n c i a l
Junior Grand
Wa r d e n i n
2004 and was
appointed Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in UGLE in 2009.
In the Royal Arch he was the Provincial Grand Scribe N in 2000.
Having been brought up in Lancashire, Alan took his first degree at the
University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne and then completed a PhD in Applied
Biochemistry and Nutrition at the University of Nottingham. He worked
for many years as an Animal Nutritionalist before moving into sales
management. In 2003 he became the General Manager at Derby
Masonic Hall and has established it as a first class Masonic venue,
admired by many visitors. He is married to Sandra and they have two
adult children and three grand-children.
As his Deputy District Grand Master, R.Ill. Comp. Beckerton appointed
Ill.Comp. Brian Collyer and as the District Principal Conductor of the
Work he appointed Ill.Comp. Bryan Tynan.
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Communication of
A party of Derbyshire Freemasons
(Master Masons and all ranks above) is
to attend the Quarterly
Communication of Grand Lodge to be
held at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen
Street, London, on Tuesday, 9th
December. The group will attend to
support the Provincial Grand Master,
RW Bro. Steven Varley.
The party will leave from the south car
park of Derby County FC, Pride Park,
by coach at 07.00 and will attend the
luncheon following the Quarterly
Communication at the Grand
Connaught Rooms. The cost is £59,
including coach, lunch and wine with
the meal.
To be part of the group attending,
please click here to download a
booking form. The
booking form together with payment
must arrive at the Provincial office by
9th November.
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Issue 11 - November 2015
Additional appointments to
Provincial rank
In celebration of RW Bro. Steven Varley’s appointment as Provincial
Grand Master, the MW The Grand Master has authorised RW Bro.
Varley to confer fifteen additional first appointments to past rank on
members of this Province. The brethren to be honoured, all of whom
are Past Masters, will be invested as Past Provincial Grand Stewards on
Monday, 30th November, at the regular meeting of the Derbyshire
Lodge of Installed Masters No. 8509, at Derby Masonic Hall.
The Provincial Grand Master will attend, accompanied by the present
Officers of Provincial Grand Lodge, and will open Provincial Grand
Lodge, in order that the brethren so honoured may be invested with
their new ranks. The brethren to be honoured are:
Neil Lindsay Ruddiman
Nicholas Daines
Malcolm Jeremy Prentice
Stephen Coates
Cyril Bishton
Christopher James Fry
Simon Knox
Andrew Frederick Roberts
Ranjit Singh Dol
Martyn John Bertalan
Wesley James Osborne
Jacob Cooke
Robert John Van Woerden
Dylan Thomas Burgess
Matthew John Hewitson
Mundy Grove
Dorothy Vernon 2129
Beauchief Abbey 3793
St Werburga
The evening will also feature a talk on “Masonic VCs in the Great War”,
by W Bro. Granville Angell, PAGPur, the Prestonian Lecturer for 2006.
All bookings are to be made via the Lodge’s Assistant Secretary.
T h re e g e n e r a t i o n s o f t h e
Brookes family
The Deputy Provincial Grand Master, W Bro. Brian Evangelista, PSGD,
was present at Bretwalda Lodge No. 6930 on Monday, 19th October,
and witnessed a special occasion in the Lodge’s history.
Bro. Clive Philip Brookes was Installed as the Worshipful Master. He is
the son of the late W Bro. Eric Clive Brookes, PJGD, who was Provincial
Grand Almoner for many years. The Brookes dynasty continued when
he appointed and invested as Junior Warden his own son, Bro.
Jonathon Clive Brookes.
At the same meeting, W Bro. David Bevan retired after 14 years as an
excellent and hard working Secretary.
W Bro. Ron Murray was
appointed in succession to David. After some lean years, the Lodge
has succeeded recently in introducing an enthusiastic group of
younger Freemasons, who are keen to work together to ensure the
Lodge’s long term future.
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