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The Newsletter of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Leicestershire & Rutland Freemasons

ISSUE 46 Winter 2021

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WINTER 2021 Inside this issue…

Including: Editor’s Welcome, A Message from the Chairman, Sportsman’s Dinner 2021

Provincial News

Including: Bradgate Park Remembrance Service, We’re Open!, Marching Masons Raise Over £47,000

Lodge News

Including: Newarke Lodge Installation Surprise, Prisoner of War Memorial Stone Unveiled, Framland Hundred Return to Business, Temperantia Celebrate 100 Years, We’re Not in Kansas Anymore WM, But Our Gavel Is!, Granite Lodge Keeping it in the Family, Long Service Awards, Albert Edward Installation Evening, Flaming Torch Burning Brightly


Health & Wellbeing

Ongoing Support, Local and National Impact



Including: Marching Masons, Our Story, Support from the LRMCA

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Long Service Library & Museum Royal Arch Matters


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Beyond the Craft

Including: A Special 60 Year Certificate, 50 Year Celebration at Roundhill Lodge Where We Store Our History Including: Provincial Grand Chapter 2021, Royal Arch Church Service, Supreme Grand Chapter, Chapter of Installed First Principals, Royal Arch Communications Team, Diary Dates Including: Message from the Provincial Grand Master, 50 Year Certificate Presentation, Guide Dog Puppy Dawn, Mark Masons Donate £16,000 to Hospices Including: Sesquicentenary, Byzantine Conclave, No. 44, Ancient and Accepted Rite




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Editor’s Welcome

Some might say it is great to be back meeting face to face again: this is a sentiment I certainly agree with, as it is a nice break from the incredible amount of zoom calls we were hosting during lockdown. Freemasonry is certainly back with a bang, no sooner were we meeting again, did we then hold an open day and the sportsman’s dinner, both of which took an enormous amount or organising, and both gave such tremendous pleasure.

The past eighteen months has been incredibly difficult for all of us. For me and the communications team, it has been a daily effort to keep the wheels turning and preparing for the eventual return to normality. It was such a pleasure, and indeed such a surprise, for the team to receive the field promotion at the meeting of the Leicestershire and Rutland Lodge of Installed Masters No.7896 to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden. A surprise well hidden by the Provincial Grand Master.

Apart from the usual deluge of Christmas lodge meetings in the coming days and weeks, I am also looking forward to the launch of the new Members’ Pathway, and the planned events for next year, including the 2022 Festival Party in June. The most exciting thing for me now is the number of new gentlemen we have waiting to join our lodges. I know we have a great deal to offer, and with

such enthusiasm amongst us to build up our lodges once more, the future is certainly looking bright. Leicester Square is such an excellent vehicle for communicating the successes we have, and I would encourage everyone to share your success stories with us, so they can be considered for inclusion in the next edition.

Richard Barnett, Editor Leicester Square

A Message from the Chairman We’re back… at last! It has been a long time since I last attended a lodge meeting - at the end of February 2020, although I was fortunate enough to have my lodge holding regular zoom meetings on the eleven usual meeting nights since then. Whilst many brethren will welcome committee meetings continuing on zoom, there is nothing like a real ceremony in person, and at last I have happily experienced several since the resumption of some form of normality in September, not to mention the friendship and ambience of the returning Festive Boards. Long may this now continue. It appears that interest in Freemasonry is coming in greater numbers through the internet, and hopefully this will ultimately boost our membership, provided the interested person is right for Freemasonry. Such introductions do of course come without the usual back-up knowledge of a Proposer and Seconder. My Lodge committee therefore decided that this called for a greater in-depth investigation to ensure the prospective candidate was genuinely interested in joining. Following the guidance laid down in Members’

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Pathway, the Lodge Membership Officer formed a trio with two other members and we went for a first meeting with the candidate at his home where the atmosphere was relaxed and productive. We were also able to speak with his fiancée to answer her questions and satisfy ourselves that she was happy to support his application to join. A partner’s support is of course always vital in making a masonic career happy and long-lasting. I strongly commend this style of investigation as the first step in the process recommended by the Members’ Pathway. Meanwhile, looking forward with renewed confidence, I wish all our readers a very happy Christmas and a healthy, successful, and enjoyable New Year in 2022.

Jim Williamson,

Chairman Leicester Square

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Sportsman’s Dinner 2021

One of the most eagerly anticipated entries in the calendar is the Sportsman’s Dinner. After the success of previous years, not only to raise money but to also entertain the audience, this year had much to live up to. Kevin Keegan was billed as the guest of honour for the evening; a popular name to attract as many members as possible to our grandstand event. Although the date had to be rearranged several times, the organising committee ensured that everyone attending would not be disappointed. Nearly 800 members and guests descended on the Leicester Tigers Stadium, to be welcomed by fully stocked bars, a superbly dressed banqueting room, and a fantastic three course meal. No evening would be complete without an experienced and entertaining Master of Ceremonies, and our host for the evening, Roger Dakin, certainly fits the bill. Roger played hockey for England in the 1970’s and coached the team just before they became successful! Having spoken at functions of all types for over 25 years, he finds he is now ready for anything. Roger took to the stage to welcome everyone and start the evening’s procedure, with a quick-fire round of jokes to warm the audience up. The Provincial Grand Master, keen to ensure the evening worked like clockwork, took over the microphone for his opening remarks of welcome to all. As is usual for our Sportsman’s Dinners, raising money for the 2022 Festival is the focus. To begin with, a game of heads ‘n’ tails started the ball rolling, encouraging those who were able to take part in an entertaining raffle to win selected memorabilia. A well-known face amongst sports fans is Ed Giddins, who after a successful


Provincial Grand Master Peter Kinder said,

What a superb evening. I would like to thank Roger, Ed and of course Kevin for entertaining us. I would also like to thank Dale Page and Richard Barnett for organising such a successful evening so magnificently. cricket career, which included representing England at Test level, became a much in demand afterdinner and motivational speaker, event organiser and charity auctioneer. Ed and his team expertly guided the room through the live and silent auctions, with prizes such as gifts and sporting memorabilia, to holidays and sporting event tickets. Last but by no means least, was the evening’s main attraction, Kevin Keegan. Kevin was born on Valentine’s Day 1951 in Armthorpe Yorkshire. After making 124 appearances for Scunthorpe Kevin was signed by Bill Shankly, joining Liverpool in 1971. After 3 league titles, 2 UEFA cups, 1 FA Cup and 1 European Cup, 323 appearances and 100 goals; Kevin joined Hamburg in 1977. Representing England on 63


occasions Kevin captained his country 31 times and scored 21 goals. Playing spells at Southampton and Newcastle followed before Kevin returned to Newcastle as manager, achieving promotion from division 2 at the first attempt in 1992 before narrowly missing out on the league title in 1996. Further spells in management followed at Fulham Manchester City, England and Newcastle. Kevin remains the only Englishman to win the coveted Ballon d’or twice and even became a pop star in 1979 when “Head over heels in love” reached no. 31 in the charts. Kevin took the audience on a trip down memory lane, as he presented his life, from a young lad through to the end of his playing career, in a hugely entertaining way. Not only was his presentation extremely well received, but Kevin was delighted to stay to the early hours of the morning signing autographs and posing for photographs with anyone who wanted one. At the time of going to press the amount raised on the evening is over £75,000, which will be attributed to the 2022 Festival and be made available for local charities and good causes. With the conclusion of the festival scheduled for June 2022, the organising committee remain focussed and determined to reach our target of £1,800,000. The culmination of five years of fundraising will be our end of festival party at Leicester Tigers Stadium on Saturday 22nd June 2022.




Bradgate Park Remembrance Service Sunday 29th August 2021. Nearly 150 Freemasons and their families from across Leicestershire & Rutland descended upon Bradgate Park to gather at the Memorial Wood for a service of remembrance to those lost during the pandemic.

Pictured Left to Right: Reverend Canon Michael Wilson (Provincial Grand Chaplain), Peter Lowndes (Pro Grand Master, UGLE), Mike Kapur (Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire), Peter Kinder (Provincial Grand Master Leicestershire & Rutland)

The Memorial Wood in Bradgate Park is a special place for many people and is close to the hearts of visitors and their families. The wood was opened in 2017 with the help of the Freemasons and the County Council, making it a fitting location to remember lost loved ones. The service was opened at 11am by the Provincial Grand Master, Peter Kinder, who introduced the speakers as guests were led through the order of service and chosen hymns. The Lord-Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Mike Kapur, gave an address and read a touching Sanskrit poem to the visitors


and passing members of the public, who paused to give their support to the service. Also taking part was Peter Lowndes, the Pro Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England, who had made a special journey to the county from Hampshire that very morning. The hymns and prayers were led by the Reverend Canon Michael Wilson, who, along with Peter Kinder, read out the names of eighty-two Freemasons from the counties who had sadly passed away in the last 18 months. After the service, the gates of the Memorial Wood, set in a tranquil area

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overlooking Cropston reservoir, were opened as the guests took a solemn moment to walk around the woodland and pay their respects. The wood is home to distinctive wooden pillars, which display beautiful bronze leaves commemorating passed loved ones and family members. After the service, Peter Kinder said, “I would like to thank all of those who attended this special service, such a fitting tribute to those who are no longer with us and who have given so much to others during their lives.”

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We’re Open!

On Saturday 13th November, Freemasons’ Hall, Leicester opened its doors to the public to proudly display who we are, what we do, and the wonderful Grade II listed building and all its contents.

The timing was right to once again demonstrate to the public not only the good we do for the local community, but also the fun we have in doing it. With a degree of apprehension in the country about venturing out postpandemic, we decided to increase our efforts in the advertising campaign to attract visitors to our headquarters in Leicester. With the help of Andrew Gill and Elliot Conway in our marketing team, we engaged in a targeted Facebook advertising campaign, aimed at attracting would-be visitors who had shown in their profile an interest in history, community, charity and the arts and sciences. With local press advertising and exterior signs, we were expecting a good turnout, and we were not disappointed. In a change to previous formats, this year we refrained from organised tours allowing visitors to wander around at their own pace, with knowledgeable members stationed at every corner and in every room. The team of Provincial Grand Stewards, ably led by Ken Evans (pictured), greeted visitors at the door and led them through to the Morley Dining Room and lounge, where displays were set up by Special Interest Groups and

also a fantastic turnout from local charities. The special interest room included displays and members of our Rugby Club, Cycling Club, Golf Association, also our Military Lodge, Tudor Rose No.5660. As many of our visitors are usually couples and family groups, we also invited the Order of Women Freemasons, who set up a stand and attracted a great deal of attention from visitors wanting to know more. The Morley Dining Room was host to many of the charities we have supported over the years. This room was extremely busy throughout the day and proved to be a great advertisement for the close links Freemasons have with the local community. This was managed by our charity office, with particular thanks going to Kate Ralston, David Highton and Ian Nesbitt. Visitors also had the opportunity of seeing more of Devonshire Place and the expert services they offer. The Oliver Dining Room was set up beautifully for a ladies evening being held later in the day, and there was also a stand and banner articulating the different wedding and function services available.


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Next stop on the route after climbing the elaborate stairwell was our museum. The team were on hand all day to answer questions and guide the visitors around. This proved to be a particularly popular area, which was only made possible by the enthusiasm of our library & museum team. No visit to Freemasons’ Hall, Leicester would be complete without viewing our spectacular lodge rooms. The Oliver and the Holmes lodge rooms were open, with members of the team ready to answer questions and help dispel any misconceptions. A special thank you to Phil Dodd, Mark Taylor, and David Hughes, as well as the Stewards and DCs who lent their knowledge and experience to a waiting audience. The Leicester Mercury showed interest in the day. One of their reporters arrived at lunchtime and started a Facebook Live event as Richard Barnett took the live audience on a tour of the building, which has so far received over 62,000 views. The day ended at 3pm, as our volunteers closed their stands to make their way home for a well-earned rest.

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Marching Masons Raise Over £47,000 Over two weekends in October 2021, a team of Freemasons from around the Province, together with family and friends, set out to walk a distance of up to 113 miles covering the entire Leicestershire Round footpath network. With over £47,000 raised, the blisters, aches, pains, and torrential rain were certainly well worth the effort. The walk was undertaken over four days spanning two weekends, with the hardiest walkers tackling over 25 miles a day. The mixed weather ranged from torrential rain to blue skies, making the walk even more challenging. The final leg of the walk congregated all of the walkers at the Bradgate Park Memorial Wood, where the Provincial Grand Master, Peter Kinder said, “I would like to thank all of those who put in this tremendous effort to raise such a fantastic amount for local charities and good causes. I would also like to thank the organisers and the support team, without whom this event would not have taken place. And finally, I would like to thank all of those who have donated to this most worthy cause.” The organising committee included; Dennis Crommentuijn (Rothley Temple 7801), Freddie Harris (Beacon 5208), Simon Oldfield (Wyggeston 3448), Chris Panteli (Wyggeston 3448), Samuel Harris (Lodge of the Golden Fleece 2081), Paul Milligan (St Peters 1330). The support team included; Paul Cave (Holmes 4656), Barry Peck (St Peters 1330), Paul Simpson (St Wilfrid’s 8350), Mark Peberdy (St Wilfrid’s 8350), Paul Wightman (Lodge of Friendship 7168), Jim Crawford (Knights of Malta 50), Paul Toon (Knighton 4711)and


additionally, many members, friends, and families who helped with the logistics and refreshments. The money raised has already been put to good use, with monies going to the Rainbows Hospice for Children & Young People, and also a large donation to LOROS, who provide hospice care and support to terminally ill adult patients, their family, and carers across Leicestershire & Rutland. The remaining amount is being put towards the 2022 Festival.

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Dale Page, 2022 Festival Chairman said,

The support we have gained from our members, families and friends is remarkable. This was an extremely difficult walk, and I thank all those who took part or sponsored someone, and especially those who helped me through all 113 miles!


Newarke Lodge Installation Surprise It is always very special for a brother to be installed as Master of a lodge. In itself, this is a ceremony that is hard to forget. But, when you are installed by a Past Master, who happens to be your father, then it becomes unforgettable. So it was for Lee Thornber and The Newarke Lodge No. 6794 on 13th October 2021. For the longest time, a secret had been kept by the Past Masters of the lodge, one that required a father not to say a word about the installation to his son for seventeen months. In May 2020, the Master at the time, Stephen Riley, was due to step aside for his Senior Warden, Lee Thornber. But due to the pandemic and the cessation of all masonic activities this had to be postponed until such a time as was appropriate. Prior to the original installation, an agreement had been made by Stephen and his Director of Ceremonies, David

was installed as Master of The Newarke Lodge, David Thornber resumed his duties as Director of Ceremonies after having seen that the installation was completed in a dignified and somewhat emotional manner.

Pictured left to right, Stephen Thornber, Lee Thornber, David Thornber, and Simon Thornber.

Thornber who is the father to the then Master Elect, Lee Thornber. With the end of lockdown, the plan was kept in place, including when the lodge held rehearsals for the installation; during which David kept his role as Director of Ceremonies and continued to do so, up until the night itself. On the night of the installation, all went according to the summons, when the time came “to


install the Master Elect.” As usual, the Director of Ceremonies escorted the Master Elect to the appropriate place in the Lodge. It was then that the Master Elect realised something unexpected was happening. The Director of Ceremonies was handed the gavel for installation; for installing his son into the Chair of King Solomon according to ancient custom. All went very well, and once his son

It is well established that one of the primary tenets of Freemasonry is fellowship, and supporting one another, Lee had that support, not only from his father and the members of the Lodge, but also from two visitors, Stephen Thornber and Simon Thornber, Uncles to the newly installed Master. The evening was made all the more special with their presence, as it was the first time this particular masonic family had been together for some considerable time, and the first time they had all been photographed together in their regalia.


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Prisoner of War Memorial Stone Unveiled


After waiting 75 years for a memorial stone commemorating those who were taken prisoner during World War II in the Far East, a dedication ceremony has taken place with the support of the Lodge of Welcome, No. 5664 at Victoria Park, Leicester. On 10th August 2021, families and relatives of the those who were taken prisoner in the Second World War, were in attendance alongside The Lord Mayor of Leicester City, Cllr. Deepak Bajaj, military officials, and religious dignitaries, as well as a representation from the Lodge of Welcome. The stone was originally laid in Peace Walk, next to the Arch of Remembrance in October 2020 to commemorate the men, women and children of Leicester and Leicestershire who were caught up in the fighting during this time. With the relaxing of the pandemic restrictions earlier in the year, it was possible for a formal commemoration ceremony to take place. A local charity, Children of the Far East Prisoner of War, presented their request for assistance with funding for the stone to the Lodge of Welcome. The members of the Lodge were only too happy to take the opportunity to give a donation, acknowledging the sacrifice that the charity’s forebears made, and for this aspect of the war to be better understood and honoured. The stone memorial commemorates the men and women of the armed

with him for the rest of his life. “He reckoned every day he woke up was a bonus, a day he thought he would never have, he said in camps you never knew if today was the day you were going to die.”

forces who fought, died and survived during this period, and in some cases beyond. Over 140,000 military personnel were captured from variety of countries that include: Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, America, the Netherlands and India. Made to work on the railways, roads and airfields, the prisoners of war were eventually liberated by allies in 1945. This stone has been laid in their memory, as well as those from Leicestershire and Rutland. A member of the fundraising charity Shirley Barnes’ father was captured in Singapore and worked on what is commonly called “the death railway”. Although he survived, Mrs Barnes says that the horrific memories stayed

During the touching ceremony the Master of the lodge at the time, Rob Tattersall, laid a wreath on behalf of the Lodge. After the ceremony, The Lord Mayor was able to speak to members of the charity, along with the other dignitaries at De Montfort Hall, about the challenging road the charity have had to travel to get the memorial stone in place, as well as the need to educate the public about the Forgotten Army and the reality of what life was like for the military personnel and their families. For many of those who went through this ordeal, it is too late for them to see the memorial in place. However, it is hoped that the dedication of the memorial and the education that can come from it, will bring some comfort to many of the families and acknowledge the sacrifices that were made.

Framland Hundred Return to Business September 2021 was a good month for members of Framland Hundred Lodge No.9453 who held a white table event, inviting guests and partners to enjoy the hospitality of the lodge in Melton Mowbray. Also during the evening, Oliver Jeffcote (pictured second from the right) was passed to the second degree,


with the lodge being guided by the Master Steve Newham (pictured second from the left), ably assisted by his two Wardens Neil Castledine (left) and Richard Piskula (right). The excellent ceremony was witnessed by many members and guests, including the Liaison Officer, Tony Postle (centre).





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Temperantia Celebrate 100 Years On the 16th November 2021, Temperantia Lodge No. 4088 were able to gather and celebrate their centenary, an event which had to be re-scheduled due to the suspension of Masonic activities. Temperantia Lodge were finally able to celebrate over one hundred years since the lodge was consecrated, with a bumper celebration at Freemasons’ Hall, Leicester. Preparation for the celebrations had been under way for some time. These preparations paid dividends as the evening ran very smoothly for the members, visitors, guests and the Provincial Grand Master, Peter Kinder, who was on hand to hand out centenary jewels to the brethren. In addition to the jewels, a copy of the centenary book was also presented to each member. The lodge was presented with its Centenary Warrant, read out for all to hear by the Provincial Grand Secretary Paul Wallace, and the lodge banner was also reconsecrated. The Lodge was conceived by the then Provincial Grand Master, Edward Holmes, just after the First World War, at the height of the ‘temperance movement’ in the UK. It is reported by Leslie King in his

Jubilee history that it was the Provincial Grand Master’s wish that the Province should have a teetotal lodge but not necessarily a lodge of total abstainers; the intention being that such a lodge would provide a Masonic home for young men who wished to become members of the Craft and who would prefer a Lodge with teetotal principles. Yet the Lodge of Research reports that J Goldborne states, “In selecting the title “Temperantia” there was no wish nor desire to convey or to apply the narrower and more commonly accepted meaning of the word “temperance”, ie. total abstinence from any or all of the natural impulses and desires but rather “in all things to observe a due medium”.

So the lodge was constituted and solemnly consecrated as a lodge at 4:00pm, on Thursday, 13th May 1920, at Freemasons’ Hall, London Road, Leicester. The ceremony was performed by the Provincial Grand Master, Edward Holmes, assisted by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, CF Oliver. In attendance were 29 founders of the lodge, together with 78 guests. After the centenary meeting, the lodge dined in the Holmes Dining Room, where the celebrations continued well into the evening. This included the presentation of a special tercentenary cake to all of the brethren. Pictured, members and guests at the Festive Board.

We’re Not in Kansas Anymore, But Our Gavel Is! In our ceremonies we learn about how Freemasonry is universally spread across the four corners of the Earth; therefore, it should go without saying that brotherly love can be spread across the globe. Part and parcel of this tenet in Freemasonry is the sending and receiving of fraternal greetings and in some cases, gifts. This tenet was fully embraced by Ferrers and Ivanhoe Lodge No. 779, who sent an emblem of labour and power in the form of a commemorative gavel and block to its twinned sister lodge of Ivanhoe Masonic Lodge No. 446 AF&AM, under the Grand Lodge of Missouri in Kansas, United States.


The Leicestershire Lodge received news that on an evening out “with the boys” the US Lodge opened an indistinct package from the UK and within was the hand-crafted gavel and block with a brass plaque stating, “Presented by the Brethren of Ferrers and Ivanhoe Lodge 779, 2021.” The “awesome gift” was gratefully received by the Lodge and have stated that they were sure to return the gesture to keep their longdistance fellowship thriving.




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Granite Lodge Keeping it in the Family Like many lodges, the installation of a new Master has been on hold due to the pandemic for over eighteen months at Granite Lodge No.2028 in Leicester. Navigating the minefield of options for how and when a new Master could be installed was only made possible with the help of the Provincial Grand Secretary Paul Wallace and the Provincial Assistant Grand Secretary, Tim Dixon. Finally, the installation was planned for the regular meeting in October, when disaster struck, as several key members came down with Covid only hours before the meeting was to take place. However, the lodge persevered and were determined to make the last chance at an installation meeting

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happen, and in November, it finally did. With many visitors present, the Installing Master, Roy Evans took great delight in the installation of Tony Pegg (pictured in the centre), who at last could take his place in the East. As the new Master went on to invest his officers for the year, the names called out took a familiar tone. As Senior Warden, Past Master of the lodge Mark Stewart-Halford (pictured left) was pleased to step in, particularly as the Junior Warden is his son, Perry Stewart-Halford (pictured right). To ensure triple family joy, Mark’s other son, Callum was invested as Senior Deacon. A superb evening and return to masonry for everyone involved.


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Albert Edward Installation Evening In November 2021, Albert Edward Lodge No.1560 was pleased to install Rob Mason as their Master. The evening was a memorable family occasion, with reminisces shared with the members and guests present. Back in 1968, a young Rob Mason married Ann, sister to the Provincial Grand Master, Peter Kinder. Neither Ron nor Peter could have known that in the years to come, Peter would be attending the installation meeting as Provincial Grand Master to see his brother-in-law Rob attain the Chair of King Solomon. The Installing Master was John Jones, Chaplain of the Lodge, who conducted a superb and thought-provoking ceremony. John has been a great friend of Robs since the 1980’s, and took great pride in the installation of Rob. Pictured on the left, the Provincial Grand Master Peter Kinder, and on the right, Rob Mason, the Master of the Albert Edward Lodge No.1560.

Flaming Torch Burning Brightly

The Lodge of the Flaming Torch No. 4874 has begun the process of building up its numbers with quality Freemasons, a programme which will ensure the lodge has an extremely busy year with new members waiting to join. The first of the new members was welcomed into Freemasonry at the lodge’s meeting in November; with so many new members wishing to join, specially arranged emergency meetings have been planned. The newest member, Gavin Hill (pictured second from the left) was proposed by his good friend, the Junior Warden of the lodge, Nick Bradshaw (pictured far right). The ceremony was conducted in an excellent manner by the Master, Richard Evans (centre right), with the candidate’s seconder and Deacon for the evening, Michael Potter. The lodge members now look forward to getting to know Gavin better, but also in welcoming several other new members over the coming months, as they begin to grow in numbers and look to the future.


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Ongoing Support, Local and National Impact The final words I wrote in the Spring Edition of Leicester Square were, “not forgetting the personal heartache and tragedy which the has befallen many, and which will remain with many of us for many years ahead.” These few words continue to resonate as the annual MCF case reviews of brethren and their families who have received support, continue to reveal the importance of ongoing assistance, due to the life changing effects of the pandemic. We have also seen a continuing need for support grants for many new non-covid related cases in the last six months similar in number and amount to the same period last year.

£20.5m of charitable support, funded entirely through the donations Freemasons, their families and friends, was awarded by the MCF through 6,571 grants. Of these grants, 23% (totalling £4.7m) focused on supporting people across society through Covid19. Including MCF support work, Freemasonry contributed £51m to charitable causes in 2020/21.”

There are also more positive cases, where the support of the MCF has enabled families to come through the impacts of the pandemic and rebuild their fragile family finances, who no long need the support of the MCF.

Almoner by office… Welfare Officer by role, actions and nature

As we close in on the end of 2021 and head into a new year, which brings the climax of the Leicestershire and Rutland 2022 Festival, we will be in a position to look back over the past five years and appreciate with grateful and caring hearts, that the donations we have made have supported Leicestershire and Rutland brethren and their distressed families with over 350 grants together totalling over £700,000. Please continue to support the festival and the local impact your donations make. Your donations also go to support the wider impact the MCF has, which is detailed in their 2020/2021 Impact Report. In brief the report says: “In 2020/2021 the MCF adapted and developed their range of support to help the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in society.


The United Grand Lodge of England state in their Almoners Guide, “One of the core values of Freemasonry is to look after the welfare of Freemasons and their family members. As part of a support team, the Provincial and Lodge Almoners make a vital contribution to the realisation of this value. As the main focal point, often in times of stress and high emotion, these are challenging roles, but they are also highly rewarding ones which are truly valued by those who need support.” The significant support role of Lodge Almoners as individuals and as members of the lodge care teams has been brought into sharp focus through the pandemic and is set to continue as they play a significant role in the Members’ Pathway. Leicestershire and Rutland Lodge Almoners regularly access a one-toone Zoom session with the Provincial


Grand Almoner every Tuesday morning for any advice, updates or non-urgent Almoners’ matters they wish to discuss. Please contact your Lodge Almoner if you need to discuss a welfare or wellbeing support matter and either drop in or arrange with him to drop in yourself. The Centre Almoner Structure in the Province has been expanded to include a Centre Almoner to support the freemasons and freemasons widows’ community at the RMBI’s Devonshire Court Care Home in Oadby.

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Provincial Grand Almoner

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Marching Masons, Our Story Having read about the planned 105-mile sponsored walk for the Marching Masons, we were keen to show our support, although as octogenarians, we realised that we could not walk 25 miles in a day. Having discussed it further, we thought “why not walk the entire length of the Leicestershire Round, and do it over the summer months at a pace we could cope with?” We worked out the logistics involved in each section of the walk, by travelling in our car and meeting our friend, John Millward, at the finishing point. He then transported us to the starting point, to which we returned after finishing our days walk. From April to October 2021, we managed to walk the eleven sections of the Leicestershire Round, and apart from a couple of wet days, the conditions were generally warm and pleasant. The scenery in many parts was interesting and quite often breathtaking, in particular the northern section, with outstanding views from Thorpe Satchville, Burrough on the Hill, Twyford and Launde Abbey. With the exception of several diversions, the route was very well


marked. On the last three sections we found ourselves walking eleven or twelve miles, continuing for more than four hours each time before stopping for refreshments. We completed the walk on the 18th October, and for the last leg, enjoyed the company of David Wykes. Our walk into Newtown Linford was marred by persistent rain, although by mid afternoon we had completed the course, feeling satisfied that we had achieved our objective of walking the entire length of the Leicestershire Round in support of the 2022 Festival.

Martin Waddington & Michael Potter

Dale Page, 2022 Festival Chairman said,

Martin and Michael, along with their support team have showed us the true spirit of Freemasonry, a monumental effort and fantastic support for our festival.






Support from the LRMCA The Leicestershire & Rutland Masonic Charity Association has been supporting local charities to improve the lives of those affected through social, health, and mental wellbeing problems.

LOROS Leicestershire and Rutland Masonic Charity Association received a letter of thanks and gratitude from John Knight, Chief Executive of the LOROS Hospice in Leicester, for their generous donation of £13,500 towards the work that LOROS do with those suffering from cancer and terminal illness. The donation has proved to be vital as the charity are admitting more ward, day therapy and outpatients since the relaxing of COVID restrictions. The past year has thrown up unexpected challenges for the Leicestershire charity, and it has had to adapt to a new set of priorities. The charity aims on prioritising high-quality patient care, as well as aspirations to expand further into the community, through engaging staff, patients, carers, and colleagues together to improve and redesign the way care is provided and structured.

Leicester Hospitals Charity

Being in hospital is a challenging time, whether receiving treatment or visiting a loved one. This is where charities such as The Leicester Hospitals Charity become an invaluable resource. The charity received a £2000 donation from the LRMCA earlier this year. Kalmesh Mistry, Community & Events Fundraising manager recently wrote to the LMRCA thanking them for the kind donation towards the Breast Cancer Centre, based at the Glenfield Hospital. She stated that, “The funds you have donated will go to the centre to help benefit our patients who are undergoing treatment.” The charity, covering all three Leicester hospitals, strives to make the environment and


the support patients receive the best it possibly can be, by making the wards and departments a more comfortable and pleasant place to be.

Midland Langar Seva Society (MLSS)

Ginda Basra from the MLSS, recently wrote to the LRMCA thanking the Masonic charity for its kind donation of £2000, continuing the support that the charity has received from the association. The donation has contributed to providing meal packs for the local community who were facing hardships during the pandemic. With each meal costing approximately £3.11, this has meant that the MLSS have been able to serve over 600 meals to those most in need. The MLSS were established in October 2013, providing hot food and drink to those living on the street, schools, safe houses, and those living on the poverty line. It operates on the Sikh based ethos of Langar; a general or common kitchen where food is served free, without prejudice, regardless of race, religion, and background.


On behalf of the national charity, Headway, Mary Goulty, Services Director Headway, Leicester was pleased to receive a grant of £2000 from the LRMCA. The charity, who supports those recovering from Acquired Brain Injuries (ABI) and their families, will use the grant to continue running a Weekly Careers Connect group, enabling those have experienced the effects of ABI to come together and support one another, learn new strategies, and assist them in their caring roles and form new

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friendships. The group aims to give families a better understanding of the effects of ABI and have a safe place to express their feelings. This model of recovery and care giving is more likely to then have a positive impact on the person living with the injury.

The Parkinson’s Care charity

Parkinson’s Care and Support UK were delighted to receive a generous donation of £600 from the LMRCA. Even though it is one of the fastest growing neurological conditions in the world, there is no known cure. But with the support of the brethren of Leicestershire and Rutland, through the LMRCA, the charity can fund essential services such as exercise, home-based physiotherapy, mental health support and respite care for those affected by Parkinsons within Leicestershire and Rutland. This donation will ensure those living with Parkinson’s and their families are enabled to live the best life possible despite the condition.

The Ernest & Helen Scott Haematological Research Institute

The University of Leicester’s Ernest & Helen Scott Haematological Research Institute has benefited from a grant of £2000 from the LRMCA. The institute, under the leadership of Professor Martin Dyer, aims to expedite the clinical development and assessment of precision medicines for the treatment of lymphoid malignancies. This work will not only help many in Leicestershire and Rutland, but nationally and beyond.


A Special 60 Year Certificate On Wednesday 10th November 2021, the Holmes Lodge Room was full of well-wishers who arrived to join in the celebrations of Michael Herbert achieving 60 years of service to Freemasonry. The evening was hosted by Gartree Lodge No.7778, with the Worshipful Master, Anthony Morris welcoming the Provincial Grand Master and his team along with many other guests and visitors. The focus for the evening was on Michael Herbert, who was initiated into Gartree Lodge on the 8th November 1961. The Provincial Grand Master, Peter Kinder took to the floor armed with his big red book, reminiscent of Eamonn Andrews and Michael Aspel hosting This Is Your Life. Michael was born on 27th December 1932, the son of Edward “Ted” Herbert who ran the family firm of E G Herbert & Sons Boot & Shoe manufacturers, the company Michael eventually joined. Michael is a dedicated family man, married to Nancy for 62 years as of March 7th 2021. Michael also joined the Leicestershire & Rutland Lodge of Installed Masters No.7896 on the 12th April 1985 and The Lodge of Research No.2429 on 27th April 1995. In the Provincial Grand Lodge of Leicestershire & Rutland, Michael was appointed to the Active Rank of Provincial Grand Steward on 30th November 1979 then promoted to Past Provincial Grand Junior Deacon on 28th November 1980. This was


The Provincial Grand Master, Peter Kinder said,

A Masonic career that has spanned 60 years, a truly remarkable length of time for a quite remarkable Freemason who has an astonishing list of achievements behind him. followed by a promotion to Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer on 24th November 1987, and finally on 29th November 1991, to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden. At the Annual Investiture meeting of the United Grand Lodge of England on 29th April 1992 Michael was appointed to the Active Grand Rank of Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies and promoted to Past Junior Grand Deacon on 26th April 2000. This was followed by a promotion to Past Senior Grand Deacon on 24th April 2002 and just last year on April 29th, a promotion to the rank of Past Grand Sword Bearer


Pictured Left to Right, Past Provincial Grand Masters, David Hagger and Michael Roalfe, The Provincial Grand Master, Peter Kinder, Michael Herbert, The Provincial Grand Master of Northamptonshire & Huntingdonshire, Max Bayes, and the Provincial Grand Master of Nottinghamshire, Philip Marshall

which also accompanies a title of Very Worshipful Brother. At one point, a recorded voice was played over the speakers, that of UGLE’s Deputy Grand Secretary Graham Redman. Graham is a very close friend of Michael, who he first met 33 years ago, but was unable to attend as his duties in London take up all of his time. Or so Michael thought! No sooner had the recorded ended, there was a knock on the door, with our Provincial Grand Secretary, Paul Wallace, escorting none other than Graham Redman into the room. Emotions were running high as the two old friends greeted each other. Friends, visitors, and guests were treated to an excellent festive board, with Michael again thanking everyone for attending and making the evening so special.




50 Year Celebration at Roundhill Lodge Derek Farr of Roundhill Lodge No.8639 received a certificate celebrating his 50 years of service to Freemasonry. The certificate was presented on the 18th November 2021 by John Townsend. Derek was born on the 11th September 1929 and is now 93 years old. Derek joined Freemasonry as a Lewis in Friendship Lodge No.3333 in Cheshire on the 1st November 1971, attaining the Chair of King Solomon in 1981. Derek’s first Provincial appointment was in Cheshire, where in 1992 he was pleased to receive the appointment as Past Provincial Senior Grand Deacon.

John Townsend,

The award I am about to present is testament to the regard in which he is held within the Province, as well as in his Lodge.

In 1976 Derek joined the Roundhill Lodge in Syston, where he held several offices, before being made an honorary member in 2016. His first Provincial appointment in Leicestershire & Rutland was to Past Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in 1989. Derek’s time in Syston also included the setting up of the Syston Lodge of Instruction, where

he served as Treasurer and Secretary for many years.

Provincial Junior Grand Warden, which was attained in 2011.

Receiving several promotions in Provincial Grand Lodge, Derek now proudly wears the regalia of Past

Also an active Royal Arch Mason, Derek has shown both his commitment and his enjoyment of Freemasonry.

Provincial Grand Lodge 2021 The Annual Communication of Provincial Grand Lodge took place on Friday 26th November 2021 at Freemasons’ Hall, Leicester. The meeting was very well attended by those receiving appointments as well as other guests and visitors. Our Province was well supported by the Provincial Grand Masters of sister Provinces, including Philip Marshall from Nottinghamshire, Tony Henderson from Bedfordshire, and David Wheeler from Lincolnshire, together with other distinguished brethren and Heads of Orders, who were all greeted warmly. The Provincial Grand Master, Peter Kinder, was not only pleased to appoint his officers for the year, but also to spring a surprise on two unsuspecting members of the Province. Peter began by reading a resume of achievements before calling upon the Chairman of


the Leicester Square Committee, Jim Williamson to the floor. The surprise could clearly be seen on Jim’s face, as he was presented with the Provincial Grand Masters Certificate of Merit, for service to the Province since his joining Freemasonry in March of 1966. Not often lost for words, Jim thanked the Provincial Grand Master and resumed his seat to rapturous applause.

The Certificate of Merit is only rarely given, and only to a few worthy recipients, of which there have only been eleven others. It is even rarer to see two presented on the same day. It was then the turn of John Townsend of St Wilfrid’s Lodge No.8350 to be called forward by the Provincial Grand Master. John also joined Freemasonry in 1966, starting in Surbiton Lodge in Surrey before joining St Wilfrid’s in 1979.

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Pictured left to right: Certificate of Merit recipients, Jim Williamson and John Townsend

The Provincial Grand Master thanked John for his hard work and commitment to the Province over the years, which was equally well received by the brethren. Provincial Grand Lodge was closed with everyone retiring to the Festive Board, only after grateful thanks had been given to the team of DC’s, Stewards, Secretariat, and others who had ensured the day had run so smoothly.


Where We Store Our History Among the most precious pieces of property held by a Lodge of Freemasons are its memories. Who were its founders and what were their motives? How did they attract their new members and what part has the lodge played in the communities amongst whom the lodge worked? How did they dine and how did the members of the lodge relax? Answers to these questions and many others are often to be found in the lodge or committee minute books or the various pieces of ephemera, such as dinner menus or notices of Ladies’ Nights accumulated over the years. They are easy to accumulate but almost as easy to lose. But so important are the minute books that any lodge surrendering its Warrant to Grand Lodge must transfer its minute books as well. And yet too often these records have gone missing. We have instances of a lodge Secretary failing to hand over all its records to his successor. We have even instances of a lodge Secretary dying in office and his family coming across all this bulk of paper and just putting it all into the bin. With the loss of such records, it is not only the lodge that suffers. Grand Lodge has recently been celebrating its Tercentenary, and vital to our understanding of how Grand Lodge developed has been the possibility of discussing the past records of the lodges during these early years. It is because of such losses that in 2006 the Provincial Grand Master launched a


survey of lodge records in this Province and urged all lodges to deposit all records not required for current use in an Archives repository in Freemasons’ Hall, London Road, Leicester. Here they are placed in suitable Archive Boxes and the Repository comes under the general supervision and care of the Provincial Museum and Archives Committee.

how and when the record repository can be visited need to be arranged in advance with the Archives sub-committee.

Archivist, Aubrey Newman, or the Deputy Archivist, David Hughes via email at library@pglleics.co.uk

For further details, please consult the Chairman of the Committee, Donald Peacock, the Provincial

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Over the years sixty lodges have placed their records in the Archive room, and the Provincial Grand Master is anxious that the remaining lodges follow that example. Deposit in Freemasons’ Hall, Leicester as distinct from placing them in a solicitor’s office or even in one of the other Halls in the Province. For example, in one of our Provincial Halls, a cupboard was discovered, and when it was opened the long-lost and certainly forgotten archives of our lodges were revealed. They are now safely in Freemasons’ Hall, Leicester. Even when housed in the Archive room the records remain the property of the lodge and can be accessed only with the permission of the lodge. Details of





Provincial Grand Chapter 2021 Provincial Grand Chapter for 2021 was at held on 29th September 2021, albeit without the usual representatives from other Provinces. Despite the restrictions, a good time was had by all. The Grand Superintendent, Noel Manby, reappointed Paul Wallace as his Deputy, Christopher Packham as Second Provincial Grand Principal, and Jonathan Varley as Third Provincial Grand Principal. In his address to the Companions, the Grand Superintendent said how wonderful it was to see so many Companions in attendance as we move forward to a much more normal existence in both our daily and Masonic lives. He went on to say how delighted he was that during the period of suspension the majority of Chapters held regular social meetings using Zoom to keep in touch with their members. As a result, he had received encouraging reports from several Chapters that Companions who had not been attending prior to the pandemic joined in with the Zoom meetings. This had the effect of rekindling their interest, it was therefore vital that Chapters continue to engage with those particular Companions to ensure that they want to return to their Chapters and once again enjoy the companionship of our meetings and festive boards. It was also commented that there is a place for Zoom meetings in the future whether it is to deal with administrative matters at a Provincial and Chapter level, or simply keeping in touch

with Companions who for one reason or another are unable to attend regular meetings. Noel also said that it is a good time to be a Freemason, and that we must ensure we grasp the opportunity to build on the improvement in the public’s perception of what it is we do in our communities and what it is we stand for. He again repeated the challenge he set out in his address last Christmas and that is, for every active Provincial Grand Officer to introduce at least one new Royal Arch member during their year of office. Finally, he stated that we are planning to hold a full Provincial meeting next March with the usual visitors from adjoining Provinces, and in the meantime, he hoped that as many of the Companions as possible will return to their Chapters and enjoy the companionship of the wonderful Order which we have all missed so much. Pictured left to right, Deputy Grand Superintendent, Paul Wallace, Second Provincial Grand Principal, Christopher Packham, The Grand Superintendent, Noel Manby, and Third Provincial Grand Principal, Jonathan Varley.

Royal Arch Church Service Companions, together with family and friends, enjoyed a lovely service, which was conducted by the Rev. Canon Michael Wilson.

The Royal Arch Annual Church Service was again held at the beautiful St Mary de Castro Church on Sunday 17th October 2021. 26

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The Tudor Choir were present, and their singing added greatly to the service. The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, Noel Manby, the Second Provincial Grand

Principal, Christopher Packham and the Third Provincial Grand Principal, Jonathan Varley each gave a reading to the attendees. Canon Michael Wilson delivered a thought-provoking sermon with his usual touch of humour. Afterwards the congregation were able to mix, chat and enjoy a glass of wine.


Chapter of Installed First Principals

Supreme Grand Chapter On Wednesday 10th November 2021, the first full Supreme Grand Chapter meeting since the lockdown was held at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London.

Rank of Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies.

It was so lovely to see the Grand Temple filled with Companions in their colourful Royal Arch regalia.

The picture shows those who were able to attend from our Province, although they were not able to stay for the Festive Board, due to the meeting of Gartree Lodge to celebrate Michael Herbert’s 60 years in Freemasonry.

This was the first time that Excellent Companion Steve Finnigan had been able to attend since receiving his Grand

The ceremony could not be held in April this year due to the pandemic, so unfortunately Steve missed the honour of having his Grand Rank bestowed on him and his collar placed over his head.

The first major Chapter convocation after the easing of Covid restrictions took place on Thursday 23rd September 2021 at Freemasons’ Hall, Leicester when the Grand Superintendent, Noel Manby was installed into the chair of Installed First Principals Chapter No. 7896 by the Third Provincial Grand Principal, Jonathan Varley.

Royal Arch Communications Team

About two years ago our Grand Superintendent, Noel Manby, decided that he wanted a Communications Officer and appointed me to that position. Noel was obviously ahead of the game as now Supreme Grand Chapter is asking each Royal Arch Province to have such an officer, although making the point that it is not a collared appointment. At Supreme Grand Chapter in London on 10th November 2021, a presentation was given showing the way the method of communication in the Royal Arch will proceed in the future. The first meeting of Provincial Communications Officers took place after that meeting. Therefore, I am anxious to gather a team together, in our province, to work with me on the various aspects of communication. So, I would be keen to hear from anyone who has skills in or a knowledge of the following:


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You can contact me via email at jpeberdy@aol.com and I will be happy to share my thoughts on what your role could include.

John Peberdy,

Provincial Communications Officer


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Message from the Provincial Grand Master The resumption of our face-to-face Mark and Royal Ark Mariner meetings in September was a welcome step back towards normality, and whilst uncertainties remain in what we all may have to deal with in the months ahead, 2022 gives us good reason to be optimistic. Having suffered with Covid myself I feel that it is a good time to offer a gentle reminder and encouragement to please be careful when attending our meetings and festive boards. We can each adopt personal measures such as carrying with you and wearing, nose/ mouth coverings, elbow bumping instead of handshaking, and hand sanitizing. Perhaps choosing your own sensible degree of social distancing in our lodge rooms where there’s usually the scope to do so without creating any undue fuss. Now that the pattern and rhythm of our masonry is beginning to settle down, I am pleased to report that our membership levels in our two Orders in our province have thankfully held up very well over the last year and a half, and I am delighted to see a new growth of Advancees and Elevatees becoming members with more in the pipeline ready to do so.

Master’s Discretionary Fund. Please remind your brethren to let me or a member of the Provincial Executive know of any local or community cause that we might be able to support with funding, they do not have to be masonic or registered charities. The principle is, “modest disbursements can create big impacts”. A big thank you to the members of the Provincial Executive and the core teams of Officers who run our lodges for the hard work they have been doing over Regarding the Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank Honours for 2021, at the Annual Assembly in London in December, the Most Worshipful Grand Master Prince Michael of Kent will confer appointments to Grand Rank on Ian Clarke of Rutland R.A.M. Lodge No. 1051 and Richard Lambert of Howe R.A.M. Lodge No. 21. I congratulate them on their well-deserved preferments. I am very grateful for the generosity of our brethren in donating to the many good causes supported by Mark Masons, in particular the donations from lodges and individuals to the Provincial Grand

many months in getting the lodges ready for the resumption of regular meetings. Keep up the good work! Last but not least, Brethren, I know I can rely on your support in exercising the right degree of caution that our current circumstances demand of us all. Enjoy your masonry with a smile and may The Great Overseer and Supreme Commander of The Universe bless and keep you all safe and healthy.

R.W.Bro. Phillip J. Mann, Mark Provincial Grand Master, Leicestershire & Rutland

50 Year Certificate Presentation At the installation meeting of the St. George’s Mark Lodge No.1133 on 3rd November, 2021, Michael Jacobs, Past Grand Junior Overseer, was presented with his certificate of 50 years of service to Mark Masonry by the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, Andy Lee. Michael was advanced into the Fidelity Lodge of Mark Master


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Masons No.491 on 5th October 1970 and became a joining member of St. George’s Lodge in March 1995. Michael virutally received his certificate from the Provincial Grand Master during the Lodge’s Virtual Business Meeting a year ago, but it was always the intention to phyiscally present it once face-to-face meetings resumed.


Mark Masons Donate £16,000 to Hospices Guide Dog Puppy Dawn

Following the very generous donation from our Mark Masons of £2,000 to Guide Dogs, our Guide Dog Puppy Dawn is shown here. Our donation is helping to sponsor Dawn through her puppy-raising stage until she starts “big school” at one of their training centres.

The Mark Province of Leicestershire & Rutland has made presentations on behalf of the Mark Benevolent Fund to the three hospices nominated by our sixteen Mark Lodges. Each lodge was entitled to nominate and donate £1,000 to a hospice having its facility in our Province. Rainbows (£9,000) provides enhanced care for children and young people and improved facilities for those in need and their families. LOROS (£3,000) is the Leicestershire Organisation for the Relief of Suffering provides for terminally ill patients, their family and carers. Dove Cottage Day

Hospice (£4,000) provides enhanced care and support to those with lifelimiting illness, and to their family and carers. Phillip Mann, Provincial Grand Master said, “We are absolutely delighted that the members of the Province have chosen to support these three hospices. We are all aware of the toll that the pandemic has taken on charities across the country and through the generosity of our Mark Masons and the Mark Benevolent Fund, we are once again helping to bring much needed comfort to so many people across our local communities.”


We are sad to announce the passing of the following Brethren to the Grand Lodge above and our thoughts go to their families and loved ones. Each one will be missed but not forgotten. Nigel Makepeace Saint James’ Frank Bassett Granite Stefan Robertson Lodge of Friendship Malcolm Tuff East Goscote John Penrose Guthlaxton Anthony Watling Wiclif Derek Ridgewell Humber Stone Colin Cranmer Reynard Arthur Flint Lodge of Friendship Brian Golland Rutland Brian Craston Tudor House Brian Thornhill Loughborough Lodge of Installed Masters George Robinson Bradgate David Williams Lodge of the Golden Fleece Philip Thake Newarke Thomas Hailstone Albert Edward John Page Uppingham in Rutland Graham Harvison Sir John Corah Rodney Thornton Rutland Gordon Smith Lodge Semper Eadem Walter Greenwood Commercial Alec Braybrooke Rutland Kenneth Russell Morley Cyril Smith Knights of Malta Roland Johnson Gateway John Nixon Albert Edward




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Sesquicentenary, Byzantine Conclave, No. 44 On 7th October 2021, Byzantine Conclave celebrated (a little later than originally planned) its Sesquicentenary at Freemasons’ Hall, Leicester, having been consecrated on 2nd March, 1871. The occasion was marked by a double Installation and the presence of the Most Illustrious Grand Sovereign, Graham Leslie Flight, G.C.C. The ceremony was conducted in a most proficient and meaningful manner by the Most Puissant Sovereign, Gordon Richardson, together with his Eminent Viceroy, Philip Dodd and the other Officers of Byzantine Conclave. The two candidates, Dale Page and Robert Wood received their accolade from the Grand Sovereign, who later presented a Red Cross of Constantine certificate and two Knights of the Holy Sepulchre certificates to Colin Blackler and Alan Little. A Sesquicentenary Warrant was presented to the Most Puissant Sovereign which will be framed and put on display at each of the

and its members over the past one hundred and fifty years had been compiled by Michael England and a copy was presented to each of the members of the Conclave.

Conclave’s convocations. Special jewels to mark the occasion have been struck and as far as is known, no other Conclave has availed themselves of a similar jewel, which may be worn by members of the Conclave, present and future at all meetings of the Order.

Sesquicentenary jewel. The Intendant-General of the Division of East Midlands from 2008 to 2013, Maxwell William Bayes, received a promotion from the Grand Sovereign to the honour and dignity of a Knight Commander of Constantine and was presented with his regalia, baton and patent.

The Grand Sovereign was elected an Honorary Member of the Conclave and was presented with his

A booklet outlining the history of the Conclave, which highlights the fortunes of the Conclave

Ancient and Accepted Rite 8th November 2021 was a special day for Leicestershire and Rutland Rose Croix members, David Highton, Mike Ludlow, Carl Buck, Bob Stephens, Jim Alty, and Barry Webster. Due to recent restrictions the Supreme Council 33rd Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Rite had been unable to meet to confer the Higher Degrees on those who had served as Most Wise Sovereign in their Chapters. However relaxation of the restrictions has enabled the Supreme Council to again hold their higher degree


meetings, so all were able to travel to London together, accompanied by the Inspector General for Leicestershire and Rutland, Henry Kukiewicz, along with their guests, Ivan Scott and Martin Waddington, to be conferred with their 30th Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Rite. All agreed that the spectacular ceremony which took place in the Grand East Temple, 10 Duke Street, St James, London, was as special as it had been promised to be. It was followed by an excellent festive board at Mark Masons Hall.

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A traditional festive board was held after the official proceedings had concluded at which a donation to the Grand Sovereign’s Care for Children Fund was presented and everybody parted with some wonderful memories and a sense of pride in the events that had taken place earlier. To have attained the landmark age of one hundred and fifty years provides an opportunity to reflect on the gratitude that is owed to our predecessors who made it possible.

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