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Herbert de Losinga Council celebrates 100 years with pride

Herbert de Losinga was Bishop of Thetford c.1090 – c.1095 until he moved the see to Norwich c.1095, remaining Bishop of Norwich until his death in 1119. He was also responsible for the founding of the Church of St Nicholas in Great Yarmouth and Norwich School.

In 1919 a Petition was signed and presented to the then Grand Master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters, Richard Loveland Loveland, KC, requesting a Warrant be granted to form a Council of Royal and Select Masters, to meet in Norwich, under the name, style and title of Herbert de Losinga Council No. 33. The Warrant was granted and signed on the 2 September 1919.

The Council now meets in Great Yarmouth and on Monday 9 September 2019 the Companions of the Council were joined - in the splendid surroundings of the main Temple at the Masonic Royal Assembly Rooms - by The Most Illustrious Grand Master, Kessick John Jones; The Right Illustrious District Grand Master, Peter Thomas Coles; and many other distinguished Companions and visitors, to celebrate the Centenary of the Council.

The meeting was presided over by the Thrice Illustrious Master, Ill.Comp. Mike Hall; Deputy Master, Comp. Colin Farrington and Principal Conductor of the Work, Comp. Mike Jessett and a precis of the Council’s history was delivered by V.Ill.Comp. Chris Bowles, JP.

 

Pictured left to right are Comp. Colin Farrington, V.Ill.Comp. Geoff Spencer, M.Ill.Comp. Kessick Jones, Ill.Comp. Mike Hall, R.Ill.Comp. Peter Coles, Ill.Comp. Ken Healey and Comp. Mike Jessett

Grand Master's Address 2019

Address of the Grand Master
M.Ill.Comp. Kessick Jones
Grand Council
Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Companions, I begin by welcoming you to our Annual Meeting and by expressing my appreciation that many of you have travelled considerable distances to be here. I look forward to sharing further time with you at our celebratory luncheon.

To start proceedings with an extended Obituary detailing the loss of so many well respected and revered Companions is not ideal. However, such sadness was quickly replaced by the joy and happiness of the Investiture proceedings.

I know that I speak on behalf of you all when I congratulate the Companions whom I have appointed to Grand Council Rank or promoted in it. The Investiture will have been a major and memorable event in their Cryptic careers, and they should need no reminding that their new status brings with it increased responsibilities which must be firmly grasped.

To those Companions I say, you are the future of our Order and although I stand centre stage today, today is primarily your day. But remember, I always expect more; the Impresario Irvine Berlin once remarked “The toughest thing about success is that you have got to keep on being a success. Talent is only a starting point. You have to keep on working on that talent, otherwise someday you’ll reach for it and it won’t be there”.

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Grand Master Presents Fifty Year Certificate at Craft Meeting

On Friday 22 March the Grand Master Most Illustrious Companion Kessick John Jones attended the meeting of the Old Kimboltonians' Lodge No 7204 at Kimbolton School in order to present a 50-year certificate to Right Illustrious Companion Alan Stewart.

Right Illustrious Companion Alan lives on the Isle of Man and only comes over to the mainland on odd occasions so it was proving to be difficult to present him with his certificate at a Council meeting within the District.  Right Illustrious Companion Alan is a member of Charles Hebert Perram and Northampton Councils as well as being an Honorary member of Towcester and Leicester Councils.

Finding that Right Illustrious Companion Alan would be on the mainland when the March meeting of the Old Kimboltonians’ Lodge was to be held and the District Grand Master coincidentally being the Worshipful Master of the Lodge it was an ideal occasion to make the presentation.  Permission was obtained from the Craft Provincial Grand Master, Right Worshipful Brother Max Bayes that the presentation could be made.  The main work of the evening, a passing, having been undertaken and the Worshipful Master called off the Lodge and then announced why the Grand Master was present and invited him to take the floor and make the presentation.

After saying a few words about Right Illustrious Companion Alan’s journey in Cryptic Masonry the Grand Master invited the District Grand Master to join him and read out the certificate.  Following the presentation of the certificate Right Illustrious Companion Alan Stewart admitted he was lost for words.

A very happy festive board followed the meeting with the Worshipful Master taking wine with Cryptic Masons present which to his surprise was almost half the room.

 

Pictured left to right are: Most Illustrious Companion Kessick J Jones, Grand Master; Illustrious Companion Alan Stewart; and Right Illustrious Companion Martin Wilson, District Grand Master and Worshipful Master.

In Memoriam: M.Ill.Comp. Col R Keith Hind (1926-2019)

M.Ill.Comp. Col R Keith Hind

1926 - 2019

R.I.P.

M.Ill.Comp. Col R Keith Hind was appointed Secretary of the RMIGirls and designate Secretary of the MTGB on the 1st of November 1978, a few months after retiring from the Army. The MTGB was inaugurated in 1982 and required to take over as the new central Masonic Charity responsible for both Girls and Boys in 1985. In that year the former separate charities merged with the new Charity and he was appointed Secretary of the MTGB, a position he held until retiring on the 31st of October 1993.

He was initiated as a Freemason in Mayo Lodge, No. 1413 in the Province of Middlesex on the 25th of June 1955 and exalted in Mayo Chapter, No. 1413 on the 11th of February 1960. During his service in the Province of Middlesex he was a Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies from 1976 to 1978 and Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies from 1985 to 1990. He was promoted to Provincial Senior Grand Warden in 1994. He held the Office of Second Provincial Grand Principal for Middlesex for 1990.

He joined St Alban’s Lodge No. 29 on the 2nd of December 1974 and was  Grand Steward for 1981. In Grand Lodge he was appointed as Grand Sword Bearer in 1993.  In Supreme Grand Chapter he was appointed Grand Sword Bearer in 1985.

In 1978 he was also appointed as the Company Secretary of the Royal Masonic School for Girls, a position he held until 2004. In 1985 when the School became independent a Trust was formed, known as the RMIG Endowment Trust, to provide support for the School. In that year he was appointed a Trustee of this new Trust and a Governor of the School, positions held until his retirement in 2013.

Father held rank in several Masonic Orders as follows.

  • In the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons and the Ancient and Honourable Fraternity of Royal Ark Mariners he was a Past Provincial Grand Master for the Province of Middlesex and is a holder of the Grand Master’s Order of Service to Mark Master Masonry.  He was a Member of the Grand Master’s Royal Ark Council, Honoris Causa.
  • Knight Commander in the Order of the Great Priory and Great Priory of Malta.
  • Most Illustrious Grand Master in the Order of Royal and Select Masters from 1994 until 2005.
  • Sovereign Grand Inspector General 33rd Degree in the Ancient and Accepted Rite under the Supreme Council 33rd Degree.
  • Past Grand Senior General in the Order of the Red Cross of Constantine.
  • Past Grand Junior Warden Order in the Order of the Allied Masonic Degrees.
  • Past Grand Counsellor in the Order of the Secret Monitor.
  • Past Provincial Senior Grand Warden in the Provincial Grand Lodge of London and the Metropolitan Counties in the Royal Order of Scotland.
  • Knight Beneficent of the Holy City in Prefectory of St George of London No. 1.

 

Please kindly accept this communication from my father as a permanent message of goodwill to the many Freemasons  of all ranks who he met and worked with, both at home and overseas, with his thanks for the honour they afforded him over so many years.

- Dr Charles R K Hind

The funeral service will be held at St Helen’s Church, Etwall, Derby DE65 6LP, on Monday 11th March at 9.30 am.  Donations if desired to the Dogs Trust via http://www.wonderful.org/fundraiser/colonelkeithhindrip-ceaf9ada