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What’s the sum of one Provincial and two District Grand Summi?

That’ll be the Kolkata marathon 2019, when R.Dist.Comp. Geoff Gill (Province of West Lancashire), R.Dist.Comp. Krishnamchari Gopal (District of Southern India), and R.Dist.Comp. Stephen Hindes (District of Western India) donned the glorious robes of the Scarlet Cord (rather than running vests) for an incredible marathon of Freemasonry - the Consecration in the historic Freemasons' Hall, Kolkata of three Consistories (Calcutta, Eastern India and Bengal) in one day.

Starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, 16 November 2019, they finally ceased labour at 9 p.m. to receive their well-earned refreshment. And just in case there was any doubt, and to underline his stamina and fortitude, R.Dist.Comp. Stephen Hindes capped it all with the Consecration of Mount Zion Rose Croix Chapter.

 

Bengal Consistory, No. 131

Calcutta Consistory, No. 130

 

Eastern India Consistory, No. 132

Installation of New Provincial Grand Summus for East Anglia

Bury St Edmunds is "The nicest town in the world" according to William Cobbett, Essayist and Traveller. The Grand Summus, M.Dist.Comp. Ian Currans, travelled with his Tzaddikim (that's 'Scarlet Cord' talk for bodyguard - pictured below) to Bury (as local East Anglians call it) to find out.

On Monday, 18 November 2019 he Installed R.Dist.Comp. Keith McCully as the new Provincial Grand Summus for East Anglia in a customary polished and memorable event which saw the new Provincial Grand Summus introduce the innovative concept of the 'Travelling Scarlet Cord'. The question now is: where will it be seen next? 

Capital of the Cotswolds welcomes Grand Summus and his Tzaddikim

Saturday, 23 November 2019 was the latest outing for Grand Summus, M.Dist.Comp. Ian Currans, and his trusty bodyguard or Tzaddikim. They were welcomed to Cirencester by Provincial Grand Summus for Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Wiltshire, R.Dist.Comp. Stephen White to conduct the dedication of the new Provincial Grand Senatus banner.

This was the first such banner dedication conducted by the Grand Summus – not that you could tell – and the event was topped off with a splendid oration from Grand Episcopus, V.Dist.Comp. Eric Bourne (pictured in the unique regalia of the Order).

New Charter or Warrant for Barnstaple

The ancient town and port of Barnstaple, Devon, on the River Taw, received its charter from the Anglo-Saxon King Æthelstan in 930 A.D. Over a millennium later another Ruler, Grand Summus of the Scarlet Cord, M.Dist.Comp. Ian Currans arrived on Monday 4 November 2019 with a new Charter or Warrant.

This was for the Consecration of the newest Consistory in the newly named Province - Valley of the Rocks Consistory, No.133 in the Provincial Grand Senatus of Devon and Cornwall. Grand Summus, M.Dist.Comp. Ian Currans and his team conducted proceedings with the usual panache, not dampened by the inclement weather. "Let's consecrate a new Scarlet Cord consistory in 'sunny' Devon, and to make it interesting let's choose November as the preferred date" was perhaps the thinking?