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

M.Ill.Comp. Col R Keith Hind

1926 - 2019


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


Royal and Select Masters “Outreach Programme” arrives in Cheshire

Outreach Programme

L to R: Ian Currans, R.W. & E. Master; Kessick Jones, Grand Master; Paul Norman, D.C.; Stephen Ayres, Conductor; Len Millings, Tyler, with “The Marches” in the background.

On Thursday 19 July 2018 M.Ill.Comp. Kessick J. Jones, Grand Master, accompanied by a team of Officers from Grafton Council of Anointed Kings, arrived at Christleton in Cheshire to confer the Degree of Excellent Master on eight Candidates from the North of England.

This was part of the Grand Master’s “outreach programme”; taking the conferral of the Degree away from its usual London base of Mark Masons’ Hall, and was the third such outing, following visits to Bristol and Leeds.

They were welcomed by R.Ill.Comp. Shaun Crutchley, Dist.G.M., and his team, who had gone to great lengths to ensure that the furnishings required for the Ceremony were in place.

Cheshire View, the Masonic Hall in Christleton, looked magnificent in the summer sunshine. Its sun-trap patio was the perfect place to relax and enjoy the views, across the immaculately manicured bowling greens, to the splendour of the rolling countryside in the distance, before being called to dinner.
What better location, and a perfect opportunity, for the Grand Master to announce that, in light of recent conversations with members of the District, he was now considering changing the name of the District from “Cheshire, Shropshire and North Wales” to “Cheshire and The Marches”, bringing out of relative desuetude a term for an unclearly defined geographical area along the English/Welsh borders.

From the audible approval that greeted the announcement it appeared to be a very popular decision.



Consecration of Captain James Cook Council of Installed Masters No. 342

M.Ill.Comp. Kessick John Jones, Grand Master, signs the Warrant for the newest Council in the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters - Captain James Cook Council of Installed Masters No. 342

On Wednesday 23 May 2018, M.Ill.Comp. Kessick John Jones, Grand Master, accompanied by the Deputy Grand Master and a team of his Grand Officers, arrived at the historic Castlegate House, a striking 18th Century town house fronted by distinctive railings, a stone’s throw from the well know medieval landmark of Clifford’s Tower.

They were there to Consecrate the newest Council in the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters - Captain James Cook Council of Installed Masters No. 342.

Bearing the name of Yorkshire's most famous maritime son and under the mastership of R.Ill.Comp. Neil Thomas Woodward, District Grand Master for North and East Yorkshire, there can be no doubt that this Council will quickly become a shining light in the District and somewhere for Installed Masters of the Order to convene and enjoy their Cryptic masonry.

Address by The Most Illustrious Grand Master - 2018

Address by The Most Illustrious Grand Master
Kessick John Jones
to the Annual Assembly of Grand Council
Tuesday 17 April 2018

Companions, I welcome you most warmly to our Annual meeting of Grand Council. I am delighted to see such a splendid attendance, being especially conscious of the fact that many of you have travelled great distances to be here, and of course have to get back home afterwards. I thank you for that, and look forward to further sharing your company at our celebratory luncheon later.

I begin my address by congratulating all those whom I have invested as this year’s Grand Officers, or whom I have promoted or appointed to Past Grand Rank. Both promotions and appointments carry with them additional RSM Jones 800responsibility as well as new dignity and I wish you all good fortune, and I am confident, that you will continue to increase your efforts in championing every aspect of Cryptic Masonry. In underlining this, and with the kind permission of Michael Herbert, I will steal a phrase from the SMSA Ritual – meliora praesumo – I look for better things to come.

So I urge the new Grand Officers to keep up the momentum, dispense light and instruction to your junior colleagues, continue to set higher standards and reflect upon this – If the sky’s the limit – then why are there footprints on the moon!

Very shortly I intend to give you a brief snapshot of our joint activities during the past year, which have been quite considerable. During all of these activities I have been loyally supported by a diligent and enthusiastic Team of Active Grand Officers. Headed by the Deputy Grand Master and the Grand P.C.W., they have all performed their individual roles to great effect, but at the same time acted as an integral part of a Team. This Team have carried out many ceremonies in various parts of the country, often travelling at their own personal expense. These occasions have proved to be of great satisfaction to our various hosts and of course to my personal delight. I emphasise the importance of the Team ethic by quoting a little-known writer named Vesta M. Kelly; she said “Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things – but just look what they can do when they stick together!”.

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