New Deputy District Grand Master Invested at Ninth Arch Council, No. 318

On Wednesday 20 November M.Ill.Comp. Kessick John Jones, Grand Master, paid a visit to the meeting of Ninth Arch Council No. 318 at Ashwell House, St Albans, Hertfordshire, to see the new Deputy District Grand Master Ill.Comp. John Wickes, being invested by the District Grand Master, R.Ill.Comp. Peter Brindle. Also in attendance were all three previous and the present District Grand Masters since the District was established in 1996 and the opportunity to have a photograph taken with the Grand Master could not be missed. There cannot be may districts who have four past & present District Grand Masters.

Back Row (left-to-right): R.Ill.Comp. Colin Hellyer, P.Dist.G.M. - R.Ill.Comp. Peter Brindle, Dist.G.M.

Front Row (left-to-right): R.Ill.Comp Colin Thurston, P.Dist.G.M. – M.Ill.Comp. Kessick John Jones, Grand Master – R.Ill.Comp. Peter Baikie, P.Dist.G.M.

Phipps Dorman Council, No. 32 Celebrates its Centenary

Who was Phipps-Dorman? Apart from being an eminent Freemason and benefactor, Thomas Phipps-Dorman he was Principal Partner in The Dorman Engineering Company of Northampton who's main product was the Dorman sewing machine, though they started manufacturing engines and made the Whirlwind motorised bicycle for a few years, before failing in 1903.

Masonically, amongst others, he was appointed Deputy Grand Master under The Earl of Euston in the Allied Masonic Degrees, and 33rd degree Inspector General, North-Central District in the Ancient & Accepted Rite. And he was, of course, a founder of Phipps Dorman Council No. 32.

Pictured is the centenary jewel – more a work of art than a feat of engineering.

Pictured are Deputy Grand Master, R.Ill.Comp. His Hon. Ian Alexander, QC, with Master of the Council, V.Ill.Comp. Clifford Hadley, P.G.Lect. who secured the Centenary Jewels.

New District Grand Master Installed for Hertfordshire

St Albans, well known for being the 3rd Century home of the first British Christian Martyr and the first “self-service” Tesco in 1948.

But the "first" that Companions of the Order made their way to a packed Ashwell House to witness was for the Installation of the new District Grand Master, Group Captain Peter John Brindle, ready to see how he handled this debut – or “take off” - in his new role. Peter is well known throughout the District, the Order and beyond and the support for the meeting gives a promising indication as to the health of the District. We hope it continues to grow and flourish under his leadership.

R.Ill.Comp. His Hon. Ian D.G. Alexander, QC, Dep.G.M., R.Ill.Comp. Gp Capt Peter J. Brindle, Dist.G.M., M.Ill.Comp. Kessick J. Jones, Grand Master, R.Ill.Comp. Richard L. Gan, JP, IX, G.P.C.W. and Ill.Comp. Neil Phillips, Dist.G.P.C.W.

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


M.Ill.Comp. Kessick J. Jones
Grand Master

R.Ill.Comp. His Hon Ian D. G. Alexander, KC
Deputy Grand Master

R.Ill.Comp. Paul A. Norman
Grand Principal Conductor of the Work


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