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Supreme Grand Chapter Investitures 2018
Thursday 26thApril 2018 marked the day after the United Grad Lodge Investiture Meeting within the fantastic setting that is Freemasons Hall in Covent Garden, London and that could mean only one with, The Annual Investiture Meeting of Supreme Grand Chapter.
After a fantastic meeting on the Wednesday it was the Royal Arch’s turn to put their spin on the meeting with the fantastic colour, pomp and ceremony that makes the Royal Arch such a special degree and this particular meeting such a memorable one.
The many Companions still in London from the previous days exploits where met by even more visitors from the four corners of the globe with a healthy contingent winging its way from the Province of Durham to witness the Most Worshipful Pro Grand Principal invest the worthy companions with the fruits of their efforts.
The Durham Companions honoured on this occasion were:
George Frederick Bird – Tees Chapter No509 – Past Grand Standard Bearer
George was initiated into The Lodge of Fraternity in 1990 and became their Worshipful Master in 1995. He served the Lodge as Director of Ceremonies for a period of 9 years and is currently Treasurer. He was instrumental in the Lodge becoming a member of the UGLE Universities Scheme of which he is very passionate. George joined Nevill Lodge of Installed Masters in 1998.
He joined the Tees Royal Arch Chapter shortly after his initiation into the craft and became their First Principal in 200, joining Nevill Chapter of Installed First Principals in 2002.
In the Province George was recognised in 2001 when he was appointed Past Provincial Grand Superintendent of Works and promoted to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 2008.
His first Provincial Royal Arch appointment was in 2005 when he was appointed to Past Provincial Grand Sojourner. This was followed by a promotion three years ago to Past Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah.
George retired from the police service 19 years ago and went on to work for a further ten years as an investigator for HM Government. Now fully retired he spends his time caravanning and holidaying further afield. When he retired from work he decided to learn to play the guitar and now says he can play something which sounds like music but will never replace it!
George Field – Chapter of Strict Benevolence No97 – Past Grand Standard Bearer
George was Initiated into Saint Peters Lodge in 1984 and became their Worshipful Master in 1990 and again in 2010. He is also a joining member the Wear Lecture Lodge becoming their Master in 2013, George also became a joining member of Castle Eden Lodge of Installed Masters in 2014.
In the Royal Arch George was exalted into Chapter of Strict Benevolence in 1987 becoming their First Principal in 1999.
He was honoured by Provincial Grand Lodge in 1998 by receiving the Rank of Provincial Grand Superintendent of Works and was promoted to the Rank of Past Provincial Junior Grand warden in 2008.
George was recognised by Provincial Grand Chapter in 2004receiving Provincial Grand Sword Bearer and was promoted to Past Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah in 2012.
George enjoys all aspects of his Freemasonry and is well supported by his wife Patricia. In his spare time, he enjoys pottering around in the garden and both he and his wife are regular players in the local bowls team.
Andrew Charles Moule – Chapter of Freedom No4027 – Past Grand Standard Bearer
Andrew was Initiated into the Lodge of Freedom in 1991 and served as their Worshipful Master in 1996 and will do again in 2019.
He was Exalted into Chapter of Freedom in 1997 and served as First Principal in 2007 and again in 2012.
The Province recognised him 2003 with the appointment of Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer and promoted him to Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden in 2013.
Provincial grand Chapter appointed him as Past Provincial Assistant Grand Sojourner in 2012 then Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals in 2014.
Andrew was a Pharmacist for 30 years, he sold his business in 2015 but at the tender age of 54 he prefers the term “economically inactive” rather than retired.
Andrew has two grown daughters who he is still able to embarrass. He is a self-confessed Francophile who is still struggling for fluency and needs regular holidays in France to improve and a semi-professional Gin taster.
William Sinclair Malcolm – Caer Urfa No4345 – Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies
Bill was initiated into Lord Barnard Lodge in 1986 becoming their Worshipful Master in 1991, he is also a member St Lawrence of which he was Master in 2011 and Caer Urfa where he was Master in 2013.
In the Royal Arch Bill was exalted into Lord Barnard Royal Arch Chapter in 1988, he became a joining member of Caer Urfa Royal Arch Chapter in 1993 serving as their First Principal in 1997, 2005 and again in 2008.
Bill was recognised by Provincial Grand Lodge in 1999 when he was appointed Past Provincial Grand Superintendent of Works and promoted to Past Junior Grand Warden in 2013.
Provincial Grand Chapter rewarded Bill for his hard achievements firstly in 2001 by appointing him Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer and promoting him to Past Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah in 2008.
Brian David Everett MBE – Dunelm No4079 – Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies
Brian was initiated into the White Rose of York Lodge in 1976 and became Master of the Lodge in 1992. In 2001 he joined Marquess of Ripon Lodge, becoming Master in 2010. In 2005 he became a member of the Nevill Lodge of Installed Masters. In 2014 he joined Eclectic Lodge and later became a Founder member of the Lodge of Restoration in the Province of Worcestershire in 2016.
In the Royal Arch, he was exalted into Addey & Stanhope Chapter in 1993 and served as First Principal in 1999, 2009 & 2010. He joined Dunelm Chapter in 2002 becoming First Principal in 2009. He also served as First Principal in Bristol Chapter on four occasions, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017. In addition, he is a member of Nevill Chapter of Installed First Principals, Old Olavians’ Chapter and also Grenadiers Chapter.
He was promoted to Senior London Grand Rank in 2008 and Grand Rank as Past Assistant Grand Sword Bearer in 2017. He is a Senior Visiting Officer in the Metropolitan Grand Lodge.
In the Royal Arch Brian was promoted to Senior London Grand Chapter rank in 2013 and Past Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah within Durham Province in 2015. He has also been a Metropolitan Royal Arch Visiting Officer for the past five years
He was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE (Mil) in 1972 for military services in the Middle East and granted the Freedom of the City of London in 2001.
George Clark – Ryton Holy Cross No4231 – Past Grand Sojourner
George was initiated into Ryton St Marys Lodge in 1976 and served as Worshipful Master in 1986. He has for many years been a member of Durham Lodge of Installed Masters, serving as their Worshipful Master in 2013, he is also a member of Beaconsfield Lodge. George was a Director of Durham Benevolence for many years serving as Vice Chairman and finally as Chairman.
He was exalted into Ryton Holy Cross Royal Arch Chapter in 1986 and was First Principal in 1994, he is currently Director of Ceremonies in his Chapter.
George was appointed Provincial Senior Grand Warden in 1994 and in 2006 appointed Assistant Provincial Grand Master looking after the North of the Province in 2012 George was promoted to Deputy Provincial Grand Master.
In the Royal Arch 1999 he was appointed Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals (the first time this appointment had been made in this Province).
George was recognised nationally when he was appointed Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in 1999, promoted to Past Senior Grand Deacon in 2007 and invested as Very Worshipful Brother in 2013 with the rank of Past Grand Sword Bearer.
In Supreme Grand Chapter he was appointed Past Grand Standard Bearer in 2006.
George retired from ACAS as Area Director but keeps his hand in serving on public bodies in various capacities. George and his wife Joan celebrated their golden wedding last year with a party for family and friends. He enjoys his garden and greenhouse and holidays wherever and whenever he can.
Congratulation to you all, may you have health and happiness to enjoy your new appointments.
TLC Teddy Initiative……
“thank you Freemasons for the thousands of teddies donated to children’s casualty departments”
Community Support Grants…..
“The grant from Durham Freemasons has made an enormous difference to our service users”
Provincial Annual Meeting….
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”….
“My husband would be so proud that you still contact me so many years after his death, thank you for remembering me”
“The Provincial annual meeting is one of the highlights of my year, it’s great to meet everyone and support all those being rewarded for merit”
The Royal Arch…..
“I feel that I have a much better understanding of the whole Masonic story after joining the Royal Arch”
What have you gained?
“I’ve made wonderful friendships with people from all walks of life who I wouldn’t otherwise have even met”
In respect to the TLC Teddy initiative
“A child patient copes with medical treatment so much better when they’ve been given a TLC teddy”
What Freemasonry has done for you?
“The teachings of the masonic ceremonies helped me to be a better father, better husband, better son and better neighbour”What Freemasonry has done for you
One of the best things I have ever done…
“Along with getting married, the birth of my children and Sunderland winning the FA Cup, becoming a Freemason is one of the best things I’ve ever done”