A New Province is BornA New Province is Born

A New Province is Born

The Grand Summus, Most Distinguished Companion Andrew Sweeney, together with a team from Grand Senatus attended Bletchley Masonic Centre on the morning of Thursday 21st March to constitute the new Province of the Chilterns. This was formed from the amalgamation of the Inspectorate of Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire together with that of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire. The Province has three Consistories meeting at Thame, Cambridge, Letchworth and Banbury.

Following the Constitution ceremony, the Grand Summus then proceeded to install Right Distinguished Companion Richard Owen as the first Provincial Grand Summus. The latter subsequently installed Very Distinguished Companion Keith Huddlestone as his Deputy and Very Distinguished Companion David Jesson as Assistant Provincial Grand Summus. The remainder of the first Officers of the new Province were then appointed and invested.

Before retiring, the Grand Summus promoted the two former Inspectorate heads, Alan Brunning and Keith Huddlestone to the rank of Past Grand Vice-Chancellor, making them both Right Distinguished Companions. This was received with much acclamation by all the Companions present.

At the conclusion of the proceedings in the Temple, the Companions enjoyed a hearty lunch, which was most welcome on a bitterly cold day.

The attached photograph shows Right Distinguished Companion Brian Wareham, Past Deputy Grand Summus; Right Distinguished Companion Richard Owen, Provincial Grand Summus for the Chilterns; Most Distinguished Companion Andrew Sweeney, Grand Summus; Right Distinguished Companion Ian Currans, Assistant Grand Summus.

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