Berkshire signs the Armed Forces Covenant
The Provincial Grand Master for Berkshire, Anthony Howlett-Bolton OBE has signed the Armed Forces on behalf of the Berkshire Province. The signing took place when Berkshire Freemasons, and their families gathered at Sindlesham for a service of Remembrance on Sunday the 7th of November.
Anthony Howlett-Bolton, said 'There has always been a special relationship between the Armed Services and Freemasonry, as both institutions value the same principles of Integrity, Respect and Friendship With so much conflict existing in the world and with the evidence of selfless commitment shown on a daily basis by men and women of the Armed Services, it is only right that Freemasons publicly support and uphold the Armed Services Covenant and so it has given me great pleasure to sign it on behalf of The Province of Berkshire'.
The Covenant was jointly signed by Brigadier John Kendall, on behalf of the Ministry of Defence. Also in attendance was the High Sheriff for the Royal County Berkshire Willie Hartley Russell, who witnessed the signing.
The event was staged as a military themed Drumhead service and marked the 100th anniversary of the Royal British Legion. All the usual ingredients of remembrance where included, including the playing of the Last Post, a poppy fall, and the laying of wreaths. The service was arranged by the Province’s Military Lodge, Combined Services No. 9900.
Article by: Paul Thomsett
Photos by: Mike Swift