Derbyshire Freemasons were visibly present at many of last years Remembrance Services around the county. The Provincial Grand Master, Steven Varley, gave his permission for those Derbyshire Freemasons who were also Forces Veterans to wear their Masonic collars at the public parades and services.
In Derby, the Provincial Grand Master, Arthur S. Varley, wearing his chain of office, laid a wreath in memory of fallen brethren, while members of Arboretum Lodge No. 731, Tudor Lodge No. 9635, Derbyshire Dales Lodge No. 9436 and United Service Lodge of Derbyshire No. 3993 also attended wearing their collars. Arrangements were made by W Bro. John Wood, MBE, a former Artificer Sergeant Major (WOI) in REME and the Standards Marshall for Derby and District Ex Service Associations.
In Chesterfield, the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Stephen Jones, laid a wreath at the War Memorial, also in his chain of office, supported by members of all five Chesterfield Craft Lodges. The party then attended a service in the packed Parish Church.
The aim for 2016 is to have a Masonic wreath laid at every town and village in the Province that has a Masonic Hall, with Freemasons wearing collars being present at the services, either in the Veterans’ Contingent or as spectators.