Herefordshire Freemasons have a new Provincial Grand Master. Michael Holland was recently installed into that office at the Three Counties Hotel, Hereford, by the Pro Grand Master Peter Lowndes and his team from Grand Lodge in London, in front of 271 local Freemasons and visitors
Afterwards, Michael Holland installed his Deputy Graham King. Herefordshire is the smallest Province in the mainland, but is active and vibrant with 15 Lodges and just under 600 members. Although small, it punches well above its weight in support of local and national charities.
The recent vacancy was caused by the death earlier this year of the Rev'd David Bowen, who had held the office of Provincial Grand Master since 2013. He is greatly missed and made a substantial contribution to local Freemasonry; however, the members feel confident that there will be further progress and development under his very experienced successor.
The Province is to fund a memorial to the Rev'd David in the Booth Chapel of Hereford Cathedral, which is to be refurbished to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the Canonisation of St Thomas Cantilupe. This will further demonstrate the close and historical relationship local Freemasonry enjoys with the Cathedral.
Following his installation, Michael said: 'It is a privilege to lead the masonic Province of Herefordshire, and I am grateful for the support and kindness I have received from our members and also those in neighbouring provinces and beyond.'