You will know the expression, ‘the only thing certain is change’ and at the September Quarterly Communication the Pro Grand Master announced important ‘changes’. He has decided, having been installed in March 2001, that it is time to hand over. The current Deputy Grand Master, Peter Lowndes, will be the next Pro Grand Master and the current Grand Director of Ceremonies, Jonathan Spence, will be the new Deputy Grand Master. They will be installed in March 2009. The Assistant Grand Master, David Williamson, will continue in his role. We are most fortunate to have an outstanding team to lead us towards the three hundredth anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England in 2017. Oliver Lodge will be the next Grand Director of Ceremonies.
The Pro Grand Master, Lord Northampton, has been the right person, in the right place, at the right time. History will relate his personal contribution to English Masonry and the resulting respect with which we are now increasingly held throughout the world. His personal commitment, energy and drive have been the catalyst to originate several key initiatives, not least the desire for open communications, both internal and external.
In early July His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent opened the new Charities’ area. As Grand President of the four masonic charities, it proved a wonderful opportunity for all members of the charities, based at Freemasons’ Hall, to meet the Grand Master.
It has been a very busy period for the Grand Lodge team. Since the beginning of May we have installed six Provincial Grand Masters, one District Grand Master and nine Grand Superintendents. As Grand Secretary I have attended a number of these, including travelling to Cape Town for the Installation of the new District Grand Master of South Africa, Western Division. I concurrently ran a business meeting at which all the District Grand Masters of Southern Africa attended.
I have been in my post for eighteen months and it is clear that I need an adjutant to assist me with my vast quantity of masonic correspondence and with the several projects I have responsibility for. The successful applicant must be a past Master, well versed in running a Lodge and Chapter, most probably with experience of a wider masonic nature.
This is not a masonic post and humility and loyalty will be absolute necessities. The adjutant will work directly with, and report to, the Grand Secretary. Would anyone genuinely interested and meeting the criteria please write to me in confidence at Great Queen Street by mid October.