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Grand Imperial Conclave Tuesday 5 July 2022

Knights receiving their Grand Rank appointments and promotions were well supported by Lincolnshire Knights at the Annual meeting in Freemasons Hall, Great Queen Street. Ill. Kt. Malcolm Bilton and Ill. Kt. Reg Brittan are pictured below in front of the Lincolnshire window. Malcolm received his promotion to Past Grand Chamberlain and Reg his first appointment to active Grand Herald.
L to R: P.Kt. Michael Lock, Malcolm Bilton, Reg Brittan, Ray Wade, Andrew Pascoe and Mike Allen

An excellent meal followed at the Connaught Rooms which was thoroughly enjoyed by all, as you can see from Malcolm's broad smile!

 Jonathan Roberts found the experience of being photographed by P,Kt. Peter Mason quite amusing!

L to R: Mike Lock, Ray Wade and Reg Brittan

L to R: Ray Wade, Reg Brittan and John Wickes newly-appointed active Grand Senior General

Unfortunely, V.Ill. Kt Barry Topliss and Ill. Kt. Rod Rouse were unable to attend the meeting.


Presentation to the Lincs. & Notts. Air Ambulance 

On the 14 June the Deputy Intendant-General, Ill. Kt. Ray Wade, accompanied by his wife, Dorothea, was delighted to present a cheque to Karen Carter, Fund Raising Manager (Lincs.), who expressed her grateful thanks to the Division for the donation. She also offered to entertain a group visit of RCC members to the new station headquarters which had been totally funded by the government and other grant bodies.




Presentation to the RNLI Skegness

Ill. Kt. Peter Paige, Divisional Treasurer had the privilege of presenting a cheque for £250 to Alan Fisher, Operations Manager, RNLI, Skegness, on Thursday 9 June 2022. 
Peter had a great time being shown around the Lifeboat Station as well as being invited on a tour of the Lifeboat.  


Another Charity Donation from the Lincolnshire Pre-loved Regalia Enterprise

A further cheque for £250, given to our Intendant-General from the Pre-loved Regalia Enterprise, was received with great pleasure and also donated to the Grand Sovereign's Care for Children's Fund.  


Grand Rank Appointments 2022

 Congratulations to the following worthy Knights on their well-deserved appointments.

These appointments are effective from the 5 July 2022. 


Ill. Kt. Victor Barry Topliss, P.G.Chamb. to P.G.H.Alm. 

Ill. Kt. Malcolm F. Bilton, P.G.St.B.(L.). to P.G.Chamb. 

Ill. Kt. Rodney Charles Rouse, P.G.St.B.(L.). to P.G.Chamb.

First Appointments: 

P. Kt. Reginald Leslie Brittan, Div.J.G. to Grand Herald. 


Letter of thanks from Grand Sovereign

Cliick on this for link to Letter of thanks for donation 2.12.21

Presentation to the Intendant-General

The Intendant-General was delighted to receive a £50 cheque for the Grand Sovereign's Care for Children's Fund from the Provincial Prior, R. E. Kt Malcolm Bilton, who was attending the Heneage Preceptory KT meeting in Grantham with the Provincial Team. 

The Provincial Prior made the donation on behalf of Ivor Hallam and Mark Driffield who now oversee the 'Lincolnshire pre-loved regalia' enterprise, previously managed by the late Ill. Kt. Mel Barrowcliffe.



End of Suspension of meetings

Please see latest letter in "Messages from the Intendant-General" 



 I am sad to report the passing of Ill. Kt. Maurice Barry Hazelwood, who died on Monday, 17 May aged 88 years.

 Maurice was a member of Tattershall Castle Conclave for 25 years - the last 5 as an Honorary Member. He attained the rank of Past Grand Vice-Chamberlain in 2016. 

He was a much loved and well-respected mason and was active in several Orders. Sadly, he resigned many of his memberships a few years ago because of ill health. 

He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.


 Grand Conclave Investiture Meeting

Please note that the new date for the above meeting is 12 October 2021 at 12.30pm - Covid restrictions permitting!

 Grand Rank Appointments 2021

Congratulations to the following worthy Knights on their well-deserved appointments and particular congratulations to Terry Pannell on his first appointment to Active Grand Prefect.

It is still possible that there will be an Investiture Meeting this year, however these appointments are effective from the 6 July 2021. 


Ill. Kt. Barry John Humphrey, BEM, P.G.Chamb., P.Dep.I.-G., to P.G.H.Alm.

Ill. Kt. Michael Frank Bull, P.G.Chamb., to P.G.H. Alm.

These two Illustrious Knights now Very Illustrious Knights

First Appointments:

P. Kt. Terence John Pannell, Div.S.G., to G.Pref.

P. Kt. Terence Frederick Aldridge, P.Div.S.G., to P.G.Vice-Chamb. 


Presentation to St Andrew's Children's Hospice (Andy's)

The R.Ill. Intendant-General, Steve Roberts and Ill.Kt. Ray Wade, Divisional Recorder, were very pleased to visit St Andrew’s Children’s Hospice (Andy’s) in Grimsby today (20th October) to present a cheque for £2,500 on behalf of the Grand Sovereign’s Care for Children’s Fund.

















































































































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Address by Intendant-General 2021

Given at the Divisional Meeting 21 November 2021 in Louth

Worthy Knights,

May I first start by giving a warm welcome to everybody attending here today at our Annual Divisional Meeting and I hope sincerely that you and all your loved ones are all truly safe and well, after what has been an unprecedented time for us all.

I can’t really put into words just what a delight it is to again be sharing the fellowship of our Divisional meeting with you all after the trials and tribulations which resulted in a shutdown of our Red Cross Masonry over an extended period and having to hold a Virtual Business meeting last year.

Although our attendance today is well down on that which we usually experience for a variety of reasons, I am grateful and heartened by the fact that we are actually here and experiencing again the unique friendship and bond that we have in our wonderful Christian Order.

I have already welcomed our Distinguished visitors but on behalf of all the Knights of Lincolnshire, especial thanks again to you all for making such long journeys to be with us in these trying times. I sincerely hope that you all have a memorable day with us - many thanks also for your hospitality when we have visited you in the past and hopefully in the future.

Welcome to Louth – I must say that he warm and fraternal reception that we have received from the Masonic Hall here has been tremendous and the enforced shift of venue has been made so much easier and I would like to take the opportunity to give my thanks to the Louth Management Committee for all their assistance in accommodating us a very short notice and probably preventing my Divisional Recorder from having a heart attack! Mike, thank you both personally and on behalf of the Knights of the Division for all the work that you have put in to make this meeting happen, not an easy task at the best of times, but even more so given the circumstances leading up to this meeting.

Worthy Knights, as we all know, these gatherings do not just happen – they necessitate a great deal of preparation and work behind the scenes which is obviously then continued on the day by the active participants.

Many thanks therefore to those who undertook the essential work in setting up this Divisional Conclave – an essential but unseen task.

Thanks also to the Divisional Marshal and his team along with the Sepulchre Guard, all of whom have undertaken their various tasks to such a high standard – a really combined endeavour by all.

May I also take the opportunity to thank all the Divisional Officers who have agreed to roll forward and continue in Office for a further year. Any year of Office should be one to both enjoy and remember, and hopefully this extra time will allow these Knights to experience the year as it should be.

The local recent spike in Covid cases has necessitated the replacement of several key Officers for this meeting and I sincerely thank Ill.Kt. Tony Miller and P.Kt. Bruce Goodman who have stood in at short notice as High Prelate and St.B.(L.) respectively.

One of the obvious highlights for me today was to be able to appoint and invest my Deputy I.-G., Ill. Kt. Ray Wade, albeit a year late. Ray, many congratulations from myself and all the Knights of the Division and I look forward to continuing our close relationship in facing up to the difficulties we will inevitably encounter and taking a lead to move the Division forward once again.

Sadly, our annual Ladies night in July was also cancelled and the planned Sunday Lunch last month had to be postponed until the new year due to circumstances beyond our control. The loss of these two events was so disappointing but unavoidable.

Worthy Knights, the Covid crisis has without doubt had profound effects and consequences for Freemasonry in general but it is not all doom and gloom.

Despite the obvious setbacks that we have encountered in the past year, there have been some highlights. The meeting of Grand Conclave which took place in October following its postponement from earlier in the year was such an occasion and it was a great delight to be present to see the Knights from Lincolnshire, receive their preferment.

Many congratulations to Ill.Kts. Barry Humphrey and Mike Bull who were promoted to P.G. High Almoner and therefore receive the title of ‘Very Illustrious’.

Similarly, congratulations to Ill.Kt. Terry Aldridge who received a first appointment to P.G. Vice-Chamberlain - a just reward for all his past work as Captain of the Divisional Sepulchre Guard and his continued and welcome work as the Recorder of the Viceroy Conclave which he took on at very short notice and continues to do so.

I wish especially to give congratulations to Ill.Kt. Terry Pannell who was appointed as the ‘active’ Grand Prefect for Grand Conclave. Anybody who has visited Thornton Abbey Conclave in the past number of years will know the amount of work that Terry puts in at their meetings, in preparation, acting in various roles and also undertaking ritual where required.

He is the first ‘active’ Officer that we as a Division have had in very many years and it is an accolade which is richly deserved.

Our membership numbers have inevitably dropped in our Order generally and also in our Division but not by as much as was first anticipated by Grand Conclave.

As was reported earlier, we have suffered the deaths of several good hard working and valuable members whom we have not, until recently, had the opportunity to replace, so this reduction was expected.

Worthy Knights, well what lies ahead - who knows?  But I am sure that you all, like myself, are so glad to be emerging into some kind of ‘normality’ - We already have a number of candidates in the pipeline in several of our Conclaves and this is a good sign that we are on the way back.

Hopefully in the New Year we can also resurrect our ‘Awareness’ evenings and make a concerted effort on our ‘comeback’; having said that, we must all continue to remain vigilant. It is still out there and diligence must be the order of the day.

Please recognise, as we have seen today, that not everybody is completely comfortable in returning at this juncture – keep in touch with those who are not yet back amongst us but respect their choice and give them time and I am confident that they will return when they are ready.

Let us recognise also that the Craft and Chapter are also suffering, not forgetting that these are our bedrock and the start of the Masonic journeys for all of us.

Please therefore continue to support all the Masonic units of which you are members, nurture your new members and hopefully we will see them as members of our Order in a few years’ time.

Let us go forward together with Faith, Unity and Zeal - how many times do we hear those words in our ceremonies but they are not just a catchphrase, they are our watchwords and if you really think about them, they sum up everything that we need to be and do at present and I am confident that we will step up to the mark as Red Cross Masons and move forward.

Happy have we met, happy have we been, happy may we part and happy meet again - such true words, which for me has certainly been the case today.

God bless you and all your families, stay safe and well and remember - Faith, Unity and Zeal

Stephen Roberts

R. Ill. Intendant-General for Lincolnshire