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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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Virtual Divisional Meeting 2020

The Virtual Divisional Meeting was held at 11.00am Saturday, 21 November 2020 and 'attended' by 46 members.

It was agreed that £250 be donated to the Grand Sovereign's Care for Children's Fund and £250 to the Craft 2025 Festival - see link below to read letter of thanks from the Provincial Grand Master.


Address by the Intendant-General 

Worthy Knights,

Once again, a special good morning to you all.

Well, where to start in these extraordinary times.

May I first say a sincere and grateful welcome to all those of you who have managed to be with us today, at what is a first and, in many ways, a unique event in the Division of the Red Cross of Constantine in Lincolnshire.

Sadly, we are missing the company and fellowship of our good friends from other Divisions but I know that those ties, although temporarily halted, will continue in the future and be as strong as ever.

Whilst this format unfortunately precludes a good number of our Knights from joining us today, it is a necessary requirement to undertake and complete the essential business of the Division and your attendance therefore is very much appreciated.

I sincerely hope that this finds you and all your families safe and well and that you are not only avoiding the virus itself but also managing to overcome the lockdown blues, not least the fact that in many cases, we have been unable to be with the loved ones of our extended families for a long period of time and that we as Masons have also been unable to get together in the manner that we would wish - I for one will never take normality for granted again.

May I take the opportunity to particularly welcome the Heads of Orders who are with us and I thank them for taking the time and for their support:

W. Bro. Bruce Goodman - Assistant PGM in the Craft;

R.W. Bro. Stephen Hallberg - PGM of the Mark Degree;

W. Bro. Ron Harrison - DPGM of the Mark Degree;

W.Bro. Jack Geelhoed - APGM of the Mark Degree;

R.W. Bro. Trevor Walker, PPGM of the Mark Degree;

R.E. Knight Malcolm Bilton - Provincial Prior of the Knights Templar Degree and his Sub-Prior, V.E. Kt. Terry Aldridge;

R.W. Bro. Ray Wade - PGM of the Royal Order of Scotland and our hard-working Divisional Recorder, whom for obvious reasons, I am extremely glad to see today.

I also note that R.Ill. Kt. Brian Muir is also with us today - Brian is now a member of our Division but he is also the Past Intendant-General of Hertfordshire and we especially welcome him

Worthy Knights, it is difficult to scan all the thumbnail pictures so apologies if I have missed anybody, please forgive me.

As ever, it is a real privilege for me personally to be with you today as the Intendant-General of Lincolnshire - I will always consider it such an honour to be in this Office and sincerely appreciate your support and value it immensely.

It is now 4 years since I was installed and I have to ask myself, where have the last 4 years gone.

Having said that, it has been such an enjoyable period for me but the bottom line is that I couldn't have taken on the role and fulfilled the duties of the Office without the help and encouragement of you, the Knights of the Division.

We are in many ways a small Masonic unit but this is more than compensated for by the zeal, enthusiasm and commitment which is apparent in all the Conclaves that I have had the honour to visit during my tenure as the Intendant-General and I thank you all most sincerely for that.

My pride as Intendant-General was particularly to the fore recently when, accompanied by our Divisional Recorder, I had the honour to present a cheque for £2,500 (socially distanced of course) to the St. Andrew's Hospice for children in Grimsby.

The money was donated by the Grand Sovereign's Care for Children’s Fund which we have supported since it's conception and I hope will continue to do so in the future.

We, of course, have our own Divisional Charity donations and I am pleased to advise that despite the lockdown, the charitable assistance this year was nominated and donated by Fryston Conclave.

Three presentations of £250 each were made from the Conclave, with the recipients being:

Not Home Alone (Grimsby) - A charity that provides Christmas Day lunch and other events for people who would otherwise be alone.

SANDS - Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity.

FLAG (Grimsby) - A registered charity whose aim is to provide recreational activities for children from age four to twenty-one plus who have a range of disabilities and special needs.

Whilst these donations may not seem particularly large when compared to the large amounts given by Freemasonry as a whole, they are immensely valuable to the small local charities that we focus upon and we should all feel great pride and warmth in what we do to assist them in their endeavours.

Without question, they are always so grateful for our assistance.

One of the primary functions of this meeting usually is for me to personally invest those Knights who have been appointed to Divisional Rank.

Sadly, this is not possible on this occasion but I hope that the appointment is in no way diminished by the lack of the personal touch.

In the light of the current crisis, we took the early decision to 'roll forward' the current team of Officers and I thank them all for agreeing to continue.

A year as a Divisional Officer should be a special one to enjoy and to have served in this particular year, which has been somewhat of a non event, would have been most unsatisfactory and I do hope that you concur that this was the right way forward.

As ever, special thanks to the Sepulchre Guard and P.Kt. Peter Mason, their Captain. We have certainly missed your ceremonial this year and all look forward to you returning to duty when we emerge from this current crisis and back to some sense of 'normality', whatever that may look like.

I did say earlier that the Officers are rolling forward but not all - we do, as no doubt you are aware, have several major changes taking place.

Illustrious Knight Barry Humphrey is stepping down as the Deputy Intendant-General after four years and that position is now being taken up by our current hard-working Recorder, Illustrious Knight Ray Wade.

Worthy Knights, I wish to place on record, my very sincere personal thanks and appreciation, along with that of all the Knights of the Division, for Barry's contribution during his tenure as my Deputy; quiet and unassuming in many ways, Barry has worked tremendously hard and diligently behind the scenes throughout his appointment and given me such great personal support and much valued advice on all matters.

He has represented the Division at a large number of other Divisional Meetings throughout the country, travelling many miles during his period in Office and has become a popular Knight Companion with his peers from other Divisions.

Barry, thank you so much for all your effort and input - I would normally say happy retirement but having taken up the position of District Recorder in the Ancient and Accepted Rite, I am sure that this will keep you more than busy. We hope that your health continues to improve and wish that you will please continue to wear your collarette with pride, you have most certainly earned it.

As for his successor, Illustrious Knight Ray Wade needs no introduction - a senior Freemason in many Orders, not least as the Provincial Grand Master of the Royal Order of Scotland, he takes up the office after a very successful time of some 7 years as the Divisional Recorder.

Worthy Knights, I could spend the rest of the meeting telling you about Illustrious Knight Ray but time constraints do not really permit this.

However, the old cliche, give a busy man a job, sums Ray up in many ways. Suffice to say, I have no doubt that he is the right man for the job and will not only do everything he is able for this Division, but will do it well.

Ray, I trust that you will also have an enjoyable time in Office and I look forward to continuing the partnership we have enjoyed since I became Intendant-General

In turn, may I also offer my congratulations and best wishes to his successor, Puissant Knight Mike Allen of the Tattershall Castle Conclave. Mike has certainly proved himself as the Recorder of his Conclave for several years now and I am sure that he will take on and make a great success of his new position.

Mike, welcome to the team and many good wishes to you - I look forward to working with you also.

Sadly, the annual meeting and investiture of Grand Conclave in July was unfortunately but unavoidably abandoned but may I again offer my heartfelt congratulations to those Knights who would have received preferment at this meeting.


Ill. Kt. Rev. Trevor J. Walker, now V. Ill. Kt. to P.G.H.Alm; 

Ill. Kt. Bloss Billin, to P.G.Orator;

Ill. Kt. Tim G. Kelsey, to P.G.Orator.

First Appointments: 

P. Kt. Tony Stanberry to P.G.Her, after serving as a Divisional Senior General and P. Kt. Alan Mawer to P.G.Vice-Chamb. which he received for his work and commitment as a member of the Grand Sepulchre Guard over several years along with P. Kt. Peter Mason, both of whom represent this Division so well in their Grand Guard duties.

I just wish that you all could have had the opportunity to be invested by the Grand Sovereign himself in person.

It is a special day which I am sure you would have enjoyed immensely. May I suggest instead that you attend the meeting next year and enjoy the occasion then, albeit somewhat delayed.

Worthy Knights, well what lies ahead - who knows?

I am however pleased to report that the number of resignations received across all the Orders administered from MMH has at present, proved to be less than that initially feared and whilst we as a Division have suffered losses, it is  a source of great pride and gratitude for me, that you, as Knights of this Division, have largely remained loyal and steadfast despite the hardships and frustration which we have all undoubtedly experienced this past year.

Earlier we gave memoriam to those Knights of the Division who have sadly passed on and I for one mourn each and every one of them - they have touched all of our lives in some way.

Several of these were particularly very dear to me, serving as mentors who gave me such good guidance during my Masonic life but more importantly, they were all special friends who I had the good fortune to know.

Worthy Knights, along with your families and loved ones, please also look after and keep in touch with each other, please continue to support  all the Masonic units of which you are members in whatever way you are able and I am sure and in no doubt that we will emerge from this crisis, perhaps in some ways, battered and bruised, possibly slightly leaner but certainly stronger with our faith, unity and zeal intact.

Our ceremonies are renowned for their beauty and sincerity and I look forward to resuming our Christian labours as quickly as possible and again experiencing and savouring the special bond and fellowship which I believe this Order engenders in its members.

Worthy Knights, God bless you and all your loved ones and importantly, stay safe and well - I look forward to seeing you on the other side whenever that may be, thank you.


Stephen Roberts



Click here to read letter of thanks from PGM