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District Grand Council of Kent buffer Invicta Council No.54
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A history of Invicta Council No.54

The Invicta Council No.54 was consecrated on Monday 5th April 1954 at the Franklin Rooms, Gillingham Kent by the Grand Master R.W.Bro. Charles Herbert Perrance.

There were eleven founders. The Primus Master was W.Bro. William Argentine McIntosh Valon with Bro. William Charles Dillon Hills as the first Senior Warden and Bro. John George Cull as the first Junior Warden.

The other eight founders were: Bro.’s Fredrick William Friday, Bartholmew Foskett, Walter Cyril Cocking, Alexander Beveridge, Charles Littler Smith, Lt. Col. Gordon Edward Stevens and Sydney Ernest Ward and W.Bro. George Walter Hookham (Past Master of the Britannic Council of Madeira No.46).

The Council has been privileged to have many distinguished Brethren within its ranks, many of which have been heads of other Orders within the District of Kent, mainly: Fredrick William Friday, Ronald Charles Crossfield Frizzell, Peter John McIntyre, John Alfred Dalley, Howard Francis Doe and Colin Tunbridge to name a few.

It has also included many Right Worshipful Brethren within its ranks:
  • Clive Robert Manuel (Dep.G.M., P.DistG.Pref. Kent)
  • Frank Joseph Crow (P.Dep.G.M., P.DivG.Pref. South Eastern Counties)
  • Guy Patrick Rudguard (P.Div.G.Pref. South Eastern Counties)
  • Harry A. Stokes (P.Div.G.Pref. South Eastern Counties)
  • Roy Albert John Williams (P.DistG.Pref. Kent)
  • Sidney Ernest Ward (P.G.J.W.)
  • Walter Simpson (P.G.J.W.)
  • George Walter Hookham (P.Div.G.Pref. South Africa)
  • and also still a member of the Council, R.W.Bro. Terence Albert Denis Bowler (P.G.S.W, Past Dep.Dist.G.Pref. Kent)
Invicta Council formed one of the Divisional Councils when R.W.Bro. Roy Albert John Williams was the Divisional Grand Prefect – being part of the reformation when the boundaries that crossed over into Surrey, Sussex and London were changed from the Division of the South Eastern Counties, forming the new District of Kent.

Very sadly, the historical Summonses of this Council only go back as far as the sixty-fifth meeting on Monday 27th October 1969 and the attendance book as far back as the fifty-ninth meeting on Monday 23rd October 1967. The first twenty years have been misplaced and are now probably lost.

The Council has always met at the Franklin Rooms, being the very first Council to have a real bridge for the degree of the Red Cross of Babylon – and in 2022; the first Council in Kent to have a banner.


You can contact Invicta Council No.54 by emailing the Secretary, W.Bro. J. Cameron-Potter: Click here

Meeting Dates
Fourth Monday in October (Installation), third Monday in February and second Monday in June

Place of Meeting
The Masonic Hall, Franklin Road, Gillingham, Kent ME7 4DG
Officers
  Worshipful Master W.Bro. D.I. Lucas
  IPM W.Bro. A.J. Gillespie
  Senior Warden Bro. M.S. Kirby
  Junior Warden Bro. N. Fourie
  Chaplain W.Bro. H.F. Doe, PGStB
  Treasurer W.Bro. G.M. Mitchell
  Secretary W.Bro. J. Cameron-Potter, PGSD
  D of C W.Bro. M.J. Plant
  Almoner W.Bro. T.J. Harrison, PGJD
  Senior Deacon W.Bro. C.P. Tunbridge, PGStB
  Junior Deacon W.Bro. D.C. Cantlon
  Asst. D of C W.Bro. R.M. Craig, PGJD
  Asst. Secretary Bro. D.T. Reeves
  Inner Guard W.Bro. D. Edwicker, PGStB
  1st Steward W.Bro. J.R.H.D. Taylor-Harding
  2nd Steward  
  3rd Steward  
  Tyler W.Bro. A.D. Moore, PGStB
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