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R.A.J.W. Council 273 Installation including the Ceremony of Grand High Priests

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On Monday the 25th July the Roy Albert John Williams Council 273 held its installation at Manor Road Masonic Centre in Gillingham. Immediately after the Council had been opened R.W. Bro Clive Manuel gave a eulogy to commemorate the sad passing of M. W. Bro Timothy John Lewis who was a Past Grand Master of the Order.

Thirty-two brethren including eleven visitors were in attendance to witness W. Bro Trevor Marley Sharpe install the Indefatigable Jason Cameron-Potter into the chair of St Lawrence the Martyr in an explementary fashion. The installing Master and the Master were then congratulated by the Deputy Grand Master R. W. Bro Clive Manuel and the District Grand Prefect R. W. Bro Peter Brockbank.

Ashford Council 99 Installation The Candidates for GHP at RAJW

The Worshipful Master, W. Bro Jason then proceeded to appoint and invest his officers for the year in a very sincere and humorous manner. The officers for the year are listed below:

S.W.   W. Bro Jake Jackson
J.W.   W. Bro Derek Wilkins
Chaplin   W. Bro Howard Pashley
Treasurer   W. Bro Colin Tunbridge
Secretary   W. Bro Lew Finnis
D.C.   W. Bro David Green
Almoner   W. Bro Roger Odd
S.D.   W. Bro Brian Ward
J.D.   W. Bro Michael Plant
A.D.C.   W. Bro Steve Davis
Ass Sec   W. Bro Derek Wilkins
I.G.   W. Bro Ron Jakes
Steward   W. Bro Tony Maslin
Steward   W. Bro Geoff Whale
Steward   W. Bro Tony Waspe
Tyler   W. Bro Roy Skelton

Special thanks to W. Bro Tony Lewis from the Canterbury Council 65 who occupied the office of Senior Warden for the opening and closing on the Council.

The council was then adjourned so that the lodge room could be prepared to carry out the ceremony of the Grand High Priests. The following officers from the council were appointed to carry out the Degree of the Grand High Priest. A special thank you goes to W. Bro. Archie Torrance the W.M. for West Kent Council 66 who stood in at the last-minute cover the office of Herald.

E. Comp. Geoffrey Whale   Most Excellent President (1st Part)
E. Comp. Brian Ward   Most Excellent President (2nd Part)
E. Comp. Jason Cameron-Potter   Vice President
E. Comp. Trevor Marley Sharpe   Chaplain
E. Comp. David John Green   Master of Ceremonies
E. Comp. Tony Maslin   Conductor
E. Comp. Steve Davies   Assistant Master of Ceremonies
E. Comp. Archie Torrance   Herald
E. Comp. Michael Plant   Lecturer
E. Comp. Roy Skelton   Sentinel

The convention of the Holy Order of the Grand High Priests was then opened by E. Comp Geoff Whale. The following candidates were then prepared to be Admitted, Anointed, Consecrated and Set Apart to the Office of Grand High Priest:

Bro. William Mark Pennell   Invicta Council No. No. 54
Bro. Lee John Curtis   Hartley Council No. 74
Bro. Paul Mayger   Hartley Council No. 74
Bro. Russell Stuart Hughes   Hartley Council No. 74
Bro. Anthony Clifford Bartlett   Ashford Council No. 99
Bro. Kenneth William Nunn   Ashford Council No. 99
Bro. Benedict Katumba   White Cliffs of Dover Council No. 210
Bro. Alan Brown   White Cliffs of Dover Council No. 210
Bro. Stephen Michael Hyland   Progress Council No. No. 261

E. Comp Whale then performed the first part of the ceremony in an exemplary manner ably assisted by his officers with Comp Alan Brown from the White Cliffs of Dover Council 210 acting as the lead candidate. Upon completion of the first part of the ceremony the tabernacle was rearranged to allow the second part of the ceremony to be worked.

Ashford Council 99 Installation Officers of RAJW who worked the Ceramony of GHP-1

E. Comp Brian Ward ably assisted by his officers then completed the ceremony in an exemplary manner with Comp Steve Hyland acting as the lead candidate. The lecture was given in a faultless manner by E. Comp Mike Plant before the convention of the Holy order of Grand High Priests was closed by E. Comp Brian Ward. All of the candidates were congratulated by the Deputy Grand Master Clive Manuel and the District Grand Prefect Peter Brockbank who gave each of the candidates an Allied pen as a memento and keepsake of the evening.

Ashford Council 99 Installation The Brethren of RAJW (installation)

Following the Ceremony, the lodge room was restored to allow the council to be resumed and complete the business of the council in the degree of St Lawrence the Martyr.

In the risings a report was given regarding the health of W. Bro Roger Odd by W. Bro Steve Davis, The District Grand Prefect gave a report on the new website and encouraged the brethren to use it and pass any articles to W. Bro Brian Ward. Sadly, a resignation had been received from one of the members and this had been reluctantly accepted.

The council was then closed before the brethren dined together at the festive board.


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