After months of planning and organisation the Provincial office has now relocated to its new permanent home at the Estuary View Business Park, just off the Thanet Way at Whitstable.
The main move took place on Thursday 27th November and over the next few days boxes were emptied and filing cupboards filled, desks and working areas were allocated, and the telephone and computer systems put to the test.
Finally, all was ready for the intimate and classically understated opening ceremony on Wednesday 3rd December, when the Provincial Grand Master, RWBro Michael Bailey, formally welcomed the team to their new home.
Before cutting the ribbon, which symbolised entrance to a new era, RWBro Bailey congratulated WBros Roger Odd, Lyndon Jones, Terry Burn and the team on the very efficient manner in which they had dealt with the changeover, and particularly thanked WBro Tim Pierpoint who was the project manager for the move. Also present for the ceremony was VWBro Peter Brooshooft, the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, and representatives of the property developers and building contractors.
RWBro Bailey also expressed his great delight that this important upgrading of the Provincial administration facilities, which will benefit this and future generations of East Kent Freemasons, has been made possible through the great support and generosity of so many Lodges, Chapters, and individual members throughout the Province.
The symbolic opening ceremony was followed by a brief champagne reception and the joint cutting of a celebration cake by the Provincial Grand Master and the Provincial Grand Secretary, before the team returned to their labours.
The new facilities consist of a large open-plan general office, a private office for the Provincial Grand Secretary, a small meeting room and a large meeting room, and a separate open plan office which will become the new home for the East Kent Provincial Charities Association in the New Year.
Situated on the first floor of the brand new and very modern office building in the aptly named Estuary View business park, the offices are serviced by a passenger lift, and are thus easily accessible for less mobile visitors. Extensive car parking is available on the site, which overlooks the estuary coast-line and offers grand views across the water to the attractive south eastern part of the Isle of Sheppey at Shellness and Harty.