June saw 30 of the members of the East Kent Light Blues join together and visit the quarterly communications meeting at United Grand Lodge.
The event is the time when the essential business of UGLE is presented and is a wonderful, ceremonial occasion welcoming dignitaries from many overseas territories. At the June meeting, we were lucky enough to witness the final time when the Most Worshipful Peter Lowndes was presiding.
The meeting included announcing the latest appointments of the deputy grand masters.
In addition to the essential business, we were treated to an interesting and humorous lecture by WBro Dr J Hawkins on the history between the Royal family and freemasonry.
The MW Pro Grand master then made a special presentation of The Grand Masters order of service to Masonry to WBro Malcolm Brooks, a member of United Service lodge (3124) in Sheerness for his long service to grand lodge and most recently as Grand Tyler.
The Order of Service to Masonry is the highest honour the Grand Master can confer on any member of the Craft. Instituted in 1945, it is in the personal gift of the Grand Master, and is an acknowledgment of exceptional services to the Craft.
The Order is limited to 12 holders, confers no precedence on them, but entitles them to place the letters OSM after their names, preceding the initials of any other Masonic rank they may hold.
The Order is a neck decoration in the form of a Garter blue ribbon from which hangs the jewel of the Order.
This was followed by a tribute to the work of the WM Pro Grand Master from a personal message from the Grand Master himself. HRH THE DUKE OF KENT KG, GCMG, GCVO, ADC
After the main meeting, members moved towards a nearby venue to enjoy some fellowship.
We were also joined by 14 members of the current Provincial executive who were keen to share a fun, food, and fellowship with the East Kent Light Blues Brothers’ members. EKLBB
Although an informal meeting, the RW Provincial Grand master gave a tribute and thanks to chairman of the EKLBB club, Howard Griffin, and the team for organising the event and inviting the exec to join them.
The next event will be the exciting transfer of the new home of the EKLBB Lodge as they assume the warrant of the Old Roffensian Lodge on Friday 17th June 2022.
For more information about the EKLBB, visit their website here. https://eklbb.org.uk