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Following his installation the new PGM was pleased to appoint VW Bro. David John Green, PGJO, as Deputy Provincial Grand Master. Again the investiture and installation was carried out in a superb manner, this time by the new PGM. Next the PGM was pleased to announce the appointment of W. Bro. Ralph Mannings Apperley, PAGDC, and W. Bro. Frederick Brown, PGJD, as Assistant Provincial Grand Masters who were then invested and installed in a similar manner.
The PGM then addressed the Installing Office to thank him and his Officers for their attendance here today.
Provincial Grand Lodge was called off for lunch to be taken.
A very enjoyable Lunch was attended by some 330 Brethren after which which gifts of appreciation were exchanged between the ProGM and the PGM . Provincial Grand Lodge then reconvened for the annual business to be conducted. Our many guests were warmly welcomed to Margate who joined us for the day and the Brethren who had passed to Higher Service during the past year were remembered with the Provincial Grand Chaplain offering prayer with all joining in the singing of the hymn “The day Thou gavest Lord is ended”.
During the proceedings it was agreed that the following donations be made:
The PGM was then pleased to present the donation for £7,000 to W. Bro. Mark Estaugh, APGM for West Kent Craft and to VW Bro. Jeffrey Green, DepPGM for Buckinghamshire. Both gave thanks to the Province for its generosity.
VW Bro. Peter Williams was then conducted to the pedestal and after being thanked for his services to the Province over a number of years the PGM presented him with his Past DepPGM’s collarette. Next on the agenda was the appointment or re-appointment of 44 Brethren to Active Provincial Rank, 29 promotions to Past Rank and 9 first appointments to Past Rank. Those present were duly invested by the
In his address to Provincial Grand Lodge the PGM referred to various events which occurred during a busy year. There was the consecration of a Royal Ark Mariner Lodge, three Banner Dedications and two Lodges celebrating 125th Anniversaries. The Inter-Provincial cricket Tournament was held at Leatherhead when Surrey won the trophy. This year it was a four way competition with Sussex joining Kent, Surrey and Middlesex
The DepPGM, VW Bro. David Green proposed a change in the Trustees of the Kent Mark Benevolent Fund. He said at a recent meeting of the Trustees and following the changes in the Mark Executive that RW Bros. John Edmondson and Archie Torrance had retired and that the Trustees had recommended that VW Bro. Peter Williams and himself continue with W. Bro. Ralph Apperley and Fred Brown being elected. This was duly seconded and carried with tribute then being paid for the work done by the two retiring members.
Next up was the presentation of three Mark Benevolent Fund Gold collarettes with one going to W. Bro. John Tunbridge, of St Michaels Lodge No. 1089, one to Amherst Mark Lodge No. 266 and the third to Robinson R.A.M. Lodge No. 255 for their generous donations to the Fund.
W. Bros. Jason Cameron-Potter and David Barden were conducted to the Pedestal to present the PGM with a cheque for £1500 for the Kent Mark Benevolent Fund, which had resulted from the sale and exchange of regalia. The PGM received the cheque with grateful thanks.
The event was now at an end and all returned home after a superb day. We now all look forward to reconvening next year for the Annual Meeting which will be held at Bromley.
Bill Balderston, ProvGSec
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