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R.W.Bro. Norman James Thompson - Provincial Grand Master

Provincial Grand Chapter Meeting 18 May 2017

Companions, it is once again my pleasure to welcome you all to our annual convocation which I hope you will enjoy.
This is a day for celebration and congratulations to those Companions who have just been appointed and promoted to their Provincial ranks and I wish you all well with continued success and happiness in your new positions.

The 27 April was another special day for our Past Provincial Second Grand Principal Companion Ronald Cameron when he was invested with his Grand Chapter Rank, PGStd B. at the annual convocation of Supreme Grand Chapter. Companion Cameron retired as our Second Provincial Grand Principal in February and I thank him for all that he did over a number of years. On the same day E. Comp. Stanley Moffat our Provincial Grand Almoner was also appointed to the rank of PGStB. He has worked very hard over the last couple of years helping many people following the devastating floods in the county.
We were also pleased to witness the investiture of E. Companions Keith Hodgson, David Kellet and Keith Young when they were promoted to the rank of Past Assistant Grand Sojourner, we congratulate all those companions on their appointments and promotions and expect that they will continue to support and work for the good of the Order.
I appointed E. Comp. Glyn Titterington to be our Second Provincial Grand Principal in February and he has settled into his new role with enthusiasm.

The Deputy Grand Superintendent and his Team have again given a number of demonstrations of the “From Darkness to Light” presentation aimed at those Master Masons who have not yet completed their journey through Pure Ancient Freemasonry. These presentations have been well received and have resulted in a number of brethren completing their Craft journey. However these presentations are not aimed at pressing brethren to join the Royal Arch but they are aimed at explaining the degree and hopefully helping them to understand more of our mysteries.
The “From Darkness to Light” power point presentation was given to the Second and Third Grand Principals at Grand Chapter and this was well received. If any lodge would like to arrange for a demonstration in their Masonic Centre please contact the Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra for more details
The Officers of the 2016/17 have fulfilled their obligation to the Province and I thank them all.  E Companion Richard Benn our Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah has visited the chapters and has supported me on many visits, thank you.  

The Provincial Director of Ceremonies and his Team continue to serve the Province well and today has been no exception. They, together with many of the 2016/17 Team have attended many special events with me and their presence enhances the proceedings.

My Co-Principals and the Assistant to the Principals together with the Grand Officers who have represented me this year have been well received on their visits and I thank them for their support.
The Prov G S E mentioned the Installed Principals Chapter in his report and a few weeks ago I accompanied members of the Installed Principals Chapter when they visited Criterian Chapter in Baildon, the Installed Principals Chapter is open to membership of all present and past Principals and meets three times each year at different venues, I commend it to you.

The secretariat under the leadership of E. Companion Keith Beaumont has again had a very busy year and I am most grateful for their help and support.
E. Comp. David Holland retires today as our Assistant Grand Scribe Ezra a post he has held for many years. He has worked tirelessly behind the scenes ensuring that Provincial and Grand returns are up to date, no mean task. He has also been very supportive in helping with the smooth running of today’s meeting and I know that he will continue to support the Province in the future, many thanks for all that you have done for us David.
We welcome E. Comp. John Fielding who now takes over the responsibilities of Assistant Scribe E.

E. Comp. Holmes retired as our Provincial Treasurer owing to ill health and we are pleased that he is now making a good recovery and thank him for his services over a number of years. Companion Stephen Hollins-Gibson took over the duties of Provincial Treasurer and has become a valued member of the Team.

This year we are celebrating the Tercentenary of Grand Lodge and under the direction of E. Companion William Bewley, Assistant Provincial Grand Master we are now enjoying events that have been organised throughout the Province. Lodges and Chapters are being kept informed of all the events and I hope companions that you will support as many of the events as possible.
A number of events have already taken place. On Saturday 6 May along with my wife I attended a concert arranged by E. Comp. Raymond Fearon when some 200 people were entertained by Dalston Male Voice Choir, a number of the choir are Freemasons.
We held the Boxing Evening in February and again this was successful, the Provincial Grand Janitor and his Team are to be congratulated for the arrangements.

There will be Masonic displays in Penrith and Kendal museums which will continue for several months.

The 9th and 10th June sees the caravan rally at Kendal caravan club at Kendal.
The 11th June sees the Tercentenary leg of the Classic car run at the Lakeland motor museum, organised by E. Comp.Andrew Moore.
E. Comp. Moore and E. Comp. Bewley will be attending the start of the Rally at Windsor Park on Sunday the 21st  May with a couple of classic motorcycles on display, to show that C and W are involved and supporting the event
The 17th June is the cross Morecambe bay walk organised by E. Comp.Peter Caunce which will give the community another chance to see freemasonry at work.
The 24th June sees the Tercentenary Provincial Ball taking place at the Castle Green Hotel, Kendal, this event is one of the highlights of the year and was fully booked within weeks of tickets being available.
In the afternoon of that day at the same venue we will witness a demonstration of a 1717 ceremony performed by Brigantes Demonstration Team.
The main event of the Tercentenary Year will be the concert to be held in the Leisure Centre in Kendal given by Voces8 on Saturday 9 September. We are delighted that the representative from Grand Lodge will be The Most Honourable the Marquis of Northampton and he will be joined by a number of local dignitaries.
We will be presenting almost £80,000 to local charities selected by the brethren from the six groups in the Province so please book your tickets now as they are on sale to the general public and more that 50% of the tickets have been sold. I hope lodges and chapters will invite the widows to attend this special event.
There are many more events being organised throughout the Province and I look forward to attending many of them.
I have dedicated a number of new Banners in both lodges and chapters this year and on some occasions the ladies have been invited to witness the ceremony. There is nothing confidential in the ceremony and the ladies who attended were very impressed and enjoyed the experience.
Can I now mention the Tercentenary Jewel and I see many of you wearing it today.
You will recall they the instruction we received from Grand Lodge was that the jewel could not be worn in chapters but only in craft lodges. I together with a number of other Provincial Grand Masters and Grand Superintendents queried this decision. The Royal Arch is part of the Third Degree so why should the Royal Arch be disenfranchised?
The Tercentenary is about the celebration of the formation of the first Grand Lodge, the first Grand Chapter did not come into  existence until Lord Blaney promoted it as a separate entity in1766 so I can understand Grand Chapters current decision as the Royal Arch was not considered as part of the Craft by the Premier Grand Lodge in those days, it not being officially recognised by them until the Union in 1813 and confirmed in 1817.
Times do change and the decision was reviewed and it was announced at Supreme Grand Chapter that the Jewel could now be worn in chapters and at Provincial Grand Chapter by the authority of the Grand Superintendent, this I have authorised. However we are still not able to wear the Jewel in Grand Chapter perhaps for the reasons I have mentioned but watch this space!
Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
Thank you Companions for your support and attendance today.

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Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master

The Provincial Grand Superintendent's Address- 21st May 2015

The Provincial Grand Master's Address- 16th October 2014

The Provincial Grand Master's Address- 10th October 2013

Most Excellent Grand Superintendents address 16th May 2013

Visit to Province of Hereford, June 2013

The Provincial Grand Master's Address- 18th October 2012

The Provincial Grand Master's Address- 20th October 2011

Most Excellent Grand Superintendents address 19th May 2011

Windermere Cruise - Sunday 8th May 2011

An announcement from PGM - 15th March 2011

The Provincial Grand Master's Address- 21st October 2010

Annual Meeting Dates
Provincial Grand Lodge

19th October 2017
Minutes of the last Provincial Grand Lodge Meeting held on 20th October 2016

Royal Arch Convocation

19th May 2016
Minutes of the last Provincial Grand Chapter Meeting held on 21st May 2015

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