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The Installation of a new Provincial Grand Master

The Annual Meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Kent was held on Friday 24th September 2021 at Oakley House, Bromley, Kent. We were there to see V.W.Bro. Peter David Williams, P.G.M.O installed as the Provincial Grand Master for Kent by Most Worshipful Brother Raymond John Smith, Pro Grand Master.

The Installation of a new Provincial Grand Master

Provincial Grand Lodge was opened in due form by the Presiding Officer, R.W.Bro. Roger Croucher, Past Provincial Grand Master. The Installing Officer, accompanied by his Assisting Officers, entered in procession, assumed the Chair, and appointed his Officers.

The Installation of a new Provincial Grand Master

The Installing Officer was saluted under the direction of the Grand Director of Ceremonies and addressed the Brethren on the purpose of the meeting. The Installing Officer directed the Grand Director of Ceremonies to retire and ascertain that the Provincial Grand Master Designate was in attendance. The Grand Director of Ceremonies re-entered the Lodge and informed the Installing Officer that the Provincial Grand Master Designate, Very Worshipful Brother Peter David Williams, P.G.M.O. was in attendance and requested to be installed.

The Installing Officer directed that the Patent of Appointment be produced to him. He then examined the Patent and directed that the Provincial Grand Master Designate be introduced in proper form. The Grand Director of Ceremonies and certain appointed Brethren retired in procession, and, preceded by Brethren bearing the regalia, re-entered the Lodge introducing the Provincial Grand Master Designate.

The Installing Officer called upon the Grand Secretary to read the Patent of Appointment and then addressed the Provincial Grand Master Designate on the nature of his duties and the qualifications for the office to which he has been appointed and enquired if he is ready and willing to undertake those duties.

After the Grand Chaplain offered a prayer, the Installing Officer directed the Provincial Grand Master Designate to advance and take a solemn obligation. The Provincial Grand Master Designate was then invested and installed in the Chair.

The Provincial Grand Master was proclaimed and saluted under the direction of the Grand Director of Ceremonies.

After being introduced and obligated, the Provincial Grand Master appointed Worshipful Brother Perri Ahmet, P.G.J.D. as Deputy Provincial Grand Master who was then proclaimed under the direction of the Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies and saluted by members of the Province.

After being introduced and obligated, the Provincial Grand Master appointed Worshipful Brothers David William Walter Stiff, P.G.S.D., and Martyn Brian Summers, P.G.S.D., as Assistant Provincial Grand Masters. The Assistant Provincial Grand Masters were proclaimed under the direction of the Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies and saluted by members of the Province.

The Installation of a new Provincial Grand Master

The Provincial Grand Master addressed the Installing Officer who then retired in procession.

After the business of Provincial Grand Lodge had been concluded R.W. Provincial Grand Master congratulated the active Provincial Grand Officers for the ensuing year. Provincial Grand Lodge was then closed in due form and the Provincial Grand Master retired in procession accompanied by his Provincial Officers and the many guests of the Province.

The Installation of a new Provincial Grand Master

After refreshments the Brethren of the Mark Province of Kent and their guests enjoyed a most convivial lunch together.

The Installation of a new Provincial Grand Master

The Surrey contingent had a most enjoyable day and wish Right Worshipful Brother Peter Williams and his team every success for the future.

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Article by Chris Eley, photos by Bob Tuthill and Chris Eley