A Special Meeting of the District Grand Council of Surrey

Due to the suspension of Masonic activity the March 2020 Annual Meeting of the District Grand Council of Surrey had to be suspended. In August 2020 the District held a Virtual Business Meeting using the Zoom video conferencing tool.

A Special Meeting of the District Grand Council of Surrey Attending the meeting was the District Grand Master, R.Ill.Comp. David J Blackburn, the members of the District Executive, and a number of Surrey Companions. By 5.30 p.m. 44 Companions had joined the meeting. The District Grand Master, R.Ill.Comp. David J Blackburn, declared the meeting open and welcomed all present.

A Special Meeting of the District Grand Council of Surrey The District Grand Master said that he was grateful to the Assistant District Grand Recorder, Ill.Comp. Chris Eley, who was acting as District Recorder. The District Grand Master said that he was very pleased to report that in the District since last February we have had no departures to the Grand Lodge above. However we must acknowledge the losses across the world, including many Freemasons, as a result of the Pandemic and he asked those present to join with him in a moment of silence and reflection.

The Assistant District Grand Recorder read the Permission to hold a District Virtual Business Meeting.

A Special Meeting of the District Grand Council of Surrey The Minutes of the last Annual Meeting of District Grand Council held on Saturday 23rd March 2019 were approved by the Companions. V.Ill.Comp. David Willmott was declared duly elected Treasurer. The District Grand Treasurer presented the District Accounts for the year ending 31st August 2019 which were approved by the Companions.

A Special Meeting of the District Grand Council of Surrey The District Grand Master announced that as we are quite a way through the year he will defer any donation until March 2021– although it is his intention to support the Surrey Mark 2022 Festival again.

The next item was to confirm District Appointments and Promotions. The District Grand Master asked the Assistant District Grand Recorder to read the names of the Companions appointed to and promoted in District Grand Rank following which the District Grand Master congratulated those who received appointment or promotion in the District Grand Council of Surrey.

The District Grand Master addressed District Grand Council - click here to read the Address.

A Special Meeting of the District Grand Council of Surrey Following the District Grand Master’s Address the Assistant District Grand Recorder reported that that he had received apologies from a number of Companions of the District, all of whom wished the District Grand Master a most successful day and sent their best wishes for the future.

He also reminded the Companions that our District Grand Director of Ceremonies, Ill.Comp. Simon McCarthy, was cycling 2020 miles through the roads of Surrey and Hampshire to raise funds for the 2022 Surrey Mark Festival. He encouraged Councils and Companions to support Simon with a small donation through his Just Giving page - discover more about Simon's fundraising efforts here.

A Special Meeting of the District Grand Council of Surrey And finally, the Assistant District Grand Recorder gave his personal thanks to Ill.Comp. Ian Clark, Provincial Grand Master of the Mark Province of Surrey, for allowing us to use their Zoom account – and a big thank you to his old friend Ill.Comp. Tim Ford, Provincial Grand Secretary of the Mark Province of Surrey, for his support behind the scenes in running the technical side of the meeting.

The District Grand Master thanked everyone for attending and declared the meeting closed.

Article by Chris Eley


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