Lord Cobham and RW Bro George Francis PAsstGM visit Worcestershire Installed Masters' Lodge
More than 140 members and visitors were privileged to witness an informative and highly amusing talk by Lord Cobham on the history of Hagley Hall and of the Lyttelton family at the January meeting of the Worcestershire Installed Masters' Lodge No. 6889.
Covering the period between the 13th century to the present, Lord Cobham had come to the conclusion that the female side of his historic family had usually distinguished themselves, whereas the gentlemen were, more often than not, responsible for some of the family's most memorable errors and poor decisions. The attempt by one of his ancestors to dry out some damp gunpowder in front of an open fire was typical of a range of amusing tales!
The WM, W Bro Colin V Young, in thanking Lord Cobham, told him that his was one of the best presentations the lodge had been pleased to receive and, with such a lengthy family history, he hoped Lord Cobham would be able to return on a future occasion.
The meeting was further distinguished by the presence of RW Bro George Pipon Francis, PAsstGM of the United Grand Lodge of England, who had been a close friend of Lord Cobham's since they met on their first day 'at a certain school near Windsor'!
During the meeting, the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro Robert C. Vaughan, formally appointed two brethren into offices; W Bro Iain Sharratt as Provincial Grand Secretary and Bro John Humphries as Assistant Provincial Grand Secretary. The PGM paid warm tribute to the outgoing Provincial Secretary, W Bro Julian Ridgers, for his hard work over the last four years in office. W Bro Julian replied that his experience as Provincial Secretary had - if nothing else - greatly increased his admiration for his predecessor, W Bro Mike Cole!
The PGM went on to announce some changes amongst the Provincial Rulers. W Bro Keith Evans will be retiring from the position of AsstPGM, a position to which he was appointed at the same time as our Provincial Grand Master was appointed. RW Bro Robert described W Bro Keith as a 'rock' and thanked him warmly for his support.
The second change was the retirement of another AsstPGM, W Bro Michael D Cox. Michael will shortly be taking up a new appointment as Deputy Grand Superintendent in the Provincial Grand Chapter of Worcestershire, supporting E Comp John Phenix when he is appointed M.E.G.S.
The two new AsstPGMs will be W Bros John Crowther and Michael Dykes, both of whom are well known for their work in the Province and news of their appointments was met with warm applause from those present.
Finally, the PGM announced his intentions with regards to the appointment of next year's Provincial Wardens: W Bro Bernard Callow as ProvJGW and W Bro David Emery as ProvSGW.
The festive board saw £500 raised from a raffle and there was also a presentation by the WM of the Lodge of the Permanent Way (the railway enthusiasts' lodge) to Lord Cobham in support of the restoration by the Severn Valley Railway of a steam train named after Hagley Hall.
L to R: W Bro Richard Price; R W Bro Richard G H Goddard; W Bro Michael D Cox; R W Bro George P Francis; W Bro Peter Broughton; R W Bro Robert C Vaughan; Lord Cobham; W Bro Colin V Young; W Bro George W Barrow; W Bro Stephen Wyer; W Bro Peter Bands; W Bro Keith M Evans; W Bro Patrick Firminger; W Bro Stuart Edwards.
Lord Cobham (r) receives a cheque from the WM of the Lodge of the Permanent Way
Provincial Wardens in waiting: W Bros David Emery and Bernard Callow.
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