Phipps Dorman Council, No. 32 Celebrates its Centenary

Who was Phipps-Dorman? Apart from being an eminent Freemason and benefactor, Thomas Phipps-Dorman he was Principal Partner in The Dorman Engineering Company of Northampton who's main product was the Dorman sewing machine, though they started manufacturing engines and made the Whirlwind motorised bicycle for a few years, before failing in 1903.

Masonically, amongst others, he was appointed Deputy Grand Master under The Earl of Euston in the Allied Masonic Degrees, and 33rd degree Inspector General, North-Central District in the Ancient & Accepted Rite. And he was, of course, a founder of Phipps Dorman Council No. 32.

Pictured is the centenary jewel – more a work of art than a feat of engineering.

Pictured are Deputy Grand Master, R.Ill.Comp. His Hon. Ian Alexander, QC, with Master of the Council, V.Ill.Comp. Clifford Hadley, P.G.Lect. who secured the Centenary Jewels.

New District Grand Master Installed for Hertfordshire

St Albans, well known for being the 3rd Century home of the first British Christian Martyr and the first “self-service” Tesco in 1948.

But the "first" that Companions of the Order made their way to a packed Ashwell House to witness was for the Installation of the new District Grand Master, Group Captain Peter John Brindle, ready to see how he handled this debut – or “take off” - in his new role. Peter is well known throughout the District, the Order and beyond and the support for the meeting gives a promising indication as to the health of the District. We hope it continues to grow and flourish under his leadership.

R.Ill.Comp. His Hon. Ian D.G. Alexander, QC, Dep.G.M., R.Ill.Comp. Gp Capt Peter J. Brindle, Dist.G.M., M.Ill.Comp. Kessick J. Jones, Grand Master, R.Ill.Comp. Richard L. Gan, JP, IX, G.P.C.W. and Ill.Comp. Neil Phillips, Dist.G.P.C.W.

Herbert de Losinga Council celebrates 100 years with pride

Herbert de Losinga was Bishop of Thetford c.1090 – c.1095 until he moved the see to Norwich c.1095, remaining Bishop of Norwich until his death in 1119. He was also responsible for the founding of the Church of St Nicholas in Great Yarmouth and Norwich School.

In 1919 a Petition was signed and presented to the then Grand Master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters, Richard Loveland Loveland, KC, requesting a Warrant be granted to form a Council of Royal and Select Masters, to meet in Norwich, under the name, style and title of Herbert de Losinga Council No. 33. The Warrant was granted and signed on the 2 September 1919.

The Council now meets in Great Yarmouth and on Monday 9 September 2019 the Companions of the Council were joined - in the splendid surroundings of the main Temple at the Masonic Royal Assembly Rooms - by The Most Illustrious Grand Master, Kessick John Jones; The Right Illustrious District Grand Master, Peter Thomas Coles; and many other distinguished Companions and visitors, to celebrate the Centenary of the Council.

The meeting was presided over by the Thrice Illustrious Master, Ill.Comp. Mike Hall; Deputy Master, Comp. Colin Farrington and Principal Conductor of the Work, Comp. Mike Jessett and a precis of the Council’s history was delivered by V.Ill.Comp. Chris Bowles, JP.


Pictured left to right are Comp. Colin Farrington, V.Ill.Comp. Geoff Spencer, M.Ill.Comp. Kessick Jones, Ill.Comp. Mike Hall, R.Ill.Comp. Peter Coles, Ill.Comp. Ken Healey and Comp. Mike Jessett

Grand Master's Address 2019

Address of the Grand Master
M.Ill.Comp. Kessick Jones
Grand Council
Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Companions, I begin by welcoming you to our Annual Meeting and by expressing my appreciation that many of you have travelled considerable distances to be here. I look forward to sharing further time with you at our celebratory luncheon.

To start proceedings with an extended Obituary detailing the loss of so many well respected and revered Companions is not ideal. However, such sadness was quickly replaced by the joy and happiness of the Investiture proceedings.

I know that I speak on behalf of you all when I congratulate the Companions whom I have appointed to Grand Council Rank or promoted in it. The Investiture will have been a major and memorable event in their Cryptic careers, and they should need no reminding that their new status brings with it increased responsibilities which must be firmly grasped.

To those Companions I say, you are the future of our Order and although I stand centre stage today, today is primarily your day. But remember, I always expect more; the Impresario Irvine Berlin once remarked “The toughest thing about success is that you have got to keep on being a success. Talent is only a starting point. You have to keep on working on that talent, otherwise someday you’ll reach for it and it won’t be there”.

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M.Ill.Comp. Kessick J. Jones
Grand Master

R.Ill.Comp. His Hon Ian D. G. Alexander, QC
Deputy Grand Master

R.Ill.Comp. Richard L. Gan, JP
Grand Principal Conductor of the Work