Cambridgeshire Festival 2023 Launched
On Wednesday 14th March 2018 the Provincial Grand Master, W Bro William CM Dastur launched the Cambridgeshire Festival 2023. This will be managed by the Cambridgeshire Masonic Benevolent Association (CMBA) and will support the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF). This aims to raise £900,000 within Cambridgeshire between now and the end of 2023.
Further details can be found on the Festival 2023 website and a video taken at the launch is shown below.
December 2017 visit to Quarterly Communications
At lunch following the December Quarterly Communication the Cambridgeshire delegation were honoured by the presence of the Deputy Grand Master, RW Bro Jonathan Spence, who rushed over to join us in the photograph.
Cambridgeshire celebrates closing Tercentenary Dinner at Churchill College.
The final event of a very successful Tercentenary year was a dinner hosted by the Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro. William Dastur, on 9 December when almost 300 diners gathered at Churchill College in Cambridge. Guests of honour were the representatives of the 4 charities selected for Cambridgeshire by the Masonic Charitable Foundation Community Awards together with local dignitaries. They included the High Sherriff Richard Pemberton, Deputy Lord Lieutenant Mrs Penny Walkinshaw, Director of Communications Ely Cathedral Ms Lesley Ann Thompson, Mayor of March Ms Kim French and Radio Cambridgeshire Presenter Jeremy Sallis.
Provincial Grand Master, William Dastur, presenting the certificate to Flora Raiffai, Chief Executive of Cam Sight
During the evening the Provincial Grand Master presented the Community Awards certificates for £25,000 to Cam Sight, £15,000 to Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, £6,000 to Maggie’s Wallace Centre and £4,000 to Stars Cambridgeshire Children’s Bereavement Support Service.
ZHL Strings performing among the diners.
Entertainment was provided throughout the evening by ZHL Strings - the Covent Garden Buskers, a talented string quartet. They were very much admired by the diners marking a memorable year for the Province.
Supreme Grand Chapter Visit November 2017
A Regular Convocation of Supreme Grand Chapter was held on 8 November at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street, London with the First Grand Principal, His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent, presiding.
At the Convocation E. Comp. John Sherriff was appointed Past Grand Standard Bearer and E. Comp. John How was promoted to Past Assistant Grand Sojourner.
After the Convocation a most enjoyable lunch was provided for 56 Companions from Cambridgeshire.
The picture shows from left to right –E. Comp. Brian Elliott, Third Provincial Grand Principal, E. Comp. William Dastur, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, E. Comp. John Sherriff, PGStB, E. Comp. John How, PAGSoj, E. Comp. Charles Overland, Second Provincial Grand Principal and E. Comp. Tony Just, Deputy Grand Superintendent.
Cambridgeshire Light Blues Club Launch
On the 30th April, 2017, The Cambridgeshire Light Blues Club had their launch event.
Brethren, family, friends and prospective candidates all came together to meet at Bateman Street, Cambridge for the event, meeting new friends and joining with old ones.
Some 12 months previously, the committee members, W.Bro. Pete Wheeler, W.Bro. Lee Wilson, Bro. Gavin Philpott, Bro. Karl Doddimeade, Bro. Shaun Rawlinson, Bro. Paul Dunham and Bro. Graham Clapperton gathered together with an idea. Since then, with the assistance of W.Bro. Brian Elliott, the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies and W.Bro. Jon West, the Provincial Grand Mentor, they have planned and created the CLB, the Cambridgeshire Light Blues Club.
It was very quickly decided that the CLB was not going to try and be a replacement for an individuals’ Lodge, but instead, a social meeting group for those newer to Masonry, along with families and friends, to meet and potentially bring along prospective candidates to enjoy the social side of Freemasonry.