Category: Provincial

Members of the Lodge attended Freemasons’ Hall on Saturday 14th March to assist with the Side Orders Breakfast. Freemasons were shown the intricacies of the Rose Croix and Red Cross of Constantine Orders.

The White Ribbon Club is Leicestershire & Rutland’s club for newer Royal Arch Masons. They teamed up with the Light Blue Club to invite interested members to a presentation. The presentation was of the Royal Arch, Rose Croix and Red Cross of Constantine Orders.

The morning was very well attended. Over twenty-five interested brethren took their seats for an interesting and informal presentation of the Orders. First at the podium was Richard Barnett, to welcome everyone to Freemasons’ Hall Leicester. He proceeded to introduce the main speakers to the audience.

Ancient & Accepted Rite

The head of the Ancient & Accepted Rite Rose Croix, Inspector General Henry Kukiewicz then took the stage. He gave an excellent account of the Rose Croix degree, from where the Order originated from, to how to join. Volunteers helped Henry display the different types of regalia. This included past and present regalia worn in the Order.

Side Orders Breakfast Freemaasons Hall Leicester

Red Cross of Constantine

Next to the podium was the Head of the Red Cross of Constantine, Intendent General John Manby. John gave a detailed description of the founding of the Order, its structure and place within Freemasonry. The audeince helped out to demonstrate the regalia of the Order and its significance. As a result, the audince better understood the Order.

The audience then asked questions, which showed a keen interest from for more information.

Because of the interest, the Provincial Grand Master, Peter Kinder, took to the stage. The Deputy Grand Superintendent of Royal Arch Masons, Paul Wallace also took questions.

Afterwards, everyone adjourned to the dining room to enjoy a full English breakfast, where the conversations continued until lunchtime.

The Chairman of the WRC and organiser Samuel Harris thanked all of the speakers for giving up their time.

Gayton C. Taylor, the Master of Granite Lodge in 1962 after joining the Lodge in 1947, took part in a memorable photograph as five Provincial Grand Masters of Leicestershire & Rutland gathered at the Devonshire Court Care Home in Oadby. 

Devonshire Court, the Masonic Care Home in Oadby, Leicester, was the centre of attention just before Christmas, as one of the residents, R.W.Bro. Gayton C. Taylor, Provincial Grand Master of Leicestershire & Rutland between 1978 and 1989, was visited by four of the Provinces’ past and present Provincial Grand Masters.

The sun was shining as the Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Peter C Kinder was joined by R.W.Bro. David V. Hagger (PGM 2010 – 2019), R.W.Bro. Michael H. Roalfe (PGM 2002 – 2010), and R.W.Bro. Derek A. Buswell (PGM 1989 – 2002) to pay a visit to R.W.Bro. Gayton.  At 97 years old, R.W.Bro. Gayton was in a jovial mood and extremely pleased to see his friends visit him all at the same time. 


Having organised the visit, the Provincial Grand Master R.W.Bro. Peter said, “What a delight to see Gayton looking so well, and what a special treat for all of us to have the opportunity of gathering together to celebrate the last forty-two years of guiding the Province of Leicestershire & Rutland Freemasons”.


Pictured from left to right:  R.W.Bro. Michael H. Roalfe (PGM 2002 – 2010), R.W.Bro. Peter C Kinder (Provincial Grand Master),  R.W.Bro. Gayton C. Taylor (PGM 1978 – 1989), R.W.Bro. David V. Hagger (PGM 2010 – 2019), R.W.Bro. Derek A. Buswell (PGM 1989 – 2002)

At the meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge, held on Friday 29th November 2019, three members of Granite Lodge were present to receive much deserved promotions.

The meeting was held in two halves, the first was the installation of a new Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro. Peter C. Kinder who presides over the counties of Leicestershire and Rutland.

The second part of the day was dedicated to installation of the team who will assist the Provincial Grand Master for the coming year.  From Granite Lodge, it was a bumper day as we were honoured with one first appointment to active rank, and two promotions to past rank.

In the team of active officers for the coming year, is W.Bro. Stuart Larkins who received his first appointment to Provincial Grand Lodge as Provincial Grand Pursuivant.  Stuart took his position within the Lodge in order to help the Provincial Grand Master close the Lodge in order to continue the enjoyment late into the night.

Also receiving promotions within Provincial Grand were W.Bro. Ian Phillips, who was promoted to Past Provincial Grand Superintendent of Works, and W.Bro. Richard Barnett to Past Provincial Senior Grand Deacon.

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