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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