Annual District Meeting at Burton-on-Trent 25th January 2020
The popular Annual meeting of the District was held on Saturday 25th January, in Burton and was well attended by both members of the District, and esteemed visitors from many other Districts.
At this meeting, the District Grand Prefect, Right Worshipful Brother Clifford Howard Bull, announced his intention to retire from this high office during the current year. A successor will be announced in due course.
Right Worshipful Brother Cliff has led the District for the last nine years and has been instrumental in supporting some worthy charities, especially in Tanzania, where many children now have access to clean running water in their schools and villages, removing the need for daily treks to water-holes many miles away.
Always a man of action, one of Cliff's main legacies is the installed masters' council, Auxilium Council No 242. This council is not only a useful meeting place for installed masters from the District, it is also a 'working council' which travels the length and breadth of the District to help Councils confer the lengthier and more complex ceremonies of the Order.
The District wishes Cliff a happy retirement from this role,and futher success in his other masonic pursuits.
Centenary meeting of Stafford Council no 37 -13th December 2019 at Burton
Stafford Council no 37 celebrated its centenary on 13th December 2019 at the Burton Masonic Hall - the first Council in the District to achieve this remarkable milestone.
The Council washonoured by the presence of the Grand Master, Most Worshipful Brother Thomas Firth Jackson
Many other distinguished guests from across the country and from Grand Council joined to participate in a memorable evening for both the Council, and the District.
Allied Activity at Burton on Trent
Plenty of Allied activity is to be witnessed during the first months of the new year.
On January 26th, the popular District meeting will be held, where our District Grand Prefect will invest W Bro J P A McCollum as his new Deputy.
Immediately before hand, the Installed Master's Council, Auxilium, will be installing V W Bro A J Stanton as their master for the ensuing year.
Just a few weeks later, on March 14th, Burton Cooper Council will be confering the degree of Grand High Priest - always an impressive ceremony to witness (or perhaps take part in).
Details and summonses can be found inthe Sumonses section.
New District Banner dedicated at Bromsgrove Council
At a meeting of Bromsgrove Council at Northfield on 20th November, a new District Banner was dedidcated.
A new, brighter banner was dedicated by the District Grand Prefect, ably assisted by many District Officers.
District Grand Prefect's address:
Brethren, this District was formed as West Midlands in the year 2000 by the Most Worshipful Grand Master of the day, Michael Edward Herbert. This divided the Midlands Division into East and West Midland Districts.
The first District Grand Prefect was one R. Wor. Bro. David Carr Hooker, a larger than life figure in the annals of Midlands masonry. He was first District Grand Prefect of the West Midlands after the division of the then ‘Division of the Midlands’ into two Districts – West and East Midlands in the year 2000. We are gathered here today to Dedicate a new District Banner to its use.
The acting District Grand Chaplain, W Bro Rev Justin Parker, gave an informative and meaningful oration on the significance of banners in general, and the new district banner in particular, along with the individual significance and lessons from each of the five cermonies in the Order.
Familiar Face takes the chair at Burton Cooper Council
On 31st October, many brethren from the District braved the Halloween evening to travel to Burton and witness our District Grand Prefect being installed as the new Worshipful Master for Burton Cooper Council.
Right Worshipful Brother Cliff Bull was installed in the chair in sincere form by the Installing Master, Worshipful Brother Adam Hough (both pictured).
The brethren assembled enjoyed a hearty Burton festive board, and the new Worshipful Master especially enjoyed his wine taking with the District Grand Prefect!
Council Banner Dedication in Burton
On 4th June, Brethren from across the District gathered at Burton-upon-Trent to witness the dedication of Burton Cooper Council's new banner, the first Council in the District to have its own Banner.