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  • PROVINCIAL GRAND LODGE

    of

    ANCIENT, FREE AND ACCEPTED MASONS

    of

    OXFORDSHIRE

    ANNUAL MEETING

    of

    PROVINCIAL GRAND LODGE

    By command of

    RIGHT WORSHIPFUL BROTHER JAMES ROBERT GUY HILDITCH

    PROVINCIAL GRAND MASTER

    VERY WORSHIPFUL BROTHER NEAL CLIVE SPENCER

    DEPUTY PROVINCIAL GRAND MASTER

    WORSHIPFUL BROTHER ALAN PETER KNOWLES

    ASSISTANT PROVINCIAL GRAND MASTER

    to be held at

    THE QUADRANGLE SUITE

    THE KASSAM STADIUM

    GRENOBLE ROAD

    OXFORD, OX4 4XP

    WEDNESDAY 7th OCTOBER 2015

    at 11.00 am

  • The past year has been exciting and rewarding. Among the highlights, we have

    launched a number of initiatives, that I am sure are helping to bring new life to

    the Province and to Freemasonry in Oxfordshire in general. I look forward to

    welcoming you all warmly to your Provincial meeting and joining you over lunch

    to celebrate your appointments and promotions, as well as the events of the year

    and to look to the future with renewed enthusiasm and vigour.

    James Hilditch

    Provincial Grand Master

  • Dear Sir and Brother,

    I am required to summon you to attend the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge,

    which this year will be held in: “The Quadrangle Suite” within the The Kassam

    Stadium, Grenoble Road, Oxford, OX4 4XP on Wednesday the 7th of October 2015,

    for the purpose of transacting the business of the Province as set forth in the Agenda

    Paper. The Provincial Grand Lodge will be opened at 11 am punctually.

    By permission of the Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master, all Master Masons are

    invited to be present (though they cannot vote in the proceedings of Provincial Grand

    Lodge), and having signed the appropriate attendance paper, are requested to take their

    seats before 10.45 am. Brethren being invested have reserved seats and are requested to

    take their places by 10.30am to receive instructions from the Provincial Grand Director of

    Ceremonies. Provincial Grand Officers of the year are solely responsible for the safe

    return of their Provincial Jewel to the Provincial Grand Secretary, The Shambles,

    Church Street, Twyford, Near Buckingham MK18 4EU, by Monday the 14 th

    of

    September 2015.

    The Meeting will be followed by lunch at 1.30pm. Brethren wishing to attend the lunch

    must return the accompanying form, together with their dining fee, of £29.00 (cheques

    payable to Provincial Grand Lodge of Oxfordshire) to: Bernd Wegerhoff, Provincial

    Assistant Grand Secretary, 48 Neithrop Avenue, Banbury, Oxon. OX16 2NG to reach

    him, at the latest, by Saturday the 19th of September. Regrettably bookings cannot be

    accepted by any other means.

    There is parking for some 2000 cars, including designated disabled parking at the venue.

    I am, dear Sir and Brother.

    Yours sincerely and fraternally.

    Ivor R. Hawkins PAGDC

    Provincial Grand Secretary.

    DARK MORNING DRESS or UNIFORM

    FULL DRESS MASONIC CLOTHING, WHITE GLOVES

    The attendance register will be compiled from admission papers available for signature at

    the meeting.

  • AGENDA

    1. The Provincial Grand Lodge will be opened.

    2. The Provincial Grand Master will be saluted

    3. The Grand Officers will be saluted.

    4. The Minutes of the Annual Provincial Grand Lodge Meeting of Wednesday the 1st of October 2014 will be put for confimation.

    5. The Obituary Roll will be read.

    6. The Roll of Lodges in the Province will be read.

    7. The Roll of Provincial Grand Officers will be called

    8. The Provincial Grand Secretary will make his report.

    9. The Provincial Grand Treasurer will present the accounts for 2014/15

    10. The Provincial Grand Treasurer will be elected: W.Bro. G. Singh (Cadogan Lodge No 8965) has been nominated for election.

    11. The Provincial Grand Almoner will present his report.

    12. The Provincial Grand Charity Steward will will present his report.

    13. To authorise the Provincial Grand Master to nominate Brethren to fill vacancies on the Committees of the Masonic Institutions, Committees of Grand Lodge and the

    Committee of the Grand Charity as and when they occur.

    14. To elect three Brethren to audit the accounts of Provincial Grand Lodge.

    15. The Provincial Grand Officers will be appointed and invested.

    16. The Provincial Grand Master will address Provincial Grand Lodge.

    17. To collect Alms.

    18. Any other business deemed necessary will be brought forward.

    19. The Provincial Grand Lodge will be closed.

    Members of the Clavis Lodge No 8585 will ring a peal to Provincial Grand Lodge.

  • PROVINCIAL GRAND LODGE OF OXFORDSHIRE

    Abstract of Minutes of Meeting held 1 st October 2014

    A meeting of the Provincial Grand Lodge of Oxfordshire was held at the Kassam Stadium on Wednesday the 1st of

    October 2014 at 4.30 p.m. There were present: RW.Bro. James Robert Guy Hilditch, Provincial Grand Master,

    W.Bro. Neal Clive Spencer, Deputy Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro. Alan Peter Knowles, Assistant Provincial

    Grand Master, 21 active Provincial Grand Officers of the year, together with 10 Right Worshipful and 8 Very

    Worshipful Brethren, 43 Grand Officers and Distinguished Guests and 157 Past Provincial Grand Officers,

    Reigning Masters, Past Masters, Brethren and Guests, giving a total of 242. Apologies were received from 68

    Brethren.

    The Provincial Grand Lodge was opened in due form and with solemn prayer.

    The RW. Provincial Grand Master was saluted with seven; the Deputy Provincial Grand Master and the Assistant

    Provincial Grand Master were each saluted according to their rank with five.

    The distinguished guests were introduced by the RW. Provincial Grand Master and warmly welcomed by the

    Brethren.

    The Brethren were called to order and The Right Worshipful Brethren were saluted with seven; the Very

    Worshipful Brethren with five and the other Grand Officers present were saluted in turn according to their rank.

    RW.Bro. Russell Race, Metropolitan Grand Master, V.W.Bro. Rodney Staines PDPrGM, PGSwdB and W.Bro.

    Phillip Purves. PDepGDC, thanked the Brethren and greeted them well.

    The RW. Provincial Grand Master called upon the Provincial Grand Secretary for the Minutes of the Annual

    Provincial Grand Lodge of 2 nd

    October 2013. The PrGSec replied that those minutes had been circulated to every

    member of the Province in the order paper for the meeting and were in the Provincial yearbook published that day.

    W.Bro. Stephen Quant, Provincial Senior Grand Warden, proposed that, as those minutes had been so circulated

    and published, they be adopted, which W.Bro. Graham Turner, Provincial Junior Grand Warden, seconded. The

    Brethren approved their adoption.

    The RW. Provincial Grand Master called upon the Provincial Grand Secretary, to read the year’s Obituary Roll.

    Following which, the Brethren were called to order by W.Bro Alan Baverstock, Provincial Grand Director of

    Ceremonies, whilst the Provincial Grand Chaplain, W.Bro. Phillip Purves delivered the solemn prayer.

    The RW. Provincial Grand Master called upon the Provincial Grand Registrar, W.Bro. Thomas J. Byrne to call the

    Roll of Lodges in the Province following which, he reported that all Lodges were well represented.

    The RW. Provincial Grand Master again called upon the Provincial Grand Registrar to call the Roll of Provincial

    Grand Officers for the year all of whom were accounted for, an apology having been received from W.Bro. Adrian

    Barlow, Provincial Grand Sword Bearer.

    The RW. Provincial Grand Master called upon the Provincial Grand Secretary for his report. W.Bro. Anthony R.

    Taylor stated his report had been circulated to every member of the Province in the order paper for the meeting and

    was published in the Provincial yearbook.

    The RW. Provincial Grand Master called upon the Provincial Grand Treasurer to present his Accounts for

    2013/2014. W.Bro. Norman Sawyer, stated that his report had been circulated to every member of the Province in

    the order paper for the meeting and was published in the Provincial yearbook.

    The Provincial Senior Grand Warden stated that as those accounts had been so circulated and published, he

    proposed their adoption. The Provincial Junior Grand Warden seconded that proposal, which was approved by the

    Brethren and a vote of thanks was tendered to the Provincial Grand Treasurer.

    The RW. Provincial Grand Master again called upon the Provincial Grand Treasurer, who in accordance with By-

    Law 8 of the Province of Oxfordshire By-Laws, announced that the subscription for the year 2015 (payable in

    arrears on 31st December, 2015) shall remain at £12.00.

    The RW. Provincial Grand Master reported that as only one nomination had been received; W.Bro. Norman C.

    Sawyer, PAGDC, was therefore elected Provincial Grand Treasurer for the ensuing year.

  • The RW. Provincial Grand M