Three Firsts for Colin Felton at East Saxon Lodge

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The Provincial Senior Grand Warden (ProvSGW) and Provincial Grand Charity Steward (ProvGChStwd), Colin Felton, was congratulated by the Worshipful Master, Gavin MacInnes, and the Brethren of East Saxon Lodge No. 7053 on 9th December 2021, on his forthcoming promotion to Assistant Provincial Grand Master (APGM). For Colin his visit to East Saxon in this its 70th Anniversary-year had three new firsts as he:

  1. Was escorted by his son-in-law Gary Soars, a Provincial Grand Steward (ProvGStwd)
  2. Presented a Grand Lodge Certificate, which was delivered most informatively to Liam Devine, and
  3. Formally presented a 70th Anniversary Membership Certificate and special Badge

“This is so special and rare as there are only three such badges in the Province” Colin explained when appending the lapel badge to nonagenarian Malcolm Robinson BEM, a Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden (PPJGW). Malcolm still regularly attends Lodge of Instruction and Lodge Meetings and is always happy to stand-in for a Brother. In his ‘Thank-you’ response Malcolm ended by wishing “everyone a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year”.

In his role as the ProvGChStwd, Colin has visited many lodges. “Every lodge is different” he told the East Saxon Brethren “but what you do is absolutely fantastic as everyone wants to do his best”. He added. “In every lodge there is a team with each member bringing different skills. We are a bunch of people enjoying each other’s company.”

Colin conveyed an important message from the new Provincial Grand Master, Paul Tarrant, that as we have all been away during the pandemic restrictions, the membership is now divided into three consisting of:

  1. Seriously minded Freemasons
  2. Brethren understandably still worried about Covid, and
  3. Those who having been away and may not miss Freemasonry at all.

Encouraging everyone to be an Almoner, Colin urged everyone to make contact with Brethren in the third group to help them see what they are missing. He then praised the younger Lodge members and looking forward said he felt East Saxon has a great future especially with several potential initiates currently waiting to join.

As the Essex 2022 Festival draws to a close, Colin reminded everyone that if pledges and arrangements to pay are in place by next March, the full donation does not have to be received until December 2023. He said “Please use the next three months to consider making plans for donations in this period which will then count towards the final Essex Festival total.”

Informing Brethren that there were only 700 tickets for the Essex Festival 2022 Celebration Banquet at the Guildhall in London on 9th July 2022, Colin pointed out “With all food and drink paid for it is exceptional value at £149 per ticket for such a prestigious venue.”

On a final note, Colin reminded all present that Rob Eels is the APGM responsible for Membership and encouraged the Lodge to sign up to the Pathway Scheme, especially as we are approaching 2026 when Essex celebrates 250 years as a Province.

Tony Hales

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