With the sun shining on an early October morning, members of Phipps Dorman Council met to proclaim their Thrice Illustrious Master, Ill Comp Peter Stokes for a second term. Peter went on to reappoint Ill Comp David Ore as Deputy Master, and to appoint Ill Comp Paul Mycock as Principal Conductor of the Work, together with the rest of his experienced team of Officers. In the absence of Paul Mycock, who was abroad on masonic business, Ill Comp Chris Rogers, District Grand Principal Conductor of the Work occupied the chair of the Council’s PCW throughout the meeting. Chris responded to salutations, giving the apologies of the District Grand Master and the Deputy District Grand Master, who were both at another District’s Annual Meeting.
The morning proceeded with the introduction of a new candidate – Wing Commander Dr Robert Tipping, who is a member of Temperance Mark Lodge, and a member of Arter Lodge in Worcestershire, and Royal Air Force Chapter in London. A very well travelled Companion, who resides in Wales, but works at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. The Select Master ceremony was expertly conducted by the Thrice Illustrious Master, following which Comp Tipping was welcomed into the Order by Ill Comp Chris Rogers, who also congratulated the Council on a superb ceremony.
Finally, Ill Comp Chris Rogers presented Grand Council Certificates to Comps David Coley and Mark Rea, and explained the significance of the Certificate. A very pleasant lunch followed the meeting.
Phipps Dorman Council is the oldest Council in the District, having been consecrated in 1919, and received its Centenary Warrant from the Deputy Grand Master, R Ill Comp His Honour Ian Douglas Gavin Alexander, Q.C in 2019 at the District Council Meeting.