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Installation of R.W.Bro. Phillip J. Mann as Provincial Grand Master of Leicestershire and Rutland.

On Tuesday 9th May the new Provincial Grand Master of the Mark Province of Leicestershire and Rutland, R.W.Bro. Phillip John Mann, was Installed by the Pro-Grand Master M.W.Bro. Richard Wallis at the Annual Meeting held at Freemasons, Hall, Leicester. R.W.Bro. Phillip Mann is a very popular Mark Mason from Melton Mowbray and is currently a Grand Steward in Grand Lodge.

The Installation was occasioned by the resignation of R.W.Bro. Steve Davison who is to be Installed as the Assistant Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of England and Wales and its Districts and Lodges Overseas on 13th June.

The Pro-Grand Master was assisted by a full team from Grand Lodge including R.W.Bro. George Bonner, Provincial Grand Master for Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire, who acted as Grand Senior Warden, R.W.Bro. Graham L. Flight, Grand Junior Warden, V.W.Bro. Revd. Bruce D. Harry, Grand Chaplain,
V.W.Bro. Ryan A. Williams, PGJO, DepGSec. as Grand Secretary, 
R.W.Bro. Kessick J. Jones, PGJW, Grand Director of Ceremonies,
W.Bro. Glyn R. Goddard, DepGSwdB, as Grand Sword Bearer, 
W.Bro. John E. Vause, Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies, 
W.Bro. Naunton C.W. Liles, PGSD, Grand Organist, 
W.Bro. Barry Holland, Grand Standard Bearer, W.Bro. Barry F. Sayers, Grand Inner Guard (our own Leicestershire and Rutland Grand Officer of the year) and:
W.Bro. Leonard J. Millings, PGSD, Grand Tyler.

Following his Installation, the new Provincial Grand Master announced that he would be appointing W.Bro. Donald A. Peacock as his new Deputy and then proceeded to invest and install him.

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The Pro-Grand Master, M.W.Bro Richard V. Wallis, with the new Provincial Grand Master, R.W.Bro Phillip J. Mann
and the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, W.Bro. Donald A. Peacock.

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The Pro-Grand Master M.W.Bro. Richard Wallis, flanked by the new Provincial Grand Master R.W. Bro. Phillip J. Mann
and the Deputy Provincial Grand Master W.Bro. Donald A. Peacock together with the Assisting Officers from Grand Lodge.

Provincial Grand Lodge was called off just after 12.00 and the Brethren adjourned to the dining rooms where some 260 sat down to a Festive Board. This was the largest number accommodated in recent years and reflected the popularity of the new Provincial Grand Master and the interest in the Installation.

The Grand Lodge team departed after lunch with thanks from the new PGM and with small gifts of appreciation for their well skilled work in the Lodge. No doubt the Stilton cheese and pork pie will be well enjoyed!

Provincial Grand Lodge was called on again at 3.00 pm and the rest of the normal business of the Annual Meeting was conducted. The PGM paid well deserved tribute to the outgoing Deputy PGM, V.W.Bro Ghanshyam M. Patel, who has played a significant part in the Province for many years and has been a well-liked Deputy for two periods in recent years.

The PGM then appointed and invested his Provincial Officers including W.Bro's. Brian Golland as Senior Warden and Malcolm Carrington as Junior Warden.

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The Pro-Grand Master, Provincial Grand Master, Deputy Provincial Grand Master
and the Provincial Grand Senior Warden, W.Bro. Brian Golland (right)
and Provincial Grand Junior Warden W.Bro. Malcolm Carrington (left)

There were some changes in the Executive and W.Bro. Peter Gibson-Leitch was appointed and invested as the new Provincial Grand Secretary with W.Bro. Roger Whale as his Deputy. There were also appointments to Past Provincial Grand Rank and also Promotions to Past Provincial Grand Rank and appointments to Provincial Grand Royal Ark Mariner Grand Rank.

In all some 300 Brethren attended the day, either in the morning or in the afternoon or at both sessions. All agreed that the arrangements and ceremonial were to the highest standard and the Province received very many messages of congratulation from Provinces that attended.