Annual Assembly 2013

Annual Assembly of Grand College took place on Saturday 8 June 2013 at the Clarendon Suites, Edgbaston, Birmingham. After 27 years as an Officer of Grand College, M Ill Kt Pt Ernest Peter Donnison retired as Grand High Priest, a post he had held for seven years.

He installed his Deputy, M Em Kt Pt Christopher Gavin Maiden as his successor as Grand High Priest. M Ill Kt Pt Maiden then appointed, obligated and invested R Ill Kt Pt Ian Paterson Duff as Deputy Grand High Priest who now enjoys the title of M Em Kt Pt. The Grand High Priest then appointed and invested R Ill Kt Pt Michael Arthur Hadfield and R Em Kt Pt Dr Donald John Woodgate as Assistant Grand High Priests. Michael was previously installed as an Assistant in March on the retirement of R Ill Kt Pt J Alan Marchington. Donald will now enjoy the title of R Ill Kt Pt.

On Friday 7 June, at an Especial Assembly, M Ill Kt Pt Ernest Peter Donnison had the pleasure of appointing, installing and investing R Em Kt Pt Colin Birkbeck as Grand Superintendent for East Anglia, District No 7 as successor to R Ill Kt Pt Woodgate; R Em Kt Pt Andrew Lind McLelland as Grand Superintendent for Canada Central, District No 20 as successor to R Em Kt Pt Douglas Draker who retired after eight years as Grand Superintendent, and R Em Kt Pt Antonie Peter van Aartsen as Grand Superintendent for the Netherlands, District No 29 as successor to R Ill Kt Pt Bartel Smit who had completed nine years as Grand Superintendent. M Ill Kt Pt Ernest Peter Donnison rewarded Bartel by conferring upon him the Grand High Priests Award.

On Friday evening, at the Ladies™ Dinner, around 180 members and their Ladies were present. After M Ill Kt Pt Donnison had proposed the health of the Ladies, R Ill Kt Pt John Alan Marchington proposed a toast to Peter and presented him with a hamper containing six bottles of Speyside and Islay malt whisky, ranging from 8 year old to 21 year old, on behalf of members of the Executive Committee.

On Saturday, M Ill Kt Pt Christopher Gavin Maiden made the following appointmenmts


Grand VII Pillar Brian Muir
Grand VI Pillar Melvyn Cross
Grand Treasurer Paul Darley
Grand Recorder Stephen Priestley
Grand Director of Ceremonies Glyn Goddard
Deputy Grand Treasurer William Summ
Deputy Grand Recorder Eric Brown
Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies Toby Pratt
Assistant Grand Recorder Paul Mycock
Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies Ronald Thomson
Raymond Ellis
Robert Riches
Brian Wisby
Grand Conductor Martin Levick
Grand V Pillar Peter Layton
Grand IV Pillar Alan Baverstock
Grand III Pillar Leslie Grout
Grand II Pillar Revd Andrew Eadie Paterson
Grand I Pillar Frederick Thomas
Grand Banner Bearer Malcolm Bryan
Grand Organist John Warburton
Deputy Grand Organist Matthew Burt
Frederick Handford
David Adams
Grand Keeper of the Inner Porch Keith Waters
Grand Sentinel Edward Belcher
Deputy Grand Sentinel Gerald Barker
Thomas Thomson
Grand Steward Robert Wilson
David MacLennon


A full report and details of Promotions and Appointments will appear in the 2013-2014 Yearbook which will be available in September.

Due to a typesetting error, the details of promotions to Past Rank for the retiring Active Officers were omitted from the Agenda booklet. All details will be in the Yearbook.

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