On Saturday 25th June 2011, the brethren of the province assembled at Freemasons Hall Northampton for the annual meeting of Mark Provincial Grand Lodge. After welcoming the large number of visiting PGM's, DPGM's, Heads of Orders and other distinguished brethren and having completed the usual labours of PGL, the PGM requested the PrGSec, WBro Peter Dawson to read the patent granted to WBro Brian Ennever, following which he was pleased to appoint and install WBro Brian Ennever as his new Deputy.
Our PGM, RWBro George Bonham and his newly appointed Deputy - WBro Brian Ennever
The PGM was then pleased to invest those brethren on whom he had conferred first appointments and promotions to both acting and past Provincial rank.
In presenting his annual address to the assembled brethren, the PGM warmly thanked VWBro Richard Turpin OBE PGJO, who was retiring as DPGM after giving 5 years of dedicated and learned support to both himself and the province and presented Bro Richard with a PDPGM's collarette. The PGM then instructed the PrGDC, WBro John Clarke to bring WBro Arthur Piggins to him. The PGM requested VWBro Simon A Mighall DepGSec, PGJO to read the certificate marking his 50 year anniversary to the assembled brethren before he presented it to Bro Arthur. Following this the PGM explained that the Assistant Grand Master, RWBro Michael Herbert, a close family friend of Bro Arthur, had hoped to be present at the meeting to make the presentation himself, but having left hospital only 3 days previously following his recent hip replacement, he was unable to attend. The PGM then continued by saying that as the Grand Master, MWBr His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, KCVO, had been pleased to promote WBro Arthur Piggins to the rank of PGJO, RWBro Herbert had obviously hoped to be present to perform this duty also, but instead, our PGM had been charged with the responsibility of carrying out that very pleasant task, on a very surprised - and now VWBro Arthur Piggins. Bro Arthur was congratulated warmly by all of the brethren present.
VWBro Simon A Mighall DepGSec, PGJO then read the contents of a patent extension which the Grand Master had been pleased to grant to our PGM - and jokingly said that this was a task he had only consented to carry out, because he had been our PGM's proposer into the Mark degree - a few years before.
The meeting of PGL was then closed and the brethren retired to a very enjoyable and convivial festive board