A Candidates’ View

I have known the District Grand Prefect, RW.Bro. Ray Hussey, for many years and for most of that time Ray has been encouraging me to come into the Allied Masonic Degrees.

Although very interested in the history of Masonry and the other orders I always made the excuse that I was too busy with my other Masonic duties to join yet another Order. However, lately I began thinking that if I did not join soon I may never have the opportunity to experience these lovely Orders. So when Ray invited me to come into Southern Cross Council No XIII I finally gave in.

To my pleasant surprise I knew most of the members in the Council from Mark and other orders. Another pleasant surprise was that the Council was honoured with the presence of the Deputy Grand Master, RW.Bro. Clive Manuel, a guest of the Worshipful Master.

A Candidates’ View

I had a splendid ceremony conducted by W.Bro. Peter Jack supported by his Officers. It did seem strange to be a candidate again, but the ceremony I went through that afternoon helped me to better understand and appreciate these other Orders. I cannot wait to take my other four degrees.

To round off a truly memorable day we all sat down to a splendid meal organised by our District Grand Prefect at the South West Surrey Masonic Centre, Guildford.

Article and photos by Chris Eley
Deputy District Grand Photographer


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Grand Council of the Allied Masonic Degrees of England and Wales and Districts and Councils Overseas, District of Surrey