Provincial Grand Lodge Of Gloucestershire

Family Celebrations at Grand Lodge

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Family Celebrations at Grand Lodge

The recent annual investiture of freemasons appointed to grand rank was a family affair – in more ways than one!

Simon Yule, who was one of three from the Province of Gloucestershire receiving Grand Lodge appointments, was accompanied by his father, Walter Yule, who is also a distinguished holder of Grand Rank. Walter Yule watched as his son was invested 21 years to the day after he himself had received his first Grand Rank appointment. Walter has had other recent Masonic milestones, having celebrated his 50-year anniversary in the Craft in 2023 and in the Royal Arch this year. Simon commented:

“the whole occasion was not only awe-inspiring but humbling and emotional, particularly as I was supported on the day by my father, brother-in-law and many brethren from Gloucestershire.”

Are there many other father and son holders of Grand Rank? Well, there was at least one other high-profile example that occurred on the same day as the Head of Freemasonry – HRH the Duke of Kent – invested his son, the Earl of St Andrews, as Senior Grand Warden. To take the coincidences even further, Walter has a small connection with the Grand Master, having been a Corporal on garrison guard duty at Catterick in 1958 when the Duke was Orderly Officer!

Reflecting on the day, Walter said

“As well as being a proud and emotional occasion for me in seeing Simon receive his grand rank, it was one of great enjoyment in the company of so many friends in the incredible setting of Grand Lodge which brings together masons from across the globe and from all backgrounds.”

Also invested on the day were Tony Allcock OBE and Paul Leadbeater who also received first appointments, supported by a number of the brethren from the province including Tim Henderson-Ross (Head of Gloucestershire Freemasonry accompanied by the Assistant Heads of Gloucestershire Freemasonry Ian Davies and Mark Smith.

We thank Simon for sharing his and Walter’s reflections on the day and for providing a photograph.

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