©Provincial Priory of Kent
The Most Eminent and Supreme Grand Master, Leslie Felgate Dring, has announced his imminent retirement as Grand Master. He will Install his successor at the Annual Meeting of Great Priory on Wednesday 18th May at Birmingham.
ME&S Knight Leslie Dring received his first appointment as an Officer of Great Priory in 1986, serving as a Deputy Great Marshal for 2 years.
He was Installed as Provincial Prior for Oxfordshire, Berkshire & Buckinghamshire in 1988, serving in that capacity for 9 years. In 1997 he was Installed as our Most Eminent and Supreme Grand Master, and Knight Grand Cross of the United Orders.
He has led us tirelessly for nearly 14 years, and will be a hard act to follow!
His most recent task was to Consecrate the Carantania Preceptory No.683 on 2nd April this year, 2011. This was a unique occasion when the Founders were formed up at Mark Masons Hall, and Constituted into a Preceptory to meeting in Ljubljana in Slovenia, thus becoming the first Christian Masonic order to meet in that country. The photograph right shows the Grand Master with the Carantania Founders.
The new Grand Master will be R.E.Kt. Timothy John Lewis, G.C.T. well known to members of all Orders. R.E.Kt. Lewis is a former Great Vice-Chancellor, and Grand Secretary of all Orders administered from Mark Masons Hall. He is a Past Grand Master of the Allied Masonic Degrees, and currently holds a place on the Supreme Council of the Ancient and Accepted Rite at Duke Street, St Jamesís.
R.E.Kt. Lewis has a strong KT connection with Kent, having been Treasurer of Crystal Palace Preceptory No. 257, from 1985 until becoming Great Vice-Chancellor in 1997, retiring in 2005. He lived for some years in Dulwich, but now lives in Yorkshire.
Our Provincial Prior, and, Iím sure all the Knights of Kent wish ME&S Kt. Dring a long, healthy and happy retirement, and to our new Grand Master all success in his new role.