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New Assistant Provincial Grand Master

Rakesh Bhalla, PAGDC

Consequent to the recent appointment of a new Deputy ProvGM, I am directed to announce the appointment of a new Assistant Provincial Grand Master, WBro Dr. Rakesh Bhalla, PAGDC with immediate effect. WBro Rak will assume responsibility for the North West of the Province and will continue in his role as 3rd Provincial Grand Principal in the Royal Arch until further notice.

The Provincial Grand Master adds, ‘Rak has proved to be an important member of the Provincial Executive as 3rd Provincial Grand Principal and will bring this experience to the role of AsstProvGM, and I wish him well in this new role’.

Arrangements are being made to invest both new appointments at Gateshead Masonic Hall on the evening of Wednesday 31st January 2024 – further information will be issued in due course when the arrangements are finalised.

Sincerely and Fraternally,
Tom

T. F. Gittins 

Provincial Grand Secretary / Scribe E
8 The Esplanade
Sunderland
Tyne and Wear
SR2 7BH

Tel: 0191 567 5365
Office: enquiries@durhamfreemasons.org

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Provincial Announcement – January 2024

I am directed to announce the resignation of our Deputy Provincial Grand Master VWBro Michael Graham, PGSwdB with immediate effect.

Since his appointment in June 2022, Michael has supported the Provincial Grand Master and members of our Province with great energy and enthusiasm and has been instrumental in establishing several strategic projects which have improved and modernised our wonderful organisation.

Please be assured that Michael and his wife and family are in good health and wish all members well, and of course, the very best for the future.

His resignation is due to work commitments and personal reasons and not of a Masonic reason.

VW Bro Michael stated, ‘I thank John and his predecessors for every opportunity I have been given, it’s been an honour and a privilege to serve the Province of Durham. I thank all my friends for supporting me in this difficult decision, and I wish the Province all the very best for the future.’

Our Provincial Grand Master RW Bro John Thompson commented, ‘I thank Michael for his dear friendship and the support he has given to our Province, from 2008 Michael has served our Province as a Provincial Steward, Head of Communications, Provincial Senior Warden, Assistant Provincial Grand Master and latterly as Deputy Provincial Grand Master with integrity and distinction and I wish him, Kelly and Joe, all the very best for the future.’  

The Assistant Provincial Grand Master WBro John David Watts, PSGD, will succeed Michael as Deputy Provincial Grand Master with immediate effect and will be invested as will a new, yet to be named Assistant Provincial Grand Master in due course.

I will of course keep members updated as and when necessary.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Tom

T. F. Gittins 

Provincial Grand Secretary / Scribe E

8 The Esplanade

Sunderland

Tyne and Wear

SR2 7BH

Tel: 0191 567 5365

Office: enquiries@durhamfreemasons.org

  Web: www.durhamfreemasons.org

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