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Armed Forces Covenant


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The Grand Master HRH The Duke of Kent KG signed the Armed Forces Covenant on behalf of the United Grand Lodge of England on October the 20th  in a formal ceremony in London.


Each Province since, under the direction of their Provincial Grand Master has signed their own covenants. On Tuesday December 7th the Province of Durham led by the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Clinton Leeks OBE, signed the covenant on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master, John Arthur and the Freemasons of Durham.


The custom of the Craft Provincial Grand Master for the Province being supported by one of the rulers in the Royal Arch, was no different with Paul Anthony Lee Hopper Second Provincial Grand Principal accompanying Clinton.


Lt Col Andy Black, 4th Infantry Brigade and Headquarters North-East opened the formal element of the signing ceremony.


Lt Col Guy Balmer, Deputy Naval Regional Commander countersigned Clinton Leeks signature on the Covenant, with Sqn Ldr Geoff Ellis, Officer Commanding ASACS Engineering and Logistics Squadron based at RAF Boulmer, with Lt Col John Henry the current Master of the Stewards Lodge looking on.


Grateful thanks go to Squadron Leader (Rtd) Gary McLafferty – Director of Engagement and David Eccles – Asst Regional Employment Engagement Director North of England RFCA for their help with the arrangements

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