History of the Province

 

The Provincial Priory in East Anglia, 1882 - 1981

The Province of East Anglia arose out of a petition by the newly-revived Cabbell Preceptory No.69 asking Great Priory to constitute such a Provincial Priory consisting of itself and any future Norfolk preceptories together with the existing Provincial Priory of Suffolk and Cambridge under the banner of the latter's Provincial Prior, the V.E. Kt. Captain Nathaniel George Philips. The petition was granted by Great Priory, as reported at the meeting of its Council on 12 May 1882, and the new Province sprang into being.

Exactly why Cabbell Priory elected to make this petition is not revealed in any of the documents available, but it is not hard to guess that, having emerged from a long dormancy and seeing the Province of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire already established but evidently somewhat in decline, its members believed its future would be better assured by such a move; while for its part the Province of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, which had apparently not met for two years, no doubt thought it could only gain by the accession of Norfolk. The two years in between 1879 and 1882 must have seen much, if unrecorded, coming and going, all leading to the peace and harmony which reigned when the Provincial Priory of East Anglia first opened on Friday, 29 September 1882.

Notwithstanding the omission of "ordinary business" limitations of space still demand as much abbreviation as possible and the preliminaries will therefore be disposed of by stating the date of meeting, the venue, and the name of the preceptory under whose banner each meeting of the Provincial Priory of East Anglia was held up to and including 1981, followed by the relevant particulars. It is to be noted that owing to wartime exigencies no meetings were held in the years 1916, 1918, 1941 and 1942: in respect of the two latter years the English Masonic authorities issued an order on 4 September 1939 suspending all masonic meetings, but this was later modified under certain conditions.

The Meetings

29 September 1882.
Masonic Rooms, 23 St. Giles Street, Norwich. Cabbell Preceptory No.69.
Cabbell, Prudence and Tancred Preceptories were represented, but not Royal Plantagenet as it was then in suspension. The following Officers, the first of the Province, were appointed:
R.N. Sanderson Sub-Prior
Rev. S. Creswell Prelate
N. Tracy Chancellor
C.J. Martyn Constable
R.T. Caldwell Marshal
G.W.G. Barnard Registrar
H. le Strange Sub-Marshal
W.P. Mills Treasurer
J. Shepherd Herald
T.C. Wace Standard Bearer {B)
C.E. Peek Standard Bearer (V.B.)
Lt.Col. E.C. Bignold Banner Bearer
W. Armstrong Aide-de-Camp
J.B. Pearce Captain of Guard
Geo. Baxter Sword Bearer

The Provincial Prior addressed the knights, saying in part: "As regards our own Province, I congratulate it on its recent extension and on its receiving the historic designation of 'East Anglia'. I regret the suspension of Royal Plantagenet, but trust it may be resuscitated at Yarmouth or Bury St. Edmunds. I am greatly pleased to find that the Norwich preceptory named after my predecessor, Sir Kt. Cabbell, one of our most illustrious members of former days, has prospered so well since its resuscitation. Sir Kt. C. Townsend has resigned the office of Grand Chancellor held since the formation of the Province (of Suffolk) and I regret to lose his valued services. I have again to acknowledge the great assistance received by me from Sir Kt. Sanderson, who is the mainstay of the Province and keeps everything and everybody together. I am pleased to find the state of the funds satisfactory and in conclusion hope the Committee will be prompt in issuing a draft of the new By-Laws."

A Managing Committee was appointed. It was agreed to donate the alms collected to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.

24 January 1883
Freemasons' Hall, Soane Street, Ipswich. Prudence Preceptory No.16.
The dispensation to hold this Special meeting to confirm the By-Laws was read by the Sub-Prior. The By-Laws as recommended by the Committee (presumably that a pointed in 1879 by the Provincial Priory of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire) were with slight verbal alterations received and adopted.

29 November 1883
The Red Lion hotel, Cambridge. Tancred Preceptory No. 102.
Prudence, Cabbell and Tancred were represented, but Royal Plantagenet was still suspended. The life of the Committee of Management was extended to the end of the year, when By-Law XI would come into force. The alms collected were voted to Addenbrooks Hospital.

11 November 1884
Freemasons' Hall, Soane Street, Ipswich. Prudence Preceptory No.16.
All preceptories were represented except Royal Plantagent, still suspended. The Provincial Prior said that he would bring the question of compounding the subscriptions of military knights before Great Priory. He regretted the continued suspension of Royal Plantagenet Preceptory and hoped it would move elsewhere in the Province and flourish. The alms were made up to ten guineas and voted to the Masonic Aged Benevolent Institution, Female Branch, to make the Provincial Prior a Life Subscriber.

11 November 1885
Masonic Rooms, 23 St. Giles Street, Norwich. Cabbell Preceptory No.69.
Prudence and Cabbell were represented, but not Tancred or Royal Plantagenet; the latter still suspended. Alms collected were supplemented to ten guineas and voted to the Masonic Institution for Girls via the representative Norfolk Steward.
(It was about this time that the buildings in St. Giles Street must have been renumbered, as the Masonic Association appears in Jarrold's Street. Directory for 1886 as being at No.47).

7 December 1886
The Red Lion Hotel, Cambridge. Tancred Preceptory No. 102.
Prudence, Cabbell and Tancred were represented, but Royal Plantagenet was still suspended. The Sub-Prior, Kt. R.N. Sanderson, was absent through illness. The alms were made up to ten guineas and voted to the Masonic Benevolent Institution.

2 December 1887
Freemasons' Hall, Soane Street, Ipswich. Prudence Preceptory No.16.
Prudence, Cabbell and Tancred were represented, but not Royal Plantagenet. The Provincial Prior expressed satisfaction with the work done to resuscitate the latter. He regretted that on the recommendation of the Committee of Management support must be withheld from the charities on this occasion, but agreed that it was necessary to be prudent. It was agreed that the alms collected should be saved up.

28 November 1888
Victoria Hotel, Great Yarmouth. Royal Plantagenet No.80.
Prudence, Cabbell and Royal Plantagenet Preceptories were represented, but not Tancred. The Sub-Prior in Command presided in the absence of the Provincial Prior in India. The Chancellor was directed to call on the Preceptor of Tancred to show cause why a fine should not be enforced. Two books, a "Provincial Book of Achievements" and a "Provincial Roll of Honour", were ordered to be instituted dating from 1867, the first to record the holders of Great Priory rank and the occupants of the chairs of preceptories, the second to record distinctions gained in the Province. The first is extant and appears to have served the first rather than the second purpose. The entries are not explicit, and ceased in 1909. The second book, if it was brought into existence, appears not to be extant).

2 December 1889
Masonic Hall, 47 St. Giles Street, Norwich. Cabbell Preceptory No.69.
All previous preceptories plus Temple Bruer preceptory No.143, Lincoln, were represented. The Provincial Prior welcomed the accession of Temple Bruer Preceptory, and hence of the county of Lincolnshire, to the Province. Kt. H.C. Cousins, representing that preceptory, thanked the Provincial Prior for receiving it into the Province of East Anglia. It was then about 12 years old, having been founded in 1877. The Provincial Prior agreed with the appointment of a Vice-Chancellor and with the opening of a separate account for alms. It was voted that those collected at the meeting should be placed to this account.

26 November 1890
Guildhall, Lincoln. Temple Bruer Preceptory No.143.
All preceptories were represented except Tancred, from which a satisfactory excuse was received. The Sub-Prior presided in the absence abroad of the Provincial Prior. He mentioned the possibility of a new preceptory being founded at Bury St. Edmunds, when a meeting of the - Provincial Priory might be held there. The sum of ten guineas was voted to the Masonic Institution for Boys.

3 December 1891
Red Lion Hotel, Cambridge. Tancred Preceptory No.102.
All the preceptories were represented. A Priory of Malta was held and two knights received into that Order.

17 November 1892
Freemasons' Hall, Soane Street, Ipswich. Prudence Preceptory No.16.
All preceptories were represented. The Registrar, Kt. G.W.G. Barnard, resigned on account of ill-health and was given the past rank of Provincial Constable. Kt. H. Harvey-George was appointed Registrar in his place.

22 November 1893
The Star Hotel, Great Yarmouth. Royal Plantagenet Preceptory No.80.
The Sub-Prior presided in the absence of the Provincial Prior. All preceptories were represented. It was announced that three Great Priory honours had been given to knights of the Province.

22 November 1894
Masonic Hall, 47 St. Giles Street, Norwich. Cabbell Preceptory No.69.
All preceptories were represented.

14 November 1895
Masonic Rooms, Mint Street, Lincoln. Temple Bruer Preceptory No.143.
All preceptories were represented.

27 November 1896
New Isaac Newton University Masonic Hall, Corn Exchange Street, Cambridge. Tancred Preceptory No.102.
All preceptories were represented. It was agreed that the By-Laws should be altered to conform with the Statutes of Great Priory. £20 was granted to the widow of the late Sub-Prior, V.L.Kt. R.N. Sanderson. The V.E. Kt. Sir Francis G.M. Boileau, Bart., was installed as Sub-Prior.

28 October 1897
Freemasons' Hall, Soane Street, Ipswich. Prudence Preceptory No.16.
All preceptories were represented. Ten guineas were voted to the Masonic Institute for Boys' school on the list of Em.Kt. G. Abbott.

9 November 1898
The Star Hotel, Great Yarmouth. Royal Plantagenet Preceptory No.80. All preceptories were represented. It was agreed that the next meeting should be held as near to the first week in June as possible.

9 June 1899
Masonic Rooms, 47 St. Giles Street, Norwich. Cabbell Preceptory No.69.
All preceptories were represented. The Sub-Prior presided in the absence of the Provincial Prior. He was congratulated on the conferment of K.C.T. It was agreed that the alms collected should go towards a stone over the grave of the late Sub-Prior. The question was raised as to the propriety of meeting under the banner of the receiving preceptory and any business connected with it being done on that occasion, and it was agreed to inquire as to the correct course. The Sub-Prior agreed to raise with the Provincial Prior a proposal that Officers not attending and failing to offer a valid excuse should be fined.

14 June 1900
Lincoln (venue not stated). Temple Bruer Preceptory No.143.
All preceptories were represented. It was agreed that future meetings should be held during the last part of October. Ten guineas were voted to the South African Masonic Relief Fund. The alms collected were to be placed to the General Fund.

24 October 1901
Isaac Newton University Masonic Hall. Tancred Preceptory No.102.
All preceptories were represented. Alms collected were to be placed to the General Fund.

29 October 1902
Ipswich (venue not stated). Prudence Preceptory No.16.
The Em. Kt. W. Rainforth presided as the senior knight present in the absence of the Provincial Prior, ill, and Sub Prior, who had a previous engagement. (An Arch of Steel is mentioned for the first time). All preceptories were represented. The Management Committee recommended that the Provincial Priory should become a Life Governor of all the Charities. A motion of regret was passed at the death of the Chancellor, Em. Kt. Nathaniel Tracy, and the new Chancellor, Em.Kt. H. Harvey George, proposed that each member of the Province (then 103) should be asked to subscribe 2/6d. so that the Provincial Priory could become a Life Governor of a Charity in his memory: he was requested to carry this out. The acting Prior asked for a subscription to the restoration fund of Egle Church and the alms, made up to five guineas, were voted to that purpose. It was agreed that a telegram should be sent to the Provincial Prior wishing him a speedy recovery.

24 November 1903
The Assembly Rooms, Great Yarmouth. Royal Plantagenet Preceptory No.80.
(A printed summons designed by the Chancellor was used and included in the minutes for the first time. The opening of the Priory "in ancient form" and the saluting of the Provincial Prior with seven and the Sub-Prior with three are mentioned for the first time). The Registrar called the Muster Roll instead of the Herald as previously. All preceptories were represented. Ten guineas were voted to the R.M.B.I. (Women). It was agreed that the Priory's banking business should be transferred from Barclays Bank, Ipswich, to its head office in London. It was decreed that the summons form with heading designed by the Chancellor should be used by all preceptories in the Province. Officers invested each received a warrant. A sword presented to the Provincial Priory by the Et.Kt. W. Pattrick was handed to the Provincial Prior by the Sub-Prior in the absence of the donor. (The alms were voted to the Tracy memorial Fund, to which 51 members had already subscribed 2/6d. as asked, and the amount was made up to ten guineas by the Provincial Prior and disposed of as above to secure a Life Governorship for the Provincial Priory).

9 November 1904
Masonic Rooms, 47 St. Giles Street, Norwich. Cabbell Preceptory No.69.
The Em. Kt. G.W.G. Barnard presided as the senior knight present in the absence of the Provincial Prior, ill, and of the Sub-Prior, who missed his train. All preceptories were represented, including Holy Rood No.179 for the first time. Alms collected were voted to the General Fund.

26 October 1905
Masonic Hall, Soane Street, Ipswich. Prudence Preceptory No.16.
All preceptories were represented. In the absence of the Provincial Prior, the V.E. Kt. Capt. N.G. Philips, G.C.T., through illness, this Special Meeting of the Provincial Priory was opened by the Sub-Prior, Em. Kt. Hamon le Strange. The Management Committee reported 150 knights on roll. Owing to the difficulty its members encountered in attending a meeting seven days prior to the annual meeting of Provincial Priory, it was agreed that it should meet on the morning of the same day.

The M.E. and S. Grand Master, the Earl of Euston, G.C.T., entered with his retinue and installed the Em. Kt. Hamon le Strange as Provincial Prior and he in turn installed the Em. Kt. Col. R. Townley Caldwell as his Sub-Prior. After the business of Provincial Priory was concluded, the Grand Master left under the Arch of Steel. The alms collected were placed to the General Fund. (A Guard is mentioned for the first time instead of an Equerry).

On the following day the new Provincial Prior and two other eminent knights called at 85 Eccleston Square, London, the residence of Capt. N.G. Philips, and 'presented him with a silver bowl subscribed for by the knights of the Province in token of their esteem and their appreciation of his 38 years' service as their Provincial Prior.

13 November 1906
Masonic Rooms, Mint Street, Lincoln. Temple Bruer Preceptory No.143.
All preceptories were represented. Ten guineas were voted to the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution. The Provincial Prior expressed his deepest regret at the death of Capt. N.G. Philips and a motion to that effect was duly carried. He said that on calling on Philips during the previous year he had seemed in good health and thanked the knights for their gift. He expressed deep regret at having had to retire owing to old age and increasing deafness.

6 November 1907
Masonic Hall, Cambridge (presumably the Isaac Newton University Hall in Corn Exchange Street). Holy Rood Preceptory No.179.
All preceptories were represented, though one was said to be "shaky". Ten guineas were voted to the Royal Masonic Benevolent institution and the alms to the General Fund.

16 September 1908
Masonic Rooms, 47 St. Giles Street, Norwich. Cabbell Preceptory No.69.
All preceptories were represented and the Provincial Prior said that the unnamed shaky one had made a fresh start. Ten guineas were voted to the Benevolent Institution and the alms to the General Fund. (The Guard was referred to as a Janitor for the only time).

11 June 1909
Royal Assembly Rooms, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth. Royal Plantagenet Preceptory No.80.
All preceptories except Temple Bruer were represented. Ten guineas were voted to the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution. The Provincial Prior congratulated the Province on having turned the corner and entered on a new lease of prosperity. Distance excused the absence of a Temple Bruer representative. He regretted the departure of the Chancellor, Em.Kt.H. Harvey-George, for the Antipodes on account of ill-health, and he appointed Dr. William. Briggs, with headquarters at Cambridge, in his place. The outgoing Chancellor was presented with a silver salver.

27 October 1910
Masonic Hall, Soane Street, Ipswich. Prudence Preceptory No.16.
Prudence, Cabbell, Royal Plantagenet, Tancred and Holy Rood Preceptories were represented. Ten guineas were voted to masonic charities. The Provincial Prior explained that as a new preceptory was proposed at Grimsby, Great Priory had formed a new Province of Lincolnshire to which Temple Bruer had removed; thus Lincolnshire had been separated from East Anglia. He regretted that Prudence Preceptory had been refused a Centenary warrant, and lamented the death of Em.Kt. Harvey-George. (No reference is made in the minutes to the death of King Edward VII, a Past Grand Master of the Craft, but a toast was drunk to King George V at the subsequent banquet).

23 October 1911
Masonic Hall, Cambridge. Tancred Preceptory No.102.
The Sub-Prior presided in the absence of the Provincial Prior, who was ill. All preceptories were represented except Royal Plantagenet, a member of which present related its difficulties. The Sub-Prior proposed that a motion of sympathy with the Provincial Prior be moved. Ten guineas were voted to the Royal Masonic Institution for Girls.

24 October 1912
Masonic Rooms, 47 St. Giles Street, Norwich. Cabbell Preceptory No.69.
All preceptories were represented. Ten guineas were voted to the Royal Masonic Institution for Girls. The Provincial Prior thanked the knights for the resolution passed in respect of his illness. He said the Province of Lincolnshire had come into operation since the 1910 meeting at Ipswich. He was glad to see that Royal Plantagenet Preceptory, which had been inactive, had taken a new lease on life.

18 June 1913
Royal Assembly Rooms, Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth. Royal Plantagenet Preceptory No.80.
The Sub-Prior was absent through illness after having attended a Grand Lodge deputation to the United Grand Lodges of Germany. All preceptories were represented. Ten guineas were voted to the Royal Masonic Institution for Boys.

15 June 1914
Masonic Hall (Isaac Newton University, Corn Exchange Street), Cambridge. Holy Rood Preceptory No.179.
All preceptories were represented. Ten guineas were voted to the Royal Masonic Institution for Boys. Pursuant to notice of motion given at the last meeting, By-Law 4 (concerning fees of honour) was approved as amended and By-Law 5 cancelled. The death of Em.Kt. Green was mourned.

10 June 1915
Freemasons' Hall, Soane Street, Ipswich. Prudence Preceptory No.16.
All preceptories were represented. Ten guineas were voted to the Royal Masonic Institution for Boys. It was agreed that nominations for the post of Treasurer should be sent to the Chancellor by a fixed date. A committee was appointed to revise the By-Laws. The Provincial Prior lamented the death of the Sub-Prior, EM. Kt. Col. R.T. Caldwell, and appointed the V.E. Kt. William Briggs, Chancellor, as Sub-Prior in his place. Em. Kt. R.H. Adie was appointed Chancellor. The Provincial Prior said that it was the duty of older Masons to see that the masonic interests of younger ones on military duty did not suffer.

There was no meeting of the Provincial Priory in 1916.

14 June 1917
Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Tancred Preceptory No.102.
All preceptories were represented except Royal Plantagenet. Ten guineas were voted to the Royal Masonic Institution for Girls. The deaths of three knights were mourned. By-Laws amended in accordance with the recommendations of the Committee appointed for the purpose were adopted. The Provincial Prior hoped that Royal Plantagenet would revive with the recovery of Great Yarmouth after the war.

There was no meeting of the Provincial Priory in 1918.

23 October 1919
Masonic Rooms, 47 St. Giles Street, Norwich. Cabbell Preceptory No.69.
The Sub-Prior presided. All preceptories were represented. Ten guineas were voted to the Royal Masonic Institution for Boys. The Sub-Prior spoke of the death of the Provincial Prior, and said that despite many deaths, the Province's membership had increased to 120. Royal Plantagenet had suffered misfortune, but was now showing signs of renewed activity. (The former illuminated summons had been replaced by a simpler one).

17 June 1920
Great Yarmouth (no venue mentioned). Royal Plantagenet Preceptory No.80.
The Sub-Prior presided in the absence of the Earl of Stradbroke, Provincial Prior-nominate. All preceptories were represented. Ten guineas were voted to the Royal Masonic Institution for Boys. The Sub-Prior said that Royal Plantagenet Preceptory had entered on a new lease of life, but Tancred and Holy Rood were still feeling the effects of the war and the former had not yet recovered its meeting place from a Government Ministry. The Rev. Austin le Strange, son of the late Provincial Prior, had presented his father's baton to the Provincial Priory.

29 November 1920
Freemasons' Hall. Soane Street, Ipswich. Prudence Preceptory No.16.
This was a Special Meeting to install a new Provincial Prior. The M.E. and S. Pro-Grand Master, Major-General T.C.G. Galley and his retinue entered and he assumed the throne to install the Earl of Stradbroke as Provincial Prior, he in turn appointing the V.E. Kt. William Briggs Sub-Prior and confirming the Officers appointed the previous June.

20 June 1921.
University Masonic Hall, Corn Exchange Street, Cambridge. Tancred No.102 and Holy Rood No.179 jointly.
All the preceptories were represented and the attendance was good despite the coal strike. Ten guineas were voted to the Royal Masonic Institution for Girls After an interval for lunch, the Provincial Priory was resumed at 3 p.m. and the Pro-Grand Master entered with his retinue and was enthroned. He then, installed the V.E. Kt. William. Briggs as Provincial Prior vice the Earl of Stradbroke who had left for Australia. The Provincial Prior then appointed and invested the Em. Kt. Henry Campin Monteith as Sub-Prior.

16 June 1922.
Masonic Rooms, 47 St. Giles Street, Norwich. Cabbell Preceptory No.69.
(No summons appears in the Minute Book). All preceptories were represented. Ten guineas were voted to the Royal Masonic Institution for Boys. The Provincial Prior said that the Sub-Prior had resigned and he had appointed the Em. Kt. F.M. Rushmore in his place. He was pleased to announce that the Earl of Stradbroke, former Provincial Prior, had recently been installed as Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Victoria, Australia.

14 June 1923.
(Freemasons' Hall, Soane Street), Ipswich. Prudence Preceptory No.16.
All preceptories were represented. Ten guineas were voted to the Freemasons' Hospital and Nursing Home. The deaths of two knights were mourned. The Provincial Prior referred to the Special Meeting of Great Priory held at Durham in October 1922. A vote of sympathy with the Provincial Registrar in his long illness was passed.

11 June 1921.
Cambridge (venue not stated). Tancred Preceptory No.102.
All preceptories were represented. A committee was appointed to consider the allocation of the Province's charity funds. A telegram of sympathy was to be sent to the Sub-Prior in his illness.

11 June 1925
(Royal Assembly Rooms, Marine Parade), Great Yarmouth. Royal Plantagenet Preceptory No.80.
All preceptories were represented. Ten guineas were voted to the Masonic Peace Memorial Fund, and the alms collected to the Yarmouth Hospital. The committee appointed to consider the allocation of charity funds suggested that they be distributed to local charities. The Em. Kt. Monteith's illness and resignation as Sub Prior were regretted and the Em. Kt. Dr. P. Graham Gilmour was appointed in his place.

17 June 1926.
Cambridge (venue not stated). Holy Rood Preceptory No.179.
(All preceptories were presumably represented, though it is not specifically stated). The knights stood in mourning for the Em. Kt. Monteith, late Sub-Prior. The alms collected, plus £10 from the charity funds, were voted to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.

22 June 1927.
Masonic Rooms, 47 St. Giles Street, Norwich. Cabbell Preceptory No.69.
All preceptories were represented. For the first time, all knights in the Province who had received honours in Great Priory and other masonic Orders, and in civil life, were named, congratulated and saluted (a regular feature hereafter). Ten guineas were voted to the Freemasons' Hospital and Nursing Home and the alms collected to the Bowers Memorial Fund.

14 June 1928.
University Masonic Hall, Corn Exchange Street, Cambridge. Tancred Preceptory No.102.
All preceptories were represented. Ten guineas were voted to the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution and the alms to the Nursing Institution, Newmarket Road, Cambridge. The Provincial Prior mentioned the loss of some members of Holy Rood Preceptory who had left to join the newly-created Province of Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire, but said the Province of East Anglia still had more knights than ever before. Royal Plantagenet Preceptory was now flourishing. He referred to the laying by H.R.H. the Prince of Wales of the foundation stone of the new Masonic Temple in Norwich. A motion to congratulate the Provincial Prior on the conferment of the G.C.T. was passed. Knights who had been honoured were saluted.

13 June 1929.
Freemasons' Hall, Soane Street, Ipswich. Prudence Preceptory No.16.
All preceptories were represented. The deaths of several knights were mourned. It was agreed to send a telegram of sympathy to the Chancellor, who was ill. A telegram of fraternal greetings from the Sub Prior and knights of the Province of Northamptonshire and Huntingdonshire was read out. The Provincial Prior announced that, Dr. Gilmour having resigned as Sub-Prior, he had appointed the Em. Kt. F.M. Rushmore in his place and the Em. Kt. E.F. Rose as Chancellor. Knights who had been honoured were saluted. Ten guineas were voted to the Royal Masonic Institution for Girls and the alms collected to the East Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital.

12 June 1930.
(Royal Assembly Rooms, Marine Parade), Great Yarmouth. Royal Plantagenet Preceptory No.80.
All the preceptories were represented. (For the first time, no mention of the host preceptory's preliminary business is made and it is to be presumed that the Provincial Priory was opened directly). The deaths of three knights were mourned. Knights who had been honoured were congratulated. The Provincial Prior remarked that the work he had seen in the preceptories was of the highest standard ever. Ten guineas each were voted to the Royal Masonic Institution for Girls and the New Premises Building Fund, and the alms collected to the Great Yarmouth Hospital.

11 June 1931.
University Masonic Hall, Corn Exchange Street, Cambridge. Holy Rood Preceptory No.179.
All preceptories were represented. The death of one knight was mourned. A motion of sympathy with the Sub-Prior in his illness was passed, and Dr. P. Graham Gilmour was reappointed in his stead. In his address, the Provincial Prior said that all the preceptories were flourishing, with several keen members ill each: all but one had increased their membership despite the Depression. However, the ceremonial revealed a lack of rehearsing. Knights honoured were congratulated, as was the Provincial Grand Master of Norfolk on a successful R.M.I.G. Festival, of which the Em. Kt. Col. R.F. Boileau had been Chairman. Twenty guineas were voted to the (Mark) New Premises Building Fund, and the alms collected to Addenbrooke's Hospital.

9 June 1932
(Masonic Hall, 47 St. Giles Street), Norwich. Cabbell Preceptory No.69.
All preceptories were represented. The deaths were mourned of the Pro-Grand Master, Major-General Calley, the Great Seneschal, Col. Napier Clavering, and six knights of the Province. The Provincial Prior referred to the effect on their numbers of the Depression. He said the work was still below standard, particularly the signs. He welcomed the Sub-Prior back after his illness. Knights honoured were congratulated. Ten guineas were voted to the Freemasons' Nursing Home and the alms collected to the Order of St. John.

19 January 1933
Masonic Hall, 47 St. Giles Street, Norwich. Cabbell Preceptory No.69.
This was a Special Meeting, consequent on the death of the Provincial Prior, V.E. Kt. Dr. William Briggs, G.C.T., to install his successor. (Presumably all preceptories were represented, but this is not mentioned in the minutes). The E. and S. Pro-Grand Master, the Earl of Harewood, entered with his retinue and was enthroned; then installed the Em. Kt. Lt.Col. Raymond Frederic Boileau as Provincial Prior. He in turn reappointed Dr. Gilmour as Sub-Prior and confirmed the remaining Officers with the exception of the First Constable, to which office he appointed the Em. Kt. J.E.A. Sorrell. The alms collected were voted to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. A committee was formed to revise the By-Laws. The Provincial Prior in his address, stressed the great loss suffered by the Province through the death of his predecessor.

8 June 1933
University Masonic Hall, Cambridge. Tancred Preceptory No.102.
All preceptories were represented. The strength of the Province was reported as 183. The By-Law Committee reported and it was agreed to print the revised By-Laws. It was also agreed to purchase a cope and mitre for the Provincial Prelate. The deaths of two knights were mourned. Ten guineas were voted to the Freemasons' Hospital and the alms to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.

14 June 1934
Freemasons' Hall, Soane Street, Ipswich. Prudence Preceptory No.16.
All preceptories were represented. The deaths of three knights were mourned. The new By-Laws had been circulated. The Provincial Chancellor having resigned, the Em. Kt. B.A. Foyle was appointed in his stead. Twenty guineas were voted to the New Premises Fund and the alms to the East Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital.

27 June 1935
(Royal Assembly Rooms, Marine Parade), Great Yarmouth. Royal Plantagenet Preceptory No.80.
All preceptories were well represented. The Sub-Prior was absent, ill. The Provincial Prior spoke of the Silver Jubilee of King George V. He said that he was not against a Priory of Malta being held at the next meeting, but thought it better that the individual priories should work the degree. He welcomed the sanction by Great Priory of a Deputy Marshal for Provinces with less than 12 preceptories. Ten guineas were voted to the Royal Masonic Institution for Boys and the alms to Gorleston Cottage Hospital.

4 June 1936.
University Masonic Hall, Corn Exchange Street, Cambridge. Holy Rood Preceptory No.179.
A chapter of the Order of Malta was opened and the Mediterranean Pass and Malta degree imparted to 12 candidates. The chapter was closed and the Provincial Priory opened. The Provincial Prior explained that the chapter of Malta had been held mainly for the benefit of the Cambridge preceptories, which had been unable to work the degrees. Dr. Gilmour having resigned as Sub-Prior due to ill health, the V.E. Kt. Sir William Bagge, P.Gt.Const., was appointed in his stead. All preceptories were represented. The knights mourned the death of King George V. The Provincial Prior complimented all concerned in the work and arrangements, and recommended the 1935 K.T. Ritual to all the preceptories. He appointed a Deputy Marshal for the first time. Ten guineas each were voted to the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution and the New Premises Fund, and the alms to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.

10 June 1937
Masonic Rooms, 47 St. Giles Street, Norwich. Cabbell Preceptory No.69.
All preceptories were strongly represented. The Prov. Prior pledged loyalty to the new King and Queen (George VI and Elizabeth). The knights stood in silent mourning for Dr. Gilmour, Past Sub Prior, E.F. Rose, Past Chancellor, A.E. Coe, Treasurer, and two other knights. Ten guineas were voted to the New Premises Fund and five to the Royal Masonic Institution for Boys' 1941 Festival; the alms to the Hospital of St. John and the British Red Cross Society.

9 June 1938.
Masonic Hall, Corn Exchange Street, Cambridge. Tancred Preceptory No.102.
All preceptories were represented. (The V.E. Prior is referred to as Sir Raymond Frederic Boileau, Bart., for the first time). The deaths of five knights, including three clergymen, were mourned. The Prov. Prior noted that Tancred Preceptory was having difficulty in securing candidates, but Holy Rood Priory was working the Malta degree very well. Five guineas were voted to the R.M.I.B.'s 1941 Festival, and the alms to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.

8 June 1939.
Masonic Hall, Soane Street, Ipswich. Prudence Preceptory No.16.
All preceptories were represented. The death was mourned of Sir A.W.F. Bagge, Bart., P.Gt.Const., Sub-Prior, and Em. Kt. Bertram. Foyle was appointed in his place, while Em. Kt. Capt. J.V. Jacklin was appointed Chancellor in succession to the Em. Kt. Foyle. The Provincial Prior referred to the death of the M.E. and S. Grand Master, the Duke of Connaught, and the Installation of the Earl of Harewood, G.C.T., to whom he pledged loyalty. Ten guineas were voted to the R.M.I.B. and five to the R.M.B.I., the alms to the East Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital.

There were no meetings of the Provincial Priory in 1940 and 1941. The foregoing minutes were signed by the current Sub-Prior, Dr. S.C. Hounsfield on 25 June 1942. Nevertheless, a full roster of Officers was appointed during the interval, most appointed in 1940, but the Chancellor, Treasurer and Vice-Chancellor in October 1941.

25 June 1942.
Masonic Rooms, 47 St. Giles Street, Norwich. Cabbell Preceptory No.69.
All preceptories were represented. The Sub-Prior presided and lamented the death of the Provincial Prior, Sir R.F. Boileau. He explained that the 1940 meeting had fallen through owing to his illness and wartime difficulties, as had that for 1941, but that, himself and the three other Officers had been appointed at a meeting of Prudence Preceptory the previous October, the previous Sub-Prior and Chancellor having resigned in the interval. Tancred Preceptory was in suspension, except for "token" meetings, as the majority of its members were on war service. Royal Plantagenet Preceptory was homeless as its premises had been commandeered, but was meeting again. The Chancellor was invested, not having been present at the meeting in October. Ten guineas each were voted to the R.M.B.I. and Royal Masonic Hospital, and the alms to the Gorleston Hospital.

25 May 1943.
A combined Special and Regular meeting at the Masonic Rooms, 47 St. Giles Street, Norwich. Cabbell Preceptory No.69.
All preceptories were represented, though Tancred was still dormant. The M.E. and S. Grand Master, the Earl of Harewood, entered with his retinue, assumed the throne and installed David Landale Johnston as Provincial Prior; he in turn installed Dr. S.C. Hounsfield as Sub-Prior and confirmed the By-Laws. Ten guineas each were voted to the R.M.I.B. and Royal Masonic Hospital, and the alms to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.

11 May 1944.
Lion Hotel, Cambridge Tancred Preceptory No.102 (though still dormant) and Holy Rood Preceptory No.179.
The SubPrior presided and referred to the death of the Provincial Prior's wife, a message of sympathy being sent. A letter from the Provincial Prior was read in which he referred to the death of Sir Kynaston Studd, K.C.T. All stood with swords reversed (first mentioned in the 1939 minutes) in tribute to the memory of this Cambridge knight and three other knights of the Province. Twenty guineas were voted to the R.M.B.I., to be placed on the personal list of the Earl of Stradbroke, Chairman of the 1945 Festival; and the alms to Addenbrooke's Hospital.

24 May 1945.
Freemasons' Hall, Soane Street, Ipswich. Prudence Preceptory No.16.
All preceptories were represented. The deaths of five knights were mourned. The Provincial Prior said that he had been unable to visit his preceptories on account of ill-health, but he hoped to do so and if he could not, he would resign. He announced that a reduced scale of Provincial officers had been introduced and consequently East Anglia had lost its Vice-Chancellor, two Aides de Camp, the Warden of Regalia, Chamberlain, Organist and Second Captain of Guards. However, Provincial Priors had been granted the power to confer past ranks. He said that Royal Plantagenet Preceptory had been revived and for two years had been working in a Southtown hotel, but Tancred was inactive as its members were largely dispersed on war work: he was hopeful that it would soon be revived. He spoke of war damage to the main cities of the Province and reviewed the many gallantries of the war. Five guineas were voted to the Kynaston Studd Memorial Fund of the Royal Masonic Hospital, and the alms to the East Suffolk and Ipswich Hospital.

13 June 1946
The Bridge Hotel, Great Yarmouth. Royal Plantagenet Preceptory No.80.
All preceptories were represented. The Sub-Prior presided in the absence of the Provincial Prior, who was recovering from a severe illness. A letter of sympathy was to be sent. The knights mourned the death of the Chancellor, and the Em.Kt. C.C. Mason, O.B.E., was appointed in his place. Five guineas were voted to the R.M.I.B. and the alms to the Gorleston Cottage Hospital.

19 June 1947.
Masonic Rooms, 47 St. Giles Street, Norwich. Cabbell Preceptory No.69.
All preceptories were represented. The death of the Earl of Harewood, M.E. and S. Grand Master, was mourned; also the deaths of five knights of the Province. The Provincial Prior said that Tancred Preceptory had been revived and Royal Plantagenet's temple had been recovered. The alms were voted to the Royal Norfolk Regiment Memorial Cottage Fund.

27 May 1948.
Lion Hotel, Cambridge. Holy Rood Preceptory No.179.
All preceptories were represented. This was a special meeting to install a new Provincial Prior in place of the V.E. Kt. Landale Johnston who had resigned on account of ill health. The M.E. and S. Grand Master, Lord Harris, and his retinue entered: he was enthroned and installed the V.E. Kt. Dr. S.C. Hounsfield, K.C.T., as Provincial Prior, and he in turn installed the Em. Kt. C.C. Mason as Sub-Prior and Em. Kt. L.J. Bussey as Chancellor, confirming the remaining Officers and the By-Laws. Five guineas were earmarked for a future donation and the alms were voted to the Royal Masonic Hospital.

2 June 1949.
(Freemasons' Hall, Soane Street), Ipswich. Prudence Preceptory No.16.
All preceptories were represented. The deaths of seven knights were mourned. The Provincial Prior thanked the Em. Kt. B.W.F. Armitage for the gift of a Banner Bearer's mantle badge. The alms were voted to the Royal Masonic Hospital.

1 June 1950.
University Masonic Hall, Corn Exchange Street, Cambridge. Tancred No.102.
All represented. The knights mourned the death of V.E. Kt. Dr. Landale Johnston, K.C.T., who had been Provincial Prior of India from 1918 to 1932 and of East Anglia from 1943 to 1947. Knights who had been honoured were congratulated. The Provincial Prior announced that he would be consecrating Lynn Regis Preceptory No.330 in Norwich on 23 September next. The alms were voted to the Repair Fund of the (Round) Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Cambridge.

31 May 1951.
Masonic Royal Assembly Rooms, Albert Square, Great Yarmouth. Royal Plantagenet Preceptory No.80.
All preceptories were represented. The deaths of nine knights were mourned. Knights. who had been honoured were congratulated. The Provincial Prior mentioned his failing eyesight. Ten guineas were voted to the 1954 R.M.B.I. Festival, and the alms to the Hospital of St. John.

22 May 1952.
Masonic Hall, 47 St. Giles Street, Norwich. Cabbell Preceptory No.69.
All preceptories were represented, including Lynn Regis. The Priory was in mourning for the death of King George, Past Grand Master, and also mourned the deaths of three knights. Knights honoured were congratulated. The Provincial Prior again referred to his failing sight. The alms were voted to the Restoration Fund of the Round Church, Cambridge.

28 May 1953.
University Masonic Hall, Corn Exchange Street, Cambridge. Holy Rood Preceptory No.179.
All preceptories were represented. The deaths of six knights were mourned. Knights honoured were congratulated. Ten guineas were voted to the 1956 R.M.I.B. Festival, two to the Hospital of St. John, and one each to the Craft and the Province of East Anglia towards Yearbooks. The alms were voted to the Restoration Fund of the Round Church, Cambridge.

3 June 1954.
Freemasons' Hall, Soane Street, Ipswich. Prudence Preceptory No.16.
All preceptories were represented. The deaths of two knights were mourned. Honoured knights were congratulated. Tancred Preceptory was congratulated on its Jubilee: the Provincial Prior regretted that he would be unable to attend the celebratory meeting and the dedication of its banner. Thanks were minuted to the Em. Kt. H.A. Sadd for having served 18 years as Provincial Marshall. The alms were voted to the Hospital of St. John.

7 December 1954.
Masonic Hall, Corn Exchange Street, Cambridge. Tancred Preceptory No.102.
A Special Chapter to install a new Provincial Prior. The M.E. and S. Grand Master, Lord Harris, and his retinue entered; he assumed the throne and installed the Em. Kt. Cecil Charles Mason O.B.E., M.A., as Provincial Prior, who in turn installed the Em.Kt. Arthur Griffiths, O.B.E., as Sub Prior and confirmed the By-laws and the Officers installed the previous June. The Grand Master congratulated the retiring Provincial Prior, Dr. Hounsfield, on his 82nd. birthday next day. A sub-committee was appointed to revise the By-Laws. The new Provincial Prior paid tribute to his Sub-Prior and mentioned the publication of Em. Kt. Griffiths' essay on his visit to the Holy Land. He announced the institution of a Bodyguard formed of two knights from each preceptory, who would be the nuclei of the Arch of Steel in their own preceptories. A Provincial Prior's collarette and jewel were to be purchased out of funds and remain the property of the Provincial Priory.

19 May 1955.
Masonic Rooms, Duke's Head Hotel, Kings Lynn. Lynn Regis Preceptory No.330.
All preceptories were represented. The deaths of nine knights were mourned. Those honoured were congratulated. The recommendations of the By Laws sub committee were adopted. The Provincial Prior was thanked for giving badges to the Bodyguard. Ten guineas were voted to the 1956 R.M.I.B. Festival, and the alms to the Royal Masonic Hospital's Samaritan Fund.

17 May 1956.
Royal Assembly Rooms, Great Yarmouth. Royal Plantagenet Preceptory No.80.
All preceptories were represented. The deaths of four knights were mourned, and those honoured congratulated. The alms were voted to the R.M.H.'s Samaritan Fund.

16 May 1957.
Masonic Hall, 47 St. Giles Street, Norwich. Cabbell Preceptory No.69.
All preceptories were represented. The deaths of six knights, including Dr. Hounsfield, previous Provincial Prior, were mourned. Knights honoured were congratulated. The Vice Chancellor reported that correspondence with the historian of the Order regarding the date of constitution of the Provincial Priory had produced nothing definite. (This concerned its possible Centenary). Ten guineas were voted to the Royal Masonic Hospital, five to the R.M.I.G. and two to the Hospital of St. John, with the alms to the Great Hospital, Norwich.

15 May 1958.
University Masonic Hall, Corn Exchange Street, Cambridge. Holy Rood Preceptory No.179.
All preceptories were represented. The death of one knight was mourned, and those honoured congratulated. The Provincial Prior expressed satisfaction that four of the preceptories now worked the degree of Malta. He called on the knights to rededicate themselves to fight against the powers of evil. Twenty guineas were voted to the Royal Masonic Hospital and two to the Hospital of St. John, with the alms to the Restoration Fund of the Round Church, Cambridge.

17 April 1959
Freemasons' Hall, Soane Street, Ipswich. Prudence Preceptory No.16.
A Special Chapter to install a new Provincial Prior consequent on the death of the V.E. Kt. C.C. Mason. The M.E. and S. Grand Master, lord Harris, entered with his retinue and assumed the throne. After paying tribute to the late Prior, he installed the Em. Kt. Arthur Griffiths, O.B.E., P.Gt.Her., as Provincial Prior and he in turn installed the Em. Kt. Sidney T. Miller, L.L.B., P.Gt. A. de C., as Sub-Prior, then confirmed the Officers previously appointed and the By-Laws. The alms were voted to the Hospital of St. John, Jerusalem.

11 May 1959.
Freemasons' Hall, Soane Street, Ipswich. Prudence Preceptory No.16.
All preceptories were represented. The deaths of four knights, including the late Provincial Prior, were mourned. No congratulations were mentioned. The alms were voted to the R.M. Hospital's Samaritan Fund.

18 May 1960.
Masonic Rooms, Duke's Head Hotel, Kings Lynn. Lynn Regis Preceptory No.330.
All preceptories were represented. The deaths of five knights were mourned. Ten guineas each were voted to the R.M.I.G. and the Royal Masonic Hospital, and the alms to the Hospital of St. John.

17 May 1961.
Royal Assembly Rooms, Great Yarmouth. Royal Plantagenet Preceptory No.80.
All preceptories were represented. The deaths of two knights were mourned. The Provincial Prior congratulated Lynn Regis Preceptory on having founded a Priory of Malta. He also said that it would probably be necessary to install more than one candidate at a meeting. Ten guineas were voted to the R.M.I.G., and the alms to the Hospital of St. John.

16 May 1962.
Masonic Hall, 47 St. Giles Street, Norwich. Cabbell Preceptory No.69.
All preceptories were represented. The deaths of three knights were mourned. The Provincial Prior mentioned his pleasure at having presented a Centenary Warrant to the host preceptory, and commended the Em. Kt. H. Cropp for the investigative work he had done. The Vice-Chancellor drew attention to the Provincial Prior's forthcoming 87th. birthday on 22 May and was instructed to recognise the occasion suitably. Ten guineas were voted to the Royal Masonic Hospital, but the disposal of the alms is not recorded.

15 May 1963.
University Masonic Hall, Corn Exchange Street, Cambridge. Tancred Preceptory No.102.
All preceptories were represented. The deaths of three knights were mourned. The Provincial Prior expressed his regret at the impending demolition of the University Masonic Hall, and said that the Preceptory's position had always been difficult because of the annual dispersal of undergraduates. He was congratulated on his forthcoming 88th. birthday. Ten guineas were voted to the R.M.I.G. The disposal of the alms is not recorded.

20 May 1964.
Freemasons' Hall, Soane Street, Ipswich. Prudence Preceptory No.16.
All preceptories were represented. The Sub-Prior presided in the absence through illness of the Provincial Prior. The Vice-Chancellor was instructed to write to the Prior in sympathy in his illness and to congratulate him on his 89th. birthday. The Sub-Prior announced his resignation owing to pressure of business and the Lt. Kt. G.M.J. Lowther, P.Gt.Her., was installed in his stead and congratulated. Ten guineas were voted to the Royal Masonic Hospital.

30 September 1964.
Masonic Hall, 47 St. Giles Street, Norwich. Cabbell Preceptory No.69.
Special meeting to install a new Provincial Prior. All preceptories were represented. The M.E. and S. Grand Master and his retinue entered and he was enthroned, installing the Em. Kt. Gilbert M.J. Lowther, P.Gt. Her., as Provincial Prior in place of the V.E. Kt. Arthur Griffiths, K.C.T., who had resigned at almost age 90. The new Provincial Prior installed the Em. Kt. Col. Walter John Short as Sub-Prior and confirmed the Officers appointed at the last meeting and the By-Laws. He praised the V.E. Kt. L.J. Bussey for his more than 50 years of service to the Order: he had been Chancellor since 1948 and also administrative officer for the first six years. The alms were voted to the Hospital of St. John.

19 May 1965.
Royal Assembly Rooms, Great Yarmouth. Royal Plantagenet Preceptory No.80.
All preceptories were represented. The deaths of four knights were mourned. The V.E. Kt. Arthur Griffiths, late Provincial Prior, was congratulated on his impending 90th. birthday. Ten guineas were voted to the R.M.I.G., and the alms to the Hospital of St. John, Jerusalem.

19 May 1966.
Masonic Hall, 47 St. Giles Street, Norwich. Cabbell Preceptory No.69.
The Sub-Prior presided owing to the death of the Provincial Prior, which was mourned along with those of six other knights. The Sub-Prior said that he had visited all the preceptories during the year and found the Province in a flourishing state. He had been offered, and had accepted, the office of Provincial Prior. The alms were voted to the Mark Benevolent Fund.

28 September 1966
Masonic Hall, 47 St. Giles Street, Norwich. Cabbell Preceptory No.69.
All preceptories were represented. Special meeting to install a new Provincial Prior. The M.E. and S. Grand Master, Lord Harris, entered with his retinue and assumed the throne to install the Em.Kt. Lt.Col. Walter John Short, P.Gt.Her., as Provincial Prior, In his address the Grand Master suggested that the Province needed more preceptories. The new Provincial Prior installed the Em. Kt. Jack Nelson Baldry,P.Gt.Her., as Sub-Prior, and confirmed the Officers and By-Laws. The alms were voted to the Hospital of St. John.

7 June 1967.
Dorothy Restaurant, Sidney Street, Cambridge. Holy Rood Preceptory No.179.
All preceptories were represented. The deaths of 12 knights were mourned. The Provincial Prior said there was need of another preceptory in Suffolk, and announced an increase in the annual dues from 1/-d. to 2/6d. There would be no grants to charity owing to the expense of two Installations in succession, but the alms were voted to the Hospital of St. John.

5 June 1968.
Masonic Rooms, Duke's Head Hotel, Kings Lynn. Lynn Regis Preceptory No.330.
All preceptories were represented. The deaths of seven knights were mourned. Among knights congratulated on receiving honours was the Sub-Prior, whose promotion to P.Gt. Const. 'was the highest honour in the Province for over 30 years. For the first time, the members of the Bodyguard were presented and thanked. No charity grants were made, but the alms were voted to the Hospital of St. John.

4 June 1969.
The Athenaeum, Bury St. Edmunds. Tancred Preceptory No.102 (which had removed from Cambridge).
All preceptories were represented. The deaths of ten knights were mourned. The Provincial Prior made pleased mention of the new Preceptory of St. John No.418 being founded at Diss. Dues and fees had had to be increased again. There were no grants to charity, but the alms were voted to the Hospital of St. John.

11 June 1970.
Freemasons Hall, Soane Street, Ipswich. Prudence Preceptory No.16.
All preceptories were represented. The deaths of ten knights were mourned. The Provincial Prior referred to the new Preceptory of St. John at Diss, and to the first annual church service, held on the initiative of the Sub-Prior, at the Cathedral Church of St. James, Bury St. Edmunds. No grants were made to charity, but the alms were voted to the Hospital of St. John.

26 May 1971.
Royal Assembly Rooms, Great Yarmouth. Royal Plantagenet Preceptory No.80.
All preceptories were represented. The deaths of ten knights were mourned. A personal banner for the Provincial Prior, subscribed for by the knights of the Province, was consecrated and presented to him by the Sub Prior. The Prior thanked him and the Em. Kt. W.H.E. Carr for designing it. No grants were made to charity, but the alms were voted to the Hospital of St. John. The annual church service was held this year at Norwich Cathedral.

24 May 1972.
Masonic Hall, 47 St. Giles Street, Norwich. Cabbell Preceptory No.69.
All preceptories were represented. The deaths of ten knights were mourned. The Provincial Prior referred to the annual church service recently held at Ely Cathedral. There were no grants to charity, but the alms were voted to the Hospital of St. John.

22 May 1973.
University Arms Hotel, Regent Street, Cambridge. Holy Rood Preceptory No.179.
All preceptories were represented. The deaths of the Sub-Prior, V.E. Kt. J.N. Baldry, and eight other knights were mourned. The Em. Kt. Peter W. Racey was installed as Sub-Prior. The Provincial Prior welcomed the new Preceptory, Hereward the Wake No.439, founded at March earlier in the year. No grants were made to charity, but the alms were made up and voted to the Hospital of St. John. The annual church service had again been held at Norwich Cathedral.

22 May 1974.
The Town Hall, Kings Lynn. Lynn Regis Preceptory No.69.
All preceptories were represented. The deaths of six knights were mourned. The Provincial Prior announced an increase in the annual fee for each knight, and referred to the forthcoming consecration in the autumn of the Walter Short Preceptory No.451; also to the annual church service to be held on 2 June at St. Nicholas' Church, Great Yarmouth. £35 was voted to the Hospital of St. John.

28 May 1975.
The Athenaeum, Bury St. Edmunds. Tancred Preceptory No.102.
All preceptories were represented. The deaths of ten knights were mourned.
The Sub Prior announced the following decisions:
(a) A Provincial Priory of Malta was to be held each year, but no candidates were to be installed;
(b) On the same day, namely the third Saturday in May, a Provincial Priory of the Temple was to be held for a trial two-year period at Great Yarmouth, preceded by an unofficial luncheon at which ladies could be present;
(c) The Provincial Priory was to be held under the banner of a different preceptory each year;
(d) Each preceptory in the Province would pay annually the sum of £5 to a special fund to meet the expenses of such meeting;
(e) A Permanent Sub-Committee consisting of the Provincial Prior, Sub-Prior, Vice-Chancellor and Marshall was to be formed, to meet as necessary and report to the Provincial Prior's Council;
(f) The annual church service would if possible be held on the first Sunday in June, the final decision to be made by the Sub-Committee.
The service this year would be held on 1 June at St. Margaret's Church, Kings Lynn. The sum of £35 was voted to the Hospital of St. John.

15 May 1976.
Royal Assembly Rooms, Great Yarmouth. Prudence Preceptory No.16.
All preceptories were represented. A Provincial Priory of Malta was opened, the first since 1936, by the Sub-Prior and addressed by the Provincial Prior, who welcomed nearly 100 knights, included nine distinguished knights from other Provinces. The first Officers appointed were:
Peter W. Racey Sub-Prior
W.L. Dominy Captain General
C.T.A. Beevor Lieutenant General
R.W. Elliott First Lieutenant
C.A.H. Brady Second Lieutenant
Rev. W.F.A. Stone Chaplain
Leslie F. Edwards Mareschal
W.N. Farrar Deputy Mareschal
A.W. Ecelestone Hospitaller
E.C. Landamore Admiral
J.E. Ballam Conservator
E.W. Crowe Baillie
B.C. Culey Turcopolier
J.A.S. Seabert Chancellor
B. Bland Treasurer
D.J. Baldry Captain of Outposts
C.B. Hewitt Organist
W.P. Platten Guard

The Sub-Prior, reporting, paid glowing tribute to the late V.E. Kt. J.N. Baldry, who was appointed Sub Prior of the Temple in 1968 and made every effort to persuade knights to enter the Order of Malta and the preceptories to dedicate a special evening to the working of its degrees. Lynn Regis was the first to do so, "bribing" knights to attend with a nine-course meal and a different wine with each course! The new Provincial Priory of Malta would not install knights as each preceptory had its own priory, its Prior normally taking office after vacating that of Preceptor. Tribute was also paid to the Provincial Prior who, at 87, was the most active in the Order. The knights were reminded that the annual church service was to be held at St. Margaret's Church, Kings Lynn.
The Provincial Priory of Knights Templar was opened with an attendance of 97. The deaths of eight knights were mourned. The Provincial Prior announced with regret the resignation after 12 years' service of the Vice-Chancellor, the Em. Kt. W.L. Dominy. A presentation was made to him and he was promoted to Chancellor. £35 was voted to the Hosp. of St. John.

14 May 1977.
Royal Assembly Rooms, Great Yarmouth. Royal Plantagenet Preceptory No.80.
After holding a Provincial Priory of Malta, at which the Sub-Prior reported good progress, a Provincial Priory of the Temple was opened with an attendance of 92, 16 of them distinguished visitors. The deaths of six knights were mourned. On a motion of the Sub-Prior, it was agreed that future meetings of the Provincial Priory should be held at Great Yarmouth and future church services at the Cathedral Church of St. James, Bury St. Edmunds. By-Law 8 was amended to provide for an annual return to the Provincial Priory by each preceptory. The annual fee for each knight was again increased. The sum of £50 was voted to the Hospital of St. John.

13 May 1978.
Royal Assembly Rooms, Great Yarmouth. Preceptory of St.John No.418.
After a meeting of the Provincial Priory of Malta, at which the Sub-Prior, in reporting progress, referred to the impending retirement of the Provincial Prior, a Provincial Priory of the Temple was opened with an attendance of 90, including six distinguished visitors. The death of a knight was mourned. The Provincial Prior said that after the church service on 11 June he would retire, having reached his 90th. year. The Sub-Prior thanked him for his 12 years of service as Provincial Prior, during which the Priory had expanded 50 percent in the form of three new preceptories, and asked him to accept an address and the presentation of a colour television, which he was pleased to receive and thanked the knights. The sum of £50 was voted to the Hospital of St. John.

14 July 1978.
Royal Assembly Rooms, Great Yarmouth. Lynn Regis Preceptory No.330.
This was a Special Chapter to install a new Provincial Prior. The M.E. and S. Grand Master, Harold Devereux Still, and his retinue entered and he assumed the throne to install the Em. Kt. Peter William Racey, P.Gt.Her., as Provincial Prior. He appointed the Em. Kt. L.F. Edwards as Sub-Prior, confirmed the Officers elected in May and the By-Laws, and invested the Em. Kt. E.W. Crowe, P.Gt.Her., as Marshal.

28 April 1979.
Royal Assembly Rooms, Great Yarmouth. Hereward the Wake Preceptory No.439.
A Provincial Priory of Malta was opened by the Sub Prior, who reported it to be flourishing. The Provincial Prior referred to a former such meeting in 1936 under the V.E. Kt. Lt.Col. Raymond F. Boileau, when the degree was worked and 12 knights installed.
A Provincial Priory of the Temple was then opened in the presence of 135 knights, including 12 distinguished visitors. The deaths of the late Provincial Prior, Lt.Col. W.J. Short, and six other knights were mourned. The Provincial Prior paid tribute to Col. Short's great work. He was glad that most preceptories were using the 1974 ritual. The standard of work was good, but sword drill could be better. He planned that the Bodyguard should be an 'elite' body which would accompany him on occasion and demonstrate the drill. He mentioned the finding of the old Minute Book and said it was his intention to write the history of the Province. The annual church service would be held on 10 June. £50 was voted to the Hospital of St. John and £10 to the Royal Masonic Hospital.

26 April 1980
Royal Assembly Rooms, Great Yarmouth. Walter Short Preceptory No.451.
The Sub-Prior opened a Provincial Priory of Malta and reported that 20 new knights had been installed, making up for a number of deaths.
A Provincial Priory of the Temple was opened with an attendance of 142 knights, including 17 distinguished visitors. The deaths of 11 knights, including four Great Officers, were mourned. The Provincial Prior referred in his address to the good working and harmony prevailing in the preceptories. He was glad to know that the majority present were good churchmen and he looked forward to the annual service at Bury St. Edmunds on 8 June; also to the forthcoming consecration of the Walsingham Preceptory No.497. £50 was voted to the Hospital of St. John and £100 to the Le Strange Fund for the Cornwallis Home.

25 April 1981
Royal Assembly Rooms, Great Yarmouth. Prudence Preceptory No.16.
The Sub-Prior opened a Provincial Priory of Malta and reported on the work of the priories, which had installed 23 knights of Malta. He looked forward to welcoming the new Walsingham Priory later in the year.
A Provincial Priory of Knights Templar was opened in the presence of 152 knights, including six distinguished visitors. The deaths of four knights were mourned. The Provincial Prior congratulated his Bodyguard on its good work and thanked the members. He wished the Walsingham Preceptory success and thanked the organisers and founders for their efforts. He looked forward to the annual church service on 7 June. The following sums were voted to charity: £100 to the R.M.B.I. on the list of the Provincial Grand Master of Suffolk; £30 to the Hospital of St. John; £20 to the Friends of Cornwallis Court; and £50 to the Royal Masonic Hospital in memory of the late V.E. Kt. Walter John Short.