The Prestonian Lecture for 2014

1814 Consolidation and Change
- the first year of the United Grand Lodge of England

W.Bro Dr Mike Kearsley ProvGOrat (Middlesex)



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Prestonian Jewel Ceremony and Lunch

On Thursday 9th January, twelve past Prestonians gathered at the Hercules Pillars in Great Queen Street, with the incoming Prestonian lecturer,  to formally hand over the jewel of office, share a lunch and swop tales of Prestonian adventures (and misadventures).

W.Bro Paul Calderwood, Prestonian for 2013, relinquished his jewel to Mike Kearsley but was then presented with a past Prestonian jewel by W.Bro Bob Gilbert, the most senior past Prestonian who was present. 

The Prestonian jewel is perforated, whereas past prestonian jewels are solid metal.  They are ususally worn on a dark blue ribbon. 

Paul’s past prestonian jewel was formerly the jewel of Charles Wallis-Newport (died 27 December 2013).  The attendees stood in memory of Charles and of Neville Barker Cryer who had also passed away since the last meeting in 2013.

Those present were Granville Angel, Paul Calderwood, James Campbell, Gordon Davie, Mike Kearsley, Aubrey Newman,  Bryan Page, Bob Sillett,  John Wade, Wayne Warlow, Bob Gilbert and John Ashby.

Paul receives his Past Prestonian jewel from Bob Gilbert while Mike Kearsley looks on.











On May 19th Lancaster Lodge No 9413 who are an English Lodge based in Cascais in Portugal hosted the Prestonian lecture. It was a white table event followed by a evening of dining and music. Sandra V da Silva, Partner of the Worshipful Master Dimas Pestana spoke eloquently of her first introduction to freemasonry. As with many, she was concerned about the Craft and what it stood for. However, her study of the ritual (online) and her meeting with many Freemasons had brought her to realise that the Order stood for many good things – and that if each Freemason really tried to live up to the obligations he swore to then it would be a fine organisation indeed.

The organiser of the event, W.Bro Larry Riches has a house in Cascais and the members and wives were entertained at a garden party at his house.

It was then that we were able to see one one of his model T Fords. Larry is a collector of these cars and after the festival drove his car from Cascais to Lincolnshire. He undertook this 2000km journey between 21st and 31st May 2014 in support of his two charities - the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys and Prostate Cancer UK.

During the final leg of the journey, the 1914 Model–T passed through central London and stopped at Freemasons’ Hall where the trio were greeted by Deputy Grand Master Jonathan Spence, the Presidents of the four central Masonic Charities and many other masonic well-wishers including Deputy Provincial Grand Master for Lincolnshire John Hockin.


The province of Northumberland sponsored two presentations. Firstly to Hexham Priory Lodge 6308 who meet at Hexham on the 29th May, and secondly for the Northumberland Masters Lodge 3477 who meet at the temple in Newcastle the following night. Both were very generous with their hospitality and their charity donations.

The return train journey was a happy occasion, shared with travelling Newcastle United supporters who had a merry time depleting most of their their ample stocks of beer.

The picture was taken at Northumberland Masters VWBro Ian Craigs, Deputy PGM-in-Charge WBro Mike Kearsley, ProvGOrat (Middx) WBro David Mowbray, WM.