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The next Annual Meeting of Grand Senatus will be held at MMH on Thursday 4th. May 2017


Roger Richardson is re-appointed as Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies and Rod Barker is appointed Past Grand Sword Bearer

The next Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Senatus will be held at East Brighton Masonic Centre, Peacehaven, on Saturday 28th October 2017

Provincial News

The AGM was held at the East Sussex Masonic Centre Peacehaven on Saturday the 28th October.

The Littlehampton Consistory No 34 TI open a special meeting of the consistory at 10.30 and invited the Provincial Grand Summus to occupy the chair.

A Preparation ceremony was then conducted by the Provincial Grand Team for 3 candidates to a very high standard.

The consistory was then closed and all departed to the main temple to open the Provincial Grand Senatus.

The Provincial Grand Senatus was opened by the Provincial Grand Summus, who then welcomed all our guests.

All the consistory’s in the Province were well represented by their members. However there were a lot of people missing due to other meetings being held on the same day.

There was a full agenda for this meeting including adopting the Provincial By-Laws.

The Provincial Grand Summus then appointed his officers and invested those present.

The Provincial Grand Senatus was closed in due form and the Provincial Grand Summus retired accompanied by his Officers and Right Worthy Brethren.

A very nice 3 course Luncheon was then held in the dining room and all departed the meeting at 3.30pm.

Posted 04/11/17


Victor Alan Wisden was born in August 1935 and brought up in Hastings. At 21 years of age, he met Megs, then aged 16 years at a local church youth club. The following year they started going out together and got engaged on 24th November 1959. They went on to marry on 24th September 1960 and have been together a total of 59 years. Their Daughter Fiona arrived in 1962 followed by Mark in 1965. At this time, Megs looked after the home and children whilst Vic worked in the business, a sports shop.

Megs and Vic have 7 grandchildren whose ages range from 10 years to 32 years of age, with one great grandson aged 1 year.

Vic was a keen cricketer and played on a regular basis. Megs gave her support by usually preparing sandwiches and tea for the two teams or sitting knitting during the match.

Vic retired from cricket aged 40 years and joined Craft masonry. He was initiated into Thornton Lodge no 5556 in 1975 and finally achieved the rank of Past Provincial Grand Registrar. He joined Abbey Chapter no 1184 in 1977 achieving the rank of Past Grand Standard Bearer.

Vic enjoyed his masonry so much that after joining Chapter, he joined several other orders, those being Rose Croix in 1981, where he held 32 degree, Mark in 1982, where he held the Grand Rank of Past Grand Junior Deacon, KT in1986, holding the Grand Rank of Past Great Herald, and in Malta, holding the Grand Rank of Past Great 2nd Lieutenant, OSM in 1988, Past Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, Red Cross of Constantine in 1991, Past Grand Chamberlain, RAM in 1992, Ram Grand Rank, Royal and Select Masters in 2006, Past District Grand Lecturer, Allied Masonic Degrees in 2006, Past Grand Standard Bearer and Scarlet Cord in 2010, Past Provincial Grand Summus. Of note is that he was the very first Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler of OSM in Sussex, when London separated Surrey and Sussex when it was then the South-East Counties. He was also the first Provincial Grand Summus of Scarlet Cord in Sussex and was instrumental in the setup of the Province and assisting with the organisation of all the Consistories in Sussex. I think we will all agree that this constitutes a very grand and most impressive CV within Masonry.

He was a fantastic ritualist and a very genuine mason. He would always encourage younger members and if asked for advice on any matter masonic, could be relied upon to give sound advice always. He was a Mason for a total of 41 years and he served every order exceedingly well.

He is well loved, admired and respected in all the orders he belonged to. A true gentleman and brother and an inspiration to us all and he will be greatly missed by each and every one of us.

Megs said that she had a wonderful and eventful life with Vic and that they both enjoyed the company of all the people they have met both in the business, cricket, and masonic worlds, as well as the social life that accompanied them.

It will take a long time getting used to being without Vic and may he rest in peace.

Dear Companions,

I am delighted to advise you that four companions have received appointments/promotions to Grand Rank later this year:-

Dist. Comp. Jerry Griffin to Past Grand Lecturer, making him a V. Dist.Comp.

Dist. Comp. Roger Richardson To Active Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies.

Dist. Comp. Trevor Lee to Past Grand Sword Bearer.

Dist. Comp. Michael Chambers to Active Grand Steward.

The meeting of Grand Senatus will take place on the 5th May when they will receive the appointments. More details of this meeting will follow shortly.

I am sure that you would join me in offering hearty congratulations to these companions on receiving their well deserved recognition.

Mike Conn

Provincial Grand Summus


On 5th December 2015 our new Provincial Grand Summus was Installed by the Grand Summus.

The Provincial Grand Summus then installed his Deputy, Dist.Comp. Paul Hollebone, and his Assistant, Dist Comp. Ian Duncan.

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Posted 11/12/15

At the meeting of East Sussex Consistory No. 59TI held yesterday 21st April 2015 the Provincial Grand Summus R.Dist.Comp Victor Alan Wisden announced that he would retire from that office at the end of the year and that his successor would be Dist.Comp. Mike Conn who would be invested by the Grand Summus probably in early December 2015. The Provincial Grand Summus thanked the Companions for the support he had received during his tenure of the office and said how much he had enjoyed the last five years since the inception of the Order. He wished his successor Dist Comp Mike Conn all the best for the future.

Posted 22/4/15