The Devonshire 2023 Festival received a wonderful boost at the investiture of W Bro Andrew Vodden as Devonshire’s fourth Assistant Provincial Grand Master.
W. Bro. Andrew Vodden MBE PAGDC was invested as Devonshire’s newest Assistant Provincial Grand Master at a superb investiture ceremony hosted by his own lodge - Victory Lodge No.4189 - on Tuesday 11th January 2022.
W Bro Andrew (Andy), highly respected and popular throughout the Province was invested in his new role by the Provincial Grand Master, Rt. W. Bro. Ian Kingsbury, in a faultless ceremony that moved and delighted everyone present.
During this very well attended meeting, the Devonshire 2023 Festival in support of the Masonic Charitable Foundation, received a fantastic boost when the Deputy PGM VW. Bro. Nicholas Ball presented a cheque for £50,000 from the Provincial Benevolent Fund to the President of the Festival our Provincial Grand Master. The Provincial Grand Master gave warm and hearty thanks to the Provincial Benevolent Fund and to its chairman VW Bro Ball for this magnificent contribution to the Festival.
This donation represents a huge boost to the Festival which is entering its final year with the relaunch ‘Operation Jumpstart’ having just taken place. The Chairman of the Festival W. Bro. Peter Keaty, Asst PGM and the Provincial Grand Charity Steward, W. Bro. Reuben Ayres were both present at the presentation of the cheque and thanked the Provincial Benevolent Fund for its generosity towards the Festival and the huge boost to morale for the entire Festival team.
There was much to celebrate at this superb event – the investiture of a very popular, experienced and highly respected Devonshire Mason as our newest Assistant Provincial Grand Master and a heart-warming boost to our Festival for the Masonic Charitable Foundation that does so much to support Devonshire Freemasons in distress and our local charities.
A wonderful night was had by all.