The Heads of Orders in the Province of Hertfordshire virtually raise a glass for absent brethren

Over recent weeks, Freemasons up and down the country (and around the world!) have been following Grand Lodge’s call to honour our established custom of raising a ‘9 o’clock’ toast to absent Brethren.

The momentum behind #timetotoast has been growing, with social media and messaging services lighting up nightly at 9pm with photos of brothers raising their own toasts. On several occasions the opportunity has also been taken to offer our recognition and thanks to those people putting their own safety and welfare on the line for the sake of others; whether this be workers in the NHS, the emergency services or even commercial delivery drivers!

Tonight, the Province of Hertfordshire proposes its own special 9 o’clock toast – the Provincial Grand Master is joined by the heads of twelve other Orders within Hertfordshire to raise a glass with you all to absent Brethren!

Those joining the Provincial Grand Master for #timetotoast are:

  • James Sharpley, The Royal Arch
  • Richard Walker, The Order of Mark Master Masons and the Ancient and Honourable Fraternity of Royal Ark Mariners
  • Tony Lapsley, the United Orders of the Temple and of Malta (Knights Templar)
  • John Roberts, Holy Royal Arch Knights Templar Priests
  • Nick Edwards, Ancient and Accepted Rite (Rose Croix)
  • Peter Brindle, Royal and Select Masters
  • David Adams, Royal Order of Scotland
  • Geoff Cheshire, Allied Masonic Degrees
  • Howard Markham, Order of the Secret Monitor
  • Terry Deakin, Red Cross of Constantine
  • Stuart Kay, The Worshipful Society of Freemasons (The Operatives)
  • John Wickes, Societas Rosicruciana in Anglia (The Rosicrucian Society of Freemasons)

You can find out more about the other Orders in Hertfordshire by clicking here.