Paul Palmer

Coaching Craftsmen and Companions

Rapturous applause by all the Brethren present followed the announcement of DepPGM, Paul Reeves, following the 27th January 2020 Lodge of Enlightenment No 9550 Installation Meeting. With over forty years’ experience in coaching Craftsmen and Companions, W Bro Ken Cownden would be recognised by the Province with one of only six annual promotions to the new honour of PPSGW. 

Both the recognition and applause were richly deserved.  A good number of Brethren have gained from W Bro Ken’s coaching as a DC or Preceptor in the Lodges he is a member of including the Lodge of Daily Advancement No 9979 in which he is a Founding Father as well as being the DC.  Also, many more Brethren have learned from his Masonic presentations as a Speaker at their Lodges.

With dark blue honours in the Grand Loge Nationale Francaise as well, Ken’s Freemasonry is without borders but neither promotion nor the pandemic have dented his zeal to continue helping Brethren learn the Ritual in our ceremonies so that they can get ready to deliver with confidence to candidates when it is safe to do so.  Two recent ‘Thoughts for the Day’ by W Bro Ken give some helpful hints:

  • Pick up the book - re-learn, recite and learn a new piece or pages
  • Read the piece - from start to finish again and again
  • Learn the first bit – but carry on reading the whole piece from start to finish
  • Move to the last bit – and continue repeatedly reading the whole piece
  • What about the middle? – You should find this is now well understood and easy
  • Deliver with panache – practice with inflection, character, expression and flair

Our Grand Master, HRH The Duke of Kent, in his New Year Message referred to the ‘waiting lists’ of applications for membership from those who have read or heard about our good works in the Community over the last year.  The standards of our Ritual do need to be upheld and made enjoyable for these new candidates. This can be achieved by learning from the valuable experience of W Bro Ken Cownden PPSGW and others like him who are dedicated to ‘Coaching our Craftsmen’.


A Leap of Faith in Solomon

It was a leap of faith on behalf of the many who had worked hard when Sir David Wooton, the Assistant Grand Master, launched the new online platform ‘Solomon’ two years ago on Saturday 21st November 2018. Among the congratulatory tweets on Twitter last Saturday (21st) from various individuals, one was one sent by a Province which read:

“Happy Second Birthday Solomon. The Dep Grand Master and all the brethren of the Province of Essex send their Congrats to all the Team @SolomonUGLE. We give our best wishes to everyone involved with Solomon in continuing to Foster Curiosity and Deliver Understanding to us all.”

The original aim of Solomon was to provide material to deliver in Lodges from a platform linking authors with members and was initially a depository of PDFs. Two years on there is now a wide combination of blended learning from experts and peers or self-directed using not only PDFs in the form of nuggets, papers and leaflets but also sound files, HTML 5.0 files, SCORM (share content reference modules), discussion forums and webinars.

With a range of subject areas covering both Craft and Royal Arch, there is something for everyone which can be accessed through the Search Bar or through the entry modulse of: Seek & Learn: designed for everyone, Share & Encourage: for Mentors and Support and Promote: for Provinces and Districts.

Over 34,000 Members have justified the ‘leap of faith’ finding Solomon really is ‘Fostering Curiosity and Developing Understanding’ and is an excellent resource for Brethren who want to make a Daily (or weekly, or monthly) Advancement in the Craft and Royal Arch. Join them at Solomon (


Pride of Essex Awards: Essex Freemasons Nominated

On Tuesday 24th November 2020 at 7.30pm the Pride of Essex Awards Presentation will be streamed by Anglia Ruskin University. Lasting for 67 minutes exactly, the virtual presentation will recognise the Nominations and Award winners of six Categories who have shown exceptional courage, inspiration and Community service in Essex.

At the request of the Lord Lieutenant, Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, a new category for 2020 has been set up called HOPE, which stands for Heroes of Pandemic Essex, with Individual and Team Awards in recognition of those who have been looking after and helping other people during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

The Province of Essex has been accepted as a Nomination in the HOPE Team Category for the thousands of visors, hand sanitiser and PPE, the Province with the support of the Essex Freemasons Community Fund supplied to Care Homes, NHS Community staff, Essex and Herts Air Ambulance and some East of England Ambulance Stations.

Entrants cannot nominate themselves so this is a well-earned token of public appreciation, not only for the above, but also reflecting credit on all the good works of Essex Freemasons who have looked after others and helped out during the pandemic. Our Nomination highlights the changing public perception that Freemasonry in England is an organisation whose members work hard for charitable giving and good causes in the Community.

Brethren, please join the event and watch the Pride of Essex Awards Presentation with family members. Share together a number of inspirational and uplifting examples of selfless service for others as well as supporting our Nomination using the facility to send congratulatory messages. Click https://arul.inkPrideofEssexAwards at 7.30pm on Tuesday 24th November 2020.

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