E Comp Ian R. Hopgood

ME Grand Superintendent

Ian Hopgood

E Comp Ian R. Hopgood

ME Grand Superintendent

Installed as Grand Superintendent for Berkshire on his 51st birthday, Thursday 4th June 2015 by The Most Excellent Pro First Grand Principal.

Ian was exalted into Vale of White Horse Chapter No. 1770 on 12th February 1992 and served as MEZ in 2004-5. His first appointment in Provincial Grand Chapter of Berkshire was the acting rank of ProvAGDC in June 2007 for 2 years followed by promotion to ProvDepGDC in 2009 for a further 2 years. In 2011, he was appointed Third Provincial Grand Principal and further promoted in 2013 to Deputy Grand Superintendent.

In 2012, Ian received his first appointment in Supreme Grand Chapter to acting Grand Standard Bearer enjoying the rare opportunity to escort the Grand Principals around the UK. Promotions followed in 2014 to Past Grand Sword Bearer, and GSupt in 2015.

Ian is also a member of Berkshire First Principals Chapter No. 3684 and Erlegh Chapter No. 9110 in Berkshire, as well as Methuen Chapter No. 631 in Buckinghamshire and Bard of Avon Chapter No. 778 in Middlesex.

Ian also enjoys membership of several other orders of Freemasonry including;

Mark Master Masons (Wantage), Rose Croix (Wallingford), Knights Templar (Newbury) and Royal and Select Masters (Wantage).

E Comp Jeremy G. Whitmore PGSwdB

Deputy Grand Superintendent

E Comp Jeremy G. Whitmore PGSwdB

Deputy Grand Superintendent

Jem was exalted into The Loddon Chapter in 1997 and became MEZ in 2006. His first Provincial Appointment was ProvAGDC in 2009 followed by ProvDepGDC in 2012. He was delighted to be invited to become Third Provincial Grand Principal in 2013, appointed as Second Provincial Grand Principal, in 2016 and in 2018 to Deputy Grand Superintendent.

Jem is also member of Berkshire First Principals and Erlegh Chapter in Berkshire, The Chapter of Rectitude in Wiltshire and Caversham Chapter in Oxfordshire where he was MEZ in 2012 and holds the rank of PPGSN.

Jem was honoured with the acting rank of Grand Standard Bearer in Supreme Grand Chapter in 2014, a year he thoroughly enjoyed. He was promoted to Past Grand Sword Bearer in 2019

E Comp Michael J. Warner PAGDC

Second Provincial Grand Principal

E Comp Michael J. Warner PAGDC

Second Provincial Grand Principal

Mike was Exalted into St. John's Chapter No.795 in January 1999 and served as MEZ from 2005, and on two further occasions from November 2007 and November 2017.

He joined Hungerford Chapter No. 4748 in 2012, serving as MEZ in September 2014, and Acre Chapter No. 8422 in 2016, where he is currently DC. He is also a member of Berkshire First Principals Chapter No. 3684.

Mike's first Provincial Appointment was in 2008 as ProvAGDC. He was promoted to ProvDepGDC in June 2010 and appointed as  ProvGDC in June 2013. Mike received the Acting Rank of AGDC at Supreme Grand Chapter in April 2015.

Much to his delight, Mike was Invested as the 3rd Provincial Grand Principal in June 2016 and, in 2018 as Second Provincial Grand Principal. a role he is thoroughly enjoying.

Mike is active in other Masonic Orders and is currently  Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies in the Mark Degree in Berkshire, and is a member of a Mark Lodge at Wokingham, and a Royal Ark Mariners Lodge at Sindlesham. He is also a member of a Rose Croix Chapter at Newbury, and Royal & Select Masters, meeting at Slough.

E Comp Rodney L. Bancroft TD PAGDC

Third Provincial Grand Principal

E Comp Rodney L. Bancroft TD PAGDC

Third Provincial Grand Principal

Rod Bancroft, a former Officer in the Territorial Army and holder of the Territorial Decoration, was exalted into Union Chapter No. 414 on the 22nd May 1990, serving as MEZ in 1999.  He is, once again, the Chapter's Director of Ceremonies, after spending several years as its 'permanent' Principal Sojouner. Rod is also a member of Berkshire First Principals Chapter No.3684.

His first appointment in Provincial Grand Chapter was in 2002, as ProvADC, followed in 2006 to ProvDepGDC, and in 2010 as ProvGSN. In 2018 Rod was appointed as the Third Provincial Grand Principal. A role he is thoroughly enjoying.

In 2017 he was honoured by Supreme Grand Chapter with an appointment in Grand Rank as PAGDC.

Rod also enjoys other Orders of Freemasonry:  He holds the rank of PPJGW in the Craft and is a Past Master of Morland Lodge No. 3066, was Primus Master of Combined Services Lodge No. 9900, and is a member of Berkshire Masters Lodge No.3684.

He is also a Past Great Herald in Knights Templar, a Grand Inspector Inquisitor Commander, holder of the rank of 31° in the Supreme Council 33° Rose Croix, a Mark Master Mason and Squire Novice in The Grand Priory of Knights Beneficent of The Holy City.

E Comp David Arnold PGStB

Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra

E Comp David Arnold PGStB

Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra

E Comp David Arnold is a long standing member of the Royal Arch, having been exalted into the Ascot Chapter No. 2460 on the 18th March 1989. and working through the offices to be First Principal in 2001, and again in 2017. He is currently Scribe E of the Chapter and is also a member of the Berkshire First Principal's Chapter.

His first appointment to Provincial Rank came in 2004, when he was appointed as Provincial Grand Sojourner. In 2011 he was promoted as Past Provincial Grand Registrar and again in 2018, was promoted as Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah.

In June 2019 he was appointed as the Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra for Berkshire.

David also enjoys other Orders of Freemasonry; He is a Past Master of the Pillars of Friendship Lodge No. 8238 having been Initiated into the Lodge on 5th January 1985. He currently holds the Provincial rank of PPJGW. He is a member of the Ancient and Accepted Rite, being a member of Maidenhead Chapter RX, No. 613 and Thames and Chiltern Chapter RX, No. 1075, and holds the rank of 31° in that Order. He is a Past Master and Provincial Officer in Mark Masonry and is currently a serving Worshipful Commander in Royal Ark Mariner, being a member of both Friendship and Care Lodge of MMM, and RAM, Nos. 1555.

David was delighted in April 2020 to receive a Supreme Grand Chapter Grand Rank appointment as Past Grand Standard Bearer.

 

E Comp Richard J. Williams PAGDC

Provincial Grand Treasurer

E Comp Richard J. Williams PAGDC

Provincial Grand Treasurer

Richard was exalted into Union Chapter No. 414 in 1986, becoming MEZ in 2003-4 and 2004-5.   He is currently Treasurer of the Chapter.  Richard’s first appointment in Provincial Grand Chapter of Berkshire was to the acting rank of ProvGStwd in 2006, followed by Promotion in 2008 to Past Provincial Grand Sojourner.

Richard is also a member of the Berkshire First Principals’ Chapter No. 3684.

In June 2010 Richard was elected as ProvGTreas and has continued to be elected as such in each year since. Richard was delighted to be honoured with a Supreme Grand Chapter Grand Rank appointment in March 2015 as Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, in recognition of his services to the Royal Arch in Berkshire.

Richard is also active in Craft Masonry, being a member of Reading Lodge of Union No. 414, where he was Master in1994, and is currently it’s Treasurer. He is also a member of the Berkshire Masters' Lodge No 3684, Old Ellesmerian Lodge No. 5368, Shropshire, and Berkshire Provincial Grand Steward’s Lodge No. 9381, and is currently a Visiting Officer in Berkshire.

 

 

E Comp Philip S. Howells PAGDC

Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies

E Comp Philip S. Howells PAGDC

Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies

Phil was exalted into Christopher Wren Chapter No. 4855 in February 1998 and has served as their MEZ on three occasions, in 2003, 2015 and 2016.

In March 2017 he joined Erlegh Chapter No. 9110 and is currently Director of Ceremonies. He is also a member of Berkshire First Principals Chapter No. 3684.

In June 2006 Phil was appointed as Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies and in June 2008 was promoted to Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies. A further promotion came in 2015, when he was appointed as Provincial Grand Sword Bearer. In June 2016 he was appointed as Grand Director of Ceremonies.

Phil was delighted to receive a Supreme Grand Chapter Grand Rank appointment in 2017 as Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies.

He is also a member of the Christopher Wren Lodge No. 4855. where he served as WM in 1996 and again in 2019. He is also a member of the Berkshire Provincial Grand Stewards' Lodge No. 9381, acting as Secretary between 2005 and 2008, and holds the Provincial Rank of Past Junior Grand Warden.