PRINCIPAL MASONIC EVENTS IN EAST AFRICA


1904

LODGE EAST AFRICA, 3007 EC, consecrated Zanzibar.


1905  

LODGE HARMONY, 3084 EC. consecrated Nairobi in  May by J I Last (WM Lodge East Africa) and Richard George Bland installed as first Master.


1906

LODGE SCOTIA, 1008 SC, consecrated Nairobi 30 May and Robert John Stordy (Initiated in Lodge Harmony in January) installed as first Master.


1907

FAITH AND CHARITY CHAPTER, 329 SC, consecrated Nairobi 24 June. Foundation Stone, Masonic Hall, Kirk Road, Nairobi laid 26 October by Richard Bland.


1908  

Masonic Hall, Kirk Road, Nairobi consecrated by W. Bro. Richard Bland 26 September. Arthur A. Legat (became DGM  EC in 1933) initiated in Lodge Harmony.


1909  

Theodore Roosevelt visits Lodge Harmony 2 August and made Honorary Member. W A B Pailthorpe (became first DGS EC in 1926) initiated in Lodge Harmony.


1910

HRH Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn GM EC visits East Africa.  Masonic Trust of Nairobi constituted to administer affairs of Masonic Temple, Kirk Road, Nairobi.


1911  

VICTORIA NYANZA LODGE, 3492 EC (Hall Stone Lodge), consecrated Kampala 22 May by Richard Bland and Arthur Legat installed as first Master.


1912

LODGE MENENGAI, 3559 EC, consecrated as STANLEY LODGE Nakuru 27 January by Richard Bland.

 Masonic Temple in Kirk Road, Nairobi (built over underground river) starts to disintegrate and serious thoughts given by Masonic Trustees to new building.


1913  

MOMBASA LODGE, 3645 EC, consecrated Mombasa 31 May by Sir Charles Bowring.


1914

ORIENT LODGE, 3703 EC, consecrated Nairobi 14 February by Richard Bland,  

THE PROGRESS LODGE, 3727 EC, consecrated Nairobi 16 December by C.N.M. Harrison (PM Lodge Harmony) and Sir Charles Calvert Bowring (later to become) first Grand Inspector of East African Lodges installed as Master.


1918

July: Mombasa Lodge moved from Tangana to Salim Road South (present site) to new Lodge building erected of mud and wattle on land made over to the Lodge by Sir Ali Salim.

11th August: A Petition for New Lodge, to be called “The Lodge Zanzibar” was signed at Zanzibar, East Africa, by the following Brethren, and forwarded to the M W G M, W Bro Stanley Rivers-Smith, W Bro James Henry Hewett, Bro Harold William Leslie Waller, Bro Kuttichira Kunju Nayar, Bro Mohamedali Wali Nazarali, Bro Mohamedally Bhaloo Lakha Velani, Bro Charles Leonard MacIntyre, Bro Arthur Edward Gardner & W Bro Bernard Henry Wiggins.

The Petition, which prayed for a Warrant empowering the Petitioners to meet as a Regular Lodge, was recommended by the Worshipful Master, the Wardens and a majority of the Members of Lodge East Africa No. 3007.

15th November: The Petition was granted and a Warrant was issued authorising the establishment of “The Lodge Zanzibar,” No. 3897, on the Register of the Grand Lodge of England, to meet at the Masonic Temple, Zanzibar, on the first Friday in every month, and to carry on the work of Freemasonry.

The Worshipful Master appointed by the Warrant wasW Bro J H Hewett, the Senior Warden was Bro H W L Waller and the Junior Warden Bro Mohamedally Bhaloo Lakha Velani.There were, however, no further notable developments until 1920.


1919

ORIENT CHAPTER, 437 SC, consecrated Nairobi 19 September.


1920

29th March: A cablegram from the Grand Secretary authorised W Bro Francis Charlesworth, P M of Lodge East Africa, No. 3007 to act as Consecrating Officer of the New Lodge Zanzibar No. 3897 EC.

21st April: The Lodge was Constituted and Consecrated at the Masonic Temple Zanzibar, by W Bro Francis Charlesworth, assisted by W Bro Withycombe as Senior Warden, W Bro J Parnall as Junior Warden, W Bro H W L Waller as Chaplain, W Bro S Rivers-Smith as Director of Ceremonies and W Bro Wiggins as Organist.

At the conclusion of the Ceremony W Bro Charlesworth Installed W Bro J H Hewett First Worshipful Master of the new Lodge.


1921  

DONYO SABUK LODGE, 4070 EC. consecrated on 19th March by W. Bro. Gerard  Hudson.


1922   

HAVEN OF PEACE LODGE, 4385 EC, consecratedDar-es-Salaam 31 March, and EQUATOR LODGE, 4337 EC, consecrated Kisumu 13 May by Sir Charles Bowring.


1923  

UGANDA CHAPTER, 543 SC, consecrated Kampala 3 March. Heaton Ellis PGSD visits March meeting of Lodge Harmony and conducts part of ceremony; after return to Britain presents Lodge Alms Plate.


1924

Sir Jacob Barth succeeds Sir Charles Bowring as Grand Inspector of East Africa Lodges.


1925  

Visit to Kenya by HRH The Duke of York (later George VI). ROCK OF HOPE MARK MASONS LODGE, 816 EC,Consecrated Dar-es-Salaam 29 June. Foundation Stone of Masonic Temple, Dar-es-Salaam laid 21 December by Sir Donald Cameron, Governor and Commander-inChief, Tanganyika.


1926  

NANDI BORDER LODGE, 4756 EC, consecrated in Eldoret on 25 March by Sir Jacob Barth.

RIFT VALLEY LODGE, 4788 EC, (Hall Stone Lodge), consecrated at Nakuru in original Temple of Lodge Menengai 22 May by Arthur Legat and Sir Jacob Barth installed as first Master,

MOMBASA ROYAL ARCH CHAPTER 620 SC, consecrated Mombasa 20 September.

TANGA FRATERNITY LODGE 4830 EC, consecrated Tanga 28 September, Masonic Temple Dar es Salaam dedicated by Sir Philip Colville-Smith GS 26 September,

EAST AFRICA CHAPTER ROSE CROIX, 259, consecrated Nairobi 1 October,

KENYA GATE LODGE, 4851 EC, consecrated Mombasa 4 October by Sir Jacob Barth.

DISTRICT GRAND LODGE OF EAST AFRICA EC, inaugurated in Nairobi 15 October by Sir Philip Colville-Smith GS and James Terry PGD and Sir Jacob Barth installed as first DGM EC. 1768 silver salver “presented by the Brethren of East Africa” to James Terry.

KENYA ROYAL ARCH CHAPTER, 3727 EC, consecrated NAIROBI 26 October, April. Mombasa Lodge held its first ladies’ night at the Manor Hotel, 30 ladies attended.


1927  

Bill Fletcher (later to become Grand Supt. RA EC, 1966 and DDGM EC, 1966) Initiated Lodge Harmony. LIGHT OF AFRICA LODGE, 4945 EC, consecrated Kampala 7 November.


1928  

LAKE LODGE, 5022 EC, consecrated Kisumu 24 February by R.W. Bro. Sir Jacob W. Barth.

LODGE ST. ANDREW, 1360 SC consecrated Dar es Salaam 23 March,

MOUNT ELGON LODGE, 5082 EC, consecrated Kitale 21 November.


1929  

HRH The Prince of Wales (later H.M. King Edward VIII and HRH The Duke of Windsor) visits Kenya.

DAR ES SALAAM LODGE, 5095 EC, consecrated Dar es Salaam 22 February.

KILIMANJARO LODGE, 5111 EC EC, consecrated Moshi 2 August.

3rd April foundation stone of new lodge building in Mombasa laid by Sir Jacob Barth DGM.


1931

GUIDING STAR LODGE, 5299 EC, consecratedDar es Salaam 27 November.

TANGA FRATERNITY CHAPTER, 4830 EC, consecrated Tanga 29 August. Second Masonic Temple, Dar es Salaam consecrated 18 September by Sir Jacob Barth DGM EC.


1932

MOUNT MAWENZI MARK MASONS LODGE, 906,consecrated Arusha 30 January.

LIGHT OF AFRICA CHAPTER, 664 SC, consecrated Kampala 12 March.

IONA CHAPTER, 667 SC, consecrated Dar es Salaam 26 November.

LODGE OF INSTRUCTION No. 2 inaugurated Machakos – their last Meeting 17 February 1940.


1933  

REGISTERED MASONIC TRUSTEES OF NAIROBI formed by Trust Deed dated 10 April. Freemasons’ Hall, London (Masonic Peace Memorial) consecrated by HRH Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn GM EC,

19 July. Sir Jacob Barth retires from Kenya and is succeeded by Arthur Legat as DGM EC.

MOUNT MERU LODGE No. 5363, warranted on 2nd May 1932, consecrated on 21st January 1933.


1934  

First Meeting of Registered Trustees of Nairobi 16 Mayand Arthur White of Lodge Harmony elected Chairman. Essential repairs to Kirk Road Temple cost Shs. 2,174.97, Caretaker accepts reduction in salary from Shs. 300 to Shs. 200 per month, servants  wages total shs. 55 per month, Building Sub-Committee of Masonic Trustees headed by Arthur Legat starts work to obtain plot for new Masonic Temple in Nairobi. Annual Masonic Service held in All Saints Cathedral at 10.30 a.m. on Sunday 22 April,

GOODWILL   LODGE No. 5450 TANGA consecrated by W. Bro. H.D. Tharkrah on 30 April, 1934.


1935

THE CALEDONIAN LODGE OF UGANDA, 1389 SC, consecrated Kampala 22 June,

NAMIREMBE CHAPTER ROSE CROIX, 307 consecrated Kampala 24 September.

Masonic Trustees of Nairobi report that new Temple will cost £7,000 and launch Building Fund for difference required of £4,500.


1936

Canterbury Stone presented to and incorporated in Cathedral of the Highlands (All Saints Cathedral) Nairobi.

THE KENYA MARK MASONS LODGE, 952 EC, consecrated Nairobi 21 January,

CHAPTER MENENGAI, 3559 EC, consecrated Nakuru 25 January,

IONA CRYPTIC COUNCIL, 667 SC, consecrated Dar es Salaam 20 May,

GUIDING STAR CHAPTER, 5299 EC,  consecrated Dar es Salaam 3 July,

MOUNT ELGON CHAPTER 5082 EC, consecrated Kitale 3 October ,

MOUNT KENYA LODGE, 5638 EC, consecrated Nyeri 17 October.


1937

Douglas Duncan,  who became District Grand Master EC in 1974, initiated in Progress Lodge 10 March,

Foundation Stone of new Masonic Temple, Nairobi laid by Arthur Legat DGM EC on 23 October – Contractors, Gailey and Roberts.


1938  

Freemasons’ Hall, Nairobi consecrated by Sir Ralph Hone, DDGM EC 23 July – banquet followed at New Stanley Hotel. Masonic Service of Thanksgiving held at All Saints Cathedral Sunday 24 July.


1939

DONYO SABUK CHAPTER, 4070 EC, consecrated Ruiru 21 December.


1942

Rift Valley Lodge finally comes to rest at The Anglers Rest, Naivasha for their Meetings.

Mount Meru Lodge No. 5863 erased by the Grand Lodge at its quarterly communication on 4th March 1942.


1945

Lodge East Africa No. 3007 EC erased by the Grand Lodge on 5th September 1945, it having ceased to meet and handed in its warrant.


1946

DISTRICT GRAND CHAPTER OF EAST AFRICA EC, inaugurated in Nairobi and Arthur Legat installed as first GS R A EC.

RIPON FALLS LODGE, 6221 EC, consecrated Jinja 12 February.


1948  

Gerald Nevill  who became District Grand Master EC in 1980, initiated in Progress Lodge

12 May. Eddie Figgis suceeds Arthur Legat as DGM EC but dies before installation and is succeeded by Lt. Colonel Griffiths – same succession for GS R A EC.

 October 18 Dedication of the new Temple at Mombasa by W. Bro. the Rev, James Gillett, Dist. G. Chap.


1949  

Harry Boazman succeeds Lt. Colonel Griffiths as DGM EC, and Major Brook succeeds him as GS R A EC.

THE LODGE OF THE HIGHLANDS, 1439 SC consecrated Nairobi 21 November.


1950  

EQUATOR CHAPTER 4337 EC, consecrated Kisumu 11 February.

27th March Mombasa Lodge of Instruction formed (under the sanction of Mombasa Lodge No. 3645).


1951

HIBERNIA LODGE, 749 IC, consecrated Nairobi 26 February by Harry Boazman DGM EC who also consecrated

MAU FOREST LODGE, 7093, on 8 September at Kericho.

Harry Boazman DGM EC, consecrated KAMPALA LODGE, 7167 EC, in Kampala on 20 May,

ENTEBBE LODGE, 7171 EC, on 21 May and

LODGE OF NAIROBI, 7187 EC, in Nairobi on 3 December.


1953

David  Royle Tweedie succeeds  Major  Brook  as  GS R A EC.


1954

OWEN FALLS CHAPTER, 756 SC, consecrated Jinja 7  April.J.K. Chande who became District Grand Master EC. in 1986,initiated in Guiding Star Lodge, Dar es Salaam 25 October.


1955

Geoffrey Rivers-Thomas ADGM EC officiates at Foundation Stone laying ceremony of new Masonic Temple, Nakuru on Saturday 25 January. Harry Boazman DGM EC consecrated new Temple on Wednesday 24 August.


1956

NANDI BORDER MARK MASONS LODGE 1198 EC consecrated Eldoret 19 May.


1957  

Geoffrey Rivers-Thomas succeeds Harry Boazman as DGM EC,

MWANZA LODGE, 7485 EC, consecrated Mwanza 29 March, and

MOUNT MERU LODGE, 7504 EC, consecrated Arusha 1st June.

LODGE MACKINNON, 1531 SC, consecrated Mombasa 4 October.

THE LODGE OF THE COAST, 7518 EC,  consecrated Mombasa 28 October.


1958

MOUNT KENYA CHAPTER, 5638 EC, consecrated Nyeri 4 June,

LODGE OSOTUA, 1528 SC, consecrated Nairobi 13 June by Lord Bruce GMM SC.


1959

Nkokonjeru Lodge, 7631EC, consecrated Mbale 28 August.


1960

Harry Boazman Lodge, 7671 EC, consecrated Kampala 27 August by Geoffrey Rivers–Thomas DGM EC. District Grand Chapter of East Africa SC inaugurated in Nairobi and Geoffrey Rivers–Thomas installed as first Grand Supt.


1961

February Visit to EA by MW Grand Master Mason (SC) Bro. The Right Hon. The Earl of Eglington and Winton, TD,BL,BA, accompanied by Grand Secretary Bro. Alexander F. Buchan, MBE.


1963  

Kenya Blagdon Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners, 952, consecrated Nairobi 30 November, Geoffrey Rivers–Thomas succeeds David Royle Tweedie as GS R A EC.


1964  

Kilimanjaro Chapter, 5111 EC, consecrated Moshi 29 May,

Nkokonjeru Chapter, 816 SC, consecrated Mbale 27 September.

9th December - Lodge Zanzibar No. 3897 EC, erased by Grand Lodge, because of the revolution which took place in that country in January 1964.  The new government banned meetings of societies and social clubs. A number of members of the Lodge held a private meeting and resolved to wind up the Lodge and return its warrant. In

1963 the Lodge had ordered a banner, based on the design approved by the Grand Master, from Toye Kenning in London but was not able to acquire it. The banner is on display in their shop in Great Queen Street, London.


1965

February visit to EA by Bro Lord Bruce MW Grand Master Mason (SC), accompanied by Grand Secretary Bro  Alexander F. Buchan, Lodge Unity, 1611 SC, consecrated Nairobi 24 February by Lord Bruce GMM SC.


1966

David Royle Tweedie succeeds Geoffrey Rivers-Thomas as DGM EC and Bill Fletcher succeeds him as GS R A EC.


1968

Masonic Temple Mbale consecrated 17 August by Jeffrey  Jones ADGM EC,

UM Patel appointed Grand Supt. R A SC.


1969

Unofficial visit by Sir Alan Adair AGM EC February when he presents to DGL the 1768 silver salver given to James Terry in 1926 at inauguration of DGL EC.

Orient Lodge and Council, 437 SC, consecrated Nairobi 28 June. Official visit by Victor Paterson DGM EC Zambia to install Stanley Ghersie as DGM EC East Africa 12 July, August visit of Major Sir Ronald Orr Ewing, BT, DL, JP, MWGMM, SC accompanied by Grand Secretary Bro. Alexander F. Buchan.

 Bernard Kampf installed as District Supt, in East Africa SC,

 Lodge Ruwenzori, 1952 SC, consecrated Kilembe, Uganda 16 August by Sir Ronald Orr Ewing, GMM SC.


1970

February visit by MW Grand Master Mason (SC) Bro. David Liddel–Granger of Ayton, O. St. J., DL., F.S.A (Scot) and Alex Buchan, Grand Secretary.

Mwanza Chapter,818 SC., consecrated Mwanza 22 August.


1971

Orient Cryptic Council, 437 SC, Consecrated Nairobi 26 September.


1972  

Meridian Lodge, 8442 EC, consecrated Nairobi by Stanley Ghersie DGM EC 18 November

A.H. Guest appointed GS R A EC.

All Freemasonry banned in Uganda. J.D. Byramjee appointed Grand Supt. R A SC.


1974

Douglas Duncan succeeds Stanley  Ghersie as DGM EC.


1975

Death of Stanley Ghersie PDGM EC. Victoria Nyanza Lodge (ex Uganda) obtained Endorsement to their Warrant dated 17 July to resume meetings in Nairobi.

Pat Quiggin succeeds J. D. Byramjee as Grand Supt. R A SC.


1977

Donyo Sabuk Lodge of Mark Master Masons, 1476, consecrated Ruiru 18 February,

Mombasa Lodge and Council, 620 EC, consecrated Mombasa 2 April by T.D. Byramji. PG Supt R.A (SC)

The Seychelles Lodge No. 8789 EC consecrated in the Seychelles 14 September by Douglas Duncan DGM EC.  Kenya-Tanzania Border Closed.


1978

District Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons consecration Nairobi 23 February by Perry Morgan DEP GM assisted by Bill Leake and John Millard and Alex Smith installed as first DGM MMM EC.

Prudence Royal Arch Chapter, 844 SC, consecrated Nairobi 21 October by P.V.M. Quiggin GS RA


1979

Peace and Prosperity Lodge, 8552 EC, consecrated Nairobi 5 January by Douglas Duncan DGM EC. who also consecrated

Fidelity Lodge No 8853 EC on 29 March.

The Donyo Sabuk Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No 1476 consecrated Ruiru 17 May.


1980

Installation of Gerald Nevill as DGM EC to succeed Douglas Duncan.

Eddie Hollister appointed Grand Supt. R A EC to succeed Jimmy Guest and installed 11 April, Bob Brown installed as District Supt. in E.A. SC 21 March and Roy Strong appointed GS R A SC.

Usambara Lodge of Mark Master Masons consecrated Tanga 19 September.


1983

Provincial Grand Lodge of East Africa, Royal Order of Scotland consecrated Nairobi 22 February by The Earl of Elgin and Kincardine and Bernard Kampf installed as first PGM. Death of Alex Smith DGM MMM 24 June. Lodge of Ethics. 9098 EC, consecrated Nairobi 3 October by Gerald Nevill DGM EC. Kenya-Tanzania Border opened November.


1984  

George Wade installed as Second DGM MMM 10 March by Bill Leake GDC MMM. Rift Valley Lodge of Mark Master Masons consecrated Naivasha by George Wade DGM MMM; Kenya Gate Chapter 4851 EC consecrated Mombasa 1 September by E.J. Hollister, Grand Supt. (EC). Installation of T.D. Byramji as Grand Supt. (SC) to succeed Roy Strong 11 August.


1985  

15 June consecration of the Rift Valley Lodge of R.A. Mariners No. 1602 by G N Wade DGM. 13 July  consecration of Uganda Lodge 9157 EC by G. Nevill  DGM at Kisumu. 20 July consecration of Gerald Nevill Lodge No 9161 EC by A.H. Guest PDDGM at Nairobi.


1986  

25 January: Equity Lodge No. 9173 consecrated by Gerald Nevill, DGM at Nairobi;

15 February: Lodge Israel No. 132 Grand East of the Netherlands visited Nairobi and  worked first degree.  

28 February: Annual Communication DGL, Installation of J.K. Chande DGM to succeed Gerald Nevill.

1 March consecration of the Light of Africa Lodge No. 9203 at Kampala.

4 April Marquess of Donegal MW GM IC visited Hibernia Lodge.  

12 April Uganda Lodge moves from Kisumu to Kampala.

31 May: Consecration of Lodge of Fraternity No. 9193, by  J.K. Chande DGM at Kisumu.

2 August: Nyanza Lodge of MMM No 1636 consecrated by G N Wade DGM at Kisumu. 18 November The Priory in Ruiru No 159 SC consecrated by R. Eminent and Reverend G.M.of The Great Priory of Scotland and Andrew Brass installed as Preceptor and Prior.


1987  

27 February: A.S. Brass installed as PGM, Royal Order of Scotland by B.A. Kampf.

20 March: A. Granger–Brown installed as District Supt. S.C. in E.A.

21 March: Nandi Border Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 1198 consecrated by G.N. Wade DGM in Eldoret.

24 April: G.N. Wade appointed Grand Superintendent of Dist. Gr. Chapter of E.A. (EC).

21 June: Death of Robert P. Brown Past District Supt. of Scottish Lodges in E.A.

28 November: Consecration of Lodge of Sardar Vallabh No. 9244 by J.K. Chande, DGM in Nairobi.

Nairobi Lodge of Instruction initiated by the District Grand Lodge of East Africa (under the sanction of Lodge Harmony No. 3084) as a “corporate” Lodge of Instruction for all Nairobi–based Lodges.


1988  

23 April: Consecration of Lodge of Friendship No. 9256 in Nairobi by J.K. Chande, DGM.

16 July: Consecration of Faith and Charity Lodge and Council by Grand Superintendent J.D. Byramjee.

September: Kampala Lodge of Instruction formed under the sanction of Uganda Lodge No. 9157.


1989

23 February: Official visit of R.W. Bro. J.K. Chande to 75th Anniversary meeting of Orient Lodge.

March: Visit of Brigadier Sir Gregor MacGregor of MacGregor Bart, M.W. Grand Master Mason of Scotland.

28 April: Consecraction of Orient Chapter No. 3703 EC by E.C. J.K. Chande, past Gr. Soj Past Deputy Gr. Supt in Nairobi.

30 June: First ever Freemasons’ Conference (an educational forum) which was held in Arusha and chaired by B. K. Tanna was very successful.

July M.W. Bro. Lord Cornwallis, OBE, DL. Pro–Grand Master visited Dar es Salaam, Mombasa and Nairobi and paid official visit to Equity Lodge. Opened Charles Disney Memorial Homes in Nairobi

9th September Faith and Charity Cryptic Council Consecrated by TIC, T.D. Byramji Gr. Supt.


1990

24th and 25th August: Second Freemasons’ Conference held in Mombasa. Attended by 114 brethren . Five papers were considered including an informative paper on Masonic Education by W. Bro. John Hamill, PJGD Librarian and Curator of Grand Lodge. Following the Conference the half–yearly Communication held under the banner of Lodge of the Coast No. 7518 was attended by R.W. Bro. Brian B. Heshon, District Grand Master of Zambia.


1991  

19th January: Consecration of Chania Falls Lodge No. 9372 in Nairobi by J.K. Chande, DGM.

22 February: At the Annual Communication of District Grand Lodge of East Africa E.C.  Certificates of Service to Freemasonry awarded to. W. Bros. Bernard Kampf, Chandra Singh J. Chohan and R.J.M. Alkin.

20th July: Seychelles Chapter No. 8789 EC consecrated by G.N. Wade, Grand Superintendent.

23rd August: Ruwenzori RA Chapter No. 873 SC consecrated by ME Comp C.H. Shah.

3rd October: Owen Falls Lodge No. 9447 consecretated in Kisumu by J.K. Chande DGM.

24th August R.W. Bro J K Chande, D G M officiated at the opening of extension to the Nakuru Masonic Temple.

8th October: The Nairobi Lodge of Instruction was revived.  The R W The District Grand Master appointed W Bro V K Talwar as Convenor - Preceptor, W Bro M W Holt as Preceptor, W Bro A K C Popat as Preceptor - Secretary and W Bro S S Dhadialla as Treasurer.  The first meeting after the revival was held on 11th November 1991.


1992

February : Lodge Mackenzie No. 1792 SC consecrated in Kisumu by Bro. A. Granger–Brown on February 1992.

24th August: R.W. Bro J.K. Chande DGM awarded posthumously his Certificate of Service to Freemasonry to W. Bro Pramukh F. Patel on 28 February 1992 and presented it to his widow at a special luncheon hosted by the District Board of General Purposes.

20th February: Bro W F Hamer-Peet succeeds Bro A Granger-Brown as Grand Superintendent, SC.

6th January: Freemasons in Jinja, Uganda, repossessed after 20 years, the Masonic Temple at Plot No. 12, Nile Avenue,Jinja.

14th April: ATD Ghadialy succeeds George Wade as Grand Superintendent RA EC.

29th and 30th May: Third Freemasons’ Conference held in Mombasa attended by 98 brethren from EC. Papers presented included one from R W Bro Simon F N Waley, Provincial Grand Master, West Kent on “Freemasonry in the Future”.

20th June:  Especial Communication on occasion of 275th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England held in Nairobi at which W Bro Andrew Brass, ADGM gave an address on “275 years of English Craft Masonry”.

17th July:  Printed media in Tanzania carried an article by RW Bro Chande, DGM containing history of English Freemasonry and of District Grand Lodge of East Africa, EC. 130 Freemasons and their ladies helped to raise Tanzania Shillings 4 million for non-masonic charities at a dinner in Dar es Salaam. Freemasons were honoured by the presence of President Ali Hassan Mwinyi who was the principal guest.

25th July:  1200 Freemasons and their guests participated in a gala banquet and were entertained to a music and dance programme at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, Nairobi. The banquet supplemented fund-raising efforts for the 275th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge helping to make a total contribution of Kenya Shs 1 million for non-Masonic charities.

22nd August:  

At the half-yearly communication of the District Grand Lodge EC in Eldoret, Kenya attended by 147 brethren, RW Bro (Dr) Roeinton Khambatta, Past District Grand Master of Pakistan, gave an address on “Masonic Obligation - Its Evolution in Time”

28th November:  Formal opening of Masonic Temple in Nile Avenue, Jinja was performed by RW Bro J K Chande, District Grand Master, in presence of the City’s Mayor and the District Administrative Officer, representing the President of Uganda.


1993  

29th January:  Central Kenya Lodge of Installed Masters  No 9492 EC consecrated in Nairobi by RW Bro J K Chande, DGM, who was Installed as the first Master.

30th January:  The Naivasha Lodge No 9488 EC consecrated in Naivasha by RW Bro J K Chande, DGM.

26th February:  Especial communication of the District Grand Lodge EC was addressed by VW Bro The Rev (Dr) Michael Morgan PGChap 1992 Prestonian Lecturer who gave his lecture on “Masonry, Pure and Applied”.

26 February: At the Annual Communication of District Grand Lodge of East Africa EC RW Bro J K Chande awarded Certificates of Service to Freemasonry to W Brothers Edward Jackson Hollister and Rasik Chhotabhai Patel.

3rd April: Nandi Border Chapter, No. 4756 consecrated by E Comp ATD  Ghadialy.

5th June: Consecration in Nairobi of Chande Lodge No. 9496 E.C. by R W Bro J K Chande and installation of V.W. Bro A S Brass, PGSwdB, DDGM as the first Master.

19th August: Official visit of R W Bro J K Chande at the 60th anniversary meeting of Kilimanjaro Lodge No. 5111 E.C.  Amongst those present were Brothers Zaffer Ali and D M G Moledina who both joined the Lodge in 1949. R W Bro J K Chande unveiled a plaque commemorating the event.

28th August: At the half – yearly communication of the District Grand Lodge in Moshi Tanzania, attended by 152 brethern, W Bro Cyril K N Batham, PJGD gave an address on Symbolism in Craft Masonry.

16th October: Repossession of Mbale Temble (E.C) property in Uganda. Opening of the Bro Muljibhai Madhvani dining hall at Owen Falls Lodge No. 9447 E.C. Jinja, Uganda, by R W Bro J K Chande in presence of Government and Civic dignitaries.

18th December: R W Bro J K Chande received new Standards for the District Grand Lodge (E.C.) as a donation from Rift Valley Lodge No. 4788


1994

14th January: Consecration in Nairobi of The Lodge of Eldoret No. 9531 EC by R W Bro J K Chande.

15th January: Consecration in Nairobi of Lodge of United Brethren No. 9529 E C by R W Bro J K Chande.

29th January: Consecration in Moshi, Tanzania of the Installed Masters’ Lodge of Tanzania  No. 9534 EC by R W Bro J. K. Chande and Installation of R W Bro Chande as the first Master.

25th February: Dedication of the new Standards of District Grand Lodge E C by R W Bro J K Chande at the Annual Communication of District Grand Lodge of East Africa in Freemasons’ Hall, Nairobi.

30th April and 1st May: Fourth Freemasons’ Conference held in Kisumu, Kenya attended by 150 brethren . Papers presented included one by W Bro B P Gould, PJGD Assistant Grand Secretary of United Grand Lodge of England.

28th June: Andrew Brass installed as 3rd DGM MMM by George Wade.

18th July: Consecration in Nairobi, Kenya of District Grand Stewards Lodge of East Africa No. 9554 EC by R W Bro J K Chande, DGM.

21st July: Consecration in Mahe, The Seychelles,  of Mount Simpson Lodge No. 9559  by R W Bro J K Chande.

 27th August: At the Half–Yearly communication of   DGL of EA. R W Bro R B F Khambatta Past District Grand Master of Pakistan gave an address on ‘Masonic Obligation – It’s Evolution in Time’


1995

24th February: The Annual Communication of the District Grand Lodge of East Africa at Freemasons Hall Nairobi organised and arranged by the newly consecrated  D G Stewards Lodge of East Africa No. 9554.


1996

24 February: Annual Communication of the District Grand Lodge in Nairobi, Kenya marked the 10th Anniversary of R.W. Bro. J.K. Chande’s installation as District Grand Master. Over 300 members.

15th June – Consecration in Kisumu of Nyanza Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 1636 by R.W. Bro. Andrew S. Brass, DGM.

22nd & 23rd August  – Fifth Freemasons’ Conference  held in Mombasa, Kenya, attended by 148 members. Papers presented included one from R.W. Bro. The Rev. Peter Hemingway, PJGW, Third Grand Principal of the Supreme Grand Chapter of England.

14th September  – Consecration in Naivasha of Lodge Mt. Longonot  No. 1813 SC by Bro. W.F. Hamer – Peet.  R.W. Grand Superintendent.

30th November – Consecration in Bel Ombre, Mahe, Seychelles, of Seychelles Lodge of MMM No. 1776 by R.W. Bro. Andrew S. Brass, DGM.


1997

1st February - Consecration in Kampala of Caledonian Lodge of Kampala No. 1815 SC by Bro. W.F. Hamer–Peet,  R.W. Grand Superintendent.

20th February – Consecration in Ruiru, Kenya, of Seychelles Royal Ark Mariner Lodge No. 1776 by R.W. Bro. Andrew S. Brass, RAMGR, DGM, assisted by R.W. Bro. G.N. Wade, RAMGR, PDGM.

11th March: A. S. Brass honoured by the Grand Master of the Order of the Temple of Scotland with the “Grand Master’s Award for Meritorious Service” for services to the Great Priory to Scotland.

16th July - Four English Constitution Lodges in Uganda presented operating theatre equipment worth USD 10,000. - to Mengo Hospital  in Kampala.  The presentation was made by J K Chande, DGM. The Lodge room in Freemasons’ Hall was televised and radio-TV interview was given by RW Bro J K Chande, DGM.

22nd August - Workshop for training of Secretaries of English Constitution Lodges held in Freemasons’Hall, Nairobi attended by 98 Masons from 41 lodges at which papers were presented by District Grand Secretary, District Assistant Grand Secretary and by Training and Education officer of United Grand Lodge who travelled specially for the occasion.

10th September - During an official visit by R W Bro J K Chande, District Grand Master to the Seychelles Lodge No. 8789 EC W Bro J Kwast the retiring Master presented to the Lodge its first banner.


1998

13 February: Kisumu Lodge of Instruction was sponsored  by the three Kisumu based Lodges and W Bros Shashikant Maganlal Shah, Sharad Maganbhai Patel and Bupen Motichand Shah were appointed the first Preceptors and W Bro S K Somaia was appointed the Secretary - Treasurer.  The first meeting was held on 13th February 1998 and was attended by V W Bro V K Talwar and W Bro M W Holt, the Preceptors of Nairobi Lodge of Instruction.

26th February: Consecration of the East Africa Lodge of Installed Mark Masters No. 1787 by R W Bro. A. S. Brass.

26th February: Special Communication of the District Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of East Africa held to commemorate the 20th anniversary of its inauguration.

28th February 1998: The District Grand Master announced the re-instatement of the D G Charity and that it would be funded by the District Officers.

5th June 1998: Rock of Hope Lodge of Royal Ark Mariners No. 816 Consecrated by RW Bro. A. S. Brass.

27th June 1998; The East Africa Lodge of Installed Commanders No. 1787 consecrated by RW Bro A.S. Brass.

17th August 1998: The District Grand Master held a press conference to explain the purpose of the Sixth Freemasons’ Conference and to announce the formation by the District Grand Charity of the “Freemasons Fund to Assist bomb Explosion Victims” the aim of which is to provide secondary eduction for the children of the victims and free specialist medical assistnce to the victims.

18th to 20th August 1998: Sixth Freemasons’ Conference held at Mombasa at the Tiwi Travellers’ Beach Hotel, attended by 152 delegates from each of the 47 Lodges in the District.

21st August 1998: Half-Yearly Communication of The District Grand Lodge held in the newly named “Chande Hall”, Tiwi Travellers’ Beach Hotel, the first Communication in Kenya held outside a Masonic Hall.


1999

26th February: “Workshop for the training of Lodge Almoners” held at Freemasons’ Hall, Nairobi attended by 68 Masons from 26 Lodges. It was conducted by the District Grand Almoner, W. Bro. Rohit Radia.

20th August: Consecration in Nairobi, Kenya of Seychelles Installed Masters Lodge No. 9691 EC by R W Bro J K Chande, District Grand Master, in the presence  of 62 brethren.  W. Bro. Robert Anthony Duncan was installed at the first Master.


2000

17th February: East Africa Millennium Lodge No. 9701 sponsored by Gerald Nevill Lodge No 9161 consecrated in Nairobi by R W Bro Jayantilal K Chande.

18th February: Round Table Lodge No 9711 sponsored by Orient Lodge No. 3703 consecrated in Nairobi by R W Bro Jayantilal K Chande.

March -The Grand Master of The Order of the Temple, M. Em. & Rev. Fr. Roy Scott, GCT, makes an official visit to the Preceptory in Ruiru, the first such visit to Kenya by a Head of this Order.

25th-26th August: Seventh Freemasons’ Conference held at Travellers Beach Hotel, Mombasa, attended by 172 members from 48 Lodges.  Papers presented included one by W Bro. Robert Gilbert, PPrSGD(Glos) a Past Master of Quatuor Coronati Lodge and former editor of ARS Quatuor Coronatorum on “Anti-Masonry and how to overcome it.”

12 October: Goodwill Lodge No. 5450 which was consecrated on 30th April 1934 by W Bro N D Thackrah, most of whose members also belonged to Tanga Fraternity Lodge No. 4830, resolved to surrender the warrant of the Lodge on 6th March 2000. The Grand Lodge at its meeting on 13th December 2000 accepted the recommendation of the Board of General Purposes to erase the Lodge.


2001

April - The Rt. Hon. The Earl of Elgin and Kincardine, KT, JP, The First Grand Principal of the Supreme Grand Chapter of Scotland and the Deputy Grand Master and Governor of the Grand Lodge of the Royal Order of Scotland paid an Official visit to his District Grand Royal Arch Chapter and Provincial Grand Lodge of the Royal Order of Scotland, respectively.

14th July: The foundation stone for a two-storeyed building of Mount Meru Lodge No. 7504 for a Masonic Hall with dining and refreshment facilities was laid in Selian, Arusha by RW Bro J  K Chande, DGM with Hatim Khanbhai, Worshipful Master of the Lodge and W Bro M W Holt, District Grand Director of Ceremonies in attendance.

25th August: Following the Half-Yearly Communication whereat a paper on “Freemasonry and the Royal Albert Hall” by W Bro Harold Gould, OBE, JP, BA, DL, PJGD, a Past Master of Jubilee Masters Lodge No. 2712 and Past President of Royal Albert Hall was read and a film on Freemasonry produced by the Province of Yorkshire (West Riding) was shown.  Ladies joined the members at the banquet.


2002

4th February: The WM of Lodge Harmony, on behalf of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, presented to VW Bro Andrew Brass a Jubilee Certificate to mark the fiftieth anniversary of continous membership of his mother Lodge since his initiation in November 1950.

5th March: Mahe Rose Croix Chapter consecrated in Bel Ombre, Seychelles, by M. ILL. Bro. G L Tedder, 330 Grand Treasurer General HE, of the Supreme Council 330 of the Ancient and Accepted Rite for England and Wales and its Districts and Chapters overseas.

6th March: Andrew Brass becomes the first resident member of the Ancient and Accepted Rite in East Africa to be elevated to the Thirty-third degree since the Rite was established in Nairobi in 1926.

The District of East Africa under the Ancient and Accepted Rite for England and Wales and its Districts and Chapters Overseas inaugurated by M. ILL. Bro. G L Tedder, 330, assisted by M. ILL. Bro. A J Englefield, 330, Grand Secretary General HE and M.ILL. Bro. Derek Dinsmore, 330, Grand Director of Ceremonies and Very Illustrious Bro. Andrew Brass, 330, installed as the first Inspector General and ILL. Bro. E A E B Ayres, 320, is appointed District Recorder.

25th April: The Supreme Council of the Ancient and Accepted Rite awards its Jewel for Meritorious Service in the 180 to E&P Bro.Tony Yarinakis.

4th May: E. Comp. Jayantilal K Chande succeeds E. Comp. A T D Ghadialy as Grand Superintendent RA EC.

6th May: E. Comp. Jayantilal K Chande consecrated Chande Chapter No. 9496 EC at Freemasons’ Hall, Nairobi.

11th October: R W Bro Jayantilal K Chande, District Grand Master dedicated the renovated Masonic building and its extension and in presence of 63 brethren attended the 25th anniversary meeting of Seychelles Lodge No. 8789.

12th October: 220 Freemasons and guests joined R W Bro Jayantilal K Chande, District Grand Master and W Bro M A R Rene Worshipful Master of the Seychelles Lodge No. 8789 at the 25th anniversary celebrations dinner.  Chief Guest, the Minister for Health, the Hon. Patrick Georges Pillay received from the District Grand Master and from the Worshipful Master USD. 2000 worth of ENT equipment for the Victoria Hospital. First visit by E Comp Jayantilal K Chande, Grand Superintendent RA Chapter EC to a Chapter under the District.  He visited the Seychelles Chapter No. 8789 when 36 companions were present including 11 founder members.


2003

February: Thirty years after Freemasonry was banned in Uganda the Ancient and Accepted Rite returned to that country when the Pearl of Africa Rose Croix Chapter No 1151 was consecrated in Kampala, Uganda, by M. ILL Bro. Rev. Dr. M. Morgan, Grand Prior of the Supreme Council 330 of the Ancient and Accepted Rite for England and Wales and its Districts and Chapters overseas. ILL Bro Phil Sherwin 310 was installed as its first MWS.


2004

March: Andrew Schoborgh Brass promoted to the rank of Knight Commander of the Temple in the Great Priory of Scotland, the frist Templar Mason in East Africa to recieve Lodge this, their  highest honour.

9th September: The R W Bro Sir J K Chande paid an official visit to mark the 75th anniversary of theon Saturday 11th September 2004.  Celebrations included dinner on Friday evening at which Freemasons were honoured by the Tanzania Govenment through the presence of the Hon. Regional Commissioner. The Mayor of Moshi also attended the celebratory events. Charity presentations were made to two primary schools and to the Girls Guide Association. Trees were planted in the Masonic building by the R W the District Grand Master, the Hon. Regional Commissioner and the Mayor.

Throughout the year under the guidance of Centenary Celebrations Committee which was headed by V W Bro V K Talwar a number of fund-raising events were organised including golf tournaments in Kampala and Nairobi at which rotating trophies were launched to honour the R W the District Grand Master Sir J K Chande and the winners received Andy Chande Trophy at the Sigona Club on17th September 2004 and the Uganda Trophy at the celebratory banquet at the Intercontinental Hotel on 25th September 2004 which was attended by 360 members and guests.  As Kenya Vice-President was unable to attend due to unexpected duty call he was represented by a senior officer who read out the speech in which whilst complimenting Freemasons he said “your members have substantially contibuted to a large number of charitable and welfare organizations and on behalf of the Govenment and I thank you for your continued support to supplement the govenment’s efforts of improving the quality of life of the people” A most entertaining musical  program was arranged including a multi-denominationa song for promoting peace in the world. The R W Bro Sir J K Chande launched  the Centenary Souvenir produced by W Bro Archie McCorkindale.

During the year Charitable givings to orphanges, health centers, primay schools and hospitals was made and 500 cataract surgeries in Dar Es Salaam, Zanzibar, Nairobi , Mombasa and the Seychelles were carried out.  ENT surgical assistance was provided by W Bro Harish Rupani to the Victoria Hospital in the Seychelles and Mnazi Mmoja Hospital in Zanzibar.  As part of centenary  celebrations 1000 trees in Karura Forest, Kenya and 250 trees were planted in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

22nd September: The R W Bro Sir J K Chande was interviewed by television journalist and the main temple, library and museum and the surroundings of Freemasons Hall were video filmed which was telecasted on the major networks in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.  The R W Bro Sir J K Chande also took part in four television and five radio programs in Nairobi, Kenya including two live programs including BBC English and Swahili services. Four newspapers carried interviews and feature articles.

9th October:  350 Members and guests participated in the gala banquet at the Royal Palm Hotel in Dar Es Salaam at which the Guest of Honour was Tanzania’s President William Benjamin Mkapa and Mrs Mkapa. The banquet was attended by 350 members and guests of which included diplomats, business leaders and captains of  industry. At the banquet President Mkapa praised the work of Freemasons and inter alia said “I commend you not only for aspiring to high ideals but for setting an example for others emulate”. In his view Freemasons were a role model.

8th November: His Excellency the Vice-President of Kenya Moody Awori visited the Freemasons Hall and joined at a tea-party with over 100 members and guests present when presentations to various charities were made.  His Excellency the Vice-President whilst complimenting Freemasons inter alia said, “The devotion to help our people particulary those members of our society who are considered less fortunate is a demonstration of your creed of temperance, fortitude and sacrifice to uplift their lives........” He interacted with members and said that many of the members were friends and people he knew.


2005

26th March - Consecretion in   Moshi, Tanzania of the East Africa 1st Principles  Chapter No 9701 by E Comp Sir  Jayantilal K  Chande, KBE and installation of E Comps Amritial Hirji Harkhani as Z  KennethTaylor as H and Joseph A Aluoch as J. 46 Companions including a few visitors attended the ceremony which was followed by lunch in the Lodge building.

26th March - Consecration in Moshi, Tanzania of the Lodge East Africa No.9794 by RW  Bro Jayantilal K Chande,KBE in presence of 112 founders and visitors one of whom travelled from the Seychelles.

This is the 50th Lodge in the District will commemorate the milestone of introduction of Freemasonry in this region in the 1904 and reflects in its membership the demography of the region. R W Bro Sir Jayantilal K Chande, KBE was installed as the first Master with V W Bro Virendra Kumar Talwar from Kenya as the senior Warden and W Bro Narender A Thakkar from Uganda as the Junior Warden.

9th April: R W Bro Dr Virendra Kumar Talwar installed as District Grand Master of East Africa to succeed R W Bro Sir J K Chande KBE.  Total attendance 416 including R W Bro David Cons Pro Provincial Grand Master of Middlesex, W Bro Percy Jamshed Driver Assistant District Grand Master of Bombay and North India, W Bro Colin Bryant PSGD and Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master of Gloucestershire and Bro Phil Sherwin, Grand Superintendent in and over East Africa Scottish Constitution.

4th May: The Lodge Harmony No. 3084 EC celebrated their Centenary having been consecrated on 1st May 1905.  R W Bro Sir J K Chande KBE, PDGM was installed at the Centenary Worshipful Master. R W Bro Dr Virendra Kumar Talwar MBS officiated his first function as District Grand Master in handing over the Centenary Warrant to the Lodge.

June: M E Comp Hasmukh J. Patel succeeds M E Comp David I Jenkins as Grand Superintendant, District Grand Chapter of East Africa, Scottish Constitution.

24th September: E Comp Dr Virendra Kumar Talwar MBS succeeds E Comp Sir Jayantilal Keshavji Chande as Grand Superintendent, District Grand Chapter of East Africa.


2006

25th February: Enkare Nairobi Rose Croix Chapter No. 1174 Consecrated by V Puissant Bro Alan Englefield, 33, Lieutenant Grand Commander and Ill Bro Walter Ookok 32,Enthroned as first MWS

8th March: R W Bro Sir J K Chande honoured by the Most Worshipful the Grand Master with the Order of Service to Masonry.

5th August: 94 years after Freemasonry started in Uganda, the first Ugandan English Royal Arch Chapter Consecrated in Kisumu by the Grand Superintenent E Comp Dr V K Talwar.

28th October: R W Bro Dr V K Talwar paid an Official Visit to mark the 75th Anniversary of Guiding Star Lodge.  Freemasons were honoured by the presence of Hon Margaret Sitta MP and Minister for Education and Vocational Training in Tanzania and the Inspector General of police Mr Siadi Mwema.  Members of the Guiding Star Lodge presented a cheque of Tz Sh. 5 million to the Hon Minister, for the education of orphan and needy children.  Trees were planted in the Masonic premises by the R W the District Grand Master and the Hon Minister.

21 - 23 September: The first ever Freemasons’ Conference held in Uganda at Speke Resort Munyonyo, Kampala, Uganda.  A record attendance of 451 participants including 13 Masons from the United Kingdom and 1 from India. More than US Dollars 80,000.00 raised by Freemasons for the construction of two new custom build dormitories for  the Kampala School for the Physically Handicapped.  The District Grand Master R W Bro Dr V K Talwar offciated at the Foundation stone Laying ceremony at which the First Lady of Uganda, Mama Janet Museveni laid the foundation stone.

16 - 18 November: R W Bro Dr V K Talwar accompanied by 26 Masons from East Africa attended the Third Freemasons’ Eye Camp in the Seychelles at which 78 patients had successful cataract surgeries.  The District Grand Master accompanied by the District Grand Secretary W Bro Dr Harish Rupani paid courtesy calls on the President of the Seychelles, H E President James Michel at State House and the Minister of Health, Madam MacSuzy Mondon.


2007

19th May: R W Bro Dr V K Talwar, paid an official visit to mark the 50th Anniversary of Mwanza Lodge No. 7485 EC. He also officiated at the opening of the new dining hall at the Masonic Temple and the Education Block at the Montessori Maria Secondary School.  

1st June: R W Bro A A McCorkindale paid an official to Mt Mawenzi Lodge No. 906 of Mark Master Masons and participated in the 75th Anniversarty Celebrations.

2nd June: R W Bro Dr V K Talwar paid an official visit to Arusha to mark the 50th Anniversary of Mt Meru Lodge No.7504 EC. R W Bro Dr V K Talwar assisted by Grand Officers officiated at the Dedication of the renovated Temple at Selian,Arusha, in the presence of 130 Brethren. Charity presenation was made to an orphanage.

7th July: R W Bro Dr V K Talwar, accompanied by the Trustees of the District Grand Charity handed over two boreholes to the District Officer and Community elders of Makindu District.  This was part of the on going water related projects by the Famine Relief Committee with support of Impact East Africa.

4th August: District Grand Lodge of East Africa Scottish Contitution inaugurated in Nairobi by Bro Kenneth Donald Kennedy Depute Grand Master, Bro David Mackay Begg, Grand Secretary, Bro W R McGhee, Grand Director of Ceremonies.Bro Mansur Asaria installed as the first District Grand Master of the District Grand Lodge of East Africa, Scottish Constitution.

22nd September: At the Half Yearly Communication of the District Grand Lodge of East Africa, R W Bro Dr V K Talwar awarded Certificate of Service to Freemasonry to W Bro T D Byramji and W Bro Amritlal H Harkhani.

27th October: Official visit of R W Bro Dr V K Talwar at the 50th Anniversary meeting of the Lodge of the Coast No. 7518 EC.  R W Bro Dr V K Talwar officially opened and handed over a class room, built by Masons in conjunction with Elimu Foundation to Majengo Primary School.

16th November: Mamlaka Chapter Rose Croix No. 1184 Consecrated by the Sovereign Grand Commander of the Order, Most Puissant Bro Gerald Tedder, 33’, and Ill Brother Walter Ookok, 32’, Enthroned as first MWS.


2008

February: Fund for Internally Displaced People under the auspices of District Grand Charity established. Contributions received from District Grand Charity of Ksh. 1 million and from Grand Charity of GBP 10,000.00. Assistance provided to Kenya Red Cross, SOS Children’s Home and the Catholic Diocese of Kitale.

24th February - 2nd March: The 4th Freemasons’ Eye Camp in Seychelles in conjunction with Lions Sight First Hospital at which 243 eye surgeries were performed.

March: Lodge of Eldoret No. 9531 amalgamated with Nandi Border Lodge No. 4756.

April: R W Bro Phil Sherwin installed as District Grand Master of MMM by R W Bro A A McCorkindale.

July: The 9th Freemasons’ Conference Charity launched at a Celebrity Charity Cricket Match organised by Mombasa Freemasons. R W Bro Dr Virendra K Talwar, District Grand Master attended the fundraising, while the chief  guest Mr Kanubhai Babla pledged Ksh. 40 million.  During the Conference, the District Grand Master officiated  at a Tree planting ceremony to mark the commitment of the Freemasons in the construction and rehabilitation of Diani Secondary school.  Over Ksh. 70 million has been  pledged to this project.  Also as part of  the 9th Freemasons’ Charity, the Freemasons of Dar es Salaam, together with the US Embassy and the US Combined Joint Task Force, Horne of Africa completed and handed over the Mikocheni Clinic to the local Authorities at a total cost of US$ 100,000.The clinic was officially opened by H E Mark Green-US Ambassador, Admiral Phillip Greene - Commander of US Combined Joint Task Force Horne of Africa and W Bro B K Tanna, Assistant District Grand Master.

25 - 28 September: The 9th Freemasons’ Conference held at the Leisure Lodge Resort, Mombasa.  Attendance of 419 participants including R W Bro Pierre Malan, District Grand Master, South Africa, Eastern Division and 19 Masons from Lodges in England.  The highlight was the Prestonian Lecture on “The Language of the Ritual” by W Bro Robert Sillett, PJGD.  This was the first time a Prestonian Lecture was delivered in Africa.


2009

24th January: R W Bro Dr V K Talwar assisted by Grand Officers officiated at the Dedication of the Masonic Hall at Nyeri, Kenya.

26th September: At  the Half Yearly Communication of the District Grand Lodge of East Africa, R W Bro Dr V K Talwar awarded Certificate of Service to Freemasonry to W Bro Harnam Singh Mhajan.


2010

June: Iona Royal Arch Chapter No 667SC was reponed and rededicated at Freemasons Hall, Nairobi by the First Grand Principal, M E Comp John Alexander Fraser of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland.

Its warrant having been surrendered in 1998.

June: M E Comp Jagdish J Bhatt succeeds M E Comp Hasmukh J Patel as Grand Superintendant, District Grand Chapter of East Africa, Scottish Constitution and was installed by the First Grand Principal, M E Comp John Alexander Fraser of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland.

31st July: R W Bro Dr. V K Talwar accompanied by many dignitaries and Freemasons handed over the dormitories and the sick bay to the Board of Managememt of the Kampala School of the Physically Handicapped which was the 8th FMC’s charity project. The project was completed at a cost of USD 150,000.

23rd - 26th Septemter:  The 10th Freemasons’ Conference held at the Whitesands Hotel and Resort, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Attendance of 298 participants including R W Bro Virendra K Talwar - DGM, V W Bro Graham Redman, Assistant Grand Secretary of UGLEA, R W Bro Pierre Malan - DGM, South Africa, Eastern Division, R W Bro James Duggan - DGM South Africa, Western Division, R W Bro Colin Pedlar - DGM Orange Free State, South Africa, Bro Mansur Asaria - DGM DGLEA Scottish Constitution, R W Bro Sir J K Chande - PDGM and the 2008 Prestonian Lecturer, W Bro Robert Sillet.

23rd September: R W Bro Virendra K Talwar accompanied by several dignitaries officiated at the Foundation Stone Laying ceremony of the Kunduchi Health Centre - the 10th Freemasons’ Conference Charity Project. The first phase includes the construction of the dispensary building, necessary equipment and personnel at an estimated cost of USD 900,000. The second phase will be the construction of residential flats to generate income for long term.

23rd October: R  W Bro Virendra K Talwar officiated at the ground breaking ceremony of the Babla Diani Secondary School, the 9th FMC Charity Project, performed  by Mr. Kanubhai Babla, who has donated USD 1Million towards the project.

The construction work commenced in December 2010.


2011

January: Masonic Golfing Society established under the aegis of the District Grand Lodge of East Africa.

The District Grand Lodge of East Africa donated a trophy for the Lodge of the year and the District Grand Master, R W Bro Dr Virendra Kumar Talwar MBS presented the trophy to the Meridian Lodge, the inaugural winners.

28th January: The Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council for India M. Puis. Bro Stephen Hindes 33 visited East Africa Chapter No 259.

29 January: East Africa Conclave No 508 of the Order of the Red Cross of Constantine was consecrated in Feemasons’ Hall Nairobi by Rt III Kt. Lt. Col. Gerry Southwell, GCC, and Puis. Kt. Andrew Brass was installed as Primus Most Puissant Sovereign by Rt III Kt Roger Bricknell and Puis Kt Ted Ayres was installed as Viceroy by M Puis Kt Bruce Dyson. The Consecrating team also made four other Puissant Knights Ted Ayres, Joe Aluoch, George Mac’Odawa and Jude Loveday.

12 February: In the Scottish Craft District meeting. The RW District Grand Master on behalf of the Grand Lodge of Scotland, presented their Diamond Certificate to Bro Andrew Brass commemorating his 60 years of continuos membership of his mother Lodge. Bro Brass was initiated on 17 November, 1950.

DGLEA - SC also elected him a honorary member.

24th September: At the half yearly communication of the District Grand Lodge of East Africa, R W Bro Dr. Virendra Kumar Talwar, MBS awarded Certificates of Service to Freemasonry to W Bro Biharilal Keshavji Tanna and W Bro Cottalal Damji Pattni.

5th November: R W Bro Dr. Virendra Kumar Talwar MBS assisted by Grand Officers and District Officers officiated at the dedication of the Masonic Hall at Kisumu, Kenya.

December: Lodge of United Brethren No 9529 amalgamated with Owen Falls Lodge No 9447.


2012

9th March: Victoria Nyanza Lodge No 3492 celebrated its Centenary having been consecrated on 22nd May 1911. R W Bro Dr Virendra Kumar Talwar MBS  officiated at the Centenary meeting and presented the Centenary Warrant to the Lodge.

15th July: The District Grand Master R W Bro Dr Virendra Kumar Talwar officiated at a tree planting ceremony at the Freemasons Hall, Nairobi to commemorate the 25th anniversary of The Lodge of Friendship.

21st July: Bro Michael A Craig installed as the District Grand Master of the District Grand Lodge of East Africa, Scottish Constitution to succeed Bro Mansur Asaria. The delegation from the Grand Lodge of Scotland was led by the Grand Master Mason Bro Charles Ian Robert Wolrige, Gordon of Esslemont accompanied by Bro David M Bogg, the Grand Secretary and Bro Ramsay McGhee the Grand Director of Ceremonies and Proxy District Grand Master.

20th – 23rd September: The 11th Freemasons Conference held at the Leisure Lodge Resort, Mombasa. Attendance of 401 participants including R W Bro Dr Virendra Kumar Talwar DGM, V W Bro Nigel Brown – Grand Secretary UGLE as the Chief Guest, M W Bro Catalin Turliuc – Pro Grand Master of the National Grand Lodge of Romania, R W Bro Pierre Malan DGM South Africa (Eastern Division), Bro Michael Craig DGM, DGLEA Scottish Constitution, W Bro Robert Sillett the Prestonian Lecturer for 2008 and Bro Mansur Asaria Immediate Past District Grand Master, DGLEA Scottish Constitution.

The theme of the conference “Our Masonic Heritage”.

The highlight of the conference was a visit by the District Grand Master R W Bro Dr Virendra K Talwar accompanied by the Grand Secretary V W Bro Nigel Brown to the Babla Diani Secondary School which has been constructed at a cost of US Dollars One Million by East Africa Freemasons.

10 October: V. ILL Bro Walter O. Ookok 33° was installed as Sovereign Grand Inspector General of East Africa by M P Bro Alan J. Englefield 33° Sovereign Grand Commander of the Supreme Council 33° assisted by M. ILL Bro Robin E Fuber 33° Grand Secretary General, V. ILL Bro P G S Radford 33° Sovereign Grand Inspector Zambia and V. ILL Bro NGI Bosanquet 33° Grand Director of Ceremonies.

17 November: Lodge Menengai No 3559 celebrated its Centenary having been consecrated on 27th January 1912. R W Bro Dr Virendra Kumar Talwar MBS officiated at the Centenary Meeting and presented the Centenary Warrant to the Lodge.

8 December: R W Bro Anil A Shah installed as the District Grand Master of District Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of EA by R W Bro A B Shah.


2013

20th January: The District Grand Master R W Bro Dr Virendra Kumar Talwar donated US Dollors 12,500 on behalf of the Lodge of Sardar Vallabh to the Lions Sight First Hospital. This was to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Lodge

1st June: Mombasa Lodge No 3645 Celebrated its Centenary having been consecrated on 31st May 1913. RW Bro Dr Virendra Kumar Talwar MBS officiated at the Centenary Meeting and presented the Centenary Warrant to the Lodge.

June: R W Bro Walter O Ookok succeeds R W Bro Kenneth Taylor as Provisional Grand Master Royal Order of Scotland.

4th October: Meridian Chapter No 8442EC Consecrated in Nairobi by E Comp Dr Virendra Kumar Talwar MBS,Grand Superintendant.

5th October: Chapter of Nairobi No 7187EC Consecrated in Nairobi by E Comp Dr Virendra Kumar Talwar MBS,Grand Superintendant.


2014

20th and 21st February: 1st All Africa and Asia Scottish Freemasons Conference held in Diani Mombasa. Opened by Bro. Charles Iain Robert Wolrige Gordon of Esslemont, Grand Master Mason accompanied by Grand Secretary, Bro. David Begg, Grand Director of Ceremonies and Proxy DGM, Bro. Ramsay McGhee. Attended by seven DGM’s from Scottish Districts and over 130 brethren representing eleven Scottish Districts worldwide.

14th March: Orient Lodge No 3703 celebrated its Centenary having been consecrated on 14th February 1914. RW Bro Dr Virendra Kumar Talwar MBS officiated at the Centenary Meeting and presented the Centenary Warrant to the Lodge.

18th - 21st September: The 12th Freemasons’ Conference held at White Sands Resort, DaresSalaam. Attendance of 320 participants including RW Bro Dr Virendra K Talwar - DGM and RW Bro Nigel Brown - Grand Secretary as the Chief Guest. Other participants included MW Bro Catalin Turluic - Pro Grand Master, Romania, RW Bro Guy Charlesworth - DGM South Africa North, RW Bro Pierre Malan - DGM South Africa Eastern, RW Bro James van Zyl - DGM Orange Free State, RW Bro Raymond E Flight - DGM Zimbabwe and Malawi, W Bro Nirmal Shaw - DGS Zambia and W Bro Robert Sillett - Prestonian Lecturer 2008.

18th September: RW Bro Dr Virendra K Talwar, RW Bro Nigel Brown and distinguished visitors to the 12th Freemasons’ Conference paid a visit to the construction site of the Kunduchi Health Centre - DaresSalaam. A time capsule was placed at the North East of the premises. The estimated cost of Phase I of this project is US$ 1 million.

18th December: An MOU was signed by RW Bro Dr Virendra K Talwar and Dr Manoj Shah, Chairman of M.P. Shah Hospital. The District Grand Lodge of East Africa has pledged US$ 500,000 towards construction and equipping a state of the art Physiotherapy Centre at the hospital.


2015

31st January: Progress Lodge No 3727 celebrated it’s Centenary having been consecrated on 16th December 1914. RW Bro Dr Virendra K Talwar officiated at the Meeting and presented the Centenary Warrant to the Lodge.

5th June: M E Comp Mukesh D. Shah succeeds M E Comp Jagdish J. Bhatt as Grand Superintendent, District Grand Chapter of East Africa, Scottish Constitution and was installed by the First Grand Principal, M E Comp John Alexander Fraser of the Supreme Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Scotland.

3rd to 7th November: The 6th Freemasons’ Eye Camp conducted in Seychelles by W Bro Ashok K Shah and a team of opthalmologists at which 78 eye surgeries were performed. A total of 680 cataract surgeries have been successfully performed since 2003.

15th November : The District Grand Master, RW Bro Dr Virendra K Talwar, and Bro Mike Craig, DGM SC, in the presence of Dr Manoj Shah, Chairman of M P Shah Hospital and other dignitaries officiated at the Foundation Stone laying ceremony of the Physiotherapy Centre at the Hospital.

2016

19th March : At the Annual Communication of the District Grand Lodge of East Africa, District Grand Master, RW Bro Dr Virendra K Talwar awarded a Certificate of Service to Freemasonry to W Bro Narendra A Thakkar.

25th - 27th August : The Tercentenary Celebrations for  Africa were held at the Whitesands Hotel & Resort, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Hosted by the District Grand Lodge of East Africa on behalf of The United Grand Lodge of England. Attendance of over 300 participants. The Pro Grand Master, M W Bro Peter Geoffrey Lowndes was the Chief Guest. Participants included District Grand Masters from 13 districts in Africa & other jurisdictions and Freemasons from 16 countries.

 25th August : The Pro Grand Master accompanied by several dignitaries paid a visit to the Kunduchi Health Centre - Dar es Salaam. The Pro Grand Master unveiled a plaque and officiated at a tree planting ceremony to commemorate the occasion.

 22nd October : Official visit by District Grand Master, RW Bro Dr Virendra K Talwar at the 90th Anniversary meeting of Kenya Gate Lodge No 4851EC. RW Bro Dr Virendra K Talwar officially commissioned  a Borehole constructed at Baharini, Kanamai, Kilifi County, Mombasa. The Borehole was dedicated in the loving memory of his beloved son late Sanjay Talwar.

 19th November: District Grand Master, RW Bro Dr Virendra K Talwar, accompanied by several Brethren was the Chief Guest at the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the construction of the state of the art Physiotherapy Centre at the M P Shah Hospital in the presence of the Chairman Dr Manoj Shah & other dignitaries.



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