R.W.Bro H.R.H. Prince Michaels of Kent GCVO
to the centre
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Chairman’s Address visit by
HRH, Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO,
Harrow District Masonic Council
on Friday 21 March 2014.
Royal Highness, Ladies, Gentlemen and Brethren,
As Chairman of the Board it is my privilege to welcome you
here today to celebrate the establishment of the Harrow
District Masonic Centre here at Northwick Circle 60 years
The wisdom and foresight of our Provincial Grand Master,
RW Bro Alexander Burnett Brown, coupled with the courage
and enthusiasm of our Brethren of that time has enabled
us to enjoy our Masonry on this magnificent 5-acre site
over that long period.
This wise leadership continues to the present day with our
Provincial Grand Master, RW Bro HRH Prince Michael of Kent,
who we are absolutely delighted to have with us today.
His Royal Highness has been at the helm of our Province
for the past 32 years, ably assisted by a succession of
Pro Provincial Grand Masters.
As a tribute to our Provincial Grand Master and to commemorate
our Diamond Jubilee, the Members of the Council enthusiastically
and with much acclaim voted to rename this Temple 1 as :
His Royal Highness, Prince Michael of Kent Temple.
In addition Temple 2 is renamed as the ‘Gordon Bourne
The Chapter Suite as the ‘David Cons Chapter Suite’
which will accommodate the Rev. David Bonner’s Commemorative
Bible, and Committee Room 1 as the ‘Roger Croome Library’
which houses the New Provincial Library to acknowledge the
significant role that these bright characters have played
in the Province as well as in the lives of we Middlesex
We have benefited immeasurable from their efforts and it
is a fitting tribute to have their names before our eyes
as we enter and leave these edifices, continuing to inspire
us as we pick up the trowel ---- the emblem of our work.
As Chairman of the Board I am particularly proud of the
Directors policy of transparency and openness, together
with a willingness to promote our facilities for the community
at large to enjoy.
Whilst respecting traditions, we are determined to modernise
our organisation and our facilities in order to make them
more attractive to the younger Brethren and their families.
We are immensely proud of our heritage and history and we
will continue to do our best for the Province as we look
forward to a great future at ‘Happy Harrow’!
Michaels of Kent
by HRH, Prince Michael of Kent, GCVO
on his visit to Harrow District Masonic Centre
on Friday 21st March 2014.
Gentlemen and Brethren,
Thank you Brother Shah for your warm welcome. It has been
a great pleasure for me to visit this Centre (once again)
to see the improvements that have taken place and to rename
the Temples, Chapter Suite and Library. I am also looking
forward to meeting with the newer members of the Craft on
whose shoulders the future of our organisation will soon
The Harrow District Masonic Council was actually formed
in 1944 with a view to establishing a Masonic Centre in
the Harrow area, but it suffered two significant set backs
in those early years. Both of the first two buildings it
acquired, The Old Vicarage site in Sheepcote Road, in 1946,
followed by the Herga Cinema in 1951 were refused building
licences due to Government restrictions at that time.
Consequently, it was not until nine years later on 1st April
1953 that this building, then known as the Northwick Sports
Club was bought, a licence granted and building work could
Just over a year later on 4th October, 1954, R.W. Bro. Philip
Bull, DCO, the Provincial Grand Master officially opened
it as the Harrow District Masonic Centre. However, it is
interesting to note that the very first Masonic meeting
was actually held two days earlier on 2nd October by Henry
Levander Chapter No. 2048.
During the past 60 years the Board of HDMC has continued
to develop and improve the Centre and its amenities. It
is pleasing to learn that in recent years it has progressed
to offering its facilities to the community by opening its
doors to allow private functions, and yet at the same time
still managing to provide a first class venue where Masons
can meet and enjoy their membership to the full.
The Library is a wonderful addition to the Centre and I
congratulate all those who worked so hard to establish it.
In this way the members of the Board, both present and past
have ensured that the Harrow Centre has continued to fulfil
the purpose envisaged by the founders 60 years ago. It has
been a great success and one of which we should all be very
It is with immense pleasure that I name this Temple the
Prince Michael of Kent Temple and perhaps I will attend
a Lodge meeting here on a future occasion. Thank you.”