Order of the Secret Monitor
or Brotherhood of David and Jonathan
Provincial Grand Conclave of Sussex
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Welcome to the website of the Order of the Secret Monitor or Brotherhood of David and Jonathan for the Province of Sussex.
Our Order, which was formally constituted in 1887, is open to every Freemason of whatever rank, creed or nationality who has been raised as a member of a Regular Craft Constitution. Our rituals and ceremonies provide a profound understanding of the principles of brotherly love and the practice of that morality to the highest level.
If you are not a member of our Order and you enjoy membership of the Craft, you will gain a higher level of pleasure within our Order. Our website will give you an insight into our Order, but you will only fully appreciate the friendliness, support and happiness which radiates from our gatherings by actually joining us.
This small friendly Masonic Order presently has a national membership of approximately 10,500. The Sovereign Body of the Order is the Grand Conclave of the Order of the Secret Monitor or Brotherhood of David and Jonathan in The British Isles and its Districts and Conclaves Overseas. It is administered from Mark Masons' Hall, 86 St. James's Street, London, SW1A 1PL.
Britain (excluding Ireland) is divided into thirty-three provinces at the date of writing. The Province of Sussex has 6 Conclaves established at various Masonic Halls throughout the county.
This Province was constituted on 20th May 2006 at Croydon Masonic Centre, Oakfield Road, when the Province of South Eastern Counties was divided into the Provinces of Sussex and Surrey. The first Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler, Right Worthy Brother Victor Alan Wisden, was installed by the then Most Worthy Grand Supreme Ruler, Peter Glyn R.Wy. Bro. Wisden was then pleased to appoint and invest his officers, most notably Wy.Bro. Paul Norman Rose as his Deputy ProvGSR.
R.Wy.Bro. Wisden retired in 2011 and was succeeded as PGSR by his Deputy, R.Wy.Bro. Paul Rose, who was in turn succeeded by R.Wy.Bro. Leonard Peter Palmer in 2016. However, R.Wy.Bro. Palmer sadly died just 5 months later.
In January 2017 R.Wy.Bro. Andries Johannes van der Burgh was installed as our new Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler by the then Most Supreme Grand Ruler, M.Wy.Bro. Paul Raymond Clement, and Wy.Bro. John Charles Fuller, the Provincial Grand Recorder, was promoted to Deputy Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler.