Provincial Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons of Kent
New Provincial Grand Almoner

We are delighted to announce that RW. Bro. Archie Torrance, Provincial Grand Master, has appointed W. Bro. Paul Charles Settle MBE PProvGStdB, Prov R.A.M. GR as Provincial Grand Almoner for the Mark Province of Kent with effect from 1 January 2020.

W. Bro. Paul Charles SettlePaul brings a huge amount of experience to this important role and will assist the Province to raise the profile of welfare in Kent and ensure that members in need feel comfortable with seeking help. He will assist in setting set up a new Provincial Welfare Committee and will work with Lodge Almoners to ensure that they have the tools to fulfil their posts effectively.

Paul is well known across the Mark Province of Kent, being a member of the Craft in both West and East Kent Provinces. He was Initiated into Romney Marsh Lodge No.4743 (East Kent) in January 2000 and was a Founder Member of Braidwood Lodge No.9802 (West Kent) in 2005.

He was Exalted into the Holy Royal Arch in East Kent in 2003, and after fulfilling all the offices in his Chapter was appointed as Provincial Grand Almoner in 2015.

In Mark Masonry, Paul was Advanced into The Romney Marsh Lodge No.1417 in 2002, becoming Worshipful Master in 2014 and Elevated into the Crane Royal Ark Mariner Lodge in 2011, becoming Worshipful Commander in 2016 and 2017. He is also a member of both the Kent Installed Mark Masters and Kent Installed Commanders Lodges.

Paul was born in 1951 in Harrow, Middlesex becoming resident in Wilmington in 1954 where he completed his secondary education at Dartford Grammar School, during which time he was also an active member of the Combined Cadet Force. On leaving school in 1968, he became a Cadet with the City of London Police and then a Police Constable. In 1973 he moved to the London Fire Brigade where he completed a successful career, retiring in 2001 at the rank of Group Commander based at Brigade Headquarters. 1973 was also the year he married wife Wendy with whom he has two sons. They moved to East Kent in 1983 where they have remained.

For many years he has also been involved in the Scout Movement and completed his service as an Assistant District Commissioner with responsibilities for training. On 'retiring' from the Fire Service he became a civil registrar with Kent County Council, on a sessional basis, which he continued with for 15 years. He also began working for himself as a Fire Safety Consultant, mainly in the UK but opportunities for travel abroad arose when he became a consultant reporting to a major airline on various safety aspects at overseas hotels featured in their brochures etc.

With so much 'spare' time available he undertook the duties of General Secretary of the Firefighters Memorial Trust for 14 years before reducing his role to that of Finance Officer.

In 2013 Paul was appointed a Member Of The Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire for “Public and Charitable Services” in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. The resulting investiture took place at Buckingham Palace, conducted by HM The Queen and was witnessed and greatly appreciated by his wife and two sons, who were in attendance.

Commenting on Paul's new role, RW. Archie said that "I extend hearty congratulations to Paul on his appointment and wish him every success in the years ahead; he is clearly well qualified for this important role within our Province".

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