THE RIGHT REVEREND VERNON S. NICHOLLS
Past Provincial Grand Master (Warks).
Vernon Sampson Nicholls
Vernon Nicholls was a Cornishman, born in 1917. He attended Clifton Theological College, and was ordained in 1941. His two curacies were at Bedminster Down, Bristol, and at Liskeard with St Heyne in Cornwall. Between 1944 and 1946 he was an army chaplain and then Vicar of Meopham, in Kent, for 10 years. He served as Vicar and of Walsall from 1956 to 1967, when he was also chaplain of Walsall General Hospital. He was appointed a Prebendary of Lichfield Cathedral, before becoming Archdeacon of Birmingham in 1967.
Pastorally and socially Nicholls was very personable, with a gift for remembering names and faces. Freemasons on the island held him in high regard, especially when in 1977 he became Grand Chaplain of the United Grand Lodge of England.
He became The Right Worshipful Provincial Grand Master for the Masonic Province of Warwickshire.