E Comp Charlie Barker has written an excellent paper on the formation of the Unanimity and Sincerity Lodge No 261 and its Chapter, Sincerity No 261. This paper also follows the formation of the Provincial Grand Chapter of Somerset for which 261 played an integral part.
E Comp Charlie was the MEZ at the dedication of the Chapter’s 200th Anniversary Charter on Wednesday 14th March 2018.
For the full paper follow this LINK
Provincial Grand Chapter of Somerset
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You will note that with one or two exceptions, the active officers are the same as last year. The rationale behind that decision is that for obvious reasons those officers have not thus far been able to fulfil any of their Provincial duties, and therefore it is only right to give them a chance to do so in the next 12 months. Both active and newly promoted past Provincial officers will be entitled to use their respective ranks as from the date of the Provincial Annual Convocation, 21st May 2021. However, at a recent Provincial Executive meeting, it was a unanimous decision to postpone that meeting until Friday 22nd October next. It was agreed that even if the ongoing government vaccination programme continues to be the success that it is, the probability of compulsory social distancing remaining in place is too high, thereby making a full Annual Convocation untenable. It is hoped that by postponing until October will enable us to hold it without restriction to seating.
At that same meeting, the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, E. Comp. Barry Woodside, announced that E. Comp. Ray Beckingham, 2nd Provincial Grand Principal, would be retiring at the next Annual Convocation – whenever that might be – and that he would be installing E. Comp. Neil Hurcum as 2nd Provincial Grand Principal in succession to Ray. As well as thanking E. Comp Ray for his contribution during his tenure as 2PGP, MEGS also stated that E. Comp. Ray would be continuing with the excellent work he was already doing as the Provincial Learning and Development Officer, thereby retaining his seat on the Provincial Executive. Both Companions will carry on in their present respective roles until the next Annual Convocation, consequently that change will not happen on 21st May.
Provincial Grand Scribe E
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The Story of the Two Scribes
The title of the next Zoom presentation from E Comp Ray Beckingham
and the Learning & Development Team.
TUESDAY 16th FEBRUARY
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The talk lasts for approximately 15-20minutes, with then time for any questions or just a chat with old friends.
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Meeting ID: 782 4062 0962
The first Review has just been issued. This has been sent out to all Royal Arch Companions in the Province and hopefully will be enjoyed by everyone. This is intended to be your Newsletter and will rely on your contributions for it to be successful in the future.
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The Historic Links between the
Craft, Mark & Royal Arch
W Bro Tony Harvey PAGDC
The 2012 Prestonian Lecturer
This presentation is to be held on
Wednesday 10th February 2021.
At 18:45 on Zoom
No Admission after 18:45
It is expected that many will wish to attend and listen to this
highly acclaimed speaker and therefore it is necessary for you to pre-register at https://www.pglsom.org/ which will enable numbers to be known.
No aspects of any degree ceremony are revealed.
There will be a Q & A session following the presentation
Once you have registered you will be sent the necessary signing in details
for the Zoom meeting
The Second presentation
Narrative & Symbolic Links
Will take place on Wednesday 17th March 2021 at 19:00 on Zoom
On Tuesday 19th January 2021 at 7:00pm E Companion Ray Beckingham, 2nd Prov G Principal, will be doing a Zoom meeting where he will give two talks entitled “The Sojourners Story” and “A Moment to Remember”.
All companions are welcome to join this meeting especially new companions. The links required are here.
Meeting ID: 748 6083 2794
Ray looks forward to your company
CHRISTMAS GREETINGS FROM THE GRAND SUPERINTENDENT
Despite a positive start, this year has been significantly overshadowed by the Covid-19 pandemic causing a huge amount of anxiety and distress to both Brethren and Companions alike. A number of our long-standing events have had to be cancelled inevitably causing an upset to all concerned. The weekly quiz however, has been extremely well received and continues to provide the companions with a degree of light relief and a temporary distraction from these troubling times.
I am aware of the sacrifices that many of you have had to endure, but would like most sincerely to thank each and every one of you for your hard work and commitment in maintaining a communications support network throughout in order to support your fellow Brethren and Companions. All being well and with a vaccine about to be rolled out the future is beginning to look a little brighter, let’s hope that we can write this year off and consign it to history enabling us all to look forward to a return to normality and a better and brighter 2021.
It is also that time of the year and this year more especially due to restrictions that we shall all be attempting to celebrate Christmas in various and challenging ways; to that end Peggy and I wish you all a Very Happy Christmas, but more especially a Healthy and Brighter New Year.
Yours sincerely and fraternally
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Please see the joint statement from MEGS and PGM regarding the latest Covid-19 instructions:
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