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    New Grand Superintendent Announced. See News Item.
    Investiture of MEGS Barry K Woodside will take place at The Webbington Hotel and Spa on 18th October 2018

    Provincial Rulers Visits for October 2018
    MEGS:
    8th – Wrington Vale – Yatton
    11th – Marine – Clevedon
    15th – Royal Sussex – Bath
    17th – St Lukes – Bath
    22nd – King Alfred – Weston-super-Mare
    24th – Adair – Clevedon
    2nd Principal:
    11th – St Keyna – Keynsham
    24th – Royal Cyrus – Bruton

    Next year’s Booking Form for The Provincial Weekend at Bideford is now available, check out the ‘Resources’ page in the Provincial drop down menu.

Investiture of new Grand Superintendent – 18th October 2018

The Webbington Hotel & Spa at Axbridge was again the venue for the Somerset Royal Arch Investiture Convocation on a wonderful clear day. The Companions were called to order to receive Most Excellent Companion Russell John Race, DL, Second Grand Principal, accompanied by E Comp Simon Rowe, MEGS Devon, acting as 2nd Principal, and E Comp David Boswell, MEGS Suffolk, acting as 3rd Principal. ME Comp  Russel Race addressed the Companions present The Grand Superintendent Designate’s Patent of Appointment was presented to the ME Second Grand Principal. The Second Grand Principal then asked for a deputation to introduce E Comp Barry K Woodside, MEGS Designate. The acting Grand Director of Ceremonies, E Comp Nick Bosenquet, formed the escort and E Comp Barry entered the chapter. The Deputy Grand Scribe E, E Comp Graham Redmond, then read the Patent which is for a five year period.

E Comp Barry then recited his Obligation and was Invested and took his chair. E Comp Barry then invested his Second Principal, E Comp Ray Beckingham, and Third Principal, E Comp Neil Hurcum. Finally he invested his Deputy Grand Superintendent, E Comp Clive Lambert. The existing Provincial Officers were then confirmed as Officers until the next Provincial Convocation in May 2019

MEGS then addressed the companions and closed the Provincial Grand Chapter, where those dining adjourned to the bar for refreshment before being seated at the Festive Board at 14:00.

The day in pictures:

Rehearsal going well
All quiet on the northern front
Comps assembling

It’s over and time to relax
The Principals of Somerset Royal Arch

ME Comp Russel John Race proposing the Toast to the new MEGS
ME Comp Barry Woodside responding to the Toast
A gift from Supreme Grand Chapter to MEGS
Ooo goodies! Gift to 2nd Grand Principal

Chapter Marine Convocation – 11th October, 2018

A most convivial Convocation was experienced by everyone where we Exalted Bro Jon Parsons, a member of Colston Lodge No.610.

The meeting was enhanced by the visit of our Grand Superintendent E.Comp. D. John Bennett who assisted with the Ceremony.

E.Comp. Philip du Kamp was presented with the Grand Superintendent’s Award by E.Comp. D. John Bennett.

MEGS also presented Grand Chapter Certificates to Comps. Christopher Harris and Stuart Petty.

At the Festive Board, E.Comp. Colin Wilson gave a talk on Trafalgar Day October 21st 1805, which was the theme of the evening.

E.Comp. Philip du Kamp receiving his Grand Superintendent’s Award.
Comp. Jon Parsons with MEGS and our Principals.

 

460th Convocation Wrington Vale Chapter 1199

Companions,

Monday 8th October saw our 460th convocation, which started with remembering the following Companions that had passed to the Grand Chapter above: E Comp Roy Brookman; E Comp Walter Wood and Comp Cedric Platt.

The Chapter was honoured with the presence of E Comp. D John Bennett, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset, accompanied by E Comp G.J Lester Past Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies. As we did not have a candidate we had decided to catch up on two of the Holy Royal Arch lectures, namely the Historical and the  Symbolic in catechetical form (that was a mouth full for Z) both were done very well and meaningfully. For the new Companions catechetical means breaking the lecture into a form of questions and answers H takes the lead and 8 other Companions answer the questions, I was acting H and at least this time I didn’t miss anyone out!

It was a short but very useful and educational meeting and all in all very enjoyable, one really not to be missed. As we had a bit of time E Comp Ray explained about Solomon, which is a collection of lectures for Craft and Holy Royal Arch. E Comp Ian Angell was confirmed as Z elect, E Comp John Vowels, H, and Comp Gary Sharp, J. Installation is on the 10th December,  so Companions lets have a good attendance to support E Comps David and Ian. The meeting ended early and with much delight the excellent festive board started early as well, all proceedings finishing just after 2100hrs (9pm).

2019 is our Centenary year so its is something to look forward to. The plans at the moment are to celebrate with a Chapter banner and the possibility of a Centenary Jewel, I imagine there’s more to come. Companions don’t forget the 18th at the Webbington, see you all there.

E Comp Barry Jones, CLO Wrington Vale Chapter.

A night with a difference at St. Keyna Chapter

Excellent Companion Clive Lambert, Second Provincial Grand Principal, accompanied by Excellent Companion Ray Conneely, Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, attended St Keyna Chapter  to see the Installation of the Chapters’ Third principal, Excellent Companion Steve Coles.

The evening was most enjoyable which included a demonstration of the Exhaltation ceremony by the new St Keyna team.

The enjoyment continued with the meal downstairs and a raffle was held in aid of Blood Bikes.

The three Principals with Second Provincial Grand Principal and Provincial ADC

Special Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter of Somerset 18th October 2018

Provincial Grand Chapter of Somerset

Installation Convocation

at the Webbington Hotel, Axbridge BS26 2HU on

Thursday 18th October 2018 at 12.00 noon 

E.Comp. Barry K. Woodside PGSwdB

will be installed as Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset by officers of Supreme Grand Chapter.

Companions will need to be seated by 11.30 am. Lunch will be served at 2.00 pm to those who have pre-booked.

The Order of Procedure is available on the Resources Page, as is the Dining Return, and Companions wishing to dine are asked to complete the form and return it, complete with the appropriate monies, to the Provincial Scribe E, E.Comp. Tony Beaumont by 11th October at the latest.

Tyntesfield 4494

Hi There.

Greetings from Tyntesfield 4494 RA Chapter, this will be a very short report as I have only just gained access to the website and I am about to fly out on holiday within the hour, may I introduce myself, my name is Rob Collins and I am the Calderley liaison officer and ADC for 4494, being new it will take a little time to find my feet so please bare with me.

We recently had a wonderful installation evening at our chapter here in the Nailsea temple, alas I have been remiss in my duties as the liaison officer on this occasion as I literally hit the floor running and having to jump in to several jobs all at the same time, this was due to a great many apologies for companions unable to attend Chapter that evening, none the less we had a wonderful and eventful installation, I will get pictures and give a full report after our next meeting so I can only give my heart felt sorry for such a garbled report, I will do better I promise.

We are doing a grand job at the Nailsea Temple the Chapter is flourishing, this year I hope to visit as many craft lodges and indeed chapters as I can on a double edged sword as it were, a bit of a giggle there as I am the Tyler in my craft lodge, the reason for the double edged sword is that I hope to recruit not only more MM to join Royal Arch but also find hands on help (volunteers) and possibly sponsorship for my role as Chairman for the Somerset Branch of the MTSFC, the details of the charity, branch and my contact details are on the picture below, this is a unique chance for Companions/Brother to do something truly great and not just chuck a couple of quid in the charity box or buy raffle tickets, I/we need you to actually get hands on, it also matters not weather you can fish or not we have so many roles that need filling, so please get in touch.

I attended the Calderley Liaison Chapter in Wedmore on Thursday the 20th of September 2018, WOW what a simply awesome night, watching the ceremony both from our Calderley team but also the provincial Team simply brilliant and has inspired me to do better, I won’t say much more about this but I urge you to read the Calderley Chapter report as mere words or pictures just does not do this awesome meeting justice.

All that’s left to say from me is I wish you all well and hope to meet you all again very soon.

Regards Rob Collins

Calderley Liaison Officer for Tyntesfield Royal Arch Chapter no 4494

Calderley Dedicate new Honours Board

E Comp Roger Seaton presents the Somerset Sceptre to MEZ with E Comp Ray Beckingham, J, watching intently

At the September meeting held at Wedmore the three Principals opened the Convocation. Companions of Taunton Deane Chapter, no 5221, lead by E Comp Roger Seaton, Z, presented the Somerset Sceptre to E Comp Richard Ellis for onward transport to Royal Sussex Chapter on 15th October. This will mean that Richard has to give it to himself!

The changes to the Bye-laws for the change of venue was approved and will be forwarded to Province for confirmation.

MEGS E Comp D John Bennett was welcomed and proffered the Sceptre by MEZ, E Comp Richard Ellis,. On this occasion MEGS took the Sceptre and the 2nd and 3rd Provincial Grand Principals were placed in their respective chairs.

MEZ requesting the Dedication of the Honours Board

MEZ then informed MEGS that he wished that a new Honours Board be Dedicated by the team. A deputation of the three Principals of Calderley Chapter, with E Comp Maldwyn Davies standing in for E Comp Keith Fisher, asked for the Board to be dedicated. PrGJ then gave The Dedication Prayer and MEGS gave a brief history of Calderley Chapter. This was followed by the Dedication by MEGS and presentation back to MEZ.

There followed the discussion led by MEGS as this was why the Calderley Chapter was formed. E Comp John was disappointed by the low number of CLOs present and E Comp Adrian Halliwell, Provincial Liaison Officer, explained that he felt partly to blame as he didn’t forward the Summons as he was away. This will change in the future and Summonses will be sent from E Comp Julian May, Secretary.

  • MEGS also was unhappy with the lack of reports and updates to the web pages by CLOs and asked for an improvement and if CLOs were unable to do this that the Chapters should appoint a suitable replacement.
  • Chapters were reminded that Summonses should be sent to Province 21 days prior to their meeting. One Chapter stated that the Summons wasn’t sent because of the Data Protection Rules. This is incorrect as all Masons agree to their names appearing, if not they will have stated their preference.
  • Calderley Chapter requires a replacement DC as Barry Woodside will be busy for the next five years, any volunteers?
  • Membership to Calderley Chapter is open to any Companion to join, the more the merrier, it is a good discussion group.
  • Scribe Es are asked to advertise the Provincial Web on Summonses and correspondence ie www.somersetroyalarch.org
  • Comp Robert Colins gave a brief report on the Masonic Fishing Charity, see www.mtsfc.org.uk, and asked any keen anglers who would like to help in giving help to disabled, both mentally and physically, interact with others on a one-to-one basis, by  taking them out of their usual environment and learning new skills. See Brochure click here and here and letter here.

MEGS then asked the PrGDC to return MEZ to his rightful chair and the other Principals were also returned to theirs.

E Comp Neil Hurcum, PrGJ, ready for the washing up!

After the usual risings the Chapter was closed and Companions headed for the Festive Board where they had an excellent meal prepared by Zenas Catering with E Comp Neil Hurcum, PrGJ helping out.

We Three do meet and agree!

 

Fidelity and Sincerity Installation 2018

The Chapter met on a rather warm September meeting at Wellington. The Chapter was opened and E Comp Chris Moore, PrGDC, was admitted. He announced that MEGS, John Bennett, was outside the door accompanied by a Grand Officer and Members of the Provincial Team. He was admitted and proffered the Sceptre by E Comp Peter Chidzey, MEZ, which was instantly returned.

The proceedings continued with a ballot for an Exaltee which proved clear, and he will be exalted in November. The Accounts were adopted with thanks to the Treasurer, E Comp Keith Smith, and the Auditors.

A Grand Chapter Certificate was then presented to Comp Matt Layzell by MEGS who was at Matt’s Exaltation.

Comp Matt Layzell receiving his Grand Chapter Certificate from MEGS

The main event was the Installation of the three Principals followed by the appointment of the officers, which went fairly smoothly.

The Principals for 2018/19, from l-r: E Comps Jason Vincent, H, Andrew Kerslake, Z, John Bennett, MEGS, and E Comp Paul Spoors, J.
Couldn’t resist this – E Comp Chris Summers with MEGS

Once the Installation was complete and photographs take the Companions adjourned to the dining room for the first meal delivered from our new caterer, which was excellent.

The Three Principals
MEGS responding to his toast

During the speeches MEGS was presented with a bottle of Wicked Wolf Gin made on Exmoor and with some tonic to help it down. Being John’s last visit to F & S as MEGS he responded to his toast warning that he would be back as an Honorary Member of the Chapter.

Avalon 446 – Dedication of new Honours Board

Our May meeting was yet another busy one! Early on in the agenda we welcomed the First Principals of our fellow Founding Chapters of the Province, and shortly after we welcomed the Provincial Team, headed, of course, by the MEGS John Bennett. The Provincial Officers were invited to take up their officers in the Chapter and the MEGS proceeded to dedicate the new Chapter Honours Board. Part of the Dedication Ceremony included an excellent oration given by the Third Provincial Grand Principal, E Comp David Parslow.

The Third Provincial Grand Principal has a busy evening because shortly after his oration he presented a Grand Chapter Certificate to Companion Mick Wright. However, his work was not yet over as he then proceeded to host a light-hearted quiz entitled ‘An Advancement in Masonic Knowledge’, which was somehow won by the MEGS.

With the formal proceedings completed, we then retired to the bar/festive board, where an excellent meal was had by all.

TAUNTON DEANE CHAPTER No 5221

On Friday 5th April Taunton Deane Chapter held their first Convocation of the new masonic year. The three Principals opened the Chapter in due form. The Director of Ceremonies E. Comp. Maldwyn Davies First Principal of the Somerset First Principals Chapter no 3746 invited the companions of the First Principals Chapter to join him in presenting the Travelling Sceptre to E. Comp. Roger Seaton, First Principal of Taunton Deane Chapter

4 happy principals , ceremony completed and the Festive Board beckoning.

The presentation was the first official duty of E. Companion Maldwyn. E. Comp. Roger received the Sceptre and said that he would pass it onto the Companions of the Calderley Chapter of Union no 906 on Thursday 20th September. E. Comp. Peter Roworth gave the Historical Lecture and E. Comp. Roger delivered the Symbolical Lecture with the help of E. Comp. Davies, Cozens, Ashby, Comp. Cassell, Parsons and Martin.

The Companions retired to the Festive Board of Smoked Mackerel followed by steak and Ale Pie and Vegetables in Season. It was a very enjoyable evening CLO Don Heys