Wednesday 25th October was the Chapter’s Installation ceremony, when the new team of Principals was installed. The Chapter was honoured by the presence of the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, E. Comp. D John Bennett and members of the Provincial team. A number of visitors attended including Companions from Dorset and Cornwall, as well as from other Somerset Chapters.
During the ceremony E. Comp. Graham Watts was installed as 1st Principal, E. Comp. Tim Adams as 2nd Principal and E. Comp. Eric Thornborough as 3rd Principal.
During the Risings MEGS explained that an Order of Merit has been instituted for companions who have performed exemplary work within the Province. This is known as the Grand Superintendent’s Award. The recipients will be entitled to insert “GSA” after their names in any Holy Royal Arch correspondence, and on honour boards. Names of proposed recipients and reasons for the proposal will be forwarded to the MEGS and he, with the DepGS, will discuss these and decide on who will receive them.
After giving this introduction MEGS presented the award to E. Comp N. D. J. Smith, who has been Provincial Almoner for many years, pointing out that no fewer than five Companions had made the recommendation.
After the ceremony the members of Royal Cyrus Chapter and their guests enjoyed a further time of good fellowship during the meal.