Annual Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter 17th May 2018

Once again this meeting was held on a beautiful day at the Webbington Hotel and Spa. The morning was taken up with setting up the room with the chapter furniture being brought to the venue by E Comp John Griffin. There was a run through by E Comp Chris Moore, PrGDC, with the other DCs and Stewards before a full rehearsal starting at 11:30.

MEGS – “Chris where do we stand”
PrGDC -“According to your script…”

The new Officers collected their Jewels from E Comp Roger Reina, Pr Grand Registrar, and, being suitably, clothed had their photos taken by E Comp Arthur Rowe.

The Companions were all seated for 3:00pm and the processions started at 3:10pm with the Principals of the Chapters of Somerset, followed by distinguished guests, Grand Superintendents of other Provinces, E Comp George Pippon Francis, P 2nd Grand Principal accompanied by E Comp Denis Calderley, and finally MEGS D John Bennett and the Provincial Team. The Chapter was opened in due form and hymn.

The First Principal of Tyntesfield Chapter presented MEGS with the Somerset Sceptre which was placed on Scribe E’s table for the duration. Following the Roll Call of Chapters and attendance of Provincial Grand Officers the Minutes of the previous Convocation were reported as distributed to all Chapters and submitted for approval which was confirmed. The Companions then stood in memory of those Somerset Companions who died during the 1st World War, to mark the centenary of the end of that war. In Memoriam was then read by E Comp Pr Grand Registrar.

The Provincial Grand Treasurer, E Comp Terry Hayes, then gave a report of the past year, followed by E Comp Tony Beaumont, Pr Grand Scribe E, giving his report [click here to view].

MEGS the reappointed E Comp Alan Holton as deputy Grand Superintendent, E Comp Clive Lambert as 2nd Provincial Grand Principal and then Appointed, Obligated, Invested and Installed E Comp Neil Hurcum as 3rd Provincial Grand Principal, thanking E Comp David Parslow for the excellent year he had in that Office. MEGS the invested the 28 Officers of the Provincial Team and 46 first appointments/promotions, with a few absences.

MEGS then gave his address [click here to read] to the meeting noting his 10 years in the post where he was installed by E Comp George Pippon Francis, and other memorable events over that period.

MEGS then presented the Somerset Sceptre to E Comp Bob Moore, 1st Principal of Exmoor Chapter, to commence the next round of visits.

The Provincial Chapter was closed with Hymn and the first two verses of the National Anthem and then the distinguished companions, and Provincial Principals retired in procession.

E Comp George Pippon Francis proposing the Toast to MEGS
MEGS John Bennett replying to his Toast

After trips to the bar the Companions assembled for the Festive Board where MEGS was welcomed with acclamation and the meal was taken with plenty of communication with known and other Companions. After the meal MEGS gave the Loyal Toast followed by other toasts notably that by E Comp Gorge Pippon to MEGS, followed by the presentation of a cheque from all the Chapters by E Comp Alan Holton in the Province and a Basket of fruit. MEGS suitably replied in his usual lighthearted manner.

The Festive Board with well known Companions listening to the speeches

The day being ended the Companions wended their way home, some as far as Sussex! Overall a magnificent day that was enjoyed by all.

More photos to follow