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 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.
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.
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.
The main event was the Installation of the three Principals followed by the appointment of the officers, which went fairly smoothly.
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.
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.
The opening meeting of the 2018 season was the held at Bridgwater by the Somerset 1st Principals Chapter on another warm evening. The Chapter was opened by the three Principals – Ray Beckingham, Z, Maldwyn Davies, H, and Andy Gray, J, and was immediately followed by the reception of MEGS D John Bennett, accompanied by E Comp Clive Lambert, 2nd Pr G Principal and visiting all the way from Worcestershire their DepGS E Comp John Phenix, E Comp Chris Moore, PrDC, and acting as Standard Bearer E Comp Sandy Glenn.
A most excellent eulogy for E Comp Walter Wood was given by E Comp Sid Brailey and companions stood to order. After the Minutes were approved the Principals welcomed the visiting members from other Provinces and 1st Principals from Somerset Chapters. There followed a ballot for two Joining Members, which proved clear, and for E Comp Ray Sheppard as the new Treasurer, which also was clear.
The main event of the evening was a talk given by E Comp Ray Beckingham entitled ‘Why Holy?, why Royal?, why Arch?’. This proved to be most enlightening and everyone must have gained their day’s advancement in masonic knowledge.
The next event was the Induction of the three Principals, E Comp Maldwyn as Z, E Comp Andy as H and E Comp Richard Ellis as J. The Principals then appointed and invested their Officers.
Following the Notice of Motion from the last meeting E Comp Martin Slowcombe proposed that £500 be donated to the 2020 Festival. This was duly carried. The Chapter was closed with a hymn and the Companions retired to the Festive Board.
At the Festive Board at the Toast to MEGS he was presented with a fine bottle of gin by MEZ and Megs duly responded. The Visitors Toast was given by E Comp John Griffen and responded to by E Comp Mike Phenix.
The Prov Scribe E, E Comp Tony Beaumont, had forwarded a request to E Comp Andy Clapp, PrChStew, from Gail Alder from North Somerset CC, 2 months ago, regarding Amaya’s situation and the need for funds so she can get to pre-school this September in Baytree Special School in Milton, Weston-super-Mare.
Here are the details Gail sent over from NSCC .
Amaya was born 1 day early by emergency c-section, and she spent 2 months in the intensive care unit getting the help she needed. At 15 days old Amaya had a MRI scan, and it was seen that she had brain damage to the basil ganglia which causes bulbar palsy. Due to this, Amaya needs to be tube fed and requires frequent and deep suction to keep her airways clear.
Amaya is now 3 years old and needs 24/7 care. In order to get her to nursery we needed transport that couldn’t be funded by the government through the local authority. We therefore worked hard with the early years team to apply for charitable donations to enable Amaya to access a suitable nursery placement at Baytee Special school in Weston. The Masons were one of two organisations who responded kindly to our request for financial support.
On Wednesday 22nd August 2018 MEGS John Bennett, E Comp Terry Hayes (PrTreas) and E Comp Andy Clapp (PrChStew) presented a cheque for £500 from the Provincial Chapter Benevolent Fund to Amaya’s mother, Steph, with Gail Alder from NSCC also present.
Amaya’s mum Steph and Amaya’s family would like to say a huge thank you to the Masons for their generous donation. This will help pay for taxis to and from Baytree for Amaya to attend nursery! We are so grateful for the donation and cannot express how happy and grateful we are with it.
We are so looking forward to seeing Amaya being given the opportunity to make new friends and continuing to be the happy smiley girl that she is.
E Comp Barry K. Woodside PGSwdB, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent designate, is pleased to announce that at the forthcoming Installation meeting on 18th October 2018 at the Webbington Hotel and Spa, Loxton, he will appoint and invest E Comp Clive A. F. Lambert as Deputy Grand Superintendent and E Comp Raymond F. Beckingham PGSoj as Second Provincial Grand Principal.
All other active Provincial officers will be re-appointed and remain in their respective posts.
On Sunday 15th July a small number of the Chapter met up at the White Horse, Bradford on Tone for the Annual Sunday Lunch. Numbers were down because of the extreme heat and the World Cup Final. The Lunch was organised by MEZ, Peter Chidzey, and was enjoyed by all present.
As you know, E Comp D John Bennett, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset, will officially retire on 17th October next, and the Most Excellent the First Grand Principal has been pleased to appoint E Comp Barry Keith Woodside, PGSwdB, to the office of Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset with effect from 18th October next.
It is very heartening to report that the whole evening last Thursday was most enjoyable, and why not, Freemasonry is our Hobby! When the main Players prepare themselves so well the result, including the work from the floor and an excellent Candidate was a delight to witness. A truism comes to mind Work hard, and Enjoyment follows (well done Ken too).
Our Provincial Liaison Officer, E Comp Adrian Halliwell, has requested a report to accompany the photos sent for the Chapter Provincial web site. Companions all in Yeovil it’s so good to say the Ceremony was what we had come to expect in the past from 329 a leading Chapter in our Province. I heard the word – ‘Brotherly Love, good working again – No books, Congratulations…..!
We had a very good number of visitors two John’s from Benevolence Chapter, Sherborne Dorset, the Candidate’s father who spoke warmly of his experience that evening was E Comp Derrick Lyons, PPGReg, Chantry Bodina 9121, and Brother- in-law, E Comp Paul Kitt also of 9121.
On a beautiful evening at the picturesque Isle of Wedmore Golf Club 54 Companions, wives, partners and friends assembled for the Annual Dinner. It was great to be back at the Golf Club after a break to The Webbington.
E Comp Ray Beckingham as MEZ organised the event in his usual efficient way, explaining that only two weeks earlier there were only 10 people booked in. It was a very friendly evening, making new acquaintances, cementing old ones and generally having a superb evening.
E Comp Adrian Halliwell, DC, called those present for grace before settling down to a splendid meal, after which MEZ proposed the Loyal Toast then he gave a thanks to all concerned and wished everyone a safe drive home. No one rushed to leave and continued there chats and farewells before wending their ways home.