At the April Convocation Fidelity and Sincerity had a most enjoyable and informative ceremony. The chapter was pleased to receive E Comp Barry Woodside, MEGS, accompanied by E Comp Chris Moore, PrGDC. E Comp Barry was proffered the Sceptre by E Comp Andrew Kerslake, MEZ, which was returned with thanks.
The chapter was unfortunately hit by two cancellations at a very late hour so a substitute to act as J, E comp Keith Kerslake, was clothed though, his part was to only undertake the readings. There had also been two other subs brought off the bench, E Comp Peter Chidzey as Principal Sojourner, E Comp John Brown as Scribe N and E Comp Mike Condick as IPZ. The evening was to undertake a demonstration Exaltation with timely interruptions from Scribe E, Jim Nicol, with snippets of information. E Comp Jim had borrowed this from E Comp Bob Moore. Comp Gary Beasley acted as candidate, he was not hoodwinked, and he was entrusted inside the temple, so that all could see what happened, especially Gary.
The demonstration was completed and the agenda items were duly processed. E Comp Jason Vincent was elected as Z, E Comp Paul Spoors was elected H in his absence, as was Comp Chris Waterhouse for the office of J. E Comp Keith Smith was re-elected as Treasurer and the remaining officers were left for the incoming Principals to appoint.
E Comp Ron Troup, the Charity Steward then proposed that £300 be donated to the Musgrove Park Hospital Scanner Appeal, which was duly seconded and carried.
The Chapter was then closed and during the Risings MEGS commented on the quality of the evening and said that he was looking forward to seeing many from 1966 at the Provincial Convocation where several members of the Chapter would receive honours and promotions.
The evening finished off with a tasty Festive Board and conviviality.
At our regular convocation on Thursday 28th February we were pleased to receive the Somerset Sceptre from a delegation of Companions, led by E. Comp Andrew Kerslake the MEZ, of the Chapter of Fidelity and Sincerity No. 1966.
The Sceptre was then safely conveyed to St Lukes Chapter No. 6540 by E. Comp Derek Marpole MEZ and the 3rd Principal on the 20th March.
Our forthcoming convocation is on 18th April and we will be honoured by the presence of E. Comp B.K. Woodside, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, who will be joined by members of the Provincial Team.
Following the usual business we will be balloting for a candidate and, if successful, exalt Daniel Burnell a member of the Lodge of Science No 437
The Calderley Chapter was attended by E Comp Barry Woodside, MEGS, who was attended by E Comps Tony Cooper, PrDGDC, and E Comp Alan McMurray, PrGStwd, acting as Standard Bearer. E Comp Barry was welcomed by MEZ, E Comp Richard Ellis, who presented him with the Sceptre which was returned with thanks. The Minutes of the last convocation having been circulated were approved and there were no matters arising.
A ballot was taken for Joining Members, E Comps Neil Hurcum,3rd Prov G Principal and Roger Reina, Prov G Registrar. The Ballot proved clear and they were welcomed into the Chapter.
The main event was announced and E Comp Richard Ellis Inducted his successor E Comp Keith Fisher, who then did likewise for E Comp Ray Beckingham as H, who then Inducted E Comp Matt Westley as J. E Comp Keith then Appointed and Invested His Officers for the coming year.
Next item on the Agenda was to proffer the Sceptre again to E Comp Barry Woodside who this time retained it and took the chair. Their several discussions in this period, a few are listed herein:
MEGS was disappointed that there were not more CLOs attending as only 9 CLOs were present which somewhat defeated the object of CLO’s duties to attend as Honorary Members.
Solomon was discussed and it was suggested that if the Chapters in the Province didn’t have a ceremony they may wish to give a presentation form Solomon’s website. Either contact E Comp Ray Beckingham or E Comp Maldwyn Davies. If there are good speakers in the Chapter’s they could do it. E Comp Neil Hurcum suggested that it would be nice if a couple of CLOs could give a nugget each from Solomon
Conversion from the Craft to HRA is not good as the rate is about 27% and HRA reps in the craft lodges are to be asked to encourage Brethren to complete the masonic journey by joining the Royal Arch.
E Comp Martin Slocombe gave a brief resume on the Grand Officers’ Mess which has fallen by the wayside. He stated that he had undertaken a questionnaire in the northern part of the Province and had received favourable comments for it to be resurrected under the new name of Somerset Grand Officers’ Forum. This would be open to all Craft and Chapter Grand Officers.
E Comp Barry then thanked all those who contributed to the lively debate and returned the Sceptre to E Comp Keith to conduct AOB, when the MEGS rose to give a Notice of Motion that at the next meeting he would be proposing Comp. David Medlock, the Provincial Grand Master Designate, as an Honorary member of the Chapter. This was followed by E Comp John Bennett who rose to give a Notice of Motion to propose E Comp David Dixon, 3rd Provincial Grand Principal Designate as a member of the Chapter.
The Chapter was closed and the companions proceeded down stairs to enjoy the Festive Board.
On Thursday 28th February the Chapter was pleased to receive a demonstration of “The Royal Arch in Camera” by E Comps Ray Beckingham, 2nd Prov Grand Principal, Maldwyn Davies and Charlie Barker. The Janitor gave an alarm on the door and E comp Charlie was admitted, wrongly dressed and giving the wrong salutation, which soon went as E Comp Ray put him straight! The three then ran through the in Camera with explanations of various parts of the Royal Arch ritual and historical information of the Officers in a Chapter.
On Completion a round of applause was given with thanks from the MEZ Simon Cassling, who once again had traveled over from Brussels that day.
The rest of the agenda then continued with the announcement of the three Principals to be installed in May, E Comp Peter Light as Z, Ken Clarke as H, and Michael Day as J, also the Treasurer, Comp Brian Whiteside, was announced.
The Chapter was closed after the rising and all adjourned to the Festive Board for a most convivial dinner.
The Provincial Team were out in force for the Exaltation meeting at the Vale of Jehoshaphat Chapter at Burnham-on-sea on Friday 22nd February. Despite a two vehicle fire on the M5 which caused several of the team being late for rehearsal, the Chapter was opened in due form by E Comp Ted Toon, MEZ, assisted by E Comps Graham Puddy, H, and Peter Greenway, J, before E Comp Chris Moore, PrGDC, requested admission. He announced that E Comp Barry K Woodside, MEGS, accompanied by his Team demanded admission. The Team processed in and MEZ proffered the Sceptre to E Comp Barry which was gratefully taken on this occasion.
The Provincial Officers then replaced the Chapter Officers ready for the next item on the Agenda – to Exalt Bro Paul Vinecombe. With MEGS directing the Team, E Comp Ray Beckingham, Pr 2nd Principal as H and E Comp Neil Hurcum as J. E Comp Clive Lambert read the Prayers, Readings and narrated what the Janitor was explaining outside the door to Bro Paul, with the Prov Sojourners, undertaking their several parts, together with E Comp David Parslow standing in as Scribe N.
The Mystical Lecture was given by E Comp Ray Conneely, PrDGDC, E comp Chris Moore, PrGDC, and E Comp Adrian Halliwell, PrLiaison Officer. On completion of the Exaltation MEGS presented Comp Paul with a set of cuff links, similar to the Provincial crest but with the Grand Superintendents crest in the centre. MEGS is continuing that of his predecessor E Comp John Bennett.
The MEGS then returned the Sceptre to MEZ and the Chapter Officers were reinstated. MEZ, E Comp Ted Toon, thanked MEGS and the Team for a wonderful evening and thought that it was an excellent Exaltation which demonstrated how the work can be split between the Principals and The Sojourners, which The Chapter were considering for adoption.
The Provincial Team processed out after the Second Rising for the Festive Board, which ended quite late.
The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent E Comp Barry Woodside has much pleasure in announcing that at the Provincial Convocation on 16th May he will install E Comp David Dixon of Royal Cumberland Chapter No.41 as Provincial 3rd Grand Principal.
E Comp David was Exalted into Royal Cumberland in April 2007 passing through all the offices becoming MEZ in November 2014. He was made 1st Assistant Provincial Grand Sojourner in May 2015. He became a joining member of Somerset 1st Principals in June that year.
We wish David all the best for the forthcoming year.
At the February meeting of 1966 we were pleased to receive E Comp Clive Lambert, DepGS, accompanied by E Comp Chris Moore, PrGDC. This was a special meeting as we received the Somerset Sceptre from Exmoor Chapter, No 2390, all the way from Minehead. The Sceptre was presented to E Comp Andrew Kerslake, MEZ, by E Comp Phil Thresher, MEZ of Exmoor, accompanied by seven companions, including E Comp John Bennett, hon member.
The evening’s work was to deliver the Historical and Symbolical Lectures given in Catechetical form by companions of 1966. E Comp Paul Spoors, J, directed the Historical and E Comp Keith Kerslake, stand in for H, directed the Symbolical. There followed an explanation of the HRA Tracing Board, this was under the direction of E Comp Jim Nicol, Scribe E, with the 16 parts spread around the members and guests. E Comp Bob Moore commented that it was the first time he had partaken in the explanation without being in charge!
E Comp Clive then presented a Grand Chapter Certificate to Comp Garry Beasley who was sporting an elegant NHS boot after dropping his motorcycle and fracturing his heel.
The chapter was then closed with hymn and the first verse of the National Anthem and most of the companions adjourned to the dining room for an excellent meal of Bangers and Mash followed by Treacle Tart and Custard, mmmmm! The toast to the visitors was given by E Comp Chris Summers and ably responded to by E Comp Phil Thresher.
PROVINCE OF SOMERSET CHAPTER OF BROTHERLY LOVE No. 329 CENTENARY CHAPTER Consecrated on November 16th 1822 Meeting on 28th February 2019 at 6:30pm E. COMP. Derek Marpole Z E. COMP. William Spregg H E. COMP. Anthony Rash J
6th February 2019
The Masonic Hall, Hendford, Yeovil, Somerset,BA20 1TQ
Dear Sir and Companion,
The next Regular Convocation of the Chapter will be held on Thursday 28th February 2019 at 6.30 pm to which your prompt attendance is requested. Yours sincerely and fraternally
Christopher Jeffery Scribe E
1. To confirm the minutes of the last Regular Convocation held on Thursday 15th November 2018 as circulated to all members.
2. To deal with any matters arising therefrom.
3. To read the minutes of the Regular Convocation 100 years ago.
4. (a) Supreme Grand Chapter Communications (b) Provincial Grand Chapter Communications Letter of thanks from E Comp N Hurcum 3rd Prov G Prin, Joint Chapter/Craft statement (c) Correspondence Resignation
5. To receive the Provincial Travelling Sceptre from the Companions of the Chapter of Fidelity & Sincerity No.1966
6. To Ballot for as a candidate for Exaltation Bro Robert John MITCHELL,
7. Subject to successful ballot to Exalt Bro Robert John MITCHELL
When you have spent many months organising a weekend in North Devon the last thing you want is a forecast of snow but this was the news that David Parslow, the Provincial Events Organiser, woke to on Thursday 31st January 2019 and the forecasters were right as on Friday morning the West Country received a fairly substantial coating of snow. Before long many telephone calls were being made, however the Durrant House Hotel confirmed that there was no snow in Bideford. Many people decided to leave a little later although by mid-morning the M5, A361 and the A39 were all passable with ease although a few people, those who lived in the more remote areas of Somerset, were stuck at home and would have to leave travelling until Saturday as they would have to be dug out from their homes and drives.
By 6pm on Friday most of those attending had checked in and the bars were beginning to fill. A ‘help yourself’ Buffet Supper was served at 7pm and, as usual, proved to be a wonderful selection of food. Following this the Ballroom was cleared and ‘Johnny’ the resident DJ took over and a very enjoyable evening was had by all.
Saturday is always a free day and although it was cold, it was a bright day and it is always surprising where people manage to travel on that day. However by late afternoon all were back at the hotel and getting ready for the main event on Saturday evening.
The evening commenced with the usual reception in the Sir Richard Bar and, due to the fact that the Grand Superintendent was on holiday, the event was hosted by the Deputy Grand Superintendent, Clive Lambert. This event really sets the scene for the evening and enables all Companions and their wives or partners to enjoy renewing friendships. Following this all Companions made their way to the Venetian Dining Room, where the Gala Dinner was to be held. The 2nd and 3rd Provincial Principals and their Ladies were welcomed into the Venetian Room by all those present and they were followed by the Deputy Grand Superintendent, E Companion Clive Lambert and Penny and after Grace, delivered by the 3rd Provincial Grand Principal the guest enjoyed a superb Dinner. After the Loyal Toast, the Toast to the Ladies was proposed by E Comp Alan Holton, the Past Deputy Grand Superintendent, whose humour and sincerity was much appreciated by all present.
A very touching reply to the Toast was given by Penny Fahe during which she thanked, on behalf of all the Ladies, the Province for organising a wonderful weekend. The formal part of the evening ended with the Deputy Grand Superintendent reading an Email from the Grand Superintendent wishing all those attending a very pleasant evening. The Deputy Grand Superintendent also thanked E Comp Graham Glazier and the Province of Dorset for their continued support. Dinner was followed by dancing with music again provided by ‘Freeway’.
Sunday morning was bright and dry and after breakfast all guest prepared to leave North Devon, many already looking forward to next year. 2020 will mark the 25th Anniversary of the first Provincial Grand Chapter Weekend held at the Rainbow Hotel Torquay in 1995.
If you are one of those Companions that have attended every Provincial Weekend since 1995 and intend to be at Bideford in 2020, E Comp David Parslow would like to hear from you, please contact him you might be in for a surprise.
If you wish to help us celebrate the 25th Anniversary please book in early.
With thanks for the Report by E Comp John Bennett, PGS