Calderley Chapter 2nd March 2020

This was the first meeting of Calderley at Clevedon since it’s Consecration. The three Principals entered the Chapter, E comps Keith Fisher as Z, Ray Beckingham as H and John Bennett as J, standing in for Matt Wesley who was in hospital.

When the Chapter was opened E Comp Ray Conneely, PrDepDC, announced that the Chapter was to be honoured by the presence of E Comp Barry Woodside, MEGS.

Following a Notice of Motion given by E Comp John Bennett the Past Prov Grand Masters, Rulers of other degrees were balloted for Honorary Membership. The ballot proved clear and those companions were made Honorary Members. E Comp Ray Johnstone-Smith, Inspector General of the Ancient and Accepted Rite, thanked the companions for that honour.

Next item was to Induct the three Principals, E Comp Ray Beckingham as MEZ, Matt Westley, could not be inducted, E Comp Richard Ellis acted in his absence as H, and E Comp Chris Summers as J. The Principals then reappointed many of the Officers and those others taking Officers were presented with their collars. MEGS gave the Address to the Principals.

MEGS then took the chair of Z and proceeded to advise that needed to be increased and charged the CLOs to try and get those unattached Companions to rejoin. There are some 558 unattached in Somerset. Of course there are many reasons why they wish to be unattached: age; ability; financial plus many other. A working group has been set up to look into this headed by yE Comps Chris Moore and Clive Lambert. Chris is looking into the status of these companions, where they live, why they resigned and how to approach them, then the Project can get started, Interesting point made by E Comp John Bennett was that though you may resign from a Chapter one is still a Companion, to resign fully you must return your Chapter Certificate to Supreme Grand Chapter. Also you have to be a subscribing member of the Craft to be a Companion in the HRA. The aim is for Retrieval and recovery. Though it is not wholly the CLOs to undertake this task but on every companion to assist.

MEGS then returned the Sceptre to MEZ and the chapter was closed with companions heading for a very convivial Festive Board.

The Principals: ER Comps Chris Summers, J, Ray Beckingham, MEZ and Richard Ellis, acting H

Apologies for the lateness of this report but I have been away.

Adrian Halliwell
Provincial Liaison Officer

CHAPTER OF BROTHERLY LOVE 329 FEBRUARY MEETING 2020 

Thursday 27th February saw the first regular meeting at the Yeovil Masonic Hall of the newly installed Principals.

The meeting was honoured with the presence of David Dixon, 3rd Provincial Grand Principal, and his escorting Officer Sandy Glenn, Past Prov AGDC, who had decided to sit in to witness the rather different opening of the Chapter. The Chapter was then opened it its own usual style. 

The MEZ, E. Comp. Bill Spregg proffered the Sceptre to the 3rd Provincial Grand Principal who said that in view of the differences in the ritual of the Chapter and the obvious amount of effort that had obviously been undertaken by all for the evening and he was not going to take that away from them and he returned the Sceptre.

Comp Ken Crang delivered a heartfelt eulogy in respect of Comp Ron Tuttiett who had passed to the Supreme Grand Chapter above. The Chapter stood in respect of departed merit

The usual business was completed followed by the reading of the Antient Minutes and the Chapter was then infused with incense.

The meeting continued with the exaltation of Brother Christopher James of the Lodge of Brotherly Love No.329. A delightful ceremony culminated by E. Comp. David Dixon, 3rd Provincial Grand Principal, welcoming Companion Chris James into the Holy Royal Arch and in particular to the Province of Somerset

After the usual business and risings the Chapter was closed and the Companions retired to the festive board.

SOUTH OF THE BORDER, DOWN MEXICO WAY? DEVON ACTUALLY

On the evening of the 20th February 2020 the ME Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset, E.Comp. Barry Woodside, accompanied by his 2rd Provincial Grand Principal E.Comp. Ray Beckingham, the Past Provincial Grand Superintendent E.Comp. D John Bennett, plus Grand and Provincial Grand Officers, on the personal invitation of E.Comp. Arthur Rowe (dressed in a bright red waist coat) sojourned to Sidmouth, on the SOUTH COAST, not Mexico, but down Devonshire way.

The delegation from Somerset received an extremely warm welcome from the companions of PERSEVERANCE CHAPTER No164 on the occasion of their 99th Installation Convocation. An extended welcome was also received from the ME Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Devonshire, E.Comp. Simon Rowe who was also accompanied by his Provincial Officers. The past Grand Superintendent of Royal Berkshire, E.Comp. Benford now residing in Holsworthy, Devon, was also in attendance.

A most enjoyable and social festive board was well attended, where the wine, food and conversation flowed in splendid profusion. Old acquaintances were reunited and new friendships established. Thank you E.Comp. Arthur Rowe, now residing, South of the border down “Devonshire way” for a most appreciated and memorable invitation.

John. M. Griffin. PGStB.

F & S Have a Quiet Meeting in February

We had a very small number attending this meeting so we were pleased to receive E Comp Clive Lambert, Deputy Grand Superintendent, here in Wellington. E Comp Chris Moore, Prov DC, entered the Chapter immediately it was opened to announce that E Comp Clive was outside the door, accompanied by E Comps Chris Summers, PGStdB, Jim Nicol, Prov Ass Scribe E, and John Brown, Prov 2nd AssGSoj. Clive was welcomed by MEZ, Jason Vincent, proffered the Sceptre, which was returned post haste.

The minutes were duly confirmed and the Almoner, E Comp Keith Smith, gave a report on those companions and or wives who were unwell.

MEZ then announced the next labour of the evening was to give the Historical and Symbolical lectures. Both of these lectures were given in catechetical form by companions under direction of E Comp Chris Waterhouse, J, and E Comp Paul Spoors, H. This went well with the companions having learnt there parts.

The next item was to present an explanation of the Tracing Board. E Comp Jim Nicol lead the lecture and Companions read from the pages distributed by the DC, E Comp Adrian Halliwell. With 19 parts to this presentation only four people without anything to read!

E Comp Clive then presented a Supreme Grand Chapter Certificate to Comp Alan Clayton, who had been Exalted at our November meeting.

Under the 2nd and 3rd Risings DGS congratulated those companions from 1966 who would be promoted or first appointments at the forthcoming Provincial Convocation in May, to which acclamation was given. On the fourth rising Comp Simon Gamlin proposed a candidate for Exaltation which was seconded by E Comp Adrian Halliwell.

Obviously three demob happy Principals

The Chapter was closed in peace and harmony the Principals and DGS retired and the companions returned the Chapter to a Craft Lodge. An enjoyable Festive Board was had, E Comp Chris Summers gave a sincere visitor’s toast and E Comp Peter Thomas responded on behalf of the five visitors.

Provincial Chapter Weekend at Bideford 2020

The Provincial Grand Chapter of Somerset on the weekend of the 7th, 8th and 9th of February 2020, celebrated its 25th Anniversary of its Provincial Weekend in North Devon, at the Durrant Hotel, Bideford.

The event hosted by the Grand Superintendent, E.Comp. Barry Woodside, and his delightful wife Peggy, turned out to be a raging success. Many thanks to the organiser E.Comp. David Parslow who no doubt had assistance from his wife.

The companions were made to feel most welcome by the staff of  the Durrant Hotel at Bideford, North Devon. The food was excellent and the venue which culminated in and excellent dinner and the Grand Ball was superb. Even the live band who provided music at a volume level which did not impede conversation did an excellent job.

A contingent of companions and their ladies from Perpetual Friendship Chapter No135, Bridgwater, enjoyed a very pleasant and social weekend. Old friends got together and new friendship made. This 25th Anniversary certainly should be recorded in our archive for posterity. I am lead to believe the event was supported by 180 dining and attending the evening in this milestone of such a successful Provincial Grand Chapter of Somerset.

E Comp John Griffin

Some photos courtesy of John Griffin

Peg’s behind you Barry

 

If you have any photos or a write-up please send them to me at: clo@somersetroyalarch.org, thanks.
Adrian
Provincial Liaison Officer

Going to Bideford? Photos required

Dear Companions all.

I am not attending the Provincial Weekend at Bideford but would very much appreciate if you take any photographs would you please send me a copy so I can include it on this website. Also if you fancy doing a write-up for the weekend could you also forward it to me.

Any contributions would be most gratefully received.

Adrian
Provincial Liaison Officer
adrian.halliwell@talktalk.net

50th Veterans Certificate presentation to E Comp Ian Jacobs

On Monday 25th November the Grand Superintendent travelled up to Wiltshire to Lansdowne Chapter No. 626 meeting in Chippenham to accompany the Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Wiltshire, E Comp John Reid with the sole purpose of a joint 50th Veterans Certificate presentation to E Comp Ian Jacobs a Past Grand Superintendent of Wiltshire, 1995-2008.

E Comp Ian Jacobs was the consecrating Joshua of Calderley Chapter of Union No. 906 when it was consecrated on the 7th April 2011 at The Webbington Hotel and Spa, Loxton. The full consecrating team was selected by the officiating First Principal, E Comp Denis Calderley a Past Grand Superintendent of Somerset.

All of the consecrating team had been selected from a selection of Past Grand Superintendents from our adjoining Provinces who just happened to have served in their respective Provinces at the same time as E Comp Denis; their participation resulted in them all being made Honorary Members of the Chapter.

The three Principals of the Chapter, E Comp’s C M Tarbitten (Z), M J Emmett (H) and P Ginger (J) on behalf of the members of the Chapter presented E Comp Ian with a magnificently engraved whisky decanter and twin whisky glasses, much to Ian’s utter dismay and delight, particularly as he had no idea as to what was install for him, there being no mention of any such presentation in the Chapter Summons, the only agenda items reflecting the customary chapter business. It was only to be the high attendance that aroused Ian’s suspicions that something was afoot. With the formalities of the presentation completed E Comp Ian took full advantage to address the chapter with an emotional recounting of his happy 50-year service to the Holy Royal Arch and finally thanking all the companions for their friendship and support throughout his extraordinary and privileged Royal Arch Journey.

Following a full agenda and with the presentations successfully concluded, the companions retired to the ground floor dining room where a hearty and enjoyable festive board of stew and dumplings was enjoyed by all.

ST GEORGE’S DECEMBER MEETING 2019

The Chapter was opened and E Comp Neil Tinkley, PrAsstGDC, announced that E Comp Barry Woodside, MEGS, was without accompanied by three Supreme Grand Chapter Officers and a member of the Provincial Team, and demanded admission. An escort was formed and MEGS entered the Chapter and was warmly greeted by MEZ, E Comp Peter Light.

The meeting then proceeded with Minutes and AOB then a Ballot was held for Bro Vaughn Whereat which, thank goodness, proved clear, as he was the candidate for the evening. The Exaltation then proceeded with excellent ritual from the main two Companions, MEZ and stand in Principal Sojourner, E Comp Neil Troud.

    

On the Second Rising MEGS delivered the 50 year’s Certificate for E Comp John Widdicombe. He also gave a resumé E Comp John’s life through Masonry and in particular the Holy Royal Arch. Unfortunately E Comp John is in poor health and cannot make the meetings and it was asked if the Almoner, E Comp Rod Green, would arrange for the Certificate to be delivered.

E Comp Adrian Halliwell
Provincial Liaison Officer

PROVINCIAL GRAND CHAPTER OFFICERS 2020/21.

  • The MEGS is pleased to announce the following first Appointments and Promotions to be invested at the Provincial Convocation on 21st May 2020 at the Webbington Country Club and Spa, Loxton
Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra E.Comp. BEAUMONT Anthony John A.J. Taunton Deane 5221
Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah E.Comp. HALLIWELL Adrian A. J Fidelity & Sincerity 1966
Provincial Grand Treasurer E.Comp. HAYES Terence David T.D. Avalon 446
Provincial Grand Registrar E.Comp. REINA Roger R.F. Avalon 446
Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies E.Comp. MOORE Christopher C. Exmoor 2390
Provincial Grand Sword Bearer E.Comp. WILSON Stephen S. Eldon 1755
Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies E.Comp. STONE Richard R. Brotherley Love 329
Provincial Grand Almoner E.Comp. SMITH John N.D.J. Royal Cyrus 285
Provincial Grand Charity Steward E.Comp. CLAPP Andrew Stewart A.S. Inkerman 1222
Provincial Principal Grand Sojourner E.Comp. BARKER Charles C. Sincerity 261
Provincial 1st Assistant Grand Sojourner E.Comp. KARN Roger R. Royal Cumberland 41
Provincial 2nd Assistant Grand Sojourner E.Comp. DREDGE Richard R. Dungarvan 973
Provincial Assistant Grand Scribe Ezra E.Comp. NICOL James Edward J.E. Fidelity & Sincerity 1966
Provincial Grand Standard Bearer E.Comp. WEATHERILL David D. Wrington Vale 1199
Provincial Grand Standard Bearer E.Comp. GRIFFIN Derrick D. St. Keyna 1833
Provincial Grand Organist Comp. RENWICK Barrington John B.J. Fidelity & Sincerity 1966
Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies E.Comp. WATTS Graham G. Royal Cyrus 285
Provincial Grand Steward E.Comp. NATHAN Michael M. Brotherley Love 329
Provincial Grand Steward E.Comp. DERRICK Glynn G. Adair 1750
Provincial Grand Steward E.Comp. ROSS Angus A. Abbey 4491
Provincial Grand Steward E.Comp. BURTON Mark M. Tyntesfield 4494
Provincial Grand Janitor E.Comp. JOHNSTONE-SMITH Ray R. Perpetual Friendship 135
             
Appointments to Past Provincial Rank (Reg 31a)
Past Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah E.Comp. CHIDZEY Peter P. Fidelity & Sincerity 1966
Past Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies E.Comp. DUMMETT Alan A. Quantock 4446
Past Provincial Grand Sojourner E.Comp. BATLEY Ben B. Avalon 446
Past Provincial Grand Sojourner E.Comp. BLINSTON Harry H. Inkerman 1222
Past Provincial Grand Sojourner E.Comp. BLACKHURST Ron R. First Principals 3746
Past Provincial Grand Sojourner E.Comp. HILL Kevin K. Taunton Deane 5221
Past Provincial Assistant Grand Sojourner E.Comp. PERRY Chris C. Vale of Jehoshaphat 291
Past Provincial Assistant Grand Sojourner E.Comp. THOMAS Jeremy J. King Alfred 3169
Past Provincial Grand Standard Bearer E.Comp. FRAYLING Russell R. Wrington Vale 1199
Past Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies Comp. JONES Ron R. Parrott & Axe 814
             
Promotions to Past Provincial Rank (Reg.33)
Past Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah E.Comp. WAKELY David D. Parrott & Axe 814
Past Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah E.Comp. OSBORNE Peter P. Adair 1750
Past Provincial Grand Registrar E.Comp. PERKS Jim J. Avalon 446
Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer E.Comp. THOMAS Trevor T. Perpetual Friendship 135
Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer E.Comp. HUGHES Keiran K. Sincerity 261
Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer E.Comp. HONOR Martin M. Royal Cyrus 285
Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer E.Comp. CHEDZEY Philip P. Vale of Jehoshaphat 291
Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer E.Comp. CHANT Stephen S. Dungarvan 973
Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer E.Comp. SMITH David D. Inkerman 1222
Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer E.Comp. GALE Richard R. Fidelity & Sincerity 1966
Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer E.Comp. SMITH Colin C. Exmoor 2390
Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer E.Comp. SPARKES Simon S. King Alfred 3169
Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer E.Comp. CLARK Frank F. Tyntesfield 4494
Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer E.Comp. ASHBY Peter P. Taunton Deane 5221
Past Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies E.Comp. WEBB Chris C. Royal Cumberland 41
Past Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies E.Comp. CANNON Eddie E. St. Keyna 1833
Past Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies E.Comp. PARRY Brian H.B. Abbey 4491
Past Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies E.Comp. GILL David D. St. Lukes 6540
Past Provincial Grand Almoner Comp. DYER Chris C. Perpetual Friendship 135
Past Provincial Grand Almoner E.Comp. WALKER Ian I. Parrott & Axe 814
Past Provincial Grand Sojourner E.Comp. WADE Andrew A. Marine 232
Past Provincial Grand Sojourner E.Comp. BAILEY Roger R. Sincerity 261
Past Provincial Grand Sojourner E.Comp. TINKLEY Neil N. Brotherley Love 329
Past Provincial Grand Sojourner E.Comp. JONES Barry B. Wrington Vale 1199
Past Provincial Grand Sojourner E.Comp. BROWN John J.E. Fidelity & Sincerity 1966
Past Provincial Assistant Grand Sojourner E.Comp. BROOKE Chris C. Connaught 3573
Past Provincial Assistant Grand Sojourner E.Comp. MANSELL Jon J.E. Tyntesfield 4494
             
Additional Appointments
Provincial Archivist E.Comp. GRAY Andy A. Adair 1750
Provincial Liaison Officer E.Comp. HALLIWELL Adrian A. Fidelity & Sincerity 1966
Provincial Events Organiser E.Comp. PARSLOW David D. Eldon 1755
Provincial Web Team Leader E.Comp. PARSLOW David D. Eldon 1750
Provincial Learning and Development Officer E.Comp. BECKINGHAM Ray R. Wrington Vale 1199
Provincial Assistant Learning and Development Officer E.Comp. DAVIES Maldwyn M. Taunton Deane 5221
Provincial Craft and Royal Arch Rep Co-ordinator E.Comp. HURCUM Neil N. Wrington Vale 1199
Provincial Triple Taulk Editor E.Comp. MAY Julian J. St. Lukes 6540