On what must have been the hottest day of the year so far, we held our Summer meeting at Yatton, where MEZ Ray Beckingham’s Chapter (Wrington Vale) meets – a busy and eventful agenda had 17 items!
Visitors from the Provinces of Cornwall, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire and Hereford were warmly (haha) welcomed, as well as First Principals of Somerset Chapters. Our own Grand Superintendent, Deputy and 2nd Provincial Principal were also present at this packed meeting.
Members of Abbey Chapter delivered the Travelling Sceptre for safe keeping,
after which the Chapter elected E Comp Ron Babbage as an Honorary Member and E Comps Richard Reeve, Alan Dummett and John Hewett as Joining Members.
The three Principals for 2018/2019 were then elected – Maldwyn Davies (Z), Andy Gray (H) and Richard Ellis (J). All three thanked the Companions for so honouring them. E Comp Bob Moore was re-elected as Treasurer, and he informs me that the cruise is booked!
To round off the meeting, E Comp Ray Beckingham delivered a very interesting and educational “Commentary on the Royal Arch” urging Companions to use it as a springboard for their own researches.
The Festive Board was a jolly affair, with dress code relaxed to permit removal of jackets – thank goodness!
This popular annual event will be held on Saturday 2nd June 2018,and is open to all Members & Wives also 1st Principals of Somerset Chapters with Wives or Partners.
To be held at the picturesque Wedmore Golf Club 7pm for 7-30pm
Three Course Dinner (choice of menu) including Coffee & Mints £18.00. Contact E. Comp Ray Beckingham, no later than 25th May, if you would like to attend.
6.00pm on Wednesday 6th September at Bridgwater, members of the Metropolitan Grand Chapter will present the next part of the Talking Heads dialogue, entitled ‘The Royal Arch in Camera – Your Chapter in Focus’. Be There or Be Square!
14th July saw a gathering of members and their wives for the Chapter annual dinner. This year, the Wedmore Golf Club not being available, MEZ John Rudge decided to try out The Webbington. We were in the Garden Suite and could well have risked eating outside as it was such a lovely evening!
E Comp John Rudge did well to make the event, having recently been in hospital. He presented his wife with a bouquet of flowers, thanking her for looking after him so well.
He also thanked members for attending what was a truly convivial evening. Good fellowship, good food and wine – what more could you ask for?
In the words of E. Comp. Andy Gray (that well-known wit and philosopher) “You wait 40 years for a banner and then 13 come along all at once!”
Thursday 22nd June 2017 will go down as one of the most memorable meetings in the Chapter’s history. On this auspicious date at Taunton Masonic Hall, the Chapter was joined by the Grand Superintendent and his Provincial Team in order to Dedicate the new Chapter Banner and 12 Tribal Ensigns.
Before that happened though, MEZ and their Excellencies welcomed visitors from the Provinces of Bristol, Gloucestershire & Hereford and Dorset, as well as visiting Principals of Somerset Chapters.
Comps. Charlie Barker (261), Brian Buckle (329) and Nigel Handbury (5221) were elected Joining Members and welcomed into the Chapter by the 3 Principals.
And now for the main event! The Grand Superintendent took the Chair, together with the 2nd and 3rd Provincial Principals and the new Banner was paraded into the Chapter, carried by E. Comp. Neville Harrison, a PZ of the Chapter.
The 12 Ensigns were already in place and with much pomp and ceremony, these were dedicated by the MEGS and Principals. The Chapter Banner and newly dedicated ensigns were then presented to the Chapter through MEZ E. Comp. John Rudge, who completed the ceremonial with an Oration on the origins and purpose of Banners.
Having worked so hard, the Provincial Team retired to the bar, the Chapter business was concluded and everyone else retired to the bar for a cooling thirst quencher before dining.
The dining room was buzzing with convivial chatter, and this memorable evening was brought to a close.
Don’t forget! Banner and Standards dedication by ME Grand Superintendent and the Provincial Team at our next meeting. Thursday 22nd June, 6.00pm start at Taunton Masonic Hall. Make sure you book now through Assistant Scribe E.
Minehead is not the easiest place to visit on a Friday afternoon, but M5 traffic didn’t deter a good number of members turning out for the 17th June meeting held by Dispensation at Minehead – only the second time this has happened in its history. According to one long-standing member – “this will now be a tradition of the Chapter”!
The Principals welcomed visitors to the Chapter, including, for the first time, the Worshipful Master of the Somerset Installed Masters Lodge, W Bro Paul Cooper. We hope the link between the Lodge and Chapter will be made stronger by continued visits of the WM to First Principals. If the WM is not a Companion, that can’t happen, of course, but we have plenty of application forms….
Three Joining Members were elected – E. Comps Ron Blackhurst, Ron Goacher and Edward White, but unfortunately Ron Goacher and Edward White couldn’t be present to be welcomed into the Chapter. This was followed by the election of the Principals for the ensuing year – John Rudge (Z), Ray Beckingham (H) and Maldwyn Davies (J)
First Principal Bob Moore settled into an interesting and thought provoking paper – ‘Reflections on Aspects of the Mystical Lecture’, which is well worth a repeat in the future.
The Chapter was closed and members made for the bar to cool off on what had turned into a warm evening.
The evening was rounded off with a convivial Festive Board…
The ever popular Annual Summer Dinner of the Somerset First Principals Chapter No. 3746 took place on Friday 11th July 2014 at the picturesque Wedmore Golf Club.
On arrival Companion’s & their ladies were greeted by our Grand Superintendent D. John Bennett accompanied by his Deputy Bob Moore together with their ladies, Jenny & Val. To complete this distinguished welcoming committee, Second & Third Provincial Grand Principals Barry Woodside & Ray Beckingham together accompanied by their ladies Peggy & Chris made the set!