The St. Keyna Chapter held their Installation meeting which was attended by the Past 3rd Provincial Grand Principal Excellent Companion David Parslow, he was accompanied by our very own Director of Ceremonies Excellent Companion Mark Saunders.
The atmosphere was convivial and the three Principals were installed into their respective chairs with great sincerity.
The supper was very well received and all had a very enjoyable evening. The Chapter looks forward to October when the 2019 team will exalt a new companion.
St. Keyna Chapter welcomed Ex. Companion Barry Woodside, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset. He was accompanied by Ex. Comp Jefferey Lester, Past Prov ADC. He witnessed an Exaltation ceremony for our newest Companion, Comp. Darren Clark.
The meeting was well attended and Darren played an integral part and proved to be an excellent candidate.
The banquet was of a very good standard and all appeared to enjoy themselves as could be heard from the buzz in the dining room.
Excellent Companion Clive Lambert, Second Provincial Grand Principal, accompanied by Excellent Companion Ray Conneely, Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, attended St Keyna Chapter to see the Installation of the Chapters’ Third principal, Excellent Companion Steve Coles.
The evening was most enjoyable which included a demonstration of the Exhaltation ceremony by the new St Keyna team.
The enjoyment continued with the meal downstairs and a raffle was held in aid of Blood Bikes.
Thursday May 10th marked the date of the Installation at the St Keyna Chapter, which was very well attended. The meeting was preceded by the presentation of a cheque for £900 to the Brain Tumour Charity by the Principals and the Charity Steward, Comp Barry Dryland, to Emma Cronin, Community Fundraising Manager for the South West. (She is the one in the middle !!)
Through its fundraising activities and medical research it has convinced the NHS to commit over £30 million pounds to developing treatments and searching for methods to eradicate this condition which is highly prevalent in children. Partly due to their efforts and perseverance, the diagnosis time has been reduced from over 14 weeks to less than 7, enabling an earlier intervention leading to reduced recovery times and fewer fatalities.
The new Principals are E Comp Frank Sims as Z, E Comp Andrew Bardens as H and E Comp Steve Coles as J. The Chapter was honoured with the presence of E Comp Clive Lambert, 2nd Provincial Grand Principal, an old friend of the Chapter who delivered the address to the Principals in excellent fashion.
The festive board was first class and there was a great balance of humour, banter and camaraderie amongst the Companions, who were unanimous in their support for the newly installed Principals. The chapter is in for another great year.
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Grateful thanks to EComp Barry McCormack for this write up and photo.
The evening started with the reception of the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent and moved on to the ‘In Camera’ team of Excellent Companions Ray Beckingham, Andy Clapp and John Smith. They gave a very concise explanation of the meanings and symbolism of our workings in the Holy Royal Arch. The Companions and visitors were enthralled by the team.
A large contingent from the Royal Cumberland Chapter then presented the Somerset Sceptre to our Chapter for us to pass on to St. Luke’s Chapter on 21st March.
We then gave a rendition of the Symbolical and Historical lectures to our newest recruit, Comp Robert Edwards.
The evening was rounded off with an excellent meal in the presence of superb company.
The Somerset Sceptre was presented to the Stand in First Principal E Comp Barry McCormack by the First principal of Avalon Chapter No.446 at the last convocation of St. Keyna Chapter No. 1833 at their home in Keynsham.
The MEGS and Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies E Comp Adrian Halliwell were also in attendance to see the sceptre transferred into safe hands until being presented to St. Luke Chapter, Bath a week later.
The Chapter also carried out a demonstration of the Exaltation Ceremony for all assembled.
St. Keyna Chapter were honoured with the presence of, not one, but two MEGS at their October meeting. The candidate for exaltation, Bro. Martin Ewbank-Smith, had no idea that someone that he went to Infants, Primary and Grammar school with was going to be present to surprise him.
The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Dorset, Ex Comp Graham Lazier came to witness his old school friend being exalted into the Supreme Degree. To balance things up our own Most Excellent Grand Superintendent also attended. They were treated to an excellent ceremony which was well performed by all present.
Ex Comp Graham also gave an impeccable Address to the new Companion.