Companions apologise yet again for the lateness of this post as the ill health spotlight got me again, not that I am particularly unwell just lots of me is broken.
The meeting was held on 14th October 2019 at Yatton our usual home with the DC having some thing to worry about J, E Comp Gary Sharp was unavoidably detained at work. E Comp John D Bennett PGSupt stood in as J, I think John is work harder now than he did when he was Grand Superintendent. The meeting was the Exalt Bro Ian Burbage AKA “Babs” of The Forest of Mendip Lodge. The meeting went as they usually do at Wrington Vale with the 3 Principles working hard to produce a good ceremony for Ian, which they did. The Sojourners gave excellent performances as did the Companions who gave the lectures but then they always do! Comp Ian enjoyed the ceremony and looked impressed but the drama didn’t end there, it was the Treasurers turn too worry. The catering staff were having problems with the cooking range so there was a last minute change to the festive board menu, we got away with it.
For the future the Installation meeting is on the 9th of December 2019 and E Comp David Dixon, Third Provincial Grand Principle is visiting us and E Comp Ben White is having another go at J. We have a candidate to Exalt next year, the usual lectures to give so the start of next year for Decembers team is starting to shape up nicely.
The fun for me never stops for me, on the 22nd November I am having a total knee replacement and knee cap resurfacing so my Wife will bring me to the Installation meeting and I might have a ride on Yatton’s stair lift.
Companions I apologise for being a bit late with this post but I have been laid for the past week with an awful virus which I picked up at our meeting or next day at Fraternal visit to Exmouth which made me dizzy, burning up and a thumping head ache. My Wife grounded me from a meeting I was due to go to at Bath! Our 462nd Convocation was a very good and a smooth running evening with every one working very hard for the benefit of Bro Day, from the look on his face he was impressed and rightly so. From chatting to him he will be a very keen member of our Chapter. We where also honoured with the Presence of E Comp D John Bennett Past Grand Superintendent For Somerset and obviously E Comp Ray Beckingham Second Provincial Grand Principal and E Comp Neil Hurcum Third Provincial Grand Principal both produced their usual excellent contributions to the Ceremony( they are members). Even our guest don’t sit on the side lines E Comp Darrell Hinder Provincial Grand Sojourner joined in as Principal Sojourner and carried out his part with flair and did an excellent job. So again it was another very good meeting at Wrington Vale with the work being carried to our usual high standards. Our next meeting is Monday 13th May which will be an Exaltation as we have 3 Candidates waiting to join!! Don’t forget The Provincial Convocation on 16th May at the Webbington.
On a chilly 9th January evening 6 Companions from Wrington Vale Chapter made their way to Taunton to deliver the Somerset Sceptre to the Chapter of Sincerity, namely E Comp I Angell(MEZ), E Comp R Beckingham Second Provincial Grand Principal, E Comp, P Henley, E Comp M Golding, Comp D Golding and of course myself. Also present was E Comp Barry K. Woodside, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset. The MEGS was accompanied by a number of Active Provincial Officers including E Comp C Moore, The Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies. So really no place to hide. We all met up in the robing room casually chatting when MEZ asked the question who has the Sceptre I believe the reply was you do! to which he gave a negative reply, the last time he saw it was when it was presented to E Comp D Weatherill prior to Decembers installation. Scribe E could not be contacted, so advice was sought and we were told last time this happened a block of wood was used! Diligent search was made for said block of wood to no avail then a more frantic search for a suitable replacement was made the best we could come up with was a hammer, not really suitable as MEZ might take the easy way out and knock himself unconscious with it. So after MEGS and the Provincial team entered the Temple,we processed in and Ian did a very good job of “figuratively” presenting the Somerset Sceptre to The Chapter of Sincerity, which was received with smiles all round.
To the members of Wrington Vale I would recommend a visit to The Chapter of Sincerity as their ritual is very different to ours and interesting to witness, of course it was no help to Ian in preparing for February’s meeting. As to the location of miscreant Sceptre many helpful suggestions were banded around, the boot of Ian’s car or maybe Mrs Angell has found it thinking it was a present and is now proudly displaying it on a shelf at home and other such useful comments. However we strongly believe a very enthusiastic Companion when packing up after Decembers meeting has put it in the cupboard at Yatton(hopefully).
Companions last night we held the installation of E Comp Ian Angell as 1st Principal of the Chapter and we were honoured with the presence of E Comp Barry. K. Woodside, The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset, accompanied by E Comp Geof J Lester, Past Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, E Comp D Smith, Provincial Grand Standard Bearer and E Comp P.J. Harris Provincial Grand Steward. With a delegation from The Chapter of Perpetual Friendship no 135 to present the Somerset Sceptre, as it was MEGS first visit to our Chapter really not a meeting to be missed but we only managed 25 in the Temple.
Numbers aside E Comp David Weatherill the out going 1st Principal installed his successor with his well polished and near faultless ritual (I can say that as I was IPZ with the book). Ian took the centre chair and I suspect first night nerves got the better of him as he had a bit of a shaky start which was transmitted to H, E Comp John Vowels but all credit to them they pulled it together, J, E Comp Gary Sharp sat there oblivious (next time, he has the Historical lecture to do!). Once they got themselves under control they finished off the rest of the work very competently. Well done.
Companions once you take that middle chair the realisation dawns on you that everyone is looking at you and hanging on your next word. With MEGS looking at you along with the 2nd and 3rd Provincial Grand Principals there is a touch or two of pressure. Of which I can whole heartedly understand as the WM of Hallam Lodge of Mark Master Masons at my last ceremony of Advancement the Assistant Grand Master was with us on a private visit, along with The Provincial Grand Master for Somerset, The Deputy Provincial Grand Master for Somerset, PGM for Monmouthshire, PPGM for Monmouthshire, a number of Grand Officers and Active Provincial Grand Officers. I could feel Ian’s pain. As they say we got there in the end with excellent performances from the supporting Companions as well. The evening was topped off with an nontraditional Christmas dinner! Thanks to our very charming Treasurer and Catering Officer E Comp David Bussell, but it tasted good. My rather pleasant evening was rounded off with me winning the rather good quality bottle of Whiskey in the raffle. All in all we had a good night and to those absent Companions, we missed you.
Dates for your dairy: 9th January 2019 – we are taking The Somerset Sceptre to The Chapter of Sincerity 261 at Taunton so come on Companions support Ian on his first trip out as 1st Principal. Also the second Monday in February, which is our next meeting when our new team will be preforming an Exaltation, also don’t forget the Chapter weekend in Bideford (contact Scribe E). The next couple of years looks good for Wrington Vale we have three confirmed candidates and one doing the paperwork. I almost forgot during the risings The MEGS announced that I was receiving at the May Provincial meeting first appointment as Provincial Grand Steward which makes me feel very proud and humbled at the same time and I am looking forward to it, also it is another honour to Wrington Vale Chapter. Companions have a very Happy Christmas and hopefully a successful New Year, see you all soon.
Companions, myself with a few members of Wrington Vale Chapter attended the Webbington Hotel on the 18th October to witness the installation of the new Most Excellent Grand Superintendent of and over the Province of Somerset, E Comp Barry K Woodside. As usual when we go to the Webbington the sun comes out and it becomes very hot in the hall.
The meeting was very well attended with all Chapters represented and only a very few empty chairs,(this will not be a long post as the minutes have already been published) there was also a large number of Chapter dignitaries form across the country. It was a very good ceremony well worth attending as these events only come around normally every 10 years(that was my second!) It was with immense pride that the Companions of Wrington Vale watched MEGS install E Comp Ray Beckingham as Second Provincial Grand Principle and E Comp Neil Hurcum as Third Provincial Grand Principle, a real honour for our Chapter. It was not a long meeting but well worth the trip to the Webbington. Companions if you ever get the opportunity to witness the Installation of any Masonic Leader in any Order that your in I recommend that you try and go, as I said they don’t come around very often. There is the chance to go along to one next year, when the date comes up put it in your dairy. I apologise for this post being late but for the past couple of weeks I have been dealing with a poorly dog with multiple trips to Langford Animal Hospital, She’s on the mend you would think there had been nothing wrong with her.
Monday 8th October saw our 460th convocation, which started with remembering the following Companions that had passed to the Grand Chapter above: E Comp Roy Brookman; E Comp Walter Wood and Comp Cedric Platt.
The Chapter was honoured with the presence of E Comp. D John Bennett, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset, accompanied by E Comp G.J Lester Past Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies. As we did not have a candidate we had decided to catch up on two of the Holy Royal Arch lectures, namely the Historical and the Symbolic in catechetical form (that was a mouth full for Z) both were done very well and meaningfully. For the new Companions catechetical means breaking the lecture into a form of questions and answers H takes the lead and 8 other Companions answer the questions, I was acting H and at least this time I didn’t miss anyone out!
It was a short but very useful and educational meeting and all in all very enjoyable, one really not to be missed. As we had a bit of time E Comp Ray explained about Solomon, which is a collection of lectures for Craft and Holy Royal Arch. E Comp Ian Angell was confirmed as Z elect, E Comp John Vowels, H, and Comp Gary Sharp, J. Installation is on the 10th December, so Companions lets have a good attendance to support E Comps David and Ian. The meeting ended early and with much delight the excellent festive board started early as well, all proceedings finishing just after 2100hrs (9pm).
2019 is our Centenary year so its is something to look forward to. The plans at the moment are to celebrate with a Chapter banner and the possibility of a Centenary Jewel, I imagine there’s more to come. Companions don’t forget the 18th at the Webbington, see you all there.
Companions, for those that missed the May meeting you missed out on a very interesting, detailed and informative talk on the Woman’s Order of Freemasonry by E Comp Sybil Vosey. As in previous years we decided to entertain our Ladies including them in the talk as well as the festive board.
We opened dealt with a bit of administration called off and our Ladies joined us with E Comp Sybil and her driver another Lady E Comp, followed by the Grand Superintendent and his team. E Comp Sybil then gave us a very detailed talk on the history, structure, Lodges and Orders of the Woman’s Order of Freemasonry. They started a bit different to us in that they where part of a French Co-ed Masonry, which means they admitted men and woman together. They broke away and formed their own female only order, their structure is similar to ours they have most of the other degrees as we do, they use the same regalia as we do except they wear a white gown like the Sojourners but a bit more feminine. The local lodge is Aqua Sulis 158, meeting near Bath, they hold their installation at Keynsham Masonic Hall. 2013 was the Order’s centenary.
After the talk the Ladies left, we called back on, MEGS and his team departed in due form, we finished off any outstanding business and closed.
A rather pleasant and relaxed evening which was finished off with a very good Festive Board.
On the 12th February Wrington Vale Chapter was treated to one of the best if not the best exhalations I have been privileged to witness. The Provincial Team lead by MEGS carried out the exhalation of Bro Ken Avery, taking over just after we installed H. with the Grand Superintendent as Z, Second Grand Principal as H and Third Grand Principal as J. The Deputy Grand Superintendent carried out the narration of what the Janitor was saying to Ken outside the Temple during the ceremony. We were also joined by MEGs from Hampshire and Isle of Wight, Wiltshire and Dorset, plus a good number of Companions from those Provinces (we had 80 in total). The ceremony that followed can not have failed to impress Bro Ken (I was impressed as were the Companions), with the Temple full and the standard of the work was faultless, it all must have made Ken feel very privileged that evening. E Comp D John Bennett as Z gave what can only described as a shining example of how to perform the Exhalation Ceremony the correct way which was ably backed up by the 2nd and 3rd Grand Principals and the rest of the Provincial Officers who took part in the evening. Just to cap off Ken’s ceremony the visiting Grand Superintendents perfectly preformed the Mystical Lecture.
The Companions of Wrington Vale were given a real treat that night and we feel proud and privileged that such a prestigious ceremony was preformed in our Chapter. I turned up early and was asked to stand in for J for the entire meeting, I am very pleased I did as I feel very honoured to have been involved in the ceremony albeit a small part as Wrington Vale Principals were treated to a night off.
Then to top it off we had an excellent festive board which was punctuated with a very happy and friendly atmosphere, all in all very good evening was enjoyed by all who attended. I took a number of photographs which I will put on another post.
On the 8th February I was the guest of Comp J Jones at Tyntesfield Chapter, it was a real pleasure 1, to sit and watch after handing over as Z in December and 2, to witness a Chapter showing strength and resilience. That afternoon disaster struck in the form of a number of principle officers cancelling for genuine reasons, from family emergencies, stuck,on public transport and the like. Although it was a demonstration the candidate was missing as well, a potential nightmare. The Grand Superintendent showed his commitment to the order and stood in as candidate and a number of the Provincial team took on the missing jobs as did other members of the Chapter. The resulting ceremony was a credit to all members of the Chapter, MEGS and the Provincial Team turning disaster into success. Z couldn’t of been criticised if he cancelled the demonstration and had someone give a talk/lecture. An enjoyable ceremony was followed up by an excellent festive board. I have wrote this short post for Comp Rob Collins the CLO of Tyntesfield Chapter as he is yet to receive his access codes. Attached pictures, me looking stunned and myself, Rob and Jerry by the Tyntesfield honours board.