3rd Grand Principal attends Inkerman Banner Dedication/Installation

The Chapter was opened in due form half an hour earlier than originally advertised but no was caught out, as everyone, well nearly everyone arrived very early. The numbers were 55 a very good turn out for a Chapter.

The Chapter was Honoured with the presence of  ME Third Grand Principal Most Excellent Comp Gareth Jones, OBE, as guest of honour and of course our very own, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, in and over the Province of Somerset, E Comp Barry K Woodside, accompanied by the full works in the names of, Deputy Grand Superintendent, E Comp Clive A F Lambert, PGSwdB, The Second Provincial Grand Principal, E Comp Raymond F Beckingham, PAGSoj and Third Provincial Grand Principal, E Comp David J Dixon, together with the Provincial Team. Everything had been worked through with  E Comp Chris Moore, PrGDC, and E Comp Jim Mitchell, Grand Standard Bearer. MEGS entered the Chapter with his escort was greeted by the acting  ME, E Comp Harry Blinston who proffered the Sceptre and the MEGS at first returned it to Harry, who had a look of horror on his face! then MEGS realised that he was taking the chair and took it back.  The relief on Harry’s face was obvious, I suspect that Barry was having a bit of fun with Harry. The Second and Third Provincial Grand Principals occupied the chairs of H and J. The PrGDC then replaced the Chapter ScN, Soj’s and Jan with the PrScN, PrSoj’s and the acting PrJan (me).

E Comp Jim Mitchell, GDC (acting) with E Comp Chris Moore, PrGDC

There was a report on the the door that the Grand Standard Bearer requested admission, he was admitted and reported that The Third Grand Principal was outside the door and demanded admission. He was admitted, accompanied by Grand Officers, paid due homage to the alter, was greeted by the MEGS and proffered the Sceptre which he returned to MEGS with dignity and took his seat. The G Supt gave and explanation as to the purpose of tonight’s Banner dedication, being Inkerman Chapter’s 150th year celebration, then called upon their Acting Z who gave a short but detail explanation of Inkerman Chapter’s history and the  purpose of the meeting.

The Banner Deputation: L to R: Comp Lieutenant Col Ralph Howard, E Comps Julian Brown, J, Roger Brigland, H, and Harry Blinston

The PrGDC  formed the deputation of the three Chapter Principals and Comp Lieutenant Col Ralph Howard to conduct the Banner into the chapter which was done with the Companions in good voice. Acting Z then presented the Banner to MEGS it was collected by the PrGStdb, uncovered. MEGS conducted the ceremony of Dedicating the  the new Banner with companions again in good voice as it was paraded around the Chapter, assisted by the guest organist.  PrG J gave the Dedication prayer. MEGS then presented the banner to E Comp H Blinston. The ceremony was completed with an excellent and very interesting Oration by E Comp D Dixon 3rd PrG Principal where he expanded on the history of the Chapter and how it got its name from a battle in the Crimean War. The PrG J gave the  Patriarchal Benediction followed by a hymn. The Chapter Principals and Officers resumed their positions.

Then the rest of the Chapter business was conducted which was to Induct E Comp Syd Brailey as Z, as he was the oldest member of the Chapter (91) to celebrate the Chapter’s 150th year he was honoured with being the Chapter’s 1st Principal for the year, he assured all present that he did not attended the Chapter’s Consecration.

The Chapter was then closed in due form with the Third Grand Principal being escorted by the Provincial Grand Principals, the Chapter Principals and Grand Officers. It was a very good dedication ceremony which went smoothly and was enjoyed by all present. It was followed by a very good festive board which was conducted in good humour and harmony, finishing just after 2200hrs.

E Comp Barry Jones PrGStwd,
CLO Wrington Vale Chapter 1199.

More photographs will be added shortly

Inkerman Installation Ceremony 26th September 2016

Inkerman Chapter No 1222 held their Installation Convocation on Monday 26th September 2016 when they were honoured by the presence of E Comp Maldwyn Davies, 2nd Provincial Grand Principal for Somerset, accompanied by E Comp Adrian Halliwell, Provincial Dupty Grand Director of Ceremonies.

Pictured are E Comps Harry Blinston (H), Maldwyn Davies, 2ndProvGP, George Clitherow  (Z), Adrian Halliwell ProvDGDC, Andrew Heathcotte (J). & In the corner Ex Comps Ian Pickett Asst ProvGDC for Somerset


Quadripartite Gathering at Inkerman Chapter

Monday 27th January saw Companions from Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire & Isle of Wight, as well as Somerset, heading for Weston-super-Mare, not to get to the beach but to gather at Inkerman Chapter’s meeting. The Provincial Teams from each of these Chapters were gathering for a social evening and were all going to sit back and watch the Chapter Officers perform an Exaltation.

At the appointed hour the Chapter Principals entered the Temple, opened the Chapter and dealt with the initial business. This completed the presence of the Provincial DC outside the door was reported. He was received into the Temple and announced that the Grand Superintendent of Somerset was without and demanded admission. He was accompanied by two other Grand Superintendents and a number of other Provincial Principals. They were warmly received and E Comp John Bennett accepted the Sceptre and took the Chair for a short while. He thanked the Chapter for hosting this quadripartite gathering and after explaining a few other matters had the Chapter MEZ returned to the Chair. Everyone then settled down for the Exaltation of Bro Paul McAdams.

The picture shows at the front E Comps Paul Gould H, Ian Pickett MEZ and Alan Perks J. Behind them are the three Grand Superintendents, E Comps David Blanchard – Wiltshire, John Bennett – Somerset and Derek Mayes – Dorset. Unfortunately the MEGS of Hampshire & the Isle of Wight’s transport overshot and he ended up in Florida. His loss I’m afraid.

Inkerman Chapter Present The Somerset Sceptre to Marine Chapter 5th May 2016

Inkerman Principals Present the Somerset Sceptre to Marine Chapter


Pictured – Principals of the Chapters, Excellent Companions – Harry Blinston (J), A Wade (H), P Harris (Z), S Wilson (J), Alan Perks (Z), George Clitherow


Inkerman Support Team Enjoying themselves as usual

Andy Clapp (DC), Toby Hammond (ScrE), Patrick Norman Morrissey, Jon Harrop (Std), Julian Brown (2nd Asst SJr, Doug Warmsley, Desmond Hammond, Ian Pickett (IPZ) & Behind the camera Brian Horn

Inkerman Chapter Regular Exaltation of New Companion Gordon Vinnicombe 26th Jan 2015

Inkerman Chapter No 1222 held a Regular Exaltation Monday 26th January 2015 when we were honoured by the presence of E Comp ray F Beckingham Provincial 3rd Grand principal, accompanied by E Comp P H Chedzey, Asst Grand Director of Ceremonies.

Pictured are Comp Harry Blinston PS, Ex Comps Alan Perks (H), Comp Gordon Vinnicombe, Ex Comp P H Chedzey Asst GDC, Ex Comp Paul Gould (Z), Ex Comp Ray Beckingham Pro3rdGP,  Ex Comp Brian Horn (Stand in J).


Inkerman Chapter Regular Exaltation of New Companion Criag Williams 24th Nov 2014

Inkerman Chapter No 1222 held a Regular Exaltation Monday 24th November 2014 when we were honoured by the presence of E Comp Robert H Moore, Deputy Grand Superintendant for Somerset, accompanied by E Comp P H Chedzey, Asst Grand Director of Ceremonies.

Pictured are E Comps R H Moore DGS, Alan Perks (H), Comp Craig Williams, Paul Gould (Z), Harry Blinston PS, George Clitherow (J). Ray Beckingham


Ex Comp Robert H Moore Present New Comp Craig Williams with Is Royal Arch New Companion Guide book


Comp Harry Blinston Gave a Passionate self created memorial talk, on the Brief History of Battle of Inkerman, which is given annually following the ceremony as a token of Remembrance to the loss of life at that battle