Perpetual Friendship March Meeting

On Monday 26th March 2018 following Comp Martin Poynter-Smith being Exalted, Companions Michael Holman and Stewart Morgan were presented with their Supreme Grand Chapter Certificates by the 3rd Provincial Grand Principal, E Comp David Parslow.
Despite the change of date, because of the Easter Bank holiday, a most enjoyable evening took place when many Centenary Jewels were ordered by the Companions which will be presented at the Centenary Convocation on the 1st October 2018. The Centenary Celebration is being attended by the Grand Superintendent E Comp D John Bennett accompanied by the Provincial Team.

Installation at Perpetual Friendship, no 135

The Installation Ceremony took place at Bridgwater Masonic Hall on 2nd October 2017. The Chapter was opened by MEZ, E Comp Richard Teague, and when a report was heard on the door and E Comp Adrian Halliwell, PrDGDC, requested admission. He reported that E Comp Alan Holton, Deputy Grand Superintendent was without, accompanied by two Supreme Chapter officers and two Prov Officers, and he demanded admission. An escort column was formed and retired. E Comp Alan was then received into the chapter and was greeted by MEZ and proffered the Sceptre which was rapidly returned.

E Comp Norman Hucker then gave a Eulogy for E Comp Graham Walker, PPrGSN, an Honorary Member of 135. Companions stood to order in respect of departed merit.

The Minutes for the previous Meeting were confirmed and the main event then took place – to Induct </ul> This was excellently by E Comp Richard and was followed by the appointment and investment of Officers, several companions were absent and would be invested at a later date.

E Comps Barrie Crow, J, Tony Knight, MEZ, and Terry Joyce, J.
E Comp Alan Holton, DepGS, and E Comp Clive Lambert, 2nd Prov Grand Principal with the Principals of 135

A Ballot was taken for the Exaltation of W Bro Stuart Morgan, a Past Master of Admiral Blake Lodge, which proved clear.

E Comp Alan Holton the presented a Grand Chapter Certificate to Comp Jeffrey Searle.

After the Risings the Chapter was closed in peace and harmony and the companions adjourned downstairs for the Festive Board sampling pate, chicken and seasonal veg followed by treacle tart or cheese and biscuits. The Dining Hall has been extensively redecorated and depicts photographs form bygone times of Bridgwater.

A very pleasant evening was had by all.

The 3 Principals


Provincial Team at Bridgwater

On the 1st February the Provincial Team visited Perpetual Friendship Chapter at Bridgwater where they exalted Companion Paul Moate.

Here we see the E Comps Barry Woodside 2ndPrGP, Richard Teague H, Bob Moore DGS, Mark Bajona MEZ, John Bennett MEGS, John Knight J and Chris Moore 3rdPrGP

There were 55 who attended and 50 sat down to dine on Mushroom soup, Pork with apple stuffing and seasonal vegetables, Bread and butter pudding or treacle pudding with custard finishing with Biscuits and cheese.

In this picture are the Provincial Team Sojourners along with the Exaltee.

While Scotland and the North of England were being hammered by gales, look what was blown into Bridgwater’s Masonic Temple. E Comp D John Bennett, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset, together with 22 members of the Provincial Team. It was certainly an eventful occasion with much mutual enjoyment both in the Temple and afterwards at the festive board (as is evinced by these final pictures) where the usual toasts and traditions were observed. One of the youngest Companions, Comp Octavian Hale, proposed the toast to the visitors while E Comp Roger Hutchins of the Devon and Somerset Farmers Chapter responded on behalf of them all.