King Alfred 3169 March Exaltation


On Monday 25th March, King Alfred Chapter held their first Convocation of the new masonic year with E.Comps Sandy Glen as Z, Simon Sparkes as H and Jeremy Thomas as J.
The chapter were fortunate to have a candidate for Exaltation in the person of Bro James Joyce, a Master Mason of St Kew Lodge 1222 which also meets at Weston super Mare.


Bro James was entrusted and entered into the Chapter where several Companions undertook the ritual: E Comps Stuart Boyd and Malcolm Beard acted as Sojourners, E Comp Terry Clarke gave the Signs, E Comps Ian White, Arthur Rowe and Terry Clarke gave the Mystical Lecture. E Comp Arthur Rowe stood in as Scribe N.

The Chapter was also grateful to Comp Gordon Vinnicombe from Inkerman Chapter for acting as Janitor.


Companion James is seen with the Principals above, and with the acting sojourners below.

The Chapter retired for an excellent festive board, and will return on 13 May.

King Alfred 3169 Installation

On Monday 22nd October, King Alfred Chapter held its 120th meeting, the installation of E Comp Sandy Glen as First Principal.

Due to illness of our DC, E Comp Ian White and also unavailability of our ADC E Comp Terry Clarke, the Chapter was especially pleased that it would be in the safe hands of at short notice, E Comp Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, and also E Comp Geoff Lester, Past Prov ADC.

The meeting began by welcoming  E Comp Barry Woodside, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset on the occasion of his first Chapter visit after being invested at the Webbington the previous week. He was accompanied by E Comp Ray Conneely, Prov Deputy Grand DC, E Comp Robert Nicholls Prov Grand Standard Bearer and E Comp Keith Smith Prov Grand Steward.

The first business was the election of two Honorary members, both Past First Principals of King Alfred Chapter, E Comp Bill Jefford and E Comp Arthur Rowe. Both were unanimously agreed in recognition of their contributions to the Chapter over many years.

The main business of the evening was the installation of the Principals for the ensuing year. The 3 Principals elect had already been past First Principals of King Alfred Chapter so only inductions were needed before E Comp Sandy Glen became Z, E. Comp Simon Sparkes became H and E. Comp Jeremy Thomas became J. The address to the Principals was then presented by the MEGS.

L-R Simon Sparkes, MEGS, Sandy Glen, Jeremy Thomas
King Alfred Principals, MEGS, Ray Conneely and Chris Moore
King Alfred Principals, MEGS, Bill Jefford and Arthur Rowe as new Honorary members

A full list of the officers for 2018/19 is on the 3169 King Alfred Chapter page.

After the Risings the Chapter was closed in peace and harmony and the companions adjourned for the Festive Board of Tomato Soup, Steak and Ale pie followed by Apple pie and custard.

Principals at the Festive Board

A very pleasant evening was had by all.

The next convocation will be an exaltation on 25th March 2019


King Alfred Chapter 3169 May 2018

King Alfred Chapter met on Monday 14th May 2018 with E. Comp Jeremy Thomas as Z, E. Comp Arthur Rowe standing in as H (for E. Comp Sandy Glen who was unwell at short notice), and E. Comp Tony Wilsher-Day as J.

The main business of this meeting centred on advancement in Chapter knowledge.

Firstly the Historical Lecture was delivered under the direction of J, and some of the newer Companions took part as follows:

Part 1   Comp. Justin Percy
Part 2   Comp. Graham Caulfield
Part 3   Comp. Lindsay Edmonds and E. Comp Simon Sparkes

Secondly E. Comp Sandy Glen had obtained a quiz for the Companions to test their knowledge. Unfortunately as E. Comp Sandy Glen was not able to be present, E. Comp Simon Sparkes acted as question master. The questions covered a wide variety of areas such as the history of King Alfred Chapter, the arrangement of the Chapter and its ornaments, historical parts of the ritual (including some from the Historical Lecture we had just heard that often proved illusive!) and definitions for example where does vellum come from.

The answer sheets had been arranged numbering 1 to 25 in a grid with the numbers arranged randomly for each Companion, so the winner was to be the first Companion with 5 correct answers in a row, in a manner similar to bingo. Some early calls did not have fully correct answers, and finally joint winners were announced with E.Comp Arthur Rowe and E.Comp Tony Helliker. As these are among the most experienced Companions in our Chapter, the question master was prompted to announce that “age and experience beat youth and enthusiasm!”

Here we see the question master flanked by the winners.

The evening concluded with an excellent festive board and we look forward to the next meeting on 11th June.

King Alfred Exaltation March 2018


Monday 26th March saw the 116th Convocation of the King Alfred Chapter. This was the first meeting for Z, Jeremy Thomas since the installation last October.

It was also an opportunity to welcome the Most Excellent Companion D J Bennett Grand Superintendent for a fraternal visit, escorted by Excellent Companion A J Haliwell, Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies. The initial procession also included two Grand Officers, Alan Thompson and Arthur Rowe, and Fred Body and Paul Gould from the Provincial Team.

[back] Adrian Haliwell, Alan Thompson, Fred Body, Arthur Rowe, Paul Gould [front] Sandy Glen, MEGS, Jeremy Thomas, Tony Wilsher-Day
Sandy Glen, MEGS, Jeremy Thomas, Tony Wilsher-Day









The main business of the evening was the Exaltation of W.Bro Danny Kennedy, Worshipful Master of Tivoli Lodge (who met in the same temple in Weston-super-Mare two 2 days previously). The candidate was conducted by E Comp Simon Sparkes acting as Asst Sojourner, and E Comp Malcolm Beard as Principal Sojourner.

The ceremony also contained:
Address after Exaltation – MEGS E. Comp D John Bennett.
Explanation of the signs – Ex Comp Terry Clarke.
Symbolical Lecture – Sandy Glen (H) assisted by Comps Doug Walmsley, Lindsey Edmunds , Justin Pursey & Graham Caulfield
Mystical Lecture – E.Comps Ian White, Arthur Rowe and Terry Clarke.

The MEGS also congratulated members of the Chapter who were having honours conferred at the Provincial Convocation at the Webbington on 17th May,
Anthony Wilsher-Day          Provincial Grand Standard Bearer
Patrick Norman Morrisey   Past Provincial Grand Registrar
Alexander William Glen      Past Provincial Grand Sojourner

Here we see Patrick and Sandy discussing their honours with the MEGS
The evening concluded with an excellent festive board, MEGS, Adrian Halliwell and our candidate Danny Kennedy are shown below.
 The next meeting is Monday 14th May, 6:30.

King Alfred October Installation

The Installation Convocation for King Alfred 3169 was held on Monday 23rd October and was attended by E Comp Clive Lambert, Provincial 2nd Grand Principal, accompanied by E Comp Anthony Cooper, Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies.

The installation of the three Principals was carried out with dignity and sincerity. The installation ceremony was relatively short given H and J were Principals during the previous year.
The installed Principals are:
MEZ     E Comp J. R. Thomas
H          E Comp A. W. Glen
J           E Comp A. Wilsher-Day

King Alfred Principals with E Comp Clive Lambert and E Comp Anthony Cooper

After the installation of the officers, the address to the Principals was given by E.Comp. Clive Lambert, the address to the Officers by E.Comp Simon Sparkes, and the address to the Companions by E.Comp Malcolm Beard.

E.Comp. Clive Lambert was given a further task, that of presenting a Grand Chapter Certificate to Bro Paul Barber which was presented in a fine manner to remind all companions of the significations of certificate.

After the installation ceremony, a fine festive board was enjoyed by all. Here are the 3 Principals at the festive board.

King Alfred Chapter 3169 May Convocation

The 113th meeting of King Alfred Chapter was again grateful for the support of companions from its mother Chapter Inkerman 1222.

Arthur Rowe (H), Maldwyn Davies (2nd Provincial Grand Principal), Tony Wilsher-Day (Z), Adrian Halliwell (PrGDepDC), Steve Bennett (3rd Provincial Grand Principal – Bristol), Sandy Glen (J)
E. Comp Brian Horn from 1222 kindly stood in as DC at short notice as E Comp  Ian White was called for a knee operation, whilst Comp Gordon Vinnicombe stood in as Janitor. In addition, E Comp Arthur Rowe stood in as H for E Comp Jeremy Thomas.
The first duty was to welcome E. Comp Maldwyn Davies 2nd Provincial Grand Principal, escorted by PrGDepDC E.Comp Adrian Halliwell. The Chapter was further delighted and honoured by a visit from E.Comp Steve Bennett 3rd Provincial Grand Principal from the Province of Bristol.
Whilst the Chapter is awaiting a candidate, a demonstration of the Exaltation Ceremony was performed. Comp Gosta Vou stood in as the candidate, which proved to be beneficial both for the officers performing the ceremony and the stand in candidate to reinforce the benefits of the Exaltation.
At the last convocation the Chapter made a donation of £500 to the East Africa Crisis Appeal. The Charity Steward E Comp reported that he had received a very grateful letter from Oxfam thanking the Chapter from the donation explaining the help this will bring.
The next convocation will be on 12 June at 6:30.
Adrian Halliwell, Steve Bennett and Maldwyn Davies at the May 2017 3169 Festive Board
Adrian Halliwell, Steve Bennett and Maldwyn Davies at the Festive Board
3169 Principals at the festive board
The Principals at the festive board

King Alfred Exhaltation and East Africa Crisis Appeal Donation

At the 112th meeting of King Alfred Chapter, after the announcement by E. Comp John Sillett, E.Comp. D. John Bennett the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset was admitted, escorted by Officers of Supreme Grand Chapter and Officers of the Provincial Grand Chapter of Somerset.

King Alfred 3169 March 2017 meeting
(l : r – Arthur Rowe, Jphn Sillet, MEGS, Andy Clapp, Tony Wilsher-Day, Sandy Glen)
Unfortunately E. Comp Jeremy Thomas our ‘H’ was not able to be present, E. Comp Arthur Rowe stood in for this ceremony.
The main business of the evening was to exalt our newest member, Bro. Paul Barber (from Tivoli Lodge).
We also welcomed Justin Percy as a re-joining member, here seen with the Principals, and exaltee.
(l : r Paul Barber, Arthur Rowe, Tony Wilsher-Day, Justin Percy, Sandy Glen)


In the risings the MEGS congratulated our ‘J’ Sandy Glen on his promotion to Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, and also our guest organist Colin Henderson on his promotion to Past Provincial Grand Organist, to be carried out at the Provincial Meeting on 18 May.
With an extremely pleasant surprise, our Treasurer also announced that the Chapter was able to make a generous donation of £500 to the East Africa Crisis Appeal so that the money could be put to use in this desperate situation. This was quickly seconded so that the Charity Steward can progress this payment.
At the festive board, the MEGS also thanked John Silett for his service, a special mention for this evening given it was John’s last official outing with The MEGS, and also it was John’s birthday.
We now look forward to our next convocation on 8 May.


Note – further pictures will follow as not all are uploading to the webite at present.

King Alfred Installation October 2016

The 111th meeting of King Alfred Chapter began with the procession welcoming Excellent Companion Barry Woodside (Dka3169-principals-2016-1016eputy Provincial Grand Superintendent), Chris Moore (PrGDC), Neil Arthur (PrGStB) and John Trowbridge (PrGStwd).

Two Principal Officers were re-elected for the ensuing year in a relatively short ceremony, Excellent Companion Tony Wilsher-Day as MEZ; Excellent Companion Jeremy Thomas as H; and Excellent Companion Sandy Glen was inducted as J.

The Deputy Provincial Grand Superintendent then presented a Grand Chapter Certificate to Companion Glen Saunders with a very interesting presentation.



During the risings, the Deputy Provincial Grand Superintenka3169-stwds-badge1016dent annnounced that the Provincial Steward lapel badges were being replaced with new badges, and suprised the convocation by presenting four past Stewards with new badges. Here we see badges presented to Excellent Companions Ian White, Arthur Rowe and Simon Sparkes, with David Mallinson unfortunately absent.



Given that the actual installation was short, the Deputy Provincial Grand Superintendent was slightly bemused that after his Grand Chapter Certificate, Address to the Principals,  presentation of the collarette to the Liaison Officer, and rising comments, he must surely have spoken the most in the meeting!


Here we see the installed Principals with Barry Woodside, Deputka3169-inst-1016y Provincial Grand Superintendent, Chris Moore (PrGDC), Neil Arthur (PrGStB) and John Trowbridge (PrGStwd).




After the meeting the companions settled down to an excellent meal and a chance to continue friendships.


King Alfred Chapter History

The genesis of King Alfred Chapter began in Jat-a-hughesnuary 1988 when the Grand Superintendent, Ex Comp T A Hughes (pictured) requested that serious  consideration be given to forming a second Chapter in Weston-super-Mare. There were a  number of Royal Arch Companions attending Craft Lodges in WSM who were not members of Inkerman Chapter and who might have been interested in joining a new Chapter.

In January 1988 Ex Comp E.C.Bates circulated all the Lodges that met in WSM to gauge the response to a formation of a new Chapter.

On the 10th March 1988 E.C.Bates (Ted) had received sufficient encouragement to arrange a meeting.

On the 26th March 1988, with an appropriate agenda a meeting was held. One item of which was to decide on a sponsoring Lodge. St Kew Lodge sponsored Inkerman Chapter and it was decided to approach King Alfred Lodge, being the second oldest Lodge meeting in WSM. King Alfred Lodge, in a letter of the 1st April 1988, gave their unanimous support to sponsor King Alfred Chapter, as it was to become known, and to meet the cost of the Consecration Warrant. Also at that meeting Ex Comp Eric Cottam was appointed Chairman of the Steering Committee and Ex Comp T Bates as Steering Committee secretary.

It was also decided that the three principals should the Chapter be formed, be, Ex Comp W.F.Jackson as ‘Z’, Ex Comp K.T.Ball as ‘H’, Ex Comp E.Wilderspin as ‘J’ and D.M.Lambert as ‘N’. Each of the ‘Founder’ steering committee members gave £10 to fund the formation expenses. The dates of the Chapter convocations were to be: Consecration 11th March 1989, 2nd Monday in May and June and the 4th Monday in October, Installation date to be the 4th Monday in March. These dates were approved by the Masonic Hall company. It was also agreed that the ceremonies worked would be that presented in the ‘Complete Workings of the Royal Arch Degree’ without divergence, and as printed in the A. Lewis ritual 1941 edition, with the later revised workings.

At a meeting on the 28th June it was agreed that the Founders Fees be £50 inc. subscription, the member’s subscription to be £15. On the Prayer sent to Grand Chapter is was agreed that the names of the founders be: Ex Comp E Cottam, Ex Comp W.F. Jackson, Ex Comp K Ball, Ex Comp E Wilderspin, Ex Comp E Hazel, Ex Comp D Overy, Ex Comp T Bates, Comp D.M.Lambert and Ex Comp G Parrot.

16th November 1988 Supreme Grand Chapter acceded to the prayer for the formation of the proposed King Alfred Chapter, as was the design for the Chapter badge. The Chapter Badge was created by Ex Comp Ted Bates and Ex Comp Bill Jackson and comprises of the conventional RAC triangle with the image of King Alfred in the centre, the image of King Alfred is that used by King Alfred Lodge (the sponsors).

11th March 1989 at 2.30pm, Consecration day, a list shows that 23 Founder members, 11 Consecrating Officers and 48 visitors attended the Chapter. It is of interest that the Provincial Scribe E. points out in a letter dated 24th December 1988 that ‘only those Companions who sign the Petition (for the formation on the new Chapter) are founders of a Chapter, yet the Warrant of the Chapter lists: E.J.Cottam, E.C.Bates, W.F.Jackson, K.J.Ball, E.Wilderspin, E.V.Hazell, D.Overy, G.A.Parrot, D.M.Lambert and ‘Others’ which seems strange.


The Ritual and Procedures for the Consecration was under the guiding hand of Ex Comp. Idris Evans, Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies. Prior to the formal opening the M.E. Grand Superintendent presented a suitably inscribed Bible on behalf of the Consecrating Officers. At 2.35pm the M.E. Grand Superintendent, Thomas Albert Hughes, accompanied by the rest of the Consecrating Officers entered the Temple. At the appropriate time the Chapter was opened as a Conclave of First Principals and Ex. Comp W.F.Jackson was installed as First Principal, the installation of the other Principals and Officers took place. Ex.Comp K.T. Ball, Haggai. Ex Comp. E.Wilderspin, Joshua. Ex.Comp E. Hazel as I.P.Z. The first Officers of the Chapter were:

Ex. Comp E.C.Bates Scribe E

Ex. Comp D.M.Lambert Scribe N

Comp F.L.Broderick Treasurer

Ex Comp E.J.Cottam D of C

Comp W.F.Jefford Principal SoJ

Comp T.F.Baker 1 st Assistant SoJ

Comp B. Ruse 2 nd Assistant SoJ

Ex Comp M.E.Skyrme Assist D of C

Comp I. R Cottrell Organist

Ex Comp K.E.Torrington Assist Scribe E

Comp I.S.White Janitor


The Chapter was closed in due form at 4.30pm, when the Companions adjourned to the dining room where they sat down to a meal comprising of:

Smoked Salmon

Asparagus Soup

Roast Lamb with seasonal vegetables

Fruit Salad and Ice Cream

Cheese Board


and Wines

On November 30th 1990 the Chapter learnt of the promotion of Ex Comp W.F.Jackson to Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah the first promotion in our newly formed Chapter. We sadly lost to the Grand Chapter above Ex Comp Ted Bates who did much if not all the work in promoting and starting King Alfred Chapter. It is also worth noting that Ex Comp Ted presented to the Chapter the three ‘Reading’ books used by the Principals during our ceremonies.

30th March 1995 an open meeting was called for by the MEZ elect, B.Ruse, of King Alfred Chapter members to review some conflicting ideas that were not in accordance with the ceremony of exaltations that was agreed at the formation of the Chapter. Also to make any adjustments to conform to the long standing commitment to follow ‘The Complete Workings (3rd edition 1992)’ as closely as possible. It was agreed that there were very few instances where the ritual instructions were impractible. Consequently, the Chapter is to be set out in accordance with the illustrations in the ritual book. The Celestial Bodies were missing from the Chapter layout. These were crafted by Comp Bill Lanfear an accomplished woodworker and as there is no reference in the ritual book of a Arch, all references are figurative, it was decided that the use of the Inkerman Arch be discontinued. At the festive board it was also decreed that the toast to the ‘GRAND ORIGINALS’ be taken with the left hand.

March 22nd 1999 The Chapter celebrated its 10th Anniversary, The Provincial Grand Superintendent D. Calderley was in attendance and Ex Comp A.W.Rowe was our M.E.Z. A fine meal was supplied.

12th May 1997 the Chapter had a fright, our Scribe E, Ex Comp W.F.Jackson turned up in the afternoon to check the Temple, only to find a postcard from the Electricity Board advising that our electricity would be cut off from 6.oopm until 9.00 pm. This would have been a disaster! Several phone calls persuaded the Electricity board to provide a standby generator and the disaster was avoided.

27th April 2000 Ex Comp W.F. Jackson becomes the first member of King Alfred Chapter to be promoted to Supreme Grand Chapter as Past Grand Standard Bearer.

During 2004 Ex Comp B Ruse was appointed to the rank of PGrStB in Supreme Grand Chapter.

On the 22nd October 2007 the Chapter agreed that a sum not exceeding £250 be given to Inkerman Chapter to match their sum to replace or refurbish the Principals robes (which were believed to be the Original Inkerman Robes and have been in service since 1869). A new set of Surplices was made by Mrs Ted Bates

On the 22nd March 2010 the Chapter celebrated its third Grand Chapter Collar to one of its members. Ex Comp A Rowe was promoted to P Asst DC.

And thus KING ALFRED CHAPTER continues into the future in good heart  and with enthusiasm.

The History of KING ALFRED CHAPTER was written by Ex Companion D.M.Lambert with the assistance of Ex Comp W. Jackson, Ex Comp B. Ruse and Ex Comp A Rowe.

King Alfred’s first Candidate of 2016

The March meeting of King Alfred Chapter had to be brought forward owing to its normal meeting day coinciding with Easter Monday. This meant that several officers were unable to attend due to other commitments which, coupled with others suffering illness, meant that plans for the gathering suffered a series of incremental revisions. The final one of these having to be made once the meeting had actually started. However, those members in attendance rallied round to ensure the main item of the evening, the Exaltation of Bro Garry Davies, was to be of excellent quality.

Here we see E Comps Jeremy Thomas H, Alan Thompson PGStB on a social visit, Sandy Glen PZ and acting MEZ and Arthur Rowe PAGDC and acting J.




As the Chapter was opened it was realised that the ADC had still not arrived.  It was assumed that he had not returned from a trip he had had to make that morning into the wilderness of our country, to that area known as “North of Watford”.  The early business was speedily disposed of and with the ballot for the evening’s candidate proving clear the main item of business was addressed.  E Comp Simon Sparkes, Scribe E, had moved down to the Sojourners chairs and he and E Comp Malcolm Beard both, PPrGSojs, shepherded Bro Garry Davies through the ceremony of his Exaltation.


Left to right we see E Comp Malcolm Beard, Comp Garry Davies, E Comp Simon Sparkes and Comp Nick Hillman another recent Exaltee being drummed into service.
In the latter part of the ceremony the Explanation of the signs was given by E Comp Tom Gould PPrGScN who was visiting from Inkerman Chapter, King Alfred’s mother Chapter.  The Symbolical Lecture was given in catechetical form with E Comp Thomas leading and Comps Doug Walmsley, Lindsey Edmunds and Nick Hillman with E Comp Simon Sparkes making the responses.  The Mystical lecture was presented by E Comps Ian White PPrGSwdB, the Chapter DC, and Arthur Rowe.  The new Companion, Garry Davies, then sat back to see the rest of the evening’s business put to bed and reflect on the ceremony he had just participated in.

Distinguished visitors from Inkerman Chapter

The evening’s sparse number of members had been bolstered by a slew of visitors from Inkerman Chapter who are shown here with E Comp Tom Gould at their centre.
Retiring from the Temple the visitors had the bar pretty much to themselves while the Chapter Companions were busy restoring the Temple to Lodge format.  Soon all was completed and the assembled company gathered at table to receive the evening’s Principals and the Exaltee.  With the prime aim of the evening fully completed, ensuring the candidate’s exaltation was memorable, there was a very relaxed mood at table.