CHAPTER OF BROTHERLY LOVE No. 329 October Convocation

The chapter was opened and E Comp Derek Marpole, MEZ, welcomed all companions and the one visitor. He then invited E Comp Tony Rash to present the Historical Lecture in Catechitical form assisted Comps: Part A Frank Suter; Part B Brian Gay ; Part C Alan Watkins; Part D Grant Lyons; Part E Ken Sherring; and Part F Rob Mitchell

MEZ the asked E Comp  Bill Spregg (H) for the Symbolical Lecture assisted by Comps: Part 1 Rob Mitchell; Part 2 Adrian Horsey; Part 3 Alan Watkins; Part 4 Gary Hall; Part 5 Frank Suter; Part 6 E Comp Clive Barlow; Part 7 E.Comp John Hawkins and Part 8. by E Comp Brian Buckle.

Next on the Agenda was the Election of the Principals for the forthcoming year as E Comp Bill Spregg as MEZ, E Comp Tony Rash as H and Comp Adrian Watkins as J. Likewise the Treasurer, Comp Rob Mitchell.

Scribe E announced that there were two candidates for Exaltation in the coming season. However, he announced that there have been six resignation,  all for a variety of reasons and accepted by the Scribe E.

The Chapter was closed in Peace and Harmony and the companions made their way to the festive board for melon and Parma Ham, Faggots, creamy mash and veg completed with fruit crumble.

 

Provincial Team visit Brotherly Love

The Provincial Team joined together to perform an Exaltation for the Chapter of Brotherly Love in Yeovil. Unusually the Team were in the Chapter for the opening as 329 have a unique way of opening their convocation. E Comp Derek Marpole opened the Chapter and then greeted MEGS, E Comp Barry Woodside, proffered him the Sceptre which was returned for a short while. The other agenda items were covered and a ballot was taken for Bro Daniel Burnell, a member of the Lodge of Science No 437, as a candidate for Exaltation.

E Comps Norman Crang, MEGS and Ken Crang

The ballot proved clear, thank goodness and the Provincial DC, E Comp Chris Moore, then presented MEGS to MEZ who then took the Sceptre. His next duty was to call for PrDC to present to him E Comps Norman and Ken Crang. The shocked Companions were then presented with the MEGS Award for their exemplary commitment to not only 329 but also the Province of Somerset, giving a brief history of their life in HRA.

The Provincial Rulers taking the high chairs; E Comps Ray Beckingham, Clive Lambert and Neil Hurcum

E Comp Clive Lambert then took over Z’s office, E Comp Ray Beckingham as H and E Comp Neil Hurcum as J. The other Provincial Officers took their respective seats and E Comp Clive announced the next item on the Agenda to Exalt Bro David Burnell.

E Comps Doug Stembridge, Pr 1st Ass Soj, Darryl Hinder, Pr Prin Soj, Daniel and Alan Perks

The Prov Prin Soj,  E Comp Darryl Hinder, then retired to entrust Daniel and returned having done so. E Comp Andy Clapp, acting Prov Janitor, then announced to E Comp Tony Guthrie, Prov Scribe N, that Bro David was prepared and E Comp Alan Perks, Prov 2nd Ass Soj, brought David in.  The Ceremony then proceeded with Prov 2nd Principal leading the first part. After the candidate took his Obligation he retired and was reintroduced with E Comp Darryl taking the lead. On the next entry E Comp Doug Stembridge, 1st Ass Soj, took over from Darryl.

E Comp Neil Hurcum gave the Signs followed by the Mystical Lecture which was presented by E Comps Roger Reina, Tony Cooper and Adrian Halliwell.

E Comps Ray Beckingham, 2nd Pr Prin, Clive Lambert, DGS, Barry Woodside, MEGS, Comp Daniel Burnell and Neil Hurcum, 3rd Pr Prin

Comp Daniel was then presented with the MEGS’s special Cuff Links which he gives only to those Companions who are Exalted by the Provincial Team. On the completion of which the Officers of 329 were returned to their rightful places with thanks given by MEZ to the Provincial Team on an excellent Ceremony and MEGS to allow the Team to undertake the Ceremony.

On the 2nd and 3rd Rising MEGS asked that as many members of 329 to attend the Annul Convocation to support their members be appointed/promoted to Provincial Rank. The Provincial Team assembled under the direction of PrDC and retired from the Chapter.

The Chapter was then closed in peace and harmony and all proceeded downstairs for the Festive Board.

 

Chapter of Brotherly Love No. 329

At our regular convocation on Thursday 28th February we were pleased to receive the Somerset Sceptre from a delegation of Companions, led by E. Comp Andrew Kerslake the MEZ, of the Chapter of Fidelity and Sincerity No. 1966.

The Sceptre was then safely conveyed to St Lukes Chapter No. 6540 by E. Comp Derek Marpole MEZ and the 3rd Principal on the 20th March.

Our forthcoming convocation is on 18th April and we will be honoured by the presence of E. Comp B.K. Woodside, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, who will be joined by members of the Provincial Team.

Following the usual business we will be balloting for a candidate and, if successful, exalt Daniel Burnell a member of the Lodge of Science No 437

Brotherly Love No 329 Meeting on 28th February 2019

PROVINCE OF SOMERSET
CHAPTER OF BROTHERLY LOVE
No. 329
CENTENARY CHAPTER
Consecrated on November 16th 1822
Meeting on 28th February 2019 at 6:30pm
E. COMP. Derek Marpole Z
E. COMP. William Spregg H
E. COMP. Anthony Rash J

6th February 2019

The Masonic Hall,
Hendford,
Yeovil,
Somerset,BA20 1TQ

Dear Sir and Companion,

The next Regular Convocation of the Chapter will be held on Thursday 28th February 2019 at 6.30 pm to which your prompt attendance is requested. Yours sincerely and fraternally

Christopher Jeffery Scribe E

AGENDA

1. To confirm the minutes of the last Regular Convocation held on Thursday 15th November 2018 as circulated to all members.

2. To deal with any matters arising therefrom.

3. To read the minutes of the Regular Convocation 100 years ago.

4.   (a) Supreme Grand Chapter Communications
(b) Provincial Grand Chapter Communications
Letter of thanks from E Comp N Hurcum 3rd Prov G Prin,
Joint Chapter/Craft statement
(c) Correspondence
Resignation

5. To receive the Provincial Travelling Sceptre from the Companions of the Chapter of Fidelity & Sincerity No.1966

6. To Ballot for as a candidate for Exaltation Bro Robert John MITCHELL,

7. Subject to successful ballot to Exalt Bro Robert John MITCHELL

8. Present Accounts for 2017/18

9. To receive propositions

10. To transact any other business

Brotherly Love Convocation June 2018

It is very heartening to report that the whole evening last Thursday was most enjoyable, and why not, Freemasonry is our Hobby! When the main Players prepare themselves so well the result, including the work from the floor and an excellent Candidate was a delight to witness.  A truism comes to mind Work hard, and Enjoyment follows (well done Ken too).

Ian John Lyons, Candidate; E Comp Derek Marpole H; ME Mike Nathan Z; E Comp Bill Spregg J; Dep GS Allan Holton (Past Principal of 329) and Third Grand Principal of Wiltshire.

Our Provincial Liaison Officer, Ex Comp Adrian Halliwell, has requested a report to accompany the photos sent for the Chapter Provincial web site. Companions all in Yeovil it’s so good to say the Ceremony was what we had come to expect in the past from 329 a leading Chapter in our Province. I heard the word – ‘Brotherly Love, good working again – No books, Congratulations…..!

We had a very good number of visitors two John’s from Benevolence Chapter, Sherborne Dorset, the Candidate’s father  who spoke warmly of his experience that evening was E Comp Derrick Lyons, PPGReg, Chantry Bodina 9121, and Brother- in-law, E Comp Paul Kitt also of 9121.

E Comp John Lyons proposes the toast to his son
Comp Ian John Lyons the Candidate replies to his toast

Brotherly Love Chapter 329 Yeovil – Convocation 21st June 2018

It is very heartening to report that the whole evening last Thursday was most enjoyable, and why not, Freemasonry is our Hobby! When the main Players prepare themselves so well the result, including the work from the floor and an excellent Candidate was a delight to witness.  A truism comes to mind Work hard, and Enjoyment follows (well done Ken too).

Our Provincial Liaison Officer, E Comp Adrian Halliwell, has requested a report to accompany the photos sent for the Chapter Provincial web site. Companions all in Yeovil it’s so good to say the Ceremony was what we had come to expect in the past from 329 a leading Chapter in our Province. I heard the word – ‘Brotherly Love, good working again – No books, Congratulations…..!

Ian John Lyons, Candidate; E Comps Derek Marpole H; ME Mike Nathan Z; E Comp Bill Spregg J; Dep GS Allan Holton (Past Principal of 329) and Andrew Tiffin, Third Grand Principal of Wiltshire.

We had a very good number of visitors two John’s from Benevolence Chapter, Sherborne Dorset, the Candidate’s father  who spoke warmly of his experience that evening was E Comp Derrick Lyons, PPGReg, Chantry Bodina 9121, and Brother- in-law, E Comp Paul Kitt also of 9121.

E Comp Derrick Lyons responding to the Visitors Toast
Comp Ian John Lyons the Candidate replies to his toast

Installation of new Haggai at 329’s February Meeting

E Comp Derek Marpole  had been appointed Haggia, but following two serious operations he was unable to attend the Installation Meeting last November 16th, E Comp Colin Vine  stepped in on that occasion, thank you Colin. We are pleased that E Comp Derek is feeling better and  he was invested by MEZ, E Comp Mike Nathan, at our meeting on 22nd February 2018. The Address to the new H was given by E Comp Alan Holton, Deputy Grand Superintendent.

Below is a photo to prove it, that E Comp Neville Harrison stood in for E Comp Bill Spregg as Joshua at this meeting. Good to have E Comp Neville in a photo, he does so much for this Chapter.

E Comp Derek Marpole, H, E Comp Colin Vine, MEZ, E Comp Neville Harrison, acting J and E Comp Alan Holton, DGS

The Almoner gave details of those unwell especially Paul Newham who has recovered quite well from falling down the Lodge steps from the car park at last November’s Meeting. Also an In Memoriam  for Roy Scott, John Fowler, Mervyn Adams, John Bishop and Margaret Tinkley.

John Hawkins
Calderley Liaison Officer

Chapter of Brotherly Love Installation 2017

The Companions were honoured by the presence of  E Comp Alan Holton, Deputy Grand Superintendent, accompanied by E Comp Chris Moore, PrGDC, also E Comp Peter Bradshaw, PrGStdB, and E Comp Norman Sumpter, PrGStwd.

E Comp Alan was welcomed by MEZ E Comp Neil Tinkley and proffered the sceptre; Alan expressed his pleasure at being present for the Installation Ceremony in his mother Chapter of Brotherly Love.

E Comp Mike Nathen was Installed as Z  and Comp William Spregg as J. Unfortunately E.Comp Derek Marpole, H Elect, was recovering from a serious operation.

PZ E Comp Colin Vine volunteered immediately to stand in as H until Derek is well enough to return, hopefully by our next meeting on 22nd February 2018.

E Comps: Neil Tinkley, IPZ, Colin Vine, acting H,Mike Nathen,MEZ, William Spregg, J, and Alan Holton, DGS

The Meeting progressed happily under the direction of E Comp Ken Crang, DC, the Companions very much enjoyed the evening in the Chapter and at the Festive board. We had visitors from both our Daughter Chapters:  Parratt & Axe, No 814, Crewkerne, and  Benevolence Chapter, Sherborne, just over the boarder, represented by E Comp Brian Wannell, PPrGAssSoj.

Principals taking wine with E Comp Neil Tinkly, IPZ
E Comps Mike Nathen, MEZ and William Spregg, J responding to their Toast
E Comp Colin Vine sits out on this response to the Principals Toast with E Comp Neville Harrison looking askance

E. Comp Derek Marpole update 13th November 2017

Comp Derek Marpole has had a number of concerns, first an important operation on his Prostrate in September he had four days in hospital – successful and given the all–clear.

But last month he was taken into hospital again on a Saturday evening with a blockage, Pre-med on the Monday then a longer operation Tuesday to remove cancer in the large colon. This second op. has of course knocked him back having spent 11 days in hospital. Yesterday he said how good the hospital care was – but the ‘warmed up food’ not so unappealing.

Since being home he has suffered two urinary infections, but these have cleared up and he does take a short walk, all under the watchful care of Penny.

The villagers in Coker have been very supportive and he has had 30 cards from them alone. Brotherly Love Chapter has sent a get well card, and he has had several visitors.

RA Chapter Installation is on Thursday,  Derek was to Install J.  E Comp John Pinder has agreed to do this and E Comp Colin Vine will act as H until Derek is feeling up to it – which will not be before February 2018.

We all wish him well, but I thought members would like to have this update on Derek & Penny (Tel 01945 863055  M 07966 237257).

John Hawkins
Chapter Almoner
M 07710 180847

Brotherly Love No 329 June 2017 Convocation

The Chapter was opened in due form at 6:30 and E Comp Adrian Halliwell, DGDC, announced that the Chapter was honoured by the presence of E Comp Clive Lambert, newly appointed 2nd Provincial Grand Principal, and he was welcomed by E Comp Neil Tinkley, MEZ, and proffered the Sceptre which was speedily returned. E Comp Adrian then announced that E Comp Alan Holton, the newly appointed Deputy Grand Superintendent, was also present, which surprised the DGS as he is a member of this Chapter and hadn’t been primed. E Comp Alan was welcomed and congratulated on his preferment.

After the usual notices and reports the Principal Sojourner retired to entrust the candidate for the evening W Bro Christopher Kelly of Royal Naval Lodge. Bro Christopher then entered the Chapter and was exalted with an excellent ceremony conducted by MEZ assisted by numerous Companions of the Chapter with E Comp Clive Lambert giving the Congratulatory Address to Comp Christopher and E Comp Adrian Halliwell was pleased to do the third part of the Mystical Lecture, much to E Comp DGS’s relief.

Three Master Masons: A C Rash, Adrian Watkins & Exaltee Chris Kelly.
E Comp Mike Nathan, H, E comp Neil Tinkley, MEZ, Comp Chris Kelly, newly Exalted Comp and E Comp Derek Marpole, J, with E Comps Clive Lambert, Alan Holton and Adrian Halliwell lurking in the background.

After the Exaltation the Chapter was duly closed and the Companions made their way to the Dining Room for an excellent supper.

E Comp Alan Holton, DGS, taking notes as E Comp Clive Lambert, 2nd Prov GP responds to the Toast to the Province with E Comp Adrian Halliwell, DGDC, hovering in the background