VE DAY COMMEMORATION FRIDAY 8TH MAY 2020

It is sad that due to Corona Virus, we are unable to Commemorate our heroes of WWII together, in person, or as a group on Friday 8th May, on the 75th Anniversary of V E Day. Nevertheless, we will not allow the day to go unmarked.

Let us remember and reflect on this 75th Anniversary on the enormous sacrifice, bravery and courage of all those British Servicemen and women who served and fought in WWII, in the Royal Air Force, the Army and the Royal Navy and those personnel from Allied Countries, Canada, the United States, Soviet Union, France, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, India, South Africa, Australia & New Zealand.

Also in our thoughts should be all the women who worked as Nurses, drove trucks, repaired and flew/delivered aircraft, worked in Munitions factories, in ship, tank and Aircraft Construction, in the Auxiliary Services, the Woman’s Land Army who performed so many duties, they are all deserving of our thoughts.

Those who served and survived, then served again, rebuilding our country they were a very special breed indeed and must never be forgotten.

Let us participate as individuals in the Special Events of the day this coming Friday 8th May: A 2 minutes silence at 11am which will be broadcast on the BBC.

The Nations Toast to the heroes of WWII at 3pm, Let us ALL stand at 3pm to “raise a glass” to toast all those who gave so much for our freedom during WWII.

Her Majesty the Queen will give a televised address to the Nation on the significance of VE Day from Windsor Castle at 9pm, the same time that her Father King George VI, gave his radio address on this day in 1945.

The Royal British Legion Exhortation:
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn,
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We WILL remember them.”

Submitted by E Comp John Hawkins
Brotherly Love No 329

CHAPTER OF BROTHERLY LOVE 329 FEBRUARY MEETING 2020 

Thursday 27th February saw the first regular meeting at the Yeovil Masonic Hall of the newly installed Principals.

The meeting was honoured with the presence of David Dixon, 3rd Provincial Grand Principal, and his escorting Officer Sandy Glenn, Past Prov AGDC, who had decided to sit in to witness the rather different opening of the Chapter. The Chapter was then opened it its own usual style. 

The MEZ, E. Comp. Bill Spregg proffered the Sceptre to the 3rd Provincial Grand Principal who said that in view of the differences in the ritual of the Chapter and the obvious amount of effort that had obviously been undertaken by all for the evening and he was not going to take that away from them and he returned the Sceptre.

Comp Ken Crang delivered a heartfelt eulogy in respect of Comp Ron Tuttiett who had passed to the Supreme Grand Chapter above. The Chapter stood in respect of departed merit

The usual business was completed followed by the reading of the Antient Minutes and the Chapter was then infused with incense.

The meeting continued with the exaltation of Brother Christopher James of the Lodge of Brotherly Love No.329. A delightful ceremony culminated by E. Comp. David Dixon, 3rd Provincial Grand Principal, welcoming Companion Chris James into the Holy Royal Arch and in particular to the Province of Somerset

After the usual business and risings the Chapter was closed and the Companions retired to the festive board.

Chapter of Brotherly Love 329 Installation Meeting November 2019

Thursday 21st November saw the Annual Installation at the Yeovil Masonic Hall of the Principals of the Chapter of Brotherly Love.

The meeting was opened in its own usual style. Following which there was a knock on the door and E.Comp. Roger Bailey, Provincial ADC, announced that the Deputy Grand Superintendent E.Comp. Clive Lambert was without and demanded admission. An escort was formed and the DGS was escorted into the Chapter along with the Prov. Standard Bearer, E.Comp. Gerald Morgan, and Prov. Steward, E.Comp. Clive Brooke. The MEZ E.Comp. Derek Marpole proffered the Sceptre to the DGS who said that he was aware of the amount of effort that had been made by all for the evening and he was not going to take that away from them and he returned the Sceptre.

The usual business was completed followed by the reading of the Antient Minutes and the Chapter was then infused with incense.

Before the Installation of the new Principals the outgoing MEZ had the pleasure of welcoming E. Comp D John Bennett, PGS of Somerset, as an Honorary Member of the Chapter and presented him with a copy of the by-laws. E.Comp. Bennet suitably thanked the members of the Chapter for the honour accorded to him.

The meeting continued with the Installation of E.Comp. William Spregg into the Chair of Z, E.Comp. Anthony Rash into the Chair of H and Comp. Adrian Watkins into the Chair of J. The explanation of the Robes and Sceptres were delivered by the out going Principals to their successors.

The MEZ then appointed the Officers for the year. Then E.Comp. Clive Lambert delivered the Address to the Principals, the Address to the Officers by E.Comp. John Pinder and to the Companions by E.Comp. Alan Holton.

Having had two candidates proposed at the previous meeting, a ballot was taken for Bro. Christopher James of the Lodge of Brotherly Love 329 and Bro. Allan Barrie of Royal Naval Lodge 2761 which proved in favour of both.

The new Principals with E.Comp Clive Lambert DGS
Our new Hon Member E.Comp D John Bennett joining the Principals and the DGS

E.Comp Lambert then presented a Supreme Grand Chapter Certificate, in a very informative way, to Companion Alan Watkins.

After the usual business and Risings the Chapter was closed and the Companions retired to the festive board.

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