Connaught 3573’s May Chapter Meeting

E Comp Alan Horton, DGS, congratulates Comp Bradley Freeman after presenting him with his Supreme Chapter Certificate.

At the May meeting, a packed house and a most memorable evening, during which Bro. Ian James Ramsden was exalted, Comp. Bradley Freeman received his Supreme Grand Chapter Certificate

The Chapter was honoured by the presence of The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, D John Bennett. Before the MEGS was admitted, a ballot was held to make him and honorary member of the Chapter. With great relief!!! The ballot proved pure. The MEGS was then admitted and congratulated by their Excellencies on becoming a member, for which he thanked them and the Companions.

The ceremony then continued with the Exaltation of Bro Ian James Ramsden which proved a very good ceremony.

E Comp Mark Collins (MEZ) congratulates the newly exalted Comp Ian James Ramsden, alongside E Comp Neil Arthur (H) and E Comp Peter Kuzemka (J)
The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent of the Province of Somerset, E Comp D John Bennett, accompanied by E Comp Alan Horton, DPGS and E Comp Clive Lambert, 2nd PGP front row: (H) E Comp Neil Arthur, (MEZ) E Comp Mark Collins and (J) E Comp Peter Kuzemka
The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset, E. Comp D John Bennett and E Comp Tony Cooper, Connaught Chapter’s DC.

At the Festive Board E Comp Tony Cooper the Chapter DC proposed the Toast to the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent. This being the last time he would visit us as MEGS it was felt necessary to thank him for the continuous 27 years of service he had dedicated to Somerset Royal Arch Masonry in words expressing the feelings of the Chapter and I’m sure all companions present. As a final tribute the Grand Superintendent unveiled a picture of himself, presented by the Chapter, which will hang with pride and reflect the admiration Connaught Chapter has for him.

Connaught’s Installation Meeting 2018

On Tuesday 13th March Connaught Chapter No.3573, held its Installation Meeting. The Visiting Provincial Principal was E Comp David Parslow, 3rdPrGPrin, with E Comp Sandy Glen, PrAGDC in attendance.

E Comp Russell Frayling, MEZ, Installed his successor, E Comp Mark Collins into 1st Principal’s Chair. E Comp Mark then Installed his Principals, E Comps Neil Arthur, H, and Peter Kuzemka, followed by his officers, all under the direction of his DC E Comp Tony Cooper.

In the words of the new CLO, Comp John Wenborn: “it was a terrific evening, well attended and enjoyed by all present”.

Three Principals – E Comps: Neil J Arthur (H), Mark P Collins (MEZ), and Peter Kuzemka (J)
E Comps: Neil J Arthur (H), Clive Lambert (2ndPrGPrin), Mark P Collins (MEZ), David K.Parslow (3rdPrGPrin), Sandy Glen (PrAGDC), and Peter Kuzemka (J).

Connaught Chapter Convocation 9th May.

Due to the pressures of work, and in two cases, illness, the Convocation was poorly attended. However, the offices were filled and the evening got under way.

As there was no candidate, a presentation of the Tracing board was given, led by our own E.Comp. Robert H Moore,P.Pr.Dep.G.Supt. This was given in catechetical form, which involved every Companion present and, I feel, advanced our Masonic knowledge at least one step.

Our Director of Ceremonies, E.Comp. Tony Cooper was absent due to illness, and it was reported that when the keys were collected from him,  he looked very unwell. So we all wish him a speedy recovery and a safe return to the Chapter (should he so desire).

It was with sadness we were told that this visit is to be the last for E.Comp. John Pickles as he feels too frail to continue. John has been a stalwart supporter of this Chapter for many years and has tried to overcome his disability for a long time but now must give in to age and ill health. John, you will still be kept informed and up to date with the Chapter, and we all wish you well for the future.

A Parish Notice.

The 2017 annual walk and lunch will be held this year on Sunday 8th July. Tony Cooper has very kindly agreed to prepare a two course lunch for the noble cost of £7:50 per head. Full details will shortly be sent to all Companions by email. All will be welcome, wives, girl friends, non Masonic friends, etc.

Installation Convocation of Connaught Chapter.

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H, E.Comp. Mark Collins, Z, Russell Frayling, and J, E.Comp. Neill Arthur

The Installation Convocation was held on Tuesday 14th March and was attended by E.Comp. Clive Lambert, Provincial 3rd Grand Principal, accompanied by E.Comp. Adrian Halliwell, Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies.

The installation of the three Principals, MEZ,  E.Comp. Russell Frayling, H, E.Comp. Mark Collins and J, E.Comp. Neill Arthur, was carried out with dignity and sincerity. As the IPZ moved to the IPZ chair I think he grew 3 inches taller as the responsibility of the Chapter was removed from his shoulders.

The incoming Scribe N, Almoner and Charity Steward being unavoidably absent will be invested at the next Convocation.

AS the DC was needed elsewhere, the ADC took charge at the festive board, got slightly confused and ended up calling those present “Brother Companions”. However, we must cut the fellow some slack as he is getting on a bit !

The toast to the Visitors was given by E.Comp. John Morris and answered by E.Comp. Alex Carter, who said some very nice things about the narrators of the lectures at our January meeting.

One parish notice was given: Our annual Sunday Lunchtime walk will be on July 9th, and E.Comp. Tony Cooper and wife Dianne have agreed to cook for us again. Notice of time, start point and cost will be given nearer the date.

At the end of the evening, we started a new tradition by having a Tyler`s toast, ably given by Comp. Jim Arthur, who stood in at very short notice.

A very good and relaxed evening was had by all, and we look forward to our next Convocation, please see diary.

Connaught Chapter’s Annual Walk 2016

The day of Sunday July 3rd dawned bright and dry. Just the right conditions for the annual walk and lunch. At 11:30,the 18 brave souls set off at a gentle pace on the 3 mile walk starting from the Masonic Hall and arriving back at around 12:30 to meet up with the non-walkers.
The group of 23, members, wives, girlfriends and guests sat down to a fine two course lunch, cooked for us by our own E. Comp. Tony Cooper and his very talented wife, Diane.
This is the fourth year the walk has taken place, and looks to becoming an annual event, thanks to E.Comp.Mark Collins who is the brains and organiser.
Thank you, Mark, for the walk.
Thank you Tony and Diane for an excellent meal.

Connaught Chapter Installation

On the 11th March Malcolm Beard and I made the long trip up from East Devon to Midsomer Norton to attend Connaught Chapter’s Installation Meeting. Arriving from a totally different direction from those I’d travelled previously we took a random left turn on reaching the town centre. Almost immediately I spotted the church, so knew we were almost there. We parked up and entered the building with plenty of time to spare. We were readily greeted by members we hadn’t seen for a while. Connaught cordiality was still in free flow.

Gradually numbers steadily grew and soon the Chapter Officers made their way upstairs and opened the Chapter. E Comp Terry Hayes APrGDC was then admitted and announced the presence of the Grand Superintendent who demanded admission. He was processed into the Temple escorted by a number of Provincial Officers and warmly greeted by the MEZ, E Comp Neil Arthur. The Grand Superintendent, E Comp John Bennett, declined to accept the offered Sceptre and took a seat to the side of the main chairs. His escort then took their seats and the MEZ was able to continue the evening’s business. Amongst this there was a ballot for E Comp Ray Conneely as a re-joining member. There was no hesitation among the members of the Chapter in assenting to this. He was immediately brought into the Lodge and enthusiastically greeted by the MEZ and the Grand Superintendent.