But, I’m getting ahead of myself – let’s start at the beginning…….
The Installations meeting of Quantock Chapter took place on 20th September. The ceremony went well and appeared to be enjoyed by all. Maldwyn Davies, 2nd Provincial Grand Principal and Adrian Halliwell, Provincial Deputy Director of Ceremony (and also the Provincial Liaison Officer, and therefore my boss as Quantock’s Liasion Officer) were in attendance.
Our three Principals for the year were expertly Inducted, they are – – – – – – – – – – > > > > > >
< < < < – – – -And this is them eclipsed by our Provincial Visitors
Then we bounded downstairs more than ready to savour Karen’s feast. To be met by Karen’s anxious face and a very cold oven decorated with uncooked food. The cooker was broken!!
Quantock Chapter is young and resilient; the pate starter was served followed by the abundant cheese and biscuits and the Festive Board went ahead. An enjoyable evening for all ensued. After the formal Toasts were finished, the offer to send out for fish and chips was not taken up by anyone.
Such was the success of the evening that we are considering having a hot buffet at our next meeting in February, rather than the more formal traditional Festive Board. Watch this space for more information as our next meeting approaches.
In the spell of glorious sunny weather that mid April had produced the members of the 2014/5 Provincial Team gathered for the last Official Visit of their tenure in office. This time it was at Watchet to perform an Exaltation for the Quantock Chapter. For once, those from the farthest west parts of the Province had a short trip to get there while the rest were reminded of how distant and remote this Temple could seem. This was especially so for those who hit major road works that stopped them taking exactly the route they had planned.
However, all those expected arrived in good time and soon the dining room and bar was abuzz with conversation while small groups trickled in and out through the front door to enjoy the early evening sunshine. The regalia room became more and more congested with quite a few spilling out into the dining room with their cases to don their regalia. The Chapter Principals opened the meeting at the appointed hour and conducted the early business. I’m informed that this was all handled in a relaxed if not slightly confused manner.
A little later the Grand Superintendent, escorted by his team, was received into the Temple. E Comp John Bennett was very warmly greeted by the Chapter MEZ, E Comp Ian Nesbitt, and on being presented with the Sceptre accepted it and took the primary chair. The rest of the Provincial Team members then took over from their Chapter opposite numbers. When everyone was settled, the Team were able to continue the evening’s business. E Comp Bennett started by thanking the Chapter for agreeing to this visit and saying what a pleasure it was to be again at the Chapter he had the honour of consecrating.
Left to right in the picture are E Comps Barry Woodside 2nd Prov. Grand Principal, James Lovell H, Bob Moore DGSupt, Ian Nesbitt MEZ, John Bennett MEGS, Julian Bloys J and Ray Beckingham 3rd Prov. Grand Principal.