Taunton Deane Chapter held the December Convocation on Tuesday 4th December. The Chapter was honoured by the presence of the Deputy Grand Superintendent E. Comp. Clive Lambert escorted by E. Comp. Chris Moore Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies. Also in attendance was E. Comp. D. John Bennett Past Grand Superintendent.
E. Comp. Roger Seaton welcomed E. Comp. Clive to the Chapter and proffered the sceptre.
The Deputy Grand Superintendent knowing that the Chapter worked Aldersgate ritual was quick to hand the sceptre back
The Companions of the Chapter elected the Past Grand Superintendent as an honorary member and E. Comp. D. John Bennett thanked the Chapter for the honour.
The Principals gave a demonstration of Exaltation during which E. Comp. Peter Ashby gave the Mystical Lecture in its entirety.
The Chapter was closed in due form and the Companions retired for supper of Pate followed by Roast Pork which was enjoyed by all.
On Friday 5th April Taunton Deane Chapter held their first Convocation of the new masonic year. The three Principals opened the Chapter in due form. The Director of Ceremonies E. Comp. Maldwyn Davies First Principal of the Somerset First Principals Chapter no 3746 invited the companions of the First Principals Chapter to join him in presenting the Travelling Sceptre to E. Comp. Roger Seaton, First Principal of Taunton Deane Chapter
The presentation was the first official duty of E. Companion Maldwyn. E. Comp. Roger received the Sceptre and said that he would pass it onto the Companions of the Calderley Chapter of Union no 906 on Thursday 20th September. E. Comp. Peter Roworth gave the Historical Lecture and E. Comp. Roger delivered the Symbolical Lecture with the help of E. Comp. Davies, Cozens, Ashby, Comp. Cassell, Parsons and Martin.
The Companions retired to the Festive Board of Smoked Mackerel followed by steak and Ale Pie and Vegetables in Season. It was a very enjoyable evening CLO Don Heys
The Installation meeting of Taunton Deane Chapter no 5221 was held on Friday 25th May 2018. The chapter was honoured by the presence of the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent D. John Bennett, the Deputy Grand Superintendent Excellent Companion Alan Holton, the Second Provincial Grand Principle E. Companion Clive Lambert, the Past Third Grand Principle Excellent Companion David Parslow as well as a number of Officers of Supreme Grand Chapter and Active Provincial Grand Officers. The Chapter was opened in due form and E. Comp. Kevin Hill asked the Grand Superintendent if he would like to present a 50th Anniversary Certificate to E. Comp. Harry Price. E. Comp. John gave a brief history of Harry’s life as a Royal Arch Mason and presented the Certificate to Harry accompanied by a round of acclamation.
The three Installing Principles installed their successors with great efficiency. E. Comp. Peter Roworth installed E. Comp. Harry Price as Third Principle, E. Comp. Roger Seaton installed E. Comp. Peter Roworth as Second Principle and E. Comp. Kevin Hill installed E. Comp. Roger Seaton as First Principle. The officers were invested and E. Comp. David Parslow gave the address to the Principles. The chapter was closed and E. Comp. Sidney French gave an excellent rendition of the Royal Arch Charge.
The Companions retired to an excellent festive Board of Smoked Salmon, Roast Lamb and vegetables in season followed by Apple Crumble and Custard. The proceedings were completed by 9.45pm. E. Comp. Harry was pleased with the early finish as he had an early start on Saturday to travel to Wembley to watch the Championship Playoff Final which ended with the right result Aston Villa 0- Fulham 1.
The December Convocation of Taunton Deane Chapter no 5221 was held on Tuesday 5th December.The Chapter was opened in due form and MEZ welcomed all the Companions and in particular Excellent Companion David K. Parslow 3rd Provincial Grand Principal and Excellent Companion Bob Moore Past Grand Sword Bearer. E. Comp. Bob Moore was invited to present the Somerset Royal Arch Tracing Board. Numerous Companions assisted in the presentation which went very smoothly and was of great interest. The 3 Principals for the coming year were elected 1st Principal Elect E. Comp Roger B. Seaton, 2nd Principal Elect E. Comp. Peter G. Roworth and 3rd Principal Elect Harry H. Price. Festive greetings were given by E. Comp. Parslow on behalf of MEGS and in his own right. Greetings were given by the Companions of Taunton Deane Chapter and all the visiting Companions. The Companions retired for the Festive Board which was enjoyed by all. The Installation Meeting will be held on Friday 25th May 2018. The ME and their Excellencies wish all Companions a very Happy Christmas and Healthy New Year.
On Friday 1st September Taunton Deane Chapter held the first meeting of the new season. The Chapter was honoured once again by the presence of the Grand Superintendent accompanied by E. Comp. Sandy Glenn on his first outing as DC. A number of Officers of Supreme Grand Chapter and Provincial Grand Chapter were present to witness the Exaltation of Bro. James Wallace a member of the Lodge of St Christopher in Gloucestershire. E. Comp. Kevin Hill conducted an excellent ceremony ably assisted by E. Comp. Jimmy Durant as Principal Sojourner and E. Comp. Peter Ashby who gave an excellent account of the Mystical Lecture. The Chapter was closed with the Royal Arch Charge and the Companions retired to an excellent Festive Board finishing with the Tyler toast at 9.40pm
The next Convocation will be held on Tuesday 5th December. E. Comp. Bob Moore has been invited to give talk and the Companions will participate in the Historical and Symbolical Lectures to be given in catechetical form.
Taunton Deane Chapter will be holding the next Convocation on Friday 1st September at the Masonic Hall Taunton. The three Principals are looking forward to Exalting Bro. James Wallace. The 1st Principal has chosen Breast of Chicken in a Tarragon Cream Sauce followed by Apple Pie and Cream. Dining fee is £12.00p. Please let Don Heys know if you would like to attend
The Installation Meeting of Taunton Deane Chapter no 5221 was in doubt when I arrived at the Masonic Hall in Taunton on Friday 26th May. The car park barrier could not be opened and the Grand Superintendent was left on the street. The area had suffered a power cut but fortunately the power was restored at 5.45pm and the meeting started on time. The Installing Principals were very efficient in Installing their successors E. Comp Hill as Z, E. Comp Seaton as H and E. Comp. Roworth as J.
The Officers were invested including the Chapter Liaison Officer E. Comp. Heys, the Grand Superintendent gave the address to the Principals and the Chapter was closed at 7.25pm.
The Companions were able to socialise for sometime whilst the meal was prepared. It was enjoyed by all eventually and following the traditional Toasts and speeches the Companions were on their way home by 9.40pm.
The annual Installation Meeting of Taunton Deane Chapter no 5221 will be held on Friday 26th May at 6.00pm at the Taunton Masonic Hall. The Grand Superintendent will be accompanied by E. Comp. John Sillett, Michael Rawlings and Brian Buckle. E. Comp.’s. Nigel Handbury, Kevin Hill and Roger Seaton will be installing their successors. E. Comp. Hill has chosen Stilton and Broccoli Soup, Braised Steak in Red Wine Sauce and Treacle Sponge as a dessert. It should be a very good evening
A Holy Royal Arch Tracing Board was presented to the Taunton H R A Chapters at the February convocation of The Chapter of St George by the the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, E Comp John Bennett. The host
chapter was represented by E Comp David Bates, Z of 3158, The Chapter of Sincerity by E Comp Charlie Barker and Taunton Deane Chapter by E Comp Sid French.
The MEGS explained that a full explanation of the Tracing Board would be given in due course with Chapter members being invited to participate in the proceedings
In 2016 the three chapters meeting at Taunton Masonic hall came to the conclusion that the banners that were in use by all three chapters were beginning to show their age and should be replaced. The chapters agreed that the cost would be shared and the new banners were purchased.
January 11th 2017 saw the MEGS Ex. Companion John Bennett together with the Provincial Team visiting the Chapter of Sincerity No 261, meeting at Taunton. The MEGS and Team were visiting the Chapter primarily to dedicate the new chapter banners that were a joint purchase between the Taunton Chapters: Sincerity, No 261; St. George, No 3158 and Taunton Deane, No 5221.
The Three Principals, or their representative, from each chapter were present at the meeting together with a goodly number of Companions (86 in total).
After taking the chair the MEGS explained that the Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra had stood down and that it was his pleasure to announce that Ex. Companion Tony Beaumont was to be appointed and invested as the new Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra.
After the investiture the MEGS moved the business onto the Dedication of the new Chapter Banners.
The Standard Bearers were: Companion Town (261); Companion Prior-Sankey (5221) and Companions Green & Clarke (3158).
During the Dedication Ceremony the Oration was given by the Provincial Second Grand Principal Ex. Companion Maldwyn Davies during which he explained that:-
‘The reason for the acquisition of the new Banners is that the original Banners have, with age and usage, become almost illegible. The banners which have been replaced once before but have been in use for many years and it is almost certain that they were originally obtained by the Chapter of Sincerity as they obviously pre-date the formation of the Chapter of St George in 1954 and the formation of the Taunton Deane Chapter in 1986.
There is no record in the Archives of the Chapter of Sincerity to indicate when or even if they were purchased. There is a note in the minutes of the Chapter of Sincerity that on 9th November 1983 the then M.E.Z. E. Companion David Hartley “drew the attention of the Companions to the Chapter Banners and Ensigns which had been renovated during the summer recess by Companion. Malcolm Plastowe and Mrs. G. Fish, wife of Ex. Companion. F. A. Fish, H of the Chapter. The M.E.Z. requested that the Scribe E, E. Companion Sidney Honniball thank those involved for undertaking this task.
The Accounts of the Chapter for that year shows an expenditure of £23.00 for repairs to Banners. As a point of interest the Chapter Subscription at that time was £7.00 P.A. and cost of Dining was £2.75!’
The Dedication Ceremony completed the MEGs continued by explaining that during a recent meeting in London he had been speaking with Ex. Companion David Hughes a Grand Inspector in the Metropolitan Grand Chapter. Ex. Companion David is the son of the late Ex. Companion Thomas Albert Hughes, Past Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset. Ex. Companion David had explained that he had his father’s original Patent and kindly offered to return it to the Province. As Taunton had been the Masonic home of Ex. Companion Tom it had been decided that the patent would be presented to the Taunton Masonic hall for display there.
The MEGS then called upon Ex. Companion Ray Baines Chairman elect of the Taunton Masonic hall Company and presented him with the patent for display at Taunton.
The chapter being closed 74 companions enjoyed a splendid festive board.