814 Dedication of Banners and Ensigns

MEGS E Comp John Bennett explaining the proceedings

On 23rd January 2018 the Provincial Team descended on the Parrett and Axe Chapter to dedicate the new Principal Banners and Tribal Ensigns, purchased by E Comp Gerald Morgan, MEZ. This was the first time that the Team had dedicated both sets at once.

The Chapter was opened by the three Principals E Comp Gerald Morgan, MEZ, E Comp Steve Albon, H, and E Comp Clive Saunders, J, and an alarm was given that E Comp Chris Moore, PrGDC, requested admittance. He announced that the Excellent D John Bennett, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, accompanied by the Provincial Team, demanded admission and was duly admitted. MEGS was presented with the Sceptre of the Chapter and on this occasion accepted it. The Provincial Officers then took their places and the ceremony then continued. MEGS then related the ceremony that would be carried out and thanked Parrett and Axe Chapter for asking the Provincial Team to Dedicate the Banners and Ensigns.

MEGS Dedicating the Eastern Banner and Tribal Ensigns

The PrDGDC, E Comp Adrian Halliwell, headed the Banner Delegation from the Chapter before returning with the five principal Banners to form up in the east. The Banners were then paraded around the Chapter followed by them being placed in the south, west, north and east. Provincial Grand Joshua, E Comp David Parslow, then gave the Dedication Prayer. MEGS then explained why the Banners were so placed and the Provincial Principals took station by each explaining the positioning of the Banners and their related Ensigns.

MEGS then Dedicated the Banners with prayer and the 1st Principal of the Chapter to accept the Banners and Ensigns followed by the Patriarchal Benediction. The 3rd Provincial Grand Principal then gave an oration on the history of the Banners and Ensigns with some amusing pieces included.

E Comp David Parslow, 3rd PrGPrincipal, presenting the Grand Chapter to Comp Mac Mackay with Chris Moore, PrGDC, in attendance

MEGS then called on the next item on the Agenda which was to present a Grand Chapter Certificate to Comp Andrew ‘Mac’ Mackay, this was done by the now overworked 3rd Prins! The Chapter Officers were then reinstalled into their rightful places and the Provincial Team retired from the Chapter. The Chapter then completed the Risings and was closed in peace and harmony.

At the Festive Board all enjoyed a great meal, fish cakes followed by beef stew and completed by Somerset apple cake and custard. A raffle was held which raised over £200 and had numerous prizes which were spread out among members and visitors.

E Comp Adrian Halliwell
Provincial Calderley Liaison Officer

Parrett & Axe Chapter No.814 Donations

The Charity Steward of the Parrett & Axe Chapter No.814, who meet at Crewkerne, identified that they had accumulated monies in the Charity account and the Companions decided that they would like to support the Somerset Levels appeal, the Royal College of Surgeons Provincial Chapter appeal and the Musgrove hospital Beacon Cancer Centre. This year Somerset is hosting the 2014 Masonic Annual Charity Event (MACE)

This event is being supported by Nineteen Provinces, from as far afield as Lancashire and Cornwall which will take part in this prestigious bowls competition. Each year the home province nominate a charity and Somerset have chosen the ‘Beacon Cancer Centre’ at Taunton and so it was agreed that 814 would make their donation through this appeal.

Musgrove Park Hospital’s Beacon Centre opened for patients in May 2009. It means that approximately 1200 cancer patients each year will no longer need to travel the long distance to Bristol for their radiotherapy treatment.

The Centre has:
· 3 linear accelerators (machines that deliver radiotherapy treatment)
· a CT simulator (funded by SURE)
· an 14 bed inpatient ward
· a 22 chair/bed day unit delivering chemotherapy and other supportive treatments
· outpatient and complementary therapy facilities
· Café area.

It has made Musgrove Park Hospital, run by Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, a centre of excellence in the delivery of cancer treatments for the people of Somerset.

Until the opening of the Beacon Centre local patients had to travel to Bristol for their radiotherapy and some chemotherapy treatments. This is a return a journey of up to 150 miles for some patients. Radiotherapy is often given on a daily basis for several weeks. These donations will assist them to further equip and improve the equipment within the Centre.

At the Annual Convocation of Somerset Royal Arch the Companions seen presenting the cheque for £500 are the Scribe E, E Comp David Wakely, the First Principal, E Comp Chris Weatherill, the Second Principal, E Comp Norman Sumpter, along with E Comp, Ian Pamplin and E Comp Ivor Pettitt.