Calderley Chapter Installation 2019

The Calderley Chapter was attended by E Comp Barry Woodside, MEGS, who was attended by E Comps Tony Cooper, PrDGDC, and E Comp Alan McMurray, PrGStwd, acting as Standard Bearer. E Comp Barry was welcomed by MEZ, E Comp Richard Ellis, who presented him with the Sceptre which was returned with thanks. The Minutes of the last convocation having been circulated were approved and there were no matters arising.

A ballot was taken for Joining Members, E Comps Neil Hurcum,3rd Prov G Principal and Roger Reina, Prov G Registrar. The Ballot proved clear and they were welcomed into the Chapter.

The Three Principals for 2019/20: E Comps Ray Beckingham, H, Keith Fisher, Z , Matt Westley, J

The main event was announced and E Comp Richard Ellis Inducted his successor E Comp Keith Fisher,  who then did likewise for E Comp Ray Beckingham as H, who then Inducted E Comp Matt Westley as J. E Comp Keith then Appointed and Invested His Officers for the coming year.

Next item on the Agenda was to proffer the Sceptre again to E Comp Barry Woodside who this time retained it and took the chair. Their several discussions in this period, a few are listed herein:

  • MEGS was disappointed that there were not more CLOs attending as only 9 CLOs were present which somewhat defeated the object of CLO’s duties to attend as Honorary Members.
  • Solomon was discussed and it was suggested that if the Chapters in the Province didn’t have a ceremony they may wish to give a presentation form Solomon’s website. Either contact E Comp Ray Beckingham or E Comp Maldwyn Davies. If there are good speakers in the Chapter’s they could do it. E Comp Neil Hurcum suggested that it would be nice if a couple of CLOs could give a nugget each from Solomon
  • Conversion from the Craft to HRA is not good as the rate is about 27% and HRA reps in the craft lodges are to be asked to encourage Brethren to complete the masonic journey by joining the Royal Arch.
  • E Comp Martin Slocombe gave a brief resume on the Grand Officers’ Mess which has fallen by the wayside. He stated that he had undertaken a questionnaire in the northern part of the Province and had received favourable comments for it to be resurrected under the new name of Somerset Grand Officers’ Forum. This would be open to all Craft and Chapter Grand Officers.

E Comp Barry then thanked all those who contributed to the lively debate and returned the Sceptre to E  Comp Keith to conduct AOB, when the MEGS rose to give a Notice of Motion that at the next meeting he would be proposing Comp. David Medlock, the Provincial Grand Master Designate, as an Honorary member of the Chapter. This was followed by E Comp John Bennett who rose to give a Notice of Motion to propose E Comp David Dixon, 3rd Provincial Grand Principal Designate as a member of the Chapter.

The Chapter was closed and the companions proceeded down stairs to enjoy the Festive Board.

E Comp Barry Woodside, MEGS, with E Comp Tony Cooper, PrDGDC, and MEZ E Comp Keith Fisher listening to the MEGS’s response to his toast.


Calderley Dedicate new Honours Board

E Comp Roger Seaton presents the Somerset Sceptre to MEZ with E Comp Ray Beckingham, J, watching intently

At the September meeting held at Wedmore the three Principals opened the Convocation. Companions of Taunton Deane Chapter, no 5221, lead by E Comp Roger Seaton, Z, presented the Somerset Sceptre to E Comp Richard Ellis for onward transport to Royal Sussex Chapter on 15th October. This will mean that Richard has to give it to himself!

The changes to the Bye-laws for the change of venue was approved and will be forwarded to Province for confirmation.

MEGS E Comp D John Bennett was welcomed and proffered the Sceptre by MEZ, E Comp Richard Ellis,. On this occasion MEGS took the Sceptre and the 2nd and 3rd Provincial Grand Principals were placed in their respective chairs.

MEZ requesting the Dedication of the Honours Board

MEZ then informed MEGS that he wished that a new Honours Board be Dedicated by the team. A deputation of the three Principals of Calderley Chapter, with E Comp Maldwyn Davies standing in for E Comp Keith Fisher, asked for the Board to be dedicated. PrGJ then gave The Dedication Prayer and MEGS gave a brief history of Calderley Chapter. This was followed by the Dedication by MEGS and presentation back to MEZ.

There followed the discussion led by MEGS as this was why the Calderley Chapter was formed. E Comp John was disappointed by the low number of CLOs present and E Comp Adrian Halliwell, Provincial Liaison Officer, explained that he felt partly to blame as he didn’t forward the Summons as he was away. This will change in the future and Summonses will be sent from E Comp Julian May, Secretary.

  • MEGS also was unhappy with the lack of reports and updates to the web pages by CLOs and asked for an improvement and if CLOs were unable to do this that the Chapters should appoint a suitable replacement.
  • Chapters were reminded that Summonses should be sent to Province 21 days prior to their meeting. One Chapter stated that the Summons wasn’t sent because of the Data Protection Rules. This is incorrect as all Masons agree to their names appearing, if not they will have stated their preference.
  • Calderley Chapter requires a replacement DC as Barry Woodside will be busy for the next five years, any volunteers?
  • Membership to Calderley Chapter is open to any Companion to join, the more the merrier, it is a good discussion group.
  • Scribe Es are asked to advertise the Provincial Web on Summonses and correspondence ie
  • Comp Robert Colins gave a brief report on the Masonic Fishing Charity, see, and asked any keen anglers who would like to help in giving help to disabled, both mentally and physically, interact with others on a one-to-one basis, by  taking them out of their usual environment and learning new skills. See Brochure click here and here and letter here.

MEGS then asked the PrGDC to return MEZ to his rightful chair and the other Principals were also returned to theirs.

E Comp Neil Hurcum, PrGJ, ready for the washing up!

After the usual risings the Chapter was closed and Companions headed for the Festive Board where they had an excellent meal prepared by Zenas Catering with E Comp Neil Hurcum, PrGJ helping out.

We Three do meet and agree!


Calderley Chapter of Union, No 906, March 2018 Meeting

The Meeting was held at the Clevedon Masonic Hall on Monday 5th March. There was a good attendance of members, visitors and 2/3rds of the Calderley Liaison Officers.

The meeting commenced with the agreement of the Minutes of the previous meeting and E Comp Julian May had no matters arising. E Comp Stuart Hadler then thanked the Members for being made an Honorary Members at this meeting.

A ballot then took place for two Joining Members which proved clear and E Comps David Parslow and Geof Lester were given the Chapter Bylaws.

The Three Principals with Two Grand Superintendents: E Comps Keith Fisher, H, John Bennett, MEGS, Richard Ellis, MEZ, Denis Calderley, PMEGS, and Ray Beckingham, J.

The next Item on the Agenda was the Induction of the three Principals. E Comps John Bennett and Denis Calderley were placed in H and J Chairs respectively and E Comp Mike Scaggs Inducted E Comp Richard Ellis as MEZ. Richard then Inducted E Comp Keith Fisher as H, who then Inducted E Comp Ray Beckingham as J. MEGS John Bennett then gave the Charge. The Principals then appointed their Officers.

Next item on the Agenda was dealt with by MEGS who took the Sceptre.
MEGS then welcomed the PGM, APGM.

He then spoke of the sad loss of Christine Biggs and stated that  E Comp Bob would be pleased to receive phone calls.

The Calderley Honours Board was now in Wedmore and a Dedication Ceremony will be done at the next Meeting.   Avalon Chapter’s Honours Board would also be Dedicated at a suitable date.

The Provincial Book is nearing completion of the editing stage and will be published in about eight weeks.
MEGS then pointed out the new Chapter carpet noting the Signs of the Zodiac, which was unique in Somerset.

The next part was related to the CLOs and how they were dealing with the updating of the website. There were concerns over the method of putting things on the website and those being non computer literate having volunteered for this post in coping with the situation. Quite a lively discussion was had with many Comps taking part. Once again if CLOs have problems please contact E Comp Adrian Halliwell.

MEGS then announced the following appointments and promotions in the Province:

E Comp Alan Holton to remain as Deputy Grand Superintendent
E Comp Clive Lambert to remain as 2nd Provincial Grand Principal
E Comp Neil Hurcum appointed as 3rd Provincial Grand Principal.

E Comp Neil Hurcum, 3rd Provincial Grand Principal (designate)

Neil is a member of Wrington Vale, No 1199, and Somerset 1st Principals Chapters, No 3746, and was Provincial Grand Steward in 2009, Past Provincial Assistant Grand Sojourner in 2010 and Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah in 2015.

In Supreme Grand Chapter:

E Comp Alan Holton (Deputy Grand Superintendent) will be promoted to Past Grand Sword Bearer
E Comp Terry Hayes (Provincial Treasurer) appointed to Past Grand Standard Bearer.

Megs also discussed his “retirement” which Supreme Grand Chapter said was the “cessation of his 10 years Patent”. John also said that the Past 2nd Grand Principal would be in attendance at the Webbington Convocation in May.

The Next Meeting will be held on Thursday 20th September at Wedmore Masonic Hall and the meeting was closed with Companions retiring downstairs to the Festive Board where a delightful meal and discussions ensued.

The Principals of Calderley Chapter of Union 2018 – 2019
The Three Principals with E Comp Neil Hurcum

Appointments and Promotions in Somerset

At The Calderley Chapter of Union, no 906, meeting held at Clevedon Masonic Hall on Monday 5th March, MEGS D John Bennett announced the following appointments and promotions in the Province:

E Comp Alan Holton to remain as Deputy Grand Superintendent
E Comp Clive Lambert to remain as 2nd Provincial Grand Principal
E Comp Neil Hurcum appointed as 3rd Provincial Grand Principal.

E Comp Neil Hurcum, 3rd Provincial Grand Principal (designate)

Neil is a member of Wrington Vale, No 1199, and Somerset 1st Principals Chapters, No 3746, and was Provincial Grand Steward in 2009, Past Provincial Assistant Grand Sojourner in 2010 and Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah in 2015.

In Supreme Grand Chapter:

E Comp Alan Holton (Deputy Grand Superintendent) will be promoted to Past Grand Sword Bearer
E Comp Terry Hayes (Provincial Treasurer) appointed to Past Grand Standard Bearer.

We congratulate all of these members and wish them well

Calderley Banner Dedication

At the September meeting of the Calderley Chapter of Union No 906 the Provincial Team dedicated the new Banner for the Chapter so kindly donated by E Comp Denis Calderley, Past Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset.

The meeting was held in the new home for Calderley Chapter at Wedmore and was well attended with 11 CLOs to pass back their reports to their own Chapters. The Principals opened the Chapter and E Comp Chris Moore, PrGDC, announced that E Comp D John Bennett, MEGS, was without and was accompanied by E Comp Denis Calderley and the Provincial Team. They duly processed in and were greeted by the 1st Principal E Comp Mike Scaggs who proffered the Sceptre which on this occasion was taken by MEGS. The Provincial Team then took their stations and the Ceremony commenced. E Comp Denis with the Principals of Calderley Chapter then retired and were readmitted with E Comp Denis carrying the new Banner with hymn being sung.

E Comp Denis Calderley, Past Grand Superintendent

The Banner was presented to MEGS for Dedication. The Banner was uncovered and paraded around the Chapter again with another hymn. Once back in the East the Provincial Grand Joshua, E Comp David Parslow, gave the Dedication Prayer which was followed by MEGS Dedicating it. The Banner was then passed to the 1st Principal of Calderley and placed behind his chair.

E Comp David Parslow then gave an oration on Calderley Chapter, with historical facts and information.

The Provincial Rulers and Principals of Calderley Chapter
E Comps Mike Scaggs, MEZ, Richard Ellis, H, and Keith Fisher, J.

The ceremony was then ended and MEGS remained in the chair to give items of interest to the Companions:

  • An Order of Merit would be given to companions who have done exemplary work within the Province. These Merits will be known as the Grand Superintendent’s Award. The recipient’s name and reasons for them being proposed will be forwarded to the MEGS and he, with the DepGS, will discuss these and decide on who will received them. Please note that it is the companions of all Chapters who are eligible to nominate a fellow companion and it is not the MEGS who will put names forward. The recipients will be entitled to insert “GSA” after their names in any HRA correspondence and on honour boards. The first two recipients are E Comps Ray Guthrie and Alex Carter of Dungarvan Chapter, at Frome. There will be five GSAs awarded this year;
  • There will be a Provincial Book published in the New Year giving the history of this Province and every Chapter within it. The publication will be about 300 pages in similar style to the Craft Provincial book. There will be a discounted price of £25 if you order before publication and £35 after that. Get your orders in to E Comp Clive Lambert, 2nd Proc Grand Principal;
  • Calderley Chapter will have its home at Wedmore and will meet on the 3rd Wednesday or Friday or 4th Thursday in September and March. This seasons the March meeting will be at Clevedon, home of MEZ’s Eldon Chapter;
  • MEGS was then pleased to announce that, as the 1st Grand Principal, HRH Duke of Kent has served 50 years in that office, Supreme Grand Chapter have given an additional Grand Collar and a Promotion in this Province. E Comp Tony Beaumont will receive PGStB and E Comp Ray Beckingham will be promoted to PAsstGSoj. Congratulations to them both;
  • CLOs are encouraged to send a sub to the Calderley meeting if they are unable to attend;
  • Two Chapters celebrate their 200th Anniversary, Royal Sussex and Sincerity, and the Provincial Team will be there to present their Anniversary Charters.

MEGS then returned the Sceptre to MEZ and the Provincial Team retired. The Chapter then dealt with domestic items and was closed, with majority of the companions heading for the Festive Board, where a good three course meal was enjoyed by all. There followed the Toasts where one in particular is worthy of mention: that to E Comp Denis Calderley, given by MEZ, that  gave thorough detail of E Comp Denis’ time in HRA, which was followed by an emotional reply from Denis whereby the companions rose for a standing ovation.

Calderley Chapter of Union No 906 Monday 6th March 2017

Due to E Comp Bob Biggs, MEZ, being unwell E Comp Bob Moore took over the chair. The chapter was opened in due form and Item 2 on the agenda was taken, though E Comp Julian May, Scribe E, was unwell and also E Comp Alan Thompson stood in and the Minutes were duly carried.

Item 3 was to ballot for Joining Members E Comp Anthony J Beaumont PrGScribeE and  E Comp Terry D Hayes, PrGTeasurer, which proved clear and both were welcomed by MEZ and given a copy of the Bylaws. Next item was to ballot for as Honorary Members E Companions Robert E Biggs, Walter R Cole and Terry S Wood, which again proved clear. Next came the Induction Ceremony of the Principals for the ensuing year.

First Principal:           E Comp Michael J Scaggs, PGStB
Second Principal:      E Comp Richard J Ellis, PGStB
Third Principal:        E Comp Keith R Fisher, PAGSoj

The Three Principals:  E Comps Richard Ellis, H, Mike Scaggs, MEZ, and Keith Fisher

The Principals then appointed and invested their Officers and E Comp D John Bennett, MEGS, delivered the charge to the Principals. E Comp Mike Scaggs then welcomed the MEGS and proffered the Sceptre which he accepted. The Grand Superintendent welcomed all Companions and Calderley Liaison Officers present, he also welcomed the Provincial Grand Master, E Comp Stuart Hadler and stated how sorry he was that E Comp Denis Calderley was unable to be present this evening but he sent everyone his good wishes.

The first item that the Grand Superintendent discussed was the situation of the new Web Site and particularly the Chapter pages. The Grand Superintendent and the Calderley Liaison Officer E Comp Adrian Halliwell had ploughed through each Chapters Web Page and analysed the results. These results were discussed in a general manner as the Grand Superintendent stated that he had no intention of circulating the result. Overall the result were disappointing with only 7 Chapters obtaining and excellent grading with 5 appearing to have had nothing inputted. There followed a discussion, with many Companions having a very varied opinion, with regards to the way forward. The conclusion was that it was felt that at this stage we should adopt a personal approach to individual Chapters and Liaison Officers and the Grand Superintendent agreed that he would implement this. It was also agreed that the Province would organise further training sessions at The Webbington Hotel. This would enable those Liaison Officers who had not received full training and this would also provide an update to those Liaison Officers who are obviously finding difficulties in producing an acceptable Chapter Web Page.

The Grand Superintendent advised the Chapter that there was some feeling about the Chapter continuing to be based at Burnham on Sea and that the preferred option was moving to Wedmore, which was now an acceptable alternative venue, due to the fact that Avalon Chapter have moved there following the closure of Wells Masonic Hall.

The Chapter Scribe Ezra, E Comp Julian May, also recommended that the date of the September Convocation should be moved towards the end of September in the future. After a full discussion it was agreed that the future September Convocations of the Calderley Chapter would be held at Wedmore Masonic Hall, this year on Friday 29th September 2017 and the Chapter will move its registered Masonic base to Wedmore Masonic Hall.

The Chapter 2nd  Principal, E Comp Richard Ellis advised the Chapter that his Installation in March 2018 would probably be held at Clevedon Masonic Hall and the Chapter 3rd Principal, E Comp Keith Fisher advised the Chapter that his Installation in March 2019 would probably be held at Wedmore Masonic Hall.

The Grand Superintendent reminded the Companions that at the next Convocation on Friday 29th September 2018, the Provincial Team would be dedicating the new Chapter Banner and hopefully, if it is completed, the Honours Board.

The Grand Superintendent then advised the Chapter that Supreme Grand Chapter had honoured Companions from the Province with Grand Rank. E Comp Barry Woodside promoted to PGSwdB, E Comp Richard Ellis promoted to PAGSoj. E Comp Maldwyn Davies appointed to PGStB and E Comp Chris Moore to PGStB. Brethren from The Provincial Grand Lodge of Somerset has also been honoured with Grand Rank. E Comp Ben Batley promoted to PSGD. E Comp Ray Baines promoted to PJGD. E Comp David Leakey appointed to PAGDC and E Comp Ian Walker appointed to PAGDC.

The Grand Superintendent also announced the Principal appointments within Provincial Grand Chapter of Somerset for 2017/2018. E Comp Alan Holton to be Deputy Grand Superintendent, E Comp Clive lambert as 2nd Provincial Grand Principal and E Comp David Parslow as 3rd Provincial Grand Principal. All these appointments were greeted with acclamation.

The three Provincial Rulers designate in the front row: E Comps Clive Lambert, 2nd Principal, Alan Holton, Deputy GS, and David Parslow, 3rd Principal

The Grand Superintendent then thanked all the Companions for their input and asked the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies to present the 1st  Principal of the Chapter, E Comp Mike Scaggs, to him. He thanked him for allowing him to preside over the discussion and returned the Sceptre of the Chapter to the 1st Principal and took his seat.

After the Risings and the Closing the Comps retired to the Dining Room for a very tasty Festive Board.

Good company at the Festive Board


Calderley Chapter of Union, September Convocation 2016

  • The chapter was held at its home of Burnham-on-sea on a pleasant evening though a bit warm, with a goodly number of Liaison Officers in attendance. The three Principals opened the Chapter and undertook the routine workings including: balloting for two Honorary and four Joining Members; proclaiming the Principals and Treasurer Elect, who all responded to this, though E Comp Keith Fisher raised a smile among those present, before handing over the sceptre to MEGS John Bennett who greeted four visitors from Hampshire and Isle of Wight and the CLOs.
    john and mike scraggs
    E Comp Mike Scaggs, H, listens to MEGS

    There followed some very interesting announcements starting with the establishing of a Chapter Banner for Calderley which would be dedicated at next September’s meeting. The design and colours using those on Provincial collars were agreed and the order will be placed immediately.


  • Next came the presentation of the Provincial Liaison Officer Collaret which has been commissioned with the three coloured ribbon to E Comp Adrian Halliwell, also CLO of Calderley Chapter. The new Calderley Liaison Officer Collaret with plain red ribbon will be presented to Chapter CLOs at their Installation meetings by the Representing Provincial Officer and is to be worn during the meetings and at the festive board of their own Chapters as well as at Calderley Chapter.
  • E Comp Bob Moore then officially announced the new Provincial Website is up and running, giving a general overview of its setting up, use by CLOs to update their own Chapter pages and other information. The new site address is The Calderley Liaison Officers will be responsible for their own Chapter’s page and have received a training session to make life easy for them. Companions are asked to have a look and if there are any comments please pass them on to: their own CLOs for their Chapter Pages; E Comp Adrian Halliwell, for other items: and Bob Moore if all else fails.
  • new bookletsMEGS then advised comps that a new Companions Guide has been produced as well as a booklet entitled “An Explanation for the Exaltee”, these will be issued to new Exaltees at that meeting by the Visiting Provincial Principal or otherwise by post.
  • The Provincial Stewards badge has been redesigned and now includes the word “Somerset” on it. All existing Provincial Stewards, past and present will be receiving these in due course.
  • “Talking Heads” was explained and was under the direction of E Comp Ray Beckingham. There are several teams of three who will be giving this playlet at a Craft meeting. One has already been carried out and Hendra Lodge in S Wales has asked the team to give this at their January meeting. There are already three “Talking Heads” being done at Fidelity and Sincerity, Wellington on 12th Sept, Elizabethan, Lodge Bath and Admiral Blake Lodge, Bridgwater.
  • When taking wine with Grand Officers at the festive board Craft Grand Lodge Officers should also stand.
  • In order to update the Provincial Database photographs of all companions are requested. This helps the visiting Provincial Principals to put a name to the face.
    MEGS returned the Sceptre to E Comp Bob Biggs who then closed the convocation after the Risings. Closing hymn was sung, if a bit raggedly [as no one had a song sheet], followed by the National Anthem before retiring to the dining room for an excellent meal.
Calderley top table
Top Table: E Comps Clive Lambert [3rd Prov Principal], Maldwyn Davies [2nd Prov Principal], John Bennett [MEGS], Mike Scaggs [H], Bob Biggs [Z], Richard Ellis [J] and Ray Beckingham [DC]
my table
Plates all stacked
Arthurs seat
Plenty of chatter
Rogues gallery
Tasty soup


E.Comp K Harry Barnes JP, PGSupt for Dorset
Consecration of the Calderley Chapter of Union No. 906
Thursday 7th April 2011

In order to address the nature and principles of Royal Arch Masonry, one first needs to review the degree and its evolution from the early developments of the Hiramic degree. As is the case for all forms, orders and degrees in Freemasonry, the Holy Royal Arch has no specific date of
birth as such.

At times it has been strongly and widely held that the original Third Degree of the Craft was ‘mutilated’ to provide material for the Royal Arch ceremonial. Dr Mackey, the well known American writer stated that, “until the year 1740, the essential element of the Royal Arch constituted a part of the Master’s Degree and was, of course, its concluding portion. The highly esteemed Rev Dr Oliver asserted that the Royal Arch was an element of the second part of the Old Master’s Degree. In fact, Dr Oliver maintained that “the difference between the ‘Antients and the Modern’ systems consisted solely of the mutilation of the Third Degree, and that the Royal Arch was concocted by the Antients to widen yet further the breach and make the line of distinction between them and the Premier Grand Lodge broader and more indelible.

Be that as it may, I have long held the view that far from being a mutilation of the Old Master’s or Third Degree, aspects of the Holy Royal Arch can be found in all three degrees of pure andantient Freemasonry, to which I will both refer and lay evidence later in this short paper.
As a general point, and I speak as one who has served as both Provincial Grand Master for the Craft, as well as Grand Superintendent for the Royal Arch, that there is a constant danger that we will draw a line of demarcation between the Craft and the Royal Arch by making a
distinction between the moral teachings of the Craft and the more spiritual teachings of the Royal Arch. Such distinctions are falsely attributed, for, if we examine the matter carefully we find that the Craft and the Royal are intrinsically interwoven in their philosophies, as well as
their rituals and, in all three degrees, not just that of the Third Degree. The journey begins with our first hesitant steps into the body of the lodge on the evening of our initiation and continue in an unbroken line right the way through to our installation as First Principal in our Chapter. We commence this epic journey by professing a belief in God, a dependence upon God, and a blessing is invoked upon us in his name.

The working tools teach us the importance of prayer and the need for holiness in life. Still in the First Degree, the tracing board depicts Jacob’s ladder, founded firmly on the floor of a Craft lodge, resting on the Holy Scriptures and stretching with it’s many virtual moral and
philosophical rounds, most especially faith, hope and charity, reaching, no, not to man’s immortal destiny, as depicted and concluded in the Third Degree, but beyond, into an unknown ethereal mansion, at least, unknown as far as the limits of the Craft degree are concerned and, in a spiritual sense almost transcending the workings of the Third Degree.
The fact that there is more, much more beyond the conclusion of the Third Degree experience, is again illustrated, though strangely enough in the First Degree, with such sublime poetry, “For we must all experience that great and awful moment when the soul takes wing to that boundless and unexplored expanse. May we hear the GAOTU say, “It is well  finished”, and may he admit us into the Grand Lodge Above, where the divisions of time shall cease and a glorious eternity burst open to our view”, clearly in my view providing very early hints to thinking Mason, that there is more, much more, beyond the grave and again beyond the finite limitations of the workings of the Third Degree.

However, ironically and almost conversely, we also find in the Third degree the clearest indications of immortality and salvation. It is surely no accident that now, and for the first time we hear the term “Companion”. In this degree we are confronted with our inevitable destiny, mortality, and by the use of ancient and traditional mysteries, sensitive and philosophical allegory, we are advised of the prospect of a reunion with the former “Companions” of our toils. And there Companions, were it not for our illustrious predecessors, the incomplete journey would have ended. For many years the Craft journey was concluded by means of the ceremony of exaltation being an appendage to the Third Degree. Later, the Ancients conferred Exaltation as a fourth degree.

The final and most important part of that journey, IS the Holy Royal Arch. Without Exaltation into the Royal Arch, I would submit that the Craft journey is more than incomplete, it renders the journey meaningless.
I have heard eminent Masonic scholars profess with great self importance, that the lost secrets of the Third Degree were never found in the Holy Royal Arch anyway, so how could the Royal Arch ever be considered a conclusion of anything?

Companions, that saddens me deeply. The lost secrets of the Third Degree, even allegorically entrusted to such as Hiram Abif, Hiram King of Tyre etc., are not some cheap clue in a game of Sudoku designed to exercise and stimulate the grey masses of the human brain. The Third Degree concludes with our realisation of mortality. We began the journey by professing a belief in God, how then could any Mason feel that the end of his Masonic journey is that specific point of mortality in the Third Degree? In my view, the lost secrets referred to in the Third Degree and realised in the Holy Royal Arch, are the beyond, that “glorious eternity that will burst open to our view”, so beautifully summarised in the First Degree, the spiritual conclusion, to that epic Masonic journey. And if those lost secrets are not found, and they can only Masonically speaking be found in the Royal Arch, then our journey in the Craft, nee through life itself, the knowledge of ourselves, is fruitless, pointless, and can never possibly
lead to the exploration and understanding of our relationship with our God.

So, to the thinking Mason, the Royal Arch Mason, the Royal Arch most certainly is the conclusion of the Third Degree. To those that mistakenly feel that they completed their journey in the Third Degree, then their journey was effectively over, before it began, for they failed in the very quest of self knowledge.

In 1752, the Royal Arch was described by Lawrence Dermot, the then Deputy Grand Master of the Ancients, as the “root, heart and Marrow” of Masonry. Nothing has changed. The Holy Royal Arch IS the conclusion of the Craft journey through pure and antient Masonry.

The Holy Royal Arch IS the climax of Freemasonry.
Companion Founders, be ye all of sound heart, and all of one mind, live in peace and harmony, and may the God of all Love and Mercy be delighted to dwell within you, and by His infinite Wisdom and Understanding, please Him to grant each of you the benefit of His eternal blessing, and life immortal for everlasting bliss and spiritual perpetuity of this the Calderley Chapter of Unity No

Calderley Chapter of Union, No 906 – Consecration Minutes

Founding Members of Calderley Chapter
Founding Members of Calderley Chapter, Back Row: Matt Westley, Bob Biggs, Alan Holton, Neil Hawes, Ray Beckingham, Joe Hawkins, Barry Woodside, Mike Scaggs, Brian Ruse, Roy Brookman. Front Row: Arthur Rowe, Terry Wood, Bob Moore, John Bennett, Reg Ferm, Richard Ellis, Alan Thompson, Walter Cole

Calderley Chapter of Union No 906
The Consecration meeting of the Calderley Chapter of Union No 906 was held on Thursday 7th April 2011 at the Webbington Hotel and Spa, Loxton, Nr Axbridge, Somerset. BS26 2HU.

Founders, Excellent Companions and Companions assembled in the Crook Room. Distinguished Guests and Grand Officers processed into the room.
The Consecration team paraded into the room and the Chapter was opened, in Ancient and Solemn form and for the first time, at 3.15 pm by:
E Comp Denis Calderley the Most Excellent Past Grand Superintendent of Somerset – First Principal E Comp K Harry Barnes the Most Excellent Past Grand Superintendent of Dorset – Second Principal E Comp Ian R Jacobs the Most Excellent Past Grand Superintendent of Wiltshire – Third Principal E Comp Michael J Flynn the Most Excellent Past Grand Superintendent of Bristol – Scribe Ezra E Comp Christopher J Pengelly the Most Excellent Past Grand Superintendent of Devon – Scribe Nehemiah E Comp Dr Roger H Jago the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent of Hampshire and IOW – Director of Ceremonies E Comp Trevor E Slydell PGStB – Deputy Director of Ceremonies E Comp David R Wood PAGDC – Deputy Director of Ceremonies E Comp Andy S Clapp Provincial Principal Grand Sojourner Somerset – Principal Sojourner E Comp J Patrick Haxell Provincial Second Assistant Grand Sojourner Somerset – First Assistant Sojourner E Comp Paul Cullum Provincial Grand Standard Bearer Somerset– Second Assistant Sojourner E Comp A Ian Henderson the Most Excellent Past Grand Superintendent of Monmouthshire – Assistant Scribe Ezra E Comp Ivan R Cottrell PPrGStB Provincial Grand Organist Somerset – Organist and E Comp Barry L T McCormack PPrGSoj Provincial Grand Janitor Somerset – Janitor.

The opening Hymn was sung and the Consecrating Principal, E Comp Denis Calderley addressed the Companions on the motive of the meeting. The Consecrating Third Principal gave the opening prayer. The Consecrating DC addressed the Consecrating Principal informing him that the ME First Grand Principal had been pleased to grant a Charter of Constitution to a number of Companions authorising them to form a Chapter of Royal Arch Masons at Burnham on Sea in the Province of Somerset. The Petitioners assembled in the West. The Consecrating Principal then inspected the Charter. The Consecrating Scribe E then read the Charter. The Petitioners then approved the officers named in the Charter and returned to their seats. The Consecrating Second Principal, E Comp K Harry Barnes then presented an Oration titled “The Nature and Principles of Royal Arch Masonry” which was received with much acclamation. A copy has been appended to these minutes and retained in the Chapter files.

A hymn was sung and the Consecrating Third Principal gave the first portion of the dedication prayer. All turned to the East with the sign of R and the Consecrating Principal gave the Invocation. The Consecrating Assistant Scribe E read a passage of scripture from Ezra Chapter III verses 8 to 13. The candles were lit.

All the Petitioners were assembled in the West and the Pedestal was unveiled. The Chapter was then Consecrated in due form during which the elements of Consecration were carried around the Chapter. The Consecrating Scribe N read a passage of scripture from Psalm LXXII verse 16. The Consecrating Principal scattered corn. Consecrating Scribe N read a passage of scripture from Nehemiah Chapter X verse 39. The Consecrating Principal poured wine.
Consecrating Scribe N read a passage of scripture from Exodus Chapter XXX verses 25 and 26. The Consecrating Principal poured oil.
The Petitioners formed around the vault.
Consecrating Scribe N read a passage of scripture from Leviticus Chapter II verse 13. The Consecrating Principal sprinkled salt.
The Petitioners returned to the West and the Consecrating Principal dedicated the Chapter after which the Petitioners resumed their seats.
A hymn was sung. The Consecrating Third Principal perambulated the Chapter three times with the censer after which he presented the second portion of the dedication prayer.

The Petitioners assembled in the West and the Consecrating Principal. E Comp Denis Calderley the Most Excellent Past Grand Superintendent of Somerset, formally constituted the Calderley Chapter of Union No 906 on the register of the Supreme Grand Chapter of England. He empowered it to act as a regular Chapter conformable with the Ancient Charges and the Constitutions of the Order. Another hymn was sung after which the Consecrating Third Principal gave the Patriarchal Benediction.

E Comp Denis Calderley inducted E Comp D John Bennett, the ME Grand Superintendent for Somerset, as First Principal of the Chapter.
E Comp K Harry Barnes inducted E Comp C Trevor Cooper, PAGSoj a Past Second Provincial Grand Principal of Somerset, as Second Principal.
E Comp Ian R Jacobs inducted E Comp Reginald L Ferm, PGStB a Past Third Provincial Grand Principal of Somerset, as Third Principal.
The Consecrating DC proclaimed, for the first time, the three Principals of the Calderley Chapter of Union No 906 in the West.
The Consecrating DC announced that the office of Treasurer and Janitor are elected by ballot. On this occasion it was sufficient for the Principals to declare them. E Comp Brian E Ruse PGStB and Mike J Scaggs PGStB were declared as Treasurer and Janitor respectively.

The following Chapter officers were installed by the Principals:
Scribe Ezra – E Comp Richard J Ellis PGStB
Scribe Nehemiah – E Comp Joseph R Hawkins PAGSoj
Treasurer – E Comp Brian E Ruse PGStB
Director of Ceremonies – E Comp Raymond F Beckingham PGStB
Principal Sojourner – E Comp Walter R Cole PAGSoj
Almoner – E Comp Robert E Biggs PDGSwdB Deputy Grand Superintendent Somerset
Charity Steward – E Comp Keith R Fisher PGStB Second Provincial Grand Principal Somerset
First Assistant Sojourner – E Comp Robert E Biggs PDGSwB Deputy Grand Superintendent Somerset
Second Assistant Sojourner – E Comp Keith R Fisher PGStB Second Provincial Grand Principal Somerset
Assistant Director of Ceremonies – E Comp Barry K Woodside PGStB
Organist – E Comp Matt G Westley PAGDC
Assistant Scribe Ezra – E Comp Robert H Moore PGStB
Janitor – E Comp Mike J Scaggs PGStB
E Comp Richard A I Dodsworth PAGSoj would act as the Immediate Past Zerubbabel

E Comp Denis Calderley delivered the Address to the Principals
E Comp Andy Clapp delivered the Address to the Officers
E Comp Patrick Haxell delivered the Address to the Chapter Companions
All three Companions accomplished their respective tasks with dignity, confidence and alacrity.
Acceptance of the By Laws and schedule of fees was proposed by E Comp C Trevor Cooper, Second Principal, and seconded by E Comp Reginald L Ferm, Third Principal. All the Chapter Companions present unanimously adopted them.
The Consecrating DC gave the Charter, Book of Constitutions and Chapter by laws to the Consecrating Principal who then presented them to the First Principal and his Co-Principals.
E Comp Richard Cooper, a subscribing member of the Royal Albert Edward Lodge No 906, presented a bible to the Chapter on behalf of the Lodge. The First Principal accepted it with grateful thanks and confirmed that
it would be dedicated at the next meeting of the Chapter. He requested that members of the Lodge attend to form the escort.
Alms amounting to £441.00 were collected.
The Consecrating team and distinguished guests retired.

The MEZ proposed as honorary members:
E Comp Denis Calderley the Most Excellent Past Grand Superintendent of Somerset
E Comp K Harry Barnes the Most Excellent Past Grand Superintendent of Dorset
E Comp Ian R Jacobs the Most Excellent Past Grand Superintendent of Wiltshire
E Comp Michael J Flynn the Most Excellent Past Grand Superintendent of Bristol
E Comp Christopher J Pengelly the Most Excellent Past Grand Superintendent of Devon
E Comp Dr Roger H Jago the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent of Hampshire and IOW
E Comp Trevor E Slydell PGStB
E Comp David R Wood PAGDC
E Comp Andy S Clapp Provincial Principal Grand Sojourner Somerset
E Comp J Patrick Haxell Provincial Second Assistant Grand Sojourner Somerset
E Comp Paul Cullum Provincial Grand Standard Bearer Somerset
E Comp A Ian Henderson the Most Excellent Past Grand Superintendent of Monmouthshire
E Comp Ivan R Cottrell PPr Provincial Grand Organist Somerset
E Comp Barry L T McCormack PPrGSoj Provincial Grand Janitor Somerset
E Comp Edwin Mear Past Grand Superintendent of Somerset
This proposition was seconded by E Comp C Trevor Cooper and unanimously accepted by all the Chapter members present.
E Comp Richard J Ellis PGStB, Scribe E, proposed that E Comp John Griffin PPrGSoj, Third Provincial Grand Principal designate, and E Comp Ian Barrie PPrGSoj, Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies designate, as joining members of the Chapter. E Comp Robert H Moore PGStB, Assistant Scribe E, seconded the proposition. All Chapter Companions present unanimously accepted the proposition.

The Scribe E had received apologies from:
Comp David Burchill, WM Royal Albert Edward Lodge No 906. E Comp Graham King, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent Gloucestershire & Hereford. E Comp Rev Malcolm Lane, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent Monmouthshire. E Comp Alan Vaughan, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent Bristol. E Comp Stuart Hadler, PPrGScN, Provincial Grand Master Somerset designate. E Comp Stephen Gale, Past Third Provincial Grand Principal. E Comp David Hartley, PAGSoj, Past Third Provincial Grand Principal. E Comp E Comp Chris Summers PGStB. E Comp Ian Barrie. E Comp David Maddern and Comp Rod Pring.

He confirmed that there was no further business to transact. He announced that the next meeting would be held on MONDAY 5th SEPTEMBER 2011. All reigning First Principals of Somerset Chapters would be invited to attend to discuss matters relating to the Holy Royal Arch in this Province. The Bible presented by the Royal Albert Edward Lodge No 906 would be dedicated.

The MEZ and Principals concluded with the risings. There was no business to report at each rising. The Chapter was closed in due form and with solemn prayer at 5.07pm. The closing hymn was sung.

A festive dinner was held in the Brent room attend by 111 Companions and guests. The usual toasts were given. E Comp Denis Calderley gave a speech and proposed a toast to the Calderley Chapter of Union. The MEZ, E Comp D John Bennett gave a suitable reply. E Comp C Trevor Cooper, Haggai, made a Speech and toast to the guests. E Comp Simon Rowe, the ME Grand Superintendent of Devon gave a thoughtful and amusing reply. The day’s events concluded and Companions retired at about 8.15pm.

E Comp Richard J Ellis PGStB – Scribe Ezra

Calderley Installation Meeting

On 7th March Senior Companions from around the Province, as well as those Communication Officers who would, gathered at Clevedon for the Chapter’s Installation Meeting. The meeting was opened by E Comp Terry Wood the outgoing, in several senses of the word, MEZ. After the initial items had been attended to E Comp John Sillett DPrGDC entered and announced the presence of E Comp John Bennett MEGS. He was immediately received into the Temple accompanied by E Comp Chris Moore, 3rd ProvGPrin., warmly greeted and returned the Sceptre but with the proviso that he would take it again later.

Then it was on with the main items of business. Firstly, a ballot was held for joining members with, as it proved clear, E Comps Chris Moore and Chris Haliburton being welcomed as members. It was then time to Induct the Principals for the ensuing year. This was speedily completed and then they carried out the Investiture of those Officers appointed who were present.

With the new team safely in position the new MEZ greeted the Grand Superintendent and proffered the Sceptre which was, on this occasion, accepted. E Comp Bennett then thanked those Communication Officers who had attended and began a general discussion on a number of points. I’m sure a lot more on this will be circulated later via the Communication Officers but the main areas covered were the evolving organisation of the Communications Officers, their role and the new Web-site which it is hoped will be live before the Provincial Annual Convocation. A separate discussion also ensued regarding the design of a banner for the Chapter. It was stated that the funding for its creation had already been promised and E Comp Alan Holton had circulated a design, prototype 1, for consideration. Much constructive discussion
took place and E Comp Alan will be, by now, busy on his computer building prototype 2.

After these items had been talked out the Grand Superintendent returned the Sceptre to the MEZ leaving him to complete the evening’s business.

Soon the Chapter was formally closed, a photo opportunity taken, Companions retired and returned downstairs to the dining hall. An excellent meal was served and consumed with relish while relaxed conversation ensued. It should be remembered that all Somerset Companions are invited to attend his Chapter which is intended to be a communication channel in all directions. Companions can express views either directly or through their Communications Officers as well as hearing about Provincial aims from member of the Provincial Executive.

I close this report with a selection of pictures taken at table which show that there was considerable
conversation in train.


We close with a goodnight from the Chapter Principals and half of E Comp Ray Beckingham. Remember, Calderley Chapter of Union’s next meeting will be on Monday 5th September and is a golden opportunity for Somerset Companions to proffer views on how the Province can work better for all.