Dungarvan visit to Connaught Chapter

14 Companions of Dungarvan Chapter visited Connaught Chapter, Midsomer Norton on Tuesday 10th January. All were made most welcome. Z presented the Somerset Sceptre to the Three Principals for their safe keeping until it will be passed by them to Royal Sussex Chapter 53.
The Chapter was honoured by the presence of the Grand Superintendent of Somerset, E.Comp. D John Bennett and the Third Provincial Grand Principal Clive Lambert. and other members of Provincial Grand Chapter.
It was good to be part of a Ceremony of Exultation when the candidate was an enthusiastic young man who enjoyed every moment of the ceremony.
The Grand Superintendent presented Connaught Chapter with a special Tracing Board.
The Festive Board was enjoyed by all and perfect harmony prevailed.

Dungarvan Chapter 973 Installation 29th September 2016

The Chapter was honoured by the presence of Excellent Companion Clive AF Lambert, Provincial Third Grand Principal, accompanied by Excellent Companion John Sillett PDepGDC.
The three Principal Officers were re-elected for the ensuing year. Excellent Companion Raymond Guthrie PPrScN – MEZ: Excellent Companion Richard Dredge -H and Excellent Companion William Platts PPrReg -J. The Officers of the Chapter for the coming year were invested. Visitors were welcomed to the Temple and the Festive Board. Broccoli & Stilton Soup, Steak & Kidney Pie with Seasonal Vegetables, Cheese & Biscuits were enjoyed by all and perfect harmony prevailed.

Dungarvan March 2011

The Deputy Grand Superintendent, Bob Biggs, was scheduled to make an official visit to Frome on the 31st March. The Provincial DC, Ray Beckingham, was his escort so I took the opportunity of a lift across to Frome to join the meeting. The Chapter was duly opened by the Principals and shortly afterwards E Comp Bob Biggs was received into the Temple and very warmly greeted.

This picture taken after the meeting shows l – r E Comps Stephen Chant H, Bob Biggs, Tony Guthrie MEZ, Ray Beckingham and Alex Carter J.

In the absence of a candidate the Chapter had taken the opportunity to have an Open Forum for its members to discuss plans for the future. It had also been scheduled for there to be the presentation of a Supreme Grand Chapter Certificate for which Bob Biggs had no doubt been refreshing his own version. Unfortunately, the recipient had failed to arrive so that item had to be postponed until another meeting. This left plenty of time for what was to be the highlight of the evening.

Dungarvan Chapter is, I believe, the only Chapter in the Province that have Crowns as part of the Principals’ regalia. The Chapter is about 118 years old and it was felt that the Crowns must be of a similar age. It had also been agreed a little while previously that they were long overdue for some TLC. When this was being discussed E Comp Tony Carter had offered to refurbish them for the Chapter. His work was now complete and he had been invited along to make a formal presentation. Each of the Crowns had arrived in separate sealed hat boxes and it was only as Tony took each one out, and briefly explained what had been done, that any of the members of the Chapter were able to view the results. Everyone was taken aback, they had not just been refurbished it was more like they had been reborn. The evidence of hours of what must have been very patient work was gleaming for all to see.

In the absence of a candidate the Chapter had taken the opportunity to have an Open Forum for its members to discuss plans for the future. It had also been scheduled for there to be the presentation of a Supreme Grand Chapter Certificate for which Bob Biggs had no doubt been refreshing his own version. Unfortunately, the recipient had failed to arrive so that item had to be postponed until another meeting. This left plenty of time for what was to be the highlight of the evening.

Dungarvan Chapter is, I believe, the only Chapter in the Province that have Crowns as part of the Principals’ regalia. The Chapter is about 118 years old and it was felt that the Crowns must be of a similar age. It had also been agreed a little while previously that they were long overdue for some TLC. When this was being discussed E Comp Tony Carter had offered to refurbish them for the Chapter. His work was now complete and he had been invited along to make a formal presentation. Each of the Crowns had arrived in separate sealed hat boxes and it was only as Tony took each one out, and briefly explained what had been done, that any of the members of the Chapter were able to view the results. Everyone was taken aback, they had not just been refurbished it was more like they had been reborn. The evidence of hours of what must have been very patient work was gleaming for all to see.

With very little encouragement the assembled company expressed their appreciation with acclamation of Tony for the results he had achieved.

The rest of the evening’s business was soon over and with the Chapter closed the pictures were taken while many Companions took the opportunity of a closer inspection of the Crowns. After that they were returned to their respective boxes and safely stowed away.