9250 Devon and Somerset Farmer’s 2018 Installation

It was once again a very well attended meeting with about 24 Active Provincial Officers from both Devon and Somerset. Heading these were E Comps Simon Rowe MEGS Devon, and Barry Woodside, MEGS Somerset. It was sad to hear that E Comp Nick Male, MEZ, had a bereavement in the family that morning and was, understandably, unable to attend. At such short notice E Comp Rob Hendy was approached and with less than three hours notice, including travel, agreed to step in to the role.

The meeting was opened and E Comp Simon Rowe, with just a few of his team and Grand Officers   processed in. He was proffered the Sceptre and rapidly returned it stating that he would need a little more time to swat up Z’s part. The meeting continued with a eulogy for Comp J D Crossman, a founder member, given by E Comp Bill Carnell. There followed the adoption of the minutes of September’s meeting and the adoption of the Chapter Accounts with thanks to the retiring Treasurer.

Next item on the agenda was the Installation of the three Principals. E Comp Andrew Kerslake took Scribe N’s post and Comp Richard Hill was presented to E Comp J and took his Obligation as J, E Comp Bill Carnell then took J’s chair and E Comp Chris Grubb was Obligated as H. Then E Comp Stanley Hopkins took H’s chair and E Comp Martyn Yates was Obligated as Z. The  Chapter was then opened in the three Conclaves and the the three new Principals then Installed their team for the year.

The Principals: E Comps Chris Grubb, H, Martyn Yates, Z, and Richard Hill, J.
The Principals with Simon Rowe, MEGS Devon, and Barry Woodside, MEGS Somerset

The Chapter was closed and companions adjourned to the Festive Board which was a bit cosy with so many companions dining. There followed good food and company and a superb raffle and the meeting ended after 10:30pm.

I only wanted a smiley picture!
A packed Festive Board
E Comp Simon Rowe responding to his Toast

Devon and Somerset Farmers Chapter 2018 Meeting in Somerset.

On 31st January Companions from both Provinces made their way to Wellington for the Chapter’s Annual trip over the border into Somerset. There was very good visiting support from both Provinces which resulted in over 70 dining. The published Summons showed that an Exaltation would be performed but on arrival it was found that the candidate was unable to attend. However, word passed around that a stand in had been found to allow the Officers to show off their well rehearsed ceremony, following the adoption of a new Ritual Book that had been produced. His identity was being kept a closely guarded secret.

 

At the appointed hour the Chapter was duly opened and the early business soon attended to. During this the Almoner gave a short exposition on how much support the Chapter had received since its inception, from the Somerset’s Most Excellent Grand Superintendent  who by the time of the Chapter’s next foray into Somerset will have stepped down from that Office. He closed his comments with the presentation of a small gift. E Comp John Bennett responded saying what a terrific Chapter it had developed into and how he would continue to support it and attend as many meetings as possible.

When item 5 was reached the MEZ announced that the candidate to be Exalted would be known upon entry as Bro Simon William Rowe. The Sojourners steadily led the Candidate through the ceremonial. Most of those attending were listening for Devon & Somerset variations in their newly adopted ritual but found little of note until the phrase “Three Master Masons from the Barbican”. Speculation abounded both then and later as to whether this was the Barbican in Plymouth, in Torbay or even the Theatre in Central London. No doubt this will be one of those imponderables whose origin is lost in the mists of time.

The ceremony was duly completed and the new Companion brought to the Principals.

The new Exaltee (I recognise that face) is greeted by the Principals
He is also shown with the Chapter Sojourners

When everyone had regained their proper places and settled the rest of the evenings business was completed. Pictures were also taken of the Principals with the Grand Superintendents.

From L to R: E Comp D John Bennett, MEGS Somerset, E Comp Martin Yates, H, E Comp Nick Male, MEZ, E Comp C R Grubb, J, and E Comp Simon Rowe, MEGS Devon

One of these faces was becoming awfully familiar.

The Executive Members and Grand Officers retired after the Second rising leaving Chapter Officers to complete the evening’s business.

It was not long before the Company reassembled in the dining room/bar for the Festive Board. In usual Devon and Somerset Farmers’ style an excellent meal was served with, I believe, Cotterell’s Clotted Cream available for the dessert.

During the Toasts the Grand Superintendent gave an unusually concise reply to his personal toast yet the “new Exaltee” gave an eloquent, verbose reply to his. It certainly had been another memorable evening with a very distinguished new Exaltee joining this thriving Chapter.

Arthur Rowe and Adrian Halliwell

Devon & Somersert Farmer’s Chapter

If you ever need to experience the Royal Arch at it’s best you need to make a visit to the Devon & Somerset Farmer’s Chapter that meets at Uffculme in Devon and at the last Convocation of the Chapter the evening was guaranteed to be well supported as the Exaltee on that evening was no less that the son of our Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra. Many Companions had travelled from Somerset to witness the Ceremony including the Grand Superintendent of Somerset, E Comp D. John Bennett.

Alan Holton was in buoyant mood and the Ceremony was carried out in an exemplary matter but in typical Farmers Fashion by the Officers of the Chapter and E Comp Alan Holton was asked to assist with the Mystical Lecture.

Following the Ceremony all the Companions were treated to a wonderful Festive Board and certainly up to the standard for which Uffculme is well known.

Devon & Somerset Farmer’s Chapter

If you ever need to experience the Royal Arch at it’s best you need to make a visit to the Devon & Somerset Farmer’s Chapter that meets at Uffculme in Devon and at the last Convocation of the Chapter the evening was guaranteed to be well supported as the Exaltee on that evening was no less that the son of our Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra. Many Companions had travelled from Somerset to witness the Ceremony including the Grand Superintendent of Somerset, E Comp D. John Bennett.

Alan Holton was in buoyant mood and the Ceremony was carried out in an exemplary matter but in typical Farmers Fashion by the Officers of the Chapter and E Comp Alan Holton was asked to assist with the Mystical Lecture.

Following the Ceremony all the Companions were treated to a wonderful Festive Board and certainly up to the standard for which Uffculme is well known.