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.
Our Installation meeting on 20th November 2018 was a very enjoyable occasion and we were honoured by the presence of Deputy Grand Superintendent E Comp Clive Lambert together with Provincial Standard Bearer E Comp David Smith. The evening went extremely well and our new Principals are looking forward to a busy and productive year ahead.
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 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.
On Monday 22nd October, King Alfred Chapter held its 120th meeting, the installation of E Comp Sandy Glen as First Principal.
Due to illness of our DC, E Comp Ian White and also unavailability of our ADC E Comp Terry Clarke, the Chapter was especially pleased that it would be in the safe hands of at short notice, E Comp Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, and also E Comp Geoff Lester, Past Prov ADC.
The meeting began by welcoming E Comp Barry Woodside, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset on the occasion of his first Chapter visit after being invested at the Webbington the previous week. He was accompanied by E Comp Ray Conneely, Prov Deputy Grand DC, E Comp Robert Nicholls Prov Grand Standard Bearer and E Comp Keith Smith Prov Grand Steward.
The first business was the election of two Honorary members, both Past First Principals of King Alfred Chapter, E Comp Bill Jefford and E Comp Arthur Rowe. Both were unanimously agreed in recognition of their contributions to the Chapter over many years.
The main business of the evening was the installation of the Principals for the ensuing year. The 3 Principals elect had already been past First Principals of King Alfred Chapter so only inductions were needed before E Comp Sandy Glen became Z, E. Comp Simon Sparkes became H and E. Comp Jeremy Thomas became J. The address to the Principals was then presented by the MEGS.
A full list of the officers for 2018/19 is on the 3169 King Alfred Chapter page.
After the Risings the Chapter was closed in peace and harmony and the companions adjourned for the Festive Board of Tomato Soup, Steak and Ale pie followed by Apple pie and custard.
A very pleasant evening was had by all.
The next convocation will be an exaltation on 25th March 2019
On Monday the 19th November the Chapter was pleased to be able to have an Exaltation Ceremony with the new Principals doing their first ceremony. The chapter was opened and the usual items progressed seamlessly, when item 6 on the agenda was to Exalt Bro Gary Beasley, a member of Unity Lodge no 1332 from over the border in Devon.
Bro Gary was entrusted and entered into the Chapter where several Companions undertook the ritual: E Comp John Bennett gave the Address; E Comp Richard Gale gave the Signs; E Comps Andrew Kerslake, Peter Chidzey and Adrian Halliwell gave the Mystical Lecture.
Under the 2nd and 3rd Rising E Comp Jim Nicol, Scribe E, announced the names of those Companions who were to receive Provincial Honours at next May’s Provincial Convocation and these received an acclamation.
After the Closing the Companions then retired to the Festive Board of smoked Mackerel and Horseradish paté followed by Roast Turkey and all the trimmings, well it is nearly Christmas! The Toast to the Exaltee, Comp Gary, was given by his Proposer E Comp Jim Nicol, to which Comp Gary gave an excellent reply. The Toast to the Visitors was proposed by E Comp John Brown with his usual Scottish humour and was ably responded to by E Comp David Vaughan.
On the 14th November 2018, twenty Somerset Companions led by The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent E Comp Barry K Woodside, traveled up to the metropolis on their annual outing honouring the pledged made by the Past Grand Superintendent, E Comp D John Bennett, to support the Companions of The Somersetshire Chapter for as long into the future as we are able.
Many of the attending Companions made their first port of call to Supreme Grand Chapter where following the address by the Pro. First Grand Principal ME Comp Peter Geoffrey Lowndes, Supreme Grand Chapter was closed, allowing a delegation from the Royal College of Surgeons to be admitted and introduced. Following two extremely able and challenging dissertations the delegation, after receiving a standing ovation were excused and a recession parade was formed to escort the Grand Principals from the Temple.
A hasty retreat then ensued as the Somerset Companions made their way across to Davys at St. James’s for a buffet lunch and a helping of Davys finest ale, before departing to Mark Masons Hall for The Somersetshire Chapter Convocation. The Chapter Convocation proved a huge success with the Metropolitan Steward’s Chapter demonstrating an Exaltation Ceremony with added drama. The Assistant Metropolitan Grand Superintendent, E Comp Ian Currans, PGSwdB, who was responsible for organising the demonstration was in attendance together with a number of his Senior Metropolitan Team.
Long may our committed and happy association continue with the Companions of The Somersetshire Chapter; and on this particular occasion, our thanks must surely go to all the participating Metropolitan Team for making the evening such an enjoyable and memorable occasion.
St. Keyna Chapter welcomed Ex. Companion Barry Woodside, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset. He was accompanied by Ex. Comp Jefferey Lester, Past Prov ADC. He witnessed an Exaltation ceremony for our newest Companion, Comp. Darren Clark.
The meeting was well attended and Darren played an integral part and proved to be an excellent candidate.
The banquet was of a very good standard and all appeared to enjoy themselves as could be heard from the buzz in the dining room.
On 10th November some of Somerset’s Executive traveled to the Riviera Centre in Torquay for this gathering. All arrived fairly early and had plenty of opportunity of mingling with a considerable number of their peers from other masonic provinces as well as the locals. After tea, coffee and other liquid refreshment had been taken, the assembled company were called into the dining hall where lunch was to be served.
Ready to eat
Suitably replete there was a quick dash to don regalia and join the appropriate procession to be led into the conference hall/temple. Devonshire’s team have a professional photographer who had cameras set up in the balcony of the hall and took pictures of the following meeting. Find their web-site to view the many that I’m sure he will mount in due time. I close with a picture of Somerset’s representatives ready to join the meeting.
Provincial Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Somerset E Comp Barry K. Woodside The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent Invites all Companions, Wives Partners and Friends
CAROLS & READINGS FOR CHRISTMAS
The Church of St John the Baptist, Glastonbury, Somerset
3pm On Saturday 1st December 2018