Announcement of DGS and 2nd Prov Grand Principal


Clive Lambert
Ray Beckingham

E Comp Barry K. Woodside PGSwdB, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent designate, is pleased to announce that at the forthcoming Installation meeting on 18th October 2018 at the Webbington Hotel and Spa, Loxton, he will appoint and invest E Comp Clive A. F. Lambert as Deputy Grand Superintendent and E Comp Raymond F. Beckingham PGSoj as Second Provincial Grand Principal.
All other active Provincial officers will be re-appointed and remain in their respective posts.

F & S Sunday Lunch

Pudding time!

On Sunday 15th July a small number of the Chapter met up at the White Horse, Bradford on Tone for the Annual Sunday Lunch. Numbers were down because of the extreme heat and the World Cup Final. The Lunch was organised by MEZ, Peter Chidzey, and was enjoyed by all present.

Let’s hope for cooler weather next year!

Announcement of new Grand Superintendent

As you know, E Comp  D John Bennett, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset, will officially retire on 17th October next, and the Most Excellent the First Grand Principal has been pleased to appoint E Comp Barry Keith Woodside, PGSwdB, to the office of Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset with effect from 18th October next.

Congratulations to E Comp Barry

E Comp Barry Woodside, MEGS designate

1st Principals 28th June at Yatton

On what must have been the hottest day of the year so far, we held our Summer meeting at Yatton, where MEZ Ray Beckingham’s Chapter (Wrington Vale) meets – a busy and eventful agenda had 17 items!

MEZ musing on how well the rearsal went

Visitors from the Provinces of Cornwall, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire and Hereford were warmly (haha) welcomed, as well as First Principals of Somerset Chapters.  Our own Grand Superintendent, Deputy and 2nd Provincial Principal were also present at this packed meeting.

Welcoming visitors

Members of Abbey Chapter delivered the Travelling Sceptre for safe keeping,

Abbey Chapter delivering the Travelling Sceptre

after which the Chapter elected E Comp Ron Babbage as an Honorary Member and E Comps Richard Reeve, Alan Dummett and John Hewett as Joining Members.

Welcoming Joining Members
H wondering if he’ll be elected as MEZ

The three Principals for 2018/2019 were then elected – Maldwyn Davies (Z), Andy Gray (H) and Richard Ellis (J).  All three thanked the Companions for so honouring them.  E Comp Bob Moore was re-elected as Treasurer, and he informs me that the cruise is booked!

Andy Gray smiling?

To round off the meeting, E Comp Ray Beckingham delivered a very interesting and educational “Commentary on the Royal Arch” urging Companions to use it as a springboard for their own researches.

The Festive Board was a jolly affair, with dress code relaxed to permit removal of jackets – thank goodness!

Welcoming E Comp Ray Bennett,Deputy Grand Superintendent of Glos & Hereford

Brotherly Love Chapter 329 Yeovil – Convocation 21st June 2018

It is very heartening to report that the whole evening last Thursday was most enjoyable, and why not, Freemasonry is our Hobby! When the main Players prepare themselves so well the result, including the work from the floor and an excellent Candidate was a delight to witness.  A truism comes to mind Work hard, and Enjoyment follows (well done Ken too).

Our Provincial Liaison Officer, E Comp Adrian Halliwell, has requested a report to accompany the photos sent for the Chapter Provincial web site. Companions all in Yeovil it’s so good to say the Ceremony was what we had come to expect in the past from 329 a leading Chapter in our Province. I heard the word – ‘Brotherly Love, good working again – No books, Congratulations…..!

Ian John Lyons, Candidate; E Comps Derek Marpole H; ME Mike Nathan Z; E Comp Bill Spregg J; Dep GS Allan Holton (Past Principal of 329) and Andrew Tiffin, Third Grand Principal of Wiltshire.

We had a very good number of visitors two John’s from Benevolence Chapter, Sherborne Dorset, the Candidate’s father  who spoke warmly of his experience that evening was E Comp Derrick Lyons, PPGReg, Chantry Bodina 9121, and Brother- in-law, E Comp Paul Kitt also of 9121.

E Comp Derrick Lyons responding to the Visitors Toast
Comp Ian John Lyons the Candidate replies to his toast

First Principals Annual Dinner

On a beautiful evening at the picturesque Isle of Wedmore Golf Club 54 Companions, wives, partners and friends assembled for the Annual Dinner. It was great to be back at the Golf Club after a break to The Webbington.

E Comp Ray Beckingham as MEZ organised the event in his usual efficient way, explaining that only two weeks earlier there were only 10 people booked in. It was a very friendly evening, making new acquaintances, cementing old ones and generally having a superb evening.

E Comp Adrian Halliwell, DC, called those present for grace before settling down to a splendid meal, after which MEZ proposed the Loyal Toast then he gave a thanks to all concerned and wished everyone a safe drive home. No one rushed to leave and continued there chats and farewells before wending their ways home.

Chapter Marine Donation to Springboard

The following is a letter from Springboard Opportunity Group following a generous donation from Chapter Marine 232

Liz Smith
Business Manager
Springboard Opportunity Group
2a Princes Road, Clevedon, BS21 7SZ
01275 341113 / 07894 273033

£1000 donation from Clevedon Freemasons.

Springboard is a charity supporting children from birth to 5 years old with additional needs and disabilities, and their families.

Springboard’s vision is where every child from birth to 5 years in North Somerset has the care, education, support and opportunity they need to reach their full potential. It was started by a small group of parents in 1986 who needed help with their very young children who all had disabilities. Springboard now provides a vital service for around 100 children per week. 

Every weekday in term time Springboard runs specialist play and learning sessions from four settings in Clevedon and Weston–Super–Mare and also weekly Stay and Play sessions for children with their parents/carers. Springboard have a Family Support Service and a Traded Inclusion Service.

Liz Smith, Springboard Business Manager, said “We depend heavily on support from the community to enable us to continue to work with children and families. We recently made a difficult decision that our minibus had come to the end of its useful life.
This generous donation of £1000 from Chapter Marine Masons at Clevedon will be used to take children from our base on outings around the local area, using hired minibuses or community transport.

Matt Westley, 1st Principal on right and Peter Harris, 2nd Principal of Chapter Marine Masons presenting a cheque for £1000 to the Springboard Opportunity Group at Clevedon. Matt Westley said “Masons are always looking to give support to local good causes. Anyone looking for information can contact us on 07572 543837”.

Annual Convocation in Pictures

Setting up the Chapter
E Comp George Francis and MEGS
The New Rulers
The 2017/18 Rulers
Devonshire Companions
E Comp Denis Calderley and George Francis with the Rulers
Provincial DCs: E Comps Geof Lester [ADC], Adrian Halliwell [DDC], Chris Moore [DC], Tony Cooper [DDC] and Sandy Glen [ADC]
Very Distinguished Companions
E Comp George Francis and MEGS after the Convocation
John loves fruit
MEGS responding to his toast
Time for Arthur to pack away the camera and head home. Thanks Arthur

With many thanks to E Comp Arthur Rowe for his dedication to capturing the essence of the Provincial Convocation 2018


E. Comp. Harry Price receiving his 50th Anniversary Certificate from the Grand Superintendent

The Installation meeting of Taunton Deane Chapter no 5221 was held on Friday 25th May 2018. The chapter was honoured by the presence of the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent D. John Bennett, the Deputy Grand Superintendent Excellent Companion Alan Holton, the Second Provincial Grand Principle E. Companion Clive Lambert, the Past Third Grand Principle Excellent Companion David Parslow as well as a number of Officers of Supreme Grand Chapter and Active Provincial Grand Officers. The Chapter was opened in due form and E. Comp. Kevin Hill asked the Grand Superintendent if he would like to present a 50th Anniversary Certificate to E. Comp. Harry Price. E. Comp. John gave a brief history of Harry’s life as a Royal Arch Mason and presented the Certificate to Harry accompanied by a round of acclamation.

The three Installing Principles installed their successors with great efficiency. E. Comp. Peter Roworth installed E. Comp. Harry Price as Third Principle, E. Comp. Roger Seaton installed E. Comp. Peter Roworth as Second Principle and E. Comp. Kevin Hill installed E. Comp. Roger Seaton as First Principle. The officers were invested and E. Comp. David Parslow gave the address to the Principles. The chapter was closed and E. Comp. Sidney French gave an excellent rendition of the Royal Arch Charge.

The Companions retired to an excellent festive Board of Smoked Salmon, Roast Lamb and vegetables in season followed by Apple Crumble and Custard. The proceedings were completed by 9.45pm. E. Comp. Harry was pleased with the early finish as he had an early start on Saturday to travel to Wembley to watch the Championship Playoff Final which ended with the right result Aston Villa 0- Fulham 1.

The newly installed principals and distinguished guests

Connaught 3573’s May Chapter Meeting

E Comp Alan Horton, DGS, congratulates Comp Bradley Freeman after presenting him with his Supreme Chapter Certificate.

At the May meeting, a packed house and a most memorable evening, during which Bro. Ian James Ramsden was exalted, Comp. Bradley Freeman received his Supreme Grand Chapter Certificate

The Chapter was honoured by the presence of The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, D John Bennett. Before the MEGS was admitted, a ballot was held to make him and honorary member of the Chapter. With great relief!!! The ballot proved pure. The MEGS was then admitted and congratulated by their Excellencies on becoming a member, for which he thanked them and the Companions.

The ceremony then continued with the Exaltation of Bro Ian James Ramsden which proved a very good ceremony.

E Comp Mark Collins (MEZ) congratulates the newly exalted Comp Ian James Ramsden, alongside E Comp Neil Arthur (H) and E Comp Peter Kuzemka (J)
The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent of the Province of Somerset, E Comp D John Bennett, accompanied by E Comp Alan Horton, DPGS and E Comp Clive Lambert, 2nd PGP front row: (H) E Comp Neil Arthur, (MEZ) E Comp Mark Collins and (J) E Comp Peter Kuzemka
The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset, E. Comp D John Bennett and E Comp Tony Cooper, Connaught Chapter’s DC.

At the Festive Board E Comp Tony Cooper the Chapter DC proposed the Toast to the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent. This being the last time he would visit us as MEGS it was felt necessary to thank him for the continuous 27 years of service he had dedicated to Somerset Royal Arch Masonry in words expressing the feelings of the Chapter and I’m sure all companions present. As a final tribute the Grand Superintendent unveiled a picture of himself, presented by the Chapter, which will hang with pride and reflect the admiration Connaught Chapter has for him.