Annual Provincial Grand Chapter Convocation

As you are fully aware, the Annual Provincial Grand Chapter Convocation did not take place on 21st May due to the current circumstances relating to Covid-19, and the subsequent announcement by The Grand Master and First Grand Principal, HRH the Duke of Kent, suspending Masonic activity until July 2020 at the earliest.

However, Provincial Grand Chapter is in the initial stages of planning a much reduced Annual Convocation to be held at Clevedon Masonic Hall, on 22nd October 2020.

The intention is to hold a Convocation of invited participants only, up to a maximum of about 25 persons, with the intention of installing E. Comp. Geoff Lester as 3rd Provincial Grand Principal, approving our finances and electing a Treasurer etc. etc. It is anticipated that the duration of the Convocation will be no more than about 45 minutes, and of course there will be no Festive Board.

It is entirely possible that this very recent restriction of no more than six persons gathered together will still be in force, in which case the Convocation will still take place with a bare minimum quorum of six Companions taken from these 25 persons.

FREEMASONS SUPPORT WELLS CATHEDRAL BOUNCE BACK APPEAL WITH £10,000 DONATION

Barry Woodside, MEGS,VR Dr John Davis and David Medlock, PGM

Following 3 months of closure, Wells Cathedral has reopened its doors for services and visitors. During the lockdown some 70,000 people have been unable to visit and now the Cathedral faces a very real financial challenge to support its unique heritage and historic buildings. To help with this a Bounce Back Appeal has been launched together with a sponsored pilgrimage. The proceeds of the Pilgrimage will be shared between St. Margaret’s Hospice and the appeal.

Somerset Freemasons, who have always had a close relationship with the Cathedral were pleased to support the appeal with a donation of £10,000. The Dean of Wells, The VR Dr John Davis said “The Freemasons have been great friends of Wells Cathedral in the past, and their generosity and friendship in the present crisis is hugely appreciated. The pandemic and experience of lockdown have been very painful for so many people. Now more than ever, support is needed to sustain the Cathedral and all that it does in its community. The Chapter of Wells and I thank the Somerset Freemasons and the Masonic Charitable Foundation for their support.”

Somerset’s leading Freemasons, David Medlock and Barry Woodside said “All during the lockdown Freemasons have supported their local communities, often unnoticed. They include manufacturing PPE for Doctors Surgeries, Nursing Homes and local Police, distributing food parcels to the needy and supporting Women’s Refuge Centres. We have donated Tablet PC’s to local hospitals to enable Covid-19 patients to keep in touch with their loved ones and distributed teddies to comfort children who find themselves in A &E. Freemasonry really is part of our community and we are delighted to be able to help Wells Cathedral at this difficult time.”

To see a letter of thanks from Very Reverend Dr John Davis please follow this link

Easing of Lockdown – Letter from MEGS

Dear Comp Scribe Ezra and Companions all,

Further to the recent correspondence you will have received from the Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra, you will also by now have received and I trust been able to digest the content of the Provincial Grand Master’s letter dated 10th July 2020, (copy attached) in relation to the resumption of Masonic
activities from the 18th July.

The contents are self-explanatory and address the very sensitive and difficult circumstances that we are all currently faced with; to that end I can confirm that I am in full agreement with Right Worshipful Brother David Medlock’s assessment and I would therefore respectfully request that
you all accede to his recommendations and continue to do so until further notice.

Chapter Scribe E’s are reminded that all matters relating to administration under the Book of Constitutions including the short-term changes to ceremonial matters, are to be directed to the Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra, E Comp Tony Beaumont for assistance and or clarification. Additional advice/assistance on ceremonial matters can be obtained from the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, E Comp Chris Moore.

Companions, believe you me this action has not been taken lightly, or to frustrate any of those who might be anxious to resume their regular Masonic activities, it has been taken with your best interests at heart and to protect your safety, health and welfare as well as those nearest and dearest
to you. Similarly, all Provincial visitations; official or otherwise will remain suspended until further notice.

In the meantime, and until we meet again please continue to stay healthy, look after yourselves and above all keep SAFE.

With very best wishes to you all,
Yours sincerely and fraternally

Barry

Barry K Woodside

Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset.

For the full letter and that from the PGM follow this link

New Booking Form for Bideford

Companions I trust that you have all been looking after yourselves and looking forward to the day when we can enjoy Freemasonry as before. To this end I am very optimistic that our annual Provincial Weekend at Bideford will take place as usual and am now happy to receive bookings and deposits for this wonderful event. Should however there be any health reasons that may require the event to be cancelled then any payments will of course be refunded. Please click here for the link to the booking form.

Keep Safe

E Comp  David Parslow
Provincial Events Organiser

Support for local communities with a total of £11,047.50 into the Covid-19 Relief Chest.

Provincial Grand Chapter
of Somerset
E. Comp. Andrew S. Clapp PAGDC
Provincial Grand Charity Steward
1 The Lindens, Worle, Weston-super-Mare. Somerset BS22 9LU
Tel: 01934 515018. Mobile: 075843 04213
Email: andrewclapp578@gmail.com

2nd June 2020.


Dear Companion Scribe E’s,

In the weeks following the end of March and in response to the joint communique by the MCF and UGLE, the Provincial Chapter of Somerset has been able to support our local communities with a total of £11,047.50 into the Covid-19 Relief Chest.

The Grand Superintendent was overwhelmed by your generosity and sends his best wishes to all those who gave donations and organised or took part in fundraising activities towards that marvellous figure.
It shows true Masonic support for the community and all Companions should be very proud of this achievement.
Please send this onto your members of your respective Chapters it helps to keep them updated on what we as a Province are responding to in this crisis.

I hope you are keeping well and safe, and look forward to the time we can all meet up and attend the meetings in our
wonderful Order.

Best Regards
Sincerely and Fraternally
Andy Clapp
E.Companion Andrew Clapp PAGDC
Provincial Grand Charity Steward

VE DAY COMMEMORATION FRIDAY 8TH MAY 2020

It is sad that due to Corona Virus, we are unable to Commemorate our heroes of WWII together, in person, or as a group on Friday 8th May, on the 75th Anniversary of V E Day. Nevertheless, we will not allow the day to go unmarked.

Let us remember and reflect on this 75th Anniversary on the enormous sacrifice, bravery and courage of all those British Servicemen and women who served and fought in WWII, in the Royal Air Force, the Army and the Royal Navy and those personnel from Allied Countries, Canada, the United States, Soviet Union, France, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, India, South Africa, Australia & New Zealand.

Also in our thoughts should be all the women who worked as Nurses, drove trucks, repaired and flew/delivered aircraft, worked in Munitions factories, in ship, tank and Aircraft Construction, in the Auxiliary Services, the Woman’s Land Army who performed so many duties, they are all deserving of our thoughts.

Those who served and survived, then served again, rebuilding our country they were a very special breed indeed and must never be forgotten.

Let us participate as individuals in the Special Events of the day this coming Friday 8th May: A 2 minutes silence at 11am which will be broadcast on the BBC.

The Nations Toast to the heroes of WWII at 3pm, Let us ALL stand at 3pm to “raise a glass” to toast all those who gave so much for our freedom during WWII.

Her Majesty the Queen will give a televised address to the Nation on the significance of VE Day from Windsor Castle at 9pm, the same time that her Father King George VI, gave his radio address on this day in 1945.

The Royal British Legion Exhortation:
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn,
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We WILL remember them.”

Submitted by E Comp John Hawkins
Brotherly Love No 329

Things to do in the shutdown

Dear Companions,

I hope that you are all managing to cope with this lockdown, I realise some can go out but others like myself and Chris have to stay at home for three months. But then there are others worse off.

I realise that there are only so many jobs we can do at home, so may I take this opportunity to remind you that you still have the Solomon website to look up nuggets or longer talks on the Royal Arch, on https://solomon.ugle.org.uk

You could also learn a piece of ritual that you have never considered doing before, so that we as members of the Royal Arch can share the work between more of our companions rather than relying on the same people every meeting, if you are not sure what to learn please contact your Chapter D.C. who will assist you.

We will probably not meet until after the summer recess, although no decision has at this stage been made, so it gives you quite a long time to extend your knowledge of the ceremonies.

May I also remind you to keep in touch with one another through Twitter, Facebook, Zoom, Whats App or any other means so that we do not forget our Companions, we are all Almoners.

Best wishes to you all and Stay Safe,

Yours Sincerely & Fraternally,

Ray
E.Comp Ray Beckingham, 2nd Provincial Grand Principal.

Easter Message from MEGS

Dear Companions
A month or so ago who would ever have imagined we would be spending this Easter in lockdown, no longer able to practice our long-held traditions of worship and religious celebration; not forgetting family gathering,
socialising with friends and in many cases with neighbours.
Yet here we are, all in isolation, anxious not only for family, friends and loved ones, but for all those in front line services struggling to look after our health and welfare. Making our own individual contribution to the
requirements for staying at home, social distancing in the interest of gaining valuable time for the health professionals, scientists and other professional bodies to hopefully stabilise and eventually eradicate this
dreadful viral pandemic. I am confident however, if we all heed the advice we’ve been given and encourage others to do likewise and stick to it, it will not be too much longer before we are able to resume our regular activities and meet once again in that love and harmony that we have all become very much accustomed to.

I wish you all a Very Happy and Peaceful Easter

Finally, Companions and once again please avoid all unnecessary contact in order to protect our brilliant NHS, but above all and whatever you do, please stay SAFE.
With very best wishes to you all,

Yours sincerely and fraternally

Barry

Barry K Woodside
Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset.

For the PDF version please follow this link

An Easter Message for the Ladies from MEGS wife Peg Woodside

10th April 2020
Dear Ladies
How are you all? I hope you are all keeping well and safe.
This is time of patience and tolerance for we ladies, keeping everyone happy, amused and well fed. I
have no doubt that you will have been busy re-arranging cupboards, gardening and undertaking all
manner of chores you don’t often get around to doing.
This dreadful pandemic as I am sure you will agree, is not only testing our ingenuity but is proving to
be the most trying of times for us all. We ladies have an innermost strength that comes to the fore
during difficult times and I am sure you will all be making the best use of it.
Look after yourselves. I send you all my love and best wishes. ‘Be Safe’
‘Happy Easter to you All’
Peg Woodside