Connaught Chapter 3573

The Masonic Hall, Redfield Road, Midsomer Norton, Radstock, BA3 2JN
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    • 2nd Tuesday in January – 18.30
    • 2nd Tuesday in March (Installation) – 18.30
    • 2nd Tuesday in May – 18.30
    • 2nd Tuesday in November – 18.30

Contact: Scribe E– E.Comp. J. Patrick N. Haxell PPrGScE


Time for Tea!

The weather proved brilliant for Connaught Chapter’s Sunday lunch on the 30th June 2019 when the Companions and their partners were invited to E Comp Patrick and Susan’s Haxell house and garden near Holcombe .

The event went well with an excellent hot and cold buffet followed by delicious sweets, cheeses and biscuits.

‘It was great to be able to sit outside on a beautiful summer’s day in the country and enjoy the luncheon in good company with plenty of entertaining conversation.’

The First Principal, E Comp Neil Arthur welcomed the guests and thanked all those who had provided a superb luncheon.

The event raised £269 for the 2022 Chapter Centenary fund.

Scribe E. E.Comp P. Haxell

Members, Ladies and Guests enjoying the sunshine.
Members, Ladies and Guests enjoying the sunshine.
Members, Ladies and Guests enjoying the sunshine.


Provincial Convocation 

On Thursday 16th May 2019, The Provincial Grand Chapter of Somerset held its annual convocation at the Webbington Hotel, Axbridge. Several Companions of Connaught Chapter received honors on that day.  E.Comp Clive Lambert was reappointed as Deputy Grand Superintendent for Somerset. E.Comp Tony Cooper was promoted to Provincial Grand Sword Bearer. E.Comp Ray Conneely was reappointed as Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies and E. Comp Chris Brooke received his first Provincial Appointment as Provincial Grand Steward.

C.L.O Comp. C Harding

E. Comp Clive Lambert, Shortly after being reappointed
MEZ of Connaught Chapter Neil Arthur Congratulating E. Comp Tony Cooper on his promotion.
E. Comp Ray Conneely, Reappointed a Deputy Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies.
E. Comp Chris Brooke receiving his first Appointment as Provincial Grand Steward

A New Companion

newly exalted Comp. Chris James, with MEZ Neil Arthur and D o C E. Comp Tony Cooper.

A  familiar face was exalted into Connaught Chapter 3573, none other than W. Bro Chris James the IPM of Connaught Lodge 3573. Many well known and distinguished Companions had turned up to support him. Among them was the Grand Superintendent for Somerset E. Comp Barry Woodside and Deputy Grand Superintendent for Somerset E. Comp Clive Lambert. the current WM of Connaught Lodge  E. Comp Brian Parry was also in attendance.


The Grand Superintendent presented Comp. Ian Ramsden with his Supreme Grand Chapter Certificate.

The festive board was well attended with nearly 40 Companions Dining. Who were treated to an excellent meal of, Egg Mayonnaise, Roast Pork, Cheese and Biscuits with Coffee.

During the speeches E. Comp Tony Cooper, stood, welcomed and congratulated Comp. Chris James  on becoming a member of Connaught Chapter 3573. He explained Chris’s life before becoming a Freemason and how he had spent most of his working life in the Ambulance Service, carrying out various roles, how he moved around the country with his job, and how he was promoted through the ranks.  Chris responded and thanked everyone, for making the evening an enjoyable and memorable occasion for him.

Looking forward to the next meeting in November, Connaught Chapter 3573, pending a successful ballot will exalt Bro. Sean Biggins. If you would like to come along on the evening please get in touch.

C.L.O Comp. C Harding


Grand Superintendent Barry Woodside addressing the Companions.

E. Comp Tony Cooper proposing the toast to Comp Chris James


Comp. James responding to the Exaltees toast.
The Three Principles addressing the Chapter


MEZ: Neil Arthur, H: Peter Kuzemka,  J: Frank Silver

On Tuesday 12th March 2019, Connaught Chapter no. 3573 held its annual Installation Convocation. E. Comp. Neil J Arthur was Inducted as  Most Excellent Zerubbabel, E. Comp Peter Kuzemka was Installed as Haggai and E. Comp Frank A Silver was Inducted as Joshua.

The chapter received and welcomed E. Comp Ray F Beckingham, Second Provincial Grand Principal and E. Comp C John S Pinder, Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies from the Provincial Grand Chapter of Somerset.

After an exhilarating ceremony, the Chapter reconvened down stairs for the Festive Board;  the Companions enjoyed an excellent meal of Egg Mayonnaise, Steak Pie with Seasonal Vegetables,  Cheese Board and Coffee.

During the toasts IPZ E. Comp Mark Collins stood and thanked all of his Officers for the previous year as said and wished E. Comp Neil Arthur every success for his ensuing year. M E Z Neil Arthur then rose, thanked all of his officers for taking office this year. He then said he was excited for his year ahead having an Exaltation at the next meeting being held on the 2nd Tuesday in May.  He then spoke about the Chapters Annual Walk to be held on the first Sunday in July; every Companion with their Partners, Family and Friends would be most welcome to join. The walk would be followed by lunch in a local pub, details of which will be released soon.

C.L.O Comp. C Harding

Companions and Guests at the Festive Board
Companions and Guests at the Festive Board
Companions and Guests at the Festive Board
E. Companion Ray Beckingham addressing the Festive Board











Some of the Provincial Team in the Temple
Comp Andy Baird responding to the Visitors Toast
Chapter Diary
  • 8th May 2018 - Regular meeting
  • 13th November 2018 - Regular meeting