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 Read More..
October Convocation of the Chapter of Brotherly Love
The Chapter was opened in
To receive the Symbolical & Historical Lectures
The Historical lecture was presented by E Comp W. Rash (J) and assisted by Comps: Part A Frank Suter, Part B Brian Gay , Part C Alan Watkins, Part D Grant Lyons, Part E Ken Sherring, Part F Rob Mitchell
The Symbolical lecture was presented by E Comp D. Spregg (H) assisted by Comps: Part 1 Rob Mitchell, Part 2 Adrian Horsey, Part 3 Alan Watkins, Part 4 Gary Hall, Part 5 Frank Suter, Part 6 E.Comp Clive Barlow, Part 7 E.Comp John Hawkins 8. E.Comp Brian Buckle
FREEMASONS SUPPORT WELLS CATHEDRAL BOUNCE BACK APPEAL WITH £10,000 DONATION
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, Read More..
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 Read More..
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.
E Comp David Parslow
Provincial Read More..
Support for local communities with a total of £11,047.50 into the Covid-19 Relief Chest.
Provincial Grand Chapter
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
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 Read More..
Guard of Honour for E Comp Peter
E Comp Peter Light, MEZ of the Chapter of St George, no 3158, passed to the Grand Chapter Above on Wednesday 6th May 2020 at home with his family around him. Peter had been suffering from cancer for the past eight weeks.
E Comp Peter was a well liked and respected member of the Chapter and Craft, he was enthusiastic in all that he did and looked to bring more into our organisation. A keen wine maker and friendly, generous and kind hearted person.
As the Covid-19 shutdown is upon us there could not be the usual funeral service, family Read More..
What have you been up to in the Lockdown – No 2 – E Comp Adrian Halliwell
Being of a certain age I have been self isolating since Anne and I returned from our aborted trip to Australia. Our cruise to the Great Barrier Reef was cancelled due to New Zealand closing down ports to cruise ships. But we had nine days visiting our son and family in Adelaide before hand. With only four days before the cruise was to depart Sydney it was cancelled we had to rearrange our flights back to UK, which is another story.
Mrs H and I brought the fine weather back with us from Australia and it was shorts on again. Read More..
Barry Jones – Something I really enjoy
Having read about Barry’s accident and his recovery I asked him for an article on his hobby. Here is an article by E Comp Barry Jones which may be of interest to some Companions:
Provincial Liaison Officer
During my recuperation following my recent painfully decent down my stairs I have occupied myself with one of my hobbies, along with my Wife Karen, we are keen clay pigeon shooters with 6 shotguns between us. Due to everything being closed I decided to Read More..
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 Read More..
What have you been up to in the Lockdown – No 1 – E Comp Barry Jones
After our recent Wrington Vale meeting I was all set to compose a piece for our page, with photographs, when I had problems with my new knee and arthritis it knocked me off course. Then on the 18th March I had an accident to beat all my other efforts at doing myself harm. As I went to step off the top stair my right knee gave way propelling me down all 13 stairs, my descent was arrested by a solid oak door. This earned me a fast trip in an ambulance, after the hour or so it took them to Read More..
Royal Cumberland pledge to Square Meals Appeal
There follows a letter sent out to all members of Royal Cumberland Chapter, can your Chapter do similarly? What a great act of charity.
I trust you are all keeping well physically and continuing to exercise your minds with the Grand Superintendent’s weekly quiz. Some of the questions are even more taxing than Royal Cumberland Ritual.
There can be no doubt that these circumstances in which we all find ourselves may correctly be defined as an emergency. Whilst I doubt Supreme Grand Chapter had the coronavirus in mind when compiling draft bylaws. E.Comp. David Medlock, MEZ Read More..
Things to do in the shutdown
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 Read More..
E Comp Bob Biggs – Order of Service
E Comp Bob Biggs will be cremated at South Bristol Crematorium on Wednesday 22nd April at 3.00pm. Unfortunately, because of the current situation, we will be unable to attend and pay our respects to Bob. However, some may wish to follow the service in memory of Bob, you can follow service by clicking the link here Order of Service.
Easter Message from MEGS
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 Read More..
An Easter Message for the Ladies from MEGS wife Peg Woodside
10th April 2020
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. Read More..
E Comp Robert Ernest Biggs, PGSwdB, Deputy Grand Superintendent 2008 to 2013 1944 – 2020
E Comp Robert Ernest Biggs PGSwdB
Deputy Grand Superintendent 2008 to 2013
1944 – 2020
When I received the appointment as Grand Superintendent in late 2007 my first task was to select those Companions who were to assist me in the task. The 3rd Provincial Grand Principal had already been Read More..
Supreme Grand Chapter Appointments 2020
At the Annual Investiture of the Supreme Grand Chapter of England to be held at Freemasons’ Hall on Thursday 30th April 2020 the following Companions from Somerset are being honoured:-
David John MEDLOCK DL Assistant Grand Sojourner
Neil Russell HURCUM Past Grand Standard Bearer
David Kenneth PARSLOW Past Grand Standard Bearer
These Appointments and Promotions are to be announced at the next Chapter meeting at the first rising.
Grand Lodge Appointments 2020
At the Annual Investiture of the Read More..
Calderley Chapter 2nd March 2020
This was the first meeting of Calderley at Clevedon since it’s Consecration. The three Principals entered the Chapter, E comps Keith Fisher as Z, Ray Beckingham as H and John Bennett as J, standing in for Matt Wesley who was in hospital.
When the Chapter was opened E Comp Ray Conneely, PrDepDC, announced that the Chapter was to be honoured by the presence of E Comp Barry Woodside, MEGS.
Following a Notice of Motion given by E Comp John Bennett the Past Prov Grand Masters, Rulers of other degrees were balloted for Honorary Membership. Read More..
CHAPTER OF BROTHERLY LOVE 329 FEBRUARY MEETING 2020
Thursday 27th February saw the first regular meeting at the Yeovil Masonic Hall of the newly installed Principals.
The meeting was honoured with the presence of David Dixon, 3rd Provincial Grand Principal, and his escorting Officer Sandy Glenn, Past Prov AGDC, who had decided to sit in to witness the rather different opening of the Chapter. The Chapter was then opened it its own usual style.
The MEZ, E. Comp. Bill Spregg proffered the Sceptre to the 3rd Provincial Grand Principal who said that in view of the Read More..
SOUTH OF THE BORDER, DOWN MEXICO WAY? DEVON ACTUALLY
On the evening of the 20th February 2020 the ME Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset, E.Comp. Barry Woodside, accompanied by his 2rd Provincial Grand Principal E.Comp. Ray Beckingham, the Past Provincial Grand Superintendent E.Comp. D John Bennett, plus Grand and Provincial Grand Officers, on the personal invitation of E.Comp. Arthur Rowe (dressed in a bright red waist coat) sojourned to Sidmouth, on the SOUTH COAST, not Mexico, but down Devonshire way.
The delegation from Somerset received an extremely warm welcome from the companions of PERSEVERANCE CHAPTER No164 Read More..
TYNTESFIELD 4494 ROYAL ARCH CHAPTER MEETING 13TH FEBRUARY 2020
Alas I was unable to attend this meeting as I was working away, I was not happy about this but as it’s said, it’s Family, Work and Freemasonry all in that order. So I have to send a huge thank you to E. Comp. Iain Disdale for the words and photos on this one.
Another excellent evening at Tyntesfield Chapter
The Chapter received E. Comp. Clive A. F. Lambert, Deputy Grand Superintendent, plus a good number of Grand Chapter Officers and Provincial Officers, contributing to a total of 16 Visitors, which included a welcome return from E. Comp. John Smith, Read More..
F & S Have a Quiet Meeting in February
We had a very small number attending this meeting so we were pleased to receive E Comp Clive Lambert, Deputy Grand Superintendent, here in Wellington. E Comp Chris Moore, Prov DC, entered the Chapter immediately it was opened to announce that E Comp Clive was outside the door, accompanied by E Comps Chris Summers, PGStdB, Jim Nicol, Prov Ass Scribe E, and John Brown, Prov 2nd AssGSoj. Clive was welcomed by MEZ, Jason Vincent, proffered the Sceptre, which was returned post haste.
The minutes were duly confirmed and the Almoner, E Comp Keith Smith, gave a report on those companions Read More..
Tyntesfield Chapter meeting 12th Decemer 2019
The Companions all paraded in in fine style, I did not see the ceremony as we were short of a Janitor this evening, so I swapped my ADC role to a Janitor Role, words to follow are from E Comp Iain Disdale, I will pick up on this after the meeting at the awesome Tyntesfield Festive Board.
Tyntesfield Chapter honored by presence of E Comp Ray Beckingham, 2nd Provincial Principal, to witness the Exaltation of the latest Somerset Companion W Bro Phillip Taylor of Wraxall Lodge.
The Principals E Comps Read More..
Provincial Chapter Weekend at Bideford 2020
The Provincial Grand Chapter of Somerset on the weekend of the 7th, 8th and 9th of February 2020, celebrated its 25th Anniversary of its Provincial Weekend in North Devon, at the Durrant Hotel, Bideford.
The event hosted by the Grand Superintendent, E.Comp. Barry Woodside, and his delightful wife Peggy, turned out to be a raging success. Many thanks to the organiser E.Comp. David Parslow who no doubt had assistance from his wife.
The companions were made to feel most welcome by the staff of the Durrant Hotel at Bideford, North Devon. The food was excellent and the venue which culminated Read More..
50th Veterans Certificate presentation to E Comp Ian Jacobs
On Monday 25th November the Grand Superintendent travelled up to Wiltshire to Lansdowne Chapter No. 626 meeting in Chippenham to accompany the Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Wiltshire, E Comp John Reid with the sole purpose of a joint 50th Veterans Certificate presentation to E Comp Ian Jacobs a Past Grand Superintendent of Wiltshire, 1995-2008.
E Comp Ian Jacobs was the consecrating Joshua of Calderley Chapter of Union No. 906 when it was consecrated on the Read More..
ST GEORGE’S DECEMBER MEETING 2019
The Chapter was opened and E Comp Neil Tinkley, PrAsstGDC, announced that E Comp Barry Woodside, MEGS, was without accompanied by three Supreme Grand Chapter Officers and a member of the Provincial Team, and demanded admission. An escort was formed and MEGS entered the Chapter and was warmly greeted by MEZ, E Comp Peter Light.
The meeting then proceeded with Minutes and AOB then a Ballot was held for Bro Vaughn Whereat which, thank goodness, proved clear, as he was the candidate for the evening. The Exaltation then proceeded with excellent ritual from the main two Companions, MEZ and stand Read More..
PROVINCIAL GRAND CHAPTER OFFICERS 2020/21.
- The MEGS is pleased to announce the following first Appointments and Promotions to be invested at the Provincial Convocation on 21st May 2020 at the Webbington Country Club and Spa, Loxton
Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra
Read More..CHRISTMAS GREETINGS FROM THE GRAND SUPERINTENDENT
This year is proving to be another successful year a period of consolidation, with ever closer ties between The Craft and The Holy Royal Arch. I would like therefore, to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone of you for your hard work, commitment and support throughout. The wonderful atmosphere we continue to experience within the Royal Arch in Somerset is without doubt attributed to your companionship and friendship alike. Long may that continue well into the future.
It Read More..TAUNTON DEANE CHAPTER no 5221
Companions of Taunton Deane Chapter met on Tuesday 3rd December with a potential Exaltee but due to illness the candidate was unable to attend. This did not deter the Companions present.
E. Comp. Ray was welcomed by the MEZ who proffered him the Sceptre which E. Comp. Ray took, looked at it very carefully and quickly returned it to the MEZ.
The Chapter was Read More..Devon & Somerset Farmers Chapter 2019 Installation.
On Friday 29th November Companions gathered from across the two Provinces for the Chapter’s Annual Installation meeting at Uffculme. Devonshire Official Visitors were led by E Comp Chris Roach DGSupt (the MEGS being detained in Tenerife with his wife) while Somerset was led by the MEGS E Comp Barry Woodside. After much recent inclement weather it proved to be a dry crisp evening.
Many arrived early to indulge in the tea/coffee and biscuits that were provided and it proved an excellent opportunity for convivial conversation among old friends and new. As start Read More..December at 139
What a superb meeting at Perpetual Friendship in Bridgwater. With several stand-ins for sick brethren I can only heap praise on the quality of their ritual. MEGS, E comp Barry Woodside had invited himself to the meeting, more why later, and was proffered the Sceptre by MEZ, E Comp Barrie Crow, which MEGS thanked him for but returned it to Barrie for him to proceed with the evening.
E Comp John Night, being unavoidably absent at the Installation meeting was invested as DC.
The main event of the evening was to Exalt Bro Justin Meadows, a member of Perpetual Lodge Read More..Chapter of Brotherly Love 329 Installation Meeting November 2019
Thursday 21st November saw the Annual Installation at the Yeovil Masonic Hall of the Principals of the Chapter of Brotherly Love.
The meeting was opened in its own usual style. Following which there was a knock on the door and E.Comp. Roger Bailey, Provincial ADC, announced that the Deputy Grand Superintendent E.Comp. Clive Lambert was without and demanded admission. An escort was formed and the DGS was escorted into the Chapter along Read More..Somerset Executive at Devonshire Annual Convocation
On Saturday 9th November some of Somerset’s more senior members travelled to the South West Riviera with E Comp Barry Woodside our MEGS. Arriving at the Riviera Centre in Torquay they joined many Companions from Provinces across the South of England. It has to be recorded that it was not “Riviera” weather. However, once in the dry Companionship was found to be present in vast amount. This picture shows most of the Somerset Companions who had travelled to the Convocation.
The 2019 gathering would mark the 9th Anniversary of E Read More..F & S have another memorable meeting, november 2019
At the November meeting of Fidelity and Sincerity we had good number of guests for a double ceremony in one night. The Chapter was opened and MEGS, E Comp Barry Woodside, personal guest of the DC, was welcomed by E Comp Jason Vincent and proffered the Sceptre. Knowing what was coming MEGS returned the Sceptre, H offered his but was also declined, good luck Chris next time perhaps?
The Almoner, E Comp Keith Smith, gave a report on various members and their ladies health including his own wife who is undergoing treatment for breast cancer.
Next on the Agenda was Read More..Team Visit To Somersetshire Chapter 2019
On Wednesday 13th November the MEGS E. Comp Barry Woodside led a lively team on the annual Provincial visit to the Somersetshire Chapter which meets at Mark Masons’ Hall. He was well supported by the team including the Deputy Grand Superintendent E. Comp Clive Lambert and the 2nd Grand Principal E. Comp Ray Beckingham. Previous to which a number attended Supreme Grand Chapter Read More..Royal Cumberland No. 41, October Meeting
At the Royal Cumberland No. 41 Chapter meeting held on Tuesday the 15th of October, we undertook an Exaltation ceremony where Companion Paul Russell, a Master Mason of St Alphege Lodge No 4095 was exalted into the Holy Royal Arch. The four Companions in the photograph are Ex Comp David Hogg (H) Ex Comp Roger Karn (Acting Z) Comp Paul Russell and Ex Comp Malcolm Toogood (J).
Read More..King Alfred 3169 October Installation
On Monday the 28th of October the King Alfred Chapter 3169 held their annual Installation ceremony. The ceremony was attended by Excellent Companion Clive Lambert, the Deputy Grand Superintendent, accompanied by Excellent Companion Roger Bailey, Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, John Hewett, Provincial Grand Standard Bearer, and Jonathon Mansell, Provincial Grand Steward.
Following recent illness and operations, our current DC, E. Comp Ian White was not able to be DC on the night, so we were very grateful for the help provided by E. Comp Brian Horn from Inkerman 1222 as DC.
The chapter was opened by the outgoing Read More..Eldon Chapter No.1755 Convocation 7th November 2019
Eldon Chapter had a full, busy and varied Convocation.
We were honoured with the presence of the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent E.Companion Barry Woodside, E. Companion Ray Beckingham 2nd Provincial Grand Principal together with other active Provincial Officers, Grand Officers and our Past MEGS E. Companion John Bennett.
The evening’s business included a Lecture from E. Companion Ray Beckingham and his team, the Symbolical Lecture led by E. Companion Sam Stride (Haggia) , receiving the Somerset Sceptre from St. Keyna Lodge and our MEGS E.Companion Barry Woodside presenting a 50 year certificate to E. Read More..Wrington Vale 1199 464th Convocation
Companions apologise yet again for the lateness of this post as the ill health spotlight got me again, not that I am particularly unwell just lots of me is broken.
The meeting was held on 14th October 2019 at Yatton our usual home with the DC having something to worry about as J, E Comp Gary Sharp was unavoidably detained at work. E Comp John D Bennett, PGSupt, stood in as J, I think John is working harder now than he did when he was Grand Superintendent. The meeting was to Exalt Bro Ian Burbage, AKA “Babs”, of The Forest of Mendip Lodge. The meeting Read More..St George’s October Exaltation
On 31st October E Comp Peter Light, MEZ, was pleased to Exalt his Candidate Bro Matt Landy. After the Chapter was opened E Comp Rod Green was Invested with his collars, yes collars, as Almoner and Ass Scr E as he was absent at the Installation ceremony. Rod was also standing in as H.
A ballot was held for a Joining Member, Comp Michael Meatyard, which proved clear and he was welcomed in the Chapter.
Next item on the Agenda was to carry out the Exaltation of Matt Landy, a member of Vivary Lodge, which MEZ is also a member. Read More..CHAPTER OF BROTHERLY LOVE No. 329 October Convocation
The chapter was opened and E Comp Derek Marpole, MEZ, welcomed all companions and the one visitor. He then invited E Comp Tony Rash to present the Historical Lecture in Catechitical form assisted Comps: Part A Frank Suter; Part B Brian Gay ; Part C Alan Watkins; Part D Grant Lyons; Part E Ken Sherring; and Part F Rob Mitchell
MEZ the asked E Comp Bill Spregg (H) for the Symbolical Lecture assisted by Comps: Part 1 Rob Mitchell; Part 2 Adrian Horsey; Part 3 Alan Watkins; Part 4 Gary Hall; Part 5 Frank Suter; Part 6 E Comp Clive Read More..Adair Chapter Installation Meeting
On Wednesday the 23rd of October the Adair Chapter held their annual Installation ceremony. The ceremony was attended by Excellent Companion Ray Beckingham, the Second Provincial Grand Principal, accompanied by Excellent Companion Geoff Lester, the Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies.
The chapter was opened by the outgoing First Principal, E. Comp. Alan Trask, who went on to welcome the Second Provincial Grand Principal and to thank the companions and officers of the chapter for their support throughout the last year. E. Comp. Glynn Derrick was then inducted as Third Principal before the Installation of E. Comp. Pete Murray as Read More..A Little Bit of Somerset Royal Arch in Oxfordshire
Friday 11th October 2019 was not the ideal afternoon to be travelling to Caversham, there was persistent rain and the M4 is always busy on a Friday afternoon. Never the less that is where I found myself on that Friday afternoon but if I thought the Motorway was busy it was nothing compared with crossing Reading at 5pm on a Friday.
The reason for me travelling to Caversham, which is in Berkshire although in the Masonic Province of Oxfordshire, was to be at the Installation of Caversham Chapter No 3831 who meet at Caversham Masonic Hall and there I would Read More..Installation at 135
What an enjoyable evening we had in Bridgwater. The ceremony was somewhat simplified due to many officers remaining at post to allow the newer Companions to catch up.
The caterers did a splendid job and there were two candidates voted in for Exaltation plus a joining member, Comp Kevin Beavan, who not only received a very warm welcome but received one of the few rare remaining Centenary Royal Arch Chapter jewels to wear in perpetuity. Companion Gary Thomas was presented with his Supreme Grand Chapter Certificate by E.Comp. Ray Beckingham, Second Provincial Grand Principal.
Although there were a number of Read More..Learn CPR and have a cuppa!
Helen Hart has sent an email as follows:
My partner Greg are both paramedics that live in Congresbury and work in the local area. We just got back from climbing Kilimanjaro in an effort to raise money for the local air ambulance charity and are looking to host a number of coffee mornings in the area which would include a cake sale and the opportunity to learn CPR.
I was wondering if this is something that might be possible at Yatton Masonic hall? Or indeed any of your other venues?
Whilst working for the ambulance service both myself and Greg Read More..Carol Service 2019 – Change of venue
The Annual Carol Service will be once again at Glastonbury but with this difference: it will be held at THE CHURCH OF ST BENEDICT’S not The Church of St John the Baptist, at 3pm on Saturday 7th December 2019. See Flyer in link below for further information
Read More..3rd Grand Principal attends Inkerman Banner Dedication/Installation
The Chapter was opened in due form half an hour earlier than originally advertised but no was caught out, as everyone, well nearly everyone arrived very early. The numbers were 55 a very good turn out for a Chapter.
The Chapter was Honoured with the presence of ME Third Grand Principal Most Excellent Comp Gareth Jones, OBE, as guest of honour and of course our very own, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, in and over the Province of Somerset, E Comp Barry K Woodside, accompanied by the full works in the names of, Deputy Grand Superintendent, E Comp Clive A F Read More..Calderley at Wedmore for September Meeting
Calderley returned to Wedmore for its Annual Visit and was reasonably well attended, however, there was a substitute in the ranks, namely E Comp Richard Ellis standing in for Ray Beckingham as H. MEZ E Comp Keith Fisher welcomed all and in particular E Comp Barry Woodside, MEGS, who was not offered the Sceptre, that comes later.
Those officers not present at the Installation were duly Invested, but because of the resignation of E Comp Alan Holton, for personal reasons, five Officers were shuffled around to form the team.
Following the Notice of Motion at the last meeting Comp David Read More..1966 Installation goes not too smoothly
The Installation at Fidelity and Sincerity should have been a great one as the three Principals had been having regular LOIs throughout the closed season. However, our Third Principal has had to defer his Installation as his wife is not well. Still don’t panic DC! E Comp Chris Summers agreed to stand in for the evening.
Then the Companion due to give the Address to the Companions passed to the Grand Chapter above! Still don’t panic DC! A quick pone call the PrDC, E Comp Chris Moore, and he agreed to do it, panic over.
On the night the Principal Read More..TYNTESFIELD 4494 ROYAL ARCH CHAPTER MEETING 12th SEPTEMBER 2019
TYNTESFIELD 4494 ROYAL ARCH CHAPTER MEETING 12th SEPTEMBER 2019
The evening started off just like any other, we all arrived at the Nailsea Temple some of us very early and Hmmm some of us just in the knick of time as always Tonight was very special so the entire team was a little nervous from the rehearsal the night before. We all put our regalia on and proceeded to get the ceremony under way.
The meeting began by welcoming E Comp Barry Woodside, Read More..TAUNTON DEANE CHAPTER no 5221
Taunton Deane Chapter no 5221 met on Friday 6th of September and a rehearsal was held the night before.
It was an important evening as the Grand Superintendent, a member of the Chapter, had signified his attendance to be present so there was an air of expectation.
The Grand Superintendent was welcomed into the Chapter under the expert guidance of the Provincial Deputy Read More..First Daylight Meeting for First Principals
This was our first ever daylight meeting and was very well attended by over 60 members and visitors. These visitors were from First Principals’ Chapters in Cornwall, Devon, Wiltshire and Gloucester and Herefordshire, as well as others from around this Province.
The meeting commenced at 11:00 with MEZ E Comp Maldwyn Davies leading the proceedings. After the Chapter was opened MEGS, E Comp Barry Woodside was welcomed into the Chapter, together with a goodly numbers of Provincial Principals from this and other Provinces. These were all welcomed by MEZ who had visited all of the other First Principals’ Chapters during Read More..IPMEGS Letter to Exmoor Chapter
TO ALL COMPANIONS OF EXMOOR CHAPTER, No 2390
When I retired as Grand Superintendent, the Companions of Exmoor Chapter very kindly presented me with a Gift Voucher for which I truly thank you. Jenny & I spent many hours deciding what to spend this gift on and finally we decided that we would have a couple of days away.
We had visited Guildford in Surrey about 10 years ago and when we were there, we paid a visit to The Watts Gallery in Compton. At that time the Gallery buildings were in a sorry state but since then a trust Read More..Time for Tea! Connaught Chapter’s Sunday lunch
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 Haxell’s 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 Read More..Double Exaltation at King Alfred
On 10 May, the King Alfred meeting was special for two key reasons. Firstly there was to be a joint Exaltation, the only time this has been attempted in King Alfred Chapter, and secondly a number of eminent visiting companions stood in to assist in the ceremony, many at short notice.
The first task for the evening was for Z, E Comp Sandy Glen, to welcome E Comp Ray Beckingham, 2nd Provincial Grand Principal, on his official visit, escorted by E Comp Jeff Lester, Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies.
The candidates for this special convocation were Mike Dew and Read More..2020 Festival Donation from Provincial Grand Chapter
At the recent Provincial Chapter meeting the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, E Comp Barry Woodside, gave a very generous gift to the Provincial Grand Master, Comp David Medlock, towards the 2020 Festival. Following this action the Provincial Charity Steward, W Bro David Maddern, sent a letter expressing the gratitude of the Provincial Grand Lodge. To read the letter follow this link.
Well done to all who have contributed to this donation and those Chapters mentioned in the letter.
Read More..1966 Annual Sunday Luncheon
The Sunday Luncheon was held at the Oake Manor Golf Club. This was organised by E Comp Andrew Kerslake, MEZ, and was well attended by 11 Companions and their partners. The starters having been devoured we all headed for the carvery which had a choice of three meats, as well as a vegetarian option, with loads of vegetables. The puddings were very delicious and only two decided to abstain. It was a great event and lots of talking was going on at both tables and talk of a Christmas outing was thrown into the melting pot!
Read More..1st Principals Annual Dinner
On a rather damp Friday evening, well it was wetter than we have ever had before at this venue, 53 Companions and ladies gathered at the Isle of Wedmore Golf Club for the Annual Dinner. E Comp Maldwyn Davies, as MEZ, organised the evening together with his wife Anne.
We were honoured to have three Grand Superintendents and their wives with us, namely ME Comp Barry Woodside and Peggy, ME Comp John Bennett and Jenny and ME Comp Denis Calderley and Muriel.
Once again the menu and food were excellent and everyone enjoyed a Read More..Provincial Officers’ Luncheon 2019
This year the dinner was changed to a Sunday Lunch and moved to the Batch House, Lympsham. It also moved the date to avoid the Half Term rush home from holidays. This change proved most satisfactory as it made getting to the venue much easier, though some only made it just in time for the luncheon.
After the superb food MEGS, E Comp Barry Woodside, proposed the Loyal Toast and followed by welcoming all the new Officers Installed at last month’s Annual Convocation, as well as the Officers that were reappointed. He also thanked E Comp David Parslow and his Read More..Chapter Marine No. 232 Regular Convocation Tuesday 14th May 2019
Chapter Marine was honoured with the presence of the 3rd Principal of Provincial Grand Chapter E.Comp. Neil Hurcum.
We also were honoured with our past MEGS E.Comp. D. John Bennett who stood in as Joshua for the evening.
E.Comp. Andy Wade proposed that we Exalt Bro Wayne Kelly of Birnbeck Lodge into Chapter Marine and E.Comp. Martin Slocombe proposed on behalf of E.Comp. Mike Barfoot-Franks that we also Exalt Bro Timothy O’Neil of Lodge Marine into Chapter Marine.
Both propositions were carried unanimously.
Bro Wayne Kelly was then Exalted into Chapter Marine by our Principals ably assisted by their Officers.
Read More..King Alfred May Exaltation
On Sunday 12 May the officers met for a rehearsal for the Exaltation the following night, however despite the meticulous planning from Z Sandy Glen, on that evening he unfortunately found himself too ill to be able to attend the following night. After a phone call, the existing H, Simon Sparkes readily agreed to stand in as Z, and Arthur Rowe assumed the position of H for the meeting.
The main business of the evening was a special exaltation, that of Nathan Henderson, son of Colin Henderson who is the guest organist. Stuart Boyd stood in as Principal Sojourner.
Our Read More..Somerset Royal Arch Annual Convocation 2019.
Thursday 16th May 2019 saw cars wending their way from all directions through winding country lanes to get to the Webbington Country Club and Spa, Loxton, where Somerset Royal Arch Annual Convocation was being held.
Arriving just after noon I found a variety of other early arrivals gathering in the reception area and on the decking outside. Bar snacks were ordered, to help the beers and spirits down, so that they would be able to get through the afternoon’s meeting ready for the evening meal. Fish finger sandwiches Read More..Connaught well represented at the 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
Read More..Three Generations in Royal Cyrus Chapter
At the January 2019 convocation of Royal Cyrus Chapter James Adams was initiated into the Holy Royal Arch. This was a special occasion in more ways than one. The ceremony was led by James’ father Tim, 1st Principal of the Chapter, and part of the Mystical Lecture was presented by his grandfather, Companion Michael Adams. A further family connection was cemented by James wearing an apron originally owned by his grandfather.
PROVINCIAL TEAM VISIT TO TYNTESFIELD CHAPTER 4494
Tyntesfield Chapter were honoured by the visit of Somerset Provincial Team in May to make it a very special evening for the latest Somerset Companion Bro Tom Francis of Wraxall Lodge.
Before the Provincial Team made their entrance, a deputation from Royal Cumberland Chapter No 41 presented the Travelling Sceptre in a very competent manner, which will be passed on the following week to the MEGS at the Provincial AGM.
Read More..King Alfred 3169 March Exaltation
On Monday 25th March, King Alfred Chapter held their first Convocation of the new masonic year with E.Comps Sandy Glen as Z, Simon Sparkes as H and Jeremy Thomas as J.
The chapter were fortunate to have a candidate for Exaltation in the person of Bro James Joyce, a Master Mason of St Kew Lodge 1222 which also meets at Weston super Mare.
Bro James was entrusted and entered into the Chapter where several Companions undertook the ritual: E Comps Stuart Boyd and Malcolm Beard acted as Sojourners, E Comp Terry Clarke gave the Signs, E Comps Ian Read More..Installation convocation Chapter of Sincerity 261
The Chapter was honoured to receive E. Comp Clive A.F. Lambert,the Deputy Grand Superintendent at its installation convocation on Wednesday 9th May 2019.
After the usual chapter business and a ballot for a rejoining member E. Comp David Brandhuber installed E Comp Chris Partridge into the chair of Z. Ex.Comp Chris then installed E Comp Brian Pollard as H and Ex.Comp Brian Installed Companion Ian Clift as J.
Later in the meeting Ex.Comp Clive kindly presented his Supreme Grand Lodge Certificate to Comp Graeme Clark.
Comp Clark having been newly invested Read More..St Keyna Installation Meeting 2019
The St. Keyna Chapter held their Installation meeting which was attended by the Past 3rd Provincial Grand Principal Excellent Companion David Parslow, he was accompanied by our very own Director of Ceremonies Excellent Companion Mark Saunders.
The atmosphere was convivial and the three Principals were installed into their respective chairs with great sincerity.
The supper was very well received and all had a very enjoyable evening. The Chapter looks forward to October when the 2019 team will exalt a new companion.
Read More..Installation at Chapter of St George 3158, May 2019
The Chapter was pleased to welcome the 2nd Provincial Grand Principal, E Comp Ray Beckingham, accompanied by E Comp John Pinder, PrAssDC, and the MEZ, E Comp Simon Cassling proffered him the Sceptre hoping Ray would take over the ceremony. The Sceptre was returned with thanks but Ray hadn’t brushed up his Installation ritual. The MEZ then ran through the Agenda items until he got to the main item to Install the three Principals: E Comp Peter Light was Installed into the Chair of Zerubbabel; E Comp Kenneth Clarke as Haggai and Comp Michael Day as Jeshua.
The MEZ then Read More..Provincial Team visit Brotherly Love
The Provincial Team joined together to perform an Exaltation for the Chapter of Brotherly Love in Yeovil. Unusually the Team were in the Chapter for the opening as 329 have a unique way of opening their convocation. E Comp Derek Marpole opened the Chapter and then greeted MEGS, E Comp Barry Woodside, proffered him the Sceptre which was returned for a short while. The other agenda items were covered and a ballot was taken for Bro Daniel Burnell, a member of the Lodge of Science No 437, as a candidate for Exaltation.
The ballot proved clear, thank goodness and the Provincial Read More..Dungarvan Chapter 973 Installation – September 2019
A Regular Convocation of the Chapter was held at the Masonic Hall, Frome on Thursday 28th November 2019.
The Chapter was honoured by the presence of Second Provincial Grand Principal, E Comp Ray Beckingham, PAGSoj.
The main part of the evening was the exaultaion of Bro. William Patrick Carson, balloted for as a Candidate for Exaltation, at the Chapter Convocation on Thursday 28th March 2019.
This proved to be an excellent ceremony, with all those who took part being congratulated, especially the Exaultee, both in the Temple and at the Festive Boardm, which followed.
Read More..1966 Have a Memorable Evening
At the April Convocation Fidelity and Sincerity had a most enjoyable and informative ceremony. The chapter was pleased to receive E Comp Barry Woodside, MEGS, accompanied by E Comp Chris Moore, PrGDC. E Comp Barry was proffered the Sceptre by E Comp Andrew Kerslake, MEZ, which was returned with thanks.
The chapter was unfortunately hit by two cancellations at a very late hour so a substitute to act as J, E comp Keith Kerslake, was clothed though, his part was to only undertake the readings. There had also been two other subs brought off the bench, E Comp Peter Chidzey Read More..Connaught’s Installation – March 2019
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 Read More..Supreme Grand Chapter Appointments 2019
At the Annual Investiture of the Supreme Grand Chapter of England to be
held at Freemasons’ Hall on Thursday 25th April 2019 the following
Companions from Somerset are being honoured:-
E Comp Clive Albert Francis LAMBERT PGSwdB
E Comp Roger REINA PGStdB
E Comp Andrew Stuart CLAPP PAGDC
We congratulate these three on their honours.
Also our MEGS Barry Keith WOODSIDE will be appointed Junior Grand Deacon at the Grand Lodge at Freemasons’ Hall on Wednesday 24th April 2019. Congratulation Barry.
Read More..Calderley Chapter Installation 2019
The Calderley Chapter was attended by E Comp Barry Woodside, MEGS, who was attended by E Comps Tony Cooper, PrDGDC, and E Comp Alan McMurray, PrGStwd, acting as Standard Bearer. E Comp Barry was welcomed by MEZ, E Comp Richard Ellis, who presented him with the Sceptre which was returned with thanks. The Minutes of the last convocation having been circulated were approved and there were no matters arising.
A ballot was taken for Joining Members, E Comps Neil Hurcum,3rd Prov G Principal and Roger Reina, Prov G Registrar. The Ballot proved clear and they were welcomed into the Chapter.
Read More..TYNTESFIELD 4494 ROYAL ARCH CHAPTER MEETING 14 TH FEBRUARY 2019
TYNTESFIELD 4494 ROYAL ARCH MEETING 14th FEBRUARY 2019.
A good number of Companions used a lot of brownie points to attend the Convocation that
clashed with Valentines Night. I am sure the companions paid for the evening in flowers,
chocolates and late meals out.
The companions were rewarded by an excellent evening to witness Brother Jonathan Trott of Wraxall Lodge, being exalted into the Holy Royal Arch.
The Principals E Comps Dale Shermon (Z), David Maddern (H) and Martin Slocombe (J)
were greatly assisted by Comp Richard Hicken Read More..Chapter of St George receive “The Royal Arch in Camera”
On Thursday 28th February the Chapter was pleased to receive a demonstration of “The Royal Arch in Camera” by E Comps Ray Beckingham, 2nd Prov Grand Principal, Maldwyn Davies and Charlie Barker. The Janitor gave an alarm on the door and E comp Charlie was admitted, wrongly dressed and giving the wrong salutation, which soon went as E Comp Ray put him straight! The three then ran through the in Camera with explanations of various parts of the Royal Arch ritual and historical information of the Officers in a Chapter.
On Completion a round of applause was given with thanks from Read More..Provincial Team Visit to Vale of Jehoshaphat Chapter
The Provincial Team were out in force for the Exaltation meeting at the Vale of Jehoshaphat Chapter at Burnham-on-sea on Friday 22nd February. Despite a two vehicle fire on the M5 which caused several of the team being late for rehearsal, the Chapter was opened in due form by E Comp Ted Toon, MEZ, assisted by E Comps Graham Puddy, H, and Peter Greenway, J, before E Comp Chris Moore, PrGDC, requested admission. He announced that E Comp Barry K Woodside, MEGS, accompanied by his Team demanded admission. The Team processed in and MEZ proffered the Sceptre to E Comp Read More..Provincial 3rd Principal for 2019-2020 Announced
The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent E Comp Barry Woodside has much pleasure in announcing that at the Provincial Convocation on 16th May he will install E Comp David Dixon of Royal Cumberland Chapter No.41 as Provincial 3rd Grand Principal.
E Comp David was Exalted into Royal Cumberland in April 2007 passing through all the offices becoming MEZ in November 2014. He was made 1st Assistant Provincial Grand Sojourner in May 2015. He became a joining member of Somerset 1st Principals in June that year.
We wish David all the best for the Read More..Exaltation of Comp Graeme Clark into 261
The Chapter of Sincerity were honoured by the Presence of the MEGS, E. Comp Barry Woodside, at the January Convocation. This was Barry’s first visit since being installed as MEGS. He was accompanied by the PGDC E.Comp Chris Moore. The chapter were fortunate to have a candidate for Exaltation in the person of Companion Graeme Clark. Graeme is a subscribing member of the Emergency Services Lodge 9391 which also meets at Taunton.
Read More..Deferred installation of Principals.
At the Convocation on Wednesday 14th November E. Comp Chris Partridge finally had the opportunity to install the J of the Chapter E. Comp Brian Pollard. Brian was unable to attend the Installation Convocation in May. The Chapter Principals are now pictured above. As the majority of the Provincial Team had made the journey to London for a visit to Supreme Grand Chapter and the Somersetshire Chapter, we were honoured to be able to call E. Comp Bob Moore, PPrDGS, out of retirement and have the pleasure of his company at Read More..February Meeting of 1966
At the February meeting of 1966 we were pleased to receive E Comp Clive Lambert, DepGS, accompanied by E Comp Chris Moore, PrGDC. This was a special meeting as we received the Somerset Sceptre from Exmoor Chapter, No 2390, all the way from Minehead. The Sceptre was presented to E Comp Andrew Kerslake, MEZ, by E Comp Phil Thresher, MEZ of Exmoor, accompanied by seven companions, including E Comp John Bennett, hon member.
The evening’s work was to deliver the Historical and Symbolical Lectures given in Catechetical form by companions of 1966. E Comp Paul Spoors, J, directed Read More..Bideford 2019 and The Day the Snow Came
- When you have spent many months organising a weekend in North Devon the last thing you want is a forecast of snow but this was the news that David Parslow, the Provincial Events Organiser, woke to on Thursday 31st January 2019 and the forecasters were right as on Friday morning the West Country received a fairly substantial coating of snow. Before long many telephone calls were being made, however the Durrant House Hotel confirmed that there was no snow in Bideford. Many people decided Read More..
Brotherly Love Convocation 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, Ex 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 Read More..ROYAL SUSSEX CHAPTER N0 53, BATH. MONDAY 21st JANUARY 2019
Royal Sussex Chapter No 53 holds its Convocation at Bath Masonic Hall and last year celebrated the 200th Anniversary of its consecrations. Life after such a momentous year will inevitably be a little flat but despite this the Chapter bravely organised a visit from the Royal Arch Presentation Team. This team is led by E Comp Ray Beckingham 2nd Provincial Grand Principal who acted as the narrator with E Comp Chris Fear performing the role of the Past Principal and E Comp Andy Clapp being the hapless newly Exalted Companion.
After opening Read More..Joint Statement from PGM, Designate and MEGS, January 2019
The Provincial Grand Master Designate and the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent have issued a Joint Statement leading the way to greater liaison between the Craft and Royal Arch. Please follow this LINK to view the Statement
Read More..SOMERSETSHIRE CHAPTER No 2925, LONDON
Many Somerset Companions are very familiar with the working of Somersetshire Chapter No 2925 which meets at Mark Masons Hall and many have also enjoyed the hospitality extended to Somerset in November when the Provincial Team visits the Chapter. I have visited Somersetshire Chapter on many occasions and together with Companions from Somerset and London was instrumental in forming the strong bond that now exists between us. Due to pressure of being Grand Superintendent it has never been possible for me to visit the Chapter other than at the November Convocation however the year I was able Read More..Wrington Vale take the Somerset Sceptre to Chapter of Sincerity (Or do they!)
On a chilly 9th January evening 6 Companions from Wrington Vale Chapter made their way to Taunton to deliver the Somerset Sceptre to the Chapter of Sincerity, namely E Comp I Angell(MEZ), E Comp R Beckingham Second Provincial Grand Principal, E Comp, P Henley, E Comp M Golding, Comp D Golding and of course myself. Also present was E Comp Barry K. Woodside, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset. The MEGS was accompanied by a number of Active Provincial Officers including E Comp C Moore, The Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies. So really no place to Read More..Sincerity Chapter – 200th Anniversary of the Chapter’s foundation
Wednesday 14th March 2018 was a very special day for Chapter of Sincerity No 261 – the celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Chapter’s foundation in 1818.
The Principals and Companions of the Chapter were honoured by Supreme Grand Chapter attending mob-handed, when The Most Excellent Grand Read More..Tyntesfield 4494 Royal Arch Chapter Meeting 13 December 2018
Well here I am back for my second attempt at writing our Chapter’s report, that’s me in the picture there in all my Royal Arch refinery. I have had a little trouble negotiating this website but we are getting there. I must send a huge thank you to E Companion David Parslow for all his help in getting me to this point, for if it were not for his help I would not be writing this now It was also great catching up Read More..Wrington Vale – 10th December Installation of E Comp Ian Angell
Companions last night we held the installation of E Comp Ian Angell as 1st Principal of the Chapter and we were honoured with the presence of E Comp Barry. K. Woodside, The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset, accompanied by E Comp Geof J Lester, Past Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, E Comp D Smith, Provincial Grand Standard Bearer and E Comp P.J. Harris Provincial Grand Steward. With a delegation from The Chapter of Perpetual Friendship no 135 to present the Somerset Sceptre, as it was MEGS first visit to our Chapter really not a meeting to be missed Read More..CHRISTMAS GREETING FROM THE GRAND SUPERINTENDENT
This year is proving to be another successful year and an exciting period of change in The Royal Arch in Somerset. I would like to thank each and everyone of you for your hard work, commitment and support throughout. We have a wonderful family atmosphere within the Royal Arch and I know Read More..TAUNTON DEANE CHAPTER no 5221
For the want of light we could not see colour.
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 Read More..Avalon, 446, Installation, 20th November 2018
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.
Read More..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 Read More..King Alfred 3169 Installation
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 Read More..A familiar face was Exalted into Connaught
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 Read More..Another new companion at Connaught
A new Companion was Exalted into Connaught Chapter at its Regular November Convocation; Bro Sean Biggins, a relatively new member of Connaught Lodge. The meeting was very well attended with some 40 Companions.
Shortly after the Chapter was opened, the Janitor gave knocks on the door and admitted the Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies, who announced that: “E. Comp Ray Beckingham 2nd Principal for the Supreme Grand Chapter of Somerset, is without, demands admissions!” he was admitted in due form accompanied by Several Grand Officers and Active Provincial Grand Chapter of Somerset.
With the Chapter nearly full to the rafters, Read More..1966 F & S Exaltation in November
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 Read More..Provincial Team visit to Somersetshire Chapter
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 Read More..St. Keyna welcomes our new Grand Superintendent
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.
Read More..Provincial Appointments and Promotions 2019
The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, E Comp Barry K Woodside, is pleased to announce the Provincial Officers, First Appointments and Promotions for 2019. To view these please follow this link
We congratulate all those Companions and look forward to their investiture on 16th May 2019 at the Webbington Hotel and Country Club.
Somerset Executive Members visit Devonshire’s Annual Convocation
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 Read More..Provincial Carol Service
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
Followed by Tea, Coffee and Mince Read More..Chapter Marine Convocation – 11th October, 2018
A most convivial Convocation was experienced by everyone where we Exalted Bro Jon Parsons, a member of Colston Lodge No.610.
The meeting was enhanced by the visit of our Grand Superintendent E.Comp. D. John Bennett who assisted with the Ceremony.
E.Comp. Philip du Kamp was presented with the Grand Superintendent’s Award by E.Comp. D. John Bennett.
MEGS also presented Grand Chapter Certificates to Comps. Christopher Harris and Stuart Petty.
At the Festive Board, E.Comp. Colin Wilson gave a talk on Trafalgar Day October 21st 1805, which was the theme of the evening.
Read More..460th Convocation Wrington Vale Chapter 1199
Monday 8th October saw our 460th convocation, which started with remembering the following Companions that had passed to the Grand Chapter above: E Comp Roy Brookman; E Comp Walter Wood and Comp Cedric Platt.
The Chapter was honoured with the presence of E Comp. D John Bennett, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset, accompanied by E Comp G.J Lester Past Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies. As we did not have a candidate we had decided to catch up on two of the Holy Royal Arch lectures, namely the Historical and the Symbolic in catechetical form Read More..A night with a difference at St. Keyna Chapter
Excellent Companion Clive Lambert, Second Provincial Grand Principal, accompanied by Excellent Companion Ray Conneely, Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, attended St Keyna Chapter to see the Installation of the Chapters’ Third principal, Excellent Companion Steve Coles.
The evening was most enjoyable which included a demonstration of the Exhaltation ceremony by the new St Keyna team.
The enjoyment continued with the meal downstairs and a raffle was held in aid of Blood Bikes.
Read More..Special Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter of Somerset 18th October 2018
Provincial Grand Chapter of Somerset
at the Webbington Hotel, Axbridge BS26 2HU on
Thursday 18th October 2018 at 12.00 noon
E.Comp. Barry K. Woodside PGSwdB
will be installed as Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset by officers of Supreme Grand Chapter.
Companions will need to be seated by 11.30 am. Lunch will be served at 2.00 pm to those who have pre-booked.
The Order of Procedure is available on the Resources Page, as is the Read More..Tyntesfield 4494
Greetings from Tyntesfield 4494 RA Chapter, this will be a very short report as I have only just gained access to the website and I am about to fly out on holiday within the hour, may I introduce myself, my name is Rob Collins and I am the Calderley liaison officer and ADC for 4494, being new it will take a little time to find my feet so please bare with me.
We recently had a wonderful installation evening at our Read More..Calderley Dedicate new Honours Board
At the September meeting held at Wedmore the three Principals opened the Convocation. Companions of Taunton Deane Chapter, no 5221, lead by E Comp Roger Seaton, Z, presented the Somerset Sceptre to E Comp Richard Ellis for onward transport to Royal Sussex Chapter on 15th October. This will mean that Richard has to give it to himself!
The changes to the Bye-laws for the change of venue was approved and will be forwarded to Province for confirmation.
MEGS E Comp D John Bennett was welcomed and proffered the Sceptre by MEZ, E Comp Richard Ellis,. On this occasion MEGS took the Read More..Fidelity and Sincerity Installation 2018
The Chapter met on a rather warm September meeting at Wellington. The Chapter was opened and E Comp Chris Moore, PrGDC, was admitted. He announced that MEGS, John Bennett, was outside the door accompanied by a Grand Officer and Members of the Provincial Team. He was admitted and proffered the Sceptre by E Comp Peter Chidzey, MEZ, which was instantly returned.
The proceedings continued with a ballot for an Exaltee which proved clear, and he will be exalted in November. The Accounts were adopted with thanks to the Treasurer, E Comp Keith Smith, and the Auditors.
A Grand Chapter Certificate Read More..Avalon 446 – Dedication of new Honours Board
Our May meeting was yet another busy one! Early on in the agenda we welcomed the First Principals of our fellow Founding Chapters of the Province, and shortly after we welcomed the Provincial Team, headed, of course, by the MEGS John Bennett. The Provincial Officers were invited to take up their officers in the Chapter and the MEGS proceeded to dedicate the new Chapter Honours Board. Part of the Dedication Ceremony included an excellent oration given by the Third Provincial Grand Principal, E Comp David Parslow.
The Third Provincial Grand Principal has a busy evening because shortly after his oration Read More..1st Principals opens the season
The opening meeting of the 2018 season was the held at Bridgwater by the Somerset 1st Principals Chapter on another warm evening. The Chapter was opened by the three Principals – Ray Beckingham, Z, Maldwyn Davies, H, and Andy Gray, J, and was immediately followed by the reception of MEGS D John Bennett, accompanied by E Comp Clive Lambert, 2nd Pr G Principal and visiting all the way from Worcestershire their DepGS E Comp John Phenix, E Comp Chris Moore, PrDC, and acting as Standard Bearer E Comp Sandy Glenn.
A most excellent eulogy for E Comp Walter Wood was given Read More..Provincial donation for helping Amaya to attend Baytree Special School
The Prov Scribe E, E Comp Tony Beaumont, had forwarded a request to E Comp Andy Clapp, PrChStew, from Gail Alder from North Somerset CC, 2 months ago, regarding Amaya’s situation and the need for funds so she can get to pre-school this September in Baytree Special School in Milton, Weston-super-Mare.
Here are the details Gail sent over from NSCC .
Amaya was born 1 day early by emergency c-section, and she spent 2 months in the intensive care unit getting the help she needed. At 15 days old Amaya had a MRI scan, and it was seen that she had Read More..Announcement of DGS and 2nd Prov Grand Principal
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.
Read More..F & S Sunday Lunch
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!
Read More..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
Read More..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!
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.
Members of Abbey Chapter delivered the Travelling Sceptre for safe keeping,
after which the Chapter elected E Comp Ron Babbage as an Honorary Read More..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 Read More..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 Read More..Chapter Marine Donation to Springboard
The following is a letter from Springboard Opportunity Group following a generous donation from Chapter Marine 232
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 Read More..TAUNTON DEANE CHAPTER no 5221
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 Read More..Connaught 3573’s May Chapter Meeting
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 Read More..King Alfred Chapter 3169 May 2018
King Alfred Chapter met on Monday 14th May 2018 with E. Comp Jeremy Thomas as Z, E. Comp Arthur Rowe standing in as H (for E. Comp Sandy Glen who was unwell at short notice), and E. Comp Tony Wilsher-Day as J.
The main business of this meeting centred on advancement in Chapter knowledge.
Firstly the Historical Lecture was delivered under the direction of J, and some of the newer Companions took part as follows:
Part 1 Comp. Justin Percy
Part 2 Comp. Graham Caulfield
Part 3 Comp. Lindsay Edmonds and E. Comp Simon Sparkes
Secondly E. Comp Read More..Annual Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter 17th May 2018
Once again this meeting was held on a beautiful day at the Webbington Hotel and Spa. The morning was taken up with setting up the room with the chapter furniture being brought to the venue by E Comp John Griffin. There was a run through by E Comp Chris Moore, PrGDC, with the other DCs and Stewards before a full rehearsal starting at 11:30.
The new Officers collected their Jewels from E Comp Roger Reina, Pr Grand Registrar, and, being suitably, clothed had their photos taken by E Comp Arthur Rowe.
The Companions were all seated for 3:00pm and the Read More..Wrington Vale Chapter May Meeting
Companions, for those that missed the May meeting you missed out on a very interesting, detailed and informative talk on the Woman’s Order of Freemasonry by E Comp Sybil Vosey. As in previous years we decided to entertain our Ladies including them in the talk as well as the festive board.
We opened dealt with a bit of administration called off and our Ladies joined us with E Comp Sybil and her driver another Lady E Comp, followed by the Grand Superintendent and his team. E Comp Sybil then gave us a very detailed talk on the history, structure, Lodges Read More..Tyntesfield Chapter 4494
I am writing this on behalf of the Tyntesfield Chapters CLO, Comp Rob Collins, I had privilege to attend the Chapter’s May meeting which was an Exaltation of a former colleague of mine, a Retired Police Officer, and embarrassingly his name has escaped me, we even worked in the same department!!
The Chapter was a bit thin on the ground due to some unforeseen and last minute problems but I have to say it no way affected the quality of the ceremony that the candidate witnessed. To a member the Chapter pulled together and produced an excellent high quality Exaltation that was Read More..Congratulations to E Comp Neil
At the recent Annual Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter I with other members of Wrington Vale looked on in great pride and pleasure as our very own Scribe E (and very hard working), E Comp Neil Hurcum, was Appointed, Obligated, Invested and Installed by the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent as The Third Grand Principal. Very well deserved Neil well done. It’s not the first time the Chapter has been so Honoured as E Comp Ray Beckingham has held this office as have others before my time (I can tell you my history book arrives). It is a great Honour for the Chapter to Read More..St. Keyna Chapter Installation and Cheque presentation
Thursday May 10th marked the date of the Installation at the St Keyna Chapter, which was very well attended. The meeting was preceded by the presentation of a cheque for £900 to the Brain Tumour Charity by the Principals and the Charity Steward, Comp Barry Dryland, to Emma Cronin, Community Fundraising Manager for the South West. (She is the one in the middle !!)
Through its fundraising activities and medical research it has convinced the NHS to commit over Read More..Annual Provincial Convocation – 17th May 2018 – Programme
The Annual Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter
will be held at
The Webbington Hotel & Spa, Loxton, Nr Axbridge, Somerset
Thursday 17th May 2018 at 3.30pm
Under the Banner of
Sincerity Chapter No.261
PROGRAMME FOR THE PROVINCIAL CONVOCATION
The Timetable is approximately as follows:
2.30pm Active officers, appointed for Read More..Centenary Convocation for 135 – October 2018
The Chapter of Perpetual Friendship will be celebrating its Centenary with a special meeting on 1st October 2018. As places will be limited at Bridgwater Masonic Hall the Companions have been asked to book in as soon as possible. Please see the summons by following this SUMMONS LINK.
For more information please contact Scribe E, details as per summons.
Read More..Royal Cumberland RAC No.41 – April 2018 Convocation
Our well attended April meeting was an auspicious occasion when following the opening of the convocation, the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset, E. Comp. D. John Bennett, accompanied by the Deputy Grand Superintendent, the Second and Third Provincial Grand Principals, and a number of other Officers of the Province were admitted.
Having been warmly welcomed, the MEGS assumed the chair of Z to conduct the main business of the evening, to dedicate the Chapters new Sceptres, which was carried out magnificently to a ceremonial never before seen, and which left a lasting impression in Read More..All three Lectures done at Fidelity and Sincerity – April 2018
At the April Convocation we were honoured with the presence of E Comp Clive Lambert, 2nd Provincial Grand Principal, accompanied by E Comp John Smith, Provincial Grand Almoner, and E Comp Sandy Glen, Provincial AssDC.
The Chapter was opened an MEZ, E Comp Peter Chidzey welcomed E Comp Clive Lambert and proffered the Sceptre which E Comp Clive thanked MEZ and swiftly returned it.
The Lectures were undertaken in catechetical form firstly with E Comp Joshua, Jason Vincent,gave the Historical Lecture directing five companions. The second lecture, Symbolical, was given by E Comp Haggai, Andrew Kerslake with the assistance of Read More..Perpetual Friendship March MeetingOn Monday 26th March 2018 following Comp Martin Poynter-Smith being Exalted, Companions Michael Holman and Stewart Morgan were presented with their Supreme Grand Chapter Certificates by the 3rd Provincial Grand Principal, E Comp David Parslow.
Despite the change of date, because of the Easter Bank holiday, a most enjoyable evening took place when many Centenary Jewels were ordered by the Companions which will be presented at the Centenary Convocation Read More..Connaught’s Installation Meeting 2018
On Tuesday 13th March Connaught Chapter No.3573, held its Installation Meeting. The Visiting Provincial Principal was E Comp David Parslow, 3rdPrGPrin, with E Comp Sandy Glen, PrAGDC in attendance.
E Comp Russell Frayling, MEZ, Installed his successor, E Comp Mark Collins into 1st Principal’s Chair. E Comp Mark then Installed his Principals, E Comps Neil Arthur, H, and Peter Kuzemka, followed by his officers, all under the direction of his DC E Comp Tony Cooper.
In the words of the new CLO, Comp John Wenborn: “it was a terrific evening, well attended and enjoyed by all present”.
Read More..Calderley Chapter of Union, No 906, March 2018 Meeting
The Meeting was held at the Clevedon Masonic Hall on Monday 5th March. There was a good attendance of members, visitors and 2/3rds of the Calderley Liaison Officers.
The meeting commenced with the agreement of the Minutes of the previous meeting and E Comp Julian May had no matters arising. E Comp Stuart Hadler then thanked the Members for being made an Honorary Members at this meeting.
A ballot then took place for two Joining Members which proved clear and E Comps David Parslow and Geof Lester were given the Chapter Bylaws.
The next Item on the Agenda was the Read More..Appointments and Promotions in Somerset
At The Calderley Chapter of Union, no 906, meeting held at Clevedon Masonic Hall on Monday 5th March, MEGS D John Bennett announced the following appointments and promotions in the Province:
E Comp Alan Holton to remain as Deputy Grand Superintendent
E Comp Clive Lambert to remain as 2nd Provincial Grand Principal
E Comp Neil Hurcum appointed as 3rd Provincial Grand Principal.
Neil is a member of Wrington Vale, No 1199, and Somerset 1st Principals Chapters, No 3746, and was Provincial Grand Steward in 2009, Past Provincial Assistant Grand Sojourner in 2010 and Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah Read More..3746 1st Principals’ Summer Dinner
This popular annual event will be held on Saturday 2nd June 2018,and is open to all Members & Wives also 1st Principals of Somerset Chapters with Wives or Partners.
To be held at the picturesque Wedmore Golf Club 7pm for 7-30pm
Three Course Dinner (choice of menu) including Coffee & Mints £18.00. Contact E. Comp Ray Beckingham, no later than 25th May, if you would like to attend.
Read More..Avalon Chapter’s February Meeting
At our regular meeting on 20th February we were honoured by the presence E Comp Clive Lambert Second Provincial Grand Principal, ably assisted by E Comp Tony Cooper, Provincial Deputy Grand DC.
Brother Mick Wright was duly exalted in a ceremony led by E Comp Colin Snook who took the chair of Z, and towards the end of the meeting we were pleased to hear that we have a number of candidates in the pipeline, both for Exaltation and as Joining Members.
It was a well-attended meeting and was enjoyed by Read More..First Meeting after Installation at Vale of Jehoshaphat, February 2018
Following their being installed into the Principals Chairs the three Principals held their first Exaltation Ceremony at the Vale of Jehoshaphat Chapter, and was accompanied by E Comp Alan Holton, Deputy Grand Superintendent, and his DC E Comp Adrian Halliwell.
Due to sickness of several officers or their family, late changes had to be made, E Comp Julian Frost stepping in as Principal Sojourner, E Comp Matt Jarvis deserting the IPZ post and becoming 1st Assistant Sojourner, E Comp Fred Body became IPZ and E Comp John Kidd stepped up to Director of Ceremonies. Despite all the changes the Exaltee, Read More..Installation of new Haggai at 329’s February Meeting
E Comp Derek Marpole had been appointed Haggia, but following two serious operations he was unable to attend the Installation Meeting last November 16th, E Comp Colin Vine stepped in on that occasion, thank you Colin. We are pleased that E Comp Derek is feeling better and he was invested by MEZ, E Comp Mike Nathan, at our meeting on 22nd February 2018. The Address to the new H was given by E Comp Alan Holton, Deputy Grand Superintendent.
Below is a photo to prove it, that E Comp Neville Harrison stood in for E Comp Bill Spregg as Joshua at this meeting. Read More..Unique Double Ceremony performed at Fidelity and Sincerity
What a superb meeting was had at the February Convocation: The Provincial Team were in attendance and two ceremonies were being undertaken. The caterer had requested an 8:30 start time and so certain parts of the ceremonies were curtailed. Unfortunately E Comp Andrew Kerslake had been suffering with a cold and bad cough and couldn’t take part in the ceremony so the DC, E Comp Adrian Halliwell, asked the Provincial Haggai, E Comp Clive Lambert, if he would take the role, which he was pleased to do.
The Chapter was opened by E Comp Peter Chidzey, MEZ, bang on 6:30pm Read More..Royal Cumberland RAC NO. 41 – February 2018 Convocation
The February 2018 Convocation took place in the presence of thirty-seven Companions, including the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset E. Comp. D. John Bennett, and the Deputy Grand Superintendent of Wiltshire E. Comp. Colin C.C.Cheshire, when our new member, Companion Tony Gay, was exalted into Royal Arch Masonry in a most inspiring ceremony led by E. Comp. Roger Karn (Z); both of whom had been long term friends and neighbours.
The Mystical Lecture was delivered splendidly by E. Comp. Alan Morsley and E. Comp. Darren Lobb, and Read More..MEGS sends thanks following Bideford Weekend
Below is a message from MEGS following a successful Provincial Ball at Bideford.
On behalf of Jenny and myself I would like to thank Companions and their Ladies who attended the Provincial Weekend in Bideford. We also thank you for the magnificent Basket of Fruit and Bottle of Gin which was very kind of you all and very much appreciated.
Jenny would also like to thank all of the Ladies for their continued support and I do also add my thanks.
We both hope that the next Grand Superintendent will continue the good work and take the Royal Arch Read More..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 Read More..Visit by MEGS to 3158, the Sceptre and the Banners 14/12/2017
The December convocation was a busy evening for the Chapter. The M E Comp John Bennett was welcomed and during the evening presented the Grand Chapter Certificate to Comp Guy Annan.
The Somerset Sceptre was delivered by a deputation from the Parratt and Axe Chapter No 814, lead by E Comp Gerald Morgan, and duly received by E Comp Neil Trood as the Z of the Chapter.
The Companions of the Chapter then proceeded to participate in the Ceremony of the Description of the Banners to advance the masonic knowledge of many newer members.
A lively and Read More..3158 Delivered Sceptre to Connaught 9/01/2018
Despite the distance and the January weather six Companions, led by E Comp Neil Trood made the trip to Midsomer Norton to deliver the Somerset Sceptre to Connaught Lodge No 3573.
During the evening a distinguished member of the host Chapter, E Comp Ron Babbage, was made an honorary member of the Chapter in recognition of his many years of service to Freemasonry and the Chapter. The visiting Scribe E, David Palmer was particularly keen to congratulate E Comp Ron – both being fellow Cornishmen.
Read More..Bro Guy Annan Exalted into St George, 3158, 26/10/2017
Bro Guy Annan was exalted from The Lodge of St George to become a companion of the Chapter of St George at the October Convocation.
The ceremony was conducted By E Comp Neil Trood as the first Principal this being his first convocation following installation in May. Part of the Mystical Lecture being delivered by a distinguished guest – E Comp Barry Woodside.
Comp Guy is shown being congratulated after the ceremony.
Read More..200th Anniversary of Royal Sussex Chapter
On Saturday 20th January 2018 saw the Celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Foundation of Royal Sussex Chapter No 53 in 1818. This special Convocation was attended by E Comp D John Bennett, MEGS, and the Provincial Team. There was also a goodly number of wives/partners supporting the companions from both Royal Sussex, Provincial team and visitors, about 80 in all.
The Chapter was opened at 3:00pm by Comps of Royal Sussex.The dispensation was read, minutes confirmed and other Chapter business completed. It was then called off. The ladies and Read More..Adair Receive Ray Beckingham’s ‘Commentary on The Royal Arch’
E Comp Ray Beckingham was At the January meeting The Convocation was opened and the Deputy Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, E Comp Adrian Halliwell, was admitted. He announced that E Comp David Parslow, 3rd Provincial Principal, accompanied by two Companions of Supreme Grand Chapter, demanded admission. An escort was formed and he was admitted and greeted by E Comp Glynn Derrick, MEZ, and proffered the Sceptre which E Comp David quickly returned.
After the Minutes were approved those Officers who were absent from the Installation were investeE: E Comp Arthur Marrow as Charity Steward, Comp Nick Delaney as 2nd Read More..814 Dedication of Banners and Ensigns
On 23rd January 2018 the Provincial Team descended on the Parrett and Axe Chapter to dedicate the new Principal Banners and Tribal Ensigns, purchased by E Comp Gerald Morgan, MEZ. This was the first time that the Team had dedicated both sets at once.
The Chapter was opened by the three Principals E Comp Gerald Morgan, MEZ, E Comp Steve Albon, H, and E Comp Clive Saunders, J, and an alarm was given that E Comp Chris Moore, PrGDC, requested admittance. He announced that the Excellent D John Bennett, Most Excellent Read More..Wrington Vale Chapter in Pictures
Here we have a few pictures of members and Ladies at the Tracing board presentation, E Comp Golding and Comp Golding( Son & Father). After Comp Golding’s Exhalation. Read More..2015 to 2018 for Wrington Vale Chapter
Wrington Vale Chapter is going from strength to strength with a steady flow of candidates and we have had some remarkable ceremonies and events. E Comp Mark Golding was installed into the chair of Z very competently by E Comp Tommy Charles following a quiet 2015.
During the year we had a very interesting talk by E Comp Ray Beckingham, leading nicely into myself giving the Historical lecture which I did twice during my time as H.
Mark took the reins and his first Exhalation was February a bit emotionally charged, a first for us and possibly Somerset carried out Read More..MEGS to retire in October
E Comp D John Bennett was installed as Grand Superintendent, in and over, the Province of Somerset at The Annual Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter of Somerset in May 2008 and his tenure of that Office was for a period of 10 years which will be completed in 2018. The following arrangements are being made.
E Comp John Bennett will be retiring as Grand Superintendent on Wednesday 17th October 2018 and his successor will be installed on the following day, Thursday 18th October 2018, at a Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter of Somerset Read More..Avalon Chapter – 2017 Installation plus a surprise for Charles
Tuesday 21st November 2017 saw the Installation of our new Principals, namely E Comp Ben Batley, as Z, E Comp John Rook, as H, and Comp Peter Yuson, as J. The Chapter was honoured with the presence of the MEGS, E Comp John Bennett, very ably accompanied by his escorting DC, E Comp Sandy Glenn. As we all know, our new Z is also an Assistant PGM in Provincial Grand Lodge.
In addition to the Installation, the MEGS explained the significance of a new award he has introduced to the Province – the Grand Superintendent’s Award (or GSA), which is Read More..Annual Christmas Carol Service
The Annual Carol Service was again held at the Church of St John The Baptist at Glastonbury and was attended by a goodly number of Companions and partners.
The MEGS E Comp John Bennett processed in with Provincial Principals and accompanied by Margaret Wynn, Lay Preacher of St John’s. The MEGS then gave a welcoming Read More..CHRISTMAS GREETINGS FROM THE GRAND SUPERINTENDENT
We are now approaching the end of another very successful year in The Royal Arch in Somerset and I would like to thank each and everyone of you for your continued support. We have a wonderful family feeling within the Royal Arch in Somerset and I know that this is something that we Read More..King Alfred October Installation
The Installation Convocation for King Alfred 3169 was held on Monday 23rd October and was attended by E Comp Clive Lambert, Provincial 2nd Grand Principal, accompanied by E Comp Anthony Cooper, Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies.
The installation of the three Principals was carried out with dignity and sincerity. The installation ceremony was relatively short given H and J were Principals during the previous year.
The installed Principals are:
MEZ E Comp J. R. Thomas
H E Comp A. W. Glen
J E Comp A. Wilsher-Day
After the installation Read More..PROVINCIAL GRAND CHAPTER OFFICERS 2017/2018
At the recent Executive Meeting the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent announced the Appointments and Promotions for the 2018-2019 season, to be appointed at the Provincial Convocation on Thursday 17th May 2018.
On behalf of E Comp D John Bennett, MEGS, we congratulate all those companions being appointed.
Read More..Vale of Jehoshaphat, 291, Installation
The annual Installation meeting was held at the Vale of Jehoshaphat Chapter, Burnham-on-Sea, on Friday 24th November. The Grand Superintendent, E Comp D. John Bennett, was in attendance with Alexander ‘Sandy’ Glenn, acting as his DC. Also present from the Province were E Comps John Smith, Provincial Almoner, Richard Conneely, Standard Bearer, and Keith Kerslake, Steward.
The Installation Ceremony was fairly short due to the Induction of Zerubbabel, E Comp Chris Perry, and the Induction of Haggai, E Comp Ted Toon. The only one with any work was Ted Toon, who Installed Comp Graham Puddy into the chair of Joshua. Read More..Chapter of Brotherly Love Installation 2017
The Companions were honoured by the presence of E Comp Alan Holton, Deputy Grand Superintendent, accompanied by E Comp Chris Moore, PrGDC, also E Comp Peter Bradshaw, PrGStdB, and E Comp Norman Sumpter, PrGStwd.
E Comp Alan was welcomed by MEZ E Comp Neil Tinkley and proffered the sceptre; Alan expressed his pleasure at being present for the Installation Ceremony in his mother Chapter of Brotherly Love.
E Comp Mike Nathen was Installed as Z and Comp William Spregg as J. Unfortunately E.Comp Derek Marpole, H Elect, was recovering from a serious operation.
PZ E Comp Colin Vine Read More..1966 Installation – Part Two
The November Meeting was the completion of our Installation Meeting whereby R Comp Peter Chidzey was Inducted into the chair of Zerubbabel. E comp was absent from the Installation Meeting as he was at home a week after undergoing open heart Surgery and to have recovered so quickly was great to see. Officers also absent were invested with their collars by Peter. Following on E Comp Alan Holton, Deputy Grand Superintendent gave the Address to MEZ, having given the Address at our Installation in September.
Next item was to receive the Travelling Sceptre from Sincerity Chapter no 261, E Comp Read More..Visit to Devonshire’s Annual Provincial Convocation November 2017
On Saturday 11th November a group of Somerset Companions, headed by their Grand Superintendent, E Comp John Bennett, made their way south to attend Devonshire’s Annual Provincial Convocation. This is held in the Riviera Centre, Torquay. All of them made an early arrival, which is a necessity to get a good parking space. They made their way to the Invited Visitors and Grand Officers robing hall and were soon among friends from both Devonshire and other Provinces.
Over coffee, tea and biscuits old friendships were renewed and new ones started. Read More..Wrington Vale Chapter 1199 Forthcoming Installation
The Installation meeting of Wrington Vale on the 11th December 2017 is one not to be missed, unfortunately J/H elect is working that night so Neil Scribe E asked for a volunteer from the PZ of the Chapter to stand in. You could say in old fashioned terms the ink was still wet on the letter and the first volunteer was MEGS. Not only is The Grand Superintendent standing in for J he is going to install J elect Comp John Vowles, what a night for Comp John and the Chapter. Then our February meeting which we have a candidate, Read More..Provincial Carol Service – 2nd December 2017
Companions All – The Provincial Carol Service will be held once again at the Church of St John the Baptist in Glastonbury on Saturday 2nd December commencing at 3:00pm. Please follow this link for the details FlyerCarols.
The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent is looking forward to seeing many of your there – there are free mince pies afterwards!
Read More..Provincial Team Visit to Supreme Grand Chapter and Somersetshire Chapter – 8th November 2017
A bright and early start saw five intrepid masons board the 7:06 train at Taunton bound for Paddington. Arriving at Paddington we headed for the Underground when passing down the steps E Comp Tony Beaumont tripped about eight steps up his case went flying but somehow he managed to stay upright! That was Tony’s second incident as on boarding the train someone was sitting in his seat. On to the Bakerloo Line then the Central Line at which point I, E Comp Adrian Halliwell, kept the carriage door open so that the others could board we headed for Holborn. Once Read More..285 Installation Convocation 25th October 2017
Wednesday 25th October was the Chapter’s Installation ceremony, when the new team of Principals was installed. The Chapter was honoured by the presence of the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, E. Comp. D John Bennett and members of the Provincial team. A number of visitors attended including Companions from Dorset and Cornwall, as well as from other Somerset Chapters.
During the ceremony E. Comp. Graham Watts was installed as 1st Principal, E. Comp. Tim Adams as 2nd Principal and E. Comp. Eric Thornborough as 3rd Principal.
During the Risings MEGS explained that an Order of Merit has been instituted for companions Read More..St. Keyna Exaltation Ceremony – October 2017
St. Keyna welcomed a new member to the Chapter and to Royal Arch Masonry at their October Convocation.
Bro Robert Edwards was exalted into the supreme degree and made a Companion by the three Principals and members of the Chapter.
Companion Bob is a member of the Vale of Brislington Lodge and is looking forward to many years in Royal Arch Masonry.
Read More..St Luke’s Goblets presented
At the October 2017 meeting of St Luke’s Chapter No 6540 E Comp Roger Penny made an unusual presentation to the First Principal on behalf of the Chapter’s members. Following the passing to the Grand Chapter above of esteemed member E Comp David George it was decided, by the Past Zerubabels, that some way of honouring David’s memory should be instituted and Roger suggested that a set of wine goblets for use by the Principals might be a suitable memorial. This was agreed unanimously and Roger was tasked with sourcing the goblets. A supplier was found and each of the Read More..Supreme Grand Chapter Honours
At the Calderley Chapter of Union, no 906, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, D John Bennett, announced that each Grand Superintendent had been allocated some additional Grand Collars to mark the fact that His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent had been the First Grand Principal for 50 years. This Province was to be granted one extra Supreme Grand Chapter Appointment and one extra Promotion. These will be bestowed at the next Supreme Grand Chapter on Wednesday 8th November.
First Appointment: E Comp Tony Beaumont PGStdB
Promotion: E comp Ray Beckingham from PGStdB to PGAssSoj
Congratulations to both Companions
Read More..Installation at Perpetual Friendship, no 135
The Installation Ceremony took place at Bridgwater Masonic Hall on 2nd October 2017. The Chapter was opened by MEZ, E Comp Richard Teague, and when a report was heard on the door and E Comp Adrian Halliwell, PrDGDC, requested admission. He reported that E Comp Alan Holton, Deputy Grand Superintendent was without, accompanied by two Supreme Chapter officers and two Prov Officers, and he demanded admission. An escort column was formed and retired. E Comp Alan was then received into the chapter and was greeted by MEZ and proffered the Sceptre which was rapidly returned.
E Comp Norman Hucker then Read More..Calderley Banner Dedication
At the September meeting of the Calderley Chapter of Union No 906 the Provincial Team dedicated the new Banner for the Chapter so kindly donated by E Comp Denis Calderley, Past Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset.
The meeting was held in the new home for Calderley Chapter at Wedmore and was well attended with 11 CLOs to pass back their reports to their own Chapters. The Principals opened the Chapter and E Comp Chris Moore, PrGDC, announced that E Comp D John Bennett, MEGS, was without and was accompanied by E Comp Denis Calderley and the Read More..Ex. Comp. Peter TOMKINS 50 years a member of the Holy Royal Arch
Peter was born on the 10th September 1934 and during his working life he was an Accountant. He was initiated into Freemasonry on the 5th November 1965 in Edward Holiday Lodge No 7997 under The District Grand Lodge of Eastern Archipelago and meeting at Kuala Lumpar. This Lodge still exists and still meets in the same place. Peter resigned from Edward Holliday Lodge on the 13th March 1992.
Peter also became a joining member of the 23rd September 1966 of Lodge of St George No 1152 and they meet at Freemason’s Hall, Singapore, this Lodge Read More..Fidelity and Sincerity, 1966, Installation September 2017
The Installation Ceremony was, unfortunately, not as hoped as Z Elect was recovering from major heart surgery and the Principal Sojourner Elect had injured his back only hours before the evening was to start. However, that said the offices were filled and the evening went off quite well.
The Chapter was opened and E Comp Chris Moore, PrGDC, informed the companions that E Comp Alan Holton, Deputy Grand Superintendent, was without and demanded admittance. He was accompanied by E Comp Norman Sumpter, PrGStdB and E Comp Fred Body, PrSteward, and was welcomed by E Comp John Brown, MEZ.
Minutes of Read More..Somerset 1st Principals have another interesting evening, September 2017
The Chapter once again returned to its home at Bridgwater for the Installation Meeting on Wednesday 6th September, but with a difference! The Chapter was opened at 6:00pm and E Comp Chris Moore, PrGDC, was admitted. He informed the MEZ, E Comp John Rudge, that the MEGS E Comp D John Bennett was without accompanied by a numerous retinue and he demanded admission. MEZ welcomed MEGS and then announced the 2nd item on the Agenda which was to receive from comps of the Metropolitan Grand Chapter a presentation entitled “The Royal Arch in Camera – Your Chapter in Focus”.
The Read More..TAUNTON DEANE CHAPTER No 5221
On Friday 1st September Taunton Deane Chapter held the first meeting of the new season. The Chapter was honoured once again by the presence of the Grand Superintendent accompanied by E. Comp. Sandy Glenn on his first outing as DC. A number of Officers of Supreme Grand Chapter and Provincial Grand Chapter were present to witness the Exaltation of Bro. James Wallace a member of the Lodge of St Christopher in Gloucestershire. E. Comp. Kevin Hill conducted an excellent ceremony ably assisted by E. Comp. Jimmy Durant as Principal Sojourner and E. Comp. Peter Ashby who gave an excellent account Read More..Royal Arch Golf Team Hole out
Once a year the Craft, Royal Arch, Mark and Knight Templars Degree in Somerset have a Golf Challenge and this takes place at various Golf Courses within Somerset.
This year’s challenge was at Clevedon Golf Club on Monday 7th August 2017 with Barry Woodside leading a team consisting of:-John Harty, Brian Pollard, Harry Price, Peter Ashby & John Knight.
The day started with some rain but soon brightened up and the golf was played with some determination to win by all teams, It was a close fought contest and at the end the result was a draw between the Knight Templars Read More..1st Principals Annual Dinner
14th July saw a gathering of members and their wives for the Chapter annual dinner. This year, the Wedmore Golf Club not being available, MEZ John Rudge decided to try out The Webbington. We were in the Garden Suite and could well have risked eating outside as it was such a lovely evening!
E Comp John Rudge did well to make the event, having recently been in hospital. He presented his wife with a bouquet of flowers, thanking her for looking after him so well.
He also thanked members for attending what Read More..Brotherly Love No 329 June 2017 Convocation
The Chapter was opened in due form at 6:30 and E Comp Adrian Halliwell, DGDC, announced that the Chapter was honoured by the presence of E Comp Clive Lambert, newly appointed 2nd Provincial Grand Principal, and he was welcomed by E Comp Neil Tinkley, MEZ, and proffered the Sceptre which was speedily returned. E Comp Adrian then announced that E Comp Alan Holton, the newly appointed Deputy Grand Superintendent, was also present, which surprised the DGS as he is a member of this Chapter and hadn’t been primed. E Comp Alan was welcomed and congratulated on his preferment.
After the Read More..Royal Cyrus no 285 Honours Bob Moore
It is not very often that E Comp Bob Moore, PGSwdB, and Past Deputy Grand Superintendent, is speechless but such was the case on Wednesday evening 28th May 2017.
E Comp Bob had recently been honoured by the Chapter with Honorary Membership and this was the first time since being awarded this honour that he had been able to attend and to thank the Companions and the Chapter personally.
E Comp Bob was completely lost for words although he did recover and said how delighted he was to accept the honour but at the Read More..3746 1st Principals WOW factor!
In the words of E. Comp. Andy Gray (that well-known wit and philosopher) “You wait 40 years for a banner and then 13 come along all at once!”
Thursday 22nd June 2017 will go down as one of the most memorable meetings in the Chapter’s history. On this auspicious date at Taunton Masonic Hall, the Chapter was joined by the Grand Superintendent and his Provincial Team in order to Dedicate the new Chapter Banner and 12 Tribal Ensigns.
Before that happened though, MEZ and their Excellencies welcomed visitors from the Provinces of Bristol, Gloucestershire & Hereford and Dorset, as well Read More..Provincial Officer’s Dinner 2017
The Annual Provincial Officer’s Dinner was held once again at the Commodore Hotel, Sand Bay, Weston-super-Mare, on Friday 2nd June. E Comp Bob Moore once again organised the evening assisted by his wife Val.
The companions and wives/partners struggled through the Friday night traffic with E Comp Alan Holton and his wife taking four hours to get there from Tiverton, others had similar journeys. Once gathered there was a general “get to know you” before sitting down for dinner. The tables were arranged so that a member of the Executive was on each table and a mixture of Officers filling Read More..Chapter of Sincerity 261 Convocation May 2017
The Annual Convocation of the Chapter took place on 10th May 2017 at the Taunton Masonic Hall.
The chapter was honoured by the presence of the MEGS Ex. Comp. D. John Bennett, The Deputy Grand Superintendent Ex. Comp Barry Woodside and The 2nd Provincial Grand Principal Ex. Comp Maldwyn Davies. Also in attendance was Ex.Comp Bob Moore, Past Deputy Grand Superintendent.
The meeting was unusual in so far as the Haggai Elect had been taken ill and was unable to be present. Ex. Comp Kieran Hughes stood in as Haggai for the meeting.
The MEGs had hoped to present a 50 Read More..Installation of the Principals of the Chapter of St George – May 2017
At the Chapter meeting in May 2017 the Principal Officers were installed as follows:
Z E Comp Neil Trood
H E Comp Simon Cassling
J E Comp Peter Light
The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent was represented by the Deputy Grand Superintendent E Comp Barry Woodside.
The Three Principals are photographed in front of the banners which were dedicated in January of this year.
Read More..3746 Somerset 1st Principal’s Chapter – June Meeting
Don’t forget! Banner and Standards dedication by ME Grand Superintendent and the Provincial Team at our next meeting. Thursday 22nd June, 6.00pm start at Taunton Masonic Hall. Make sure you book now through Assistant Scribe E.
Read More..TAUNTON DEANE CHAPTER No 5221
The Installation Meeting of Taunton Deane Chapter no 5221 was in doubt when I arrived at the Masonic Hall in Taunton on Friday 26th May. The car park barrier could not be opened and the Grand Superintendent was left on the street. The area had suffered a power cut but fortunately the power was restored at 5.45pm and the meeting started on time. The Installing Principals were very efficient in Installing their successors E. Comp Hill as Z, E. Comp Seaton as H and E. Comp. Roworth as J.
The Officers were invested including the Chapter Liaison Officer E. Comp. Read More..King Alfred Chapter 3169 May Convocation
The 113th meeting of King Alfred Chapter was again grateful for the support of companions from its mother Chapter Inkerman 1222.
E. Comp Brian Horn from 1222 kindly stood in as DC at short notice as E Comp Ian White was called for a knee operation, whilst Comp Gordon Vinnicombe stood in as Janitor. In addition, E Comp Arthur Rowe stood in as H for E Comp Jeremy Thomas.
The first duty was to welcome E. Comp Maldwyn Davies Read More..Provincial Convocation, 18th May 2017
Once again the Provincial Convocation was held at the Webbington Hotel and Spa on Thursday 18th May on a beautiful sunny day. A rehearsal was held at 12:00 and everyone involved were able to run through their parts under E Comp Chris Moore’s direction, well as DC he had to work for his supper. At or before 2:30 the active Officers for 2017-2018 collected their collar jewels and then had their portrait taken by E Comp Arthur Rowe for inclusion on the Provincial Website. The companions settled down by 3:00 and waited the arrival of Somerset Chapter’s First Principals, Supreme Read More..Connaught Chapter Convocation 9th May.
Due to the pressures of work, and in two cases, illness, the Convocation was poorly attended. However, the offices were filled and the evening got under way.
As there was no candidate, a presentation of the Tracing board was given, led by our own E.Comp. Robert H Moore,P.Pr.Dep.G.Supt. This was given in catechetical form, which involved every Companion present and, I feel, advanced our Masonic knowledge at least one step.
Our Director of Ceremonies, E.Comp. Tony Cooper was absent due to illness, and it was reported that when the keys were collected from him, he looked very unwell. So we Read More..Explanation of the Ensigns at Brotherly Love
At the April Convocation the Chapter opened at 6:00pm, which left a few companions outside the door as they arrived late, expecting the usual 6:30pm start, including myself. After the opening these wayward companions were admitted with an explanation of “car trouble, e.i. I didn’t get in it early enough” by one companion.
The Chapter welcomed E Comp Clive Lambert, 3rd Provincial Grand Principal, and was proffered the Sceptre by E Comp Neil Tinkley, MEZ, which he returned with thanks. MEZ then announced the passing to the Grand Chapter above of three companions and E Comp Neville Harrisson then gave Read More..1966 Complete the Grand Slam
The Chapter of Fidelity and Sincerity was held on 24th April, a week later than usual to avoid Easter Monday. The Chapter was honoured by E Comp Maldwyn Davies, 2nd Provincial Grand Principal accompanied by E Comp Derek Tadman, ProvAssDC. This was Derek’s last outing as ProvADC, despite travelling all the way from Trowbridge to be with us.
The visit of E Comp Malwyn meant that 1966 had achieved the Grand Slam of being visited by all Provincial rulers in one season.
The Chapter was opened at 18:45, a little late as we waited for late arrivals. E Comp Maldwyn Davies Read More..PROVINCIAL TEAM VISIT TO ABBEY CHAPTER – 13TH APRIL 2017
This Team Visit was taken to help celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Consecration of Abbey Chapter back in 1992. The team undertook the Ceremony of The Veils as part of this celebration, which was the fifth time it has been undertaken in Somerset. All the five Chapters were Consecrated by E Comp Tom Hughes during his time as Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset.
The Chapter was taken over by the Team from 5:00pm so that they could do a couple of run-throughs of the ceremony with E Comp Chris Moore (PrGDC), and others, getting the Read More..Provincial Officer’s Visits and Changes of Procedure from September 2017
When a Chapter is honoured with a visit from the Grand Superintendent, the Deputy Grand Superintendent or the 2nd or 3rd Provincial Grand Principal for an Installation Convocation they present the Address to the Principals, but when they visit a Chapter for a Regular Convocation they take no part in the Ceremony at all.
It is the wish of the Grand Superintendent, supported by the Provincial Executive, that in future at an Exaltation they will present the Closing or Congratulatory Address, Read More..King Alfred Exhaltation and East Africa Crisis Appeal Donation
At the 112th meeting of King Alfred Chapter, after the announcement by E. Comp John Sillett, E.Comp. D. John Bennett the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset was admitted, escorted by Officers of Supreme Grand Chapter and Officers of the Provincial Grand Chapter of Somerset.
Unfortunately E. Comp Jeremy Thomas our ‘H’ was not able to be present, E. Comp Arthur Rowe stood in for this ceremony.
Read More..MEGS proudly presents
At the last meeting of Exmoor Chapter 2390 we had a wonderful evening not only did we have a Candidate for exaltation but the evening was attended by M.E.G.S. D. John Bennett. This was not a sit back and take it easy night for our Grand Superintendent but rather a working evening!
MEGS was put to work in the ceremony, when he was called upon by H (E. Comp. Bob Moore) to teach the candidate how to share the word, “Exmoor Style”!
Read More..A fantastic (but busy) evening at Avalon’s February meeting
On Tuesday 21st February Avalon Chapter met at their new home in Wedmore for an extremely busy but equally rewarding evening of Royal Arch Masonry. The agenda included a Provincial Team Visit, a visit from members of the fellow Founding Chapters of Somerset, the delivery of the Somerset Sceptre from Royal Sussex Chapter, an Exaltation carried out by the Provincial Team and the presentation of a Supreme Grand Chapter Certificate!!
A total of 70 Companions were squeezed into the temple and the proceedings began. It was one of those evenings where everything ‘went right’, and there was a warm feeling Read More..Provincial Team Visit to Royal Sussex
The Provincial Team visited Royal Sussex Chapter in Bath on Monday 20th March to perform a Demonstration Exaltation Ceremony. There were 19 members of the Team plus a replacement Principal Sojourner, E Comp John Giblin, who stood in at the last moment.
MEZ Richard Ellis opened the Chapter with nine members and one guest from Monmouthshire, the minutes of the previous meeting were confirmed and E Comp Chris Moore, PrGDC, requested admission. The Provincial Team then escorted E Comp D John Bennett, ME Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Read More..Installation Convocation of Connaught Chapter.
The Installation Convocation was held on Tuesday 14th March and was attended by E.Comp. Clive Lambert, Provincial 3rd Grand Principal, accompanied by E.Comp. Adrian Halliwell, Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies.
The installation of the three Principals, MEZ, E.Comp. Russell Frayling, H, E.Comp. Mark Collins and J, E.Comp. Neill Arthur, was carried out with dignity and sincerity. As the IPZ moved to the IPZ chair I think he grew 3 inches taller as the responsibility of the Chapter was removed from his shoulders.
The incoming Scribe N, Almoner and Charity Steward being unavoidably absent will be invested at the next Read More..Royal Cumberland RAC No.41 – March 2017 Convocation
At our March convocation E.Comp. Clive A F Lambert the Provincial 3rd Grand Principal, accompanied by three Officers of Supreme Grand Chapter, was warmly welcomed by the Principals of the Chapter on this his first formal visit to Royal Cumberland Chapter.
Although there was no candidate for exaltation, the opportunity was taken to demonstrate the Cumberland Workings by enlisting the services of our new Joining Member Comp. Robert Cole as candidate. E.Comp. Richard Cooper (Z) conducted the ceremony splendidly, and the Symbolical Lecture was delivered superbly and in full by E.Comp. Roger Karn (H).
Read More..The Somerset Sceptre makes its way to St.Keyna Chapter
The Somerset Sceptre was presented to the Stand in First Principal E Comp Barry McCormack by the First principal of Avalon Chapter No.446 at the last convocation of St. Keyna Chapter No. 1833 at their home in Keynsham.
The MEGS and Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies E Comp Adrian Halliwell were also in attendance to see the sceptre transferred into safe hands until being presented to St. Luke Chapter, Bath a week later.
The Chapter also carried out a demonstration of the Exaltation Ceremony for all assembled.
Read More..16 03 2017 – Chapter Marine Compass & Temple Floorcloth Dedication
The Chapter Marine Installation ceremony was honoured by the presence of the Provincial 2nd Grand Principal E.Comp. Maldwyn Davies who also presented a Grand Chapter Certificate to Comp. Robert Baylis.
At this Convocation our M.E. Grand Superintendent, E. Comp. D. John Bennett carried out a Ceremony of Dedication for the new Temple Royal Arch Chapter Floorcloth together with Chapter Marine’s Compass.
The Convocation was attended by representatives of the other Clevedon Chapters.
This unique ceremony was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Recorded by E.Comp. Philip du Kamp
CALDERLEY LIAISON OFFICER
Read More..Devon and Somerset Farmers’ Chapter – January Meeting
E.Comp. Chris Summers agreed to become the Calderley Liaison Officer for the Chapter so that its events could be recorded on the Somerset Royal Arch website.
Read More..Calderley Chapter of Union No 906 Monday 6th March 2017
Due to E Comp Bob Biggs, MEZ, being unwell E Comp Bob Moore took over the chair. The chapter was opened in due form and Item 2 on the agenda was taken, though E Comp Julian May, Scribe E, was unwell and also E Comp Alan Thompson stood in and the Minutes were duly carried.
Item 3 was to ballot for Joining Members E Comp Anthony J Beaumont PrGScribeE and E Comp Terry D Hayes, PrGTeasurer, which proved clear and both were welcomed by MEZ and given a copy of the Bylaws. Next item was to ballot for as Honorary Read More..Somerset Royal Arch Tracing Board presentation to Exmoor Chapter
The Royal Arch Somerset Tracing Board will be officially presented to Exmoor Chapter 2390 on Wednesday 22nd March 2017. This is the date of the next convocation of the Exmoor Chapter. The Tracing board will be presented by M.E.G.S. D. John Bennett, with this difference…
The lecture at the last meeting, when there was no candidate, was the lecture pertaining to the Tracing board, which was led by P.D.G.S. Robert Moore and 18 members of Exmoor Lodge. So despite the tracing board being officially presented the accompanying lecture has already been received.
The chapter will therefore be exalting a Read More..New Provincial Grand Principles Named and Grand Chapter Collar Appointments
At the Calderley Chapter of Union meeting at Midsomer Norton on 4th March the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, E Comp D John Bennett, announced the new Provincial Grand Principals for the 2017/18 Season:
Deputy Grand Superintendent: E Comp Alan Holton, PGStdB
2nd Provincial Grand Principal: E Comp Clive Lambert
3rd Provincial Grand Principal: E Comp David Parslow
MEGS congratulated the three E Comps on their appointments, especially Alan Holton welcoming him back into the fold, and looks forward to working with them in the ensuing year. He also thanked the out-going Principals for their sterling work.
Read More..Chapter of Brotherly Love No 329 February Meeting
The Chapter was honoured by the presence of E Comp Maldwyn T. Davies, the Second Provincial Grand Principal for the Province of Somerset, accompanied by E Comp Adrian J. Halliwell, Dep Prov GDC and Prov Liaison Officer.
At 6.30pm The Most Excellent and their Excellencies invited the Second Prov. G. Principal and his DC to take their seats in the Chapter prior to the Opening Ceremony – this was accepted and our visitors found it most interesting.
E Comp Maldwyn Davies, 2nd Prov G Principal, presented the Grand Chapter Certificate to Comp Brian Gay, then Comp Read More..3158 welcomes Comp Mike Marshall
The Chapter of St George No 3158 welcomed Bro Mike Marshall, a member of Vivary Lodge, as a Companion when he was exalted in the HRA at their February convocation.
The meeting was conducted by E Comp David Bates, Z: E Comp Simon Cassling, H; E Comp Neil Trood, J; with E Comps Rudge and Green and Comps Diment and Whiteside assisting.
Read More..Tracing board presented to Taunton Chapters
A Holy Royal Arch Tracing Board was presented to the Taunton H R A Chapters at the February convocation of The Chapter of St George by the the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, E Comp John Bennett. The host
chapter was represented by E Comp David Bates, Z of 3158, The Chapter of Sincerity by E Comp Charlie Barker and Taunton Deane Chapter by E Comp Sid French.
The MEGS explained that a full explanation of the Tracing Board would be given in due course with Chapter members being invited to participate in the proceedings
Read More..Eldon Chapter 1755 – Convocation: Thursday, 2nd March, 2017.
Our next Convocation will be held on Thursday, 2nd March, 2017 when we will be honoured by the presence of Excellent Companion Maldwyn Davies 2nd Provincial Grand Principal for the Province of Somerset.
At this Convocation we will be carrying out an Installation Ceremony and our three Principals would welcome visitors.
Please take note that it has a start time of 18.30
Read More..Eldon Chapter 1755 – Thursday 2nd March 2017 – Installation Meeting
Our next Convocation will be held on Thursday, 2nd March, 2017 when we will be honoured by the presence of Excellent Companion Maldwyn Davies 2nd Provincial Grand Principal for the Province of Somerset.
At this Convocation we will be carrying out an Installation Ceremony and our three Principals would welcome visitors.
Please take note that it has a start time of 18.30
Read More..Fidelity and Sincerity February 2017 Meeting
At the regular February Convocation the Chapter was honoured with the attendance of E Comp Barry K Woodside, Deputy Grand Superintendent, accompanied by E Comp Chris Moore, PGDC. The meeting was a demonstration or the Exaltation Ceremony in preparation for the next meeting’s “live” Ceremony. Unfortunately our Principal Sojourner was called away to a family crisis and E Comp Mike Condick volunteered to stand in and read the part. The Almoner being absent the DC, E Comp Adrian Halliwell, gave a report which highlighted those Comps who were unwell, especially E Comp Keith Colman (recovering from heart problems and a Read More..A ‘Rogues’ Gallery’ of 3158 Members
Following a request, from Provincial Grand Chapter for a ‘photo album’ of Chapter members, duly submitted. It was decided in this Chapter to give a copy of this gallery to all Exaltees to speed the recognition of their new Companions. This was preceded by a request at a Chapter meeting, duly recorded in the minutes, to obtain the consent, or otherwise, of Companions for their photo to be used for this purpose.
Read More..Forget-Me-Not Donation by St George Companions
Members of the Chapter of St George participated in a donation of £200 to the ‘Forget-me-not Cafe’ at Langport where their respected companion, the late Comp Bob Rich had obtained valuable assistance whilst suffering from dementia. Comps Steve Thraxton, Ron Blake, Paul Diment and E Comp Paul Buckler were aware of the excellent work the club does in providing assistance to both those with memory problems and their carers and wished to record their appreciation in memory of a late Brother.
Read More..Banner Dedication in Taunton in January 2017
In 2016 the three chapters meeting at Taunton Masonic hall came to the conclusion that the banners that were in use by all three chapters were beginning to show their age and should be replaced. The chapters agreed that the cost would be shared and the new banners were purchased.
January 11th 2017 saw the MEGS Ex. Companion John Bennett together with the Provincial Team visiting the Chapter of Sincerity No 261, meeting at Taunton. The MEGS and Team were visiting the Chapter primarily to dedicate the new chapter banners that were a joint purchase between the Read More..Wrington Vale Installation Meeting, December 16
Companions my apologies for the lateness of my report, early in the New Year I had a freak accident and damaged my right kidney in that it stopped working. It’s all on the mend now.
The Installation meeting was on the 12th December where D John Bennett, MEGS, was present accompanied by E Comp Derek Tadman, Prov Assistant Grand DC, and our own Peter Ansell, Prov Steward.
A ballot was taken to have MEGS join the Chapter as an honorary member which of course was successful, we are very proud to have the Grand Superintendent as a member of Wrington Read More..BIDEFORD PROVINCIAL WEEKEND
Once again the Provincial Weekend was held at the Durrant House Hotel in Bideford between 3rd and 5th February 2017. The weekend was a great success much due to the sterling efforts of E Comp Keith Fisher and his wife Margaret. The companions and wives/partners and guests mainly arrived on Friday and got themselves settled in before the evening hot or cold buffet and entertainment. Next morning after a hearty breakfast many headed off to discover the delights of Bideford, Barnstaple and the surrounding Devon countryside before returning to get changed for the main event of Dinner followed by Dancing.
Before Read More..January at Royal Cyrus
The January convocation of Royal Cyrus Chapter was honoured by the presence of Excellent Companion Maldwyn Davies, 2nd Provincial Grand Principal, accompanied by Prov. Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies John Sillett. Unfortunately the candidate who was to be exalted into the Holy Royal Arch was recovering from a short-notice medical procedure and was unable to attend. Nonetheless a demonstration of the Ceremony of Exaltation was performed with Comp Stuart Talbot acting as the candidate.
Excellent Companion Peter Bradshaw acted as Principal Sojourner and demonstrated that he had not lost any of his former skill in the office.
Following the ceremony Read More..Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra Invested
The new Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra, E Comp Tony Beaumont, was Invested at the special meeting of Chapter of Sincerity no 261, on Wednesday 11th January by E Comp D John Bennett, Most Excellent Grand Superintendent. The Provincial Team were assembled for the dedication of the Principal Banners purchased by the three Taunton Chapters. Full details of that meeting will be published shortly. E Comp Tony has taken over the post of Prov Scribe E following the resignation of E Comp Patrick Haxell.
Read More..Presentation of Tracing Board at St Keyna
At the last meeting of St. Keyna Chapter E Comp Bob Moore, Past Deputy Grand Superintendent gave an explanation of the Tracing Board and then presented it to the Chapter.
Our most recent Candidate, Comp Ewbank-Smith, was also presented with his Supreme Grand Chapter Certificate by the 3rd Provincial Grand Principal E Comp Clive Lambert.
Notice how Comp Martin is paying close attention. Good sign for the future of the Chapter.
The evening was rounded off with an excellent meal and all enjoyed the convivial company of those present.
Read More..Vale of Jehoshaphat Chapter Installation 2016
A very successful Installation meeting was held at the Vale of Jehoshaphat Chapter, Burnham on Sea. 40 companions joined the meeting and 37 dined. E Comp Matthew Jarvis was installed as first Principal, which was remarkable in its own way, having been exalted into the Chapter on 24th February 2012, starting as Principal Sojourner in that November and working his way to the Principal’s chair. Matthew is at present Junior Deacon in his mother lodge. Second Principal was E Comp Chris Perry who joined the Chapter in September 2013, having been first Principal in the Star of Gwynedd Chapter, Anglesey. Read More..TAUNTON DEANE CHAPTER no 5221
A convocation of Taunton Deane Chapter was held on Tuesday 6th of December 2017 to Exalt Bro. Peter James Prior-Sankey. Unfortunately the MEZ E. Comp. Nigel Handbury had flu and chest infection and was unable to take the ceremony Fortunately the Deputy Grand Superintendent E. Comp. Barry Woodside stepped in at less than 24 hours notice and conducted an excellent ceremony. He was ably assisted by Comp. Will Bix as Principal Sojourner and 7 other Companions presented the Symbolical Lecture under the Direction of E. Comp. Kevin Hill. E. Comp. Peter Ashby delivered the 1st part of the Mystical Lecture
Read More..Provincial Carol Service – 2016
It was a cold but dry Saturday afternoon when about 180 Companions, wives and friends gathered in The Church of St John the Baptist in Glastonbury. The ceremony was conducted by Revd David MacGeogh and he welcomed the MEGS D John Bennett and the rest of the congregation.
MEGS then said a few words of welcome and gave thanks to all that had helped in the organisation of the service and the teas after. The Choir of St Cecelia, accompanied by ladies, Read More..Brotherly Love RA Chapter 329 – Installation 17th November 2016
The Three Principals: E Comp John Pinder Z, E Comp Neil Tinkley H and E Comp Mike Nathan J, welcomed E.Comp Barry Woodside Deputy Grand Superintendent to the Chapter, accompanied by: E Comp Derek Tadman PAGDC, E Comp Brian Buckle PGStdB. & E Comp Mike Rawlings, PGStwd.
The Chapter stood to remember Comp Alan Hunt who passed to the Grand Chapter above on 27th Oct he was 94, a Past member and Treasurer of our Chapter. He is well remembered for his gentle disposition.
Item 4) The following Principals were installed in ancient custom:
E Comp Neil Tinkley as Read More..Change of Provincial Scribe E
The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent announced this week the retirement of Patrick Haxell as Provincial Scribe E. He would like to publicly record his thanks to E.Comp. Patrick. With high pressure jobs like this it is never easy to know what is involved until you actually do the job. Patrick has recognised it is not for him and he retires with all our thanks and best wishes.
With immediate effect the new Provincial Scribe E is E.Comp. Tony Beaumont, a member of Taunton Deane Chapter and Scribe E of Somerset First Principals’ Chapter. Tony takes on the new official email Read More..Provincial Appointments 2017-2018
The Executive Officers met last Saturday to discuss with The Grand Superintendent the make-up of the Provinicial Team for next year, together with the appointments and promotions to Past Provincial ranks. The following appointments for 2017-2018 were made:
Read More..Provincial Email Addresses to be used from 1st December 2016
Official Provincial Emails to be used from 1st December 2016
In line with most other Provinces, the Grand Superintendent wants Provincial Officers to have official email addresses which will be passed to new Officers when there is change in personnel.
This is a good step forward as it provides proper recording and archiving of Provincial business. In the old days of letters, copies would be kept on file and files transferred between companions when offices changed. In the present day the only record of much of our business is hidden in Read More..Provincial Orator! Explanation of the Tracing Board at 1966
On a wild wet night when Noah’s Ark would have been a better mode of transport, the Third Provincial Grand Principal, E Comp Clive Lambert, accompanied by E Comp John Smith, Prov Grand Almoner, and their driver Comp Mike Kinnersley, travelled from the Shepton Mallet area to be at Fidelity and Sincerity’s November meeting. E comp Chris Moore announced that E Comp Clive was without accompanied by various Comps of Supreme Grand Chapter and demanded admission. One of those outside was E Comp Bob Moore, Past DGS, who was to give Read More..Perpetual Friendship 135
Here we see the newly installed Principles of 135 namely E.Comp Richard Teague (Z), E.Comp. John L.Knight (H), Comp.Barrie Crow (J)
Furthermore we see Comp. James Brown being presented with his Supreme Grand Chapter Certificate exalted on the 4th April 2016 by E.Comp.Clive Lambert 3rd Provincial Grand Principle
Read More..St Luke’s Chapter receive an Explanation of the HRA Tracing Board
At the November meeting of St Luke’s Chapter, in Bath, E Comp Bob Moore visited us and gave us a talk explaining the signification of the Royal Arch Tracing Board. This was only the second occasion that Bob had given this fascinating talk. Most members would be forgiven for not knowing that there ever were tracing boards in chapters because they have fallen into disuse and the only board surviving in Somerset is in Taunton so it is something that Chapter members are not familiar with.
Read More..Visit to Devonshire’s Annual Convocation
On Saturday 19th November a number of Somerset’s senior Companions headed for Torquay. Arriving at the Riviera International Conference Centre they were soon mingling with Companions both from Devonshire and a collection of other visiting Provinces. After a dull damp start the sun was breaking through and it was soon real “Riviera” weather. Once all the members from Somerset had arrived this picture was taken. I’ve slipped into the back of this shot as I now have what might be called dual nationality being a member of Perseverance Chapter in Sidmouth and therefore a Companion in the Grand Superintendent’s (E Comp Read More..RCRAC No.41 – Installation Meeting 2016
Once the Board of Installed Principals had been opened, the Companions admitted and the Chapter opened for business, E.Comp. D. John Bennett the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset was admitted, escorted by Officers of Supreme Grand Chapter and Officers of the Provincial Grand Chapter of Somerset.
A delegation from the Royal Cyrus Chapter No.285 led by the first Principal E.Comp.Grahame Baker then presented the Somerset Sceptre, in a most splendid manner, and Read More..Royal Cyrus Installation
The Chapter was honoured by the attendance of Deputy Grand Superintendent E Comp Barry K Woodside, who was admitted in due ceremony with an escort of Provincial Officers.
MEZ, Doug Stembridge, proposed that Honorary Membership should be granted to E Comp Richard Evans. In particular he mentioned Richard’s long history and service to Masonry abroad, especially in the Far East. Comp. Tim Adams who had been introduced to Richard’s Lodge in Kuala Lumpur seconded the proposal, which was then carried unanimously by the members.
There followed the ceremony of installation, during which E. Comp Grahame Baker, E. Comp Graham Watts Read More..Eldon Chapter 1755 – Convocation: Thursday, 3rd November, 2016.
Our next Convocation will be held on Thursday, 3rd November, 2016 when we will be honoured by a visit from the Most Excellent Grand Superintendant D. John Bennett.
At this Convocation we will be carrying out an Exaltation Ceremony and our three Principals would welcome visitors as it would leave a lasting impression on our candidate.
Read More..King Alfred Installation October 2016
The 111th meeting of King Alfred Chapter began with the procession welcoming Excellent Companion Barry Woodside (Deputy Provincial Grand Superintendent), Chris Moore (PrGDC), Neil Arthur (PrGStB) and John Trowbridge (PrGStwd).
Two Principal Officers were re-elected for the ensuing year in a relatively short ceremony, Excellent Companion Tony Wilsher-Day as MEZ; Excellent Companion Jeremy Thomas as H; and Excellent Companion Sandy Glen was inducted as J.
The Deputy Provincial Grand Superintendent then presented a Grand Chapter Certificate to Companion Glen Saunders with a very interesting presentation.
During the risings, the Deputy Provincial Grand SuperintenRead More..King Alfred Chapter History
The genesis of King Alfred Chapter began in January 1988 when the Grand Superintendent, Ex Comp T A Hughes (pictured) requested that serious consideration be given to forming a second Chapter in Weston-super-Mare. There were a number of Royal Arch Companions attending Craft Lodges in WSM who were not members of Inkerman Chapter and who might have been interested in joining a new Chapter.
In January 1988 Ex Comp E.C.Bates circulated all the Lodges that met in WSM to gauge the response to a formation of a new Chapter.
Read More..Holy Royal Arch Tracing Board
In an attempt to standardise the design of lodge tracing boards the Duke of Sussex, the first Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England and the Past Grand Master of the Moderns, commissioned the artist John Harris to harmonise the tracing boards by creating an official model for each degree including the Holy Royal Arch, a degree within the Moderns that had been controlled by the Craft up until 1817. John Harris, (1791-1873) came from an artistic family and was a painter of miniatures and an architectural draughtsman. He was Read More..St. Keyna Chapter October 2016
St. Keyna Chapter were honoured with the presence of, not one, but two MEGS at their October meeting. The candidate for exaltation, Bro. Martin Ewbank-Smith, had no idea that someone that he went to Infants, Primary and Grammar school with was going to be present to surprise him.
The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Dorset, Ex Comp Graham Lazier came to witness his old school friend being exalted into the Supreme Degree. To balance things up our own Most Excellent Grand Superintendent also attended. They were treated to an excellent ceremony which was well performed by all Read More..MEGS acts as guest Z at September meeting of Avalon …… and comes up with a surprise
Our MEGS attended the September meeting (as an Honorary Member of the Chapter), having volunteered to step in for our Z – Excellent Companion Charles Grisdale – and carried out the ceremony of Exaltation with all our regular officers in their places. The exaltee was the WM of Pilgrims Lodge (Number 772), who felt honoured to have been at the receiving end on such a special occasion.
A Sombre Tale of Epicurean Anticipation Mercilessly Dashed upon the Unforgiving Rocks of Fate’s Ocean
But, I’m getting ahead of myself – let’s start at the beginning…….
The Installations meeting of Quantock Chapter took place on 20th September. The ceremony went well and appeared to be enjoyed by all. Maldwyn Davies, 2nd Provincial Grand Principal and Adrian Halliwell, Provincial Deputy Director of Ceremony (and also the Provincial Liaison Officer, and therefore my boss as Quantock’s Liasion Officer) were in attendance.
Our three Principals for the year were expertly Inducted, they are – – – – – – – – – – > > > > > >
Read More..Ceremony of the Veils
The basis of the current Royal Arch ceremonies worked in England was established and agreed by Supreme Grand Chapter in 1834. There is some evidence that before those changes the ceremony of Passing the Veils was practised as a preliminary to the Exaltation ceremony. This was particularly true in Lodges under the former Antients Grand Lodge which worked the Royal Arch ceremony within the Craft Lodge, but there is little evidence of it being worked in Chapters under the original Excellent Grand and Royal Chapter.
Today in England the ceremony is solely authorised for use in Chapters in Bristol but it is still very much part of the Read More..Provincial Team Visit to Vale of Jehoshaphat Chapter
The evening started early at 4:30 for the Provincial Team who were to perform the Ceremony of the Veils. This was the first Team Visit of the current Masonic Year and was a special evening for 291 Chapter, more later.
The Chapter was opened in due form by E Comp David Smith, MEZ, and the first item of the Agenda was the passing to the Grand Chapter above of E Comp Tom E Smith, PPGSoj (Surrey) on 26th July. The eulogy was given and Companions stood to order in respect of departed merit. Once the minutes of the previous Read More..Inkerman Installation Ceremony 26th September 2016
Inkerman Chapter No 1222 held their Installation Convocation on Monday 26th September 2016 when they were honoured by the presence of E Comp Maldwyn Davies, 2nd Provincial Grand Principal for Somerset, accompanied by E Comp Adrian Halliwell, Provincial Dupty Grand Director of Ceremonies.
Pictured are E Comps Harry Blinston (H), Maldwyn Davies, 2ndProvGP, George Clitherow (Z), Adrian Halliwell ProvDGDC, Andrew Heathcotte (J). & In the corner Ex Comps Ian Pickett Asst ProvGDC for Somerset
Read More..Companion Mick Collins Presented with his Grand Chapter Certificate
Companion Mick Collins, Receiving his Grand Chapter Certificate From Excellent Companion Maldwyn Davies, Second Provincial Grand Principal
Read More..Special Presentation at 1966 Installation
On a rather dismal and wet September evening the Chapter gathered for its Installation where we were honoured by the presence of MEGS D John Bennett, accompanied by E Comps Chris Moore, PrDGC, Brian Buttle, PrGStdB, and John Trowbridge , PrGSteward. The Chapter was opened and MEGS was admitted and proffered the Sceptre, which he promptly returned. E Comp Keith Smith, Z and Almoner, read a Eulogy for E Comp Phil Coles who had passed to the Grand Chapter above recently.
There followed the usual Agenda Items and then the important Installation/Induction of the three Principals. E Comp Keith Smith Read More..Somerset 1st Principals Installation, Sept 2016
A rather warm evening in Bridgwater was the setting for the Installation Meeting with not quite the full-house that we usually have. The Chapter was opened and business dealt with quite speedily, visiting members of Dorset and Gloucester and Hereford 1st Principals were welcomed as well as Somerset Principals.
A ballot was taken for two Honorary Members, Bob Biggs and Joe Hawkins and for three Joining Members, all carried.
MEGS then proposed the adoption of the design for a Chapter Banner which again approved and will be Dedicated at the June Meeting in Taunton. E Comp Bob Moore (Z) then Read More..Connaught Chapter’s Annual Walk 2016
The day of Sunday July 3rd dawned bright and dry. Just the right conditions for the annual walk and lunch. At 11:30,the 18 brave souls set off at a gentle pace on the 3 mile walk starting from the Masonic Hall and arriving back at around 12:30 to meet up with the non-walkers.
The group of 23, members, wives, girlfriends and guests sat down to a fine two course lunch, cooked for us by our own E. Comp. Tony Cooper and his very talented wife, Diane.
This is the fourth year the walk has taken place, and looks Read More..New Provincial Website for Somerset
E Comp Bob Moore has been working tirelessly for the past six months or so in setting up the new Provincial Website. The site has been designed by WebCreationUK, which is based in Trowbridge. The designer is a chap called Darpan, who Bob believes is based in India, has been brilliant – always ready to make changes and to try out suggestions. The result is a co-operative venture between him and Bob Moore, the now Provincial Webmaster, in terms of its design Read More..Calderley Chapter of Union, September Convocation 2016
- The chapter was held at its home of Burnham-on-sea on a pleasant evening though a bit warm, with a goodly number of Liaison Officers in attendance. The three Principals opened the Chapter and undertook the routine workings including: balloting for two Honorary and four Joining Members; proclaiming the Principals and Treasurer Elect, who all responded to this, though E Comp Keith Fisher raised a smile among those present, before handing over the sceptre to MEGS John Bennett who greeted four visitors from Hampshire and Isle of Wight and the CLOs.
There followed some very interesting announcements starting with the Read More..
Calderley Chapter of Union
Attended a very good, informative meeting last night where the new Provincial website was launched and the design of the Calderley chapter banner was agreed.
The Calderley chapter liaison officer is to be invested with a collarette which should be worn at meetings within own chapter and at the meal afterwards. The thinking behind this move is so that chapter members know who their liaison officer is and therefore who to go to with ideas or questions.
It was also confirmed that the liaison officer need not be a past sovereign but the main qualifications are that he should be Read More..CHAPTER MARINE No 232 May 2016 Meeting
CHAPTER MARINE May 2016
The regular May meeting of Chapter Marine was held at the Masonc Hall Clevedon on the 10th of May. It was attended by 12 members and 4 visitors. The Chapter was opened at 18:30 by the 3 Principals.
We had no candidate for exhaltation on this occasion but we received a very interesting lecture by E.Comp Ray Beckingham entitled ‘The Ensigns of the HRA”
From this I believe we all learnt Read More..Taunton Deane Chapter no 5221, September Convocation
At the September convocation of Taunton Deane Chapter the Chapter was honoured by the presence of E. Comp. Maldwyn T. Davies, 2nd Provincial Grand Principal. The ballot proved in favour of Bro. Paul David Handbury and his father E. Comp. Nigel Handbury exalted his son into the Chapter, ably assisted by the Principal Sojourner Comp. Will Bix and E. Comp. Peter Ashby who delivered the traditional Mystical Lecture in full. After the ceremony the companions enjoyed a supper of roast lamb and vegetables followed by blackberry and apple crumble. The photograph shows Read More..THE NATURE AND PRINCIPLES OF ROYAL ARCH MASONRY
E.Comp K Harry Barnes JP, PGSupt for Dorset
Consecration of the Calderley Chapter of Union No. 906
Thursday 7th April 2011
In order to address the nature and principles of Royal Arch Masonry, one first needs to review the degree and its evolution from the early developments of the Hiramic degree. As is the case for all forms, orders and degrees in Freemasonry, the Holy Royal Arch has no specific date of
birth as such.
At times it has been strongly and widely held that the original Third Degree of the Craft was ‘mutilated’ to provide Read More..Calderley Chapter of Union, No 906 – Consecration Minutes
Calderley Chapter of Union No 906
The Consecration meeting of the Calderley Chapter of Union No 906 was held on Thursday 7th April 2011 at the Webbington Hotel and Spa, Loxton, Nr Axbridge, Somerset. BS26 2HU.
Founders, Excellent Companions and Companions assembled in the Crook Room. Distinguished Guests and Grand Officers processed into the room.
The Consecration team paraded into the room and the Chapter was opened, in Ancient and Solemn form and for the first time, at 3.15 pm by:
E Comp Denis Calderley the Most Excellent Past Grand Superintendent of Somerset – First Read More..Training for the 21st Century (part 2)
The last three sessions of the Calderley Liaison Officers Training Seminars were held on 24th August with the usual trio of tutors/sorter outers of E Comps Bob Moore, Chris Moore and Adrian Halliwell took place at the Webbington Hotel and Spar.
The day seemed to fly by with the help of very enthusiastic and enquiring attendees. Sometimes the ideas brought up would encourage the improvement of the website in the not too distant future.
This was the final tutorial before the official launch of the new Provincial Website, due to take place at the Calderley Chapter of Union Convocation on 5th Read More..History of Avalon Chapter
A Brief History of the First 140 years of Avalon Chapter No. 446.
The first recorded intimation that a Royal Arch Chapter be formed in Wells was on September 2nd 1875 when the Worshipful Master of Benevolent Lodge No. 446 of Wells W.Bro. Alfred Thrale Perkins put forward the idea of forming a Royal Arch Chapter. It was agreed, and a Petition was presented to the Supreme Royal Arch Chapter that a Chapter to be known as ‘The Benevolent Chapter’ would meet at the Town Hall of Wells on the third Tuesday of January, February, July, and October, and nominated
Read More..Taunton Deane Chapter no 5221
The 3 Principals of Taunton Deane Chapter have had the summer to recover from the Installation Meeting and the Annual Provincial Convocation, they have dusted down their robes of office and are preparing to Exalt Bro. Paul Handbury, the son of E. Comp. Nigel 1st Principal of the Chapter on Friday 2nd September.
E. Comp. Maldwyn Davies 2nd Provincial Grand Principal will be in attendance (a night off from being DC).
On a personal note thank you to those involved Read More..Commemorative Banner
This image shows the Commemorative banner which was presented to the Chapter by the MEGS at the Especial Provincial Convocation which was held on 9th October, 2015. The banner acknowledges the role played by Avalon Chapter in the founding of Provincial Grand Chapter (along with a small number of other Chapters) and is to be displayed at all our meetings.
Read More..Last meeting in Wells
THE END OF AN ERA – THE FUTURE’S MUCH CLEARER
The rosy-fingered dawn peeped through a gap in the curtains and as I awoke I realised that that the big day had finally arrived. It was Tuesday 17th November, 2015, and it was a big day because it was the last time my Chapter – Avalon, No. 446 – would be meeting in the precincts of the beautiful cathedral at Wells. We had been given plenty of notice and asked to leave because our Chapter rooms were required for cathedral storage.
The occasion was both sad and important. Sad because Read More..Somerset 1st Principals June Meeting, 2016
Minehead is not the easiest place to visit on a Friday afternoon, but M5 traffic didn’t deter a good number of members turning out for the 17th June meeting held by Dispensation at Minehead – only the second time this has happened in its history. According to one long-standing member – “this will now be a tradition of the Chapter”!
The Principals welcomed visitors to the Chapter, including, for the first time, the Worshipful Master of the Somerset Installed Masters Lodge, W Bro Paul Cooper. We hope the link between the Lodge and Chapter will be made stronger by continued Read More..Training for the 21st Century
9th August 2016 Chapter Liaison Officer training on new Provincial webpage at the Webbington Hotel and Spa.
The New Provincial Chapter Website is a real whizz…once you have had the training! A small group of Chapter Liaison Officers met for the first tranche of training on maintaining the new website and looking at the potential of the new Provincial Chapter web system.
It’s great, the Liaison Officers helped and supported one another in their learning, well led by Bob Moore, Adrian Halliwell and Chris Moore. We also had super coffee to fuel the learning!
Read More..Chapter of Fidelity and Sincerity 1966 – MEGS’ visit in February
The Chapter was honoured by the attendance of MEGS E Comp D John Bennett accompanied by E Comp Mervyn Small, PrDDC. On his entrance he was presented with the Sceptre which was gracefully received and promptly returned to E Comp Keith Smith, Z.
A vote was then taken for Bro Malcolm South to be Exalted into the Chapter, which was duly carried. Malcolm is currently the Junior Warden of the Lodge of Fidelity and Sincerity.
There followed a demonstration of the Historical and Symbolical Lectures by J, E Comp Peter Chidzey, assisted by other companions and H, E Comp John Read More..New Provincial Stewards’ Badges
Since 2008 the Provincial Grand Stewards appointed in the Provincial Grand Chapter of Somerset have on their appointment been presented with a Lapel Pin. It is hoped that this Lapel Pin would be a permanent reminder to all Companions that the wearer had held the very important office of Provincial Grand Steward. Several Senior Officers within Provincial Grand Chapter wear their Stewards Lapel Pin with pride.
The supply of Lapel Pins that we had have now all been used up and due to the fact that they were of a Triangular Read More..Terry Wood stands down at St George
At the Installation meeting of the Chapter of St George no 3158, held in May 1995, E Comp Terry Wood was installed as the DC. He had held this office continuously for 20 years but decided to stand down this year.
He was thanked and praised for his service to the Chapter by the immediate past and current Z of the Lodge and the Second Provincial Grand Principal, E Comp Barry K Woodside. It was said that E Comp Terry was known for his enthusiasm in ensuring the smooth running of ceremonies in the Chapter during this period – in Read More..A Unique Meeting at Yatton
On 9th May 1966 the current Grand Superintendent of Somerset, E Comp John Bennett, was Exalted into Wrington Vale Chapter. Exactly 50 years later Wrington Vale had another regular meeting scheduled for 9th May. It was agreed that this meeting should be given over to a celebration of the anniversary.
Come the meeting everything proceeded in a most unprecedented manner. At the outset Chapter members and ordinary visiting Companions gathered in the Temple. The Chapter Principals performed the opening, approved the minutes of the previous meeting, advised those present of the death of E Comp Henry Collins (a full obituary Read More..Vale of Jehoshaphat Chapter Charity Steward hard at work
Bro. Tony Saunter, Tynte Lodge, Bridgwater and Vale of Jehoshaphat Chapter Burnham-on-Sea, held a summer evening barbeque in his garden in July in aid of 3 charities. Lots of hard work by all the family ensured the success of this day. Tony, who works in the butchery trade was able to obtain the meat at a reasonable price! After the food the guests were entertained by a live group. The evening realised the grand total of £1,700 which will be divided equally between, St Margaret’s Hospice, Children’s Hospice SW and the Princes Trust Bridgwater. Thank you the Saunters for all Read More..Year’s Progress at Tyntesfield
At our meeting on Thursday, 10 September 2015 we installed the following Companions, in the presence of the Provincial Grand Superintendent:-
Ex Comp Alan McMurray as “Z” – Ex Comp John Mansell as “H” – Ex Comp Mark Burton as “J”.
The Chapter has had a very successful year, with three new members being Exalted, and good attendance from both members and visitors at these meetings.
Our annual Sunday Lunch in February was an especially enjoyable event, thanks to the efforts (or is that magnetism ?) of our first principal, as we filled the dining room at Nailsea to Read More..Annual Provincial Convocation Part 2 – at Taunton Deane Chapter
As a result of the 3rd Provincial Grand Principal of Cornwall being taken ill at the Annual Convocation at The Webbington Hotel & Spa on Thursday 19th May 2016, causing a delay of about one hour in the proceedings, it was decided to defer the installation of E Comp Barry Woodside as Deputy Grand Superintendent, the installation of E Comp Maldwyn Davies as 2nd Provincial Grand Principal and E Comp Clive Lambert as 3rd Provincial Grand Principal.
The decision as to where and when these installations would take place was not a difficult one as the obvious choice was Taunton Read More..St Luke’s Chapter do a Double
This year, St Luke’s Chapter in Bath, have been conferred the honour of having the Especial Convocation –
celebrating two hundred and fifty years of autonomous Royal Arch Masonry in Somerset – held under their banner on March 18th. This means that we will be holding a very brief opening and closing and moving on to the celebratory meal which has been organised by our Provincial Third Principal, E Comp Ray Beckingham, at the Bath Hilton. The down side means that we will have to forego a meeting and unusually we have had two candidates to Exalt.
The obvious Read More..50 Year Certificate in Royal Sussex
Victor John Henry Oliver was Exalted into Royal Sussex Chapter on the 16th April 1962. He had been made 1st Principal of the Chapter in 1975. In 1978 he was appointed Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies. From 1988 to 2004 he served as the Chapter’s Treasurer also from 1998 to 2008 he covered the post of Almoner. Province promoted him to Past Provincial Grand Registrar in 1990. In 2006 he had served another year as Treasurer. Mervyn Small and I visited him to present his 50 year certificate as is shown in this picture.
Read More..Royal Cyrus have a talk on Masonic Words
At the Chapter’s January meeting the esteemed Director of Ceremonies E Comp Paul Davis, accompanied by E Comp Martin Honour, gave a talk on the origins and meaning of the words and phrases used in the Royal Arch Ceremonies. Those attending were all totally enthralled, and learnt so much about the ceremonies we have used for so long without really understanding the full meaning of the “words” etc., used. If any of the Chapters in Somerset are short of a Ceremony or would like to do something different, invite E Comp Paul & E Comp Martin to come and give Read More..Provincial Team at Watchet
In the spell of glorious sunny weather that mid April had produced the members of the 2014/5 Provincial Team gathered for the last Official Visit of their tenure in office. This time it was at Watchet to perform an Exaltation for the Quantock Chapter. For once, those from the farthest west parts of the Province had a short trip to get there while the rest were reminded of how distant and remote this Temple could seem. This was especially so for those who hit major road works that stopped them taking exactly the route they had planned.
However, all those Read More..Provincial Team at Bridgwater
On the 1st February the Provincial Team visited Perpetual Friendship Chapter at Bridgwater where they exalted Companion Paul Moate.
Here we see the E Comps Barry Woodside 2ndPrGP, Richard Teague H, Bob Moore DGS, Mark Bajona MEZ, John Bennett MEGS, John Knight J and Chris Moore 3rdPrGP
There were 55 who attended and 50 sat down to dine on Mushroom soup, Pork with apple stuffing and seasonal vegetables, Bread and butter pudding or treacle pudding with custard finishing with Biscuits and cheese.
In this picture are the Provincial Team Sojourners along with the Exaltee.
While Scotland and the North of Read More..Parrett & Axe Chapter No.814 Donations
The Charity Steward of the Parrett & Axe Chapter No.814, who meet at Crewkerne, identified that they had accumulated monies in the Charity account and the Companions decided that they would like to support the Somerset Levels appeal, the Royal College of Surgeons Provincial Chapter appeal and the Musgrove hospital Beacon Cancer Centre. This year Somerset is hosting the 2014 Masonic Annual Charity Event (MACE)
This event is being supported by Nineteen Provinces, from as far afield as Lancashire and Cornwall which will take part in this prestigious bowls competition. Each year the home province nominate a charity and Somerset Read More..King Alfred’s first Candidate of 2016
The March meeting of King Alfred Chapter had to be brought forward owing to its normal meeting day coinciding with Easter Monday. This meant that several officers were unable to attend due to other commitments which, coupled with others suffering illness, meant that plans for the gathering suffered a series of incremental revisions. The final one of these having to be made once the meeting had actually started. However, those members in attendance rallied round to ensure the main item of the evening, the Exaltation of Bro Garry Davies, was to be of excellent quality.
Here we see E Comps Read More..Quadripartite Gathering at Inkerman Chapter
Monday 27th January saw Companions from Wiltshire, Dorset and Hampshire & Isle of Wight, as well as Somerset, heading for Weston-super-Mare, not to get to the beach but to gather at Inkerman Chapter’s meeting. The Provincial Teams from each of these Chapters were gathering for a social evening and were all going to sit back and watch the Chapter Officers perform an Exaltation.
At the appointed hour the Chapter Principals entered the Temple, opened the Chapter and dealt with the initial business. This completed the presence of the Provincial DC outside the door was reported. He was received into the Read More..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 Read More..Connaught Chapter Installation
On the 11th March Malcolm Beard and I made the long trip up from East Devon to Midsomer Norton to attend Connaught Chapter’s Installation Meeting. Arriving from a totally different direction from those I’d travelled previously we took a random left turn on reaching the town centre. Almost immediately I spotted the church, so knew we were almost there. We parked up and entered the building with plenty of time to spare. We were readily greeted by members we hadn’t seen for a while. Connaught cordiality was still in free flow.
Gradually numbers steadily grew and soon the Chapter Officers Read More..Chapter Marine No 232 May Meeting
The regular May Meeting of Chapter Marine No 232, which was held at Clevedon Masonic Hall on Tuesday 12th of May 2015, was attended by 12 members and 14 visitors and was honoured by the attendance of The M. E. Grand Superintendent accompanied a number of Provincial Officers.
The Chapter was opened at 6:00 pm by the three Principals; E. Comp Peter Harris (Z), unfortunately E. Comp Andrew Wade (Second Principal) was unable to attend, his chair was occupied by E. Comp Richard Reeve and E. Comp Steven Wilson (J). MEGS was welcomed by the Principals and E Comp Peter Harris offered Read More..Calderley Installation Meeting
On 7th March Senior Companions from around the Province, as well as those Communication Officers who would, gathered at Clevedon for the Chapter’s Installation Meeting. The meeting was opened by E Comp Terry Wood the outgoing, in several senses of the word, MEZ. After the initial items had been attended to E Comp John Sillett DPrGDC entered and announced the presence of E Comp John Bennett MEGS. He was immediately received into the Temple accompanied by E Comp Chris Moore, 3rd ProvGPrin., warmly greeted and returned the Sceptre but with the proviso that he would take it again later.
Then Read More..Chapter of Brotherly Love No 329
On 26th February the Chapter met for its first Exaltation meeting since the Installation of the new principals. The Official Visitor was E Comp Bob Moore, Deputy Grand Superintendent, who was accompanied by a number of Provincial Officers.
In this picture are E Comps John Pinder H, Bob Moore DGS, Clive Barlow MEZ and Neil Tinkley J.
The main business of the evening was the Exaltation of Arthur Redshaw who as well as being an experienced Freemason proved to be an excellent candidate. Companions present enjoyed a very good ceremony and a convivial evening. The picture shows Comp Read More..Adair Chapter Sunday Lunch
The weather on Sunday 3rd April 2016 was decidedly chilly but the atmosphere at The Clevedon Masonic Hall was certainly different as Companions, Ladies and Friends assembled for a Sunday Lunch. Although Lunch was not due to be served until 1.30pm shortly after Midday most guests had arrived to be welcomed by the 1st Principal of Adair Chapter E Comp Darrell Hinder.
The Lunch was served by Zena’s Catering and was superb, both in quality and quantity.
Following Lunch a Raffle was held and this raised a great deal of money for the 1st Principals Designated Charity for Leukaemia Research. Read More..Grand Superintendent’s Address to Provincial Grand Chapter
Companions, I have already welcomed, earlier this afternoon, our Distinguished Guests & Visitors and I now extend that welcome to you all and I thank you for your attendance.
What a wonderful year we had in 2015 when we celebrated our 250th Anniversary and I am very grateful for the wonderful support that I received from the 2015/2016 Provincial Officers during the last 12 months I would particularly thank my Deputy Grand Superintendent and my 2nd and 3rd Provincial Grand Principals. The Provincial Read More..Provincial Team visit Minehead
On 23rd March the Provincial Team gathered in the far west of the Province for what was to be a busy meeting at Exmoor Chapter.
It was an opportunity for the Grand Superintendent, E Comp John Bennett, to present E Comp John Lendon PPrGReg with a Certificate to mark his 50 years in the Royal Arch.
The presence of the Grand Superintendent also proved an ideal opportunity for the Chapter to present a cheque for his Provincial Charity directly to him. This was done by E Comp Chris Moore who is currently the 3rd Provincial Grand Principal as well as Read More..Denis Calderleys 50th
E Comp Denis Calderley Past Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset was presented with his 50 year Veteran Certificate by the ME Grand Superintendent D John Bennett at a meeting of the Royal Cumberland Chapter No. 41 Bath on Tuesday 19th April.
The occasion was supported by the Provincial Team, nearly 70 Companions including 14 Officers of Supreme Grand Chapter and Heads of Orders. It was a splendid evening full of history and humour with Denis enjoying the moment in his light-hearted yet thoughtful customary manner.
It is a milestone in any Masonic career but in this Read More..Cumberland Robes
The photo shows Excellent Companions from Left to Right: Richard Cooper (Haggai), Barry Woodside (2nd Provincial Grand Principal), R Granville Mason (Zerubbabel), D John Bennett (Grand Superintendent), Roger Karn (Joshua), Chris Moore (3rd Provincial Grand Principal)
Tuesday 19th April at the Masonic Hall, Bath the Royal Cumberland Chapter No. 41 were presented with new replacement Principals robes by D John Bennett MEGS. The evening was enhanced with members of the Provincial Team and a dedication ceremony was performed with ritual and dignity, fitting of a grand occasion.
The previous robes were in excess of 60 years old, records show them Read More..Inkerman Chapter Present The Somerset Sceptre to Marine Chapter 5th May 2016
Inkerman Principals Present the Somerset Sceptre to Marine Chapter
Pictured – Principals of the Chapters, Excellent Companions – Harry Blinston (J), A Wade (H), P Harris (Z), S Wilson (J), Alan Perks (Z), George Clitherow
Inkerman Support Team Enjoying themselves as usual
Andy Clapp (DC), Toby Hammond (ScrE), Patrick Norman Morrissey, Jon Harrop (Std), Julian Brown (2nd Asst SJr, Doug Warmsley, Desmond Hammond, Ian Pickett (IPZ) & Behind the camera Brian Horn
Read More..RCRAC No.41 and the Somerset Provincial Founding Chapters Fraternal Meeting – 2016
The Founding Chapters of the Province of Somerset met at the Inkerman Chapter No.1222 in Weston-super-Mare on 25th April, however only 7 of the 8 were present:
Royal Cumberland No.41, formed 1782 and meet in Bath,
Vale of Jehoshaphat Chapter No.291, formed 1793 and meet in Burnham,
Royal Read More..
Chapter of Fidelity and Sincerity, no 1966, bids farewell to the Deputy GS, 18 th April 2016
At the April Convocation the Chapter was honoured by the presence of E Comp Robert (Bob) H Moore, Deputy Grand Superintendent accompanied by E Comp Ian Barrie, PrGDC. The MEZ, E Comp Keith Smith, welcomed E Comp Bob and proffered the Sceptre which was graciously returned. The ceremony then commenced with the Minutes of the February meeting were adopted and Scribe E, E Comp Jim Nicol read out letters from MEGS, D John Bennett, and Mervyn Small PrDGDC thanking the Chapter for their warm welcome and interesting evening that was had at the February meeting.
Then followed the main event Read More..RCRAC No.41 – April Meeting 2016
At our April meeting the Chapter was honoured by the presence of E.Comp. D. John Bennett the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset. He was accompanied by the Deputy Grand Superintendent, the 2nd & 3rd Provincial Grand Principals, 14 Officers of Supreme Grand Chapter and 16 active Officers of Provincial Grand Chapter.
Read More..Calderley Installation Meeting
On 7th March Senior Companions from around the Province, as well as those Communication Officers who could, gathered at Clevedon for the Chapter’s Installation Meeting. The meeting was opened by E Comp Terry Wood the outgoing, in several senses of the word, MEZ. After the initial items had been attended to E Comp John Sillett DPrGDC entered and announced the presence of E Comp John Bennett MEGS. He was immediately received into the Temple accompanied by E Comp Chris Moore, 3rd ProvGPrin., warmly greeted and returned the Sceptre but with the proviso that he would take it again later.
Then Read More..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 Read More..Adair Chapter Sunday Lunch
The weather on Sunday 3rd April 2016 was decidedly chilly but the atmosphere at The Clevedon Masonic Hall was certainly different as Companions, Ladies and Friends assembled for a Sunday Lunch. Although Lunch was not due to be served until 1.30pm shortly after Midday most guests had arrived to be welcomed by the 1st Principal of Adair Chapter EComp Darrell Hinder.
The Lunch was served by Zena’s Catering and was superb, both in quality and quantity.
Following Lunch a Raffle was held and this raised a great deal of money for the 1st Principals Designated Charity for Leukaemia Research. The Read More..RCRAC No.41 – March 2016 Meeting
At our March meeting the Chapter was honoured by the presence of E.Comp. Christopher Moore the 3rd ProvinciaRead More..Chapter of Fidelity and Sincerity 1966 – MEGS’ visit in February
The Chapter was and honoured by the attendance of MEGS E Comp D John Bennett accompanied by E Comp Mervyn Small, PrDDC. On his entrance he was presented with the Sceptre which was gracefully received and promptly returned to E Comp Keith Smith, Z.
A vote was then taken for Bro Malcolm South to be Exalted into the Chapter, which was duly carried. Malcolm is currently the Junior Warden of the Lodge of Fidelity and Sincerity.
There followed a demonstration of the Historical and Symbolical Lectures by J, E Comp Peter Chidzey, assisted by other Read More..Installation at Fidelity and Sincerity No 1966, Monday 21st September 2015
A very pleasant evening was had at the Masonic Hall in Wellington when E Comp Chris Moore, 3rd Provincial Grand Principal attended for his first Installation in that office, attended by E Comp John Sillett, PrDGDC. Later at the festive board Chris was happy to say that he was no longer a ‘virgin’, much to the amusement of the companions, and had actually asked to attend this convocation!
The Installation of the three Principals went ahead with E Comp Keith Smith taking the office of Z, E Comp John Brown as H and E Comp Peter Chidzey as J, who Read More..St Keyna’s Installation Meeting
On 14th May, St. Keyna Chapter held their Installation at Keynsham. The evening began with the procession for the Deputy Grand Superintendent, E Comp R H Moore. The evening was very enjoyable and the ceremony was carried out with much reverence and ceremony.
The three incoming principals, E Comp’s Mark Saunders 1st Principal, Bill Parks 2nd Principal and Derrick Griffin as 3rd Principal were invested and obligated and they then Invested their Officers.
Congratulations were expressed to those receiving appointments and promotions at the Annual Provincial Convocation that would be held shortly. They were E.Comp Haxell – Provincial Assistant Grand Read More..Inkerman Chapter Regular Exaltation of New Companion Gordon Vinnicombe 26th Jan 2015
Inkerman Chapter No 1222 held a Regular Exaltation Monday 26th January 2015 when we were honoured by the presence of E Comp ray F Beckingham Provincial 3rd Grand principal, accompanied by E Comp P H Chedzey, Asst Grand Director of Ceremonies.
Pictured are Comp Harry Blinston PS, Ex Comps Alan Perks (H), Comp Gordon Vinnicombe, Ex Comp P H Chedzey Asst GDC, Ex Comp Paul Gould (Z), Ex Comp Ray Beckingham Pro3rdGP, Ex Comp Brian Horn (Stand in J).
Read More..Inkerman Chapter Presentation of Grand Chapter Certificates to Comp Paul McAdam & Terry Porter 24th Nov 2014
Inkerman Chapter Was honoured to have Ex Comp Robert H Moore Deputy Grand Superintendent of Somerset The Chapter Appreciates his assistance in presenting the Grand Chapter Certificates to Comps Paul McAdams & Terry Porter
Read More..Inkerman Chapter Regular Exaltation of New Companion Criag Williams 24th Nov 2014
Inkerman Chapter No 1222 held a Regular Exaltation Monday 24th November 2014 when we were honoured by the presence of E Comp Robert H Moore, Deputy Grand Superintendant for Somerset, accompanied by E Comp P H Chedzey, Asst Grand Director of Ceremonies.
Pictured are E Comps R H Moore DGS, Alan Perks (H), Comp Craig Williams, Paul Gould (Z), Harry Blinston PS, George Clitherow (J). Ray Beckingham
Ex Comp Robert H Moore Present New Read More..Installation at Fidelity and Sincerity No 1966, Monday 15th September 2014
A great evening was had by all with E Comp Bob Moore, Deputy Grand Superintendent, officiating. E Comp Bob was assisted by E Comp Kieran Hughes, Prov ADC and E Comp Chris Webb, Prov StdB. He was processed in and welcomed by E Comp Keith Colman, Z, and offered the Sceptre which he handed back very quickly!
The Installation of the three Principals went ahead with E Comp Keith Kerslake as Z, E Comp Keith Smith as H and Comp John Brown as J. At last there are only two Keiths to sort out for the DC! E Comp Keith Read More..First Principal’s Annual Dinner
The ever popular Annual Summer Dinner of the Somerset First Principals Chapter No. 3746 took place on Friday 11th July 2014 at the picturesque Wedmore Golf Club.
On arrival Companion’s & their ladies were greeted by our Grand Superintendent D. John Bennett accompanied by his Deputy Bob Moore together with their ladies, Jenny & Val. To complete this distinguished welcoming committee, Second & Third Provincial Grand Principals Barry Woodside & Ray Beckingham together accompanied by their ladies Peggy & Chris made the set!
Read More..Provincial Team visit Eldon Chapter Nov 2013
On the 7th November the Provincial Team congregated in Clevedon. The Province was making a visit to Eldon Chapter as part of their work for the current season. Unfortunately, the 2nd Provincial Grand Principal was unable to attend as he was indisposed following a recent operation. Accordingly the Deputy Grand Superintendent stepped in to cover the role he had filled so well over several previous years.
Left to right are E Comps Geoff Lester (H), Bob Moore (DGSupt), Martyn Appleton (MEZ), Clive Hennessy (3rdPrGPrin), John Bennett (MEGSupt) and Mike Wilson (J).
At the anointed hour the Chapter Principals opened the Read More..The Abbey Chapter Installation
Abbey Chapter held their Installation Convocation on Friday, 8th November 2013, when they were honoured by the presence of E Comp Clive Hennessy, 3rd Provincial Grand Principal, accompanied by E Comp Terry Hayes, Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies.
Pictured are E Comps Richard Snelgrove (H), Clive Hennessy, 3rdProvGP, Paul Giblin (Z), & Brian Saunders (J).
The Chapter Director of Ceremonies was taken ill on the day of the Convocation, which caused more than slight concern, especially as the Chapter do not have an ADC. All was saved, however, when the 3rd ProvGP pointed out that he was accompanied by Read More..RCRAC No.41 – February 2012 Meeting
Tuesday 21st February saw Companions gathering in Bath for Royal Cumberland’s regular meeting. Whilst they did not have an Exaltee for this meeting it was to be a rather special gathering. The Grand Superintendent, E Comp John Bennett, was visiting the Chapter and at the start of the meeting had the privilege and pleasure of presenting a 60th anniversary certificate to E Comp Douglas Burford. Before the actual presentation the Grand Superintendent gave a talk about Douglas’ Masonic career. Rather than try to pick the more important bones out of this the talk is included here in its entirety.
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