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.

backMEZ 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 Somerset, into the Chapter where he was greeted by MEZ and proffered the Sceptre, which on this occasion he accepted. The Provincial Team took up their respective offices and the ceremony was commenced. Comp Bernie Couzens acted as the Candidate and the ceremony progressed. As this was a demonstration the candidate was not hoodwinked and lights were left on.
The Provincial Grand Principles, J and H, took their respective parts and Deputy Grand Superintendent, E Comp Barry Woodside read the prayers and information given to the candidate when he was outside the door of the Chapter.

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The Sojourners with the Candidate

The Symbolical and Mystical Lectures were given, the former in the Catechistical format and the later in three parts by E Comps Alan Holton, Chris Moore and Bob Moore.

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MEGS returns Sceptre to MEZ Richard Ellis
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Provincial Grand Principals and Principals of Royal Sussex: E Comps Barry Woodside, Maldwyn Davies, Alan Jones, Richard Ellis, John Bennett, Clive Lambert and Frank Silver
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Provincial Grand Principals with Comp Bernie Couzens, volunteer Candidate

At the completion of demonstration MEGS thanked Comp Barrie for acting as the candidate and, as is customary by MEGS, presented Barrie with a lapel badge and cuff-links. MEGS then asked for the Officers of the Chapter to be returned to their respective chairs and thanked E Comp Richard Ellis for allowing the Team to conduct the ceremony.

The Provincial Team then retired from the Chapter leaving the members of Royal Sussex to complete the Risings and Closing the Chapter.

Everyone then retired upstairs for a very enjoyable Mini Fish and Chips Starter, followed by Chicken Curry and finishing off with a very tasty Cheese Board.

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Enjoying the Festive Board – Cheers