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.
The purpose of the visit was twofold:
a) to Dedicate the Chapters new Robes, and
b) to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Exaltation of E.Comp. Denis Calderley the Past Grand Superintendent in and over the Province of Somerset 1998 – 2008.
These two momentous events have already been reported in the Provincial Royal Arch Chapter publication “Triple Taulk” Issue5 dated May 2016, (previously circulated to members on 3rd May 2016), however it is worth adding that once the MEGS and the Provincial Principals had assumed their respective chairs, a deputation bearing the Chapters new Robes were admitted to joyous singing, after which the Robes were processed around the Chapter for all to see.
The Robes were then formally Dedicated with Prayer and the three Principals of the Chapter duly clothed. The Patriarchal Benediction followed and E.Comp. Christopher Moore, the 3rd Provincial Grand Principal concluded with the Oration.
The wonderful evening continued when the minutes of the Chapters Convocation held on 19th April 1966 were read out (exactly fifty years to the day) when, on that occasion, the candidate a Bro. Denis Calderley was introduced and exalted into Royal Arch Masonry.
The MEGS then expounded upon the illustrious 50 year career in Royal Arch Masonry which followed, and presented E.Comp. Denis Calderley with a Certificate to commemorate this special achievement; of which there are less than 30 Companions in the Province who have been similarly honoured.
Among the distinguished guests present were R.W.Bro. Stuart Hadler the Provincial Grand Master for Somerset, and R.W.Bro. David Jenkins the Past PGM.
After the MEGS had retired and following the closure of the Chapter the Companions adjourned to the dining room where a grandiose banquet was enjoyed in a very pleasurable atmosphere abounding with brotherly love, harmony and concord; culminating with the appropriate Toasts given with true Somerset zeal.