The 113th meeting of King Alfred Chapter was again grateful for the support of companions from its mother Chapter Inkerman 1222.
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 Vale.
The Installation commenced slightly unusually as J elect was unable to attend due to work. E Comp Derek Wilton, Chapter stalwart, stood in as J for the entire meeting. I was installed as Z by E Comp Mark Golding who did it faultlessly. I suddenly felt slightly nervous maybe because Mark did such a good job or I was now in the spotlight or the enormity of the Ceremony, I survived and thoroughly enjoyed it. MEGS was kept busy presenting Chapter Jewels to E Comps Ray and Mark, IPZ jewel to Mark, CLO collaret to me, Grand Chapter Certificate to Comp Golding and the new Tracing Board to the Chapter.
The meeting went smoothly topped off with an excellent festive board, our next meeting is on the 13th February my first ceremony an exaltation of Bro Simon Cassidy. Another unusual one, installing J BUT H has had his shift changed!! more headaches for Scribe E and the DC. Our May meeting is on the 8th, Province are giving an explanation of the new Tracing Board with our Ladies Present at the explanation and the Festive board something to look forward to.
Barry Jones, Wrington Vale CLO.
The Chapter was honoured by the presence of Excellent Companion Clive AF Lambert, Provincial Third Grand Principal, accompanied by Excellent Companion John Sillett PDepGDC.
The three Principal Officers were re-elected for the ensuing year. Excellent Companion Raymond Guthrie PPrScN – MEZ: Excellent Companion Richard Dredge -H and Excellent Companion William Platts PPrReg -J. The Officers of the Chapter for the coming year were invested. Visitors were welcomed to the Temple and the Festive Board. Broccoli & Stilton Soup, Steak & Kidney Pie with Seasonal Vegetables, Cheese & Biscuits were enjoyed by all and perfect harmony prevailed.