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 Simon Rowe) procession.
Devonshire is one of the few Provinces which take their meal before the Convocation. One needs to be careful with the G&Ts beforehand and the wine with the meal so as to remain awake and alert during the ceremony. Visitors from other Provinces being seated in raised rows behind Devonshire’s Principals are in full view of all other attendees. Here are pictures of most of Somerset’s visitors who were dispersed around the Senior tables amongst their peers for the meal.
The Somerset delegation with their fellow diners
After the meal it was soon time to don regalia and find which procession to join and where it was forming up. Devonshire’s DC and Deputies quickly brought things to order and all the visitors were processed to their allotted seats. Devonshire’s Grand Superintendent and his Officers were then received and took their places to lead the Convocation. Suffice it to say that all proceeded smoothly. Their photographer is a professional who has mounted a large selection of pictures on Devon’s web-site. Those interested in looking at this to see who they recognise should go to: www.pgldevonshire.org.uk/hranews.htm.
At the start of this report I mentioned the mingling that occurred on arrival. I close with a picture taken then of Somerset’s E Comps John Bennett and Barry Woodside with E Comp Chris Pengelly the Past Grand Superintendent of Devonshire.
Article written by E Comp Arthur Rowe