Provincial Grand Chapter Convocation 2018
At the College Hall, Worcester Cathedral
The annual meeting of Provincial Grand Chapter took place this year at College Hall at Worcester Cathedral, followed by lunch at The Old Palace adjacent to the Cathedral
See below for the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent's Address and scroll further down the page to see this year's Appointments and Promotions.
Once again an especial welcome to all our distinguished visitors; you are all very busy Masons and we really appreciate you giving of your time to attend.
I am, as you can imagine, delighted to be with you again this morning. I do apologise for missing last year's meeting and perhaps now everyone will stop telling me how well my Deputy performed and that it was the best meeting for several years. I take consolation in knowing how well I have trained him!
"E. Comp Michael Taylor has carried out his duties in an exemplary manner"
I start by congratulating all the Companions who received promotion or appointment this morning. I trust by now that you know this is reward for future efforts as well as past endeavours.
We also congratulate those Companions honoured at SGC this past year:
I must thank all the Provincial officers who have supported the Presiding Officer at the installation meetings throughout the Province. It is greatly appreciated by the Team as well as by the Chapters.
Companions, recruitment of new members is as ever an important activity in which we must all be involved. Last year we introduced the Talking Heads Presentation. I do hope that you have or will take the opportunity to see this presentation - Companions it works! Every event has lead to new recruits - at Remembrance Lodge last month 3 Exaltees signed up on the night.
"...we all want new members but we have to work to find them..."
Companions finding new recruits is not something someone else does; we all want new members but we have to work to find them. I strongly urge you to take advantage of the opportunity which Talking Heads offers to strengthen our Chapters. We are all responsible
I thank you all for the tremendous support you have given the Provincial Charity Fund. You will see from the accounts that the Fund is growing well. Let me tell you where your moneys are going.
I am sure you will agree that all these causes deserve our support. Please carry on with your good work.
I do thank E Comp John Wright for all his efforts, guidance and support
Today we saw the installation of a new Provincial Executive.
I must thank E Comp John Crowther for his efforts as 3rd Provincial Grand Principle. John has carried out his duties to the highest standard and has been a pleasure to work with.
We have also seen the installation of a new Deputy. I have been very fortunate to have had 2 superb Deputies. E Comp Michael Taylor has carried out his duties in an exemplary manner and I thank him most sincerely for his wise council and advice. But most of all his friendship.
Therefore we have 3 companions taking on new responsibilities. They are all skilled and experienced and I know that they will fulfil their new roles with proficiency.
Every Masonic unit has to have a Treasurer by law. I do not have just an "accountant" but a very valuable member of the Executive. Thank you Alan for all your valuable advice and guidance.
No Province can function without the support of a number of Companions and I would like to now thank those whose work can go unnoticed.
Today's meeting cannot have taken place without a huge amount of work by the Prov Grand Scribe E, the Prov Grand Registrar and all their assistants and volunteers. Any Provincial meeting requires an immense amount of organisation and moving to what is 2 new venues only increases the workload.
I am very fortunate to have an excellent Grand Director of Ceremonies. I thank him for all his invaluable assistance throughout the year and together with his team particularly for today.
Another Companion who works tirelessly for us all is E Comp Ian Fothergill. He not only manages what goes on to our Website but of course is responsible for Second Rising, our Provincial newsletter. Communication in any organisation is of great importance and Masonry is no different.
We thank you Ian for all you do.
I cannot end without thanking E Comp Irving Horne, our Prov Grand Organist. He not only supports the Province on all occasions but acts as organist for so many Chapters. Following my brief sojourn into organ playing last year, I think we can agree your position is safe.
Companions I am constantly encouraging you to enjoy your Royal Arch Masonry. I am pleased that you are listening to my please. In fact Companions only last week I saw a Companion smiling during a Chapter meeting.
Companions let us never forget that we should have but one aim in view - to unite in the grand design of being happy ourselves and communicating happiness.
Thank you for listening."
Appointments and Promotions
As outlined in the book of Constitutions, The Grand Superintendent shall hold an Annual Convocation at which the appointment of Provincial Grand Officers shall be made. He may also hold such other Convocations of Provincial Grand Chapter as he shall consider necessary.
All such Convocations shall be held within the Province unless a dispensation is granted by the First Grand Principal.
Recipients of 2018's Appointments and Promotions are as follows:
PRINCIPALSDeputy Grand Superintendent J. M. Phenix P.A.G.Soj 4935Provincial Second Principal A. J. Yeates P.G.St.B. 564Provincial Third Principal J. T. Parker P.Pr.A.G.Soj. 377 ACTING OFFICERSScribe E C.G. Cariss P.G.St.B. 377Scribe N J.W. Whiteley Prov.D.G.D.C. 1097Treasurer A.T. Robertson P.G.St.B. 4001Registrar R.J. Foster Prov.G.Reg. 280Director of Ceremonies T.M.L. Jones G.St.B. 560Sword Bearer T.J. Smith P.Pr.G.St.B. 564Dep. Director of Ceremonies D. Emery Prov.D.G.D.C. 5414Dep. Director of Ceremonies M.J. Hadden Prov.A.G.D.C. 3308Almoner C.M. Gwynn P.Pr.G.Reg. 1874Charity Steward J.C. Wright P.Pr.G.Reg. 4621Principal Sojourner M.J. Dykes 33081st Asst. Sojourner D.C. Harper 57432nd Asst. Sojourner M.J. Creighan 4935Asst. Scribe E B.R. Harper P.Pr.G.St.B. 3185Standard Bearer A.J. Smith 377Standard Bearer C.F.D. Vendy 573Standard Bearer P.S. Webber 3378Standard Bearer D.L. Smith 9287Organist I.J. Horne JP, P.Pr.G.Reg., LGCR 6889Asst. Director of Ceremonies D.R. Shrimpton Prov.A.G.D.C. 4935Asst. Director of Ceremonies A.C. Bolton P.Pr.G.St.B. 4001Steward W.F.G. Tucker 280Steward G. Ashcroft 529Steward B.S. Rothero P.Pr.G.St.B. 3185Steward M. Wainwright 4001Steward A.J. Verduyn 6031Janitor S.P. Warner P.Pr.G.Swd.B. 560 PAST RANKSP.Prov.Asst.G.Soj. P.J. Broughton 3378P.Prov.Asst.G.Soj. R.N. Collins 5028P.Prov.Asst.G.Soj. P.F. Wilkes 7214P.Prov.G.St.B. D. Denton 252P.Prov.G.St.B. I.E. Redfern 560P.Prov.G.St.B. B.W. Hughes 564P.Prov.G.St.B. C.M. Henderson 1204P.Prov.G.St.B. P.R. Barker 1874P.Prov.G.St.B. B.P. Newbury 3569P.Prov.G.St.B. P.G. Dillistone 5583P.Prov.G.St.B. M.W. Lee 6595P.Prov.G.St.B. C.A. Smith 6879P.Prov.A.G.D.C. C. Ash 1097P.Prov.A.G.D.C. P.J. Merris 3308P.Prov.A.G.D.C. A.M. Sinton 6595P.Prov.A.G.D.C. F. Walters 9169 PROMOTIONSP.Prov.G.S.N. R.J. Foster 280P.Prov.G.S.N. R. Hall-Jones 1204P.Prov.G.S.N. C.M. Gwynn 1874P.Prov.G.S.N. M.L. Preece 1874P.Prov.G.S.N. G. Bird 2034P.Prov.G.S.N. A. Hunt 3185P.Prov.G.S.N. G. Didlick 5414P.Prov.G.S.N. I.T. Sharratt 6031P.Prov.G.Reg. R.S. Gale 1874P.Prov.G.Reg. L.A. Mowatt 4495P.Prov.G.Reg. K. Blizzard 4935P.Prov.G.Reg. N.J. Evans 5414P.Prov.G.Reg. P.A. Wintle 7679P.Prov.G.Swd.B. L.C. Keen 280P.Prov.G.Swd.B. B.W. Kettle 377P.Prov.G.Swd.B. I. White 2034P.Prov.G.Swd.B. A.K. Jones 3638P.Prov.G.Swd.B. R. Clee 4001P.Prov.G.Swd.B. P.L. Wong 5056P.Prov.G.Swd.B. W.M. Caswell 5743P.Prov.G.Swd.B. M.L. Thomas 6879P.Prov.G.Swd.B. J.L. Overton 7961P.Prov.G.Swd.B. G.D. Evans 9169P.Prov.G.Soj. G.E. Hudspit 529P.Prov.G.Soj. M.J. Derry 4621P.Prov.G.Soj. R.E. Grainger 6031P.Prov.G.Soj. G.J. Swann 6116
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