West Midlands Divisional
Meeting at Birmingham - 17th February 2018 - And the wine flowed freely!
A 7:00 o'clock start, with Ill.Kt. Paul Ackland, our Divisional
Marshal, as my chauffer, meant that I was on my way to my first
Divisional Meeting of the year at Kings Heath. A lovely
spring morning and light, Saturday morning, traffic made for a
most enjoyable trip to Birmingham in which Paul and I put the
world to rights and solved many problems that are facing us all!
phone call to our Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas,
who was having some
"Trouble at t'Mill "informed
us that we should go on ahead and he would get to the meeting as
soon as he could. Our Deputy Intendant General, Ill.Kt.
Nicholas St.John Middleton White had already gone ahead of us to
stay with his family who live in Birmingham.
A quick 'comfort break' at a
motorway service station near Birmingham that looked more like a
Telly Tubby Mound and we were all set for our day, and our
arrival at Kings Heath was made even better by being directed
quickly and easily to a parking space.
On entering the Mosely
Masonic Hall we were quickly greeted by friends old and new and
within minutes we were tucking into some very welcome Bacon
Butties as Richard and Nic joined us.
We then went to find our
seats in the temple - all but Paul who found his allotted seat
in the back row was already occupied. The organisers soon
sorted this out by sitting him in one of the best seats in the
house, right beside the Eminent Viceroy giving him a splendid
view of the proceedings!
We were treated to a
magnificent installation ceremony of the new Intendant General,
Ill.Kt. John James Tristram by the Grand Sovereign M.Ill.Kt.
Graham Leslie Flight who carried out the entire proceedings with
style and good humour, reminding us all on several occasions
that Red Cross Masonry should be fun and should be enjoyed.
The newly installed Intendant General then Installed his Deputy,
Ill.Kt. James Mulligan.
This was followed by the
Grand Sovereign presenting a 50 year certificate to V.Ill.Kt.
Neil Jones, only the second 50th Certificate ever presented, the
first of course being presented at our Divisional Meeting to
The whole ceremony was
enhanced by the presence of the Grand Sovereign's Sepulchre
Guard who always look so impressive in their long white flowing
The Divisional Meeting being
called off, we retired for a most enjoyable lunch, with the wine
flowing freely (of which I was able to partake with gusto having
my own personal chauffer) and the good company of knights from
all over the country allowed us the exchange thoughts and ideas.
Whilst many knights returned
to the temple to take part in the rest of the Divisional Meeting
we took our leave which enabled us to be home at about 5:30.
Another most enjoyable
St. John the Evangelist Conclave No.
238 meeting 6th February 2018 - Who was Eusebius
After the slight lull in meetings of the Order after the New
Year started, it was good to be travelling again to Topsham in
the company of the Intendant General. Our destination was the
meeting of St John the Evangelist 238 where the business started
with a warm welcome by members of the Conclave in the bar having
a lovely hot coffee! It was a cold night!
Once gathered, the Most Puissant Sovereign Ill.Kt. Michael Robin
Jones with Em.Kt. Alexander Roger Barahona-Wills as Viceroy,
opened the Conclave in a confident manner, what else could you
expect from two skilled Red Cross Masons.
Em.Kt. Alex Barahona- Wills, unfortunately absent from the
Enthronement meeting, was declared Eminent Viceroy by Ill.Kt.
Michael Daniels, Divisional Sentinel, the Marshal. The Eminent
Viceroy was then Proclaimed and Saluted as befitted his rank.
Officers for the ensuing year were vote upon and then we moved
to the piéce de résistance, the talk by Ill.Kt. Terry Sloan
entitled 'Who was Eusebius?' In his usual and thought provoking
manner Ill.Kt. Terry delivered a magnificent talk which covered
the three religious persons named Eusebius whom all had links to
Constantine the Great and the development of Christianity during
the reign of our Illustrious founder, posing as many questions
as answering others. At the conclusion, Ill.Kt. Terry was
thanked for his contribution to our knowledge of the lives of
Constantine and Eusebius.
After collecting Alms and closing the Conclave we repaired to
the refectory and ate a hearty and warming meal, good company
and conversation. Formal toasts were observed with entertaining
speeches of thanks and gratitude for the evening before
departing home at a very reasonable hour.
Raise a Glass to Brian Lobb
As you may be aware Brian Lobb, passed away on 8th
was the recorder of Holy Trinity Conclave from 2010 until 2015
and had attained the rank of Past Grand Vice Chamberlain in
2009, had moved to Sherborne to be with his family last year.,
Carolyn, Brian’s wife, has made
it known that Brian did not want a funeral service and in
accordance with his wishes he is to be cremated and his ashes
returned to the family in Sherborne.
It was his wish that all his
many friends in Freemasonry raise a glass and remember him with
a few kind words.
You may like to consider
marking his passing by remembering his life and achievements in
Freemasonry at your next meeting, I’m sure many of you will have
happy memories of time spent in Brian’s company. Celebrate
If any want to send condolences
direct to the family, you can either do so through John Bate;
Details of Mavis Evatt's Funeral
George has sent me the message below...
Sincere thanks for your condolences and cards and for giving me
breathing space. All of the administration is now sorted and the
funeral will take place 1130, Friday 9 February at the Weston
Mill crematorium, followed by the Wake at the Mount Edgcumbe
Masonic Hall, Citadel Road East PL1 2NG
flowers please. To assist with the catering if attending the
Wake please send a 'Yes and how many' to this 'e' mail address
or leave the same on my answer phone 01579 382 821. Can you
please pass the funeral details on. Thank you again
Sad News of Mavis Mary Evatt
It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that Mavis
Evatt lost her
fight with a long illness on Wednesday 10th January 2018.
asked not to be contacted for a day or two until he comes to
terms with his sad loss and I'm sure you will wish to honour
you read this, we are all thinking of both you and Mavis !!
Holy Trinity Conclave No.311
Wednesday 10th January 2018 - what flashing Blue Light?
A warm reception and a cup of tea and some biscuits awaited us
as we arrived at Holy Trinity Conclave No.311 in Torquay for the
first Enthronement of the year.
The 28 knights assembled included a very
special guest from Cheltenham - the past Intendant General of
Surrey R.Ill.Kt. Roy Bedford who had made the journey to Torquay
to see Em.Kt. Simon Wills enthroned as Sovereign by M.P.Kt.
Even though they were hampered by several
officers being away David's team, organised superbly by their Marshal,
Ill.Kt. Warner Barton, provided us all with a most enjoyable
the ceremony the knights retired to the dining room for a most
enjoyable festive board and short speeches amongst a
family of good Christian Knights.
flashing Blue Light?? Well the lights on my car are
normally set to Automatic, but someone had turned the lights
off! So a police officer (who appeared to be about
thirteen) took the opportunity to turn on all his emergency
lights and pull us over. Once Paul had explained that it wasn't
his car the officer decided that the story was going to get too
involved (or was it the black tie and black suits?) and let us
carry on on our journey home.
JAndy Fowkes - Royal Citadel
Conclave - 20th March 1956 - 16th December 2017
Andrew John Fowkes.
Royal Citadel Conclave 327 & Conclave of Light 498. Member of
the Divisional Sepulchre Guard.
20 March 1956 – 16 December 2017
On Tuesday January 9th
in a packed St Peters Church, Wyndham Square, we gathered with
the family, friends and past and present colleagues of Andy to
celebrate his life. A Requiem Mass was conducted by Fr. David
Way who described Andy as ‘an Oak of a man’ taken too soon in
life. He described Andy’s life in Bristol from his youth with a
brother and sister, as a young man who had worked as a doorman,
a taxi driver then undertaking his nurse training. Eventually,
with his wife Sandra and family moving to Plymouth for work.
Andy’s career flourished and he retired as a Senior Charge Nurse
in the Learning Disability Service specialising in Mental Health
and Forensic Nursing. During his career Andy also held office
in his Trade Union as well as devoting time to being a School
Governor of several schools in Plymouth, lastly at St Peters C
of E School.
He joined masonry in St John’s Lodge No. 70. He was initiated
on the 3rd
April 1995 and proceeded to fulfil the offices to the Chair when
he was installed as Master in December 2002. He took on the role
of DC in the Lodge, a role which has now passed to is son Peter.
Andy was given Provincial Honours latterly as PPrGSwdB. Andy
joined the Holy Royal Arch in Fidelity Chapter 230 and
subsequently joined the Mark Degree at Fortitude 66 as well as
the Ancient and Honourable Fraternity of Royal Ark Mariner and
the Rose Croix.
At St Peters Church he became a server, acolyte and master of
ceremonies. He was also a Church Warden for the Church.
Following the moving service, at which Andy’s grandson Jordan
delivered the reading (Isaiah 25: 6-9) the family bade him a sad
farewell at Weston Mill Crematorium. A moving tribute was made
by his eldest son Adrian. Andy, never one to be lost for
humour, had insisted that his final song should be ‘Always look
on the bright side of Life’. We left the Crematorium with a bit
of a smile.... as he intended!
The wake was a glorious conglomeration of family, friends and
colleagues, all with a tale or two to tell of this giant among
men and masons.
He is survived by his wife Sandra, Sons Peter and Adrian,
Daughter Sarah, Grandson Jordan and Grand Daughter Darcy.
He now has his Crown of Glory in Faith, Unity and Zeal. Requiescat
Nicholas StJ. M. White
Joseph of Arimathea Meeting –
Twelfth Night 5th January 2018
‘On the twelfth day of Christmas....’ A wet journey from
Plymouth ensued as we headed south to Perranporth for the first
meeting of the year. Twenty three Knights including the
Divisional Generals, Almoner and Sword Bearer with others of the
newly appointed Divisional Officers, converged on the temple to
witness a superb demonstration of the Installation of a Knight
ceremony, led by M.P.Kt Graham Hooper, Most Puissant Sovereign,
Em.Kt Colin Rescorla as Viceroy and V.Ill.Kt William Lissaamer
as Prefect. The Candidate, WKt Stephen Ball, a last minute
though very willing and enthusiastic volunteer, was led through
in a well-controlled ceremony with P.Kt Colin Adams as Marshal.
The oration was delivered faultlessly by W.Kt Simon Bennett.
the Ceremony W.Kt Ball was again pivotal to the proceedings as
he was to receive both his Red Cross and Appendant Orders
Certificates from the Deputy Intendant General Ill.Kt Nicholas
St.J. M. White.
witnesses to this evenings events were Rt.Ill.Kt Nicholas Alder,
Intendant General of the Division of Kent, Ill.Kts Jan Olszewski
and Roger Freeman both heads of other Masonic orders, who were
thanked by our Intendant General for supporting the order of the
Red Cross of Constantine.
concluded in ample form and refreshment was greatly received
consisting of soup, pork, fruit crumble, cheese and coffee. The
usual toasts were observed and speeches succinct. A great start
home was dry and lit through a clear sky by a large waning moon.
Andy Fowkes - Funeral Arrangements
The funeral of W. Kt. Andrew Fowkes will be held on Tuesday 9th
There will be a requiem
mass at The Church of St. Peter and the Holy Apostles, Wyndham
Square, Plymouth, starting at 11am.
The family have asked
that black is not worn.
Family flowers only,
please, and any donations, if desired, to Cancer Research.
Sad News of Andy Fowkes.
It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that Em.Kt.
Andrew John Fowkes, better know to us all as Andy, lost his long
fight with cancer on Saturday 16th December.
installed in Royal Citadel Conclave N0. 327 on 26th March 2010
and after serving in the Sepulchre Guard he became Viceroy
of that Conclave on 24th October 2016.
Andy was a
'big man' in all senses of the word as can be testified by his
email address of
'bigfowkes@yahoo,co.uk'' and will be sadly missed by all!
Divisional Meeting at
Plymouth - 25th November 2017 -
The Grand Sovereign comes to Torquay!
Friday 24th November : After weeks of trying to get all
the invitations, paperwork and lists correct for the Devon &
Cornwall Divisional Meeting of 2017 the day had finally arrived
to prepare the Conclave itself!
I've been banned from driving I had to rely on our Divisional
Marshal, Ill.Kt. Paul Ackland to act as my chauffer - a role
which he took on in true brotherly fashion, the drive down to
Torquay on a lovely sunny day was most pleasant, and Ill.Kt.
Warner Barton had already arrived at The Masonic Hall in St.
Margaret's Road and had started to put the Conclave together.
willing hands soon joined us which then gave us chance to call
in at the Anchorage Hotel to ensure that the preparations there
were all in hand. We then headed off to the Enthronement
Meeting at the Conclave of Resurrection in Tiverton.
start the next morning enabled my chauffer to get us to Torquay
with plenty of time to make final arrangements for the long
anticipated visit by Our Most Illustrious Grand Sovereign.
An ample buffet was awaiting the Knights as they arrived and
awaited the arrival of the VIP's including several active Grand
Officers as well as the Grand Sepulchre Guard.
processions in through an arch of steel provide by our own
Sepulchre Guard, under the direction of their Captain, V.Ill.Kt.
Bernard Winsor and Deputy Captain, Ill.Kt, Chris Bird, the
Divisional Conclave was opened by our Intendant General,
Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas who then welcomed the Distinguished
Illustrious Grand Sovereign, Graham L. Flight, GCC then entered
the Conclave under an Arch of Steel by the Grand Sepulchre
Guard, who, as always, provided a magnificent spectacle, and one
which is rarely seen in Devon & Cornwall. The Grand
Sovereign then exercised his prerogative to take the chair.
He placed Rt.Ill & Em.Kt. Peter Hawken MBE,GCC, the Deputy Grand
Sovereign, in the Senior General's Chair and V.Ill.Kt.J.
Chambers, the Grand Junior General, in the Junior General's
chair and requested that the Grand Marshal, V.Ill.Kt. N.
Mathews, present Rt.Ill.Kt. Keith Jackson, GCC to him. The
Grand Sovereign then proceeded to present Rt.Ill.Kt. Keith with
a certificate and jewel to commemorate his fifty years service
in the Red Cross Degree. He carried out the presentation
in his usual relaxed an good humoured manner and delighted us
all with a few anecdotes of his 'encounters' with Keith!
Following a response from Rt.Ill.Kt.Keith, The Grand Sovereign
returned control of the meeting to our Intendant General.
The business of the meeting was then carried out in a most
efficient manner with good humour when appropriate and the Officers for the Division
were invested by our Intendant General.
The Intendant General then addressed the meeting and
made a special reference to the superb support that the outgoing
Divisional Officers had given him over the past year with many of them
visiting Conclaves for, not just the Official Visits and Enthronements, but
also for other meetings.
The assembled company then retired to the Anchorage
Hotel where everyone was delighted that the Provincial Grand Master of the
Craft Degree, Rt.W.Bro. Ian Kingsbury, joined us for a most enjoyable
festive board (even if the queue to get to the bar was a bit long!).
All in all a most enjoyable day and one we will all
remember because of the presence of the Grand Sovereign!.
Happy Christmas Everyone!!
(Click Here to see the photos of the day
with thanks to Philip Adam)
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Conclave of Resurrection No.432
Friday 24th November 2017.
After a long afternoon setting up the Conclave at Torquay for
the Divisional Meeting the following day, I was looking forward
to being able to sit back and enjoy the Enthronement Meeting at
the Conclave of Resurrection at Tiverton. But I should
have known better! As soon as I walked in the door at
Tiverton I was asked if I would mind acting as the Banner Bearer
as they were a member short. No problem - I'm always happy
to help and it would be a nice change to see the ceremony
complete rather than walking in with the Intendant General's
warm reception that is always awaiting us at Tiverton the acting
M.P.S. , P.Kt. Chris Hodgson (the M.P.S. P.Kt. David Jaques
being ill), soon got the meeting under way
29 Knights watched as the Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard
Lucas, with his Active Officers processed into the temple under
an arch of steel provided by the Sepulchre Guard. His
procession was quickly followed by the entrance of the
Deputy Grand Sovereign, Rt.Ill. & Em.Kt. Peter Hawken.
business of the evening was the Consecration of Christopher
Simmons as Eminent Viceroy by Em.Kt. Alan Jones and the
Enthronement of Em.Kt, Alan Jones as Most Puissant Sovereign by
the acting M.P.S. And what a superb job, they and their
team, made of their duties! It really is nice to see
ritual carried out so well!
slight hiccup in the ceremony (not noticed by many) was when a
certain high member of the Sepulchre Guard got over enthusiastic
with his sword and nearly did some serious damage to the
incoming M.P.S. in the 'nether regions' No names mentioned
unless you cross my palm with silver!
the excellent ceremony the knights retired to the dining room
for a most enjoyable festive board and fine speeches -
especially the Toast to the Visitors! (Chris told me I had
to write that even if he did leap up and give the speech before
the toast to the M.P.S.!!).
Conclave of Light No.498 Meeting -
Tuesday 14th November 2017.
A quiet journey down to Bodmin was enjoyed by those attending
the meeting of Light and now that the roadworks beside St
Petroc's accessing Bodmin has become a joy once again.
of Ascension Conclave were made welcome by the Sovereign VIll Kt
William (Bill) Lissamer, on their official visit to then
being light, the main event was the presentation of Grand
Conclave Certificate to WKt James Wonnacott and then Appendant
Orders Certificates to WKt's James Wonnacott and Jonathan
Sheehan. These items were undertaken by the Deputy Intendant
General. After presentation the Deputy Intendant General
congratulated both Knights.
lunch followed the business’s in great harmony with short
speeches allowing us to get away to pursue other activities
during the afternoon....
St. John the Evangelist Conclave No.327
Meeting - Tuesday 7th November 2017
Mithras, Faith and Red Cross Masonry!
never guarantee the traffic in Devon, so picking up the
Intendant General and proceeding to Topsham expecting slow
traffic into Exeter we were surprised to have one of the
clearest journeys getting into Topsham very early. Fortunately,
the hall was open and refreshment available!
Conclave was opened by Ill Kt Michael Jones with VIll Kt Brian
Meldon standing in as Viceroy. The main agenda item was to
receive a lecture entitled simply ‘Mithras’ to be delivered by
Ill Kt Terry Sloan. From the first words of introduction we knew
we were in for a treat. Ill Kt Sloan explained who Mithras was
and the similarities to the Christian faith we follow, which
were a feature of Mithrism. The style of delivery was highly
engaging and entertaining. Ill Kt Sloan was congratulated on
this most memorable lecture! Worthy Knights, I’m sure he would
be happy to deliver the lecture to other conclaves if invited.
ended with a delicious festive board and the observation of the
Commemoration followed by the usual toasts.
home? Equally smooth!
Royal Citadel Conclave Enthronement
Meeting - Monday 23rd October 2017 - A perfect example of Teamwork - and
what about those tattoos?
They couldn't have had a worse 'run-up' to their Enthronement
Meeting! E.Kt. Andie Fawkes, the Viceroy, who's not too
well himself , heard the news that his wife was also poorly so
felt it right to stand down as M.P.S. this year. Add to
that a Marshal who is waiting for a a heart bypass, a Sentinel
who is unable to attend because his mother has just had a
replacement hip and some other officers off ill and it could
have been a recipe for disaster!
I was fortunate enough to be able to grab a
lift to Plymouth with our Divisional Marshal, And what a
ceremony we witnessed!! The Most Puissant Sovereign, who is also
our Deputy Intendant General, Ill.Kt. Nicholas St.John Middleton
White, led his team in what can only be described as one of the
best examples of teamwork I have ever seen!
Intendant General, R.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas, was still suffering
badly from the after effects of a tooth abscess which had
developed into a chest infection so he had asked me to act as
the presiding officer, and what an honour it was to preside over
such a meeting. After the Conclave was opened the M.P.S.
quickly dealt with the opening business which included the
election of P.Kt. Chris Thomas as M.P.S. for the ensuing year, a
'stand in' Viceroy, one E.Kt. Andrew Patterson (who had only
been installed as Viceroy in the Conclave of Light at their
Enthronement meeting in July) Consecrated and Installed W.Kt.
Nigel Frude as the Eminent Viceroy in an absolutely superb
then Enthroned P.Kt. Chris Thomas in a similar manner. The
whole ceremony was orchestrated by the stand in Marshal
V.Ill.Kt. Roy Rudling. P.Kt. Chris then completed the
business of the evening which included the members voting to
make a donation to the Grand Master's Care for Children Fund at
the forthcoming Divisional Meeting.
Tattoos? Well a certain member of the Sepulchre Guard who,
of course shall remain nameless, expressed his interest in
looking at Tattoos! The mind boggles, and I feel a
Christmas Competition coming on!! For any more details
you'll have to cross my palm with silver!!
Enthronement Meeting that all present will remember for a long
Divisional Conclave of Cheshire -
Saturday 21st October 2017. Trafalgar Day.
One of the many delights of the office of Deputy Intendant
General of the Division is to carry the banner of Devon and
Cornwall to the other Divisions across the country (and further
afield if at all possible). A delight that my predecessors
expressed to me on my appointment. Many of these journeys are
made with our Intendant General and other Divisional Officers,
but occasionally alone such as this one.
taking the opportunity to visit family in the Midlands, a useful
staging post offering comfort and sustenance to the weary
traveller, the journey North to Chester was an easy step! The
forecast was poor with threatened high winds and rain which
however were no deterrent to any Devon or Cornishman with
experience of the Atlantic Highway in poor conditions!!!
the Cheshire View Masonic Centre at Christleton in good time for
coffee and chat with old friends and meeting new ones, also an
opportunity to look around this most magnificent Masonic
facility. It was worth the journey just for that.
The Intendant General, R.Ill. Kt. James Munroe, with his
officers opened the meeting welcoming all visitors and members.
In his address after the appointment of his new team, he
commented on how the Order of the Red Cross of Constantine was
like a huge extended family no matter where you go you are
always amongst friends. How right he is.
concluded with a fine festive board and succinct speeches
allowing the attendees to start their journeys home in daylight,
rain and a little wind! Ah well, back to the books, Royal
Citadel on Monday.....
Cockman? In a Maternity
You may have heard that a week ago I was attending a Rose Croix
Meeting here in Barnstaple when I collapsed with what the
doctors are referring to as a 'seizure'! Following a very
hectic ten days of masonry, during which I travelled over 800
miles, and a hectic stint that evening running our bar for the
first time with it's new till, I sat down to eat my meal.
I can remember eating my soup, they tell me that I also ate the
roast and apple crumble, but all I can remember is waking up two
and a half hours later in the arms of a rather ugly paramedic!
Having brought the festive board to a rapid close I was carted
off to Hospital where I spent the next few days being poked and
prodded in every orifice!
were unable to find anything I was finally discharged on
Saturday with the threat of more investigations to follow.
Some say it
was due to a seizure, some say it was due to 'burning the candle
at both ends', but I claim that someone had quietly whispered in
my ear "Would you do the toast to the visitors tonight"!
news for me is that I've been banned from driving for six
months - but never fear, your ain't seen the last of me yet.
Maternity Unit - Yesterday I received two appointments to attend
the hospital for further tests, one of them is in the
Clinical Neurophsiology department, which I am assured is in the
Maternity Unit! And the other is in the clinic for the
'Care of the Elderly'! Must be the final insult!!
PS add to this that out Intendant General has also been very
poorly with a very bad abscess, an Jeff Leach is still awaiting
his bypass surgery despite several 'false starts'. What a
load of invalids we are!!
St. Ercus Conclave No.349
Enthronement Meeting - Tuesday 10th October 2017
Mist, rain and spuds - that just about sums
up the trip to St. Ercus Conclave in Hayle on Tuesday 10th
October for their Enthronements. The weather speaks for
itself and every other vehicle was a tractor with a trailer
loaded down with potatoes!
29 knights, including 11 active officers braved the weather and
joined our Deputy Intendant General, Ill.Kt. Nic St.J. M. White,
to watch the Eminent Viceroy, Em.Kt. Stuart Goody consecrate
'larger than life' W.Kt. Marc Quigley-Ferriday as Viceroy after
which the Most Puissant Sovereign, M.P.Kt. Michael Howard
Enthroned Em.Kt. Goody; all done in a superb manner, followed by
an enjoyable festive board.
Another great evening at Hayle.
Conclave of Ascension No.499
Meeting - Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Once again a most pleasant trip through the Devon Countryside to
attend the business meeting of the Conclave of Ascension No.499
at South Brent on the morning of Tuesday 3rd October last.
was more than just a business meeting! The assembled
knights, led by the Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas
and the Deputy Intendant General, Ill.Kt. Nic St.J.M. White,
were treated to a superb rendering of the Oration by W.Kt.
Adrian Garrity. This was followed by a talk entitled
"Things you did not know about Constantine" by myself, Ill.Kt.
Alan Cockman, in which I tried to 'fill in' some interesting
lesser known facts about Constantine the Great.
continued with P.Kt. John Lynes being elected as Sovereign,
W.Kt. Harry Hine being elected as Viceroy and W.Kt. Jon Moran
being elected as Treasurer for the ensuing year.
then retired to the Refectory for the usual most enjoyable
Festive Lunch amongst good Christian Company.
Torquay Appendant Orders
Meeting - Thursday 5th October 2017 - and Executive Meeting.
With the Executive meeting starting at 4:30 in Torquay I
arranged to pick up a certain knight in a lay-by in Tiverton.
On arriving early at 3:15 and hanging about for a while I became
aware that parents collecting their children were looking at me
suspiciously!! So a couple of trips around the block were
called for to allay their suspicions, however by 3:35 the knight
concerned had not appeared and time was running out for me to
get to Torquay on time.
at Torquay I attended the Annual Executive meeting (minutes
attached) but was then informed that the knight I was supposed
to pick up was due to be the Guardian of the Sacred Vault, and
that there was no one else who could 'stand in'. What else
could I do but agree to read the part. Not easy helping a
candidate who had a little difficulty bending down whilst
reading the Guardian's bit in the dark and holding a torch!!
Nevertheless, thirty knights enjoyed watching V.Ill.Kt. Roger
Freeman, Ill.Kt. Warner Barton and V.Ill.Kt. Bill Lissamer
confer the Appendant Orders on W.Kt. Graham Cribbett from the
Conclave of Ascension which they did in a superb manner!
then retired for a most enjoyable festive board in good
Mount Lebanon Conclave No.270
Meeting - Monday 25th September 2017 - Twenty Five Sober (K)nights
A delightful gathering of the conclave in Tavistock presented
the Knights of the Division to meet again in Faith Unity and
Zeal in the Company of The Deputy Grand Sovereign Right
Illustrious and Eminent Knight Peter Hawken, the Intendant
General Right Illustrious Knight Richard Lucas and his Deputy
Illustrious Knight Nicholas White.
no candidate for this meeting it had been arranged that
Illustrious Knight Alan Cockman, Divisional Recorder, to deliver
a paper on ‘Things that you may not have known about
Constantine’. The research for this work had been done during
the production of the booklet produced by our Past Grand
Eusebius Right Illustrious Reverend Doctor Peter
Blackwell-Smyth. Our recorder has continued working on the paper
over the last year and each time it is heard there are new
things to contemplate about Constantine and our Order. Facts
about St Nicholas and St George perhaps!
was received with acclamation and thanks given to our Divisional
Puissant Sovereign PKt. Barry Slade dealt with the remainder of
the business, thanking his ‘stand in officers’ especially PKt
Arthur Barker, Divisional Registrar, stepping in to Viceroy with
a Nano-seconds notice the Conclave was closed and we repaired to
the Bar and Refectory.
Unfortunately, the Bar was closed and locked! The festive board
proceeded however and the Loyal Toast and the usual toasts of
the Order were observed…slightly dry!
Annual Combined Christian Orders
Church Service - Bodmin 24th September 2017
How nice it was to travel down a fully open A30 with no speed
restrictions on our way to Bodmin for the Annual Church Service
hosted by the Combined Christian Orders of Devon & Cornwall at
Bodmin last Sunday.
As soon as
we pulled up in the central car park at Bodmin Sandy and I met
several old friends, and once we got into the Church it was like
a huge family reunion!!
soon warmly welcomed to St. Petroc's Church by Rt.Ill.Kt. Revd.
Dr. Peter Blackwell-Smyth who had organised and was conducting
the Service which had a 'Harvest Festival' feel to it, and he
was ably assisted by V.Ill.Kt. Revd. Louis Baycock.
selected, or readings carried out by Ill.Kt. Nicholas St.J.
White, R.W.Bro. Stephen Pearn, Br. Revd. Dr. Peter Johnson,
Ill.Bro. Raymond Bray, Bro. Angus Herdman, E.Kt. Terry Sloan and
R.W. Bro. Ian Kingsbury, and what a superb job they all made of
their 'pieces', showing that a lot of work had gone in before
hand, and with R.W. Bro. Roger Freeman playing the organ in his
inimitable manner the service couldn't have been better!
the service, which lasted less than an hour, we were treated to
Tea and Refreshments at the back of the Church courtesy of
Cornwall District Rose Croix, whilst we continue to catch up
with old friends.
All in all,
a most enjoyable afternoon amongst good Christian Friends,
and to make the day even better I treated Sandy to Scampi and
Chips on the way home!!
Sad News of Douglas Penny
It is with a sad heart that I set out below
an email received from the Provincial Grand Secretary............
Dear Sir and Brother
It is with the greatest sorrow I
must inform you of the death yesterday of WBro Raymond Douglas
Mawson Penny, PSGD, Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master, at
the age of 94 years.
WBro Douglas was born into a Masonic family, his father being a
member of St Peter’s Lodge No.1125 and a Founder of All Souls’
Lodge No.6677, Tiverton, in which Douglas was initiated in
November 1959, before becoming its Master in 1971, when his
first two Candidates were his sons Alexander and Michael. He
joined Blundell’s Lodge No.5467 in 1965 and served as its Master
in 1972 and 1973, during which he initiated his son Ian and
Michael became a joining member. He became Master for a third
time in 1979, having Ian as Senior Warden and Michael as Junior
Warden. He was honoured with an appointment to London Grand
Rank for this service.
Douglas’s love of the Craft led him
to become a joining member of Unity Lodge No.1332 in Crediton
where he practised as a solicitor, eventually taking the Chair
there in 2001 after some years spent as the lodge’s secretary.
He joined Lodge of Union No.444 in 1976, becoming its Master in
1987. Douglas also became the Founding Master of North Devon
Masters’ Lodge No.9316 in 1989, an office he held for two years.
An appointment to Provincial Senior
Grand Warden by RWBro WA Kneel in 1980, serving alongside WBro
DHL Searle, ProvJGW, of Ebrington Lodge No.1847. He was
appointed as Assistant Provincial Grand Master in 1988, an
office in which he served until 1993. He was honoured by the MW
Grand Master with an appointment as Past Assistant Grand
Registrar in 1987, with a further promotion to Past Senior Grand
Deacon in 1989.
Douglas’s achievements in other
degrees were at a similarly high level, becoming Past Assistant
Grand Sojourner in the Holy Royal Arch, Past Grand Junior Deacon
in the Mark Degree, Past Grand Visitor in the Order of the
Secret Monitor, Past Grand Chamberlain in the Red Cross of
Constantine, Past Grand VII Pillar in the Knights Templar
Priests, and Past Substitute Provincial Grand Master (Herts) in
the Royal Order of Scotland.
His service at the very highest
level in the Masonic degrees of Rose Croix and Knights Templar
merit especial mention: Douglas became the head of each Order
for Devonshire, the Inspector General of the Ancient and
Accepted Rite for Devonshire, which he held for ten years from
1987, and Provincial Prior for Devon and Cornwall, which was
held for four years.
I will, of course, advise of further
details as appropriate.
May he ever rest in Eternal Peace.
Provincial Grand Secretary of Devonshire
Douglas was a member of five
different Conclaves in our Division during his lifetime and was
a Founder Member of Holy Trinity Conclave and attained the high
rank of Past Grand Prefect in 1990. He was also an 'all
round' nice guy who always had a twinkle in his eye!!
St. Brannock Conclave No.342 Meeting
- Wednesday 6th September 2017 - "A Pub with no Beer" !!
Things were a bit different at St Brannock Conclave No.342 in
Barnstaple at their meeting on Wednesday 6th September.
What was missing was Ginger Palmer!! Ginger has been
running the Bar at Trafalgar Lawn for more years than most of us
can remember, but at 94 he has finally succumbed to quite a
serious illness and it was decided that until things can be
sorted out the Bar should remain closed.
Thus it was
that many of the residents in Trafalgar Lawn began to wonder
what sort of party was going on in there with so many
'undertakers' walking in with bottles and cans!!
Puissant Sovereign, P.Kt. Neil Raynor, was determined that the
dearth of candidates would not stop him from carrying out
a ceremony, and, despite his 85 years he and his team made a
superb job of it. He even managed to do our Intendant
General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas out of a job by doing the
Accolade himself! The whole ceremony was well orchestrated
by the fairly new Marshal, P.Kt. Eddie Dymond who seems to be
settling into the job very well.
evening at St. Brannock Conclave, spoilt only by the absence of
Ginger, emphasised by the bar shutters being down!
Joseph of Arimathea No.253 -
Enthronement Friday 1st September 2017 - 'Divisional Recorder on a
One of the most enjoyable activities of our
Order is to visit a distant Conclave. And this experience
is made even more enjoyable if someone else drives (and pays for
the petrol). Such was the case on Friday 1st September
last when I was driven to Perranporth to enjoy the Enthronement
at Joseph of Arimathea Conclave No.253 when Ill Kt. Gwynfryn
Thomas offered to drive me!
We arrived at Perranporth in plenty of time
to walk down to a local cafe and enjoy a coffee, but as we
approached the cafe a parade of Freemasons were leaving.
The owner told us that most of them had behaved properly, but
there was one who she described as somewhat cheeky and raucous!!
'No names no pack drill' but if you cross my palm with
return to the conclave we caught up on the news from friends of
their summer vacations and then paraded into the Conclave under
the Arch of Steel provided by V.Ill.Kt. Bernard Winsor and his
Sepulchre Guard, ably assisted by the Deputy Captain, 'cheeky'
Ill.Kt. Chris Bird, and the superb direction of our 'stand in'
Marshal, P.Kt. Chris Thomas.
Most Puissant Sovereign, P.Kt. Graham Hooper, and the current
Viceroy, E.Kt. Colin Rescorla, had both agreed to continue in
their important posts for a further year and they were
proclaimed as such under the very competent guidance of the
Marshal, P.Kt. Colin Adams.
evening was rounded off with the sort of Festive Board that we
have become used to at Perranporth - I really don't know
how they produce such quality meals at such low prices!!
'Divisional Recorder on a different plain'? Under
'Correspondence, the Conclave Recorder referred to an email I
had sent him in which I had queried something that he,
P.Kt. Marc Quigley-Ferriday was suggesting, needless to
say, he was right and I was wrong! My excuse is that I'm
still learning my job and I didn't go to Cambridge!!
most enjoyable night at Joseph of Arimathea and, thanks to
Gwynfryn, I was still back in Barnstaple by 11:00pm!
Division of Middlesex Annual Meeting - Saturday 15th July
2017 - Snowploughs in July?
Another early start, and, after meeting the Intendant General
(who once again had offered to be our Chauffer) and Orme Vince,
our Senior General, at Tiverton Parkway, we were soon on our way to Twickenham Masonic
Centre where the annual meeting of the Division of Middlesex is
As we drove
up the A303 near Stonehenge I couldn't believe my eyes as
approaching us in the other lane were ten Snowploughs! I
asked my companions if any of them had seen the weather forecast
that morning and they assured me that snow had not been
at the large car park at Cole Court with plenty of time to spare
and were soon catching up with the news from friends old and
new; and how nice it was to see V.Ill. Kt. Keith Waters (whose
name you will remember I mange to change every time I see him!) our Sub Prelate from deepest Cornwall visiting his
Denis Leigh, the Intendant General for Middlesex soon got the
meeting under way, and his casual manner and gentle humour made
us all feel that we were his closest friends! By 12:30 the
business of the meeting was finished and we were able to partake
of some most welcome refreshment before continuing the banter
with good Christian friends at the dinner table. Another
good day at Middlesex and Richard's superb driving got us home
The Intendant-General, Right
Lucas, has been pleased to appoint the officers listed
below who will be
invested at the Annual Meeting of the Divisional Conclave
on Saturday 25th November 2017 at Torquay
Frank H. Corbridge
Peter Durrant MBE
Standard Bearer (C)
Jim de Lisle Innis
Standard Bearer (L)
Warden of Regalia
Michael St.John French
Standard Bearer (C)
Conclave of Light No.498 -
Enthronement - Tuesday 11th July 2017 - You've never got a camera when you
Whenever I go to Cornwall it's sunny I said!
Boy was I proved wrong. The further west we travelled, the
wetter it got! We were on our way to the Conclave of Light
No.498 Enthronement meeting in Bodmin. We already knew
that the Sovereign, Ill.Kt. Jeff Leach, wouldn't be able to
perform the ceremony as he was still awaiting his heart surgery
and had to take things very quietly. That old stalwart
Ill.Kt. Colin Spilsbury quickly agreed to act as Sovereign and
34 knights including 14 Active and Grand Officers entered under
the Arch of Steel provided by the Sepulchre Guard; and how nice
it was to see their Captain after the turmoil's of his house
V.Ill.Kt. Bill Lissamer made short work of
installing W.Kt. Andy Paterson as Eminent Viceroy then he
himself was Enthroned as the Most Puissant Sovereign in superb
style by Ill.Kt. Colin.
the ceremony the assembled knights retired to the Westbury Hotel
camera?? Andy Fowkes had a lift to the hotel in
the back of our Intendant General's car. R.Ill.Kt. Richard
parked close beside some concrete stairs leaving Andy (who's not
he smallest guy in the world) to get out of a partially opened
back door which required him to undertake gyrations which were a
cross between Limbo dancing and the children's game 'Twister'.
Funniest thing I've seen for a long time and not a camera
Perranporth Appendant Orders - Friday 7th July 2017 -
Another drive down the Atlantic Highway on a warm summer's
afternoon, being chauffeured by one of our newest Grand
Officers, Ill.Kt. Gwynfrin Thomas, and the expectation of
another great ceremony at Perranporth - what more could any
Knight of the Red Cross of Constantine want?
candidates were preparing for the Appendant Orders Ceremony:
W.Kts. James Woonnacott and Jonathan Sheehan form the Conclave
of Light No.498; W.Kt. Michael Carter from Mount Lebanon
Conclave No.270 and W.Kt. Stephen Ball from Joseph of Arimathea
Conclave No.253. And what a ceremony they were given!!
Roger Freeman got the meeting started with a superb delivery of
the 1st Point, and, just when you thought it couldn't get
any better V.Ill.Kt. Roy Rudling matched that performance with
his delivery of the 2nd Point; and finally V.Ill.Kt. Bill
Lissamer showed that he wasn't going to be left out and
performed the 3rd Point in a similar manner!
Two of our
new Grand Officers, Ill.Kt. John Lynes and Ill.Kt. Gwynfrin
Thomas, showed us that 'fame' had not gone to their heads by
taking active parts in the ceremony, indeed I really don't know
how John manages to take on any role in the lodge at a moment's
notice and perform it perfectly - this time it was Verger!
knights in attendance all agreed that our Candidates could not
but have been impressed with such a magnificent ceremony.
And how nice it was to see our newest member of the Sepulchre
Guard, Kt. Colin Pomeroy, take up his post for the first time.
We all then
retired for a magnificent festive board, with soup 'to die for'
and other courses which were almost as good.
Grunting? Someone noticed (maybe it was the sepulchre
guard who are well known for their humour) that Bill Lissamer
grunted slightly whenever he got up to propose a toast - before
long the whole assembled company was joining him with a chorus
of grunting for every toast! You had to be there!!!
superb evening at Perranporth
Grand Imperial Conclave - Tuesday 4th July 2017 - A long
day but an enjoyable one!
An alarm going off at 4:30 heralds what you know is going to be
a long hot day! After picking up Paul Ackland and Gwyn
Thomas in Barnstaple and Adrian Garrity in Tiverton we were on
our way in what proved to be a nice uneventful journey to Grand
Imperial Conclave at Queen Street in London. Finding
plenty of parking spaces at Hounslow West we ere soon travelling
underground to our destination near Covent Garden. Having
plenty of time to spare, a browse around the goodies on offer in
Letchworth's followed by a pavement seat for coffee opposite the
entrance to Grand Lodge gave us the perfect opportunity to see
who was arriving.
knights had travelled from Devon and Cornwall to enjoy the Grand
Conclave and to watch eight of our knights invested with their
Grand Ranks in a ceremony full of grandeur and with visiting
dignitaries attending form all over the world.
was conducted by our Grand Sovereign, M.Ill.Kt. Graham Flight, G.C.C.
in his usual calm, relaxed but efficient manner with some humour
where appropriate, and the Devon & Cornwall contingent loudly
applauded when their own members received their honours.
the meeting we all retired to the splendour of the Connaught
Rooms for a meal with good company and ample wine!
Queen Street just as 'rush hour' was getting under way, and the
trip by tube train back to Hounslow reminded us all how lucky we
were to be living in the West Country. An uneventful drive
allowed us to be home by 10:00pm. A long day, but a most
enjoyable day, and congratulations to all those who received
well deserved Grand Honours!
Click here to see the photos
Conclave of Ascension No.499 -
Wednesday 21st June 2017 - An Inspiration at Ascension!
On one of the hottest days this month, 29
degrees C, the W.Kts. of the division descended on South
Brent for what was to prove to be a most inspirational meeting.
The concern of any Marshall is that all the officers attend to
undertake their duty.
Unfortunately, on this occasion, Ill.Kt. Dr Warner Barton was
short of a few officers including the Sovereign P.Kt. Ian
After some discussions offices were filled with Ill.Kt. John
Lynes taking the Chair for the installation of Companion Graham
Cribbett who was admitted and treated to an exemplary and
faultless investiture which included Ill.Kt. John not only doing
the main ceremony but also the Oration!! (which had been the
piece he had originally intended).
Conclave closed we repaired to partake of a warming and hearty
meal and customary short speeches. IllKt John Lynes
demonstrating a coolness, calmness and control throughout. An
absolute 'tour de force' and exemplary Red Cross Mason, with
many thanks from the Conclave!
News of Sick Brethren....
I have received the email below
Quigley-Ferriday about W.Kt. Newton Grant of Joseph of
Arimathea Conclave No.253....
Good morning Richard & Alan
An update on the health of
W.Kt. Newton Grant, who, you may have noticed was absent from
our last meeting in Perranporth.
He was recently admitted to the
Duchy hospital in Truro, for a blockage in his bladder, further
tests have confirmed that the growth is not cancerous, but
benign, and he will shortly be having surgery to remove the
He will shortly be celebrating
his 87th birthday on the 26th June
If I hear any further news,
I'll let you know
And from Jeff Leach.......
Thanks for your concern. No news yet from the Torbay Drs
meeting. Still in limbo from that. However I have two
appointments at Torbay on the 28 June one for a Lung function
test at the heart & lung dept & the other at the Vascular
laboratory for a ultrasound doppler on carotid artery both.So
things on the positive side moving onwards & upwards. I am still
taking it easy going for short walks on level etc & pottering
I still feel Ok but more aware of my heart
which I suppose is normal for my condition. I have just took it
for granted before & never thought about it pumping away day &
I will be thinking of you all having a cup of
coffee at the place we usually meet up at Grand Conclave. Its
one of the best parts of the day for me sat in the Sun having a
bit of Fun.
Cheers for just now,
I know that you will all want to wish them
well and assure them that we are thinking of them!
Following on from the item below....
I have been
informed that a memorial service for the late WBro Tony Ireland
ERD PPrSGW PAGDC will be held on Wednesday 12 July at the Church
of the Good Shepherd, Marine Road, Oreston, Plymouth PL9 7NN at
only, but donations if desired may be given by retiring
collection or sent to Co-op Funeral Care, 72 Pomphlett Road,
Plymstock, Plymouth PL9 7BN (Tel 01752 482900).
NB. The cremation
service will be for family only and I have received no
information regarding a wake afterwards.
I have just
heard that Ill.Kt. Anthony Charles Ireland, better known to us
as Tony, passed away peacefully in his sleep yesterday morning,
Friday 9th June, after a short illness.
just celebrated his ninety-first birthday. He was
installed in Royal Citadel Conclave in 1990 and became its
Sovereign in 2000. He rose to the rank of Past Grand
Chamberlain in 2010 and was our Divisional Treasurer from 2002
be sadly missed by all. I will post details of his funeral
as soon as I have them.
St. Brannock Conclave No.342 Meeting
- Thursday 8th June 2017 - "North Devon Needs Nick" !!
As our Deputy Intendant General, P.K. Nic St.John
Middleton White travelled along the North Devon Link Road towards
Barnstaple he was delighted to be welcomed by large yellow signs
displaying the message "North Devon Needs Nick!" Regrettably he
discovered that instead of this being a warm welcome by the Red Cross Knights of North Devon, they were in fact
posters for Nick Harvey, one of the candidates in the election
Nevertheless tea, biscuits and a warm welcome awaited
him at St. Brannock Conclave No.342 for its meeting on Thursday 8th
June. Four meetings in seven days together with the election day,
the lack of a candidate and several members off sick including our Most
Puissant Sovereign, P.Kt. Rayner, reduced our numbers for the meeting.
The Past Deputy Intendant General, Ill.Kt. Alan
Cockman, gave a talk entitled "A background to Constantine" which covered
many items that he had only recently un-earthed and which he wanted to
share with the worthy knights. The talk was very well received.
The other business of the evening was the successful
ballot for Ill.Kt. 'Bill' Littlechild to become an honorary member of the
The Recorder, Ill.Kt. Roger Guest, then produced an
application form for a joining member, the form, having been left inside
his front door, was in a very sorry state, his dog having taken a liking
to it and trying to eat it!! Roger promised to present a new
'un-eaten' form at the next meeting.
The worthy knights then retired for a most enjoyable
Steak and Kidney Pie festive board and everyone was on their way home by
St. John the Evangelist
Conclave No.238 Enthronement - Tuesday 6th June 2017
Following the success of their 50th
Anniversary Meeting at Exmouth the Enthronement Meeting of St.
John the Evangelist Conclave No.238 at their usual venue of
Topsham could have taken a bit of a
back seat, but this wouldn't be allowing for the charisma of its
Most Puissant Sovereign, Michael Jones!
become customary at Enthronement Meetings our Intendant General,
Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas, accompanied by our Deputy Intendant
General, P.Kt. Nic St.John Middleton White and 10 Active and
Grand Officers paraded into the Conclave under an Arch of Steel
formed by the Sepulchre Guard.
Mike, always tries to 'come up' with something different, and
this meeting was no exception. Both he and the Viceroy, Em.Kt.
Alex Barahona-Wills had agreed to continue in their offices for
a further year so we were treated to Ceremony in which both
continued by Declaration. The first that I've seen. And
how well they organised it, this will no doubt become the
model for any such future ceremonies!
Puissant Sovereign then showed the 50th Certificate to the
meeting pointing out that this was the first 50th Certificate
that the Grand Sovereign had presented to any Conclave.
then retired for a most enjoyable Festive Board in the company
of good Christian Knights.
Conclave No.270 Enthronement - Monday 5th June 2017
Despite heavy rain, storms, traffic jams,
motor accidents and fallen trees 43 Knights made it by hook or
by crook to the Enthronement Meeting of Mount Lebanon Conclave
No.270 in Tavistock on Monday 5th June, and what a ceremony they
were treated to!!
Active and Grand Officers paraded into the Lodge with our Deputy
Intendant General, P.Kt. Nic St.John Middleton White without our
Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas who, we learnt later
had been held up in traffic in Plymouth. As
usual the Sepulchre Guard provided the Arch of Steel and the
meeting then proceeded with the Most Puissant Sovereign
proffering the Baton to our Deputy I.G. M.P.Kt. Roger
Goulding then continued with the meeting and the Viceroy, Em.Kt.
Barry Slade proceeded to Consecrate the Viceroy Elect, W.Kt.
Roger Pulleyblank in a most proficient manner.
point our Intendant General arrived, after his three hour trip
from Plymouth to Tavistock, and was offered the Baton of
the Conclave by the M.P.S. M.P.Kt. Roger Goulding then
proceeded to Enthrone Em.Kt. Barry Slade in a most superb manner
- it's hard to believe that we could see two absolutely
magnificent ceremonies, just two days apart!
was then further augmented by a most excellent presentation of a
Grand Imperial Certificate to W.Kt. Michael Carter and, because
there were two 'Novices' present a very short version of the
Appendant Orders Certificate to Kt. Brian Dolton.
assembled company then retired to the Bedford Hotel for a most
enjoyable Festive Board.
Joseph of Arimathea
Conclave No.253 Official Visit - Friday 2nd June 2017
Official Visit by our Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard
Lucas and his officers to Joseph of Arimathea Conclave No.253 on
Friday 2nd June was enhanced by the presence of sixteen active
officers, the sepulchre guard under the leadership of their
Deputy Captain Ill.Kt. Chris Bird, and by the fact that there
was a candidate waiting in the 'wings'.
procession was ably orchestrated by our Divisional Marshal,
Ill.Kt. Paul Ackland and his Deputy V.Ill. Roy Rudling.
Paul having arrived very early because of a misunderstanding
about departure time from Barnstaple!
won't mention that one of
our officers had forgotten his Divisional sash - see if you can
spot him in the photo!
The Most Puissant Sovereign,
M.P.Kt. Graham Hooper quickly got the meeting under way and the
forty knights present were treated to one of the best ceremonies
that I've seen for a long time (and I've seen a few!). The
whole team rose to the occasion and the oration by Simon Bennett
was only eclipsed by the Accolade performed faultlessly by the
M.P.S. The only slight hiccup throughout the entire
ceremony was when one of the pillar officers, a very experienced
ex Conclave Marshal, who was called in at the last minute,
had a blank senior moment when he should have asked "Who
directed you hither?" But I promised not to mention that!
The meeting then continued with the M.P.S.,
the Viceroy and the Treasurer all agreeing to continue in office
for a further year.
all then partook of a most enjoyable festive board and I was
still home by 11:30 pm thanks to our driver P.Kt. Gwyn Thomas.
Some news about Jeff Leach
Jeff was admitted to
Torbay hospital coronary care unit last week. The doctors there gave him
various tests and they show that he has had a minor heart attack. He is
booked in for an angiogram on Tuesday which should show where the blockage
is. They will then decide what treatment he should be given.
Jeff has returned home for the weekend but has to have
total rest, peace and quiet.
Jeff, if you read this, we are all thinking about you
and wishing you well!!
Holy Trinity Conclave
No.311 Business Meeting - 17th May 2017
The meeting at Holy Trinity Conclave No.311
was a business meeting which included a short talk on our
founder, the Emperor Constantine. This talk was no doubt
inspired by his recent visit to places 'North of Bristol', and
all present found it most interesting.
A pleasant evening was had by all and they
all retired to the refectory for a lovely meal.
Divisional Conclave Saturday 20th May 2017 - the
Deputy goes North
paid homage to our Illustrious and Royal Founder Constantine
earlier in the week in York. The end of long sojourn into
and out of ancient Caledonia (Scotland), saw an early start on a
sunny Saturday 20th for the Deputy Intendant General heading to
Wolverhampton station to drop his brother off to go to London
and the Deputy headed North to Preston to attend the East
Lancashire Divisional Conclave Annual Meeting.
an easy journey chatting with a Genealogist and Heraldry
enthusiast, (who showed a great interest in the lapel pin the
Deputy was wearing prompting a conversation about Masonic
symbolism in general) ended with a short walk to the Masonic
Centre in Preston (right next to the Court Buildings!). Once
again the gathering of old and new friends in Red Cross Masonry
ensued. We were warmly greeted with coffee and bacon butties....
who said that an army marches on its stomach!?
morning meeting was the investiture of the new Intendant
General, Ill.Kt. Stephen William
P.G.Std.Br. (L). The ceremony was faultless with the
M.Ill.Kt Graham Flight and his team (including the Deputy Grand
Sovereign the Rt.Ill. and Em.Kt. Peter Hawken) and the Grand
Team working in harmony throughout.
Divisional Conclave was called off for an excellent luncheon
attended by 180 Knights and short speeches. After lunch the new
Intendant General, Ill.Kt. Stephen
resumed work by appointing his new team of Divisional Officers
in a warm and sincere fashion.
continued to shine on the journey back to Wolverhampton with
many happy memories to reflect upon. The Deputy Intendant
General eventually getting home to Plymouth on Sunday.
Division of Surrey Annual Meeting -
Saturday 29th April 2017 - It's just around the next bend!
The 5:00am alarm heralded another trip to a far off
Divisional Meeting. This time we were off to the Division of Surrey
Annual Meeting which was being held at The Masonic Hall Croydon, and we
had to be seated by 10:45!!
Neither our Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard
Lucas, nor his Deputy, Nic St.J. White could make it to this meeting so it
was up to me and our Senior General, P.Kt. Orme Vince to 'carry the flag'
on behalf of Devon and Cornwall.
As the 200 mile drive neared its end I was
surprised when my TomTom Sat Nav directed me off the M25 and through
Kingston where the traffic lights are more numerous than in Barnstaple and
indeed take even longer to change, and with the many different ethnic
pedestrians about the thought did occur to me that I might have taken a
wrong turn and was now in Kingston Jamaica! But my trust in
the Sat Nav proved well founded and we were soon pulling up in one of the
many parking spaces that were available at the Masonic Hall.
And what a magnificent hall it was, we counted no less
than nine temples, four Lodge of Instruction rooms, a large dining room,
many offices and, of course, a large bar.
We were warmly greeted by the Intendant General,
Rt.Ill.Kt. Rober "Bob" Hancock and the knights of Surrey made a point of
coming up to say hello, and the Divisional Recorder, Ill.Kt. Chris
Cradock, was the epitome of a helpful Recorder, the smile never left
his lips whilst he cheerfully dealt with various problems and requests!
The Intendant General quickly got the meeting going,
and welcomed all the guests from far and near. The business of the
meeting was quickly dealt with after which the Intendant General thanked
his outgoing deputy, Ill.Kt. Frank Powell for all his help, work and
support and then installed P.Kt. Andrew Sales as his new Deputy.
The assembled knights then retired to the refectory for
a superb lunch of Mushroom filled with Bacon & Cheese, Roast Beef with a
very ample salad and Strawberry Pana Cotta. Once again the company
was superb and we were on our way home by 3:00pm. - A great
day out at Surrey Divisional Meeting!
And the "It's just around the next bend" reference?
By the time we had circumnavigated London and were halfway home we both
felt in need of a 'comfort break' - Orme perhaps more so than me.
Having travelled the A303 a couple of weeks before I remembered that Sandy
and I had stopped in a roadside restaurant near Stonehenge that was most
pleasant, so as we passed the ancient monument i said to Orme those
fateful words " it's just around the bend". But I was wrong!
Ten miles further on I was still saying "It's just around the next bend!"
20 miles on from Stonehenge we finally found it. Only to find a
notice on the door saying that because of the Bank Holiday Weekend they
had closed at 3:00pm. Fortunately, just around the bend was a toilet
behind a garage which we were able to use.
John Lynes - Lost in
I've just received this email and photo from John Lynes in
which I'm sure you'd all like to see.......
I first visited Hotel Au Soleil with my late wife Gwen about
1990.It is a small family-run hotel in the very heart of the
Mine host is Andre,his charming wife Claudine, son Guillieme
(chef)& partner Alexandra. The restaurant is renowned for it's
fine cuisine. I have been privileged to celebrate both my 80th &
85th at Au Soleil & plans are well in hand for my 90th.Many
friends, family & brethren have made the 600 mile journey & long
may it continue.
I can't finish without mentioning the beautiful Alsace wines
(Jeff Leach likes them anyhow) & I know many of you have enjoyed
If anyone would like more information I will be only too pleased
St. Brannock Conclave
No.342 Enthronement 19th April 2017 - An evening of "firsts"!
The rehearsal for the St. Brannock Conclave No 342
Enthronement on Wednesday 19th April didn't bode well for the
meeting. Several officers were unavoidably absent, some of
our newer knights were attending their first Enthronement and
it was also the first Enthronement for our Marshal, Ill.Kt. Eddie Dymond. Indeed, we were so short of officers that I
was pressed into service as Junior General - the first time for
a long while that I had used a sword!! (never carrying one as
Deputy Intendant General).
Nevertheless, as is the way with the 'magic of Freemasonry' it all seemed to
come together, and 34 knights watched as the meeting got under
Twelve Active or Grand Officers joined our
Intendant General, R.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas, our Deputy Intendant
General, P.Kt. Nic St.J.M. White and Past Deputy Intendant
General V.Ill.Kt. Ed Purkis to parade into the Conclave under an
Arch of Steel provided by the Sepulchre Guard under the
direction of its Deputy Captain Ill.Kt. Chris Bird.
And despite (or perhaps because of) the
poor rehearsal the Eminent Viceroy, Em.Kt. Neil Rayner
consecrated W.Kt. Steve Marshall as Eminent Viceroy and was then
himself Enthroned as Most Puisssant Sovereign for the ensuing
year by the Most Puissant Sovereign, P.Kt. Alan 'Dave' Williams,
all of this was carried out in a superb manner.
Following the Enthronement our Deputy
Intendant General, somewhat nervous having to perform in front
of two past Intendants General, and for the first time,
presented Appendant Order Certificates to Kts. Brian Taylor,
Colin Pomeroy and Mike Skudder, and what a superb job he made of
The entire company then retired
for a most enjoyable Festive Board, and, in the toast to our
Intendant General he was unkindly reminded of another first -
the first time he forgot his Robe for a Divisional Meeting!!!
A wonderful evening of 'firsts' and a most
enjoyable evening at St. Brannock!
GRAND IMPERIAL CONCLAVE
OFFICERS DIVISION OF DEVON AND CORNWALL 2017
It has just been officially announced that the
following officers are to be appointed or promoted at the Grand Imperial
Conclave on Tuesday 4th July in London.
Deputy Grand Sovereign
P. HAWKEN MBE
|Past Grand Chamberlain
||MICHAEL 'BILL' OATS
Past Grand Standard Bearer (C)
||PHILIP JAMES PRICE
Past Grand Standard Bearer (C)
||NICHOLAS ST JOHN M. WHITE
Past Grand Prefect
Past Grand Warden of Regalia
||GWYN FRYN THOMAS
Past Grand Herald
||JOHN 'GRAHAM' LEA
Many congratulations to them all!
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Conclave of Light
No.498 Meeting 11th April 2017 - Once in Bodmin, how do you get
On a glorious sunny morning the 70 mile trip down the
Atlantic Highway to Bodmin was a pleasure! And a warm
welcome greeted me amongst old friends for the morning meeting
of the Conclave of Light No.498, a meeting in which an old
friend of mine was about to join our order.
Our Deputy Intendant General, P.Kt. Nic St.
John M. White, having gained his wings at Royal Citadel Conclave
a couple of weeks before, was to preside over the meeting, our
Intendant General having duties elswhere.
The Most Puissant Sovereign, Ill.Kt. Jeff
Leach showed his experience by quickly opening the Conclave and
carrying out the basic business of the meeting. Companion
James Wonnacott was then successfully balloted for and the
Marshal went off to entrust him. It was at this point that
it was realised that no one had told James to bring his Holy
Royal Arch Regalia! Not to worry, that ever resourceful
Knight John Sheehan (he of lock picking fame at the last
Conclave of Light meeting) came to the rescue with Chapter
Regalia that just happened to be in the boot of his car! I can't help wondering
what else he has in there!!!!
The ceremony then proceeded apace with the
M.P.S. , Jeff Leach and his team installing the new knight in an
excellent fashion, assisted by our Deputy Intendant General who
carried out his first accolade in a most competent manner.
Following the ceremony V.Ill.Kt. Bill
Lissamer was elected as the Most Puissant Sovereign for the
ensuing year and W.Kt. Andy Paterson (who stepped in at the last
minute at this ceremony to do the Oration, Andy Fowkes being not
too well) was elected as
Eminent Viceroy for the ensuing year.
Our Deputy Intendant General then once
again took centre stage and presented a Grand Imperial
Certificate to Knight John Sheehan in a most professional
The knights then retired to the refectory for
enjoyable buffet lunch. We were soon on our way home and I
decided just for a change to take the A30 - Launceston - Holsworthy route home. Three quarters of an hour later I was
still trying to escape from Bodmin - the Town Centre having been
completely closed for major roadworks! At last I found the
main artery out of Cornwall, only to find that one carriageway
was closed and the speed limit was a maximum of 40 mph (a lot
less when a tractor decided to use the road!).
Never mind a lovely sunny day and the meeting
and company had been superb!
Royal Citadel Conclave No.349 meeting -
Friday 24th March 2017
Friday the 24th March was the regular meeting of Royal
Citadel Conclave 327 with P.Kt. Nic White, Deputy Intendant General, in
the Sovereign's Chair and seven active divisional officers plus numerous
Grand Officers supporting him. This was the first occasion that he had
been ‘let loose’ without the supervision of the Intendant General!
The meeting saw the Senior General undertaking the
delivery of the Oration in an splendid fashion, thus opening up the
‘gateway’ for his eventual progression to the Chairs of Eusebius and
Sovereign, the delivery of the oration being essential to qualify a W.Kt.
to progress! This was followed by another first for the Deputy Intendant
General in the presentation of a Certificate to W.Kt. Joseph Louis Sevieri.
W.Kt .Sevieri commented on the superb manner in which the Deputy Intendant
General undertook the responsibility and other Knights similarly commented
after the event. The Deputy Intendant was suitably heartened by the
support he had received.
The festive board was convivial with short speeches so we were all away in
good time, the Deputy Intendant General went home to pack to catch the
01.00 Megabus (£22 return!! but no Yum Yums!) to London for the
Metropolitan Divisional Conclave on Saturday at Mark Masons Hall.
Divisional Meeting, Mark Mason's Hall - Saturday 25th March 2017
It's always a bit exciting to visit Mark
Mason's Hall, the home of our Order, but it's even more exciting when you
are attending the Installation of a new Intendant General by the Grand
Sovereign. And the excitement of the journey to London was
further enhanced by the company of our Intendant General, R.Ill.Kt.
Richard Lucas and the Deputy Grand Sovereign, R.Ill . and Em. Kt. Peter
Hawken MBE, G.C.C.
Having met the pair of them at Tiverton
Parkway Car Park I did offer to drive them both, but Richard looked across
at my five year old Kia Sportage (which he had sold me 2 years ago) and
declined the offer, preferring his Jaguar instead! So I put £4.50 in
the parking meter and off we went. A stop at the first motorway rest
area for Coffee and 'Yum Yums' proved that Peter was still strongly
following his diet when he resisted the temptation, but Richard and I did
A couple of hours later saw us pull in to the West
Hounslow Underground Station Car Park which, for the first time we've ever
seen was absolutely packed, perhaps because of the Antiques Market that
seemed to be going on. However, after a couple of circuits of the
car park our 'eagle eyed' Intendant General spotted a van pulling out and
quickly availed himself of the spot (at no cost whatsoever even though we
were in the heart of London! - Compare this with the cost of parking in a
field at Tiverton!)!
A tube ride into Green Park and we were soon
entering Mark Mason's Hall where we immediately ran into many friends from
other Divisions across the country, and, in my new position as Divisional
Recorder I was able to make several new contacts with other Recorders who
were all willing to provide me with help and advise in my new job.
Isn't that what these distant meetings are all about - making new contacts
Our Deputy Intendant General, P.Kt. Nic St.J.M.
White soon joined us (having travelled up with his wife Antonia over
night, after having conducting the meeting at Royal Citadel the night
before) and we all entered the Divisional Conclave.
As you all know I am a great fan of our Grand
Sovereign (maybe because he's a Harley Rider), and , once again, he
carried out the installation of the new Intendant General Ill.Kt. John
Graves, P.G.Pref. with his usual calm relaxed professional , and where
appropriate, humorous style.
After the Installation we all retired for a most
enjoyable Festive Board, but whilst many returned to the Meeting Hall to
continue the Divisional Meeting, the three of us, having regard to the
time, and the distance we had to travel opted not to attend the Divisional
Meeting which started at 3:00 o'clock.
A pleasant drive home in very good company ended a
most enjoyable day!!
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Spring Lunch at
Fingle Glen Golf Hotel - 19th March 2017
They say that the sun shines on the righteous
- well there must have been eighty two very righteous knights, wives and
their friends at Fingle Glen Golf Hotel at Tedburn St Mary on Sunday
19th March for the Red Cross Spring Lunch for the weather was glorious
After being welcomed by our Intendant General, R.Ill.Kt.
Richard Lucas and his lovely wife Marilyn and our Deputy Intendant
General, Ill.Kt. Nic White and his equally lovely wife Antonia, there was
enough time before lunch to
renew old friendships and catch up on the latest news and gossip!
The meal was up to the usual standard of Fingle Glen
and the company was, as you'd expect from such good Christian knights
better than ever, and the view out over the golf course was superb!
We were also delighted that the
Past Grand Eusebius,
Rt.Ill. and Ven.Kt. Peter Blackwell Smyth
was able to join us.
The Lunch, as always, had been organised by George Evatt,
our Divisional Viceroy, and our Intendant General kept the toasts short
Another great Spring Lunch with terrific fish and
chips!! And, obviously some of us are not as righteous as others because
the rain started just as we got past Wikleigh on the way home!!
Click here to see the photos of the Lunch
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St. Ercus Conclave No.349 meeting -
Tuesday 14th March 2017
A slightly grey journey started, as do so many when
heading into the Southern reaches of the Division (Cornwall), at the
magnificent bridges over the Tamar. VIllKt Richard Lucas once again
providing transport to Hayle. A slight detour around the Trago Mills area
proved less traumatic or costly in time as we had both feared! The weather
over the downs closed in with the rolling mists and drizzle obscuring much
of the views over the countryside only clearing as we drove into Halye.
This was an exciting meeting for me as, strangely, I had not been to Hayle
before in any degree! We arrived in such good time as to be able to assist
VIllKt Bill Lissimer (Marshal of St Ercus among so many other roles he
plays in our Division) and IllKt Roy Rudling, Deputy Divisional Marshal
clambering into some dark recesses of the building to access the necessary
furniture for our meeting.
The Conclave was opened by PKt Michael Howard who conducted the domestic
business of the Conclave efficiently with IllKt Neville Don, Recorder,
keeping the proceedings moving smoothly up to the main course of the
evening, a paper by V.IIl.Kt. K.R.D.Waters, PG STB(C), PastDIG(Middx)
entitled "Further Reflections on the Red Cross". A most enjoyable and well
delivered paper. We repaired to the refectory where we were treated to a
tasty meal of Sausages and Mash followed by a steamed Treacle
pudding.....just right for the long damp journey home and short speeches.
For my next visit to St Ercus and Hayle I have been promised a guided tour
of this ancient and historic building by IllKt Roger Freeman, the building
once home to Trevithic!
News about Jeff and Gill Leach
Although Jeff and Gill are on their annual missionary
trip to Australia they still have us in their minds. Proof of this
was apparent when a large box of chocolates together with a birthday card
arrived at the home of John Lynes just in time for his 88th Birthday this
coming Saturday - but he has told me to keep that quiet !!!
Anyway, well done Jeff and Gill and keep up the good
work in the Antipodes!!
Take care, and we're thinking of you.
Oh, and happy birthday on Saturday John - I won't
mention it to anyone !!!
Conclave of Ascension
No.499 Enthronement 7th March 2017
The Lodge at South Brent is not exactly the largest in the
world and on Tuesday 7th March it was nearly full to overflowing
with knights from places as far apart as Combe Martin, Brixham
and Truro all of whom had come to see the Most Puissant
Sovereign, P.Kt. Nic St.J.M. White, (who is also our Deputy
Intendant General), enthrone Em.Kt. Ian Pollock as M.P.S. of the
Conclave of Ascension No.499.
A procession which included our Intendant
General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas, The past Grand Eusebius,
Rt.Ill. and Ven.Kt. Peter Blackwell Smyth, past Deputy
Intendants General V.Ill. Ed Purkis and Ill.Kt. Alan Cockman,
twelve active Divisional Officers and numerous Grand Officers
entered the Conclave under an Arch of Steel provided by the
After the initial
business of the meeting in which W.Kt. Andrew Chapman from
Surrey was successfully balloted for as a joining member,
Em.Kt. Ian Pollock inducted P.Kt. Dave Silman as Viceroy.
The M.P.S. enthroned Ian Pollock as Most Puissant Sovereign.
He then appointed and invested his officers
The assembled knights the retired to a most
enjoyable lunch and with short speeches which ensured that most
of us arrived home by 4:00 pm.
News about Louis Baycock
Several knights have noticed, and commented on, the
fact that V.Ill.Kt. Rev. Louis Baycock has been noticeably quiet in his
absence from meetings recently!
Well, he has had a bit of a problem but hopefully his
problems will soon be resolved by an operation and he sounds quite perky
about it all.
We all look forward to seeing him soon!!
Conclave No.270 meeting 27th February 2017 - Certificates presented by the
Thirty six knights including eleven active Divisional
Officers journeyed to Tavistock on a damp February evening to attend the
business meeting of Mount Lebanon Conclave No.270 last Monday.
As usual we were all warmly greeted by the Most
Puissant Sovereign, Roger Goulding and his team, and the meeting soon got
After opening, the M.P.S. proffered the Baton to our
Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas, and then Rt.Ill. & Em.Kt.
Peter Hawken was admitted with all due ceremony and was also proffered the
Baton. Both declined, allowing the M.P.S. to continue the meeting.
During the proceedings our Intendant General presented
a Grand Conclave Certificate to W.Kt. Kevin Webster in a superb manner and
our Deputy Grand Sovereign presented W.Kt. Webster and W.Kt. James Davis
in an equally superb manner.
There then followed the election of officers for the
forthcoming year when Em.Kt. Barry Slade was elected as Most Puissant
Sovereign and W.Kt. Roger Pullyblank was elected as Viceroy.
The whole ceremony was overseen by the Marshal, Ill.Kt.
Roy Rudling, who was sporting a deep tan having just returned the day
before from two weeks in the sun!!
The knights then retired to a most enjoyable festive
Reminiscing on a trip to South Wales
and Monmouthshire Divisional Meeting -
25th February 2017.
In the company of our Intendant General, having agreed to meet at Clyst
St. George, the journey proceeded to Taunton services to stop for coffee
and yum yum’s. On proceeding out of the shop and having paid for the goods
the young lady on the till asked our I.G. if he was going to pay for the
yum yum’s that he had in his hand. After a little embarrassment and paying
up we proceeded up to Bridgend.
On arrival we were greeted well and coffee and bacon
butties were available. The ceremonial was conducted in a professional and
enjoyable manner. Interestingly all the guests were provided with a named
card with the Welsh National Anthem complete with pronunciations Temple
seat and dining seat numbers on. A nice touch I thought.
The Luncheon was enjoyed with good food and good
company. After our thanks to our Host and new acquaintances’ a speedy
return to Devonshire was on the plan as our host were keen to watch Wales
playing their rugby match.
Divisional Senior General
Conclave of the Resurrection No.432 meeting
24th February 2017 - What do you call a collection of three Past Deputy Intendants General?
Despite Barnstaple being 'gridlocked' because of a three car 'shunt' on
the link road, a car load of us from North Devon managed to arrive in
plenty of time for the Official Visit to the Conclave of the Resurrection
No 432 at Tiverton on Friday 24th February.
We were warmly greeted by the Most Puissant Sovereign,
David Jaques and his team and were soon renewing old acquaintances over a
glass of ale!
Twelve Active Officers and Grand Officers paraded into
the Conclave with our Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas and our
Deputy Intendant General, P.Kt. Nic St.J.M. White. The procession
also included three Past Deputy Intendants General , Ed Purkis, Alan
Cockman and Derek Southgate. The whole procession passed under an
Arch of Steel formed by our Sepulchre Guard under the direction of its
Deputy Captain, Ill.Kt. Chris Bird.
Twenty nine knights were then treated to a super
ceremony conducted by the M.P.S. David Jaques under the guidance of the
Conclave Marshal, P.Kt Brian Emmerson, which included a most interesting
talk on the Appendant Orders Sash by the Conclave Recorder, Ill.Kt. Brian
The assembled knights then retired to the refectory for
a super festive board with good food, good company and short speeches.
Any suggestions for a collective name for a group of Past Deputy
Intendants General (Past D.I.G.s) would be gratefully received!!
West Midlands Divisional
Meeting at Birmingham - 18th February 2017 - You never know who
you're going to bump into!!
The alarm going off at 5:30 am on a dark February morning
and the thickest fog I've seen for some time at Rackenford
almost convinced me that these Masonic Visits were more trouble
than they were worth as I travelled to meet our Intendant
General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas and our Senior General, P.Kt.
Orme Vince at Tiverton Parkway car park on our way to the West
Midlands Divisional Meeting at King's Heath in Birmingham on
Saturday 18th February. A quick stop to fortify ourselves
with coffee and chocolate Danish Pastries (Yum Yums seeming to
have disappeared from the shelves) we were on our way in the
comfort of Richard's Jaguar.
One of the wonderful things about attending
Red Cross meetings is the chance to renew friendships and to
make new ones, and we were absolutely delighted when P.Kt. John
Croft, one of our past Senior Generals, who had moved to
Cirencester, walked into the room in which we were partaking of
Coffee and Bacon Butties! And whilst catching up on the
news with John we were joined by our Deputy Intendant General,
P.Kt. Nic St.J.M. White who had taken the opportunity to stay
with his father who lived locally, we were delighted when Nic
introduced us to, not only his father but also to the man who
had proposed him into Freemasonry. As always Rt.Ill.Kt. Colin Young, the
Intendant General of the West Midlands and his team gave us all
a very warm welcome and the Meeting soon got under way.
After opening the Divisional Meeting the
Intendant General warmly welcomed the Distinguished Guests using
good humour and showing how well he knew most of the Guests who
included not only VIPs from Red Cross but also high ranking
officers from the Craft, Chapter, Mark and other degrees who
were members of Red Cross. The usual business of a Divisional
Meeting was then carried out with one or two small differences
to our meetings here in Devon and Cornwall which were
interesting to see!
Following the Meeting the assembled knights
retired to the bar where they were amply provided with liquid
refreshment before sitting down to a superb festive board with
good food, ample wine and short speeches, and we were all on our
way home by 3 o'clock!
A superb Divisional Meeting at West Midlands,
well done to the whole team, and many thanks to our Intendant
General for providing the transport!!
St. John the Evangelist Conclave
No.238 meeting 7th February 2017 - A chilly night but a warm
Following the huge success of the 50th Anniversary meeting of the Conclave
in Exmouth at the end of 2016, the first meeting of the conclave for 2017
saw them back in Topsham in familiar surroundings in the beautiful Masonic
temple. A temple full of history and interest for the Archaeologists/
Architecture fans amongst us.
The Knights were made very welcome on the chilly night
and the meeting opened with MPS Ill Kt Michael Jones leading his team,
including a last minute substitute Viceroy in the person of Ill Kt Brian
Meldon (P.G.SwdB), PKt Alex Barahona-Wills (Provincial Prefect) being
unable to attend. The MPS was guided under the keen eye of the Marshall
Ill Kt J Michael Daniels. Our Intendant General was grateful to be
accompanied by several Divisional Officers and the Deputy
Intendant-General which swelled the numbers.
The business of the meeting was managed swiftly and
efficiently, however, there was a reminder of our need to be aware of
safety in the Conclave as a slight stumble by a General, holding a naked
sword in the recession almost resulted in the skewering of the Provincial
Registrar and member of the Conclave (a lawyer!) .... explain that one at
Accident and Emergency if you can! The situation was recovered with
grace, dignity and with no damage to any knight.
The early closure of the meeting meant that we were
able to make full use of time in the refectory where we were treated to
great food and even greater camaraderie. Speeches were succinct which
meant that we were all away on our various journeys quite early, the
Provincial Standard Bearer (C), Pkt Tony Moyle, having perhaps the longest
journey back into Cornwall.
Appendant Orders Meeting Monday 30th January 2017 - Anyone got a
It's been about four years since I had an
active part in a Red Cross ceremony but the Appendant Orders
Meeting in Barnstaple on Monday 30th January 2017changed all
that, but they only gave me a small non speaking roll!!
forty knights from all over Devon and Cornwall including our
Divisional Grand Commander, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas and our
Deputy Grand Commander, P.Kt. Nic White, together with a goodly
number of Divisional Officers and complimented by the Sepulchre
guard and their Captain and Deputy Captain witnessed a superb
ceremony in which V.Ill.Kt. Roger Duffett, P.Kt. Gwyn Thomas and
Ill.Kt. Paul Ackland conferred the Appendant Orders on W.Kt.
Mike Scudder and W.Kt. Colin Pomeroy in a most excellent manner.
And, needless to say, I was
word perfect in my non speaking roll as 2nd Lieutenant.
In fact the whole ceremony
proceeded without a hitch, except for one! When a 'leading light'
in another Order who was acting as prompter was caught unawares
when all the lights were extinguished and he had no torch to
enable him to provide prompts! However he was rescued by our
quick thinking Marshal who grabbed the candle from on top of the
Sepulchre and placed it on the Registrar's desk! Next
meeting we'll have a 'whip round' for a torch!!
The knights then retired for
a most enjoyable Festive Board, with good food, good wine, good
Christian company and short speeches, and everyone was on there
way home by 9:20.
And I promised not to mention
the very senior officer who was caught talking on his mobile
phone during the festive board!!
Another good night at
A letter from Plymouth Public Health
V.Ill.Kt. George Evatt has asked me to draw your
attention to a letter which can be accessed by clicking on this link.
Lost Regalia - a plea for help!
One of our Knights, Peter Durrant, has mislaid all of
his Red Cross regalia consisting of his sash, jewel and most importantly
his Sepulchre Guard Collaret. Please could you look in all the
corners of your Conclaves and if you manage to find it please let him or
The Holy Trinity Conclave No.311 Meeting
Wednesday 11th January 2017
a small gathering at Jordan Masonic Hall in Torquay on a
mild Wednesday evening. The journey from Plymouth was
uneventful, collecting our Intendant-General en-route to
attend this, the second meeting of the New Year. Arriving
slightly early (before the Tea & Coffee were ready!) it gave
us the opportunity to form an informal welcoming committee
for the Knights attending including our new Divisional
Recorder Ill Kt Alan Cockman Past Deputy Intendant-General,
who had travelled down from the northern reaches of the
Division with the Divisional Marshall Ill Kt Paul Ackland.
The Conclave was opened by PKt David Ellis with PKt Sid George (Past
Sovereign) stepping in as Viceroy. The usual business was
dispatched easily which led to the highlight of the evening,
a short paper on the Order by our Intendant-General. This
was well received by those present and considering the
content was suitable for discussing the recruitment of
members from within Holy Royal Arch Chapters. If any Knight
would like a copy please ask.
closing we repaired to the refectory for a delicious festive
board, great company of friends, conversation and short
swifter journey home with no detours was most welcome and
time to reflect on another wonderful evening in good company
in our Order, celebrating our Faith, Unity and Zeal!
Joseph of Arimathea
Conclave No.253 Meeting 6th January 2017 - A new team on a damp
‘January brings the snow, makes your feet and fingers
glow…’ So says the old rhyme of our youth; however it seems in these days
that it’s more to do with drizzle, rain and mist. As we took the high road
to Perranporth on the 6th January 2017 we had a little bit of each
travelling from Plymouth. The Intendant-General travelling with the Deputy
met at the Tamar Bridge and proceeded West arriving in Perranporth in good
time for the meeting.
The welcome to the Conclave was as expected very warm
and got warmer as the heating system in the temple got into its stride!
The meeting was well supported by Grand and Divisional
Officers out for the first Conclave meeting since the Divisional Meeting
in December where the new team, including P.Kt. Nic White as the Deputy
and five other newly appointed divisional officers. Also in attendance was
V.E.Kt Dr. Revd. Peter Blackwell- Smyth PG Eusebius and a number of Heads
and Deputies of other Masonic orders.
A short lecture was given by W.Kt. Marc
Quigley-Ferriday about Ecclesiastical Law from Constantine to the present
day. This paper was well received by the Kt’s present but no-one was quite
prepared to ask any questions!
The Festive Board was a hearty and warming meal
completed by the usual toasts being honoured in what looked like it was
going to be an early return home. A lovely way to begin our 2017 season.
The journey started well, however as the Bodmin turning
towards Plymouth was closed, the Intendant-General and Deputy had a far
longer journey home which lost the advantage of an early finish to the
evening in Perranporth!
A thank you from the past Deputy
Four years ago I had the honour of being selected to
become the Deputy Intendant General of our wonderful Division of Devon and
Cornwall. At that time I didn't know a great many of our members,
and they didn't know me!
In those four years you have all, not just become
friends, but almost members of my family and Sandy and I would like to
thank you all for your help and support over those years. We have
shared many happy moments together, and some sad ones, and I know you will
give our new Deputy Intendant General the same support that you have given
In taking over from George Evatt as Divisional Recorder
I'm trying to fill some very big shoes but I know that I can count on
support from 'my family'! It is also my intention to carry on
visiting Conclaves (although perhaps not quite as often) so I hope to see
you all soon!
Divisional Meeting at
Plymouth - 10th December 2016 - The end of an era, and the
start of a new one!
The 2016 Divisional meeting held at Mount Edgecumbe
Masonic Hall in Plymouth on Saturday 10th December heralded the end of an
era for several of our knights, and the beginning of a new era for others.
VIP's from all over England joined our Devon and
Cornwall knights to support our Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas
when he opened the meeting and welcomed the guests who included
Rt. Ill. & Eminent Kt.
Peter Hawken MBE GCC Deputy Grand Sovereign and Rt.Ill. & Ven. Kt. Dr. The
Revd. Charles Peter Bernard Blackwell-Smyth,G.C.C. Past
The business of the meeting was then carried out in a most
efficient manner with good humour added when appropriate. Then came the
main business - that of investing the Officers for the Division. It
was at this point that I stood down as Deputy Intendant General and
surrendered my Baton to the Intendant General. An escort was then
formed by the Divisional Marshal and the Deputy Intendant General Elect,
P.Kt. Nicholas St J. M. White entered the Divisional Conclave. He
was then duly installed as Deputy Intendant General in an exemplary
This was followed by the appointment of the Divisional
officers, the first of which was that of V.Ill.Kt. George Evatt who, after
having given ten years of service to our Order as Divisional Registrar,
was appointed as Viceroy.
Soon after that I was appointed as Divisional Recorder.
The Intendant General then addressed the meeting and
made a special reference to the superb support that the outgoing
Divisional Officers had given him over the past year with many of them
visiting Conclave for not just the Official Visits and Enthronements, but
also for other meetings.
Under 'Any Other Business' a new Labarum Banner was
presented to the Division by Ill.Kt. Michael Jones on behalf of St. John
the Evangelist Conclave No.238.
Also under this heading our Intendant General made a presentation to
V.Ill.Kt. George Evatt in appreciation of all his work as Recorder over
the past ten years.
The assembled company then retired for a most enjoyable
Also available at the Meeting was a new book about the
Red Cross of Constantine and its meaning and history which also include a
history of our Conclaves (available from Peter Blackwell Smyth at a cost
Happy Christmas Everyone!!
Click here to see the photos
(with thanks to Philip Adam)
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Resurrection No.432 Enthronement Friday 25th November 2016
I was delighted when our Junior General,
P.Kt. Gwyn Thomas offered to drive me to the Conclave of
Resurrection No.432 at Tiverton on Friday 25th November for what
was to be my final visit as Deputy Intendant General of our
wonderful Division. But I became slightly concerned when
twenty minutes after the appointed hour Ill.Kt Roger guest and I
were still awaiting his arrival. Apparently the traffic in
Barnstaple was horrendous and it had taken him forty minutes
just to drive across town!!! I needn't have worried Gwyn's
skill enabled us to arrive at Tiverton with plenty of time to
spare and with the opportunity to renew old and new
acquaintances before the meeting.
And what an
excellent meeting it was!! We've noticed for some time
that the standard of the ceremonies in our Division has been
getting better and better, but I think the meeting at Tiverton
was one of the best I've ever seen!
knights from across the Division watched as The Most Puissant
Sovereign quickly got the meeting under way and our Intendant
General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas paraded in with Grand Officers
and ten active divisional officers under the Arch of Steel
provided by his Sepulchre Guard under the guidance of their
Captain, V.Ill.Kt. Bernard Winsor and their Deputy Captain
Ill.Kt. Chris Bird.
David Jaques then consecrated and Installed W.Kt. Alan Jones as Viceroy of the Conclave
in an exemplary manner and was then himself installed as Most
Puissant Sovereign by P.Kt.
Chris Hodgson in an even more exemplary manner which also
included some gentle humour at the appropriate moments.
last meeting that I was to observe as Deputy Intendant General I
couldn't have wished for a more professionally presented
The assembled knights
then retired for a superb festive
board with good food, good wine, good Christian company and
The Conclave of
Light No.498 Meeting Tuesday 8th November 2016 - Why does our
Candidate have a lock picking set in his car!
Setting off to the
Conclave of Light Meeting on Tuesday 8th November at 8:00am
I thought I had left plenty of time to get from Barnstaple
to Bodmin by 10:30. However several heavy lorries and
tractors on the Atlantic Highway (stop smiling Roger) and a
twenty minute hold up at the road works at Bude had me
worried that I might be late. However my fears were
unfounded because when I arrived at Bodmin all the knights
were standing around outside the Masonic Hall. I
assumed that like at Exmouth two weeks before, the key
holder had not yet arrived. Not so! Apparently
someone with too much time on their hands and the brain
power of a carrot had poured super
glue into the lock which made it inoperable.
A locksmith was summoned
but took some time to arrive so nearly everyone present had
a go at, or passed an opinion on how to, release the lock.
The big surprise came when our Candidate for the meeting
suddenly produced a very professional looking set of lock
picking tools, and with a practiced prowess worked on the
lock. All to no avail, the hall seemed impenetrable!
Then the lock smith arrived. Using much more muscle
than our Candidate he managed to remove the lock and we
finally gained access to the hall.
Forty five minutes late,
the Most Puissant Sovereign, Ill.Kt. Jeff Leach opened the
Conclave and proffered the Baton to the Deputy Intendant
General, Ill.Kt. Alan Cockman, the Intendant General,
Rt.Ill. Richard Lucas having sent his apologies.
The meeting then
continued apace and the 'Lock Picking' Candidate, Companion
John Sheehan was duly installed as a knight of our Order by
the MPS in a superb manner, especially bearing in mind the
trauma before the meeting.
The knights then retired
to a Festive Buffet consisting of a large Cornish Pasty and
a pint of beer.
And our Candidates Lock
Picking prowess? Apparently he is a member of a Lodge who
regularly seem to have the same problem so has, over the
years, become quite adept at
'Lock Picking' - well, that's his story!!
meeting at Bodmin!!
St. John the
Evangelist Conclave No.238 50th Anniversary Meeting Wednesday
26th October 2016 - "They got it right!!"
Our Divisional Marshal, Ill.Kt. Paul Ackland
was determined to arrive at the Exmouth Masonic Hall, the venue
for the 50th Anniversary Meeting of St. John the Evangelist,
with plenty of time to spare. However our 2:30 arrival was
greeted with locked doors!! A cup of tea in a local cafe
was called for. However the local proprietor of the
Exmouth Cafe was so taken aback in seeing the sword carried by
our Marshal that he promptly spilled the tea all over the table.
Arriving back at the
Hall we were greeted by many knights, still locked out, and all
ready to take part in the practice preparations for the
forthcoming meeting. The Captain of the Sepulchre Guard,
V.Ill.Kt. Bernard Winsor, was not amused!!
of St. John the Evangelist then arrived with a key and we all
piled into the Masonic Hall to find that the Dining room had
been set out in a superb and very impressive manner with a 50th
Anniversary Cake depicting the Banner of the Conclave taking
pride of place in the centre of the room. The Tables had
been suitably adorned with some wonderful menus depicting the
same Banner created by Mrs Carrol Silman who also provided the
cake mentioned above!.
Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas headed the
procession of Active and Grand Officers into the conclave under
the Arch of Steel provided by the Sepulchre Guard and was
offered the Baton of the Conclave by the Most Puissant
Sovereign, Ill.Kt. Michael Jones.
Sovereign, M.Ill.Kt. Graham Flight, G.C.C. was then received into
the Conclave, accompanied by the Deputy Grand Sovereign,
R.Ill.Kt. Peter Hawken M.B.E. G.C.C. and the Grand Sovereign
was offered the Baton by the M.P.S.
The Ceremony then
continued apace with the original minutes of the first
conclave meeting being read by P.Kt. David Silman, a
synopsis of the history of the Conclave being given by
Ill.Kt. John Tilke, an Oration given by R.Ill. & Ven.Kt. Dr.
the Rev. Charles Peter Bernard Blackwell Smyth G.C.C. and an
address by R.Ill.Kt. Keith Barry Jackson which was given by
our Intendant General, Keith having been taken ill.
R.Ill.Kt. Peter Blackwell
Smyth also dedicated the new pair of Gladius Swords that had
been presented to St. John the Evangelist Conclave to
replace the original swords which had been purchased in a
second hand shop nearly 50 years ago.
The Grand Sovereign then
unexpectedly took the Chair and presented the Conclave with
a 50 Year Certificate, the first such Certificate that had
been presented anywhere in the Red Cross of Constantine
Order. He also requested that the worthy knights
should 'keep this presentation quiet as all the other
Conclaves who qualified would also want one if they heard
The assembled knights
then retired to the refectory for a most enjoyable festive board
which culminated with the M.P.S. and the Grand Sovereign
cutting the 50th anniversary cake with a sword for its
distribution to the worthy knights present
Overheard from a very
senior knight sat close to me referring to the evening's
events - "They got it right!!!"
And how wonderful that St
John the Evangelist's 50th Anniversary should be so honoured
by the presence of our Grand Sovereign, a leader who has
such gentle and commanding presence tempered with such
If you weren't there you
missed one of the best evenings that our Division could ever
hope to see!!
Unfortunately, I never
did get the £15 back from our Divisional Marshal which I
paid for his meal whilst he was sunning himself in Sunny
Spain!! - I live in hope!!
Click here to see the photos
A message from our
Good Evening Alan,
Would you please convey my heart felt thanks to all the
W.Kt's who attended the St John the Evangelist Conclave's
50th Anniversary Celebrations. Our Grand Sovereign Most Ill.
Kt Graham Flight was very happy with the proceedings, and
was chuffed to bits that so many W.Kt's had attended. It was
also a pleasant surprise to see our Asst Grand Recorder
V.Ill Kt Jonathan Roberts officiating as Grand Marshall.
Both our Grand Sovereign and Asst Grand Recorder are very
approachable, and were glad to meet so many members of our
Division, I in turn was very proud of the way our W.Kt's
conducted themselves, during the course of the evening.
My thanks also must go to all of those involved with the
organisation of the whole evening, much work behind the
scenes made for an excellent evening, culminating in in a
fine festive board, with all the trimmings and finished of
by that superb cake , made by P.Kt David Silman's wife
Our Captain of the Divisional Sepulchre Guard V.Ill. Kt
Bernard Winsor, as usual made sure that I was well attended,
and also brought in our Grand Sovereign. And because he took
wine with them after dinner, I am sure it is a moment they
will long remember. Of course, V.Ill Kt Bernard wanted his
Guard to be as good as the Grand Guard, I reckon they were
Once again my thanks to all involved,
Very best wishes to all,
And a message from the Most
Worthy Knights of St John the Evangelist Conclave and
Blessed Friends and Helpers,
Please accept my heartfelt thanks to you all for Wednesday
We had much to celebrate and in my humble opinion we did
that in a fine Christian fashion.
I did not make any of the speeches I had to make a litany of
thanks for a number of reasons; I would possibly have
missed out some, embarrassed others and some would not have
been there to hear me.
Suffice it to say, those who worked before, during and after
the event, in whatever minor or major capacity, repaid and
rewarded those Worthy Knights of Old, our founders, in ample
form with their Faith, their Unity and their Zeal in writing
another significant chapter in the history of St John the
And finally, to contradict myself immediately, a very
special word of thanks to Carol Silman, who, as well as
making the beautiful Menu Cards, produced the miraculous
cake which served as such a spectacular finale to the
Thank you and God bless you all,
Ill.Kt. Michael R. Jones P.G.Prefect
St. John the Evangelist Conclave 238
Red Cross of Constantine,
Devon & Cornwall.
And, a Halloween (All
Saint's Day) email from Peter Blackwell Smyth following the
I do not like driving long
distances at night so when I visit SJE Conclave No 238, I
usually stay at Fingle Glen and arrange for a kindly knight
to pick me up and leave me back.
This was my plan for
last Wednesdays 50th Anniversary celebrations but things
did not go according to plan! When 2 very senior and kindly
Knights left me back to Fingle Glen about 2220 and rapidly
sped off home, I discovered I was locked out with no key!
There was no reply from the Club phone number and booking.com
was not able to contact the hotel either! I did not have
a directory of local knights with me and, to make matters
worse, my car keys were locked in my bedroom!
So what could I do?! No use
ringing my family to collect me because it was late at night
and my car would still have to be collected. To have called
a taxi and gone to look for a hotel would (or could) have
opened a bottomless financial pit.
SO I decided to walk to
Tedburn St Mary about a mile away. It was very scary at that
time of night on an unlighted road but I did make the
village but not until after 11. There were no B&Bs and even
the Pub was closed.
However I did hear voices
and saw an open door. When I went in,there were a few men
around having a drink. They were well versed in Holy
Scripture and there were a few quips about there being no
room in the inn along with an enquiry about what I had done
More relevantly, one of
the men said he did not have much but that I was welcome to
a crib in his poor manger!! Fred walked me to his home
and when we opened the gate, there were 2 old bangers in the
drive with a good spread of spare mechanical and body parts
My hopes soared when he
opened the front door to reveal a very friendly
Jack Russell terrier!! Fred was obviously OK ! The front
room was cosy with a wood burner stove so Fred walked me
past the general untidiness to a very rickety staircase
leading to a small room with no curtains but, buried under
an assortment of books. car bits and pieces, a few boxes and
so on was not only a bed but a bed with a sheet ,a duvet and
I can't say I slept that
well but I think Fred qualified for sainthood- don't you?!!
PS Next morning I did
have an apology from Fingle Glen and there was no charge
for my "accommodation".
Peter Blackwell Smyth
Conclave No.327 Enthronement Monday 24th October 2016 - What
Barnstaple was fine and dry when Paul
Ackland, Roger Guest and myself left for the Enthronement
Meeting at Royal Citadel Conclave No.327 at Mount Edgcumbe
Masonic Hall in Plymouth on Monday 24th October 2016 via such
foreign sounding places as Launceston, Callington, Kelly Bray
By the time we arrived
at Mount Edgcumbe car park out Divisional Marshal wished that
his regalia included a heavy waterproof coat and umbrella rather
that a sash and sword!! However, Deputy to the rescue as
he had two umbrellas in the boot of his car! An ex
insurance man is always prepared for anything!!
14 Active Officers and Grand
Officers paraded in with our Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt.
Richard Lucas under the Arch of Steel provided by his Sepulchre
Guard and 42 worthy knights watched as the Deputy Intendant
General elect, Em.Kt. Nick St.J. White was installed as Most
Puissant Sovereign of the Royal Citadel Conclave No.327 by P.Kt.
Lt.Cdr. David Foreman in a most excellent manner. Prior to
that the Em.Kt. Nick, Consecrated and Installed W.Kt. Andy
Fowkes as Viceroy of the Conclave.
After the Officers were
appointed and installed the business of the meeting continued
with the Deputy Intendant General presenting a certificate to
W.Kt. Royston Lucas.
As always at Royal
Citadel, the assembled knights retired for a superb festive
board with good food, good wine, good Christian company and
And, to make the evening
even better, Ill. Kt. Mike Daniels remembered to pay back
the 50p he owed me, and the rain had stopped!!
Conclave No.349 Enthronement Tuesday 11th October 2016 -
Tractors, Tractors and more Tractors!
I know we're at the end of the "Farmer's
Year", with the Harvest all safely gathered in, so why were we
held up by what seemed like more tractors than cars and lorries
on the way down the Atlantic Highway to Hayle for their
Enthronement on Tuesday 11th October??
Once we'd managed to
finally circumnavigate this 'herd' of tractors we were warmly
greeted by the members of St. Ercus. (what is the correct
name for a group of tractors? - answers on a postcard to.....)
Our numbers may have
been slightly depleted by the error on the Red Cross Web Site
which showed the St. Ercus meeting as being on Thursday 11th
October rather than Tuesday - sorry about that - I hope nobody
turned up on Thursday!!!
Our Intendant General,
Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas being away on Masonic Business, our
Deputy Intendant General, Ill. Kt. Alan Cockman presided over
the meeting, and paraded in with nine active divisional officers
under the direction of our Divisional Marshal, Ill.Kt. Paul
M.P.Kt. Mike Howard had
decided to carry on for a further year and was quickly
proclaimed as M.P.S. by V.Ill.Kt. Bill Lissamer, then the main
event started with Ill. Kt. Keith Waters consecrating W.Kt. Paul
Goody as Viceroy. Now, you have to bear in mind that Keith
agreed to do this consecration with only three days notice, and
that the last time he did this ceremony was several years ago in
the Middlesex area.
Keith consecrated Paul
in the nicest possible manner, and I use the word 'nicest'
advisedly. Keith will be the first to admit that he was
not 'word perfect' as per the Devonshire & Cornwall ritual however it was very apparent that he
ceremony well and, whilst the wording may not have been perfect
according to our Division, the meaning certainly was! And
the gentle humour which Keith injected into the ceremony made it
one of the most memorable ceremonies I have attended! And
his delivery of the perambulation with the full Latin Version
could not help but impress us all.
However Keith did admit hat his wife had given him a bit of
'stick' when he had sat down at the Sunday Lunch Table with his
ritual book in his hand trying to learn the Devonshire & Cornwall
Ritual! and the result was some gravy on his ritual book!
The assembled knights
then retired for a most enjoyable festive board with good
food, good company and short speeches.
And, as we approached
Barnstaple on our way home at about 11:45 we were held up
by, guess what? A tractor!!!
Division of Dorset and
Wiltshire’s Service of Rededication - 8th October. Our Dep.I.G.
represents our Division!
“Great Three-in-One, our living Lord
To Thee we pledge each knightly sword.”
Such are the words of the Division
of Dorset and Wiltshire’s Service of Rededication opening Hymn, the tune
is familiar as it is ‘Eternal Father Strong to save’ Melita.
After a fairly early start on the
8th October to get to Wareham in Dorset, watching the sun rise
and the mists on the fields along the Jurassic Coast route was a beautiful
sight. No stops for ‘Yum Yums’ on this trip though! Arriving just in
time to get the last official parking space, a couple of cups of coffee
and all was well in the world. The Conclave was opened by Rt.Ill.Kt
Mathew Burt, I.G and his officers and we went into the Service of
Rededication. Prayers were offered by the Divisional High Prelate Ill.Kt.
Honnor, joined by us all.
Rt.Ill.Kt Mathew Burt began by
investing a new Deputy Intendant- General Ill.Kt. Alan Curley, P.G.Pref.
A part of the proceedings I was particularly interested in! The
appointment of the other Divisional Officers was managed in a very
efficient manner by the Divisional Marshal and team.
We retreated to the Festive Board
consisting of some lovely Lamb followed by a huge portion of Devon Apple
Cake, Apples and Cinnamon – delicious!!
Departure was delayed slightly as
the car park at Wareham Masonic Hall is tiny by any standards, cars had
been shoe horned in and the choreography required to extricate all the
cars required marshalling skills of the best organisers! An uneventful
journey home to be greeted by a lovely hot cup of tea and reflections on a
great day in the Red Cross of Constantine!
PKt. Nic White DIG-Designate.
Orders Meeting Thursday 6th October 2016 No Ratatouille for
A long drive down the North Devon Link Road, preceded the
Appendant Orders Meeting at Torquay on Thursday 6th October
I was expecting just
one candidate as per the summons but was delighted to learn the
we did in fact have four candidates:- W.Kts Joe Sevieri Jnr., David
Farley, and Andrew Legrys from Royal Citadel No.327 and
Philip Adam from St John the Evangelist Conclave No.238.
Over thirty Knights from
around the Division watched as Ill.Kt. Keith Waters
conducted the first point, Ill,Kt. Warner Barton conducted
the second point and Ill.Kt. Richard Baber conducted the
third point, all in an exemplary manner and with great
And, as always, the
Sepulchre Guard added style to the proceedings under the
direction of their leader, V.Ill.Kt. Bernard Winsor.
The assembled company
then retired to the festive board.
Our Intendant General was a little
disappointed to find that the main course consisted of
chicken dressed with ratatouille, he confessing that
ratatouille normally upset his constitution!
On asking the caterers if they had any
chicken without the said ratatouille they quickly
removed it, scrapped the ratatouille off, washed the
chicken, and returned it to our Intendant General! Richard, being well established in the
food industry, could not be so easily duped, but being an
understanding knight said nothing and just ate the veg!!
(A footnote to this is that he was offered exactly the
same meal the following day at a Royal and Select meeting!!).
Conclave of Ascension
No.499 meeting - 4th October 2016 - Bakewell Tarts for Breakfast!
I always enjoy attending the Conclave of Ascension
Daytime meetings because it means that I have scrounged a day off work!!
And I was particularly looking forward to witnessing our Deputy Intendant
General designate perform an installation demonstration.
at South Brent on Tuesday 4th October started off with a lovely drive
through the Devonshire countryside on a beautiful Autumn morning to South
Brent, and on
arriving at the Conclave I was greeted not only by knights from Devon and
Cornwall but also with a mound of Bakewell Tarts
provided by a Knight who had newly moved into our area from London.
W.Kt. Andy Chapman certainly knows how to make friends quickly!!
Twenty five knights then watched as the Most Puissant
Sovereign, P.Kt. Nick St.J. White and his team carried out a
demonstration of the installation of a Companion which included the
Oration given by E.Kt. Ian Pollock.
There then followed the 'business' part of the meeting
in which E.Kt. Ian Pollock was elected as Sovereign and that old 'war
horse' P.Kt. Dave Silman was elected as Viceroy! (He really is a
glutton for punishment - but well done Dave for helping out!!!).
The rest of the business having been carried out we
retired to the refectory for an excellent lunch of soup and braised steak.
Should I admit at this point that in a short while I would be heading back
to the South Molton Craft Installation that evening where I knew that a
roast meal awaited me?? No wonder I've put on weight as the Deputy!!
Conclave No.270 Meeting Monday 26th September 2016 - A damp
night but a warm welcome!
It was a tad damp on Monday 26th September as many Knights wove
their way across the moors from every direction to converge on
the Stannary Town of Tavistock to meet at the Mount Lebanon
Conclave No. 270. The occasion was to install Companion Michael
Carter into our beautiful order.
The warmth of welcome by
the knights of the conclave was wonderful and as expected
the ceremony was delivered by PKt Roger Goulding MPS and WKt
Barry Slade Viceroy and their officers choreographed by
their Marshal IllKt Roy Ruddling in an exemplary fashion.
The meeting was enhanced by the Presence of the Most Ill and
Venerable Kt Peter Hawken MBE GCC Deputy Grand Sovereign
supporting the Conclave and the candidate.
It was a delight to see PKt John Lynes with us after his
recent bereavement and other officers of the division. There
was one noticeable absence, our Deputy Intendant General
Alan Cockman, who has been unwell in recent weeks. This
caught our Intendant General out at the festive board when
responding to his toast on turning towards where Alan would
normally be seated to find another face looking up at him!
We all send him our best wishes for a swift recovery.
WKt Mick Carter thanked
everyone for the manner in which he had been installed and was
looking forward to getting involved with the work of the
conclave and Red Cross in general.
The story of the
smart young sword
Once upon a time there
was a very smart young sword. He felt a very lonely
because all of his friends had gone off to war but his owner
just kept him for ceremonies so he felt that he wasn’t doing the
things that he was intended for and had no purpose in life.
One night, after a
particularly long, arduous ceremony his owner popped him and the
other regalia into the boot of a friend's car.
When the smart young
sword awoke the next
morning all the other regalia was gone and
his only company was a set of golf clubs. He felt very
On talking to the golf
clubs he found that they had a very useful function
in life, most often getting their owner out of something called
‘the rough’ and back onto the green. The clubs were all
very proud of their ability to get their owner out of trouble,
and they all had exciting names like ‘Driver’, ‘Five Iron’,
‘Wedge’ and ‘Putter’. And the stories they told were very
The young sword felt
very envious of these clubs and reflected on how quiet his own
life seemed to be in comparison, so he decided to try to become
a member of this group of clubs by climbing into their golf bag.
However the Big, Bad,
Club Secretary saw him in the bag and pointed out that under
rule 5612389 swords had no place in golf bags and so he was
relegated to the car boot again.
The next day, the
sword’s owner, who was a very important man himself, realised
that his sword was missing and he began a frantic search
throughout the land, knowing that without the sword one of the
most Important Grand Officers in the country could not be admitted into the ceremony!
Everyone in the land was
called upon to help find the sword, as without it the ceremony
could not proceed. After a long search the sword was finally
found in the boot of the car and reunited with its owner.
The sword realised what an
important sword he was, for without him the whole meeting would
have been abandoned!!
And the moral of the
story...... Never underestimate your
importance in the great scheme of things!
Thanks to Roy Rudling
and Peter Durrant for providing the inspiration for this short
The Lord always smiles when
he welcomes one of his Angels home.
And so it was when the sun shone on the families and
friends of Gwen Lynes at her funeral and remembrance service at St. Mary's
Church, Brixham today, Friday 23rd September 2016 at 11:30am
Rev. Louis Baycock delivered a very gentle and charming
eulogy on Gwen, telling the assembled company what a full and wonderful
life she had led, and extolling the wonderful part that John had played in
Everyone then retired to the Berry Head Hotel for
refreshments and time to reflect on the part that Gwen and John had
played on their lives and how hard John had worked to support Gwen.
I, like some others, for good reasons could
not be there today, but, John, I can assure you that we were all
thinking of you, and I know that Gwen would want you to carry on
being with your family in Red Cross who will always support you
in the days to come
God bless you Gwen. And God
bless you John!
Conclave No.311 Enthronement - 14th September 2016 - Followed by
a 'Magical Mystery Tour'!
I was delighted to
find out that six of us were to sojourn to Torquay for the
Enthronement meeting of Holy Trinity Conclave No.311 on
Wednesday 14th September, but we were all aware that we would
need to use more than one car. The choice of driver boiled
down to an undertaker or a motor cycle racer. I chose Adam
Jeffery, the motorcycle racer and his Jag although Dave Williams
might have been the more prudent choice. Needless to say we
arrive at Torquay in plenty of time for the meeting, and at one
point in the journey I had expected to see Air Hostesses
On this very warm day
we had an even warmer welcome from the members of Holy Trinity,
and how nice it was to renew acquaintances with old friends over
a cup of tea and some biscuits.
The Ceremony then started and the
procession of Divisional and Grand Officers led the Intendant
General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas and the Deputy, Ill.Kt. Alan
under the Arch of Steel formed by the Sepulchre Guard under the
leadership of their Captain, V.Ill.Kt. Bernard Winsor and their
Deputy Captain Ill.Kt. Chris Bird. We were all delighted when we
were also joined by the Deputy Grand Sovereign, Rt.Ill. & Em.Kt.
Peter Hawken, M.B.E., G.C.C.
We are very lucky in this Division to have several members who
are superb at ritual and watching them it is sometimes hard to
remember that many, like me, are not so good at ritual and have
to work very hard to carry out any form of ceremony. It was
clear, last night, how hard both P.Kt. Sidney George and
Em.Kt. David Ellis had worked to provide us all with a super
evening. Backed up by the whole team at Holy Trinity,
Em.Kt. David installed W.Kt.
Simon Wills as Venerable Eusebius then, P.Kt. Sidney enthroned
Em.Kt. David as Most Puissant Sovereign for the ensuing year.
The newly installed Most Puissant Sovereign
then appointed and invested his officers.
During the ceremony the
Deputy Intendant General asked if the two large fans in the
ceiling could be turned on to help reduce the heat in the
Conclave. What he hadn't reckoned on was that the
downdraft from the fans not only cooled the assembled company but
also encouraged the candles on the alter to the extent that by
the end of the evening most of the candles had been reduced to a
sorry pile of red wax!!
The entire company then
retired to the refectory for a most enjoyable Festive Board
amongst good Christian Knights.
And the 'Magical
Mystery Tour'? We were already aware that the North Devon
Link Road would be closed for that evening and had resolved
to travel home via Crediton, but after a short run along the new
Torquay By-Pass we found that the flyover and dual carriageway
at Pen Inn Roundabout were closed for road works. Our
quick thinking 'Racing Driver' decided to ignore the diversion
through Teignmouth and headed off to Newton Abbot town centre
and then on through Bovey Tracey, Mortonhampstead and Winkleigh.
And, boy could he handle that car through those country lanes!
Until, that is, one of our passengers mentioned that he thought he
might need to stop. This, and the ever thickening mist
slowed our flight homeward somewhat but I still arrived home
safe and sound before midnight thanks to the skill of our driver
Adam Jeffery. (But I think it would be terrifying to be on
the back of a bike with him!!).
Gwen Lynes Funeral
Gwen's funeral is on Friday 23 September at 11.30 at St. Mary's
Brixham, TQ5 0BU
& afterwards at Berry Head Hotel. Family flowers only. Donations
to Talking Books via Stockman, Holywell Road, Brixham.
St. Brannock Conclave
Business Meeting - 7th September 2016 - short & sweet!!
Sometimes a short business meeting can be as enjoyable
as a full blown enthronement. Such was the case at St. Brannock
Conclave No 342 in Barnstaple on Wednesday 7th September.
The Most Puissant Sovereign P.Kt. David Williams
quickly opened the conclave of twenty knights, and, after offering the
Baton to Ill Kt Alan Cockman, the Deputy Intendant General, got the
meeting off to a flying start. Ill.Kt. Alan expressed the apologies
of the Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas for not attending
the meeting due to a serious case of Osteoarthritis in his right hand
(when the Deputy had asked him why his right hand was so badly effected he
assured the Deputy that it was down to carrying out his butchery
commitments and nothing to do with other cases such as raising his wine
The business meeting then proceeded apace with E.Kt.
Neil Rayner being elected as Most Puissant Sovereign for the ensuing year,
and W.Kt. Steve Marshall being elected as Viceroy.
The Deputy Intendant General then presented a Red Cross
Certificate to Kt. Mike Skudder and the other business of the evening was
The entire company then retired for a most enjoyable
Sad news about Gwen Lynes
Hi Worthy Knights, it's my sad duty to pass on the news
that John Lyne's wife sadly passed away last evening after having been
rushed to hospital last Friday.
Gwen was a lovely person and had dealt bravely with a
long illness. We will greatly miss her and our thoughts and prayers
go out to John who I know will miss her greatly.
When I have further details I will put them on this
Also, for those of you who
It is also with sadness that I tell you that P.Kt.
Malcolm Cheshire of St John the Evangelist Conclave passed away on 27th
July this year. Malcolm was a well loved and respected member of his
Conclave and was sovereign in June 2013. We will all miss him
Joseph of Arimathea
Conclave No.253 Enthronement - 2nd September 2016
Yet another sunny trip to Joseph of Arimathea - how do
they always mange to arrange such nice weather for their meetings?
On my trip along the Atlantic Highway I was accompanied
by Ill.Kt. Roger Guest who pointed out as we reached Bude that he always
took the Launceston route because of the number of tractors he always saw
on the A39. Up until that point we hadn't seen one tractor, but
then, you've guessed it, we came across hundreds of them! I became
convinced that Roger was attracting them so from now on will refer to him
as Roger "Tractor" Guest!
We weren't the only ones to be troubled by traffic as
the A30 was jammed with a bad accident just the Exeter side of the A30/A39
junction. However, all our worthy Knights managed to get to the
meeting - some just in time!!
We were, as always, warmly welcomed by the members of
the Conclave and, after the opening, the procession of 14 Active and Grand
Officers entered the Conclave under an Arch of Steel of the Sepulchre
Guard led by their Deputy Captain Ill.Kt. Chris Bird. The Divisional
Deputy Marshal Ill.Kt. Roy Rudling presented our Intendant General,
Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas and the Past Grand Eusebius, Rt.Ill.Kt. Peter
Blackwell Smyth to the Most Puissant Sovereign, M.P.Kt. Steve Osborne.
I've often commented on how good the ceremonies in our
Division are, and what followed was one of the best I've seen!
Nearly forty knights watched as
Em.Kt. Graham Hooper
consecrate W.Kt. Colin Rescorla as Viceroy. He himself was then enthroned
as Most Puissant Sovereign for the ensuing year by the current Most
Puissant Sovereign, P.Kt. Steve Osborne. P.Kt. Graham then
appointed and invested his officers. This was all carried out in a
superb manner. One interesting appointment was that of Peter
Bradbury as Assistant Secretary thereby giving up his long held post as
Sentinel and 'coming out of the cold' for the first time in nobody knows
how many years!
The evening culminated in the usual excellent Festive
Board that we always seem to get at Perranporth and I still managed to get
home just before midnight.
There was one sad point in the evening P.Kt. John Lynes
on leaving the temple found a telephone message awaiting him telling him
that his wife Gwen had been taken seriously ill and had been rushed to
John, our thoughts and prayers are with both you and
Ill.Kt. John Cory's Funeral
John's funeral will take place on Monday 12th
September. Firstly for the Family only at 11:30am at the Bodmin Crematorium followed by
a Memorial Service at Launceston Methodist Church,
Castle Street, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15
8BA at 2:00pm on the same day.
Sad news from Mount Lebanon
I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I've just
been told that Ill.Kt. John Cory Past Grand Prefect, passed away very peacefully in his sleep on
Tuesday night, 16th August.
John, who was 82, was installed in Mount Lebanon
Conclave No.270 twenty two years ago next month and became M.P.S in 2003.
He then became Recorder in 2006, finally standing down last year.
John was a quiet gentle man who was always willing to
help and I know that we will all miss him greatly.
As soon as I have details of his funeral I will pass
The Past Grand
Eusebius shares his experiences.
In his poem "Four Quartets", T.S.Eliot wrote “In my end is my
beginning”. Even though I am of course continuing as a member of
our wonderful Christian Order, I found these words very apposite
at this time. I was installed as a Knight of the Order by
Ill.Kt. Nick Barrington in Joseph of Arimathaea Conclave No 253
on 6th September 1986. Another influence in my early years was
Rt. Illustrious Knight Keith Barry Jackson who was Intendant
General at the time. Once I learnt to stand up to him(!!), Rt.
Ill.Kt Keith became ( and remains) a good friend and counsellor
and I am sure he helped me on my way up the Promotional ladder.
Thank you, Keith. My first appointment was Grand Sub-Prelate
from 2003-2007 and Grand High Prelate from to 2007-2011. My
appointment as Grand Eusebius was a huge surprise to me and
impressive beyond measure. To see my name on every RCC summons
throughout the world was amazing!!
When I was appointed Grand Eusebius on 5th
July 2015, I was only the third person to hold that rank. Prior
to 2003 the Order was ruled by a Grand Sovereign assisted by a
Grand Viceroy. In 2003 it was decided to split the Office of
Grand Viceroy to create a Deputy Grand Sovereign who would look
after the administrative side of the Order while the Grand
Eusebius was to look after its spiritual side. My main function
as Grand Eusebius was to assist the Grand Sovereign in the
consecration of new conclaves and, over my 5 year term, I
assisted at 11 of these. The most unusual was the consecration
of Serdika Conclave (No.521) in Sofia where we were ferried
about in large Mercedes with darkened windows and where, after
the Consecration dinner, we ended up in a piano bar!
As only the third holder of the Office of
Grand Eusebius, and the most active, (so far), I decided that,
as well as my official duties, I would visit the Divisions and I
managed 25 out of 29. My reason for this was to let the Knights
see what a Grand Eusebius looked like and to explain to them
what I believed to be my role in the Order i.e. to provide
spiritual leadership and guidance. An example of this was to
advise the Grand Sovereign’s Council about changes and
clarifications of the ritual.
Whenever I visited the Divisions and was
offered the baton by the IG, I always made a point of
threatening to take it and explained that this was because I was
from “The Premier Division in the Order”. I meant it too!
I am being replaced. as Grand Eusebius by Rt.
Illustrious Knight Tim L’Estrange who is a Vicar in North Acton
in London. Prior to his appointment, Rt. Ill. Kt. Tim was
Intendant General of Thames Division. He is also active in many
other Orders e.g. Deputy Grand Chaplain to the UGLE, 3rd Grand
Principal of the Metropolitan RAC and Grand High
Almoner in the Knights Templar. We all wish him well.
It was very pleasing to me to end my term of
Office with 2 local events. One of these was, accompanied by our
Intendant General, to present a cheque for £2500 to the Little
Harbour Hospice in St. Austell from the Grand Sovereign’s Care
for Children Fund. The second was (in the absence of our IG and
his Deputy) to be the Presiding Officer at the Appendant Orders
Ceremony in Perranporth on July 1st. I was discovered the truth
of the words written by TS Eliot; ”In my end is my beginning”
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Divisional Meeting - Saturday 16th July 2016 - No Yum Yums, but
a Bacon Butty!
Imagine our disappointment when our Intendant General,
Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas and I pulled into the Service Station
for our traditional Yum Yums only to find that they didn't have
them any more!! And imagine our delight when on arriving
at Cole Court in Twickenham there was a most enjoyable Bacon
Butty and coffee waiting for us!
Cole Court is the Masonic Centre in
Twickenham for Middlesex Masons and provides superb facilities
and parking for all meetings.
With coffee in hand we wandered out onto the
terrace overlooking the gardens to catch up with many old
friends from other Divisions who were taking advantage of the
sunshine. We were warmly greeted by the Intendant General
for the Division of Middlesex, Rt.Ill.Kt. Denis Leigh and
one of the first people we ran into was a member from
Devon & Cornwall, the Deputy Intendant General for
Middlesex, Ill.Kt. Keith Waters (AKA Smiff and many other
Following the processions under a Arch of
Steel provided by a very smart Sepulchre Guard, Rt.Ill.Kt. Denis
Leigh carried out the meeting in a most proficient manner,
welcoming his guests in his relaxed way, and with the gentle
humour that he is well known for - he even made mention of the
Devon & Cornwall web site when introducing me and asked me to
write "something nice" about the meeting!
The usual business of a Divisional Meeting
was then carried out and the Intendant General invested his
Officers with a kind, caring word to each one.
Bearing in mind our own Divisional meeting in
December I was particularly interested to see how the position
of Deputy was 'handed over' when Ill.Kt. Keith Waters stood down
Following the meeting we had an opportunity
to have a drink and chat to old friends before partaking of a
most enjoyable Festive Board with good Christian Company and the
wonderful food that we have become so accustomed to at Cole
Another most enjoyable Divisional Meeting
at Middlesex, and as I said to the Intendant General on the way
out of the Temple, well worth the long trip from Barnstaple!
Denis - hope that was "nice" enough!!
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So who is this
Nicholas St John Middleton White - Deputy Intendant
Nicholas StJohn Middleton White or Nicholas StJ M White.
Known as Nic.
Born in the West Midlands. Moved to Plymouth in 1986 from
Northumberland. A former Registered Nurse working in Learning
Disabilities and Mental Health now retired doing occasional
training and consultancy work.
Joined St John's Lodge
No.70 in 1988 and Chapter of Fidelity 230 in 1991. Subsequently
has Joined the Mark, Royal Ark Mariners, Rose Croix, Red Cross,
KT and latterly KTP.
Has achieved Provincial
honours in Craft, Mark and Chapter and now Red Cross.
Married to Antonia. Two
daughters, Amy and Jessica both working in healthcare in
Plymouth. Granddaughter Lottie who is 5.
maintaining an old house, sailing and singing (please
don't ask about 'The Birdie Song')!
Conclave of Light
No.498 Enthronement - 12th June 2016. The I.G. as Sentinel
The weather always seems to be nice for the
daytime meeting at Bodmin, and Tuesday continued the tradition,
beautiful sunshine shone on us as we journeyed down to Conclave
of Light No.498 from Barnstaple for their Enthronement.
Heavy holiday traffic
caused us to arrive with not much time to spare, and with all
the parking spaces in the Lodge car park being taken, a
quick walk up from the large nearby park and we were greeted by
many friends from both Devon and Cornwall.
The procession in of 14 active officers
and grand officers was led by our Intendant General,
Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas under an Arch of Steel provided as
usual by the sepulchre guard.
The business of the evening was to
consecrate and install the Viceroy Elect, V.Ill.Kt. Bill
Lissamer and Enthrone the Sovereign Elect, Ill.Kt. Jeff Leach.
All this was carried out under the supervision of the Most
Puissant Sovereign, Ill.Kt. Colin Spillsbury.
With three such doyens (I had to get the
wife to look that word up!) of Red Cross running the ceremony it
was no wonder that the whole meeting was a joy to behold!!
During the appointment of the officers,
Ill.Kt. R.C. Johns not only took on the role of Assistant
Recorder but also was appointed as Herald earning the nickname
'Two Job Bob' from the Intendant General ('Bob' also ran the bar
after the during the buffet) - Not bad for an 86
year old !!
The meeting culminated in a superb buffet
with short speeches which enabled us to get back to Barnstaple
by 2:30 pm
And the Sentinel? After the 'V.I.P.s'
had paraded out of the Conclave, the Sentinel, W.Kt. Peter
Bradbury was busy setting out the buffet when the 'knocks' came
on the door, and our I.G. being very close, quickly responded
with, of course, the correct knocks.
'Good Ol'' Debun buy tells us wot 'e finks
The Grand Eusebius presides at Perranporth
Appendant Orders - 1st July 2016. (another take?)
Twas a lovely day when I picked up me frend frum
Torpoint and us duly drawv to Perranporth were us wuz greeted by a
number ov other Nights. The big buys wuz otherwise engaged (summit to
do with MARK Masenry in Debn), anyhow, The Grand Eusebius, Rt.Ill. the
Ven. Kt. Dr. The Revd. Charles Peter Bernard Blackwell Smyth, G.C.C.
took over and did a marvellous job. He even told sum stories about
he’s time in office. Twas all very enlightnen and most enjoyable. He
had to do this cos the candidait wuz late in comin – He was on dreckly
When things got goin proper, the ceremony all
turned out very well, a splendid cerimony was conducted by Illustrious
Knights Peter Davies, Roy Rudling and V.Ill Kt. Bill Lissamer (and
Uncle Tom Cobbly an all), twaz real good! I tell ee another thing what
wuz most spectacular, that wuz the new picture ov our Lord, he wuz
surrounded by they there new-fangled LED lights, and looked absolutely
marvlus. Course us had better mention the Sepulchre Guard, they did a
proper job under V.Ill. Kt. Bernerd Winsor. Well twas to be expected
really? Us ended up evin a fine Festive Board and the tausts. All
together twas a winderfull evenin,
London - Grand Conclave
Us arrived in London after us had had a good
trip on the train where us had a good old English breakfast to set us
up for the day. Twas all very smart with the waitriss putting
everything on yer plaat with a fork and spoon – her didn’t upset nort.
Anyhows us got ourselfs to Great Queen Street on the Underground, but
us wuz more lucky than tothers, and us didn’t hav to clime su many
stairs. Us caught the lift down to thicky train and at tother end,
Holborn, us had a wonderful ride up wun of they moovin stair caases.
When us got near to Grand Lodge us spied a few moor of the buys from
the West, they wuz sat surveyin the situation from a café and drinkin
tay and coffee. Well, since twas laater in the morning us decided to
be difffrent and proceeded to the Irish Bar just up the rawd, there us
had a couple ov spritzers – they was very nice and most refreshin.
You’ve bin told all about the activities in the
Grand Conclave Meetin and hoo wuz their, saw I waun’t go on about that
other than to say it was maust memorable, especially to see all our
volks gwain up to get their promotions. After the meeting us went into
the Connaught Rooms for the Festive Board, you can see frum the
picture what a smart paace twas. They chandeliers wuz magnificent and
us half expected Del Buy to be around doin a drop of maytenence, he
wodd’n there cos all the lights wuz still hangin when us left.
A marvellous day ended with us evin a taxy back
to Paddington and a late train ride ome. I don’t naw if I wuz smellin
after a long day out but when us got to Plimuth there wuz only two of
us left on the train.
All in all twaz a wonderfull day out and if you
ebbin bin yerself you aught to give it a go!
AKA Peter D.
The Intendant-General for the Division of Devon and Cornwall, Right
Lucas has been pleased to appoint the officers listed
below who will be
the Annual Meeting of the Divisional Conclave Saturday 10th
December 2016 at Plymouth.
N. St. J.M.WHITE
Rev. P.L. BAYCOCK
F.H. CORBRIDGE (subject to election)
Standard Bearer (C)
Standard Bearer (L)
Warden of Regalia
Past Junior General
Past Standard Bearer (L)
Imperial Conclave 5th July 2016 - Let's take the stairs they
It all went wrong the day before! Knowing that I had a
long drive to London and that the tread on my front tyres was
suspect I decided to drop my car off on the way to work and get ATS to replace the
tyres. It all went well until I returned to
collect my car when the guy on reception informed me that the
computer records showed that my car had no MOT despite one
having been requested at the local Kia Garage when they carried
out the service in April.
Panic set in when I checked that
the records were correct and that I faced a 400 mile drive the next
day. But the kind man at ATS arranged for an MOT to be
carried out while I waited!!
So it was that at 5:45
on Tuesday 5th July I picked up the Grand Sword Bearer, Paul
Ackland, and the Past Grand High Almoner designate, John Vooght,
and set off towards London. Picking up Adrian Garrity on
the way, and stopping off for coffee and Yum Yums at Taunton
Services we arrived at Great Queen Street in plenty of time for
Paul to attend the practice in the Great Hall.
A convenient cafe
opposite provided nice coffee and a super vantage point to watch
the comings and goings at Grand Lodge, and we were soon joined by many knights
from Devon & Cornwall.
Twenty three knights
from Devon and Cornwall then found convenient seats in the Great
Hall and Grand Imperial Conclave began with processions of
many important people including several knights from our own
Division; our Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas, the
Grand Historiographer, R.Ill.Kt. Keith Barry Jackson, The Grand
Rt.Ill. & Ven. Kt. Dr. The Revd. Charles Peter Bernard Blackwell
Smyth, G.C.C., and The Deputy Grand Sovereign,
Rt. Ill. & Em. Kt. Peter Hawken M.B.E. ; not forgetting of
course our Grand Sword Bearer, Ill.Kt. Paul Ackland who, for the
last time, led the Grand Sovereign, M.Ill.Kt.
Graham Leslie Flight G.C.C. into Grand Conclave.
The Grand Conclave
Meeting then continued apace, but the installation of the new
Grand Eusebius, Rt.Ill.& Ven. Kt. The Revd. Timothy, John
Nicholas L'Estrange, and several knights who received the honour
of the Knight Commander of Constantine for services to the Red
Cross Degree did prolong the meeting a little, however our Grand
Sovereign, aware of the length of the ceremony, kept his speech
as short as he could without detracting from the contents of his
speech and the message contained therein.
This was Grand Conclave
at its best and I know that the 23 knights from Devon and
Cornwall thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the day
And the stairs?
When we arrived at Covent Garden Tube Station, Rush Hour in
London was well under way, and the queue for the lifts was
horrendous. So somebody said "Let's take the stairs down".
There were 193 steps in a spiral staircase
(the equivalent to a 15-storey building
!!). No wonder I slept most of the way home - and I was
A Donation of £34 takes the
Mark Benevolent Festival Fund to £1,014,000 - 2nd July 2016.
A magnificent effort by the Mark Masons of Devonshire raised £1,013,966 in
their Mark Benevolent Fund Festival which culminated in a Festival Banquet
at the Palace Hotel in Torquay on Saturday 2nd July. Our Intendant
General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas, decided to make a final donation of £34
on behalf of the Red Cross Members taking the total to £1,014,000!
Well done Richard, a good decision!!
P.S. At the end of his 'Thank You' speech Peter
Hawken announced that he would be 'standing down' as PGM of the Mark
Degree of Devonshire in October in favour of V.W. Bro.Peter Balsom.
Peter - We will all miss you!!!
Peter - Congratulations and you can be sure of all our
The Grand Eusebius presides
at Perranporth Appendant Orders - 1st July 2016.
Both Richard, our Intendant General and myself having a long time ago
committed ourselves (and our wives!) to a weekend celebration of the
Devonshire Mark Benevolent Fund Final Festival Dinner at the Palace Hotel,
Torquay, neither of us had the courage to tell our wives that we had to go
to Perranporth instead. Our bacon was saved by the kind offer of The
Rt.Ill. & Ven. Kt. Dr. The Revd. Charles Peter Bernard Blackwell
Smyth, G.C.C. to preside over the meeting in our stead. Below is his brief
report back on the evening....
Good Evening. Carried out my last duties at Perranporth
tonight. All went well. The candidate was 30 mins late so , while we were
waiting, I gave an account of some of my experiences as Grand Eusebius.
The candidate eventually arrived and a superb ceremony was carried out by
Illustrious Knights Peter Davies, Roy Rudling and V.Ill Kt. Bill
The ceremony was followed by a hearty Festive Board
where the usual toasts were honoured.
Master's Fund Donation to the Children's Hospice, Little
Harbour, St. Austell - 30th June 2016
On 30th June 2016 our Intendant General,
Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas and The Grand Eusebius,
Rt.Ill. & Ven. Kt. Dr. The Revd. Charles Peter Bernard Blackwell
Smyth, G.C.C. had the great pleasure of visiting Little Harbour,
St. Austell, one of the three children's hospices run by
Children's Hospice South West to present a cheque from the Grand
Sovereign's For Children Fund in the sum of £2,500 to that very
Peter and Richard were moved by the inspirational care and
devotion shown by the Staff at the Hospice.And
can anyone work out what the last photo is about? To find
out go to
Conclave No.349 meeting - 24th June 2016. The first of the
The absence of several of the Conclave
Officers at Royal Citadel Conclave No.349 at Plymouth didn't
bode too well for the double installation ceremony that was
about to be performed on Friday 25th June. However, the
Most Puissant Sovereign, Lt.Cdr. David Forward assisted by the
Marshal, Ill.Kt. Bill Oats and the Recorder, W.Kt. Bill Clements
quickly 'press ganged' knights to fill the vacant offices and
what a superb ceremony they performed.
The business of the evening was to Install
TWO companions, elect the principal officers for the ensuing
year and present a Red Cross Certificate!!
After opening the formalities were
quickly dealt with, then Companion Jo Sevieri Jnr. and Companion Andrew
installed by the M.P.S. in a most
enjoyable and proficient manner with the accolade being
performed by our Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas and
the Oration being faultlessly carried out once again by P.Kt.
The meeting then continued with Em.Kt.
Nick White being elected Sovereign for the ensuing year and
W.Kt. Andy Fowkes being elected Viceroy. The Deputy
Intendant General then presented a Red Cross Certificate to W.Kt.
And the Christmas Meal? Well, the festive board had a
main course of Turkey with lashings of Roast Potatoes and
Cranberry Sauce, and the small number of Sepulchre Guards
present meant that there were many more roast potatoes for the
rest of us!!!
The Grand Sword
Bearer shares his experiences.
Sadly my year as Grand Sword Bearer is now coming to an end but what a fantastic year it's been! Whilst
carrying out my duties as Divisional Marshal for Devonshire and
Cornwall, I have also enjoyed the honour of being recognised
throughout the Division as an Active Grand Officer! I have
had the privilege of taking part in five Grand Ceremonies
presided over by the Grand Sovereign, M.Ill.Kt. Graham Leslie
Flight, escorting him into various temples across the
country including Newcastle, Worthing (where we were welcomed
with bacon butties), Olney, Aylesbury and finally last Saturday,
Cambridge is a very grand looking Masonic
Hall and the Grand Team were well received as they were at all of the
previous Conclaves. This ceremony was to consecrate a new
Conclave, St. Huna No.525 which was the second new Conclave
created this year. The Grand team consists of twelve members
and as this was to be a consecration the team it also included
Rt.Ill. & Ven. Kt. Dr. The Revd. Charles Peter Bernard Blackwell
Smyth, G.C.C. the Grand Eusebius, and a member of our own
Division. The Grand Standard
Bearer followed by myself as the Grand Sword Bearer entered the
temple just ahead of the Grand Sovereign, leading him through an
arch of Steel created by the Grand Sepulchre Guard to the
applause of all those gathered. The Grand Sovereign called
the name of each individual member of the Grand Team and
requested that they assume their individual offices.
Graham Lesley Flight, assisted by Peter Blackwell Smyth then
carried out a flawless consecration ceremony
After the meeting and
while at the bar the Grand Sovereign came to thank the Grand
Team, bearing an empty glass, so I took the opportunity to buy
him a Gin and Bitter Lemon (Double of Course) on behalf of all
the Knights of Devon and Cornwall.
The festive luncheon was
excellent as was the copious amounts of wine that flowed to
celebrate the new Conclave of St. Huna No.525. After a few
speeches we bid our farewells until the next meeting which will
be the Grand Imperial Conclave to be held at Grand Lodge on the
5th July 2016 when our I will be acting as Grand
Sword Bearer for the final time.
member of the Grand Team has been a wonderful, once in a
lifetime experience and as a Grand Sword Bearer it was a
privilege to work so closely to our Grand Sovereign. Despite
our Grand Sovereign's high office he really is a nice and
Divisional Marshal and Grand Sword Bearer (until 5th July!).
Paddy the Bin Man - Good
Samaritans are still out there !!!
Following the meeting at Hayle I received the following
email from our Divisional Senior General, P.Kt. John Lynes.....
Returning home from Hayle on Tuesday night I
successfully negotiated the road works on the A30, only to suffer a tyre
blow out between Bodmin and Plymouth. It was dark, damp and eerie
and ,unable to get a mobile phone signal, I had visions of being there
till first light.
I activated my hazard lights and held out my hand to
the oncoming traffic. After about 10 minutes a van stopped to help.
He turned his van around, shone his headlights onto our car, donned his
miner's type cap lamp and proceeded to change the wheel.
He refused to take any money saying that it was his
good deed for the day. All I know about him is that his name is
Paddy and he is a Bin Man for the local council. I have
informed Radios Devon and Cornwall in the hope that he will hear our
thanks. Gwen says next time we stay over night at the White Hart.
If Paddy is not already a Freemason then he should be
because he certainly is in his heart! Thank you Paddy for helping
Bill lights up the Town
After quite some time at trying to get the image of our Saviour to light
up at the appropriate moment in one of our ceremonies, V.Ill.Kt. Bill
Lissamer tells me that he has now got it all working ready for 1st July.
He tells me that he is delighted
that it is now working!
And that all who attend will have an enlightening
It will provide a new element to the
Any other descriptive suggestions will be gratefully received and
faithfully applied, and may even be entered into a competition!!
Conclave No.349 Official Visit - 21st June 2016.
The Official Visit to St. Ercus Conclave
No.349 in Hayle yesterday ensured that 34 knights attended to
watch the M.P.S. Most Puissant Knight Michael Howard and his
team emulate a Ceremony of Installation.
As has become the normal practice at Official
Visits our Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas
accompanied by his Deputy, Ill. Kt. Alan Cockman and 11
Divisional and Grand Officers paraded into the Conclave under an
Arch of Steel provided by the Sepulchre Guard. After the
salutes were completed
Rt.Ill. & Ven. Kt. Dr. The Revd. Charles Peter Bernard
Blackwell Smyth, G.C.C. the Grand Eusebius was ably presented to
the Conclave by
V.Ill.Kt. Ed Purkis.
The meeting then continued apace with
W.Kt. John Anderton acting as the candidate. The M.P.S.
couldn't help but show a little nervousness in front of such an
imposing audience, this being his first attempt at an
Installation, but it was obvious to all that he had spent a lot
of time in learning the ceremony and the Oration carried out be
V.Ill.Kt. Roger Freeman was a joy to listen to!
The ceremony was followed by the Deputy
Intendant General presenting a Red Cross Certificate to W.Kt.
John Anderton and our Grand Eusebius presenting an Appendant
Orders Certificate to the same knight.
The other business of the evening was then
completed in which the M.P.S. was elected to continue in his
important role for a second year and W.Kt. Paul Goody was
elected as Viceroy for the ensuing year.
The knights then retired to enjoy a most
enjoyable festive board in good Christian Company with good food
and short speeches.
Is 'The Rocket
Man' a Freemason?
Like 14,999 other fans I headed off on Sunday
19th June to see Sir Elton John perform in an open air concert
at Westpoint, Exeter. And the rain came in torrents!!
And the traffic was horrendous!!
despite all this Elton was magnificent! What a performer!
What a musician!!
And what a stage backdrop! Anyone
recognise the squares?
Conclave of Ascension
No.499 meeting - 15th June 2016
Tuesday morning turned out to be rather wet as I set of
to work, a bit earlier than usual, to make sure I was not late for the
Conclave of Ascension meeting later that morning. However just as I left
work the sun came out and I new that it was a good omen for the rest of
I arrived in good time and the W.Kt.s were entertained
in the usual way, by good a Ceremony ably led by M. P Sovereign P.Kt. Nick
White. P.Kt. Nick presented a very interesting talk on the life and times
of Constantine given to him by our Divisional Recorder V.Ill Kt George
I must say that my Deputy Alan could not get to the
meeting due to work commitments, I think it is the first meeting of
Ascension Conclave he has missed in a number of years.
We had a smashing meal of soup, beef stew and chocolate
dessert, quite a meal!
Later that day I went to Exeter to see my Brother Peter
installed as the Sovereign of the Coryton and Rougemont Rose Croix, in an
equally good Ceremony, and a very tasty meal, needless to say I haven't
eaten much to day!
Richard, Intendant General
Some sad news for Jeff and
You may be wondering where Jeff Leach is - he doesn't
normally disappear off of the scene until his Australian trip in January.
Sadly his mother unexpectedly passed away on 5th June
so he has had to go to Cheshire to deal with her affairs. Below is an
email Dave Silman has received from him which is self explanatory.
Jeff and Gill, if you read this then please be assured
that we are all thinking of you and missing your cheerful face - take
Hi Dave and Carol,
Thankyou very much for your kind wishes which are much appreciated. Just
to keep you informed, and please pass on if you can, we have arranged mums
funeral date which is 16th June but there have been problems as the
coroner won't sign the death certificate until they do an autopsy.
Although mum was nearly 92 and died of a massive heart attack in front of
her brother, my
Uncle, and the emergency response ambulance man and the warden of the
piper lifeline, the coroner still wants to know cause of heart attack.
So now we are still going ahead with the service and funeral tea on that
date so that my brother from Oz Joanne and family and Damian can be there,
then we will have to have the burial later without them. So it's looking
as though we may be away longer or have to come up again.
Gill and Jeff xx
Happy Birthday Wilf Leahy
If you happen to see Wilf will you wish him a happy
98th Birthday for tomorrow, 12th June!!! Doesn't he look well !!
Conclave No.342 Meeting Thursday 9th June 2016 - 1st Ceremony of
a New Team.
Five Meetings, six certificates, all in seven
days!!! This Freemasonry lark can be quite tiring some
However, the meeting at St.
Brannock No.342 was in Barnstaple, just a mile or so from my
house, and once again I was lucky enough to be offered a lift!
The first meeting of the new team at St
Brannock was to install Ex.Comp. Mike Skudder, a well known
North Devon Freemason and a Grand Officer in the Craft Degree.
The Most Puissant Sovereign, P.Kt. Dave
Williams, opened the Conclave in a most confident manner and
then proffered the Baton to the Deputy Intendant General.
Ill.Kt. Alan Cockman who was presiding.
The meeting then proceeded apace with the
Marshal, Ill.Kt. Ed Dymond conducting the proceeding in a
most accomplished way despite this being his first meeting as
whole team provided the nearly thirty knights who attended,
including knights from Brixham and Cornwall, with a superb
ceremony and reinforced a conversation that I and our
Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas had recently in
which we both agreed that the standard of the Ceremonies in our
Division was getting better and better!I was then asked to present Red
Cross certificate to W.Kts. Dave Hingston and Colin Pomeroy and
Appendant Orders certificates to W.Kts. Dave Hingston and
The knights then retired to enjoy a most
enjoyable festive board in good Christian Company
St. John the
Evangelist Conclave No.238 Enthronement Tuesday 7th June
2016 - An Absolute Challenge!!
I seem to have struck lucky with lifts this week as the
Grand Sword Bearer who is also our Divisional Marshall, Ill.Kt. Paul
Ackland offered to drive me to the St. John the Evangelist
Enthronement meeting in Topsham on Tuesday 7th June - however,
he wouldn't allow me to sit in the back seat like the Queen!.
We arrived in plenty of time to enjoy Joan's wonderful hot
'Topsham Coffee' with cream, and to renew friendships both old
and new. However it soon became apparent that not
everything was running quite as smoothly as could be hoped for with
one or two key people unable to attend to their duties for
The Most Puissant
Sovereign, P.Kt. Mark Richardson and the Viceroy, P.Kt. Michael
Jones, aided by the Recorder, Ill.Kt. John Tilke and the
Marshal, P.Kt. Mike Daniels showed their experience and soon had
things under control and P.Kt. Jones was enthroned as M.P.S. of
the Conclave by P.Kt. Richardson in a most efficient manner in
front of thirty two knights. P.Kt. Michael then invested
his officers with an authority you would expect from such a
larger than life figure!
After the Enthronement the M.P.S. turned
to the Intendant General and his Deputy and enquired who would
be presenting the Grand Imperial Certificate. Without a
word or pause, and in unison, they each pointed to the other!!
Needless to say the Deputy Intendant
Ill.Kt. Alan Cockman presented the Red
Cross certificate to W.Kt. Philip Adam, who even though he
hasn't yet done his Appendant Orders was invested as Herald in
the foregoing ceremony, a task which he had carried out
throughout the evening in a most proficient manner.
The whole evening was again enhanced by
the presence of the Sepulchre Guard. And we all enjoyed a
superb festive board with good food, good company and short
speeches. And as the M.P.S. said the evening had been an
Well done St. John the Evangelist for
overcoming all difficulties!!
Conclave No.270 Enthronement Monday 6th June 2016 - What a Ceremony!!
Once again our Divisional Junior Warden, P.Kt. Gwyn Thomas
took us through unknown country to arrive at Mount Lebanon
Conclave No.270 at Tavistock on Monday 6th June just in time to
find a parking space right outside the Lodge - I don't know how
he does it!!
The Enthronement meeting started with the now
traditional procession in by our Intendant General,
Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas, accompanied by sixteen Provincial and
Grand Officers, through the Arch of Steel formed by the
Sepulchre Guard under the guidance of their Captain, V.Ill.Kt.
Bernard Winsor and their Deputy Captain Ill.Kt. Chris Bird.
The M.P.S. then offered the Intendant General his baton after
which the I.G. was saluted with seven, which was followed by a
wonderful fanfare which I think might have been a fax arriving
on a certain person's mobile phone!! Should he have been
fined a bottle of Port?
Nearly fifty knights then witnessed one of
the most superb ceremonies you could ever hope to see when
Em.Kt. Roger Goulding
consecrate Kt. Barry Slade as Viceroy.
He himself was then enthroned
as Most Puissant Sovereign for the ensuing year by the current
Most Puissant Sovereign, P.Kt.
de Lisle Innis. P.Kt. Roger then
appointed and invested his officers. This was all carried
out with style and aplomb and emphasised what a high standard we
try to attain in our
After the Enthronement the Deputy Intendant
General, Ill.Kt. Alan Cockman presented the Red Cross
certificate to W.Kt. Jim Davis.
The ceremony was then followed by the type of
Festive Board that you can only experience at Tavistock!!
Our Captain of the
Sepulchre Guard and Black Pudding
Now I'm not one for rumours but I understand that our
Captain of the Sepulchre Guard has a certain liking for Black Pudding -
you might ask him about it when you see him next !!
Meeting - 4th June 2016 at Aylesbury - A yum yum tradition broken!
On the road again! After attending Joseph of
Arimathea Conclave the night before the 5:30 alarm was not very welcome!
However our Divisional Marshal. Ill.Kt. Paul Ackland,
who is also the Grand Sword Bearer, set off on the 200 mile trip from
Barnstaple to the Thames Divisional Meeting held at Aylesbury. A few
miles up the M5 and the traditional stopping place for coffee and Yum Yums
approached, but our Grand Sword Bearer, on being asked if he would like to
partake of the traditional breakfast replied "No thanks, I'm all right."
Now I know that I would have felt guilty scoffing a Coffee and Yum Yum on
my own, and my waistline would certainly benefit from a fast so we drove
on by the revered "pull in" and broke a tradition that has been
going on for some years!.
Arriving at the Aylesbury Masonic Hall at 9:30, and
finding a nearby parking spot, we joined the assembled Knights and our
Grand Sword Bearer headed off to attend to his duties whilst I set about
finding my appointed seat both in the Temple and in the Dining Room. But,
imagine my horror when I discovered that after a 200 mile drive of over 3
hours I was not on the list!! However an inventive Divisional
Secretary soon corrected the matter and I was fully accomodated.
Once again, the Grand Sepulchre Guard heralded the start of the
proceedings and the Grand procession entered the Grand Conclave with our own
Paul Ackland carrying the Grand Conclave Sword ahead of the Grand
Sovereign. The Installation of the new Intendant General for Thames
Division, P.Kt. Alan John Baverstock and his Deputy V.Ill.Kt. Ronald James
Bridger, then proceeded apace, and the Grand Sovereign, M.Ill.Kt. Graham Leslie Flight, G.C.C.
carried out his part of the ceremony in his usual relaxed and friendly
style. He really is a wonderful example of "the more important a
person is, the more amenable and approachable he is"!
We all then retired to the refectory where we partook
of a good meal in good (if somewhat squashed) company.
Joseph of Arimathea
Conclave No.253 Meeting - 3rd June 2016 - Doesn't it ever rain in
Another enjoyable drive along the North Devon Highway
in glorious weather down to Perranporth and a warm welcome by the knights
of Joseph of Arimathea Conclave made the apparently lengthy agenda on the
summons seem less daunting.
Some time to catch up with both old friends and new and
the meeting got under way. The M.P.S. M.P.Kt. Steve Osborne was
unable to attend the meeting for personal reasons so, with just a few
hours notice, P.Kt. Tony Moyle took the chair and welcomed our Intendant
General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas and myself to the Conclave. He then
shortened the agenda to a talk by W.Kt. Marc Quigley-Ferriday and a
The paper given by Marc was a most interesting paper on
"Guthlac and Constantine: two saints with remarkable vision". Now I
for one had never heard of Guthlac and hadn't been aware of some of the
similarities of their visions. All present enjoyed Marc's paper very much!
Em.Kt. Graham Charles Hooper was then elected Most
Puissant Sovereign for the ensuing year and W.Kt. Lewis Colin Rescoria was
The assembled knights then retired to the refectory for
the normal high quality meal we have come to expect at Perranporth and
short speeches during which our Intendant General stated that he can't
ever remember coming to Perranporth on a wet day - now I think that's
asking for trouble!!
All in all another enjoyable evening at Joseph of
Arimathea Conclave and I was still home in Barnstaple by 10:00 pm
Sussex Annual Divisional
Meeting - 14th May 2016 at Worthing - Devon and Cornwall well represented.
5:00 am is too early for anyone to have to turn off an
alarm clock!! But some people had to turn it off even earlier than me!!
I met our Intendant General, Rt. Ill. Kt.
Richard Lucas at Tiverton Parkway Railway Station at 6:45am for our trip
to Worthing in Sussex (which included the customary stop for coffee and
Yum Yums at Taunton Services) where the Sussex Divisional Meeting was to
be held and where the new Intendant General of Sussex was to be installed
by our Grand Sovereign, M.Ill.Kt. Graham Leslie Flight, G.C.C.
And what a grand occasion it was!!
The Grand Sepulchre Guard heralded the start of the
proceedings (and their number included our own Michael Jones and Richard
Thomas) and the Grand procession entered the Grand Conclave with our own
Paul Ackland carrying the Grand Conclave Sword ahead of the Grand
I've used the word "Grand" a lot already, but I
really can't tell you how much it was a meeting of tremendous Grandeur!!
The Grand Sovereign carried out the installation of the
new Intendant General for Sussex, Ill.Kt. Paul Norman Rose PGSTB(C)
in a most professional, but relaxed manner, with casual, gentle humour
where appropriate in this most Grand Ceremony.
As well as our Intendant general and myself, Paul
Ackland, Michael Jones, Richard Thomas and Eddie Dymond enjoyed the
festive board that followed the installation of the Intendant General
during which we were able to renew old friendships and make new
acquaintances in our wonderful Christian Order.
St. John the
Evangelist Conclave No.238 Meeting - Tuesday 2nd February
2016 - A Candidate who can pronounce "Puissant"
Having volunteered to drive me to the
meeting at St. John the Evangelist Conclave No.238 at
Topsham on Tuesday 2nd February, my driver, our newly
appointed Junior Warden Gwyn Thomas, had allowed plenty of
time to negotiate the North Devon Link Road which allowed
us, on a cold evening, to partake of Joan's wonderful hot
'Topsham Coffee' with cream!
quick chance to renew old friendships then 30 knights
(including 7 Active Officers) settled into the Conclave to
await the evening's entertainments, and despite their being
several officers off with sickness, what an evening we were
Our Intendant General, Rt.Ill. Kt.
Richard Lucas, unusually retained the Baton proffered to
him by the Most Puissant Sovereign and took the opportunity
to invest P.Kt. Gwyn Thomas as Divisional Junior Warden.
I should perhaps mention at this point
that the Most Puissant Sovereign was celebrating his 48th
Birthday on that very day and he admitted to having just
returned from 2 days with a bunch of friends celebrating his
birthday in Gibralter. One certain wag
(who shall be nameless but was wearing the the uniform of
the Eminent Viceroy) remarked "after two days with his
mates in Gibralter I'm surprised he can still walk and
talk!". But, not only could he 'walk and talk' but he
Installed E.Comp. Brian Ludford as a Knight of our Order in
superb style assisted by our Intendant General,
Rt.Ill. Kt. Richard Lucas, and the rest of his team which
included two or three officers 'standing in' for others,
especially a certain member of the Sepulchre Guard by the
name of Andy who, carried out the duties of Sentinel,
Standard Bearer (C), Standard Bearer (L) and Pillar Officer,
but apparently he drew the line at doing the washing up!
The Candidate, E.Comp. Brian Ludford,
showed his experience in Masonry by the excellent way in
which he conducted himself and being one of the few
candidates that I've seen who could pronounce "Puissant"
The other business of the evening was
then conducted in which P.Kt. Mike Jones was elected M.P.S.
and P.Kt. Alexander
Barahona-Wills was elected as Em. Viceroy for the
The meeting was followed by the usual
high quality Festive Board that we've come to expect at
Appendant Orders Meeting in
Barnstaple on Monday 25th January 2016 - watch what you say in a butcher's
"We've got to be able to improve on that!" so
said the captain of the sepulchre guard as they came out of the temple in
Barnstaple after a practice of the Guard before the Appendant Orders Ceremony
in Barnstaple on Monday.
And so they did!! Despite not having had an
Appendant Orders meeting last year in Barnstaple the entire ceremony was
carried out superbly by V.Ill.Kt. Roger Duffet (1st Point); P.Kt. Gwyn
Thomas (2nd Point) and Ill.Kt. Paul Ackland (3rd Point) ably assisted by
their entire team and the Sepulchre Guard led by their Captain, V.Ill.Kt.
Bernard Winsor and their Deputy Captain, Ill.Kt. Chris Bird. The
Divisional Prelate and Divisional Grand Commander, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard
Lucas carried out the accolade and the candidate, W.Kt. Dave Hingston and
the other, nearly 40 knights (including 9 Active Divisional Officers),
could not but have been impressed by the 'Barnstaple Workings' of this
wonderful ceremony! And, needless to say, the Sepulchre Guard rose to the
The assembled knights then retired for a most
enjoyable festive board which included the new (corrected) Toast to The
Right Illustrious and Venerable Sub-Patriarch & Deputy Grand Commander Dr.
the Revd. Charles Peter Bernard Blackwell-Smyth and the other usual
toasts; and in response to his toast The Divisional Prelate and Divisional
Grand Commander, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas, accidentally let it slip that
on several occasions wives of Masons had revealed things about their
husbands whilst buying the Sunday Joint in his shop in Totnes!! I'm
glad I live in North Devon and Totnes is too far for Sandy to travel to
buy our Sunday lunch!!
Another most enjoyable meeting in North Devon and
everyone was on their way home by just after 9:00 o'clock, along a link
road that was finally open in both directions!!
News from our correspondent
in the Antipodes
Thanks for update. We are now in a very wet Oz. Storms yesterday & night.
The rain is warm though! We had a lovely swim on our first day in the
ocean baths at Newcastle but anyway it's good for the farmers to have the
rain.Singapore was very humid & hot so it's nice to have a night without
I shall drink a toast to you tonight & wish you all a Happy & Healthy
Chinese New Year of the MONKEY.
Best regards Jeff & Gill.
Sent from my iPad
Holy Trinity Conclave
No.311 Meeting - Wednesday 13th January 2016 - Santa and St. George!!
The problem with owning a posh car is that sometimes
they have too many helpful gadgets! A fact that came home to our
Intendant General when he parked in a heavy downpour and realised that he
could not find his car keys! Apparently as long as the keys are in
or very near the Jag then they don't need to be in the ignition, and
whilst Richard knew the keys were nearby he just couldn't find them and
thus would be unable to lock the car whilst he was in the meeting.
Finally having got out of the car and almost kneeling on the pavement he
was able to search under and beside the seats and thus find the errant
keys but this resulted in our Intendant General having a somewhat damp rump.
Never mind, a warm welcome with hot tea and coffee, biscuits and even Bakewell
Tarts and Chocolate Cupcakes awaited us inside the Holy Trinity Conclave
N0.311. Several officers of the Lodge were absent so all the
visitors were given jobs for the evening - all the visitors but one who
shall be nameless but who is well know for driving a mini bus with a wheel
or two missing!!
I the absence of the M.P.S., P.Kt. Sidney George,
P.Kt. John Bate took the chair and, after offering the Baton of the
conclave to our Intendant General, Rt. Ill. Kt. Richard Lucas, promptly
set about the business of the evening which included a talk by myself, the
Deputy Intendant General, Ill. Kt. Alan Cockman, entitled "Background
little known facts concerning Constantine". All the knights in
attendance showed me great kindness by applauding loudly when I finished -
or was it because I'd finished?
We all then retired to the refectory for a most
enjoyable festive board with the tables unusually formed in square making
conversation with everyone much simpler and more sociable.
And Santa and St. George? There is a definite
connection between the two which only those who were at Holy Trinity (and
my wife Sandy) know about. You should have been there and heard my
Joseph of Arimathea
Conclave No.253 8th January 2016 - Damp in my wardrobe!
Throughout the Christmas Holidays I've had great
sympathy for those in the North of our country who have been so badly
affected by major flooding! But I hadn't realised that the unceasing
downpours had also attacked my cupboards with the effect that the
dampness in my wardrobe had shrunk my 'Masonic trousers' over the
Christmas period! Anyway, I bravely breathed in and forced myself
into them and set off for the first meeting of our Division this year to
Perranporth with two other knights of our order.
As is always the case we were warmly welcomed by the
knights at Joseph of Arimathea Conclave No.253 and, because one or two
officers were still away on their Christmas Holidays, my two companions
were quickly pressed into service for the ceremony; one of whom, Dave
Hingston, will be receiving his Appendant Orders on 25th January at
Bearing in mind that this was the first ceremony by
this new team, the Most Puissant Sovereign, Steve Osborne assisted by his
Eminent Viceroy, Graham Hooper and the rest of his officers did an
excellent job! His face was however a picture when our Intendant
General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas told the M.P.S. that since this was only
a "practice" then the M.P.S. himself could do the Accolade! And what
a fine job he made of it!!
The assembled knights then retired to the refectory for
the normal high quality meal we have come to expect at Perranporth.
All in all another enjoyable evening at Joseph of
Arimathea Conclave and I was still home in Barnstaple by 11:00 pm.
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