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Fortescue Chapter marks its first 150 years.
On Wednesday 20th November Companions from around the Province gathered in Honiton to mark and celebrate 150 years since the Consecration of Fortescue Chapter No 847.  Fortescue Chapter’s first few years are very unclear as minutes and records were either lost or not retained. It was, however, clear that E Comp John Seagar Grundy was a driving force throughout that period having been MEZ in both 1869 and 1874. He is understood to have moved to Honiton from Chapter No 885 in Canterbury, New Zealand!  I’m afraid that the original Charter is now too faded and time worn for me to get a clear picture so all I can offer here is a picture of the Centenary Charter. Anyone desperate to view the Consecration one will need to make a visit to Honiton. With the Chapter regularly opened the early business was swiftly attended to.  The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent (MEGS),
   EComp Simon W Rowe, accompanied by E Comp Stephen Joint, 3rd Provincial Grand Principal, and supported by a retinue of Grand and Provincial Grand Officers was formally received into the meeting. He quickly returned the proffered Sceptre to the MEZ, E Comp Roger Price. Moving on through the agenda the next main item was the presentation of a brief history of Fortescue Chapter. This was carried out with due aplomb by EComp Bob Munro who very capably added a few asides of his own.  The text of this presentation was also included in a souvenir menu booklet placed on every place at the evening’s table. In advance of the meeting I had been sent a copy so that I could pick out the bones from it that I felt worth including in this report. Having read it twice, I felt it was far too good an offering to be picked at so here is a link to it in a separate page that I’m sure you will find of interest.  EComp Bob was warmly applauded for his presentation and sincere thanks expressed to all those who had participated in its production.  Next the MEGS addressed the Chapter. EComp Simon made a very profound presentation stressing the values of Freemasonry and the deep Companionship the members of the Royal Arch share. E Comp Roger Price then cleared the top of his pedestal before bringing out an Embroidered Drape he had had commissioned to hang over the 1st Principal’s Pedestal.
The embroidery had been completed by his very talented sister-in-law and finished and trimmed by his wife. In the first picture we see the Chapter Principals, E Comps N H Morse H – R Price MEZ – A J Sexton J, ensconced in their seats behind the new drape. In the second they are joined by E Comps S Rowe, S Joint and R Munro for a more informal inspection of the detail in the drape.
   
After the presentation had been completed the rest of the evening’s business was soon completed and the Chapter closed. After the pictures above had been taken it was back downstairs to remove and pack away regalia before taking liquid refreshment. After a short while those Companions dining moved to their positions at Table where a most excellent meal was served. Toasts were well received and there were many raffle prizes and an auction which raised a large amount for Charity. It certainly was a memorable evening.  
   
EComp  Arthur Rowe 
 
Devon & Somerset Farmers Chapter 2019 Installation
On Friday 29th November Companions gathered from across the two Provinces for the Chapter’s Annual Installation meeting at Uffculme. Devonshire Official Visitors were led by E Comp Chris Roach DGSupt (the MEGS being detained in Tenerife with his wife) while Somerset was led by the MEGS E Comp Barry Woodside. After much recent inclement weather it proved to be a dry crisp evening.
Many arrived early to indulge in the tea/coffee and biscuits that were provided and it proved an excellent opportunity for convivial conversation among old friends and new. As start time approached Companions other than those in the later procession donned regalia and made their way to the temple.
The meeting was smoothly opened by the outgoing Principals with the initial business and the opening address moving easily along. The visiting dignitaries were then received into the gathering and, followed by their supporters, duly seated. Cheques for their Provinces’ respective Charites were presented to E Comps Roach and Woodside. Comp Winter and E Comps Hill and Grubb were each taken through their Obligations in an efficient manner. All below the rank of first Principal were asked to retire then E Comp M W Yates Installed E Comp C R Grubb as MEZ. The new MEZ then Installed E Comp R Hill as H followed by Comp R Winter being made J.
The MEZ then appointed and Invested the Officers to serve with them.  It’s worth recording here that, despite a few minor hiccups in the floor work, all of the spoken ritual was very well performed with few prompts and great sincerity. The rest of the evening’s business and the closing address were deftly attended to before all the visiting dignitaries left to return downstairs while the Chapter’s Companions and their visitors completed the last rising and duly closed the Chapter.  Companions re-gathered in the dining hall with plenty of time to acquire liquid refreshment before the Company was called to table for Grace. An excellent meal of Prawn Cocktail, Carrot and Coriander Soup, Roast Beef, Apple and Mincemeat Pie and Cheese and Biscuits was served. The preparation, presentation and tastiness of the mail was to a high standard. After the toasts the raffles raised a goodly sum for charity.
All too soon the convocation was over and it was time for goodbyes. The Officers of the Chapter should congratulate themselves on an efficient and well- presented evening’s ceremony. I complete this report with some pictures taken at the end of the meeting and at table.

Arthur W Rowe
   
Queen Victoria Chapter No. 2655
The Red Table Evening hosted by The Queen Victoria Chapter No 2655 was a
great success.

The evening was supported by E.Comp. Simon Rowe Most Excellent Grand
Superintendent, E.Comp. John Sevieri Deputy Provincial Grand Superintendent
and E.Comp. Paul Hughes 2nd Provincial Grand Principal. In attendance were
Companions from a number of Chapters who were accompanied by many Brethren from their Lodges eager to learn more about the HRA.

After a short talk and question session a buffet was held for all those
present.
The atmosphere throughout the evening was one of true Companionship, which epitomises what the HRA is all about.


EComp. Andy Vodden
    
 
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