Thought of the day:  To err is but human


Companions, we cannot fail to be impressed by our Brother and Companion, Mark Ormrod MBE, this morning (28th May 21)

I am sure that many of you are following Marks latest fund-raising challenge as he continues to raise money for veterans charity REORG.  This morning Mark completed a 1000m open water swim in Plymouth, swimming to Drakes Island and back. In completing this latest challenge Mark hopes that his fundraising efforts for REORG will take him over £400,000. [At the time of writing the current total is just under £396,000]. You can support Mark via his Just Giving Page Mark Ormrod is fundraising for REORG (

Mark is a member of The Royal Marines Lodge 9528 and also Unity Chapter 1247 and you can follow his story via his Webpage which includes links to Marks Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts and also to REORG.  In completing this latest challenge Mark sends thanks to his coach, Ben, to The 3 Buoys Swim Team and to everyone that has supported him with everything that he has been doing.

Please see the below link will take you to a registration page for a Zoom interview with the Most Excellent 3rd Grand Principal, E.Comp. Gareth Jones to take place 8th June at 7.30pm, no doubt that it will be both interesting and informative.  Registering is very simple and takes just a few seconds. I hope that it may also encourage Companions who have not yet used Solomon to create an account and to read some of the interesting nuggets and articles that are on the site. 

Fraternal Regards
E.Comp Chris Hodgson – Provincial Royal Arch Communications Officer

Companions, please download and read an update from E.Comp. Chris Roach, Deputy Grand Superintendent in Charge, regarding the resumption of our meetings. 

So wonderful to see Devonshire Freemasonry represented at the funeral of HRH Prince Philip with Brethren of Per Mare Per Terram Lodge No. 9355 and Companions of Sir Joshua Reynolds Chapter No. 4782 in the bearer party.  Well done Gentlemen!

Ancient and Honourable Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons
Provincial Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Devonshire
Excellent Companion C.A. Roach, PGSwdB – Deputy Grand Superintendent in Charge
Excellent Companion P.I. Hughes, PGStB – 2nd Provincial Grand Principal
Excellent Companion S.P. Joint, PGStB – 3rd Provincial Grand Principal
Provincial Office 7 Harrier Court, Westcott Lane, Exeter Airport, EX5 2DR

Dear Companion,
Notice is hereby given that, subject to the easing of Government restrictions, a SPECIAL CONVOCATION of
Hall, Courtland Road, Paignton, TQ3 2AB on Saturday 26 th June 2021 at 11.00 am, at which Excellent
Companion Christopher Aubrey Roach, PGSwdB, Grand Superintendent Designate, will be Installed as
Most Excellent Grand Superintendent by Excellent Companion Christopher J Pengelly, Past Grand

Mindful of the expected lifting of Government restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and
the probable need to continue some social distancing within the Masonic Hall, the attendance will be
limited and, therefore, of necessity, by invitation only.

By command of:
The Deputy Grand Superintendent in Charge: E. Comp Christopher A. Roach, PGSwdB
E. Comp Anthony J. Parker, Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra
4 The Green, Higher St. Budeaux, Plymouth, PL5 2HN. Tel: 07815 906380 Email:
DRESS: Morning Dress or Dark Lounge Suit, with the Devonshire HRA Provincial Tie, the Grand Chapter
Tie or Plain Black Tie, White Gloves

Supreme Grand Chapter Appointments 2021

To all Supreme Grand Chapter Officers and Scribes Ezra of Devonshire Chapters
The Deputy Grand Superintendent in Charge is pleased to announce that the following Companions have been honoured by the M.E. First Grand Principal with Appointment to, or Promotion in, Supreme Grand Chapter: –
First Appointments:
E. Comp M.R. Heskins Brent Chapter No. 1284 Past Grand Standard Bearer
E. Comp S.N. Wills Jordan Chapter No. 1402 Past Grand Standard Bearer
E. Comp W.F. Carnell Newton Chapter No. 6129 Past Assistant Grand Sojourner
E. Comp C.E. Summers Devon & Somerset Farmers No. 9250 Past Assistant Grand Sojourner

The Deputy Grand Superintendent in Charge would like to congratulate these Companions who have been rewarded for their continuing commitment to, and support of, the Supreme Order of the Holy Royal Arch in Devonshire.
Yours sincerely and fraternally,
Tony Parker – Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra

Devons Freemasons inject volunteers to support the NHS.
As a result of the call for volunteers to support the NHS Vaccination Scheme which was made back in December, Freemasons and their families from all corners of Devon picked up their Hi-Viz jackets and reported for duty as soon as they knew where they were needed.
At Torbay RICC Leisure Centre where 10 local GP practices have gathered together to centralise the administering of the vaccine, all organised, planned and managed by a Freemasons daughter. More than a dozen Freemasons, some together with their partners are now in attendance, some as Car Park Marshalls outside, some as Indoor Marshalls and Administrators, one lucky Freemason has even found employment on the Torbay NHS Helplines, a great result for all concerned.

Similarly in Newton Abbot at Sherborne House, Holsworthy Medical Centre where they are now administering up to 2000 injections each day, at various centres in and around Plymouth, Budleigh Salterton, Exmouth and at Westpoint Exeter, Freemasons can be found carrying out whatever duties are required by their NHS organisers.
The Provincial Grand Master Ian Kingsbury JP. said from his home in Winkleigh, how proud he was to see members of his own organisation, some of whom are vulnerable themselves, prepared to give their time to such a worthy endeavour and he wished to add his personal thank you to each and every one of them who has so generously given up their time to help, not only the NHS who are administering the vaccinations but the elderly members of our community who are so vulnerable and desperately needed protection from this horrible virus. As we are all aware, the vaccination programme is going to be in operation for several months and Freemasonry is committed to be there supporting the NHS and their local communities for all the time required. In other parts of the country, in Essex, Hereford, Welling & Tunbridge Wells in Kent and Barry in Wales, Masonic Halls have opened their doors as vaccination centres with more hopefully to follow soon.

Clive Eden

Social Media Team

The DGS-in-Charge E.Comp Chris Roach, is pleased to announce his Social Media team.
E.Comp. Steve Joint, the 3rd Provincial Grand Principal will lead the team and he will be assisted by E.Comp Martin Heskins (Provincial website) and E.Comp Nick Clemens (Provincial Communications Co-Ordinator ) who will also
run the Provinces Facebook and Twitter accounts.
They all look forward to hearing from all Companions of our Chapters to contribute to the profile of our Order both within the Province and beyond.

E.Comp Ronald John Wilfred Thompson of Davie Chapter No. 1135

100 years old on Tuesday 2nd February 2021 and 65 years a Royal Arch Mason ( 73 years a member of the craft). Ron was joined by one of his sons and daughter in law who travelled from Essex (with permission) on the Sunday to be with him to help open the many cards and presents from his family, his friends, his Lodge and Provincial Lodges, his Chapter and Provincial Chapter and  including a letter from the Pro Grand Master and a call from the Provincial Grand Master RW Bro Ian Kingsbury and a message of well wishes from Her Majesty the Queen and he and his son and daughter in law shared a Devon cream tea and cake sent by his Craft Lodge.

Ron, originally a London Mason, was exalted into Pro Minimis Chapter No5180 (sponsored by Ron’s mother lodge of the same name) on the 26thJanuary 1956, a Companion of the Holy Royal Arch for 65years and still counting. He served as the First Principal of that Chapter in both 1963 and 1966 and from 1968 – 1987 Ron served as treasurer and during that time was made both London Grand Chapter Rank and Senior London Grand Chapter Rank.

Ron and his wife moved to North Devon in 1997 an area they both loved and Ron would visit Davie Chapter, but shortly after they decided to move to Essex to be closer to their family who had chosen to move there and Ron joined Le-Soken Chapter No2949 but within two years they had decided to move back to North Devon.

In 2000 Ron joined Davie Chapter No1135 and in 2005 served as First Principal and now also holds the rank of Past Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah for Devonshire and during those many years has been a very regular attender and supporter taking many offices “on the day”.

However in the last year, like so many of us Ron, who has now been a widower for several years, has had to isolate but has been supported in part by several members of the craft and chapter, and especially by one of our members and his wife. Ron has now had both vaccinations and we all look forward to receiving the same and being able to get back together and share some time with Ron. 

A loyal, valued and much-loved member.

David Easton Scribe E Davie Chapter No1135.


An excellent account of what is possible during lockdown



Dear Companions of Torbay Chapter


It has been exactly a year since the last physical meeting of the Chapter, Wednesday 5th February 2020 to be exact.

Our forefathers during the last war found ways to hold meetings; prisoners of war, on pain of death, conducted ritual with carved wooden symbols, and carrying on in spite of personal hardships. Later generations are no different, we have the technology and we also will not be defeated in this regard. However, there’s no real substitute for meeting and pressing the flesh; that day will, hopefully, appear on the horizon very soon.


Our Christmas virtual meeting in December was extremely well attended (29) for this type of meeting.  Not only were we blessed with members of St. Johns 328 and Pleiades 710 joining us, many of the Executive dropped in as well.  

E. Comp. Alan Salsbury and his team presented an interesting lecture to round the evening off; incidentally, Alan has two other lectures and has kindly agreed to present one on a future occasion.  


There is no zoom meeting planned for our ‘Business Meeting’ due on 3rd February.  There will be a Zoom Meeting on 7th April, where we should by then start to plan for the future.




Ian Burchell


Scribe E – Torbay Chapter

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