Wonderful Day in WorcesterWonderful Day in Worcester
After a very drab and overcast week Saturday 14th April turned out to be a delightful sunny Spring Day and saw some 250 Companions from the Province of Worcestershire, and Distinguished Guests from 14 other Provinces from as far afield as Suffolk and Devon, assembled in the Great Hall of the Kings School to celebrate the Annual Convocation of the Provincial Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in Worcestershire.
This was the first time the Province had used these facilities, which have been tried and tested by the United Orders for many years, and what a very successful venue and occasion it turned out to be.
This was a particularly important occasion for it saw the retirement of the Deputy Grand Superintendent Michael G Taylor, P.G.Swd.B., and led the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, Colin P. T. Brown, to obligate, appoint and invest his new Provincial Executive comprising his new Deputy, E. Comp. John M Phenix, P.A.G.Soj, and the Second and Third Provincial Grand Principals, A John Yeates, P.G.St.B. and the Reverend Justin T Parker, who is to be Promoted to P.G.St.B. at Supreme Grand Chapter later this month, together with his Officers for the Year and those Companions who received their Provincial First Appointments and Promotions. Congratulations must go to all of those who received such honours.
During his address the Grand Superintendent gave details of the 6 Local Charities that had recently received support from the Chapter Charity Fund. A Fund designed to aid those local Charities where a donation of £500 - £1,000 makes a significant difference.
He also made an appeal for all the Royal Arch Masons of Worcestershire to fully support the Recruitment of those Craft Masons who have yet to complete the full journey through the recognised 3 Degrees. He gave particular credence to the new Presentation of “Talking Heads,” which is available for any Lodge and where, to date, Candidates for Exaltation have followed every presentation made.
On completion of the Convocation, some 127 Companions moved to the Old Bishops Palace to enjoy an excellent reception, which included the promotion of the Cubitt Club 2022 Festival Ale was followed by a superb Luncheon which was of a quality not enjoyed for several years.
There is no doubt this was a highly successful and excellent day and sincere thanks must be given to all those who worked so hard to ensure this was the case.
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