A Special Convocation for Lovekyn Chantry Chapter

Last November the Companions of Lovekyn Chantry Chapter No. 6807 had a special guest in the person of Roy Miller, Past Second Provincial Grand Principal and Past Provincial Grand Scribe E.

A Special Convocation for Lovekyn Chantry Chapter

A Special Convocation for Lovekyn Chantry ChapterAs our Second Principal was unable to be present E.Comp. Roy kindly acted in this office. Not only is Roy a well respected Mason he is also a much decorated WW2 Royal Naval Veteran who this year was asked to participate in the Royal British Legion’s special appeal.

His presence inspired me to give a talk entitled ‘Freemasonry during the Second World War’ about what life was like for Freemasons at that time, not only English Freemasons but also for our Brethren in Europe under the Nazi rule. This was very well received and prompted a response from E.Comp. Roy about his visit to Downing Street to see the Prime Minister, Theresa May.

Poppy Appeal ambassadors Roy Miller, and Stewart Harris, 32, made the annual visit to Downing Street on behalf of the Royal British Legion to offer the Prime Minister an opportunity to donate for a poppy. Veterans Roy and Stewart both feature in this year’s Poppy Appeal campaign which is inviting the public to www.britishlegion.org.uk/poppy-appeal-2016 Rethink Remembrance’ and to challenge the commonly held view that the poppy and Remembrance are associated only with the First and Second World Wars and elderly veterans. Roy and Stewart met the Prime Minister and had their picture taken on the steps of No.10.

Prime Minister Theresa May said: “It was an absolute pleasure to meet two of the many veterans who have made such sacrifices to keep us safe. The Royal British Legion does fantastic work in supporting former and serving Armed Forces personnel across all generations and I am delighted to make a contribution to such a worthy cause”.

A Special Convocation for Lovekyn Chantry Chapter

After the customary photograph and a few drinks in the bar, the Companions of Lovekyn Chantry Chapter and their guests sat down to a most convivial festive board at the Surbiton Masonic Hall.

Article and Chapter photograph by Chris Eley and other photographs courtesy of The Royal British Legion

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