The 2017 Annual Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter

The Annual Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter took place on the 24th May 2017 in the Grand Temple of Freemasons’ Hall in London.

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The team of willing volunteers gathered at Oakfield Road early that morning to load all the regalia and documentation onto the coach to take them to Great Queen Street. After unloading the coach, everyone set about preparing the changing rooms and the Temple for the arrival of the Companions. From 1 pm Companions of the Province and their guests started gathering in the Grand Temple. Just after 3pm the Companions were called to order to receive the distinguished guests, including Principals and Scribe E’s of neighbouring Provinces resplendent in their chains of office; senior members of the Craft Province of Surrey and other Masonic Orders.

Finally, the entire Convocation was called to order by E.Comp. Richard Knox, the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, to receive the Provincial Officers of the year accompanying the ME Grand Superintendent, Ian Chandler, the Deputy Grand Superintendent. E.Comp. Alan Bayliss and the Provincial Grand Principals, E.Comps. Stephen Dingvean and Eugene Regan, led by the Provincial Grand Sword Bearer and followed by the Provincial Grand Standard Bearers.

Provincial Grand Chapter was opened in due form by the Provincial Grand Principals who ascended the dais and took their seats, followed by the acting Officers of the year. The business of Provincial Grand Chapter commenced with the ME Grand Superintendent individually welcoming the many representatives of other Provinces and Masonic Orders.

During the Convocation the ME Grand Superintendent was pleased to re-appoint E.Comp. Alan Bayliss as the Deputy Grand Superintendent, E.Comp. Stephen B Dingvean as Second Provincial Grand Principal and E.Comp. Eugene Regan as Third Provincial Grand Principal. The ME Grand Superintendent then re-appointed E.Comps. Ian Smith, Alan Cain, Rob Shephard and Steve Wigmore as Assistants to the Provincial Grand Principals.

A total of 105 appointments and promotions in Provincial Grand Rank were announced, the recipients mounting the dais to be congratulated by the ME Grand Superintendent, including 21 Companions receiving first appointments in Provincial Grand Rank. The ME Grand Superintendent had much pleasure in presenting E.Comp. Eric Tate with his Certificate for Distinguished Service. The ME Grand Superintendent then addressed Provincial Grand Chapter.

The Convocation was then called to order and closed in due form with a closing hymn. The ME Grand Superintendent accompanied by the Grand Superintendents of other Provinces, and Provincial Officers then left the Temple in procession to the echoing strains of a recessional fanfare by the Organist, E.Comp. Glyn Harvey.

Following the Convocation, the Companions of Surrey and their guests dined in peace and harmony in the Grand Connaught Rooms where the customary Loyal and Masonic toasts were honoured.

Article and photos by Chris Eley


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