Chapter Yearbook 2020

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Provincial Grand Chapter of Devonshire Reference - Year Book

Jan 2020 - Dec 2020

www.hradevonshire.org.uk


INDEX - CHAPTER 1

HRA Chapter Cover

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Index - HRA Chapter

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Terms and conditions of use

4-6

Photographs of Executive

7

HRA Chapter—The 4 Steps in Freemasonry

8

History of Executive Chapter Appointments 1783 - 2020

9

Companions Holding Supreme Grand Chapter Rank

10

HRA Rules and Regulations

11

By-Laws of the Chapter

12

Communications Letters (Covid 19) from UGLE

13

Letter from Most Excellent Grand Superintendent

14 - 15

Letters from Provincial grand scribe E

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Letter from UGLE & Supreme Grand Chapter

17

Letter from Deputy Grand Superintendent in Charge

18 - 20 21

Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra’s Report Active Provincial Chapter Appointments - 2020

22 - 23

First & Past Provincial Chapter Appointments - 2020

24

Letter from Deputy Grand Superintendent in Charge

25

Toast List - Chapter (Revised October 2020)

26

Roll of Chapters - By Number

27

Roll of Chapters - Alphabetical

28

Back Page - Editorial Information and Contacts

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E.Comp. Tony Parker PGStB Provincial Grand Scribe E email: scribee@hradevonshire.org.uk

https://hradevonshire.org.uk 3


E.Comp. Chris Roach P.G.Swd.B. Deputy Grand Superintendent in Charge, Holy Royal Arch 4


E.Comp. Paul I. Hughes, PGStB 2nd Provincial Grand Principal, Holy Royal Arch 5


E.Comp. STEPHEN P. JOINT, PGStB 3rd Provincial Grand Principal, Holy Royal Arch 6


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GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS OF DEVONSHIRE 1783 29-01-1809 28-04-1845 30-08-1859 18-01-1881 10-12-1897 20-10-1903 7-11-1928 1-06-1938 8-06-1956 7-12-1960 13-11-1968 9-04-1975 13-07-1976 22-07-1987 22-02-1995 24-09-2002 13-11-2010

Thomas Dunckerley Bevis Wood Rev. William Carwithen Rev. John Huyshe Hugh, 4th Earl Fortescue Henry Stafford, 1st Lord Northcote George Christopher Davie Henry Lopes, 1st Lord Roborough Rt. Rev. W.F. Surtees, Bishop of Crediton Robert Killingly Gibbons William Alexander Kneel Rev. Henry Wackett Anthony Coates Turton James Joseph Latham Gore Ronald Thomas Discombe Roy Harold Webber Christopher John Pengelly Simon William Rowe

Died Died Died Retired Retired Died Died Died Died Retired Died Died Died Retired Retired Retired Retired

2nd PROVINCIAL GRAND PRINCIPALS 1987 1991 1993 1995 1999 2000 2002

1814 1850 1880 1896 1903 1928 1938 1956 1960 1968 1975 1976 1987 1995 2002 2010 2020

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Leonard James Lucas Matthews Edward Joseph Holman Robin Osborn Osborn Arthur Roy Goddard Brian Henry Meldon Terry Henry George Downe Christopher Aubrey Roach John David Sevieri Christopher Aubrey Roach Christopher Aubrey Roach ( InCharge ) Gerald Watson ( Designate )

L.J.L. Matthews E.J. Holman R.H. Webber A.R. Goddard A.G.R. Hollis C.J. Pengelly B.H. Meldon

2005 2006 2011 2012 2017 2018

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2006 2011 2012 2017 2018

D.C. Lovell T.H.G. Downe C.A. Roach G.W. Watson J.D. Sevieri P.I. Hughes

3rd PROVINCIAL GRAND PRINCIPALS 1987 1993 1997 1999

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1993 1997 1999 2002

R.H. Webber 2010 Cdr. F.G. Davey, RN. 2011 A.G.R. Hollis 2014 R. Hooper 2016

2002 - 2005 D.C. Lovell 2005 - 2006 I.A. Moore 2006 - 2010 S.W. Rowe

2017 2018

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2011 2014 2016 2017

C.A. Roach J.J. Bailey A. Morrell J.D. Sevieri

- 2018 -

K.G.S. Hurley S.P. Joint

PROVINCIAL GRAND SCRIBES EZRA

DEPUTY GRAND SUPERINTENDENTS 3-11-1990 6-11 1993 22-02-1995 6-11-1999 7-03-2005 12-11-2011 10-11-2012 10-11-2018 9-11-2019 11-2020 11-2020

1991 1993 1995 1999 2000 2002 2005

Died Retired Retired Died Retired Retired Retired Retired

2007 1995 1999 2005 2001 2012 2018 2019 2020 2020 2020

1984 1991 1995 2000 2002

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1991 1995 2000 2002 2006

E.J. Holman A.G.R. Hollis C.J. Pengelly B.H. Meldon T.H.G. Downe

2006 2010 2012 2015

- 2010 - 2012 - 2015 -

J.J. Bailey B.D. Kelly, JP. A.D. Newberry A.J. Parker

Please Note: Current Office holders in bold print

OFFICERS OF THE SUPREME GRAND CHAPTER OF ENGLAND FOR THE YEAR 2020 – 2021 First Grand Principal * Pro First Grand Principal Second Grand Principal Third Grand Principal President Committee General Purposes Grand Registrar * Grand Scribe Ezra * Grand Scribe Nehemiah Grand Director of Ceremonies Grand Sword Bearer Grand Treasurer * Deputy Grand Registrar Deputy Grand Scribe E Deputy Grand Directors of Ceremonies

Deputy Grand Sword Bearer Grand Sojourner First Assistant Grand Sojourner Second Assistant Grand Sojourner Assistant Grand Scribe E Grand Standard Bearers

Grand Organist Assistant Grand Directors of Ceremonies

Grand Janitor

* H.R.H. The Duke of Kent, K.G Peter Geoffrey Lowndes Russell John Race, DL Gareth Jones, OBE Prof Stephen John Tucker, PAGSoj The Rt. Hon. Sir John Chadwick, ED. Dr David Richard Staples, Martin Geoffrey Peters, PDepGSwdB Charles Bertram Hopkinson-Wooley Rupert James Avenon Bull, PDepGDC Quentin Charles Triscott Humberstone, PGSN James Alexander Francis Thorn, QC Graham Frederick Redman, PGSN Richard Robert Montgomery Nicholas John Burger Dr Simon Kenneth Archer Desmond Hubert Thomas Henderson-Ross, PGSoj John Clovis Pagella David John Medlock, DL, (Somerset) John Boyington, CBE Shawn Edward Roy Christie, PAGSoj David Cynrig Timothy Roberts-Jones, PGOrg Ian Spencer Burgess (London) Nigel Wallis Gibson Gregory (Suffolk) Michele Santopietro (Staffordshire) Andrew David Seales (Norfolk) Michael McAllister Todd Geoffrey Walker (Warwickshire) John Peter Norris Mark Christopher Bassant (East Kent) David Mackay Blair (Cambridgeshire) James David Anthony Shields (London) Russell Kim Woodland (London) Malcolm Brooks, PAGSoj

These Offices, according to the Regulations of the Order, devolve upon the Companions (if qualified) holding the corresponding position in Grand Lodge. *

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COMPANIONS IN DEVONSHIRE CHAPTERS HOLDING SUPREME GRAND CHAPTER RANK April 2020 S.W. Rowe R.H. Webber

1255 1125

C.J. Pengelly

106

S.H.A.F. Hopkins

9250

B.H. Meldon T.H.G. Downe

C.A. Roach

372 5148

1358

Past Grand Standard Bearer

05

B.G. Ridalls

797

Past Grand Standard Bearer

03

ME Grand Superintendent

10

M.W. Eglinton

1255

Past Grand Standard Bearer

04

Past Grand Standard Bearer

89

ME Grand Superintendent

95-02

Rev. P.L. Baycock

1753

Past Grand Standard Bearer

08

Past Grand Standard Bearer

08

M. St.J. French

5148

Past Grand Standard Bearer

08

ME Grand Superintendent

02-10

J.H.F. Rowe

494

Past Grand Standard Bearer

08

Past Asst Grand Sojourner

98

P. Hawken MBE

1247

Past Grand Standard Bearer

10

Past Grand Scribe Nehemiah

05

A. Morrell

1247

Past Grand Standard Bearer

10

Past Grand Standard Bearer

02

W.F. Carnell

6129

Past Grand Standard Bearer

11

Past Grand Sword Bearer

05

R. Moore

797

Past Grand Standard Bearer

11

Past Grand Standard Bearer

05

Past Grand Sword Bearer

12

R.J. Pitts

1358

Past Grand Standard Bearer

11

Past Grand Standard Bearer

09

M.J. Twitchin

710

Past Grand Standard Bearer

12

Past Grand Sword Bearer

13

K.G.S. Hurley

328

Past Grand Standard Bearer

13

R.H. Moore

9250

Past Grand Sword Bearer

14

S. Rawlings

489

Past Grand Standard Bearer

13

A.G.R. Holton

9250

Past Grand Sword Bearer

18

C. Thomas

159

Past Grand Standard Bearer

13

J.D. Sevieri

1247

Past Grand Standard Bearer

13

N.A. Ball

70

Past Grand Standard Bearer

14

Past Grand Sword Bearer

19

B.D. Kelly JP

303

Past Grand Standard Bearer

14

Grand Standard Bearer

05

P.J.M. Keaty

223

Past Grand Standard Bearer

15

M.J. Newman

4792

Past Grand Standard Bearer

16

Past Deputy Grand Sword Bearer 19

J.F. Bate

223

Past Grand Standard Bearer

17

M.T. Penny

112

Past Deputy Grand Sword Bearer 08 I. Kingsbury JP

112

Past Asst. Grand Sojourner

13

J.J. Custance-Baker

444

Past Grand Sojourner

07

C.C. Gale

1255

Past Grand Standard Bearer

17

M. Skudder

251

Past Grand Standard Bearer

89

R.F. Guest

489

Past Grand Standard Bearer

17

Past Asst. Grand Sojourner

06

A.J. Parker

1255

Past Grand Standard Bearer

17

Past Grand Standard Bearer

98

Past Asst. Grand Sojourner

09

A.R. Gill

710

Past Grand Standard Bearer

18

Past Asst. Grand D of C

99

P.I. Hughes

3337

Past Grand Standard Bearer

18

Past Asst. Grand Sojourner

11

P.D. Roberts

4782

Past Grand Standard Bearer

18

Past Grand Standard Bearer

98

R.S. Crannis

954

Past Grand Standard Bearer

19

Past Asst. Grand Sojourner

11

C.A. Donaldson

444

Past Grand Standard Bearer

19

Past Grand Standard Bearer

03

S.P.Joint

6219

Past Grand Standard Bearer

19

Past Asst. Grand Sojourner

12

Russell Dearing

Past Grand Standard Bearer

20

Past Grand Standard Bearer

08

Past Asst. Grand Sojourner

13

Timothy Hobday

Past Grand Standard Bearer

20

Past Grand Standard Bearer

09

John Redman

Past Grand Standard Bearer

20

K.B. Jackson

1091

E.W. Smith

710

D.G. Sullivan

303

I.A. Moore D.R. Dinsmore J.J. Bailey G.W. Watson D.J. Jones S. Rawlings P. Hawken MBE R.C. Munro

954 444 164 710 2725 489 1247 847

Past Asst. Grand Sojourner

16

F.A. Purnell

Past Grand Standard Bearer

07

D.W. Southgate

1125

Past Asst. Grand D of C

98

Past Asst. Grand Sojourner

17

R.L. Brooks

164

Past Asst. Grand D of C

99

Past Asst. Grand D of C

09

H.S. Nevill

164

Past Asst. Grand D of C

00

Past Asst. Grand Sojourner

17

Past Grand Standard Bearer

13

K. Metcalfe

5148

Past Asst. Grand D of C

03

Past Asst. Grand Sojourner

17

R.N. Baker

9249

Past Asst. Grand D of C

05

Past Grand Standard Bearer

10

P. Colkin

303

Past Asst. Grand D of C

06

303

Past Asst. Grand D of C

96

07

Past Asst. Grand Sojourner

19

Past Grand Standard Bearer

12

R.A.P. Speed

489

Past Asst. Grand D of C

07

Past Asst. Grand Sojourner

20

A.W. Rowe

164

Past Asst. Grand D of C

10

R.C. Keane

2655

Past Asst. Grand D of C

14

M.N. Smith

7949

Past Asst. Grand D of C

14

R.J. Butler

489

Past Asst. Grand D of C

15

R.E.G. Sleep

3337

Past Asst. Grand D of C

16

1486

Past Grand Standard Bearer

88

W.J. Huddy

6129

Past Grand Standard Bearer

96

J.P. Battell

9653

Past Grand Standard Bearer

97

G.R. Rooke

303

Past Grand Standard Bearer

00

112

Past Asst. Grand D of C

G.B. Slaughter

P. Williams

P.R. Galt

303

Past Grand Standard Bearer

01

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HOLY ROYAL ARCH RULES AND REGULATIONS of the PROVINCIAL GRAND CHAPTER OF DEVONSHIRE In accordance with the Regulations of Supreme Grand Chapter (Reg.30) the Provincial Brand Chapter shall consist of the Grand Superintendent, Deputy Grand Superintendent (if there be one), together with the other Provincial Officers, Principals and Past First Principals of Chapters within the Province and such Past First Principals of any Chapter, under the English Constitution, as may be subscribing members of any Chapter in the Province. The Provincial Grand Chapter shall be held once a year on the first Saturday in November, or such other day and at such time and place as the Grand Superintendent may decide. At least six weeks notice of such meeting must be given. At the Annual Provincial Grand Chapter Meeting the Treasurer shall be elected and will be invested with those Companions appointed to Provincial Rank and those Companions appointed to Past Rank as specified in the Supreme Grand Chapter Regulations (31a). In addition, the Grand Superintendent may confer promotion on certain Provincial Officers (Reg. 33). “A Registration Fee of £20 shall be paid by Companions on First Appointment to Active or Past Provincial Rank. No Fee is payabl e on Promotion”. The Grand Superintendent may conduct such other competent business as he may direct or allow. The Grand Superintendent may convene a Provincial Grand Chapter of Emergency as and when he deems it necessary. The reason for convening such a meeting must be clearly stated in the Summons and no other business other than that specified may be conducted. At least three weeks notice of such meeting must be given. All monies belonging to the Provincial Grand Chapter shall be paid into and held in an account at a Bank approved by the Grand Superintendent, in the names of the Grand Superintendent, Deputy Grand Superintendent (if there be one) and the Provincial Grand Treasurer, all cheques thereon shall be signed by the Grand Superintendent or the Deputy Grand Superintendent (if there be one) or the Treasurer and countersigned by the Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra. The Provincial Grand Treasurer’s accounts shall be examined and certified at each Annual Provincial Grand Chapter Meeting and an abstract thereof shall be printed and sent to the First Grand Principal of every Chapter in the Province. All furniture and property of the Provincial Grand Chapter shall be placed in the care of the Grand Superintendent. The Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra shall keep a register in which shall be entered the names of the Present and Past Officers o f the Provincial Grand Chapter present at each Provincial Grand Chapter, and the numbers of those Chapters whose Principals attend the meeting. He shall keep Minutes of all transactions conducted at the meeting transcribed in a book kept specifically for that purpose in order that it may be laid before Provincial Grand Chapter as often as required. The Principals of every Chapter shall cause a copy of the Summons for each meeting of the Chapter, whether regular or emergency, to be sent direct to the private address of the Grand Superintendent, the Deputy Grand Superintendent, the Second and Third Provincial Grand Principals and the Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra. Every Chapter shall annually, immediately after the Installation of the Principals, make a return, signed by the First Principal and the Scribe Ezra, of the names and addresses of the Three Principals. The Principals and the Scribe Ezra of every Chapter in the Province shall before the 25th day of March in each year, make a regular return and forward the same to the Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra, with a list of the Principals, Past First Principals and the dates of their Installation. The return shall also contain the names of all the companions belonging to the Chapter, with th e date of Exaltation or Joining of every Companion since the last return, and at the same time transmit the fees due to the Provincial Grand Chapter, viz.

On the Exaltation of a Companion………………………………………………... For each Subscribing Member of a Chapter “such a sum as shall be Proposed and agreed at a Meeting of Provincial Grand Chapter such sum not to exceed an increase of more than £2.00 Subscription for each Subscribing Member from the 1st July 2020…………… For registering a New Chapter…………………………………………………….. For each Dispensation issued by The Grand Superintendent………………….

£0.50

£7.00 £3.00 £5.00

These By-Laws may be altered, or any new law added thereto, on due notice of motion being given thereof and the same being duly agreed at the Annual Provincial Grand Chapter, or at a Provincial Grand Chapter of Emergency, duly convened and then approved by the Grand Superintendent and the First Grand Principal.

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BY LAWS OF THE CHAPTER 1.

2.

1. Places and Dates of Convocations:The Chapter shall meet at (state place with full address and Post Code) and shall hold a regular convocation on the (state da ys, and months) at such an hour as the Principals shall direct. Election and Installation Convocations:The Three Principals, two Scribes, Treasurer, Principal Sojourner and two Assistant Sojourners shall be elected by ballot at the regular convocation in (state month). The other Officers permitted by Royal Arch Regulation 48 may also be elected. The Installation of the Principals elect and the investiture of Officers will take place at the regular Convocation in (state month). [Please Note: A Chapter may, by annual Resolution under Royal Arch Regulation 48 give authority to the Principals elect to a ppoint the rest of the Officers, with the exception of the Treasurer and (subject to para. 5 of Regulation 48) the Janitor. Such authority cannot be given by By-Law]

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6.

7.

Election of Janitor:Subject to the provision of Royal Arch Regulation 48, the Janitor shall be elected by a show of hands at the regular Convocation in (state month). The Chapter Committee:The Chapter Committee shall consist of the Principals, Past Principals, of and in the Chapter, two Scribes, Treasurer, Principal Sojourner and ??? Companions to be appointed by the Chapter at the regular Convocation in (state month) of each year. This Committee shall con sider and report to the Chapter on proposals for membership and on any other matters specially referred to it by the Chapter. ??? (state a number) shall form a quorum. Audit Committee and Annual Accounts:The Audit Committee shall consist of two members of the Chapter who shall be elected annually at the regular Convocation in ( state month). The accounts shall be made up to the ???? (state full date) in each year and shall be presented to the Chapter, duly audited, at the regular Convocation in ?? (state month). A copy of the accounts and the Audit Committee’s Certificate that all balances have been checked and the acco unts have been audited shall be sent to all members with the summons convening the Convocation. Fees and Annual Subscriptions:The Exaltation Fee shall be £xxx , the Joining Fee £xx and the Re-Joining Fee £xx, such fees to be exclusive of Subscription. In addition to these fees the candidate shall pay to the Chapter such registration fees as are payable to Grand Chapter and, if applicable, Provincial Grand Chapter, together with any tax thereon, and the candidate shall before becoming a member be fully informed of the total amount due. The Annual Subscription (except for Country Membership as provided by By-Law No.7) due and payable in advance on ?? (state date) exclusive of dining fees, shall be of such amount as the Chapter shall from time to time decide by resolution, after notice on the summons at the previous regular Convocation. The Scribe Ezra’s services shall be deemed equivalent to payment of subscription. The fees for members and vis itor for dining shall be a cost. Any member whose subscription is unpaid for ?? months (state number) shall be liable to be excluded from the Chapter, after d ue notice, in accordance with Rule 181 Book of Constitutions.

Country Membership:Any member who, for reasons acceptable to the Chapter, is not in a position to enjoy the privileges of the Chapter, may on wr itten application to the Scribe Ezra and by resolution of the Chapter, be considered a Country Member and shall pay a Subscription Annually in advance on ?? (state full date) of such less amount than that provided for in By-Law No.6 as the Chapter shall from time to time decide by resolution after notice on the summons at the previous regular Convocation. When attending the Chapter and dining such a member shall pay the current dining fee.

8.

Admission of a Candidate:The admission of Candidates for Exaltation and Joining shall be regulated by the provisions of Rules 65 to 69. On the ballot for a Candidate of Exaltation, Joining or Re-Joining, ?? (state number) black balls shall exclude.

9.

Termination of Membership:Any member desirous of terminating his membership of the Chapter shall tender his resignation in writing to the Scribe Ezra or orally in open Chapter in accordance with Rule 183 Book of Constitutions, and he shall be entitled to a certificate mentioned in Rule 70 Royal Arch Regulations, stating the circumstances in which he left the Chapter. Should he at any future time wish to re-join he shall be subject to the rules relating to Joining Members.

10.

Payment from Chapter Funds:Payment of any sum exceeding £ ??? (state amount) if for other than ordinary purposes, may be made only by resolution of the Chapter, of which notice has been given on the summons, except in the case of emergency, when such payment may be authorized by the First Principal an d reported to the Chapter at the next regular Convocation.

11.

Amendments to By-Laws:Except as otherwise required by Rule 141, Book of Constitutions, amendment of these By-Laws or any of them, may be made in the following manner: a) Notice of Motion in writing stating the precise amendment or amendments proposed shall be given in open Chapter at a regular Convocation. b) The Motion shall be set out on the summons for the next regular Convocation or for an Emergency Convocation summoned for the purpose, and shall at such Convocation be put to the Chapter. c)

A resolution for amendment, of which notice shall have been given as aforesaid, shall be carried if a majority of the members voting shall vote in favour of it, but shall not be effective until approved by the Grand Superintendent, and if not substantially in accordance w ith the model By-Laws issued from time to time on behalf of the First Grand Principal, by the First Grand Principal.

By-Laws approved by: The ME Grand Superintendent …………………………………………………………………………………..

Date: ………………………………

Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra : …………………………………………………………………………………..

Date: ………………………….…...

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Letter from The U.G.L.E. Coronavirus outbreak (Covid-19) - March 2020 Communications...Cont...

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Letter From the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent - September 2020 Communications...Cont...

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Letter From the Provincial Grand Scribe E - October 2020 Communications...Cont...

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Letter From the Provincial Grand Scribe E - October 2020 Communications...Cont...

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Letter From Supreme Grand Chapter - November 2020 Communications...Cont...

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Letter From Provincial Grand Chapter - November 2020 Communications...Cont...

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PROVINCIAL GRAND SCRIBE EZRA - ANNUAL REPORT - November 2020

Excellent Companions and Companions, I have pleasure in submitting for your consideration and approval my Annual Report on the activities of the Holy Royal Arch in the Province of Devonshire during the past year. I usually preface my report by listing the notable Provincial events that took place throughout the year. However, this year, the predominant ‘event’ has been this dreadful Coronavirus Pandemic the world is enduring. It has impacted upon our Freemasonry to an extent that no-one, least of all the authors of the Book of Constitutions and the Royal Arch Regulations, could have predicted or imagined. In March, all Freemasonry was suspended for four months, then restarted with limited permitted numbers in ‘Covid safe’ buildings, then the permitted numbers were reduced even further until, when earlier this month, proceedings were once again suspended; this time until further notice. Throughout all the upheaval, from my conversations with Scribes Ezra and others, our Companions have, generally, remained stoic and positive for the future and are looking forward to a time when they are able to meet again. This I put down to the enjoyment their Royal Arch Masonry brings them. Long may it continue. Despite this huge interruption to our year, I can report on events during the months prior to the hiatus caused by the pandemic. Between the Annual Convocation and the suspension, eighteen Chapter Installations took place. At each, the presiding Provincial Principals were very well supported by a goodly number of Active Provincial Officers. Also, in March, the ‘Provincial Team’ conducted the Exaltation Ceremony at the meeting of The Chapter of Obedience No.1753 in Okehampton, during which Brother Darren Grey was made a Royal Arch Companion. The Companions were treated to a delightful ceremony. The Active Officers carrying out the ceremony performed flawlessly and gave our new Companion a wonderful introduction into Royal Arch Masonry. To report on something more positive regarding the pandemic, an old word has taken on a new meaning and is becoming a well-used part of our vocabulary. That word is ‘Zoom’! Many of us have recently come to know about and use the Zoom Video Conferencing program on our 18


computers and tablets. Zoom has enabled us to meet ‘virtually’ and converse in safety. Myself, I had not heard of it but have been learning its capabilities and attempting to understand its vagaries. The Provincial team has been using it to meet and it is our intention to spread its use wider. Scribes Ezra have received emails from me regarding Zoom and I plan to hold meetings with them in the coming weeks. In no way will it compare with meeting in person, but at least we will be able to ‘meet’. It is with considerable irony that I am pleased to report that, despite the ravages of Covid-19, this year we have lost only 70 members, which compares well with the last couple of years. However, it is with great sadness I report that 35 of those losses are Companions who have made their final journey to the Grand Chapter above. I am, though, relieved to report that, to my knowledge, Covid-19 played little or no part in the passing of most of them. We hope that, with the recent news of a possible viable vaccine becoming available soon, our Companions can continue to avoid its worst effects. On 30th September, our much loved and respected Grand Superintendent, Excellent Companion Simon Rowe, retired from office having led the Province with great esteem for the last 10 years. During his tenure he worked tirelessly to bring Royal Arch Freemasonry to all Brethren in the Province and as an ambassador for Devonshire Freemasonry when visiting other Provinces. To him, all his Chapters and their Companions were ‘Special’. No-one who met him can forget his favourite mantra, ‘Freemasonry is meant to be enjoyed, not endured’. We wish him a very happy retirement and hope he can enjoy being on the ‘back benches’ once again. As you all know, his successor is our Deputy Grand Superintendent, Excellent Companion Christopher Roach, PGSwdB, who took office on 1st October. However, for the same reasons that the Covid Pandemic laid waste to Simon’s last months in office, we have no idea of when and how E. Comp Chris will actually be installed as MEGS. We will keep you informed of details as we receive them. As I have said in previous reports, I have many to thank for their help and advice throughout the year. The ‘Grand Sanhedrin’ for their continued and unwavering support and my Assistant Scribe Ezra, E. 19


Comp Richard Spencer, for his work behind the scenes. Richard retires from his role this year and I thank him for all his efforts during his time in office. He will be succeeded by E. Comp Christopher Taylor of Perseverance Chapter No.164. I welcome Chris to the role and urge him to get his pencils sharpened; he will need them. My thanks also go to the Provincial Grand Treasurer, E. Comp Conrad Donaldson, who continues to offer wise counsel when sought and to my many ‘unseen’ helpers at the Annual Convocation and other occasions. They are essential to the success of the events and continue to have my grateful thanks. I end by giving thanks to the Scribe’s Ezra of the Chapters in our Province. They have given support to me and their Chapters without which the administration of the Province would not be as easy as they help it to be. I look forward to the coming year and, once again, wish you all good health to enjoy your Royal Arch Freemasonry to the full.

Anthony J. Parker Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra 1st November 2020

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PROVINCIAL GRAND CHAPTER OF DEVONSHIRE SUPREME DEGREE OF THE HOLY ROYAL ARCH

OFFICERS APPOINTED (Commencing 21st November) 2020 Deputy Grand Superintendent Designate : E.Comp. Gerald W. Watson, PAGSoj 2nd Provincial Grand Principal : E.Comp. Paul I. Hughes, PGStB 3rd Provincial Grand Principal : E.Comp. Stephen P. Joint, PGStB

Excellent Companion:A.J. Parker, PGStB

Chapter

Rank

1255

Grand Scribe Ezra

4, The Green, Higher St. Budeaux, Plymouth, PL5 2HN Roger Smith

112

Chapter of St George

Scribe Nehemiah

Conrad Donaldson

444

Chapter of Union

Treasurer

Tim Golder

303

Benevolent Chapter

Registrar

Stephen Shaw

710

Pleiades Chapter

Director of Ceremonies

Gilson Rowe

159

Brunswick Chapter

Sword Bearer

Mark Richardson

112

Chapter of St George

Deputy Director of Ceremonies

Stephen Hamilton

70

St. John’s Chapter

Deputy Director of Ceremonies

David Dawson

328

St. John’s Chapter

Deputy Director of Ceremonies

Robert Munro

372

Chapter of Harmony

Almoner

Peter Lucas

710

Pleiades Chapter

Charity Steward.

David Walker

954

St. Aubyn Chapter

Sojourner

Chapter of Obedience

1st Assistant Sojourner

St. John’s Chapter

2nd Assistant Sojourner

Peter Southcott Mark Rodd

1753 70

Christopher Taylor

164

Perseverance Chapter

Assistant Scribe Ezra

Martyn Bulley

159

Brunswick Chapter

Standard Bearer

Robert Summers

847

Fortescue Chapter

Standard Bearer

George Nolan

1099

Elms Huyshe Chapter

Standard Bearer

John Betts

1486

Duncombe Chapter

Standard Bearer

John Redman

1099

Elms Huyshe Chapter

Organist

Adrian Garrity

1125

St. Peter’s Chapter

Assistant Director of Ceremonies

Stephen Marshall

3251

Lyn Chapter

Assistant Director of Ceremonies

Timothy Coleridge

9250

Devon and Somerset Farmer’s Chapter Assistant Director of Ceremonies

Peter Johnson

106

Sun Chapter

Steward

Clive Eden

444

Chapter of Union

Steward

Matthew Clear

847

Fortescue Chapter

Steward

John Baldry

1255

Dundas Chapter

Steward

Christopher Oliver

1284

Brent Chapter

Steward

Keith Williams

1358

Torbay Chapter

Steward

Walker Lapthorne

1486

Duncombe Chapter

Steward

Barrie Bannister-Evans

4782

Sir Joshua Reynolds Chapter

Steward

Martin Humphrey

8243

Petitor Chapter

Steward

Michael Locke

1402

Jordan Chapter

Janitor 21


FIRST APPOINTMENTS TO PAST RANK OFFICERS APPOINTED AND PROMOTED - (Commencing 21st November) 2020

Past Provincial Grand Sojourner P.R. Peter Galli C. Christopher Yard

Benevolent Chapter Chapter of Harmony

Past Provincial Grand Sojourner C.R. Clinton Cox R.C. Robert Carter M.G. Michael Bone

Unity Chapter Trinity Britannia Chapter

1247 2595 4099

Past Provincial Assistant Grand Sojourner G.I. Ian Murchie D.S. David Perkins MBE B. Brian Shuttlewood A. Andrew Oxenham J.C. Jonathan Moran TD M.R. Mark Jackson J.C. John Pitt A. Alan McIntosh R.W. Roger Bastin N. Noel Nickless P.L. Philip Waterman

Chapter of Sincerity Chapter of Loyalty and Virtue Pleiades Chapter St Aubyn Chapter Erme Chapter Elms-Huyshe Chapter Elliott Chapter St Swithun Chapter Chapter of St Mary Vale of Haldon Chapter Devon and Somerset Farmers

189 251 710 954 1091 1099 1205 3483 5148 7949 9250

Past Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies Stephen Tripp Chapter of Concord A.P. Andrew Auger St Peter's Chapter R.C. Clive Kidman Queen Victoria Chapter

303 372

223 1125 2655

OFFICERS PROMOTED TO PAST RANK

William John Frank

G.K. R.W.

Geoffrey Richard John James F.J. Frederick D.W. David T. Terence A.J.C. Alistair P.D. Peter R. Robert N. Norman M. Michael D.R.C. Derrick A.W. Alan M.W. Michael M.F. Michael K.R.P. Keith

Morris Vooght Elkins

Chapter of Sincerity Chapter of Loyalty and Virtue St Peter's Chapter

189 251 1125

Simpson Spencer Eaton Kirby Marks Pengelly Harding Duncan Tempest Adams Hutchinson Hickmott Morgan Clements Tobin Richmond Escott

Harmony Chapter Harmony Chapter Perseverance Chapter Chapter of Friendship Chapter of Friendship Chapter of Friendship Chapter of Concord Hauley Chapter St Aubyn Chapter Torbay Chapter Jordan Chapter Chapter of Obedience St George Chapter Trinity Chapter Queen Victoria Chapter St Swithun Chapter Sir Joshua Reynolds Chapter

156 156 164 202 202 202 223 797 954 1358 1402 1753 2025 2595 2655 3483 4782

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OFFICERS PROMOTED TO PAST RANK OFFICERS PROMOTED - (Commencing 21st November) 2020 cont...

Past Provincial Grand Registrar H.C. R.A. D.B. R.J. R.J. J.G.A. J.B. G. S.

Henry

Jaggers

Perseverance Chapter

164

Richard

Harris

Chapter of Loyalty and Virtue

251

Dennis

Sandercock

Fortescue Chapter

847

Robert

Rew

St Peter's Chapter

1125

Frank

Handscombe

Davie Chapter

1135

Richard

Povey

Jordan Chapter

1402

Graham

Lea MBE

St George Chapter

2025

Bernard

Elms

Trinity Chapter

2595

George

Campbell

Sir Joshua Reynolds Chapter

4782

Simon

Glanfield

Newton Chapter

6129

Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer D.W. J. B.J. C. A. C.J.B. L. N.J. J.R. R.A.

David

Pearn

Brunswick Chapter

159

Jeffrey

Leach

True Love and Unity Chapter

248

Brian

Tibbs

Benevolent Chapter

303

Colin

Bytheway

Chapter of Harmony

372

Andrew

Woelfell

Chapter of Harmony

372

Christopher Stirling

Chapter of Union

444

Lloyd

Scribbins

Hauley Chapter

797

Nicholas

Cluff

Devon Chapter

1138

Roy

Hancock MBE

Vale of Haldon Chapter

7949

Raymond

Weigham

Petitor Chapter

8234

Past Provincial Deputy Grand Sword Bearer B. J. J. N.C.

Barry

Heartfield

Bedford Chapter

John

Coulthard

Chapter of Harmony

282

John

Kilvert

Torbay Chapter

1358

Nicholas

Clemens

Trinity Chapter

2595

372

Past Provincial Grand Sojourner D. G.A. S.P.

David

Wortham

Chapter of St. George

Gavin

Plance

Chapter of Harmony

Stephen

Vosper

Sir Joshua Reynolds Chapter

4782

Past Provincial Assistant Grand Sojourner Brian Saffin St. John The Baptist Chapter B. Darren Mulhall Brunswick Chapter D.J.

159

Past Provincial Grand Standard Bearer G. Gary Peard

Duncombe Chapter

Companion below PZ * Deceased # 23

112 372

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Letter From the Deputy Grand Superintendent in charge - December 2020 Communications...Cont...

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Toast List Revised from 1st October 2020 THE QUEEN AND ROYAL ARCH MASONRY The Most Excellent First Grand Principal His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, KG, GCMG, GCVO, ADC.

The Most Excellent Pro First Grand Principal Peter Geoffrey Lowndes To be

The Most Excellent Second Grand Principal Russell John Race, DL.

given as

The Most Excellent Third Provincial Grand Principal Gareth Jones, OBE

TOAST

ONE

And the rest of the Grand Officers, Present and Past

The Deputy Grand Superintendent in Charge Excellent Companion Christopher A. Roach, PGSwdB

The Second Provincial Grand Principal Excellent Companion Paul I. Hughes, PGStdB

To be given as

The Third Provincial Grand Principal Excellent Companion Stephen P. Joint , PGStdB

ONE TOAST

And the rest of the Provincial Grand Officers Present and Past

The Principals of The Chapter etc

The Honorifics and Ranks should be omitted when Proposing The Toast

Please advise your Principals, First Principal Elect and the person who produces your Menu Cards and Toast Lists of the above that the word ‘PRO’ is NOT an abbreviation of ‘Provincial’ 25


Province of Devonshire

ROLL OF CHAPTERS (Chapter Number) For the dates of Chapter meetings and other details please see the Calendar and the following pages

No

Chapter

Town

39 70 105 106 112 156 159 164 189 202 223 230 248 251 282 303 328 372 444 489 494 710 797 847 954 1091 1099 1125 1135 1138 1205 1247 1255 1284 1358 1402 1486 1753 2025 2595 2649 2655 2725 3251 3337 3483 3924 4099 4604 4782 5148 6129 7949 8234 9249 9250 9558 9653

St. John the Baptist St. John Fortitude Sun St. George Harmony Brunswick Perseverance Sincerity Friendship Concord Fidelity Tue Love and Unity Loyalty and Virtue Bedford Benevolent St. John Harmony Union Benevolence Virtue Pleiades Hauley Fortescue St. Aubyn Erme Elms Huyshe St. Peter’s Davie Devon Elliott Unity Dundas Brent Torbay Jordan Duncombe Obedience St. George Trinty Sir Francis Drake Queen Victoria Maristow Lyn Royal Naval St. Swithun Devonshire Prov. Grand Stewards’ Britannia Dartmoor Sir Joshua Reynolds St. Mary Newton Vale of Haldon Petitor Devonian First Principals Devon & Somerset Farmers Louis Marchesi Meridian

Exeter Plymouth, Stoke Plymouth, St. Budeaux Exmouth Exeter Plymouth, St. Budeaux Plymouth, Stoke Sidmouth Plymouth, St. Budeaux Devonport Plymouth, Crownhill Plymouth, St. Budeaux Brixham Barnstaple Tavistock Teignmouth Torquay, Park Hill Road Budleigh Salterton Starcross Bideford Axminster Totnes Dartmouth Honiton Plymouth, Stoke Ivybridge Plympton Tiverton Ilfracombe Newton Abbot Plymouth, Citadel Road Plymouth, St. Budeaux Plymouth, Citadel Road Topsham Paignton Torquay Tor Hill Road Kingsbridge Okehampton Plymouth, Oreston South Brent Plymouth, North Hill Plymouth, St. Budeaux Plympton Lynton Plymouth, Citadel Road Holsworthy Plymouth, Citadel Road Plymouth, St. Budeaux South Brent Plympton St. Marychurch, Torquay Newton Abbot Dawlish Torquay, Tor Hill Road, Okehampton Uffculme Uffculme Sidmouth

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Date of Charter

1922 1795 1829 1854 1822 1865 1865 1921 1789 1788 1880 1832 1919 1815 1813 1822 1872 1937 1883 1911 1846 1864 1909 1869 1864 1927 1874 1872 1914 1875 1869 1891 1876 1877 1878 1899 1931 2003 1866 1919 1899 1916 1933 1934 1919 1920 2015 1935 2008 1927 1949 1951 1972 1972 1991 1999 2017 2004


Province of Devonshire

ROLL OF CHAPTERS (Alphabetical) For the dates of Chapter meetings and other details please see the Calendar and the following pages

No

Bedford Benevolence Benevolent Brent Britannia Brunswick Concord Dartmoor Davie Devon Devon & Somerset Farmers Devonian First Principals Devonshire Prov. Grand Stewards’ Duncombe Dundas Elliott Elms Huyshe Erme Fidelity Fortescue Fortitude Friendship Harmony Harmony Hauley Jordan Louis Marchesi Loyalty and Virtue Lyn Maristow Meridian Newton Obedience Perseverance Petitor Pleiades Queen Victoria Royal Naval Sincerity Sir Francis Drake Sir Joshua Reynolds St. Aubyn St. George St. George St. John St. John St. John the Baptist St. Mary St. Peter’s St. Swithun Sun Torbay Trinty Tue Love and Unity Union Unity Vale of Haldon Virtue

Chapter

282 489 303 1284 4099 159 223 4604 1135 1138 9250 9249 3924 1486 1255 1205 1099 1091 230 847 105 202 156 372 797 1402 9558 251 3251 2725 9653 6129 1753 164 8234 710 2655 3337 189 2649 4782 954 112 2025 70 328 39 5148 1125 3483 106 1358 2595 248 444 1247 7949 494

Town

Date of Charter

Tavistock Bideford Teignmouth Topsham Plymouth, St. Budeaux Plymouth, Stoke Plymouth, Crownhill South Brent Ilfracombe Newton Abbot Uffculme Okehampton Plymouth, Citadel Road Kingsbridge Plymouth, Citadel Road Plymouth, Citadel Road Plympton Ivybridge Plymouth, St. Budeaux Honiton Plymouth, St. Budeaux Devonport Plymouth, St. Budeaux Budleigh Salterton Dartmouth Torquay Tor Hill Road Uffculme Barnstaple Lynton Plympton Sidmouth Newton Abbot Okehampton Sidmouth Torquay, Tor Hill Road, Totnes Plymouth, St. Budeaux Plymouth, Citadel Road Plymouth, St. Budeaux Plymouth, North Hill Plympton Plymouth, Stoke Exeter Plymouth, Oreston Plymouth, Stoke Torquay, Park Hill Road Exeter St. Marychurch, Torquay Tiverton Holsworthy Exmouth Paignton South Brent Brixham Starcross Plymouth, St. Budeaux Dawlish Axminster

1813 1911 1822 1877 1935 1865 1880 2008 1914 1875 1999 1991 2015 1931 1876 1869 1874 1927 1832 1869 1829 1788 1865 1937 1909 1899 2017 1815 1934 1933 2004 1951 2003 1921 1972 1864 1916 1919 1789 1899 1927 1864 1822 1866 1795 1872 1922 1949 1872 1920 1854 1878 1919 1919 1883 1891 1972 1846

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Provincial Grand Lodge of Devonshire website: www.hradevonshire.org.uk

OnLine - HRA CHAPTER - REFRENCE YEAR BOOK 2020 Editor W.Bro. Jack Parnell PPrJGW (Craft) The Lord Roborough Lodge No. 5789 ALL ENQUIRIES / EDIT CHANGES Email : pgldevonshire.yearbook@gmail.com (01752) 246 984 *** Paginated & Published by - W.Bro. John Smerdon PAGDC (Craft) Old Plymothian and Mannameadian Lodge No. 6279 28