Donnington Castle Chapter No 856 - Report: 08th August 2018
On Wednesday 14th August 2018, the Inspector General V\Ill\Bro. Roy Stone 33° and the District Recorder, Ill\Bro. Tony Rees 31°, attended the meeting held at the Masonic Centre, London Road, Newbury. There were 55 in attendance, including 21 guests, namely , Ill\Bros. Robert Faulkner 32°(117), Larry Baldry 32°(1161), Tony Lewis 31°(613), David Arnold 31° (613), Les Matthews 31° (811), Peter Sands 30° (252 & DPGM), Ian Hopgood 30° ( 1165 & MEGS), Richard Olliver 30° ( 536 & RWPGM for MMM), Lindsay Maskell 30°,(811), Lionel Higgins 30° (117), Malcolm Broster 30°(1161), Roger Hazelden 30° (142), and E & P Bros. Steve Lyford 18°, (567), John McNeill 18° (MWS 811), Richard Morrell 18° (811), Roger Tomlinson 18° ( MWS 613), Keith Rogers 18°, (MWS 548), Jem Whitmore 18° (117 & DGS), Ken Jones 18° (548), and Clive Blackburn 18°,(1165), who were all most warmly welcomed by the MWS, E & P Bro. Mike Warner 18°.
Ill\Bros. Alasdair Milne 32°, acted as Herald, David Reeves 30°, acted as ADC, Lionel Voke 30° acted as Outer Guard and E & P Bro. Roger Tomlinson 18° as Organist.
E & P Bro. John Kirkpatrick 18° proposed the minutes of the meeting held on 12th June 2019, be confirmed as a true record. This was seconded by E & P Bro. Mike Brown 18° and carried by the members.
The District Recorder, Ill\Bro. Tony Rees 32°, presented a Supreme Council certificate to E & P Bro. Owen Doe 18°, in his customary excellent manner.
The Treasurer, Ill\Bro. Paul Wilding 30°, presented the audited accounts for 2018 / 2019. E & P Bro. John Kirkpatrick 18°, proposed the adoption of the accounts, coupled with a vote of thanks to the Treasurer and Examiners. This was seconded by E & P Bro. Mike Brown 18° and carried by the members.
The MWS then proceeded to carryout the Enthronement of E & P Bro. John Kirkpatrick 18° as MWS for the ensuing year.
The new MWS then invested his officers and those elected by the Chapter with the authority of their respective office, as follows:
|Prelate||Ill\Bro. Bill Rhymes 31°|
|1st General||E & P Bro. Mike Brown 18°|
|2nd General||E & P Bro. Ian Spence 18°|
|Treasurer (elected)||Ill\Bro. Paul Wilding 30°|
|Recorder||Ill\Bro. Steve Ellner 30°|
|DC||Ill\Bro. Kevin Dodd 30°|
|Almoner||Ill\Bro. John Gilbert 30°|
|Marshall||E & P Bro. Mike Sanders 18°|
|Raphael||E & P Bro. Peter Sullivan 18° (absent)|
|ADC||Ill\Bro. David Jarvis 32° (absent)|
|Herald||E & P Bro. David Edmonds 18°|
|Capt. of Guard||E & P Bro. Frank Hames 18°|
|Stewards||E & P Bro. Robert Elmes 18°|
|E & P Bro. Carl Dukes 18°|
|E & P Bro. Ian Wharton 18°|
|E & P Bro. Ian Atkinson 18°|
|E & P Bro. David Harrigan 18°|
|E & P Bro. Mark Heppelthwaite 18° (absent)|
|Outer Guard||E & P Bro. John Pegler 18° (absent)|
The Address to the Chapter was delivered by the Inspector General.
Following Notice of Motion given at the last meeting, the Treasurer, Ill\Bro. Paul Wilding 30°, proposed an increase of £5.00pa in subscriptions commencing in 2020. This was seconded by E & P Bro. Mike Brown 18° and approved by the members.
The Almoner, Ill\Bro. John Gilbert 30°, submitted his report, following which the Alms were collected.
On the Risings, the Recorder delivered an appraisal of all correspondence received since the last meeting.
This included congratulations to Ill\Bro. Bill Rhymes 31°, who will be promoted to 32° on 6th November 2019 and regrettably the resignation of E & P Bro. David Biggs 18°, for personal reasons.
The MWS expressed his appreciation to E & P Bro. Roger Tomlinson 18°, for acting as our guest Organist.
Ill\Bro. Bill Rhymes 31°, gave Notice of Motion, at the next regular meeting he will propose our District Recorder, Ill\Bro. Tony Rees 32° for Honorary Membership of the Chapter.
The Third Point, was conducted by the new MWS, E & P Bro, John Kirkpatrick 18°, following which he closed the Chapter.
The evening was concluded with yet another excellent meal at the Old Mill Hotel, enjoyed in the most convivial atmosphere, where the usual Toasts were honoured.
15th August 2019.