Bombay Chapter No 18 - Report : 29th September 2019
On Friday 27th September 2019, the Chapter held a meeting at the Berkshire Masonic Centre, Sindlesham. There were some 33 in attendance, including numerous guests, amongst who were the MWS of Chapters Nos 613 & 1075. Ill\Bro. Jimmy Edmundson 30°, acted as Outer Guard and E & P Bro. Roger Tomlinson 18° (MWS of 613) as Organist.
The Inspector General was unable to attend as he is still recovering from a recent operation and the District Recorder was attending the Sinodun Chapter No 548 meeting.
The MWS, E & P Bro. Martin Wright 18°, conducted the opening of the Chapter and warmly welcomed the visiting Princes.
The Prelate, Ill\Bro. Ron Stone 31°, delivered a moving Eulogy in respect of our dear departed Brother, Ill\Bro. Michael Bain 30° and the Princes stood in silence as a respect of departed merit.
E & P Bro. John Cooley 18° proposed the minutes of the meeting held on 24th May 2019, be confirmed as a true record. This was seconded by E & P Bro. Douglas Spencer 18° and carried by the members.
A ballot was held in respect of Ill\Bro. Neil Fallows 30°, to become a Joining Member of the Chapter and Bro.Brian Wedge as a Candidate for Perfection, which proved in their favour. The MWS formally welcomed Ill\Bro. Neil and presented him with a copy of the bye laws.
The MWS then performed the Perfection Ceremony of Bro. Brian Wedge, ably assisted by Ill\Bros. David Jarvis 32°, Reception and Intermediate Degrees, Graham McGowan-Smyth 32°, the First Point and John Machray 30°, the Second Point. E & P Bro.Douglas Spencer 18°, presented and explained the Collar, Signs and Words.
The Accolade was given by Ill\Bro. David Jarvis 32°
Ill\Bro. David Jarvis 32°, then presented a Supreme Council certificate to E & P Bro. John Savill 18°. Due to time restrictions, this was in a shortened form and E & P Bro. John was informed the full version would be delivered at the next meeting. Regrettably E & P Bro. Shane Hancock 18° was unable to attend and will receive his certificate at the next meeting.
Ill\Bro. Alan Lines 30°, the Treasurer, advised the annual accounts were awaiting examination, due for discussion at the next Committee Meeting and would be presented at the next meeting.
The MWS submitted the report of his year in office, following which he carried out the Enthronement of E & P Bro. John Cooley 18° as the new MWS.
The New MWS invested his officers and those elected by the Chapter, as follows: (absent)
|Prelate||Ill\Bro. Ron Stone 31°|
|1st General||E & P Bro. Douglas Spencer 18°|
|2nd General||E & P Bro. David Collis 18°|
|Treasurer||Ill\Bro. Alan Lines 30° (absent)|
|Recorder||Ill\Bro. John Machray 30°|
|DC||Ill\Bro. David Jarvis 32°|
|Almoner||E & P Bro. John Ferguson 18°|
|Marshall||E & P Bro. John Ferguson 18°|
|Raphael||E & P Bro. Andrew Ferguson 18° (absent)|
|ADC||Ill\Bro. Revd Michael-Seymour-Jones 31°|
|Herald||E & P Bro. Simon Gillas 18°|
|Capt of Guard||E & P Bro. Terry Barber 18°|
|Stewards||E & P Bro. Darren Smith 18°|
|E & P Bro. Michael Hogg 18°|
|E & P Bro. Leslie Taylor 18°|
|E & P Bro. john Brunt 18°|
|Outer Guard||E & P Bro. John Pegler 18° (absent)|
Ill\Bro. David Jarvis 32°, delivered the Address to the Chapter
Ill\Bro. Jeff Sirrell 30°, presented the Past MWS jewel to the IPMWS.
The Almoners report, which included updates on Ill\Bro David Gray 30° and Janet, the wife of Ill\Bro. Alan Lines 30°, who are both unwell at present,was followed by the collecting of Alms.
On the Risings, the Recorder delivered an appraisal of all correspondence received since the last meeting and reminded those present about the Church Service on Sunday 27th October 2019.
The Third Point was conducted by the new MWS, E & P Bro. John Cooley 18°, following which the Chapter was closed.
The evening was concluded with yet another excellent meal, enjoyed in the most convivial atmosphere, where the usual Toasts were honoured.
Report compiled by Ill\Bro. David Jarvis 32° 30th September 2019.