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Perranporth Appendant Orders 27th July - NOW CANCELLED !!!

Worthy Knights All

Unfortunately, it has proved necessary to CANCEL THE APPENDANT ORDERS MEETING OF 27TH JULY 2018.

The date allocated to Mount Lebanon Conclave to arrange the Meeting has proved untenable for a number of reasons: there is a clash with other Masonic commitments and the fact that it is the first week of the summer holidays and a number of Worthy Knights who would have undertaken duties are away.

There will be a full consultation as regards any arrangements to hold a meeting in the future. There are three Candidates to be catered for.

I will return the cheques to those of you who have paid in advance.

On behalf of Mount Lebanon Conclave I apologise for the disruption which has been caused.

Yours in F. U. &Z

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Conclave of Light No.498 Enthronement Meeting - Tuesday 10th July 2018 - Why did the Chicken Cross the Road?

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It was a hot day in July when an old man with white hair and a large white beard dressed in a long red cloak delighted over thirty knights at the enthronement meeting at Conclave of Light No.498 in Bodmin by performing a most superb Enthronement Ceremony.


I was lucky enough to be driven, together with our Divisional Marshal, Ill.Kt. Paul Ackland and Ill. Kt. Roger Guest, by Ill.Kt. Eddie Dymond in his super posh and very new BMW which, with its buttons to do everything (even open & Close the boot) and its 'head up display' seemed more like an aircraft!!


Our Deputy Intendant General led a procession of 8 divisional officers under an Arch of Steel provided by the Sepulchre Guard under the Captainship of V.Ill.Kt. Bernard Winsor (our Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas having sent his apologies due to work commitments).

The Most Puissant Sovereign, V.Ill.Kt. Bill Lissamer and his team then Installed V.Ill.Kt. Roger Duffett as Eminent Viceroy and Enthroned Em.Kt. Andy Patterson as Most Puissant Sovereign for the forthcoming year.  The M.P.Kt. Andy then invested his officers in a most efficient manner.

The rest of the Conclave business was then completed and the assembled Knights retired to the Westbury Hotel for a most enjoyable and convivial lunch, during which Roger Duffett provided, to all on his table, the answer to that age old question "Why did the Chicken Cross the Road?"  You'll have to ask him if you wish to know!!!

A great meeting with great company and home by 4:00

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Grand Imperial Conclave  - Tuesday 3rd July 2018 - Our Recorder charms a young lady from France!

Picking up Paul Ackland at 6:15 and Mike Jones at 7:00 at Tiverton Parkway we were once again heading to the Great Metropolis to enjoy taking part in one of the most important Red Cross Meetings of the year.

Altogether 21 Knights from Devon & Cornwall attended the spectacle that is the Grand Imperial Conclave held at Freemasons' Hall, Great Queen Street.

As seems to have become the tradition, we parked up at Hounslow West tube Station and headed off to Great Queen Street where Devon & Cornwall Knights once again commandeered the pavement chairs and tables for coffee and to watch the comings and goings through the entrance of Grand Lodge, and where a young lady from France fell for the undoubted charms of our Divisional Recorder!!  (Don't tell Sandy!!!).

We watched, and interacted with many friends until the time came for a quick look around Letchworths the Masonic Shop in Queen Street to see if there were any Masonic items that we desperately needed, and then into the changing rooms and on with the regalia needed to do justice to the Great Hall.

After taking our seats, the Grand Sepulchre Guard , resplendent in their magnificent cloaks formed a Arch of Steel for the visiting dignitaries from all over the world and how nice it was to see Barry Slade on his first outing as a member of the Grand Sepulchre Guard!

The meeting then got under way and, as usual, was conducted by our Grand Sovereign, M.Ill.Kt. Graham Flight, G.C.C. in his usual calm, relaxed but efficient manner with some humour where appropriate, and the Devon & Cornwall contingent loudly applauded when their own members received their honours.

Following the meeting we all retired to the splendour of the Connaught Rooms for a meal with good company and plenty of wine!

We left Queen Street just as 'rush hour' was getting under way, and the trip by tube train back to Hounslow was hotter then most Saunas that I've been in and  reminded us all how lucky we were to be living in the West Country.  An uneventful drive allowed us to be home by 10:00pm.  A long day, but a most enjoyable day, and congratulations to all those who received well deserved Grand Honours!

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Conclave of Ascension No.499 Enthronement Wednesday 20th June 2018

A lovely day, beautiful scenery and a daytime meeting at Conclave of Ascension No.499 at South Brent in the company of good Christian Knights - what more could anyone want from a day?

Twenty three Knights, which included our Deputy Intendant General, Ill.Kt. Nic St.J.M. White, who presided over the meeting, our Intendant General carrying out other Masonic Duties in Bristol, witnessed a superb ceremony by that 'once again re-cycled' Most Puissant Sovereign John Lynes and his team.

The knights then retired to the refectory for a most enjoyable Festive Lunch with good food and good Christian company.

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Celebrating Wilf Leahy's 100th Birthday

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St. Ercus Conclave No.349 meeting - Tuesday 19th June - why do the police do that?

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Having just had my driving licence returned after an eight month ban, caused by a suspected seizure, I was looking forward to a pleasant drive down the Atlantic Highway to attend the meeting of St. Ercus Conclave No. 349 at Hayle on Tuesday 19th June.


However my pleasure was ruined when the A30 near Camborne was closed by the police due to an accident, and my spare 45 minutes arrival time was reduced to nothing in the crawl through the back lanes to Hayle.

Why do the police insist on totally closing a road following an accident? and why do they seem to spend more time and manpower on investigating a RTA. than they do in investigating burglaries and violence?


Anyway, having arrived just in the nick of time! It transpired that the journey had been well worth while!

The assembled knights, including our Intendant General Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas and our Deputy Intendant General Ill.Kt. Nicholas St.J. M. White as well as our Divisional Viceroy, V.Ill.Kt. Bill Lissamer' were treated to a faultless ceremony by the Most Puissant Sovereign, M.P.Kt. Paul Goody and his team when they installed Comp. Alec Dennis Savery as a knight of our order.

This was followed by the elections of E.Kt. Marc Quigley-Ferriday as Sovereign and W.Kt. Paul Roberts as Viceroy for the forthcoming year.

The Knights then retired for a most enjoyable festive board, and, the A30 having been re-opened, I was still home by 11:30pm!

And what a pleasure it was to have our past Divisional Recorder V.W.Kt. George Evatt OBE as one of the visitors and to enjoy his sometimes 'wicked' sense of humour!!

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John Summers

It is with a sad heart that I have to report that another of our Knights has been called to the Grand Lodge above.

P.Kt. John Charles Summers passed away on 15th June 2018 at the grand age of 80.  He joined St. Brannock Conclave No.342 in 2000 and was its Recorder from 2008 to 2015 during which time he introduced several candidates to the Order.  He was also very active in many other degrees.

John had been ill for some time, particularly since he was taken into hospital in October of last year.

As soon as I know details of the funeral I will let you know.

John was a very good friend to many of us and he will be sadly missed by all!

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St. Brannock Conclave No.342 Meeting - Thursday 14th June 2018 - who's the Daddy?

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Over 30 Knights from all corners of our Division braved the Summer Traffic to attend the Official Visit to St. Brannock Conclave No.342 on Thursday 14th June.


Our Intendant General Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas, accompanied by our Deputy Intendant General Ill.Kt. Nicholas St.J. M. White and eleven active officers entered the Conclave under an Arch Of Steel provided by the Divisional Sepulchre Guard, led by their Captain V.Ill.Kt. Bernard Winsor.


The assembled Knights were then treated to a superb ceremony when Comp. Michael O'meara was installed as a Knight of our Order by the 'new' team headed by the Most Puissant Sovereign M.P.Kt. Steve Marshall in his first ceremony.

The other business of the evening was then conducted and the Knights retired to the refectory for a superb festive board of Ham Salad with all the trimmings, and Strawberries and cream.

And the 'who's the Daddy' reference?  Not only did our candidate perform superbly but he had also left his wife at home with their newly born daughter!!

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St. John the Evangelist Conclave No. 238 Enthronement - Tuesday 5th June 2018.

As you can see from this photo the Knights of St. John the Evangelist Conclave were good enough to reserve a parking space close to the Conclave for our Intendant General Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas!  Unfortunately they hadn't been told that he would be unable to attend the Enthronement due to a very important Masonic Commitment in London.


Bet they won't reserve him a parking space again!!

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Richard's place was very ably taken by our Deputy Intendant General Ill.Kt. Nicholas St.John Middleton White who, after we had all received a very warm welcome by the Knights of the Conclave, presided over a 'quite different' Enthronement!

The 'differences' came about because both Alexander Barahona-Wills, the incoming Sovereign and John Lines, the incoming Eusebius had both already been through the 'Chair' (John making his third appearance as an Eusebius!).

Despite the differences, both the Installing Most Puissant Sovereign, Michael Jones, and the Viceroy, Alexander Barahona-Wills made a superb job of carrying out the ceremony, ably assisted by the Marshal P.Kt. Mike Daniels.

The evening culminated in a most enjoyable Festive Board with good Christian Company - especially the three wise men from Brixham!!

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Mount Lebanon Conclave No.270 Enthronement - Monday 4th June

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The sojourn across Dartmoor from all directions to the Ancient Stannary town of Tavistock saw the gathering of many Knights of the Division to attend the Enthronement Meeting of Mount Lebanon.


There was a warm welcome for all who had made the journey, coffee, tea and biscuits that were well received by the travellers.


We soon were marshalled into the Temple where we witnessed a superb ceremony conducted by PKt. Barry Slade, more than ably supported by the Conclave Marshal V.Ill.Kt Roy Rudling the Divisional Deputy Marshal.


The conclave saw E.Kt Roger Pullyblank placed in the seat of Constantine confidently and with sincerity.

We repaired to the refectory in good time to enjoy a delicious meal and listen to short speeches in great company.

Another fine Red Cross of Constantine meeting, thank you members of Mount Lebanon Conclave for an excellent meeting.

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Future of Conclave of Resurrection No.432

At the Emergency meeting of Conclave of Resurrection No.432 held on Friday May 4th at Tiverton the members voted unanimously that they "did not wish the Conclave to continue in its present format" and handed over the control of the future of the Conclave to our Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas.

He, together with his Executive has been giving considerable thought to the problem and feels that the best way forward is to turn the Conclave of Resurrection into a 'Past Sovereigns' Conclave' with perhaps two meetings per year held in different locations in the Division.

The members would then be able to use their considerable experience in assisting other Conclaves where there may be shortage of Officers due to holidays etc as well as carrying out Appendant Orders Ceremonies, Demonstrations, Talks on items to do with the order and visits to other Conclaves.

Past Sovereigns do not need to be members of another Conclave but if they are then they will be able to pay a reduced fee for the Past Sovereigns Conclave.

Before we can proceed along this road we would need to know the names of anyone who might be willing to take part in this venture and who might be willing to take an office.

I would be grateful to hear from you personally as to whether you might be interested in being involved in this project.

Alan Cockman
Divisional Recorder

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It has just been officially announced that the following officers are to be appointed or promoted at the Grand Imperial Conclave on Tuesday 3rd July in London.


Deputy Grand Sovereign P. HAWKEN MBE 270
Grand Historiographer K.B. JACKSON 270/327
Past Grand High Almoner ALAN COCKMAN 342
First Appointments:    
Grand Warden of Regalia FREDERICK RICHARD THOMAS 327/499
Past Grand Prefect ORME VINCE 311
Past Grand Vice Chamberlain COLIN ADAMS 253/498
Past Grand Herald  ARTHUR BARKER 270


Many congratulations to all! And please join us in London on the 3rd July to help us celebrate!!


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Joseph of Arimathea Conclave No.253 -   Friday June 1st 2018 Our I.G. & D.I.G. suffer 'Road Rage'

A slight case of 'road rage' was demonstrated to the Intendant General Richard Lucas and the Deputy Intendant General Nic White,  on their journey to Parranporth for the meeting where the Conclave were to Install as a Knight E.Comp George Rex Field.  Slightly bemused at the gestures being made, the remainder of the journey passed with no further incidents.


We arrived in good time to meet and chat with the gathering Knights, and to see that V.Ill.Kt William Lissamer, Divisional Eusebius, had been hard at work!  He had created a magnificent carrying case for the Divisional Eusebius's  Crozier which had previously been housed in cardboard boxes.  The Intendant General thanked V.Ill.Kt Bill for the thought that had gone into making the box that will protect the valuable item of regalia of the Division.


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The meeting was opened in a confident manner  by the Most Puissant Sovereign P.Kt Graham Hooper and very ably supported by  E.Kt. Colin Rescorla as Eusebius.  The Baton was offered to the Intendant General who returned it to the Most Puissant Sovereign with his thanks for the courtesy stating he felt the Puissant Sovereign would do a far better job!


The ordinary business was dealt with efficiently by the recorder E.Kt. Marc Quigley-Ferriday and we were then on to the main part of the evening, the Installation of E.Comp Field.  The Ceremony was flawless with P.Kt Colin Adams as Marshal supporting the Officers with gentle guidance.  Then, sudden realisation the Orator was not there!  Offers to read the work were kindly refused as Ill.Kt Roy Rudling, Divisional Deputy Marshal,  stepped in and delivered the Oration in a fine manner much appreciated by all and commented on by the Candidate in his speech at the Festive Board.


The Conclave then appointed the Officers for the ensuing year and the Conclave was then closed.  We retired to the refectory for a delicious and light meal ideal for a warm summery night.


A great example of friendship, fellowship and ritual that the P.Kt. Graham and E.Kt. Colin and their conclave can be justifiably proud.  Well done everyone!


Ill.Kt. Nic White.  Deputy Intendant General.

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D.I.G Visits North & East Lancashire Divisional Meeting Saturday 19th May 2018

Once again the Deputy Intendant General took advantage of visiting family on his way to Preston for the Divisional Meeting.  Despite an early start on Saturday morning to catch a train from Wolverhampton the journey was quiet and the weather warm.


On alighting at Preston a fellow traveller in 'mufti' engaged me in conversation, wishing me a 'happy meeting', then asking which order?  The DIG informed him, and the traveller said that his brother was a member and he himself hoped to join soon.  He then enquired where I had travelled from; he raised his eyebrows and again wished me a great day and a warm Lancashire welcome!


The welcome at the Masonic Hall in Saul Street was indeed warm with the aroma of fresh coffee and bacon 'barms' (that’s a Bap to us!).  Meeting with old and new friends with many requests to bring greetings to our Intendant General ensued before the meeting started.


The Intendant-General, Right Illustrious Knight, Stephen William Bolton, opened the Conclave in an assured, confident manner welcoming the visitors and members of his Division.  Thanking them for their support during his first year of office.  He was well supported by his Deputy Intendant-General, Very Illustrious Knight, Paul Hunter Past Grand High Chancellor and the meeting was well ordered by the Divisional Marshal Very Illustrious Knight, Liam Thomas Bird, Past Grand High Almoner.


The Divisional Recorder, Illustrious Knight, Ian Christopher Screen, PG Std B(C) was commended for his organisation and attention to detail.


The meeting concluded, we retreated to the refectory for a delicious summer luncheon in great company.  I was seated next to Ill. Kt. James Sacre, a close friend of Ill. Kt. Stuart Graves Intendant General of the Metropolitan Division and visitor to Mount Lebanon Conclave.   Ill. Kt. Sacre is the Archivist at Mark Masons Hall as well as at Duke Street, the home of the Supreme Council 33o.  He regaled us with many interesting and humorous stories of the world of the Archivist in Masonic terms, including visits of the Deputy Grand Sovereign, R.Ill. & Em.Kt. Peter Hawken, to the bowels of Mark Masons Hall in St James'!


The journey home provided some peaceful time to reflect on the joys of the day and the wonders of our wonderful Order, the Red Cross of Constantine!

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Ill.Kt. John Henry Tilke P.G.W.of Regalia

I'm sure by now that most of you are aware that Ill.Kt. John Tilke, PGWofReg, passed to the Grand Lodge above on Wednesday 3rd May after a long fight against cancer.

John, who was 86, joined the St. John The Evangelist Conclave No. 238 at Topsham in 1996, became Sovereign in 2005 and was its Recorder from 2008 until 2016.  He was awarded the Grand Honour of P.G.W. of Reg in 2011.

John's Funeral will take place on Monday 14th May at 1:00pm at East Devon Crematorium, London Road, Streete Raleigh, Whimple, Exeter, EX5 2PT.  The family have requested no flowers, but donations to Hospice Care - Exmouth & Lympstone Branch.

John will be greatly and sadly missed by all who knew him!!

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Spring Lunch - 22nd April 2018 - Fingle Glen

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Once again I was looking forward to my favourite Fish and Chips meal at the Red Cross Spring Lunch at Fingle Glen Country Club on Sunday 22nd April.

Sandy and I were fortunate to be offered a lift by St. Brannock’s next Candidate, Michael O’Meara and his lovely wife Joanne.  I couldn’t help smiling as Mike, a very experienced JCB driver drove his car just like you’d expect – one hand on the wheel and one on the gear stick, and the way he ‘palmed’ the steering wheel was a joy to behold!

Old and not so old acquaintances were quickly renewed as nearly eighty friends and relatives led by

 our Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas and his wife Marilyn, joined together for a most enjoyable Sunday Lunch in very convivial surroundings.  And what a delight it was to be joined by Peter Hawken and Wendy as well as Jeff and Gill Leach after his recent illness!

The food was good, the company was good, the weather was good and the price at £15.50 was amazing!!

Thank you George for once again organising our Family Spring Lunch.

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St. Brannock Conclave No. 342 Enthronement - Wednesday 18th April 2018

Who says it's only women that can Multitask??

A lovely sunny day,  easy parking and a great ceremony and a terrific Festive Board, what more could you want from a Red Cross Enthronement?

The Most Puissant Sovereign, M.P.Kt. Neil Raynor, a sprightly 85 year old, opened the Conclave and received our Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas, accompanied by our Deputy Intendant General, Ill.Kt. Nic.St.J.M. White, and numerous Divisional and Grand Officers.

After the salutations etc the meeting soon got under way and following acceptance of the accounts for the year the main event of the evening proceeded with Em.Kt. Steven Marshall Consecrating the Viceroy Elect, P.Kt. Ian Pollock, and then himself being Enthroned in a most capable manner by P.Kt. Neil!

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After the officers were appointed and invested a new Candidate was proposed by Ill.Kt. Alan Cockman.

The Knights then retired for a most enjoyable Festive Board and were well on their way home by 9:30.

And the Multitasking?  Well, yours truly was not only the Junior General, but also acted as the Barman, the stand-in Treasurer, and ended up having to propose the toast to the visitors!  What a busy knight!!

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Royal Citadel Conclave No.327 Meeting - Friday 23rd March - A Late Entry ?

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At 6.15pm the Candidate had not yet put in an appearance! It was a 6.30pm start looming, Officers in place, the Intendant General and Deputy were expectant, the Marshall (Ill.Kt. Bill Oats, recently returned to us after a period of illness) was beginning to look worried...... The Sovereign, P.Kt. Chris Thomas, was cool, calm and collected. A phone call ascertained the Candidate, Companion Adam Raw, confirmed that he was 'moments' away having got caught in road works in Stoke. Further calm settled on the Conclave as he breezed into the Masonic Hall at 6.26pm!!


We could begin!


A confident opening and dispatch of the usual business started the meeting off well. A short Eulogy on behalf of Em.Kt. Andrew John Fowkes who had died on the 16th December 2017, was given by his friend Ill.Kt. Nicholas White, Deputy Intendant General.


The Ceremony of Installation of a Knight was undertaken by the Sovereign, Eusebius and the team, the Intendant General gave the Accolade and we welcomed a new member to the Order. The Oration was given in a lovely manner by Em.Kt. Andy Patterson who stood in at a late stage.


We retired to the Festive board and the customary toasts were observed. The Candidate soon got the hang of the ceremonial part of the festive board and responded positively to his toast thanking his Proposer, Seconder and the conclave in a confident manner.


The Knights dispersed in good humour after a super evening for the order.

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Sidney Booker

It is with a sad heart that I have to report that another of our Knights has been called to the Grand Lodge above.

Sidney Victor Maurice Booker passed away on 24th March 2018 at the grand age of 80.  He was installed in Royal Citadel Lodge No.327 on 22nd June 2001 and became the Sovereign on the 25th October 2010.

He was appointed as Past Divisional Grand Registrar on 12th December 2015.

He will be sadly missed by all who knew him!

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Spring Lunch - 22nd April 2018 @ Fingle Glen Golf Club, Tedburn St. Mary, Exeter, EX6 6AF


From George Evatt:-


Due to the bad weather the Spring Lunch had to be cancelled, but has now been re-scheduled for the Sunday 22 April, at no additional cost to us!


If you can make the new date please 'e' mail me 'Yes' and I will re-book you.


If you are unable to make the new date, please 'e' mail me 'No' and I will destroy your form and cheque.


If you can make the new date but your details have changed please complete the attached form and I will book you and destroy your original cheque unless it is for  the same amount.


And, if the change of date means that you can now attend, but couldn't attend on 18th March please complete the form on the web site and send it to me with a cheque in the normal way.


If you have any questions please contact me on:- Tel:- 01579 382821 or Email:

or Alan Cockman on Tel:- 01271 372319 or Emil:-


Thank you for your forbearance



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Ginger Palmer

As you are probably aware, Ginger Palmer passed away after a long battle with cancer on Sunday 4th March 2018 at the grand age of 95.  He died at home in the arms of Bette his wife and partner.

Ginger's funeral will take place on Monday 25th March at 11:00 am at North Devon Crematorium, Barnstaple, EX31 3NW, with, as Bette puts it, 'tea and biscuits' at the Masonic Hall, Trafalgar Lawn, Barnstaple, EX32  9BD.

Bette has said that she doesn't mind if people send flowers, however there will be a collection at the Crematorium for Cancer Research.

Ginger has been involved with Freemasonry for nearly 50 years, most of it in North Devon, and has been through the chairs of nearly every degree you can think of.  He was still carrying out ritual until August of last year!!

He will be sadly missed!!

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Conclave of Ascension No.499 Enthronement Tuesday 6th March  - Two Old War Horses!!

Those two old 'War Horses' Dave Silman and John Lynes, both 'stole the show' at the Conclave of Ascension Enthronement on Tuesday 6th March.

One of the first items on the summons was a presentation of RCC and KHS certificates by the Rt.Ill. Intendant General and the Ill. Deputy Intendant General, to W.Kt. Graham Cribbett, both of which were presented with faultless explanations.

Over thirty nights, which included our Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas, our Deputy Intendant General, Ill.Kt. Nic St.J.M. White, his two minders and eight other active and grand officers watched as P.Kt. David Silman Consecrated W.Kt. George Hine as Eminent Viceroy in a superb manner.

The Most Puissant Sovereign, P.Kt. Ian Pollock and his team then Enthroned Ill.Kt. John Lynes who invested his officers in his normal inimitable way.

The knights then retired to the refectory for a most enjoyable Festive Lunch with good food and good Christian company.

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Mount Lebanon Conclave No. 270 - Monday 26th February

It was a clear afternoon setting out for Tavistock from Plymouth, sunny but a flurry of snow in the air, a bit worrying as we were under a 'yellow' snow warning, could it get worse during the evening?

Arriving early enough to meet with other Knights who had travelled some distance for a quick coffee in a local cafe near the hall We then assembled in the company of Rt.Ill. and Em. Kt. Peter Hawken, MBE, GCC, Deputy Grand Sovereign, our Intendant General Richard Lucas and other officers of the Conclave and Division for the Official Visit of the Intendant General.

We were also joined by Ill.Kt Stuart Graves Intendant General of Metropolitan Division who we had commandeered at the meeting in South Wales.

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A Deputy Plus Two Minders Again!!

The meeting was well manage by P.Kt Barry Slade, Puissant Sovereign, supported by Em.Kt Rodger Pullyblank, Eminent Viceroy. The role of Divisional Marshal was undertaken confidently by P.kt. Chris Thomas, Divisional Senior General and other support was provided by V.Ill.Kt Roy Rudling. The general business was dispatched efficiently with the election of officers for the ensuing year and we then settled down for a talk by Em.Kt. Marc Quigley-Ferriday. The talk he described was in length like a 'Murray Mint' i.e. by the time you finish sucking the sweet the talk will be over. His chosen topic was 'Milvian Bridge in history'.

As usual, Em.Kt. Marc gave his own distinctive 'twist' on historical fact and gave us a lesson or two in classical pronunciation of the Latin used in our order, according to the school of Latin attended. He was commended on his presentation. Another advancement in Masonic knowledge.

The festive board was as usual delicious, the speeches short including the Deputy Intendant Generals comments about his minders for the night on this occasion being the I.G. and the I.G. from Metropolitan. Promotion indeed! A swift departure meant that we were all at home on the same day we left.

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Division of South Wales and Monmouth - Saturday 24th February 2018

Fortunately it was a dry but cold early start to the day when, heading out of Plymouth the Deputy Intendant General picked up V.Ill.Kt. K. B. Jackson who had dressed for the weather. A short drive to our Intendant Generals home, then change of horses as we sped our way to Bridgend and the Annual Convocation of South Wales and Monmouth Division.

The conversation in the car flowed to such a point that we missed the first turning into Bridgend ending up with a short tour of the town centre before arriving in good time for a coffee and biscuits and to restore our personal comforts before joining the Division for the meeting.

As always we were made most welcome by Ill.Kt. Graham Gubb, Intendant General and his Deputy Ill. Kt. Ronald Slater, who for some reason thought we were in the Division of Swansea momentarily!

Despite there being a conflicting meeting in Hertfordshire and an installation of a new Intendant General there, the official welcome by the Intendant General again affirmed the close bonds there are between Conclave and Division as well as Division to Division across the country. The items on the agenda, all 26 of them, were efficiently dealt with and we were soon singing the Welsh National Anthem ‘Yr Anthem Genedlaethol Gymreig’ followed by more familiar tunes.

We retired to the refectory for the festive board which included Lamb and great camaraderie followed by the usual toasts which were well received. In discussion we discovered that Ill.Kt. Stuart Graves, Intendant General of Metropolitan Division would be travelling to Cornwall for a few days so we suggested that he join us on Monday 26th at Mount Lebanon 270 in Tavistock for the official visit which he agreed to do.

Our journey home was smooth and free to cross the Severn Bridge from Wales to England, we had hoped that entering Wales earlier in the day would be free too, however, this is not yet the case but they have stopped paying VAT so it only cost £5.60 to get in!

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Conclave of Resurrection No.432 Meeting - Friday 23rd February 2018 - Two Minders Attend!!

The meeting at Conclave of Resurrection at Tiverton on Friday 23rd February could possibly have been very difficult with several officers missing and a G.P. meeting before the main event in which everyone was asked to vent their feelings!

However the Most Puissant Sovereign, M.P.Kt. Alan Jones displayed great leadership and led both meetings safely over '...the rough seas of passion...' whilst giving everyone a chance to air their thoughts!

Our Deputy Intendant General, Ill.Kt. Nicholas St.John Middleton White presided over the meeting, our Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas being tied up at another Masonic Meeting, and knights from across the Division, including seven Active Divisional Officers enjoyed a meeting in which Ill.Kt. Chris Bird gave us a faultless rendition of the Oration, and a candidate for the next meeting was successfully balloted for.

We all then retired for a most enjoyable festive board with a superb fish pie as its main course.

And the highlights of the evening?....  the 'stand in' Marshal, the very experienced Divisional Marshal, Ill.Kt. Paul Ackland suffered a minor senior moment when his experience momentarily deserted him and he got a little tongue tied during his salutation to two Past Deputy Intendants General who, according to our Deputy Nic, had been sent as minders by Richard, our Intendant General.  The other highlight was went a certain clergyman (no names - no pack- drill) told us of his experiences of his taking female hormones to counteract a serious medical condition.  I'll leave that to your imagination!!

What could have been a tricky meeting became a most enjoyable evening and 'the magic of Masonry' once again cam to the fore!!  Thank you Resurrection!

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West Midlands Divisional Meeting at Birmingham - 17th February 2018 - And the wine flowed freely!

A 7:00 o'clock start, with Ill.Kt. Paul Ackland, our Divisional Marshal, as my chauffer, meant that I was on my way to my first Divisional Meeting of the year at Kings Heath.  A lovely spring morning and light, Saturday morning, traffic made for a most enjoyable trip to Birmingham in which Paul and I put the world to rights and solved many problems that are facing us all!

 A phone call to our Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas, who was having some "Trouble at t'Mill "informed us that we should go on ahead and he would get to the meeting as soon as he could.  Our Deputy Intendant General, Ill.Kt. Nicholas St.John Middleton White had already gone ahead of us to stay with his family who live in Birmingham.

A quick 'comfort break' at a motorway service station near Birmingham that looked more like a Telly Tubby Mound and we were all set for our day, and our arrival at Kings Heath was made even better by being directed quickly and easily to a parking space.

On entering the Mosely Masonic Hall we were quickly greeted by friends old and new and within minutes we were tucking into some very welcome Bacon Butties as Richard and Nic joined us.

We then went to find our seats in the temple - all but Paul who found his allotted seat in the back row was already occupied.  The organisers soon sorted this out by sitting him in one of the best seats in the house, right beside the Eminent Viceroy giving him a splendid view of the proceedings!

We were treated to a magnificent installation ceremony of the new Intendant General, Ill.Kt. John James Tristram by the Grand Sovereign M.Ill.Kt. Graham Leslie Flight who carried out the entire proceedings with style and good humour, reminding us all on several occasions that Red Cross Masonry should be fun and should be enjoyed.  The newly installed Intendant General then Installed his Deputy, Ill.Kt. James Mulligan.

This was followed by the Grand Sovereign presenting a 50 year certificate to V.Ill.Kt. Neil Jones, only the second 50th Certificate ever presented, the first of course being presented at our Divisional Meeting to Keith Jackson

The whole ceremony was enhanced by the presence of the Grand Sovereign's Sepulchre Guard who always look so impressive in their long white flowing cloaks.

The Divisional Meeting being called off, we retired for a most enjoyable lunch, with the wine flowing freely (of which I was able to partake with gusto having my own personal chauffer) and the good company of knights from all over the country allowed us the exchange thoughts and ideas.

Whilst many knights returned to the temple to take part in the rest of the Divisional Meeting we took our leave which enabled us to be home at about 5:30.

Another most enjoyable Divisional Meeting!

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St. John the Evangelist Conclave No. 238 meeting 6th February 2018 - Who was Eusebius

After the slight lull in meetings of the Order after the New Year started, it was good to be travelling again to Topsham in the company of the Intendant General. Our destination was the meeting of St John the Evangelist 238 where the business started with a warm welcome by members of the Conclave in the bar having a lovely hot coffee! It was a cold night!

Once gathered, the Most Puissant Sovereign Ill.Kt. Michael Robin Jones with Em.Kt. Alexander Roger Barahona-Wills as Viceroy, opened the Conclave in a confident manner, what else could you expect from two skilled Red Cross Masons.

Em.Kt. Alex Barahona- Wills, unfortunately absent from the Enthronement meeting, was declared Eminent Viceroy by Ill.Kt. Michael Daniels, Divisional Sentinel, the Marshal. The Eminent Viceroy was then Proclaimed and Saluted as befitted his rank.

Officers for the ensuing year were vote upon and then we moved to the piéce de résistance, the talk by Ill.Kt. Terry Sloan entitled 'Who was Eusebius?' In his usual and thought provoking manner Ill.Kt. Terry delivered a magnificent talk which covered the three religious persons named Eusebius whom all had links to Constantine the Great and the development of Christianity during the reign of our Illustrious founder, posing as many questions as answering others. At the conclusion, Ill.Kt. Terry was thanked for his contribution to our knowledge of the lives of Constantine and Eusebius.

After collecting Alms and closing the Conclave we repaired to the refectory and ate a hearty and warming meal, good company and conversation. Formal toasts were observed with entertaining speeches of thanks and gratitude for the evening before departing home at a very reasonable hour.


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Raise a Glass to Brian Lobb

As you may be aware Brian Lobb,  passed away on 8th February.

Brian, who was the recorder of Holy Trinity Conclave from 2010 until 2015 and had attained the rank of Past Grand Vice Chamberlain in 2009, had moved to Sherborne to be with his family last year.,

Carolyn, Brian’s wife, has made it known that Brian did not want a funeral service and in accordance with his wishes he is to be cremated and his ashes returned to the family in Sherborne.


It was his wish that all his many friends in Freemasonry raise a glass and remember him with a few kind words.


You may like to consider marking his passing by remembering his life and achievements in Freemasonry at your next meeting, I’m sure many of you will have happy memories of time spent in Brian’s company.  Celebrate those moments.


If any want to send condolences direct to the family, you can either do so through John Bate; email

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Details of Mavis Evatt's Funeral

George has sent me the message below...

Sincere thanks for your condolences and cards and for giving me breathing space. All of the administration is now sorted and the funeral will take place 1130, Friday 9 February at the Weston Mill crematorium, followed by the Wake at the Mount Edgcumbe Masonic Hall, Citadel Road East PL1 2NG

No flowers please. To assist with the catering if attending the Wake  please send a 'Yes and how many' to this 'e' mail address or leave the same on my answer phone 01579 382 821. Can you please pass the funeral details on. Thank you again


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Sad News of Mavis Mary Evatt

It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that Mavis Evatt  lost her fight with a long illness on Wednesday 10th January 2018.

George has asked not to be contacted for a day or two until he comes to terms with his sad loss and I'm sure you will wish to honour that request.

George, if you read this, we are all thinking of both you and Mavis !!


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Holy Trinity Conclave No.311 Enthronement - Wednesday 10th January 2018 - what flashing Blue Light?

A warm reception and a cup of tea and some biscuits awaited us as we arrived at Holy Trinity Conclave No.311 in Torquay for the first Enthronement of the year.


The 28 knights assembled included a very special guest from Cheltenham - the past Intendant General of Surrey R.Ill.Kt. Roy Bedford who had made the journey to Torquay to see Em.Kt. Simon Wills enthroned as Sovereign by M.P.Kt. David Ellis.


Even though they were hampered by several officers being away David's team, organised superbly by their Marshal, Ill.Kt. Warner Barton, provided us all with a most enjoyable ceremony!

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Following the ceremony the knights retired to the dining room for a most enjoyable festive board  and short speeches amongst a family of good Christian Knights.

And the flashing Blue Light??  Well the lights on my car are normally set to Automatic, but someone had turned the lights off!  So a police officer (who appeared to be about thirteen) took the opportunity to turn on all his emergency lights and pull us over. Once Paul had explained that it wasn't his car the officer decided that the story was going to get too involved (or was it the black tie and black suits?) and let us carry on on our journey home.

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JAndy Fowkes - Royal Citadel Conclave  -   20th March 1956 - 16th December 2017

Em.Kt. Andrew John Fowkes.  

Royal Citadel Conclave 327 & Conclave of Light 498. Member of the Divisional Sepulchre Guard.

20 March 1956 – 16 December 2017

On Tuesday January 9th in a packed St Peters Church, Wyndham Square, we gathered with the family, friends and past and present colleagues of Andy to celebrate his life.  A Requiem Mass was conducted by Fr. David Way who described Andy as ‘an Oak of a man’ taken too soon in life. He described Andy’s life in Bristol from his youth with a brother and sister, as a young man who had worked as a doorman, a taxi driver then undertaking his nurse training.  Eventually, with his wife Sandra and family moving to Plymouth for work.

Andy’s career flourished and he retired as a Senior Charge Nurse in the Learning Disability Service specialising in Mental Health and Forensic Nursing.  During his career Andy also held office in his Trade Union as well as devoting time to being a School Governor of several schools in Plymouth, lastly at St Peters C of E School.

He joined masonry in St John’s Lodge No. 70.  He was initiated on the 3rd April 1995 and proceeded to fulfil the offices to the Chair when he was installed as Master in December 2002. He took on the role of DC in the Lodge, a role which has now passed to is son Peter.  Andy was given Provincial Honours latterly as PPrGSwdB.  Andy joined the Holy Royal Arch in Fidelity Chapter 230 and subsequently joined the Mark Degree  at Fortitude 66 as well as the Ancient and Honourable Fraternity of Royal Ark Mariner and the Rose Croix.

At St Peters Church he became a server, acolyte and master of ceremonies.  He was also a Church Warden for the Church.

Following the moving service, at which Andy’s grandson Jordan delivered the reading (Isaiah 25: 6-9) the family bade him a sad farewell at Weston Mill Crematorium.  A moving tribute was made by his eldest son Adrian.  Andy, never one to be lost for humour, had insisted that his final song should be ‘Always look on the bright side of Life’.  We left the Crematorium with a bit of a smile.... as he intended!

The wake was a glorious conglomeration of family, friends and colleagues, all with a tale or two to tell of this giant among men and masons.

He is survived by his wife Sandra, Sons Peter and Adrian, Daughter Sarah, Grandson Jordan and Grand Daughter Darcy.

He now has his Crown of Glory in Faith, Unity and Zeal.  Requiescat in Pace.

Nicholas StJ. M. White

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Joseph of Arimathea Meeting – Twelfth Night 5th January 2018

‘On the twelfth day of Christmas....’ A wet journey from Plymouth ensued as we headed south to Perranporth for the first meeting of the year. Twenty three Knights including the Divisional Generals, Almoner and Sword Bearer with others of the newly appointed Divisional Officers, converged on the temple to witness a superb demonstration of the Installation of a Knight ceremony, led by M.P.Kt Graham Hooper, Most Puissant Sovereign, Em.Kt Colin Rescorla as Viceroy and V.Ill.Kt William Lissaamer as Prefect. The Candidate, WKt Stephen Ball, a last minute though very willing and enthusiastic volunteer, was led through in a well-controlled ceremony with P.Kt Colin Adams as Marshal. The oration was delivered faultlessly by W.Kt Simon Bennett.

Following the Ceremony W.Kt Ball was again pivotal to the proceedings as he was to receive both his Red Cross and Appendant Orders Certificates from the Deputy Intendant General Ill.Kt Nicholas St.J. M. White.

Amongst the witnesses to this evenings events were Rt.Ill.Kt Nicholas Alder, Intendant General of the Division of Kent, Ill.Kts Jan Olszewski and Roger Freeman both heads of other Masonic orders, who were thanked by our Intendant General for supporting the order of the Red Cross of Constantine.

The meeting concluded in ample form and refreshment was greatly received consisting of soup, pork, fruit crumble, cheese and coffee. The usual toasts were observed and speeches succinct. A great start to 2018!

The journey home was dry and lit through a clear sky by a large waning moon.

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Andy Fowkes - Funeral Arrangements

The funeral of W. Kt. Andrew Fowkes will be held on Tuesday 9th January.

There will be a requiem mass at The Church of St. Peter and the Holy Apostles, Wyndham Square, Plymouth, starting at 11am.

The family have asked that black is not worn.

Family flowers only, please, and any donations, if desired, to Cancer Research.

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Sad News of Andy Fowkes.

It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that Em.Kt. Andrew John Fowkes, better know to us all as Andy, lost his long fight with cancer on Saturday 16th December.

Andy was installed in Royal Citadel Conclave N0. 327 on 26th March 2010 and after serving in the  Sepulchre Guard he became Viceroy of that Conclave on 24th October 2016.

Andy was a 'big man' in all senses of the word as can be testified by his email address of 'bigfowkes@yahoo,'' and will be sadly missed by all!

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Divisional Meeting at Plymouth - 25th November 2017 - The Grand Sovereign comes to Torquay!

Friday 24th November : After weeks of trying to get all the invitations, paperwork and lists correct for the Devon & Cornwall Divisional Meeting of 2017 the day had finally arrived to prepare the Conclave itself!

Now that I've been banned from driving I had to rely on our Divisional Marshal, Ill.Kt. Paul Ackland to act as my chauffer - a role which he took on in true brotherly fashion, the drive down to Torquay on a lovely sunny day was most pleasant, and Ill.Kt. Warner Barton had already arrived at The Masonic Hall in St. Margaret's Road and had started to put the Conclave together.

Many other willing hands soon joined us which then gave us chance to call in at the Anchorage Hotel to ensure that the preparations there were all in hand.  We then headed off to the Enthronement Meeting at the Conclave of Resurrection in Tiverton.

A 7:15 start the next morning enabled my chauffer to get us to Torquay with plenty of time to make final arrangements for the long anticipated visit by Our Most Illustrious Grand Sovereign.  An ample buffet was awaiting the Knights as they arrived and awaited the arrival of the VIP's including several active Grand Officers as well as the Grand Sepulchre Guard.

After the processions in through an arch of steel provide by our own Sepulchre Guard, under the direction of their Captain, V.Ill.Kt. Bernard Winsor and Deputy Captain, Ill.Kt, Chris Bird, the Divisional Conclave was opened by our Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas who then welcomed the Distinguished Guests.

The Most Illustrious Grand Sovereign, Graham L. Flight, GCC then entered the Conclave under an Arch of Steel by the Grand Sepulchre Guard, who, as always, provided a magnificent spectacle, and one which is rarely seen in Devon & Cornwall.  The Grand Sovereign then exercised his prerogative to take the chair.  He placed Rt.Ill & Em.Kt. Peter Hawken MBE,GCC, the Deputy Grand Sovereign, in the Senior General's Chair and V.Ill.Kt.J. Chambers, the Grand Junior General, in the Junior General's chair and requested that the Grand Marshal, V.Ill.Kt. N. Mathews, present Rt.Ill.Kt. Keith Jackson, GCC to him.  The Grand Sovereign then proceeded to present Rt.Ill.Kt. Keith with a certificate and jewel to commemorate his fifty years service in the Red Cross Degree.  He carried out the presentation in his usual relaxed an good humoured manner and delighted us all with a few anecdotes of his 'encounters' with Keith!   Following a response from Rt.Ill.Kt.Keith, The Grand Sovereign returned control of the meeting to our Intendant General.

The business of the meeting was then carried out in a most efficient manner with good humour when appropriate and the Officers for the Division were invested by our Intendant General.


The Intendant General then addressed the meeting and made a special reference to the superb support that the outgoing Divisional Officers had given him over the past year with many of them visiting Conclaves for, not just the Official Visits and Enthronements, but also for other meetings.


The assembled company then retired to the Anchorage Hotel where everyone was delighted that the Provincial Grand Master of the Craft Degree, Rt.W.Bro. Ian Kingsbury, joined us for a most enjoyable festive board (even if the queue to get to the bar was a bit long!).


All in all a most enjoyable day and one we will all remember because of the presence of the Grand Sovereign!.


Happy Christmas Everyone!!


(Click Here to see the photos of the day with thanks to Philip Adam)


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Conclave of Resurrection No.432 Enthronement - Friday 24th November 2017.

After a long afternoon setting up the Conclave at Torquay for the Divisional Meeting the following day, I was looking forward to being able to sit back and enjoy the Enthronement Meeting at the Conclave of Resurrection at Tiverton.  But I should have known better!  As soon as I walked in the door at Tiverton I was asked if I would mind acting as the Banner Bearer as they were a member short.  No problem - I'm always happy to help and it would be a nice change to see the ceremony complete rather than walking in with the Intendant General's procession!


After the warm reception that is always awaiting us at Tiverton the acting M.P.S. , P.Kt. Chris Hodgson (the M.P.S. P.Kt. David Jaques being ill), soon got the meeting under way

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 and 29 Knights watched as the Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas, with his Active Officers processed into the temple under an arch of steel provided by the Sepulchre Guard.  His procession  was quickly followed by the entrance of the Deputy Grand Sovereign, Rt.Ill. & Em.Kt. Peter Hawken.

The main business of the evening was the Consecration of Christopher Simmons as Eminent Viceroy by Em.Kt. Alan Jones and the Enthronement of Em.Kt, Alan Jones as Most Puissant Sovereign by the acting M.P.S.  And what a superb job, they and their team, made of their duties!  It really is nice to see ritual carried out so well!

The only slight hiccup in the ceremony (not noticed by many) was when a certain high member of the Sepulchre Guard got over enthusiastic with his sword and nearly did some serious damage to the incoming M.P.S. in the 'nether regions'  No names mentioned unless you cross my palm with silver!

Following the excellent ceremony the knights retired to the dining room for a most enjoyable festive board  and fine speeches - especially the Toast to the Visitors!  (Chris told me I had to write that even if he did leap up and give the speech before the toast to the M.P.S.!!).

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Conclave of Light No.498 Meeting - Tuesday 14th November 2017.

A quiet journey down to Bodmin was enjoyed by those attending the meeting of Light and now that the roadworks beside St Petroc's accessing Bodmin has become a joy once again.

The members of Ascension Conclave were made welcome by the Sovereign VIll Kt William (Bill) Lissamer, on their official visit to then Conclave.

Business being light, the main event was the presentation of Grand Conclave Certificate to WKt James Wonnacott and then Appendant Orders Certificates to WKt's James Wonnacott and Jonathan Sheehan. These items were undertaken by the Deputy Intendant General. After presentation the Deputy Intendant General congratulated both Knights.

A buffet lunch followed the business’s in great harmony with short speeches allowing us to get away to pursue other activities during the afternoon....

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St. John the Evangelist Conclave No.327 Meeting - Tuesday 7th November 2017

Mithras, Faith and Red Cross Masonry!

You can never guarantee the traffic in Devon, so picking up the Intendant General and proceeding to Topsham expecting slow traffic into Exeter we were surprised to have one of the clearest journeys getting into Topsham very early. Fortunately, the hall was open and refreshment available!

The Conclave was opened by Ill Kt Michael Jones with VIll Kt Brian Meldon standing in as Viceroy. The main agenda item was to receive a lecture entitled simply ‘Mithras’ to be delivered by Ill Kt Terry Sloan. From the first words of introduction we knew we were in for a treat. Ill Kt Sloan explained who Mithras was and the similarities to the Christian faith we follow, which were a feature of Mithrism. The style of delivery was highly engaging and entertaining. Ill Kt Sloan was congratulated on this most memorable lecture! Worthy Knights, I’m sure he would be happy to deliver the lecture to other conclaves if invited.

The evening ended with a delicious festive board and the observation of the Commemoration followed by the usual toasts.

The journey home? Equally smooth!

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Royal Citadel Conclave Enthronement  Meeting - Monday 23rd October 2017 - A perfect example of Teamwork - and what about those tattoos?

They couldn't have had a worse 'run-up' to their Enthronement Meeting!  E.Kt. Andie Fawkes, the Viceroy, who's not too well himself , heard the news that his wife was also poorly so felt it right to stand down as M.P.S. this year.  Add to that a Marshal who is waiting for a a heart bypass, a Sentinel who is unable to attend because his mother has just had a replacement hip and some other officers off ill and it could have been a recipe for disaster!


I was fortunate enough to be able to grab a lift to Plymouth with our Divisional Marshal, And what a ceremony we witnessed!! The Most Puissant Sovereign, who is also our Deputy Intendant General, Ill.Kt. Nicholas St.John Middleton White, led his team in what can only be described as one of the best examples of teamwork I have ever seen!

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Our Intendant General, R.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas, was still suffering badly from the after effects of a tooth abscess which had developed into a chest infection so he had asked me to act as the presiding officer, and what an honour it was to preside over such a meeting.  After the Conclave was opened the M.P.S. quickly dealt with the opening business which included the election of P.Kt. Chris Thomas as M.P.S. for the ensuing year, a 'stand in' Viceroy, one E.Kt. Andrew Patterson (who had only been installed as Viceroy in the Conclave of Light at their Enthronement meeting in July) Consecrated and Installed W.Kt. Nigel Frude as the Eminent Viceroy in an absolutely superb manner.

The M.P.S. then Enthroned P.Kt. Chris Thomas in a similar manner.  The whole ceremony was orchestrated by the stand in Marshal V.Ill.Kt. Roy Rudling.  P.Kt. Chris then completed the business of the evening which included the members voting to make a donation to the Grand Master's Care for Children Fund at the forthcoming Divisional Meeting.

And the Tattoos?  Well a certain member of the Sepulchre Guard who, of course shall remain nameless, expressed his interest in looking at Tattoos!  The mind boggles, and I feel a Christmas Competition coming on!!  For any more details you'll have to cross my palm with silver!!

An Enthronement Meeting that all present will remember for a long time!

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Divisional Conclave of Cheshire - Saturday 21st October 2017. Trafalgar Day.

One of the many delights of the office of Deputy Intendant General of the Division is to carry the banner of Devon and Cornwall to the other Divisions across the country (and further afield if at all possible). A delight that my predecessors expressed to me on my appointment. Many of these journeys are made with our Intendant General and other Divisional Officers, but occasionally alone such as this one.

Once again taking the opportunity to visit family in the Midlands, a useful staging post offering comfort and sustenance to the weary traveller, the journey North to Chester was an easy step! The forecast was poor with threatened high winds and rain which however were no deterrent to any Devon or Cornishman with experience of the Atlantic Highway in poor conditions!!!

Arriving at the Cheshire View Masonic Centre at Christleton in good time for coffee and chat with old friends and meeting new ones, also an opportunity to look around this most magnificent Masonic facility. It was worth the journey just for that.
The Intendant General, R.Ill. Kt. James Munroe, with his officers opened the meeting welcoming all visitors and members. In his address after the appointment of his new team, he commented on how the Order of the Red Cross of Constantine was like a huge extended family no matter where you go you are always amongst friends. How right he is.

The meeting concluded with a fine festive board and succinct speeches allowing the attendees to start their journeys home in daylight, rain and a little wind! Ah well, back to the books, Royal Citadel on Monday.....

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Cockman?  In a Maternity Unit???

You may have heard that a week ago I was attending a Rose Croix Meeting here in Barnstaple when I collapsed with what the doctors are referring to as a 'seizure'!  Following a very hectic ten days of masonry, during which I travelled over 800 miles, and a hectic stint that evening running our bar for the first time with it's new till, I sat down to eat my meal.  I can remember eating my soup, they tell me that I also ate the roast and apple crumble, but all I can remember is waking up two and a half hours later in the arms of a rather ugly paramedic!  Having brought the festive board to a rapid close I was carted off to Hospital where I spent the next few days being poked and prodded in every orifice!

As they were unable to find anything I was finally discharged on Saturday with the threat of more investigations to follow.

Some say it was due to a seizure, some say it was due to 'burning the candle at both ends', but I claim that someone had quietly whispered in my ear "Would you do the toast to the visitors tonight"!

The bad news for me is that I've been banned from driving for six months - but never fear, your ain't seen the last of me yet.

And the Maternity Unit - Yesterday I received two appointments to attend the hospital for further tests, one of them is in the Clinical Neurophsiology department, which I am assured is in the Maternity Unit!  And the other is in the clinic for the 'Care of the Elderly'! Must be the final insult!!

PS add to this that out Intendant General has also been very poorly with a very bad abscess, an Jeff Leach is still awaiting his bypass surgery despite several 'false starts'.  What a load of invalids we are!!

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St. Ercus Conclave No.349 Enthronement Meeting - Tuesday 10th October 2017

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Mist, rain and spuds - that just about sums up the trip to St. Ercus Conclave in Hayle on Tuesday 10th October for their Enthronements.  The weather speaks for itself and every other vehicle was a tractor with a trailer loaded down with potatoes!
29 knights, including 11 active officers braved the weather and joined our Deputy Intendant General, Ill.Kt. Nic St.J. M. White, to watch the Eminent Viceroy, Em.Kt. Stuart Goody consecrate 'larger than life' W.Kt. Marc Quigley-Ferriday as Viceroy after which the  Most Puissant Sovereign, M.P.Kt. Michael Howard Enthroned Em.Kt. Goody; all done in a superb manner, followed by an enjoyable festive board.

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Conclave of Ascension No.499 Meeting - Tuesday 3rd October 2017

Once again a most pleasant trip through the Devon Countryside to attend the business meeting of the Conclave of Ascension No.499 at South Brent on the morning of Tuesday 3rd October last.

But this was more than just a business meeting!  The assembled knights, led by the Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas and the Deputy Intendant General, Ill.Kt. Nic St.J.M. White, were treated to a superb rendering of the Oration by W.Kt. Adrian Garrity.  This was followed by a talk entitled "Things you did not know about Constantine" by myself, Ill.Kt. Alan Cockman, in which I tried to 'fill in' some interesting lesser known facts about Constantine the Great.

The meeting continued with P.Kt. John Lynes being elected as Sovereign, W.Kt. Harry Hine being elected as Viceroy and W.Kt. Jon Moran being elected as Treasurer for the ensuing year.

The knights then retired to the Refectory for the usual most enjoyable Festive Lunch amongst good Christian Company.

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Torquay Appendant Orders Meeting - Thursday 5th October 2017 - and Executive Meeting.

With the Executive meeting starting at 4:30 in Torquay I arranged to pick up a certain knight in a lay-by in Tiverton.  On arriving early at 3:15 and hanging about for a while I became aware that parents collecting their children were looking at me suspiciously!!  So a couple of trips around the block were called for to allay their suspicions, however by 3:35 the knight concerned had not appeared and time was running out for me to get to Torquay on time.

On arriving at Torquay I attended the Annual Executive meeting (minutes attached) but was then informed that the knight I was supposed to pick up was due to be the Guardian of the Sacred Vault, and that there was no one else who could 'stand in'.  What else could I do but agree to read the part.  Not easy helping a candidate who had a little difficulty bending down whilst reading the Guardian's bit in the dark and holding a torch!!

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Nevertheless, thirty knights enjoyed watching V.Ill.Kt. Roger Freeman, Ill.Kt. Warner Barton and V.Ill.Kt. Bill Lissamer     confer the Appendant Orders on W.Kt. Graham Cribbett from the Conclave of Ascension which they did in a superb manner!

The knights then retired for a most enjoyable festive board in good Christian company.

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Mount Lebanon Conclave No.270 Meeting - Monday 25th September 2017 - Twenty Five Sober (K)nights

A delightful gathering of the conclave in Tavistock presented the Knights of the Division to meet again in Faith Unity and Zeal in the Company of The Deputy Grand Sovereign Right Illustrious and Eminent Knight Peter Hawken, the Intendant General Right Illustrious Knight Richard Lucas and his Deputy Illustrious Knight Nicholas White.

There being no candidate for this meeting it had been arranged that Illustrious Knight Alan Cockman, Divisional Recorder, to deliver a paper on ‘Things that you may not have known about Constantine’. The research for this work had been done during the production of the booklet produced by our Past Grand Eusebius Right Illustrious Reverend Doctor Peter Blackwell-Smyth. Our recorder has continued working on the paper over the last year and each time it is heard there are new things to contemplate about Constantine and our Order. Facts about St Nicholas and St George perhaps!

The paper was received with acclamation and thanks given to our Divisional Recorder.

After the Puissant Sovereign PKt. Barry Slade dealt with the remainder of the business, thanking his ‘stand in officers’ especially PKt Arthur Barker, Divisional Registrar, stepping in to Viceroy with a Nano-seconds notice the Conclave was closed and we repaired to the Bar and Refectory.

Unfortunately, the Bar was closed and locked! The festive board proceeded however and the Loyal Toast and the usual toasts of the Order were observed…slightly dry!

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Annual Combined Christian Orders Church Service - Bodmin 24th September 2017

How nice it was to travel down a fully open A30 with no speed restrictions on our way to Bodmin for the Annual Church Service hosted by the Combined Christian Orders of Devon & Cornwall at Bodmin last Sunday.

As soon as we pulled up in the central car park at Bodmin Sandy and I met several old friends, and once we got into the Church it was like a huge family reunion!!

We were soon warmly welcomed to St. Petroc's Church by Rt.Ill.Kt. Revd. Dr. Peter Blackwell-Smyth who had organised and was conducting the Service which had a 'Harvest Festival' feel to it, and he was ably assisted by V.Ill.Kt. Revd. Louis Baycock.

Hymns were selected, or readings carried out by Ill.Kt. Nicholas St.J. White, R.W.Bro. Stephen Pearn, Br. Revd. Dr. Peter Johnson, Ill.Bro. Raymond Bray, Bro. Angus Herdman, E.Kt. Terry Sloan and R.W. Bro. Ian Kingsbury, and what a superb job they all made of their 'pieces', showing that a lot of work had gone in before hand, and with R.W. Bro. Roger Freeman playing the organ in his inimitable manner the service couldn't have been better!

Following the service, which lasted less than an hour, we were treated to Tea and Refreshments at the back of the Church courtesy of Cornwall District Rose Croix, whilst we continue to catch up with old friends.

All in all, a most enjoyable afternoon  amongst good Christian Friends, and to make the day even better I treated Sandy to Scampi and Chips on the way home!!

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Sad News of Douglas Penny


It is with a sad heart that I set out below an email received from the Provincial Grand Secretary............


Dear Sir and Brother


It is with the greatest sorrow I must inform you of the death yesterday of WBro Raymond Douglas Mawson Penny, PSGD, Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master, at the age of 94 years.

WBro Douglas was born into a Masonic family, his father being a member of St Peter’s Lodge No.1125 and a Founder of All Souls’ Lodge No.6677, Tiverton, in which Douglas was initiated in November 1959, before becoming its Master in 1971, when his first two Candidates were his sons Alexander and Michael.  He joined Blundell’s Lodge No.5467 in 1965 and served as its Master in 1972 and 1973, during which he initiated his son Ian and Michael became a joining member.  He became Master for a third time in 1979, having Ian as Senior Warden and Michael as Junior Warden.  He was honoured with an appointment to London Grand Rank for this service.


Douglas’s love of the Craft led him to become a joining member of Unity Lodge No.1332 in Crediton where he practised as a solicitor, eventually taking the Chair there in 2001 after some years spent as the lodge’s secretary.  He joined Lodge of Union No.444 in 1976, becoming its Master in 1987.  Douglas also became the Founding Master of North Devon Masters’ Lodge No.9316 in 1989, an office he held for two years.


An appointment to Provincial Senior Grand Warden by RWBro WA Kneel in 1980, serving alongside WBro DHL Searle, ProvJGW, of Ebrington Lodge No.1847.  He was appointed as Assistant Provincial Grand Master in 1988, an office in which he served until 1993.  He was honoured by the MW Grand Master with an appointment as Past Assistant Grand Registrar in 1987, with a further promotion to Past Senior Grand Deacon in 1989.


Douglas’s achievements in other degrees were at a similarly high level, becoming Past Assistant Grand Sojourner in the Holy Royal Arch, Past Grand Junior Deacon in the Mark Degree, Past Grand Visitor in the Order of the Secret Monitor, Past Grand Chamberlain in the Red Cross of Constantine, Past Grand VII Pillar in the Knights Templar Priests, and Past Substitute Provincial Grand Master (Herts) in the Royal Order of Scotland.


His service at the very highest level in the Masonic degrees of Rose Croix and Knights Templar merit especial mention: Douglas became the head of each Order for Devonshire, the Inspector General of the Ancient and Accepted Rite for Devonshire, which he held for ten years from 1987, and Provincial Prior for Devon and Cornwall, which was held for four years.


I will, of course, advise of further details as appropriate.


May he ever rest in Eternal Peace.


Richard Ebrey
Provincial Grand Secretary of Devonshire


Douglas was a member of five different Conclaves in our Division during his lifetime and was a Founder Member of Holy Trinity Conclave and attained the high rank of Past Grand Prefect in 1990.  He was also an 'all round' nice guy who always had a twinkle in his eye!!



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St. Brannock Conclave No.342 Meeting - Wednesday 6th September 2017 - "A Pub with no Beer" !!

Things were a bit different at St Brannock Conclave No.342 in Barnstaple at their meeting on Wednesday 6th September.  What was missing was Ginger Palmer!!  Ginger has been running the Bar at Trafalgar Lawn for more years than most of us can remember, but at 94 he has finally succumbed to quite a serious illness and it was decided that until things can be sorted out the Bar should remain closed.

Thus it was that many of the residents in Trafalgar Lawn began to wonder what sort of party was going on in there with so many 'undertakers' walking in with bottles and cans!!

The Most Puissant Sovereign, P.Kt. Neil Raynor, was determined that the dearth  of candidates would not stop him from carrying out a ceremony, and, despite his 85 years he and his team made a superb job of it.  He even managed to do our Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas out of a job by doing the Accolade himself!  The whole ceremony was well orchestrated by the fairly new Marshal, P.Kt. Eddie Dymond who seems to be settling into the job very well.

A great evening at St. Brannock Conclave, spoilt only by the absence of Ginger, emphasised by the bar shutters being down!

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Joseph of Arimathea No.253 - Enthronement Friday 1st September 2017 - 'Divisional Recorder on a Different Plain'!

One of the most enjoyable activities of our Order is to visit a distant Conclave.  And this experience is made even more enjoyable if someone else drives (and pays for the petrol).  Such was the case on Friday 1st September last when I was driven to Perranporth to enjoy the Enthronement at Joseph of Arimathea Conclave No.253 when Ill Kt. Gwynfryn Thomas offered to drive me! 

We arrived at Perranporth in plenty of time to walk down to a local cafe and enjoy a coffee, but as we approached the cafe a parade of Freemasons were leaving.  The owner told us that most of them had behaved properly, but there was one who she described as somewhat cheeky and raucous!!  'No names no pack drill'  but if you cross my palm with silver.....

On our return to the conclave we caught up on the news from friends of their summer vacations and then paraded into the Conclave under the Arch of Steel provided by V.Ill.Kt. Bernard Winsor and his Sepulchre Guard, ably assisted by the Deputy Captain, 'cheeky' Ill.Kt. Chris Bird, and the superb direction of our 'stand in' Marshal, P.Kt. Chris Thomas.

The current Most Puissant Sovereign, P.Kt. Graham Hooper, and the current Viceroy, E.Kt. Colin Rescorla, had both agreed to continue in their important posts for a further year and they were proclaimed as such under the very competent guidance of the Marshal, P.Kt. Colin Adams.

The whole evening was rounded off with the sort of Festive Board that we have become used to at Perranporth - I really  don't know how they produce such quality meals at such low prices!!

And the 'Divisional Recorder on a different plain'?  Under 'Correspondence, the Conclave Recorder referred to an email I had sent him in which  I had queried something that he, P.Kt. Marc Quigley-Ferriday was suggesting,  needless to say, he was right and I was wrong!  My excuse is that I'm still learning my job and I didn't go to Cambridge!!

Another most enjoyable night at Joseph of Arimathea and, thanks to Gwynfryn, I was still back in Barnstaple by 11:00pm!

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Division of Middlesex Annual Meeting - Saturday  15th July 2017 - Snowploughs in July?

Another early start, and, after meeting the Intendant General (who once again had offered to be our Chauffer) and Orme Vince, our Senior General, at Tiverton Parkway, we were soon on our way to Twickenham Masonic Centre where the annual meeting of the Division of Middlesex is held

As we drove up the A303 near Stonehenge I couldn't believe my eyes as approaching us in the other lane were ten Snowploughs!  I asked my companions if any of them had seen the weather forecast that morning and they assured me that snow had not been mentioned!!

We arrived at the large car park at Cole Court with plenty of time to spare and were soon catching up with the news from friends old and new; and how nice it was to see V.Ill. Kt. Keith Waters (whose name you will remember I mange to change every time I see him!) our Sub Prelate from deepest Cornwall visiting his old Division.

Rt.Ill.Kt. Denis Leigh, the Intendant General for Middlesex soon got the meeting under way, and his casual manner and gentle humour made us all feel that we were his closest friends!  By 12:30 the business of the meeting was finished and we were able to partake of some most welcome refreshment before continuing the banter with good Christian friends at the dinner table.  Another good day at Middlesex and Richard's superb driving got us home by 6:00pm!

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The Intendant-General, Right Illustrious Knight Richard Lucas, has been pleased to appoint the officers listed below who will be invested at the Annual Meeting of the Divisional Conclave
on Saturday 25th November 2017 at Torquay









Bill Lissamer


Senior General



Chris Thomas


Junior General



Kevin Jones


High Prelate



Louis Baycock





Mike Davison





Frank H. Corbridge





Alan Cockman





Peter Durrant MBE





Paul Ackland


Sword Bearer



Tony Moyle


Deputy Marshal



Roy Rudling





John Bate





Keith Waters


Standard Bearer (C)



Jim de Lisle Innis


Standard Bearer (L)



David Forward.





Sid George


Warden of Regalia



Chris Hodgson


Assistant Recorder



John Whitfield





Roger Freeman


Herald 1



Mark Richardson





Mike Daniels







 Past Ranks


Junior General



Richard Thomas


Junior General



Michael St.John French





Frank Jewell


Standard Bearer (C)



Adam Jeffery




Conclave of Light No.498 - Enthronement - Tuesday 11th July 2017 - You've never got a camera when you want it!!

Whenever I go to Cornwall it's sunny I said!  Boy was I proved wrong.  The further west we travelled, the wetter it got!  We were on our way to the Conclave of Light No.498 Enthronement meeting in Bodmin.  We already knew that the Sovereign, Ill.Kt. Jeff Leach, wouldn't be able to perform the ceremony as he was still awaiting his heart surgery and had to take things very quietly.  That old stalwart Ill.Kt. Colin Spilsbury quickly agreed to act as Sovereign and 34 knights including 14 Active and Grand Officers entered under the Arch of Steel provided by the Sepulchre Guard; and how nice it was to see their Captain after the turmoil's of his house move!


V.Ill.Kt. Bill Lissamer made short work of installing W.Kt. Andy Paterson as Eminent Viceroy then he himself was Enthroned as the Most Puissant Sovereign in superb style by Ill.Kt. Colin.

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Following the ceremony the assembled knights retired to the Westbury Hotel for Lunch.

And the camera?? Andy Fowkes had a lift to the hotel in the back of our Intendant General's car.  R.Ill.Kt. Richard parked close beside some concrete stairs leaving Andy (who's not he smallest guy in the world) to get out of a partially opened back door which required him to undertake gyrations which were a cross between Limbo dancing and the children's game 'Twister'.  Funniest thing I've seen for a long time and not a camera nearby!!!!

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Perranporth Appendant Orders  - Friday 7th July 2017 - Everyone's Grunting

Another drive down the Atlantic Highway on a warm summer's afternoon, being chauffeured by one of our newest Grand Officers, Ill.Kt. Gwynfrin Thomas, and the expectation of another great ceremony at Perranporth - what more could any Knight of the Red Cross of Constantine want?

Four candidates were preparing for the Appendant Orders Ceremony: W.Kts. James Woonnacott and Jonathan Sheehan form the Conclave of Light No.498;  W.Kt. Michael Carter from Mount Lebanon Conclave No.270 and W.Kt. Stephen Ball from Joseph of Arimathea Conclave No.253.  And what a ceremony they were given!!

V.Ill.Kt. Roger Freeman got the meeting started with a superb delivery of the 1st Point,  and, just when you thought it couldn't get any better V.Ill.Kt. Roy Rudling matched that performance with his delivery of the 2nd Point; and finally V.Ill.Kt. Bill Lissamer showed that he wasn't going to be left out and performed the 3rd Point in a similar manner!

Two of our new Grand Officers, Ill.Kt. John Lynes and Ill.Kt. Gwynfrin Thomas, showed us that 'fame' had not gone to their heads by taking active parts in the ceremony, indeed I really don't know how John manages to take on any role in the lodge at a moment's notice and perform it perfectly - this time it was Verger!

The 35 knights in attendance all agreed that our Candidates could not but have been impressed with such a magnificent ceremony.  And how nice it was to see our newest member of the Sepulchre Guard, Kt. Colin Pomeroy, take up his post for the first time.

We all then retired for a magnificent festive board, with soup 'to die for' and other courses which were almost as good.

And the Grunting?  Someone noticed (maybe it was the sepulchre guard who are well known for their humour) that Bill Lissamer grunted slightly whenever he got up to propose a toast - before long the whole assembled company was joining him with a chorus of grunting for every toast!  You had to be there!!!

Another superb evening at Perranporth 

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Grand Imperial Conclave  - Tuesday 4th July 2017 - A long day but an enjoyable one!

An alarm going off at 4:30 heralds what you know is going to be a long hot day!  After picking up Paul Ackland and Gwyn Thomas in Barnstaple and Adrian Garrity in Tiverton we were on our way in what proved to be a nice uneventful journey to Grand Imperial Conclave at Queen Street in London.  Finding plenty of parking spaces at Hounslow West we ere soon travelling underground to our destination near Covent Garden.  Having plenty of time to spare, a browse around the goodies on offer in Letchworth's followed by a pavement seat for coffee opposite the entrance to Grand Lodge gave us the perfect opportunity to see who was arriving.

Twenty four knights had travelled from Devon and Cornwall to enjoy the Grand Conclave and to watch eight of our knights invested with their Grand Ranks in a ceremony full of grandeur and with visiting dignitaries attending form all over the world.

The meeting was conducted by our Grand Sovereign, M.Ill.Kt. Graham Flight, G.C.C. in his usual calm, relaxed but efficient manner with some humour where appropriate, and the Devon & Cornwall contingent loudly applauded when their own members received their honours.

Following the meeting we all retired to the splendour of the Connaught Rooms for a meal with good company and ample wine!

We left Queen Street just as 'rush hour' was getting under way, and the trip by tube train back to Hounslow reminded us all how lucky we were to be living in the West Country.  An uneventful drive allowed us to be home by 10:00pm.  A long day, but a most enjoyable day, and congratulations to all those who received well deserved Grand Honours!

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Conclave of Ascension No.499 - Wednesday 21st June 2017 - An Inspiration at Ascension! 

On one of the hottest days this month, 29 degrees C,  the W.Kts. of the division descended on South Brent for what was to prove to be a most inspirational meeting.

The concern of any Marshall is that all the officers attend to undertake their duty.

Unfortunately, on this occasion, Ill.Kt. Dr Warner Barton was short of a few officers including the Sovereign P.Kt. Ian Pollock.

After some discussions offices were filled with Ill.Kt. John Lynes taking the Chair for the installation of Companion Graham Cribbett who was admitted and treated to an exemplary and faultless investiture which included Ill.Kt. John not only doing the main ceremony but also the Oration!! (which had been the piece he had originally intended).

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With the Conclave closed we repaired to partake of a warming and hearty meal and customary short speeches. IllKt John Lynes demonstrating a coolness, calmness and control throughout. An absolute 'tour de force' and exemplary Red Cross Mason, with many thanks from the Conclave!

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News of Sick Brethren....

Worthy Knights,


I have received the email below from Marc Quigley-Ferriday about W.Kt. Newton Grant of Joseph of Arimathea Conclave No.253....


Good morning Richard & Alan


An update on the health of W.Kt. Newton Grant, who, you may have noticed was absent from our last meeting in Perranporth.


He was recently admitted to the Duchy hospital in Truro, for a blockage in his bladder, further tests have confirmed that the growth is not cancerous, but benign, and he will shortly be having surgery to remove the construction.


He will shortly be celebrating his 87th birthday on the 26th June


If I hear any further news, I'll let you know 




And from Jeff Leach.......


Dear Alan,

Thanks for your concern. No news yet from the Torbay Drs meeting. Still in limbo from that. However I have two appointments at Torbay on the 28 June one for a Lung function test at the heart & lung dept & the other at the Vascular laboratory for a ultrasound doppler on carotid artery both.So things on the positive side moving onwards & upwards. I am still taking it easy going for short walks on level etc & pottering around garden.


I still feel Ok but more aware of my heart which I suppose is normal for my condition. I have just took it for granted before & never thought about it pumping away day & night.


I will be thinking of you all having a cup of coffee at the place we usually meet up at Grand Conclave. Its one of the best parts of the day for me sat in the Sun having a bit of Fun.

Cheers for just now,


I know that you will all want to wish them well and assure them that we are thinking of them!

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Following on from the item below....

Worthy Knights,


I have been informed that a memorial service for the late WBro Tony Ireland ERD PPrSGW PAGDC will be held on Wednesday 12 July at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Marine Road, Oreston, Plymouth PL9 7NN at 11:30 am.  


Family flowers only, but donations if desired may be given by retiring collection or sent to Co-op Funeral Care, 72 Pomphlett Road, Plymstock, Plymouth PL9 7BN (Tel 01752 482900).


NB. The cremation service will be for family only and I have received no information regarding a wake afterwards.

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Sad News

Worthy Knights,

I have just heard that Ill.Kt. Anthony Charles Ireland, better known to us as Tony, passed away peacefully in his sleep yesterday morning, Friday 9th June, after a short illness.

Tony had just celebrated his ninety-first birthday.  He was installed in Royal Citadel Conclave in 1990 and became its Sovereign in 2000.  He rose to the rank of Past Grand Chamberlain in 2010 and was our Divisional Treasurer from 2002 until 2008

Tony will be sadly missed by all.  I will post details of his funeral as soon as I have them.

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St. Brannock Conclave No.342 Meeting - Thursday 8th June 2017 - "North Devon Needs Nick" !!

As our Deputy Intendant General, P.K. Nic St.John Middleton White travelled along the North Devon Link Road towards Barnstaple he was delighted to be welcomed by large yellow signs displaying the message  "North Devon Needs Nick!" Regrettably he discovered that instead of this being a warm welcome by the Red Cross Knights of North Devon, they were in fact posters for Nick Harvey, one of the candidates in the election

Nevertheless tea, biscuits and a warm welcome awaited him at St. Brannock Conclave No.342 for its meeting on Thursday 8th June.  Four meetings in seven days together with the election day, the lack of a candidate and several members off sick including our Most Puissant Sovereign, P.Kt. Rayner, reduced our numbers for the meeting.


The Past Deputy Intendant General, Ill.Kt. Alan Cockman, gave a talk entitled "A background to Constantine" which covered many items that he had only recently un-earthed and which he wanted to share with the worthy knights.  The talk was very well received.


The other business of the evening was the successful ballot for Ill.Kt. 'Bill' Littlechild to become an honorary member of the Conclave.


The Recorder, Ill.Kt. Roger Guest, then produced an application form for a joining member, the form, having been left inside his front door, was in a very sorry state, his dog having taken a liking to it and trying to eat it!!  Roger promised to present a new 'un-eaten' form at the next meeting.


The worthy knights then retired for a most enjoyable Steak and Kidney Pie festive board and everyone was on their way home by 8:45 pm.

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St. John the Evangelist Conclave No.238 Enthronement - Tuesday 6th June 2017

Following the success of their 50th Anniversary Meeting at Exmouth the Enthronement Meeting of St. John the Evangelist Conclave No.238 at their usual venue of Topsham could have taken a bit of a back seat, but this wouldn't be allowing for the charisma of its Most Puissant Sovereign, Michael Jones!

As has become customary at Enthronement Meetings our Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas, accompanied by our Deputy Intendant General, P.Kt. Nic St.John Middleton White and 10 Active and Grand Officers paraded into the Conclave under an Arch of Steel formed by the Sepulchre Guard.

The MPS, Mike, always tries to 'come up' with something different, and this meeting was no exception. Both he and the Viceroy, Em.Kt. Alex Barahona-Wills had agreed to continue in their offices for a further year so we were treated to Ceremony in which both continued by Declaration. The first that I've seen.  And how well they organised it, this will no doubt become the model for any such future ceremonies!

The Most Puissant Sovereign then showed the 50th Certificate to the meeting pointing out that this was the first 50th Certificate that the Grand Sovereign had presented to any Conclave.

The nights then retired for a most enjoyable Festive Board in the company of good Christian Knights.

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Mount Lebanon Conclave No.270 Enthronement - Monday 5th June 2017

Despite heavy rain, storms, traffic jams, motor accidents and fallen trees 43 Knights made it by hook or by crook to the Enthronement Meeting of Mount Lebanon Conclave No.270 in Tavistock on Monday 5th June, and what a ceremony they were treated to!!

Sixteen Active and Grand Officers paraded into the Lodge with our Deputy Intendant General, P.Kt. Nic St.John Middleton White without our Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas who, we learnt later had been held up in traffic in Plymouth.  As usual the Sepulchre Guard provided the Arch of Steel and the meeting then proceeded with the Most Puissant Sovereign proffering the Baton to our Deputy I.G.  M.P.Kt. Roger Goulding then continued with the meeting and the Viceroy, Em.Kt. Barry Slade proceeded to Consecrate the Viceroy Elect, W.Kt. Roger Pulleyblank in a most proficient manner.

At this point our Intendant General arrived, after his three hour trip from Plymouth to Tavistock, and was offered the Baton of the Conclave by the M.P.S.  M.P.Kt. Roger Goulding then proceeded to Enthrone Em.Kt. Barry Slade in a most superb manner - it's hard to believe that we could see two absolutely magnificent ceremonies, just two days apart!

The meeting was then further augmented by a most excellent presentation of a Grand Imperial Certificate to W.Kt. Michael Carter and, because there were two 'Novices' present a very short version of the Appendant Orders Certificate to Kt. Brian Dolton.

The assembled company then retired to the Bedford Hotel for a most enjoyable Festive Board.

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Joseph of Arimathea Conclave No.253 Official Visit - Friday 2nd June 2017

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The Official Visit by our Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas and his officers to Joseph of Arimathea Conclave No.253 on Friday 2nd June was enhanced by the presence of sixteen active officers, the sepulchre guard under the leadership of their Deputy Captain Ill.Kt. Chris Bird, and by the fact that there was a candidate waiting in the 'wings'. 

The procession was ably orchestrated by our Divisional Marshal, Ill.Kt. Paul Ackland and his Deputy V.Ill. Roy Rudling.  Paul having arrived very early because of a misunderstanding about departure time from Barnstaple!

 I won't mention that one of our officers had forgotten his Divisional sash - see if you can spot him in the photo!

The Most Puissant Sovereign, M.P.Kt. Graham Hooper quickly got the meeting under way and the forty knights present were treated to one of the best ceremonies that I've seen for a long time (and I've seen a few!).  The whole team rose to the occasion and the oration by Simon Bennett was only eclipsed by the Accolade performed faultlessly by the M.P.S.  The only slight hiccup throughout the entire ceremony was when one of the pillar officers, a very experienced ex Conclave Marshal,  who was called in at the last minute, had a blank senior moment when he should have asked "Who directed you hither?"  But I promised not to mention that!

The meeting then continued with the M.P.S., the Viceroy and the Treasurer all agreeing to continue in office for a further year.

We all then partook of a most enjoyable festive board and I was still home by 11:30 pm thanks to our driver P.Kt. Gwyn Thomas.

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Some news about Jeff Leach


Jeff was admitted to Torbay hospital coronary care unit last week. The doctors there gave him various tests and they show that he has had a minor heart attack. He is booked in for an angiogram on Tuesday which should show where the blockage is. They will then decide what treatment he should be given.


Jeff has returned home for the weekend but has to have total rest, peace and quiet.


Jeff, if you read this, we are all thinking about you and wishing you well!!

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Holy Trinity Conclave No.311 Business Meeting - 17th May 2017

The meeting at Holy Trinity Conclave No.311 was a business meeting which included a short talk on our founder, the Emperor Constantine. This talk was no doubt inspired by his recent visit to places 'North of Bristol', and all present found it most interesting.

A pleasant evening was had by all and they all retired to the refectory for a lovely meal.


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East Lancashire Divisional Conclave Saturday 20th May 2017 - the Deputy goes North
Having paid homage to our Illustrious and Royal Founder Constantine earlier in the week in York.  The end of long sojourn into and out of ancient Caledonia (Scotland), saw an early start on a sunny Saturday 20th  for the Deputy Intendant General heading to Wolverhampton station to drop his brother off to go to London and the Deputy headed North to Preston to attend the East Lancashire Divisional Conclave Annual Meeting.

After an easy journey chatting with a Genealogist and Heraldry enthusiast, (who showed a great interest in the lapel pin the Deputy was wearing prompting a conversation about Masonic symbolism in general)  ended with a short walk to the Masonic Centre in Preston (right next to the Court Buildings!).  Once again the gathering of old and new friends in Red Cross Masonry ensued. We were warmly greeted with coffee and bacon butties.... who said that an army marches on its stomach!?

The morning meeting was the investiture of the new Intendant General,  Ill.Kt. Stephen William Bolton, P.G.Std.Br. (L). The ceremony was faultless with the M.Ill.Kt Graham Flight and his team (including the Deputy Grand Sovereign the Rt.Ill. and Em.Kt. Peter Hawken) and the Grand Team working in harmony throughout.

Divisional Conclave was called off for an excellent luncheon attended by 180 Knights and short speeches. After lunch the new Intendant General, Ill.Kt. Stephen William Bolton, resumed work by appointing his new team of Divisional Officers in a warm and sincere fashion.

The sun continued to shine on the journey back to Wolverhampton with many happy memories to reflect upon.  The Deputy Intendant General eventually getting home to Plymouth on Sunday.

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Division of Surrey Annual Meeting - Saturday 29th April 2017 - It's just around the next bend!


The 5:00am alarm heralded another trip to a far off Divisional Meeting.  This time we were off to the Division of Surrey Annual Meeting which was being held at The Masonic Hall Croydon, and we had to be seated by 10:45!!


Neither our Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas, nor his Deputy, Nic St.J. White could make it to this meeting so it was up to me and our Senior General, P.Kt. Orme Vince to 'carry the flag' on behalf of Devon and Cornwall.


As the  200 mile drive neared its end I was surprised when my TomTom Sat Nav directed me off the M25 and through Kingston where the traffic lights are more numerous than in Barnstaple and indeed take even longer to change, and with the many different ethnic pedestrians about the thought did occur to me that I might have taken a wrong turn and was now in Kingston Jamaica!   But my trust in the Sat Nav proved well founded and we were soon pulling up in one of the many parking spaces that were available at the Masonic Hall.


And what a magnificent hall it was, we counted no less than nine temples, four Lodge of Instruction rooms, a large dining room, many offices and, of course, a large bar.


We were warmly greeted by the Intendant General, Rt.Ill.Kt. Rober "Bob" Hancock and the knights of Surrey made a point of coming up to say hello, and the Divisional Recorder, Ill.Kt. Chris Cradock,  was the epitome of a helpful Recorder, the smile never left his lips whilst he cheerfully dealt with various problems and requests!


The Intendant General quickly got the meeting going, and welcomed all the guests from far and near.  The business of the meeting was quickly dealt with after which the Intendant General thanked his outgoing deputy, Ill.Kt. Frank Powell for all his help, work and support and then installed P.Kt. Andrew Sales as his new Deputy.


The assembled knights then retired to the refectory for a superb lunch of Mushroom filled with Bacon & Cheese, Roast Beef with a very ample salad and Strawberry Pana Cotta.  Once again the company was superb and we were on our way home by 3:00pm.  -  A great day out at Surrey Divisional Meeting!


And the "It's just around the next bend" reference?  By the time we had circumnavigated London and were halfway home we both felt in need of a 'comfort break' - Orme perhaps more so than me.  Having travelled the A303 a couple of weeks before I remembered that Sandy and I had stopped in a roadside restaurant near Stonehenge that was most pleasant, so as we passed the ancient monument i said to Orme those fateful words " it's just around the bend".  But I was wrong!  Ten miles further on I was still saying "It's just around the next bend!" 20 miles on from Stonehenge we finally found it.  Only to find a notice on the door saying that because of the Bank Holiday Weekend they had closed at 3:00pm.  Fortunately, just around the bend was a toilet behind a garage which we were able to use.

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John Lynes - Lost in France ??
I've just received this email and photo from John Lynes in Alsace which I'm sure you'd all like to see.......

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I first visited Hotel Au Soleil with my late wife Gwen about 1990.It is a small family-run hotel in the very heart of the vineyards.

Mine host is Andre,his charming wife Claudine, son Guillieme (chef)& partner Alexandra. The restaurant is renowned for it's fine cuisine. I have been privileged to celebrate both my 80th & 85th at Au Soleil & plans are well in hand for my 90th.Many friends, family & brethren have made the 600 mile journey & long may it continue.

I can't finish without mentioning the beautiful Alsace wines (Jeff Leach likes them anyhow) & I know many of you have enjoyed them.

If anyone would like more information I will be only too pleased to oblige.


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St. Brannock Conclave No.342 Enthronement 19th April 2017 - An evening of "firsts"!
The rehearsal for the St. Brannock Conclave No 342 Enthronement on Wednesday 19th April didn't bode well for the meeting.  Several officers were unavoidably absent, some of our newer knights were attending their first Enthronement and it was also the first Enthronement for our Marshal, Ill.Kt. Eddie Dymond.  Indeed, we were so short of officers that I was pressed into service as Junior General - the first time for a long while that I had used a sword!! (never carrying one as Deputy Intendant General).

Nevertheless, as is the way with the 'magic of Freemasonry' it all seemed to come together, and 34 knights watched as the meeting got under way.

Twelve Active or Grand Officers joined our Intendant General, R.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas, our Deputy Intendant General, P.Kt. Nic St.J.M. White and Past Deputy Intendant General V.Ill.Kt. Ed Purkis to parade into the Conclave under an Arch of Steel provided by the Sepulchre Guard under the direction of its Deputy Captain Ill.Kt. Chris Bird.

And despite (or perhaps because of) the poor rehearsal the Eminent Viceroy, Em.Kt. Neil Rayner consecrated W.Kt. Steve Marshall as Eminent Viceroy and was then himself Enthroned as Most Puisssant Sovereign for the ensuing year by the Most Puissant Sovereign, P.Kt. Alan 'Dave' Williams, all of this was carried out in a superb manner.

Following the Enthronement our Deputy Intendant General, somewhat nervous having to perform in front of two past Intendants General, and for the first time, presented Appendant Order Certificates to Kts. Brian Taylor, Colin Pomeroy and Mike Skudder, and what a superb job he made of it!

The entire company then retired for a most enjoyable Festive Board, and, in the toast to our Intendant General he was unkindly reminded of another first - the first time he forgot his Robe for a Divisional Meeting!!!

A wonderful evening of 'firsts' and a most enjoyable evening at St. Brannock!

Highslide JS

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It has just been officially announced that the following officers are to be appointed or promoted at the Grand Imperial Conclave on Tuesday 4th July in London.


Deputy Grand Sovereign P. HAWKEN MBE 270
Grand Historiographer K.B. JACKSON 270/327
Past Grand Chamberlain MICHAEL 'BILL' OATS 327
Past Grand Standard Bearer (C) PHILIP JAMES PRICE 311
First Appointments:    
Past Grand Standard Bearer (C) NICHOLAS ST JOHN M. WHITE 327
Past Grand Prefect JOHN LYNES 238
Past Grand Warden of Regalia GWYN FRYN THOMAS 342
Past Grand Herald  JOHN 'GRAHAM' LEA 327


Many congratulations to them all!


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Royal Citadel Conclave No.349 meeting - Friday 24th March 2017


Friday the 24th March was the regular meeting of Royal Citadel Conclave 327 with P.Kt. Nic White, Deputy Intendant General, in the Sovereign's Chair and seven active divisional officers plus numerous Grand Officers supporting him. This was the first occasion that he had been ‘let loose’ without the supervision of the Intendant General!


The meeting saw the Senior General undertaking the delivery of the Oration in an splendid fashion, thus opening up the ‘gateway’ for his eventual progression to the Chairs of Eusebius and Sovereign, the delivery of the oration being essential to qualify a W.Kt. to progress! This was followed by another first for the Deputy Intendant General in the presentation of a Certificate to W.Kt. Joseph Louis Sevieri. W.Kt .Sevieri commented on the superb manner in which the Deputy Intendant General undertook the responsibility and other Knights similarly commented after the event. The Deputy Intendant was suitably heartened by the support he had received.

The festive board was convivial with short speeches so we were all away in good time, the Deputy Intendant General went home to pack to catch the 01.00 Megabus (£22 return!! but no Yum Yums!) to London for the Metropolitan Divisional Conclave on Saturday at Mark Masons Hall.

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Spring Lunch at Fingle Glen Golf Hotel - 19th March 2017

They say that the sun shines on the righteous - well there must have been eighty two very righteous knights, wives and their friends at  Fingle Glen Golf Hotel at Tedburn St Mary on Sunday 19th March for the Red Cross Spring Lunch for the weather was glorious

After being  welcomed by our Intendant General, R.Ill.Kt. Richard Lucas and his lovely wife Marilyn and our Deputy Intendant General, Ill.Kt. Nic White and his equally lovely wife Antonia, there was enough time before lunch to renew old friendships and catch up on the latest news and gossip!

The meal was up to the usual standard of Fingle Glen and the company was, as you'd expect from such good Christian knights better than ever, and the view out over the golf course was superb!

We were also delighted that the Past Grand Eusebius, Rt.Ill. and Ven.Kt. Peter Blackwell Smyth was able to join us.

The Lunch, as always, had been organised by George Evatt, our Divisional Viceroy, and our Intendant General kept the toasts short and sweet.

Another great Spring Lunch with terrific fish and chips!! And, obviously some of us are not as righteous as others because the rain started just as we got past Wikleigh on the way home!!

Click here to see the photos of the Lunch

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