E. Comp. Keith Townsend

E. Comp. Keith Townsend

On Friday 5th June 2015 Hertfordshire Freemason, E Comp Keith Townsend (Ravenscroft Chapter 2331) presented a cheque for £1300.00 to Luton & Dunstable Hospital Trust as a token of his thanks for their dedication in restoring him to health after two heart attacks. Since his second heart attack in 2014 Keith has been attending the Cardiac Rehabilitation unit at the L&D which works to build heart strength following cardiac arrest and raise awareness about heart…

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Royal Arch Golf Day – 10th July 2015.

Royal Arch Golf Day – 10th July 2015.

The 2015 Royal Arch Golf Day was blessed with excellent weather as 54 intrepid golfers took to the fairways of Redbourn Golf Club to compete for two trophies & four prizes and have a most enjoyable day out. The golf was followed by dinner, prize-giving, a raffle and an auction, all of which raised in excess of £800. The winner of the singles competition was once again won by a non-Herts Companion, Grant Convey. The…

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John Whinney – 50 Years in the Royal Arch

John Whinney – 50 Years in the Royal Arch

On January 20th E Comp John Whinney was presented with a certificate to mark 50 years service to the Royal Arch. John was initiated into Castle Lodge of Harmony No 26 by his father in April 1952, within 2 weeks of turning 21. In January 1965 he was exalted in Castle Chapter of Harmony No 26, having served as a Grand Steward in 1960, an honour that was repeated in 1980. One of the highlights…

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Radlett Chapter Celebrates 50 years

Radlett Chapter Celebrates 50 years

On Monday 15th February 2015 Radlett Chapter celebrated its 150th meeting since it was founded exactly 50 years ago to the day with a grand celebration, attended by 24 members and 49 guests, including 14 members of the Provincial Executive and 2 past Grand Superintendents – E Comp Sydney Tuck and E Comp John Ilott. The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent James Sharpley took the 1st Principal’s chair and sceptre and welcomed all the members and…

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Alan Atkinson – 50 Years in the Royal Arch

Alan Atkinson – 50 Years in the Royal Arch

At the Prae Wood Chapter Meeting on March 2nd at Ashwell house there was a surprise visit when the ME Grand Superintendent arrived unannounced to every ones surprise and demanded admission to the Chapter. He then presented a 50 year Certificate to Allan and stayed to witness a very good ceremony of Exaltation of a new candidate and stayed for dinner.

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Changes to the Provincial Executive

At the Meeting of Hertfordshire First Principals’ Chapter on Wednesday 25th March, The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent announced the following Changes to the Provincial Executive, which will take place with effect from the Provincial Annual Meeting on the 2nd November 2015. E.Comp. Tim Coles will stand down as 3rd Provincial Grand Principal to take on project work for the Province.  His successor will be E.Comp. Paul Blakemore, currently the Provincial Grand Scribe E. E.Comp. Paul…

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A little more relaxed

A little more relaxed

After the meeting was closed over 400 Companions then adjourned to the Royal Connaught Rooms for a superb Festive Board, organised by the dining secretary E Comp David Broomer. Overall it was agreed by many that the whole day was a great occasion and success with an attendance of 527 including a party of 10 from London of whom 372 dined afterwards.  It was hoped that the meeting next year (on Monday 2nd November 2015)…

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The official team photo

The official team photo

In his address to the Companions, MEGS Jim told them to be proud of their membership of the Royal Arch as well as to encourage closer links with the Craft. He also pointed out to all those who received promotions and appointments that the honour conferred was not just an acknowledgement their past efforts but was an invitation to continue to work for the order and the Province in the future. He also thanked the…

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A high powered gathering

A high powered gathering

E Comp Gary Warren was installed as 2nd Grand Principal, Tim Coles remained as 3rd Grand Principal and E Comp David Hampton was invested as Deputy Grand Superintendent. Robert Asser was promoted to Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, and E Comps David Enoch, Paul Blakemore and John Linley remained in office as treasurer, Scribe E and assistant Scribe E respectively. 96 Companions received promotions or attained their first appointments within Provincial Grand Chapter.

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MEGS

MEGS

On Monday 3rd November 2014 the Annual Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter was held at Freemasons Hall, Great Queen Street. Nearly 700 Companions witnessed the Past Third Grand Principal, Sir David Wooton, install Excellent Companion James Sharpley as the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in and over the Royal Arch Province of Hertfordshire. The ceremony carried all the pomp and splendour that Supreme Grand Chapter bring to such occasions and E Comp Jim was installed in…

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