On Thursday 17th May the members of Devonshire's Royal Arch Executive made their way to the Webbington Hotel and Spa at Loxton in Somerset. They were attending Somerset's Annual Convocation. A fuller report on this gathering can be found on Somerset's Royal Arch website, however, here are a few more words and pictures appertaining to the Devonshire visitors.
As seems to be a feature of these gathering it was another sunny day. On arrival the Devonshire Companions gathered on the main decking overlooking the Levels and the M6. Where the hotel is situated on the lower slopes of the Mendips there was a gentle cooling breeze. Snack lunches and liquid refreshment were consumed in a very convivial setting.
All too soon it was time to don regalia and find seats or one’s position in the entry processions. In the normal course of events this meeting should have been the Investiture of a new Grand Superintendent but, due to machinations at Supreme Grand Chapter over the celebration of 300 years of Freemasonry, E Comp John Bennett has been granted a five month extension in post. As this was the 10th Anniversary of his Installation he had invited E Comp George Pipon Francis P2ndGPrin, who had installed him, to visit. E Comp Simon Rowe had been another of “George’s Boys” and at Installation meetings recently had been reminding Companions that it would not be too long before he would have to stand down. This was brought home quite forcibly to him at this meeting where he was the senior Grand Superintendent visiting.
After the meeting, and a short pause for refreshment and fresh air, it was back into the adjacent dining room for the evening’s meal. This was another enjoyable gathering after which goodbyes were made and then it was collect cases, find one’s transport and set off home. It had been another warm and enjoyable Convocation.
Below is a selection of pictures which predominately feature Companions from the “Best Province in the Country” as E Comp Simon likes to remind us all.
E Comp Arthur W Rowe PAGDC