Suffolk Provincial Grand Chapter (19)
PROVINCIAL GRAND CHAPTER OF SUFFOLK
The Queen and Royal Arch Masonry
The Most Excellent The First Grand Principal
His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent
KG, GCMG, GCVO, ADC
The Most Excellent Pro First Grand Principal
Peter Geoffrey Lowndes
The Most Excellent Second Grand Principal
Russell John Race, DL
The Most Excellent Third Grand Principal
Gareth Jones, OBE
and the rest of the Grand Officers, Present and Past
The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent
Excellent Companion David John Boswell
The Deputy Grand Superintendent
Excellent Companion David John Lillis - PGSwdB
The Second Provincial Grand Principal
E. Comp Ralph J Robertson PGStdB
The Third Provincial Grand Principal
E. Comp John Kirk PGStdB
and the Officers, Present and Past
of Provincial Grand Chapter
The Principals of the Chapter
The newly Exalted Companion(s) (if any)
The Past Principals and Officers of the Chapter
The Janitor’s Toast
OFFICERS FOR 2018-2019
Scribe Ezra* Nicholas Brian Le-Grys C9215
Scribe Nehemiah Trevor John White C959
Treasurer* Roger Maurice Young C1663
Registrar John Arthur Norris C1823
DC* John William Tubbs C81
Sword Bearer Peter John Gosling C1008
Deputy DC* David Martin Long C1631
Deputy DC Kazimerz Wladyslaw Kossowski C1663
Almoner* Raymond Keith Pascoe C936
Charity Steward* Kelvin John Larcombe C376
Principal Sojourner Richard Mark Catton C305
1st Assistant Sojourner David Dumbrell C4618
2nd Assistant Sojourner Roger Edwards C4618
Assistant Scribe Ezra* Richard Vickerstaff C376
Standard Bearer Nigel Patrick Gibson C9333
Standard Bearer Terence Colin Nash C555
Standard Bearer James Burkett Wood C1631
Organist* Graham John Colthorpe C3833
Assistant DC Richard Scott Styles C1663
Assistant DC Graham John Keeble C81
Steward Christopher Edward Catton C8656
Steward Charles Frederick Neale C305
Steward Stephen Henry Newman C6637
Steward Robert Edward Spring C1823
Steward Deepak Natwarial Suchak C1224
Steward Ronald Dudley Walters C1663
Janitor Gordon Carless C959
PROMOTIONS TO PAST RANK
Scribe N John Anderson Horton C114
Scribe N John Scott Laverock C114
Scribe N Malcolm Douglas Speake C114
Scribe N Michael Ernest Staff C225
Scribe N James Stanley Wallace C1224
Scribe N Edward George Harrison Maynard C1663
Scribe N John Patrick Newland C3833
Scribe N Kenneth Richard Kingston C4618
Scribe N Terence Clive Lewis C6292
Grand Registrar James Edward Allen Miles C305
Grand Registrar James Edward Harry Took C305
Grand Registrar Clifford Trevor Arndt-SnellingC555
Grand Registrar John Duff Frew C959
Grand Registrar David Frank Hicks C4618
Sword Bearer Robert Whisson C516
Sword Bearer Barry Keith Williams C1823
Deputy DC David Royston Card C516
Deputy DC Allen Charles Snow C2371
Deputy DC Trevor Keith Greenow C3833
Deputy DC Martin Nicholas Bates C9333
Principal Sojourner Charles John Smith C81
Principal Sojourner Robert William Shilson C959
Principal Sojourner Steven George Pell C6637
Std Bearer Robert Julien Charnaux Grange C114
Std Bearer Maurice James Collinson C225
APPOINTMENTS TO PAST RANK
Standard Bearer Paul Anthony Smith C114
Standard Bearer Richard Thomas Page C516
Assistant DC John Michael Studd C2438
Assistant DC Alexander Thomas Murray C8017
Janitor Paul Durrant C1452
Janitor Gordon Henry Wicks C1631
ORDER OF MERIT
Jack Earwaker C225
Carlos Alberto Lopes C376
Eric Gregory Burman C555
MEGS CERTIFICATE OF COMMENDATION
Alastair Rankin Anderson C81
David Rodney Reeves C114
Alan Frederick Lovell C305
Maurice William Jeckells C1983
Brian Colin Bowen C2371
The issue of what tie for a to wear Masonic Meeting used to be straightforward. Look like an undertaker on a break and you were fine. The situation is now more complex. In effect, however, it comes down to three alternatives:
The standard funereal black.
Always permitted in any meeting for any order. There is also a view that the Craft Suffolk Provincial Tie is black with invisible black embroidery.
The Supreme Grand Chapter tie.
This is only available from Letchworth’s at Grand Lodge here and is blue with red Taus. It comes in a variety of qualities and is acceptable in any Chapter and when visiting Supreme Grand Chapter. It is also, by command of the Pro First Grand Principal, permissible to wear this in Craft Lodges.
The Provincial Tie.
Contact the Province here to obtain a tie. Note that this tie can only be worn in a Suffolk Chapter or at a meeting of the Province of Suffolk. Generally, you cannot wear this outside Suffolk without approval of the Grand Superintendent, any more than ties of other Provinces can be worn within Suffolk. It is not permitted to wear Provincial Ties in Supreme Grand Chapter.
In all cases, common sense should prevail. Carrying a black tie in the case will avoid situations where offence might be caused by wearing colours. Similarly, respect other Companions considered choice.
The Triple Tau
The Tau is one of the most important symbols in the Royal Arch, along with the Triangle and Circle, as explained for the Royal Arch Jewel. We use the capital version of the Greek letter Theta, which is T, the origin of our English alphabet capital, as the basis for this symbol. It also is a very early and simple form of the cross, known as St Anthony’s Cross. In ancient times, the tau was considered as a mark or sign of life and, according to the Mystical lecture, was ‘used to distinguish the innocent and those who escaped unhurt from battle’.
There are Biblical roots for this last idea. In Ezekiel Chapter Nine, the Lord speaks to the six men appointed to punish the city of Jerusalem and tells ‘the man dressed in linen with pen and ink at his waist’ to ‘go through the city and put a mark (or tau) on the foreheads of those who groan and lament over the abominations practiced there’. The Lord then tells the remaining men to ‘kill without pity … but touch no one who bears the mark’. In pagan times a warrior who survived battle with honour could attach a T to his name.
The Triple Tau has a different origin as it developed, not from a conjunction of three T’s but from a T-over-H sign which meant Templum Hierosolymae, the Temple of Jerusalem. The earliest Grand Chapter Regulations directed that aprons should bear on their bibs a T and H of gold. On one of the oldest Royal Arch certificates in existence, Thomas Dunkerley’s of 1768, the T touches the bar of the H and both letters have serifs, the little decorative bars on the arms of the letters. It would appear that the Triple Tau evolved into its geometric form over time by gradual process of alteration and simplification before adopting the allusive origins we now accord it. It is hard to date exactly when this symbol overtook the T-over-H and became officially adopted but it was probably in the early 1830’s when revised regulations were issued by Supreme Grand Chapter. Today, the Tau is prominent on your Royal Arch Regalia and just about every communication issued concerning the Degree.
The Grand Superintendent has views on the colour of socks worn at Convocations. He is content if people wear a black but, in following the example set by George Francis, the Second Grand Principal, he is also very pleased to see red socks. His personal favourite, however, is the tri-coloured socks available from Help For Heroes here which has the advantage of containing Provincial Chapter Colours and supporting a very good cause.
The Grand Superintendent has decided to institute a new tradition. At each Chapter he visits, he will present a set of goblets to the Princiapls of the Chapter for their use on that evening. The Chapter is then required to present them back to the Grand Superintendent at the next meeting he attends, cleaned, so that he can again present them on. The Grand Superintednet hopes that by this method, Companions will mix within the Province and visiting, something he is very keen on, will grow.
There is a summary of The Grand Superintendent’s planned visits here so see if your Chapter needs to plan a visit elsewhere.
Suffolk Provincial Grand Chapter Charity
The Suffolk Provincial Grand Chapter Charity (S.P.G.C.C.) was established in 1986 with its first set of rules approved at the AGM on the 3rd of July in that year.
It basic purpose is to channel funds to various charities. These funds consisted mainly of donations on obtaining office in Provincial Chapter, the collection at the AGM and a small donation from each Chapter. These funds are donated to various causes selected by the Charity Committee and approved by the AGM.
Since its foundation the Charity has expanded its role to provide “holding accounts” for Chapters and other degrees wishing to make use of this service.
A holding account allows an organisation to save money in the Charity account and have control as to how, when and to which charitable cause, the money is sent, such money to only be used for legitimate charitable causes. These holding accounts attract interest from the money invested by the S.P.G.C.C.. It is also possible for this money to receive Gift Aid.
Gift Aid is a major source of additional income for the S.P.G.C.C. and its holding accounts, over £1500 in 2011. The money comes from H.M.R.C. as refunds of tax on the monies, taxpayers, donate to charity. Each donation must be accompanied by a slip or envelope indicating that the donator is a tax payer, and is donating to the S.P.G.C.C. . Names and Addresses must be clearly printed as the Provincial Charity Steward has to be able to supply these to H.M.R.C.. The steward has to record each name, the date and amount of donation, and send them to H.M.R.C.. The slips and envelopes must also be retained. If the Gift Aid has been detailed for a specific Chapter or other degree, this will be added to their holding account.
Gift Aid at present adds an additional 25p. for every pound donated for which a slip or envelope has been completed.
S.P.G.C.C. has with the assistance of donations from the Suffolk Chapters, and other degrees been able to make a donation of £10,000 to the East Anglian Childrens Hospice Tree House Appeal in 2011 and intends to make a further sizable donation in 2013 to the Royal College of Surgeons Appeal. The Provincial Grand Superintendant has also been able to assist Chapters with their own charitable giving by donations from the S.P.G.C.C.
For those who like figures the S.P.G.C.C. has approx. 50 holding accounts with 20 making use of Gift Aid. There were 1060 Gift Aided donations in 2011. So far this year there has been a 10% increase in people using Gift Aid. So how much do we charge in administration? Unlike most other Charities our administrative cost for 2011 was £0.00. Every penny donated was destined for charitable causes.