Trinity in Unity Preceptory No.19 hear all about the Battle of Bannockburn from our new Vice Chancellor  30/11/17


29 Knights from across the Province travelled to the Trinity in Unity Preceptory No 19 in Barnstaple on Thursday 30th November to hear a Historical talk by our Vice Chancellor, E.Kt. Terry Sloan on the Battle of Bannockburn and whether the Knights Templar were involved in supporting Robert the Bruce - to find the answer you'll have to hear the talk which was most interesting and which quelled several rumours!  The talk was delivered by Terry in his usual eloquent manner!

 

During the following business of the meeting E.Kt. David Williams was elected as E. Preceptor, and E.Kt. Ian Harper was elected Treasurer for the forthcoming year.

 

Following the meeting the knights enjoyed each others company at a most enjoyable festive board.

 

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Visit to 'F' Preceptory by Knights from Warwickshire - November 2017


I thought you would like a ‘photo of the delegation from Warwickshire KT (and me) who visit ‘F’ Preceptory annually and made their visit yesterday.

They seem to have a great time and have avowed to make it an annual occurrence.
This was taken over lunch at the Imperial Hotel in Exeter, before donning the regalia and attending the meeting.

One is a KCT and the rest, bar one V.Em. Knight are Eminent Knights.
I intend to arrange a reciprocal visit to the Preceptory of Light, No. 689 on Thursday, 17th May 2018, to a lunchtime Preceptory. so the trip will be in one day, although with an early start.
If anyone in the Province would be interested in a visit to the Midlands, to watch an installation, would they please contact me.

Yours, Les Dacombe

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Provincial Meeting at Tintagel - 14th October 2017 - with thee Grand Master in attendance

 

As is usual at Tintagel, many knights had been up before the 'crack of dawn' to be at the Hall of Chivalry very early in order to perfect the part that they had to play in the day's activities.

 

Whilst the rehearsals were taking place E.Kt. Eddie Diamond was good enough to take over my roll as 'Lunch Organiser' (me being in hospital) and layout the tables at the Bowood Park Golf Club.

 

By 12:15 eighty knights, including the Most Eminent and Supreme Grand Master, Paul Raymond Clement G.C.T.,  had been greeted by our Provincial Prior, Rt.Em.Kt. Peter Davies and the Provincial Sub-Prior, E.Kt. Richard Thomas at the Country Club and a most enjoyable meal was partaken by all.  Following some short speeches the Assembled Company returned to Tintagel for the main business of the day.

 

The meeting then proceeded apace with the Provincial Prior dealing with the business of the day in his usual casual, relaxed and efficient manner ably assisted for the last time by his Vice-Chancellor, E.Kt. Jan Olszewski.

 

Following the appointment of the Provincial Officers the M.E. Grand Master made a presentation to R.E.Kt. Keith B. Jackson Provincial Prior in recognition of his contribution to Freemasonry and in particular to KT both locally and at Grand Lodge over the past 50 years.

 

The Provincial Prior than gave a most interesting address to the meeting (copy attached)

 

The Provincial Priory of Knights Templar was then closed and the Provincial Sub-Prior conducted the business of the Provincial Priory of Malta, in a most proficient manner.
 

Once again a most enjoyable day at Tintagel

 

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General Purposes Committee Meeting followed by Launceston Castle Malta Meeting Friday 29th September 2017


It's always good to sit in on the K.T. Annual G.P. Meeting to learn what's going on in the Province of Devonshire and Cornwall, and at this meeting we all had our chance to 'have our say' and air our grievances!  The meeting culminated in a presentation to Jan Olszewski to thank him for serving five years as Vice-Chancellor now that he will be standing down later this month.

 

The Malta meeting of St. Thomas Priory No.480 was then held with the Em.Prior, Em.Kt. David Forward installing Kt. R.T. Davey as a Knight of Malta in a superb manner with the assistance of the Provincial Sub Prior, Em.Kt. Richard Thomas.

 

The Em.Prior then installed Em.Kt. R.E. Norman as Eminent Prior for the ensuing year in a similar manner.

 

The Eminent Preceptor, Em.Kt. David Forward left Basingstoke to, once again, conduct a ceremony in our Devon and Cornwall Province.  And what a superb job he made of it!  I can only assume that all those hours spent on the motorways had allowed him to practice his ritual until he was word perfect!

 

The knights then retired to the refectory for an enjoyable festive board with good company.

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Trinity in Unity No.19 Meeting at Barnstaple - Thursday 29th June 2017 - "One of a kind!" and something different!


Trinity in Unity Preceptory No.19 always tries to provide it's members and visitors with something different and the meeting on Thursday 29th June kept up that tradition.

 

The Eminent Preceptor, Em.Kt. Ian Pollock would be one of the first to admit that he is not a brilliant ritualist, and, because we had a new Knight to install and wished to give him the best ceremony we could muster, the evening became a great example of teamwork with several past Preceptors carrying out different parts of the ceremony, overseen by Em.Kt. Ian and choreographed by the Marshal Em.Kt. Paul Ackland.  The Candidate, Companion Kelvyn Bond, acted out his part superbly and the Charge was delivered by our most senior member, Em.Kt. Bernard Bidgood who, at he age of ninety, gave a faultless performance!

 

After completing the remaining business of the evening the Knights retired for an enjoyable Festive Board and speeches which included, in the toast to the Eminent Preceptor, reference to him being "One of a kind" which none of us would disagree with"

 

The visitors were then well on their way by nine o'clock.

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Launceston Castle Preceptory No.480 Installation - Monday 26th June 2017 - What dedication!


29 Knights from all over Devon and Cornwall travelled to attend the Launceston Castle Installation on Monday 26th June, but none of them had come anywhere close to matching the 170 miles that the Eminent Preceptor had travelled to chair the same meeting!!

 

The Eminent Preceptor, Em.Kt. David Forward left Basingstoke to, once again, conduct a ceremony in our Devon and Cornwall Province.  And what a superb job he made of it!  I can only assume that all those hours spent on the motorways had allowed him to practice his ritual until he was word perfect!

 

After receiving ten Great Officers, led by the past Sub Prior, Em.Kt. Michael Jones (the Provincial Prior and the Provincial Sub Prior both being unable to attend because of unavoidable personal issues) Em.Kt. David set about the business of the meeting, the main event of which was to install his successor, Kt. Roger Norman, as Eminent Preceptor, which he did in superb style.  Em.Kt. Roger then maintained this excellent standard as he invested his officers.

 

The other business of the evening was then carried out during which the Past Sub Prior presented a Great Priory Certificate in his usual inimitable style.

 

The Brother Knights then retired for a most enjoyable festive board with good food, good company and short speeches thus ensuring that our past Preceptor was not too late in driving the 170 miles home!!

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The Provincial Meeting at Tintagel on Saturday 14th October 2017


The Grand Master, M.Em.Kt. Paul Raymond Clement has graciously agreed to attend our Provincial meeting at Tintagel where he will present a fifty year service certificate to Rt.Em.Kt. K.B. Jackson.

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Tamar Preceptory No.625 Meeting in Barnstaple - 10th June 2017 - Lunch with the Ladies!


What a pleasure it was to see Trafalgar Lawn so enhanced by the presence of the Ladies at the Tamar Preceptory Meeting No.625 at Barnstaple on Saturday 10th June.

 

The Preceptory Meeting, attended by the Provincial Prior Rt.Em.Kt. Peter Davies, was quickly and efficiently opened by the Eminent Preceptor and the business of the meeting was rapidly dealt with, during which Em.Kt. R.W. Bernard was declared Eminent Preceptor for the ensuing year.

 

Several joining members were then successfully balloted for.

 

The meeting was then closed and the Ladies admitted into the Preceptory where the assembled company were treated to an illustrated talk by Colin Pomeroy on his life in the RAF with details of many of the planes that he flew.

 

Everyone then retired upstairs for a most enjoyable lunch, and just the one toast to "The Queen".

 

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Provincial Appointments and Promotions 2017/18


At the Provincial Meeting at Tintagel on Saturday 14th October 2017 the Provincial Prior, R.E.Kt. Peter Davies will be pleased to confer the following honours on the Knights listed:-

KT MALTA
Ranks Officers 2017 Ranks Officers 2017
Sub Prior E.Kt. F. Richard Thomas  P.Gt.St.B.(B) Captain General E.Kt. Barry Baker
Prelate  E.Kt. Graham D. Hindle  P.Gt.A de C. Lieutenant General E.Kt. Roy Wakeling
 Chancellor E.Kt. Michael S.J. French  P.Gt. A.de C. 1st Lieutenant E.Kt. Paul Whittaker
1st Constable E.Kt. Barry Baker 2nd Lieutenant E.Kt. Colin Rescorla
 2nd Constable E.Kt. Roy Wakeling Prelate E.Kt. Graham D. Hindle
Treasurer V.E.Kt. Anthony R. Moyle  P.Gt. Registrar Mareschal E.Kt. Alan P. McArthur
Registrar E.Kt. Alan R. Cockman P.Gt. A.de C. Deputy Mareschal E.Kt. Leslie F.J. Dacombe
Vice-Chancellor E.Kt. Terry Sloan Hospitaller E.Kt. Anthony F. Jeffery
Marshal E.Kt. Alan P. McArthur P.Gt. Chamb. Admiral E.Kt. Rodney Nott
Deputy Marshal E.Kt. Leslie F.J. Dacombe P.Gt. A.de C. Conservator E.Kt. Michael Doleman
Almoner E.Kt. Anthony F. Jeffery Baillie E.Kt. Ronald Bartlett
Herald E.Kt. Paul Whittaker Turcopolier E.Kt. Peter Blackwell-Smyth
Standard Bearer (B) E.Kt. Rodney Nott Vice Chancellor E.Kt. Terry Sloan
Standard Bearer (VB) E.Kt. Michael Doleman Treasurer V.E.Kt. Anthony R. Moyle
Prior’s Banner Bearer E.Kt. Paul Roberts Prior’s Banner Bearer E.Kt. Paul Roberts
Sword Bearer E.Kt. Anthony Clapham Sword Bearer E.Kt. Anthony Clapham
Aide-de-Camp E.Kt. Ronald Bartlett Captain of Outposts E.Kt. Michael Davison
Aide-de-Camp E.Kt. Peter Fender Captain of Outposts E.Kt. Michael Nagle
Warden of Regalia E.Kt. Edwin F.J. Purkis P.Gt. Herald Guard E.Kt. Mervyn D. Symes
Chamberlain E.Kt. Peter Blackwell-Smyth    
Captain of Guards E.Kt. Michael D. Davison Past Ranks  
Captain of Guards E.Kt. Michael Nagle Past Ranks  
Organist E.Kt. Clifford D. Earp P.Gt. W.of R. P.P.Baillie E.Kt. Peter Fender
Guard E.Kt. Mervyn D. Symes    
       
Appointment to Past Rank    
P.P.Sword Bearer Em.Kt. C.A. James    
Promotions    
Past 2nd Constable E.Kt. Arthur C. Barker    
Past 2nd Constable E.Kt. Colin Rescorla    

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Great Priory Meeting at Queen Street - 17th May  -  Cockman has troubles with his pins!

 

The honour of being made a Great Officer in KT was almost overshadowed by the need to have to be up by 5:00 am to be seated at Queen Street by 11:30 am – but not quite!

 

Being chauffeured to London by Peter Keaty, and in the company of Phil Ratcliff and John Bates made the day even more enjoyable, but heavy traffic and a very slow tube train meant we arrived with only twenty minutes to spare.  Having arranged to obtain my tunic badge from our Provincial Sub Prior, Em.Kt. Richard Thomas on the morning of the Great Priory Meeting I had hoped for some half hour or so to pin it on my tunic.  So, in a bit of a rush, I hastily grabbed some safety pins and set about the task.  Have you ever tried to pin a Great Badge onto a tunic?  The material of the badge is like iron.  But I succeeded with enough time to get dressed and visit the loo.  A quick look in the mirror to make sure I looked beautiful, and, yup, you’ve guessed it, the badge was on upside down!!

 

Some more frantic work with the pins and I was now ready to take my seat which I easily found as it was the only vacant seat in the middle of a long row of seated Knights.  With apologies to all for making them move to let me in I managed to sit down with seconds to spare before the Arch of Steel was called to order.

 

It took about half an hour for all the Great Officers and distinguished guests to enter the Great Priory under, what I was told later, was 26 Arches of Steel!!  But then the meeting proceeded quickly and efficiently with the basic business swiftly dealt with.

 

Then came the main event, the installation of the new Most Eminent and Supreme Grand Master, R.E.Kt. Paul Raymond Clement.  A packed Grand Temple witnessed a most impressive installation followed by the appointment of senior officers, active officers, promotions and new appointments.

 

Despite this being a long ceremony we were still almost on time for the Festive Lunch in the Connaught Rooms, and, as can be seen from the photos, most of the Knights from Devon and Cornwall were seated on the same table.  With excellent food, copious wine and tremendous company the whole day was an experience which I will remember for many years to come.

 

To see the photos click here

 

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Trinity in Unity Preceptory No.19 Malta Meeting in Barnstaple - 27th April 2017 - No tea with Admiral Benbow!!

 

Two KT Malta meetings on two nights running!  That's what we've had this week and our Provincial Sub Prior, E.Kt. Richard Thomas was in excellent form at both.

 

The Prior, E.Kt. David Williams efficiently opened the Priory and installed Kt. John Stone as a Knight of Malta and our Sub Prior carried out the accolade, the entrusting and the address faultlessly.

 

The E. Prior then continued his excellent performance when he installed E.Kt. Ian Pollock as Eminent Prior.  E.Kt. Ian then appointed and invested his officers.

 

The knights then retired to a most enjoyable festive board with good food, good wine and good company.

 

Another most enjoyable meeting in Barnstaple with everyone on their way home by 9:00!

 

And the the tea and Admiral Benbow? - The night before at Newquay I had been assuring the knights that tea and biscuits would be awaiting them at Trafalgar Lawn as is usual, but no-one had remembered to order them so we all went dry; and one of our knights, Kt. George Benbow was, much to the amusement of the assembled knights,  appointed to the office of Admiral, thus becoming 'Admiral Benbow'

 

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St John of Jerusalem Preceptory and St Michael Priory No.611 - Official Visit  26/04/17 - who is that ice cream seller??

 
A lovely sunny afternoon, and the prospect of being chauffeured boded well for my visit to the Knights Malta Official Visit to Newquay.

 

I'd forgotten what a lovely Temple it is at Newquay with its Gold Chairs, wooden parquet flooring and large blue decorated walls adorned with many splendid banners and Honours Boards.  If you've never visited Newquay Temple then you should!!

 

With several members unavoidably absent twenty six knights saw the Provincial Sub Prior and his party enter under an Arch of Steel provided by the Provincial Bodyguard and were then treated to a most excellent ceremony in which the Prior, E.Kt. Angus Herdman installed Kt. Simon Bennett as a Knight of Malta with the history being given by our Sub Prior, E.Kt. Richard Thomas, in a superb manner.

 

The meeting then continued with E.Kt. Bill Lissamer being installed as Eminent Prior of St. Michael Priory No.611.  He then invested his officers in a most proficient manner.

 

Following the meeting the knights then retired to a local hostelry, The Griffin Inn, for a most enjoyable festive board, and with short speeches and fast driving my chauffeur, E.Kt. Paul Ackland, still got me home just before midnight!

 

And the ice cream seller?  On entering the Temple I notice a certain knight apparently looking for something behind some chairs.  When he stood up he was holding a Walls Ice Cream container and it looked for all the world as if E.Kt. Ed Purkis had been appointed official Ice Cream Seller during the intermission

 

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The Mandylion Preceptory No.628 Installation Meeting - 31/03/17  -  A Wealth of Experience!

 

The wealth of experience of the officers sitting on the top table at the festive board which followed the Mandylion Preceptory No.628 installation on Friday 31st March 2017 at Ivybridge showed why their ceremonies are so good!

 

Driving down from Barnstaple I was lucky enough to secure the last parking space in the car park beside the Lodge (and only found out afterwards that I needn't have put my two pounds into the parking machine because parking is now free on Lodge nights!).  The welcome by the nights of Mandylion was as warm as ever and I was soon catching up with the news from friends old and new.

 

After processing in with our Provincial Prior, Rt.Em.Kt. Peter Davies, our Provincial Sub Prior, Em.Kt. Richard Thomas and an array of Great Officers and active Provincial Officers we took our seats to watch the forthcoming ceremony.  The business of the evening was to install Em.Kt. Michael Jones as Eminent Preceptor (a position he didn't know that he was going to get until a couple of weeks ago due to illness of the EP Elect!).

 

Because Em.Kt. Colin James has been so ill for some time, Em.Kt. Phil Ratcliff has been carrying out the duties of Eminent Preceptor over the past year and he installed Em.Kt. Michael in a superb manner, opting to use the full installation ritual rather than the shortened version which could have been used.  In fact he only hiccupped over one word in the obligation when, to the amusement of the assemble knights Em.Kt. Michael used his experience and quickly prompted Em.Kt. Phil despite being the 'candidate'!!

 

The whole ceremony was carried out in an excellent manner with both eminent knights allowing their humour to shine through when it was appropriate which, far from detracting from the meeting was used in a way that enhance the meeting.  And all this under the watchful eye and superb direction of the Marshal Em.Kt. Peter Keaty.

 

Our Provincial Prior then presented a Great Priory Certificate to Kt. Peter Broyd in a most experienced and competent manner.

 

The assembled knights then retired for a most enjoyable festive board with good company and short speeches.  A look at the photos below will show you what I mean by a wealth of experience on the top table!

 

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Great Priory Promotions and Appointments 2017

 

Appointments:-  
E.Kt. Frederick Richard Thomas Past Great Standard Bearer (B)
E.Kt. Alan Paul McArthur Past Great Standard Bearer (VB)
E.Kt. Alan Robert Cockman Past Great Aide-de-Camp
E.Kt. John Foster Bate Past Great Warden of Regalia

 

Many congratulations to the all and I know they will be delighted if you support them at the Great Priory Meeting on 17th May!

 

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The Royal Sussex Preceptory No.25 - Official Visit  08/03/17 -  parlez-vous français?

 
Over fifty knight from all over the Province of Devon and Cornwall descended on The Royal Sussex Preceptory No.25 at Torquay on Wednesday 8th March 2017 to take part in the Official visit by the Provincial Prior.

 

After a warm welcome and a good supply of tea and biscuits The Provincial Prior, Rt.Em.Kt. Peter Davies, processed into the Preceptory accompanied by The Provincial Sub Prior, Em.Kt. Richard Thomas and a multitude of Active Provincial Officers and Great Officers under an Arch of Steel formed by the his Bodyguard under the direction of their Commander, Em.Kt. Paul Ackland, and  their Deputy Commander, Em. Kt. Paul Ludford.

 

The Provincial Prior was then proffered the Baton by the Eminent Preceptor, Em.Kt. Gerald Arnold and, on returning the Baton he was asked to present a Great Priory Certificate  to Kt. Daniel Read which he did in his normal inimitable way.

 

There then followed a most interesting talk by Em.Kt. Jan Olszewski entitled "Some Templar Terms Explained" which also gave those who had attended Torquay Grammar School the opportunity to practice their Latin and French but left many of us "dans l'ignorance" However Jan delivered the talk in a superb manner and all present were delighted to increase their Masonic Knowledge!

 

The election of Officers for the ensuing year then tool place in which Kt. John Lynes was elected as Eminent Preceptor, and Em.Kt. David Lee was elected Treasurer for the ensuing year.

 

The assembled knights then retired to the refectory for a most enjoyable festive board.

 

Another most enjoyable evening at Royal Sussex!

To see the photos of the meeting click here

 

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Devon and Cornwall Knights venture into the Shadowlands once again - Saturday 11th February 2017


Having had a successful visit to the Preceptory of Light Preceptory, in Warwickshire some two years ago and to ensure that their Knights were not slipping from the paths of truth and righteousness, it was decided that a cadre of Knights would sally forth once again, into the dark hinterlands of Warwickshire, to ensure that our missionary work had not been forgotten, or worse, perverted! Our quest took place on Saturday 11th February, 2017.

 

Consequently five fearless, but well armed Knights set off, before the sun had risen, to ensure the lessons had been well learned.  The Knights were, Em.Kt. Tony Jeffery, Em.Kt. Tony Turner, Em.Kt. Tom Pearman, Em.Kt. John Spencer and Em.Kt. Les Dacombe. All prepared to uphold the honour and dignity of the Province of Devonshire and Cornwall.

 

Last time, so that we could circle the wagons if necessary, we took a variety of vehicles, sharing mounts in time honoured tradition. This time we were more confident and decided one vehicle would suffice and so we shared one carriage between us. (In fact a Peugeot Boxer 12 seater, leant to us, free of charge by Dawlish Community Transport. A Charity well worth supporting.)

 

The reason for our journey was to attend and observe the Warwickshire Provincial Priory of Malta, having heard that it was only one of two Malta Provincial Priories in the country.  Brother Knights; the day was wonderful! The Province of Warwickshire has, indeed, taken us to its  bosom and made us so welcome that we were almost overcome.  Knights all around us recognised us from our last visit and from their visits to us and hailed us as brothers. We were feted and lauded and made to feel so at home that it was a wrench to leave.

 

The Provincial Prior of Warwickshire, R.Em.Kt. Roger Dixon and the Great Prior of Malta, V.Em.Kt. Johnathan Charles Whitaker JP, who also attended and is Devonshire born and bred, both spoke of our visit in their addresses to the assembled company and asked to be remembered to our Provincial Prior and Sub-Prior.

 

After a sumptuous repast at the festive board, it was time to take our leave, amongst many entreaties to return in the, not too distant, future and we wound our satisfied way back to the counties where the sun always shines and God takes his holidays.  We, again, had a very enjoyable and informative day, if a long one and I am pleased to report that the seeds we planted on our last visit have grown and blossomed.

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Trinity in Unity Preceptory No.19 - Installation Meeting - Thursday 26th January 2017

 

On a cold frosty evening knights from all over the Province were greeted by the first daffodils of the year as they drove into Trafalgar Lawn in Barnstaple for the installation meeting on Thursday 26th January 2017.

 

 A warm welcome awaited nearly 40 knights including the Provincial Prior, Rt.E.Kt. Peter Davies, the Provincial Sub Prior, E.Kt. Richard Thomas, the Past Sub Prior, E.Kt. Michael Jones and many other Great and and Provincial Officers

 

 

The Eminent Preceptor, E.Kt. David Williams, quickly opened the Preceptory and dealt with the first few items on the summons, which included the presentation of a Great Priory Certificate to Kt. John Snow which was ably carried out by our Provincial Prior.  The E. Preceptor then proceeded to install Kt. Ian Pollock as Eminent Preceptor of the Trinity in Unity Preceptory in an excellent manner, and E.Kt. Ian then appointed his officers in the same vein.

 

A hearty Festive Board awaited the knights and following some short speeches the Provincial Prior announced that he was looking forward to getting home before midnight!

 

Several knights stayed on to partake of a 'nightcap' or two which provided a most amicable end to a superb night!

 

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Union or Rougemont Preceptory No.F Installation  Meeting in Exeter - 18th January 2017

 

Gandy Street was almost full to overflowing for the installation of Em.Kt. Alan McArthur as Eminent Preceptor!

 

Nearly 60 knights from all over Devon and Cornwall, including our Provincial Prior, Rt.Em.Kt. Peter Davies, our Sub Prior, Em.Kt. Richard Thomas and our Past Sub Prior, Em.Kt. Michael Jones, and a host of Great Officers and Provincial Officers assembled to watch the Eminent Preceptor ('Tony the Tie') Tony Clapham install his successor, Em.Kt. Alan McArthur in a superb manner.  The Provincial Prior, Great Officers and Provincial Officers processed into the Preceptory under a very precise Arch of Steel formed by the Provincial Prior's Bodyguard.

 

Because of the large number present the Marshal., Em.Kt. Les Dacombe ended up orchestrating a complicated version of musical chairs as the various Preceptory officers were invested, but the whole exercise was carried out with military precision, and Em.Kt. Alan's vast experience shone through as he invested his officers.

 

The knights then retired to the refectory, seeking some refreshment on the way, and partook of a festive board of the high standard that we have come to expect at Gandy Street.  The meal was followed by short but amusing speeches and we were all on our way home early.

 

And the reference to 'Tony the Tie'?  Well the installing Preceptor, Tony Clapham, has become notorious in another degree (Rose Croix) for wearing a psychedelic pink tie - how nice to see him in a 'respectable tie for a change!!

 

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Trinity in Unity Preceptory No.19 Meeting in Barnstaple - 24th November 2016

 

The new Sub Prior, E.Kt. Richard Thomas,was a very welcome guest when he made his first KT meeting visit to a Preceptory at Trinity in Unity No.9 in Barnstaple on Thursday 24th November.

 

He was joined by thirty other knights from all over the Province to see Comp. John Stone installed as a knight of our Order by the E. Preceptor, E.Kt. David Williams and his team in a superb manner which belied the fact that the two Constables were unavoidably absent.  Their 'stand ins', those old war horses E.Kt. Gwyn Thomas and E.Kt. John Whitfield, both did an excellent job in their respective roles and the whole ceremony was well 'choreographed' by the Marshal, E.Kt. Paul Ackland.  In the words of the candidate "I was struck with awe over the whole ceremony!"

 

The meeting then continued with the business of electing Kt. Ian Pollock as E. Preceptor for the ensuing year.

 

The knights then retired to a most enjoyable festive board with good food, good wine, good company and short speeches!

 

Another most enjoyable meeting in Barnstaple with everyone on their way home by 9:30!

 

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Autumn Sunday Lunch at Fingle Glen Golf Hotel - 06/11/15  -  How to improve your swing!

 
The Provincial Prior, Peter Davies, and the Provincial Sub Prior, Richard Thomas, asked me a few days before the Autumn Lunch to purchase some flowers for their Ladies, Lis and Ymma.  Without thinking I happily agreed but when the day came to purchase them I realised that I didn't have a clue as to what they preferred!  So in typical male fashion I delegated the job to the lovely Sandy, full knowing that if she got it right I could take the credit and if the flowers were wrong then I could blame her.  What would we do without our Ladies??

 

With Sandy at my side and picking up our Captain of the Guard, Paul Ackland we set off in plenty of time to arrive early at Fingle Glen so as to set up the place names etc.  On the way Paul regaled us with stories of how his golf was now improving and actually started talking about handicaps and how he might improve them.

 

The place names having been positioned and the superb view over the golf course having been admired we returned to the bar for refreshments and to await the other lunch guests.

 

At 12:30 we all moved to the the Hogan Room and bar, a private dining room and after renewing many old friendships we sat down at 1:00pm to enjoy a superb Sunday Lunch, cooked and served in a most proficient manner.  Indeed, my Shank of Lamb was so good that the meat almost fell off of the bone, and I would challenge anyone to finish the plate of cheese that was presented to me.

 

By 3:00pm the meal was over and the short speeches meant that everyone was able to leave without it being too late.  Everyone but us that is!!

 

On entering Fingle Glen Paul had been lured into the 'Pro' shop.  Seeing a likely customer the 'Pro' soon excited Paul's interest with a second hand set of clubs that were not only a bargain but were also 'guaranteed' to improve his game.  Now what keen, new golfer could resist that?  And, sure enough whilst everyone else was making their way home we were watching Paul 'try out' his possible new purchase on the golf range, and, of course, they improved his swing no end (with, of course, the help of the Pro!).  Having reached this stage how could he not succumb and buy them!!!

 

To see the photos of the Lunch click here

 

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Provincial Meeting at Tintagel - 8th October 2016

 

When E.Kt. Paul Ackland, the Commander of the Provincial Prior's Bodyguard, offered to drive myself and Dave Hingston down to the Provincial Meeting at Tintagel I had assumed that it would be in his rather nice Volkswagon Tiguan.  Instead he arrived at the crack of dawn at my house in his father in law's little Toyota which was about the size of a small dingy!  On our journey to Tintagel it demonstrated more properties of a dingy as it rolled on every corner, but its top speed of 60 mph did allow us to overtake at least one tractor!

 

By 8:45 we were in the Hall of Chivalry at Tintagel to find that preparations for the meeting were well under way.  Paul wasted no time in putting the Bodyguard through their paces with the assistance of his Deputy,  E.Kt. Brian Ludford whilst the rest of us were able to renew old friendships as knights from all over the Province began to arrive.

 

Whilst the men were preparing for the meeting the Ladies were gathering in the nearby car park for their trip to RHS Garden Rosemoor at Torrington.  I couldn't help feeling a little concern for the handsome young coach driver - one young male amongst so many lovely ladies - but perhaps I felt a little jealous!!

 

Time to set off to the Bowood Park Golf Club and set up the place names for those who were dining.  A few slight hiccups over the seating were soon expertly resolved by Nigel, the restaurant manager and, after some very sociable refreshments, over eighty knights sat down to a superb lunch served by the Golf Club's very obliging and efficient staff.

 

We were then able to return to the Hall of Chivalry in plenty of time to change for the meeting.

 

As last year there was no procession of the VIP's , but the guests were all welcomed warmly and individually by the Provincial Prior.

 

The meeting then proceeded apace with the Provincial Prior dealing with the business of the day in his usual casual, relaxed and efficient manner ably assisted by the Vice-Chancellor, E.Kt. Jan Olszewski.

 

After expressing his thanks and appreciation for the support that E.Kt. Michael Jones had given him over the past four years as Sub Prior (tribute speech link below), the Provincial Prior proceeded to invest Eminent Knight (Frederick) Richard Thomas, P.Gt.A-de-Camp as the Provincial Sub Prior.

 

The other Provincial Officers were then appointed and the Provincial Prior then inspected his Body Guard.

 

The Provincial Priory of Knights Templar was then closed and the Provincial Sub-Prior in his first act as Sub-Prior, conducted the business of the Provincial Priory of Malta, in a most proficient manner.
 

Once again Tintagel provided a grand setting for a most spectacular and most enjoyable Provincial Meeting

 

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Provincial Appointments and Promotions 2016/17


At the Provincial Meeting at Tintagel on Saturday 8th October 2016 the Provincial Prior, R.E.Kt. Peter Davies will be pleased to confer the following honours on the Knights listed:-

KT MALTA
Ranks Officers 2016 Ranks Officers 2016
Sub Prior E.Kt. F. Richard Thomas  P.Gt.A de C. Captain General E.Kt. Terry Sloan
Prelate  E.Kt. Graham D. Hindle  P.Gt.A de C. Lieutenant General E.Kt. Michael G. Walker
 Chancellor E.Kt. Michael S.J. French  P.Gt. A.de C. 1st Lieutenant E.Kt. M.R. Orme Vince
1st Constable E.Kt. Terry Sloan 2nd Lieutenant E.Kt. E.Kt. Richard G. Copp
 2nd Constable E.Kt. Michael G. Walker Prelate E.Kt. Graham D. Hindle
Treasurer V.E.Kt. Anthony R. Moyle  P.Gt. Herald Mareschal E.Kt. Alan P. McArthur
Registrar E.Kt. Alan R. Cockman Deputy Mareschal E.Kt. Leslie F.J. Dacombe
Vice-Chancellor E.Kt. Jan A. Olszewski  P.Gt. Registrar Hospitaller E.Kt. Anthony F. Jeffery
Marshal E.Kt. Alan P. McArthur P.Gt. Chamb. Admiral E.Kt. Chris Thomas
Deputy Marshal E.Kt. Leslie F.J. Dacombe P.Gt. A.de C. Conservator E.Kt. Barry W. Slade
Almoner E.Kt. Anthony F. Jeffery Baillie E.Kt. Phillip A. Ratcliffe
Herald E.Kt. M.R. Orme Vince Turcopolier E.Kt. Malcolm Gorst
Standard Bearer (B) E.Kt. Chris Thomas Chancellor E.Kt. Jan A. Olszewski
Standard Bearer (VB) E.Kt. Barry W. Slade Treasurer V.E.Kt. Anthony R. Moyle
Prior’s Banner Bearer E.Kt. William R. Mesley Prior’s Banner Bearer E.Kt. William R. Mesley
Sword Bearer E.Kt. Spencer P. Spoors Sword Bearer E.Kt. Spencer P. Spoors
Aide-de-Camp E.Kt. Phillip A. Ratcliffe Captain of Outposts E.Kt. Keith W.M. Sprague
Warden of Regalia E.Kt. Edwin F.J. Purkis P.Gt. Herald Organist E.Kt. Roy Francis-Williams
Chamberlain E.Kt. Malcolm Gorst Guard E.Kt. Mervyn D. Symes
Captain of Guards E.Kt. Roy Francis-Williams    
Organist E.Kt. Clifford D. Earp P.Gt. W.of R.    
Guard E.Kt. Mervyn D. Symes    
       
Promotions    
Past 2nd Constable E.Kt. Tony D. Vickery    
Past 2nd Constable E.Kt. Richard G. Copp    

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Trinity in Unity Preceptory No.19 Malta Meeting in Barnstaple - 28th April 2016 - Leftenant or Lewtenant?

 

E.Kt. Mike Jones, the Provincial Sub Prior, was in excellent form when he presided over the Malta Meeting at Barnstaple on Thursday 28th April when nearly thirty knights watched as Kt. Brian Taylor was installed as a Knight of St. Paul by the E.Kt. Mike Nagle and his team in a superb manner and our Sub Prior carried out the accolade, the entrusting and the address faultlessly and made it even more interesting by including some details that we don't usually hear!

 

The E. Prior then continued his excellent performance when he installed E.Kt. David Williams as Eminent Prior.  E.Kt. David then appointed and invested his officers.

 

The knights then retired to a most enjoyable festive board with good food, good wine and good company (spoilt only by a certain knight dropping plates, spilling drinks and generally trying to wreck the place! - honour dictates that his name should not be published so I will only refer to him as the Deputy Provincial Grand Supreme Ruler in another "Secret" order!).

 

Another most enjoyable meeting in Barnstaple with everyone on their way home by 9:30!

 

And the Leftenant or Lewtenant?  It seems that our new Eminent Prior had the same problem that I had at the Provincial Meeting in Tintagel with the pronunciation of Lieutenant!!  Apparently Leftenant is the English pronunciation.   I agree with David - where is the "F" in Lieutenant???

 

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New Sub-Prior

 

The R.E. Provincial Prior, R.E.Kt. Peter Davies, has announced that he will be appointing a new Sub-Prior in October this year.

 

He feels that as all the current executive officers of the Province are in, or on the verge of their 7th decade, it is time to apply a balance of experience and youth to secure continuity for the future of the Province. 

 

He will appoint and invest E.Kt. Richard Thomas, of Royal Veterans Preceptory No.10, at the Annual Meeting in The Hall of Chivalry, Tintagel, on 8th October 2016.

 

The Provincial Prior wishes to pay tribute to the splendid commitment and sterling service given by E.Kt. Mike Jones over the last 18 years, travelling within this and other Knight Templar Provinces. He served as Provincial Guard from 1998 - 2003, Vice-Chancellor from 2008 - 2012 and Sub-Prior from 2012. He has been pro-active in all matters concerning the Province with particular responsibility for attending and contributing to the Malta Degree ceremonies.  His commitment, support  and loyalty to the Provincial Prior and the Province have been outstanding. His will be big shoes to fill !

We wish him well.

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Great Priory Promotions and Appointments

 

Appointments:-  
E.Kt. Warner Barton Great Standard Bearer
E.Kt. Nidrel James Walsh Great Chamberlain
E.Kt. Peter John Mark Keaty Past Great Aide-de-Camp
E.Kt. Frederick Richard Thomas Past Great Aide-de-Camp

 

Many congratulations to the all and I know they will be delighted if you support them at the Great Priory Meeting in May!

 

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Restormel Preceptory & St. Andrew Priory No.90 Installation Meeting Saturday 20th February 2016

 

An early start from Barnstaple and a two hour drive through the mist to Hayle left us enjoying a most welcome cup of coffee and biscuits on our arrival at Restormal Preceptory No. 90 at Hayle, until it came to light that I had forgotten one of our highest ranking knights!!

 

Most of us are nervous at carrying out one installation ceremony but the Eminent Preceptor, E.Kt. Spencer Spoors, not only carried out the installation of his successor, Kt. Paul Roberts, as Eminent Preceptor of Restormal Preceptory in a superb manor but then, after a short break, he continued in the same vein to install E.Kt. Paul as Eminent Prior of the St. Andrew Priory of Malta!

 

This being an Official Visit by our Provincial Prior, Rt. E.Kt. Peter Davies and his provincial officers, he and our Provincial Sub Prior proceeded into the priory with all due pomp and ceremony under an Arch of Steel formed by the Provincial Bodyguard .

 

The assembled company of nearly fifty knights from all corners of the Province of Devonshire and Cornwall were treated to two faultless ceremonies by E.Kt. Spencer and his team under the guidance of their Marshals, E.Kt. Neville Don who then passed the duties to E.Kt. Keith Waters.

 

The daytime meeting culminated in a most enjoyable Festive Lunch with good food, good company and short speeches.

 

And the knight I left behind?  Originally another knight from North Devon had promised to drive us and we had all agreed to meet at my house at 8:15.  However our driver was unable to come due to work pressures so I hastily talked our Commander of the Provincial Prior's Bodyguard, E.Kt. Paul Ackland into giving me a lift and he offered to pick me up at 8:00, completely forgetting that our 2nd Constable, E.Kt. John Whitfield, had booked to join us and was to arrive at my house at 8:15!!  John, being a very experienced and unflappable Mason checked with my wife and they both realised my mistake!  John then drove himself to Hayle in time for the meeting.  I'm most terribly sorry John - I owe you a drink!!

 

And my wife is still telling me what a stupid old codger I am!!

 

 

The Royal Sussex Preceptory No.25 Meeting Wednesday 10th February 2016 - A Great 40 years!

 

An unusually high number of nearly 40 knights, including the Provincial Prior, Rt. E.Kt. Peter Davies, the Provincial Sub Prior, E.Kt. Michael Jones and other Great Officers and Active Provincial Officers visited The Royal Sussex Preceptory No.25 at Torquay on Wednesday 10th February when Companion Donald Read was installed as a Knight of our Order.  The ceremony, the first of his team since E.Kt. Michael Dolman had been installed as Eminent Preceptor, was carried out in a most enjoyable manner which the Candidate could not but have been impressed.

 

But the installation of Kt. Read was not the only reason that  such an important array of Knights had assembled.  After the installation the Provincial Prior took the Baton of the Preceptory and asked that E.Kt. Don Shobbrook be presented to him.  He then congratulated E.Kt. Don on having achieved 40 years service in the Order of Knights Templar and he presented him with a certificate testifying to that fact.  To the surprise of all present the Provincial Prior also made a 'Field Promotion' by promoting E.Kt. Don to the rank of Provincial 1st Constable.

 

Following the ceremony a most enjoyable Festive Board was enjoyed in the refectory before the knights wended their way home!

 

A great night for The Royal Sussex! and and even greater night for E.Kt. Don Shobbrook!!

 

Click here to read the Provincial Prior's presentation.

 

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Trinity in Unity Preceptory No.19 Installation in Barnstaple - 28th January 2016

 

Despite having been quite seriously ill for some weeks the Eminent Preceptor, E.Kt. Michael Nagle left his sick bed to install Kt. David Williams as Eminent Preceptor of the Trinity in Unity Preceptory No.19 in Barnstaple on Thursday 28th January in front of a goodly number of Great Officers and Active Provincial Officers led by our Provincial Prior, Rt. E.Kt. Peter Davies and our Provincial Sub Prior E.Kt. Mike Jones.

 

In an excellent ceremony E.Kt. Mike was occasionally told to stop and take a breath my the Marshall, E.Kt. Paul Ackland, but Mike's determination to carry out the Installation won through and Kt. David was installed in a superb manner. E.Kt. David then showed his experience in Masonry by quickly and efficiently appointing his officers for the year.

 

The meeting was followed by a most enjoyable festive board which was slightly marred by the fact that the installing Eminent Preceptor felt so weak he needed to leave early, and not attend the meal.  But the entire assembled company fully appreciated the fact that he had carried out the ceremony!  Well done Mike!!.

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Autumn Sunday Lunch at Lanhydrock Golf and and Country Club - 01/11/15  Oops, another bloomer!!

 
The fear when organising numbers and names attending a lunch,  and ensuring that each person will get the correct choice for each course, and that the place cards are correct, and that the right people are sitting together, is that you'll get it wrong.  And I did!!

 

A thick fog had descended on Barnstaple during the 'Halloween' night before which didn't bode well for our trip down to Lanhydrock Hotel on Sunday 1st November 2015, however as we entered Cornwall the sun shone through and we arrived at Lanhydrock on what was to turn out to be the hottest November day on record.

 

The superb sunshine encouraged us to buy refreshment and take it out on the balcony overlooking the golf course - I'm surprised that the balcony could hold all sixty one of us!!

 

Once again the hospitality of the Hotel together with the pleasant efficiency of the staff and the superbly cooked meals that we were treated to made the KT Autumn Lunch a most enjoyable experience for both brother knights and wives and their families.

 

All in all a most enjoyable lunch and in the short speech afterwards to thank the ladies for their support the Provincial Prior Rt.Em. Kt. Peter Davies demonstrated, in front of his lovely wife Lis, that occasionally it is possible for us mere males to gain the 'upper hand' over our ladies - you had to be there!

 

And how did I get it wrong?  You might remember that last year on the rear of the place names I wrote:-"The Provincial Prior, Peter Davies and his wife Sue welcome you to the Autumn Lunch at Lanhydrock Hotel on Sunday 2nd November 2014".  Well I remembered to change the date but forgot to correct the fact that our Provincial Prior is married to Lis, Sue being the wife of our Provincial Sub Prior E.Kt. Mike Jones!!  Watch out to see if I get it right next year! - watch this space!!!

 

To see the photos of the Lunch click here

 

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Provincial Prior’s Bodyguard Training day at the Royal Marines base, Lympstone.


A couple of weeks ago now, a number of the Provincial Prior’s Bodyguard met at the Royal Marines base at Lympstone ostensibly to have some drill training. This was organized by the Deputy Commander, Brian, who felt that having some professional training would be good.

It came about because the senior drill man at Lympstone, WO Mark Thrift, commonly known as Baz, is in the same Chapter as Brian, and he had asked Baz if he was willing to help and Baz readily agreed.

 

To make a day of it, Baz suggested that the group arrive in the morning and watch the Kings Troop Passing Out Parade. This would be followed by lunch in the Sgt’s Mess and then into the drill shed for that all important training.

 

It turned out to be an absolutely cracking day in all respects. The weather was truly kind giving us a day of completely unbroken sunshine. We walked down to the drill shed to meet Baz briefly as this was a big day for the troop and him.  We took our seats and awaited the family groups of those passing out. They duly arrived and then Baz marched across the parade ground to make a few announcements. When he had finished the band started up and marched onto the parade ground. They were followed by the Kings Troop.  There were eighteen of them, out of some sixty who start the course, and, at times, they looked a bit lost on the parade ground; but did they look good. They gave a superb demonstration of marching and display, some to music some not. The timing of the drill is only something we can dream about, but it was very special to watch. It made the hair on the back of one’s neck stand up and send a tingle down the spine.

 

At the end of the parade the band then led them round the base, as traditionally done. As they march round their families and new colleagues lined the roads and cheered and clapped them as they went by. It was very moving to see, I can hardly imagine the feelings of those young, but so very proud, men.  We all felt the same and I’m sure would all wish them every success in the future.

 

Following that moving experience it was time for work, but lunch called first. The Sgt’s Mess was very pleasant and we could all have stayed there having a drink etc., but we had to get on. So, once Baz had changed out of his more formal uniform it was down to the drill shed.

 

Baz had been sent a drawing of the layout of the Bodyguard’s chairs as they would be at Tintagel and he had set these up in the drill shed. He even included a raised seat for the Provincial Prior, who was with us on the day.  There then followed a series of drills encompassing all the things expected of the Provincial Bodyguard. Some were things done in the past, some were things we had to do, such as the Arch of Steel, and some were new, such as parading in to the hall.  It all went very well with a lot of serious intent and some humour. Baz was really good giving us a fresh look at how we do certain things and trying to keep us in line when necessary, although as we were civies, I expect he was quieter that usual!!  We finished the day at about 4-00pm, or should I say 1600hrs, and then headed home. Some had long journeys and some short as those attending had come from all corners of the Province.

 

It was a great day, which from the feedback I have had, everyone without exception enjoyed tremendously. Something we will have to try and organize again.

 

Pictures are of the group who attended and one which includes Baz.

 

 

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Provincial Meeting at Tintagel - 10th October 2015 - Never Trust a Mobile Phone!!

 

A wonderful 'red sky' dawn accompanied us on our trip down the Atlantic Highway.  At the request of our driver, the E.Kt. Paul Ackland, the Commander of the Provincial Prior's Bodyguard, we had left Barnstaple at 6:45 am in order that he might arrive in plenty of time to 'drill his troops'.

Picking up E.Kt. Roger Guest on the way, we arrived at the Hall of Chivalry, Tintagel at just after 8:00 am only to find that it was locked! 

 

The 'keeper of the keys' arrived at 8:30 by which time the local residents were amazed to see a large group of 'undertakers' with funny bags hanging around in the centre of Tintagel.

 

E.Kt. Paul and his Deputy Commander, E.Kt. Brian Ludford wasted no time in putting the Bodyguard through their paces, but I couldn't help noticing that one of the Knights, a certain Kt. Adam Jeffery, looked slightly different from when I had last seen him, and he seemed to be squinting hard!  Then I realised that he didn't have his glasses on.  Apparently he had opened the bonnet of his car to check the washer bottle fluid during a fuel stop on the way to Tintagel, and had had difficulty in closing the bonnet so took off his glasses and rested them on the top of the engine while he closely inspected the bonnet catch.  Having successfully eased the catch he closed the bonnet with his glasses still on top of the engine!  The bonnet then refused to open again. Being aware that time was moving on and that his duties awaited him Adam decided to forego his glasses and press on to the rehearsal.  The idea of a Bodyguard, who could hardly see his hand in front of his face, waiving his sword around the head of our 'Provincial Prior' doesn't bear thinking about - what a spectacle that would have made!!  However during a break in the rehearsal Adam took his car to a nearby garage who released the bonnet and Adam's spectacles were still sitting on top of the engine.  That would only happen in a Jag!!!

 

The Ladies meanwhile were gathering by the coach for their day trip to Morwellham Quay and I must admit that I did feel a stab of sympathy for the young man who was driving the coach as all the Ladies appeared to be in a somewhat boisterous mood!

 

After further rehearsals and renewing acquaintances with both old and new friends, we set off to the Bowood Park Golf Club where we were warmly greeted by the Provincial Prior Rt.Em.Kt. Peter Davies and the Provincial Sub-Prior, Em.Kt. Michael Jones.  The lunch was a most enjoyable affair with good food, good service, short speeches and enough liquid refreshment to keep everyone happy, and we returned to Tintagel in plenty of time for the 2:45 meeting.

 

One innovation this year was that the honoured guests took their seats before the meeting started,  but this in no way detracted from their status as VIPs since the Provincial Prior made a point of welcoming them all individually.

 

The meeting then proceeded apace with the Provincial Prior dealing with the business of the day in his usual casual, relaxed and efficient manner ably assisted by E.Kt. Tony Moyle who was acting as Vice-Chancellor, E.Kt. Jan Olszewski having had to attend a family wedding in Poland.

 

Following the appointment of the Provincial Officers the Provincial Prior gave a most interesting address to the meeting and then, under 'Any Other Business' asked the Provincial Marshall, E.Kt. Alan McArthur, to present E.Kt. Peter Hawken, the Provincial Grand Master of the Devonshire Mark Degree and E.Kt. Warner Barton, Grand Superintendent of the Order of the Holy Royal Arch Knights Templar Priests, to him.  The Provincial Prior  then presented a cheque of £500 to the P.G.M. towards the Devonshire Mark Benevolent Fund 2016 Festival, and this was followed by a similar presentation by E.Kt. Warner of a cheque of £100 to the same Fund.

 

The Provincial Priory of Knights Templar was then closed and the Provincial Sub-Prior conducted the business of the Provincial Priory of Malta, in a most proficient manner.
 

All in all a most enjoyable day amongst good friends, and I was back home in Barnstaple by 6:15 pm.

 

And the Mobile Phone? .....  E.Kt. Roger Guest, who had accompanied us down, was gasping for a cup of tea, but everything in Tintagel appeared to be closed however 'the man with the keys' pointed out that there was a light at the back of a cafe just across the road and assured us that if we knocked on the door the proprietor would make us a drink.  I, being somewhat shy and retiring and very aware of the closed sign on the cafe door, held back but Roger thumped on the door and a young lady appeared from the kitchen with her hands covered in what we found out later was 'scone mix'.  Roger used his considerable charm and managed to talk the young lady into providing us with some refreshment meanwhile I use my mobile phone to let my wife Sandy know that I had arrived safely.  Once the drinks arrived Roger used his charm even more and persuaded the young lady to make him a Bacon Sandwich and he talked me into having one as well.  It was then that I realised that I hadn't turned off the phone properly and Sandy had overheard the entire conversation and in no uncertain terms she scolded me for agreeing to have a bacon sandwich, reminding me that I was supposed to be on a diet!!  Imagine the implications if our conversation had been about something even more damaging!!!

 

 

 

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A G.P. Meeting followed by Knight Malta meeting at Launceston  - 30th September 2015


My attitude to meetings has long been expressed by the phrase "Not all meetings are a waste of time....   some are cancelled"!!  However it was a real eye opener to attend the General Purposes Committee Meeting of the Provincial Priory of Devonshire & Cornwall which took place before the Knight Malta meeting of the Launceston Castle Preceptory and St. Thomas Priory No. 480 meeting at Launceston on Wednesday 30th September.

I can tell you, Brother Knights, that we don't realise how much work goes on 'behind the scenes' by the leaders of our organisation to ensure that the order and it's meetings, especially the Provincial Meeting at Tintagel, run smoothly.  But I can tell you that whilst most of the discussion was held with due seriousness the occasional 'bit of fun' did invade the meeting, when the broken leg of one of our emblems, the Cock, was discussed and some bright wag suggested that it could be repaired by using a Viagra tablet!

Following the G.P. Meeting we then joined the other Knights for the Malta meeting in which Knights W.J. Wakeham, J. Gist and R. Orchard were installed as Knights of Malta in superb manner by the Em.Prior, Em.Kt. Chris Thomas with the assistance of our Provincial Sub Prior, Em.Kt. Michael Jones.

Em.Kt. Chris then continued in the same vein and installed his successor Em.Kt. Mike Davison as Eminent Prior for the ensuing year.  Em.Kt. Mike then appointed and invested his officers in a likewise superb manner.

We all then retired for a most enjoyable festive board in which it became apparent that our Provincial Sub Prior, like myself, had a particular liking for Chicken and Bacon Pie!

 

Another great K.M. evening in the company of good Christian friends!

 

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Provincial Appointments and Promotions 2015/16


At the Provincial Meeting at Tintagel on Saturday 10th October 2015 the Provincial Prior, R.E.Kt. Peter Davies will be pleased to confer the following honours on the Knights listed:-

KT MALTA
Ranks Officers 2015 Ranks Officers 2015
Sub Prior E.Kt. Michael R. Jones  P.Gt. Herald Captain General E.Kt. John F. Bale
Prelate  E.Kt. Graham D. Hindle  P.Gt.A de C Lieutenant General E.Kt. John Whitfield
 Chancellor E.Kt. Michael S.J. French  P.Gt. A.de C. 1st Lieutenant E.Kt. Brian Ludford
1st Constable E.Kt. John F. Bates 2nd Lieutenant E.Kt. Ian C. Harper
 2nd Constable E.Kt. John Whitfield Prelate E.Kt. Graham D. Hindle
Treasurer E.Kt. Anthony R. Moyle  P.Gt. Herald Mareschal E.Kt. Alan P. McArthur
Registrar E.Kt. Alan R. Cockman Deputy Mareschal E.Kt. Leslie F.J. Dacombe
Vice-Chancellor E.Kt. Jan A. Olszewski  P.Gt. Swd.Br. Hospitaller E.Kt. Barry L. Baker
Marshall E.Kt. Alan P. McArthur P.Gt. Chamb. Admiral E.Kt. Lewis R. Hosking
Deputy Marshall E.Kt. Leslie F.J. Dacombe P.Gt. A.de C. Conservator E.Kt. Richard Selby
Almoner E.Kt. Barry L. Baker Baillie E.Kt. John C. Summers
Herald E.Kt. Brian Ludford Turcopolier E.Kt. Stuart G. Heyworth
Standard Bearer (B) E.Kt. Lewis R. Hosking Chancellor E.Kt. Jan A. Olszewski
Standard Bearer (VB) E.Kt. Richard Selby Treasurer E.Kt. Anthony R. Moyle
Prior’s Banner Bearer E.Kt. John P. Spencer Prior’s Banner Bearer E.Kt. John P. Spencer
Sword Bearer E.Kt. Raymond Mallet Sword Bearer E.Kt. Raymond D. Mallett
Aide-de-Camp E.Kt. John C. Summers Captain of Outposts E.Kt. Peter J. Everest
Warden of Regalia E.Kt. Edwin F.J. Purkis P.Gt. Herald Organist E.Kt. Clifford D. Earp
Chamberlain E.Kt. Stuart G. Heyworth Guard E.Kt. Mervyn D. Symes
Captain of Guards E.Kt. Peter J., Everest    
Organist E.Kt. Clifford D. Earp P.Gt. W.of R.    
Guard E.Kt. Mervyn D. Symes    

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Two Installations in one day!! - 14th July 2015


On 14th July, a number of enthusiastic Knights from Union or Rougemont Preceptory ‘F’ attended the excellent Installation meeting of Vera Crux Preceptory in Exmouth. Nothing unusual about that, you might think, other than that "three of a more determined character than the rest", had no time to dine as we had to leave in good time in order to be at Sindlesham, Berkshire, for the Installation meeting of Wellesley Preceptory no. 204. Following a quick cup of coffee and a car and driver change at the B&Q car park at Sowton, Em Kt Barry Baker, Em Knight Trevor Wilson, Kt Bob Deer, and myself set off for the long haul to Berkshire.

Wellesley Preceptory is in the province of Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, and is my ‘mother preceptory’. In my special year as Eminent Preceptor of Preceptory ‘F’, I thought it fitting to represent my Preceptory at that meeting. After all, without Wellesley’s initial encouragement, I might not have even joined KT, let alone to go on to be Eminent Preceptor of such a respected Devonshire preceptory.

KT workings in Oxon, Berks and Bucks, are very different to those in Devon & Cornwall. For example, no preceptory works the Malta degree. All Malta degrees are conferred by the Province at their annual Provincial meetings, although they do open and close a Malta priory in short form at KT Installation meetings in order to install the Eminent Prior. Also, their guidance is to layout the Holy Sepulchre table only when it is strictly necessary. As the full compliment is not needed at Installation meetings, they have only a small plain table with the Holy Gospels in the centre of the room.

The Installation of the new Eminent Preceptor was performed in an exemplary manner, followed an excellent festive board, where the four visitors from Devonshire were warmly welcomed by the Eminent Preceptor. Hitting the (empty) road again by 10pm, we were all back home soon after 1am.

Visiting is an essential and enjoyable part of freemasonry, and is fundamental in fulfilling the basic tenet of freemasonry "to be happy and communicate happiness", and whilst visits within one’s home Province are always interesting, visitations to other Provinces to see local customs and unusual working always adds additional interest and enjoyment as well as the important "advancement in Masonic knowledge". Wellesley was certainly no exception to this, and was enjoyed immensely by the Devonshire Knights, with sincere thanks to the Berkshire Knights for their hospitality.

The Eminent Preceptor of Wellesley attended my Installation in January, and a return visit by him along with their newly installed EP and other Berkshire Knights is planned for the next meeting of Union or Rougemont Preceptory, on 23rd September.

Em Kt Bill Mesley, EP, Union or Rougemont Preceptory.

 

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Knights from Devon and Cornwall sally forth to a Warwickshire  encampment - 1/06/15

 

It was a dark morning when 9 of the valiant Knights of Malta from Devonshire, under the guidance and protection of their Sub-Prior, sallied forth to invade the Province of Warwickshire, having heard of their deep need of moral and military guidance.

Indeed, it was 07:00 in the Morning Watch when they mounted their 3 steeds to make the journey. As can be seen, they maintained the tradition of the Order by sharing, ‘horses.’

A roll was called and the following answered their names:
 

E.Kt. Michael Robin Jones. PGtHer. Provincial Sub-Prior.

E.Kt. Alan MacArthur. PGtChamb. Prov. G. Marshal.

E.Kt. Les Dacombe. PGtAdeC. Deputy Prov. G. Marshal.

E.Kt. Bill Mesley. Eminent Preceptor. KT’F'

E.Kt. Sandy McFeat. PPrBB.(Warks.)

E.Kt. Rod Nott. Holy Cross Preceptory, No. 561.

E.Kt. Tony Jeffrey. ProvStdB(B). Tamar No. 625.

E.Kt. Tony Turner. PGtWofR. Holy Cross Preceptory, No. 561. 

Kt. Tom Pearman. Vera Cruz Preceptory.

 

It was a long and arduous journey, necessitating the taking of much refreshments en route, but all arrived safely.

 

Contrary to our beliefs, it was found that the, 'Preceptory of Light,’ encampment, No. 689, stationed at Knowle in Warwickshire, was enlightened, comfortable and welcoming and the Devonshire Knights were welcomed with open arms and entertained regally by the installation of another Brother Knight into our Order.

This ceremony, beautifully (if differently) done, was witnessed by the present and past Priors and Sub-Priors of the Warwickshire Province and a great many of their Knights, as well as the contingent from Devonshire, led by the Sub-Prior.

After the formal part of the day, a sumptuous festive board was provided and much revelry ensued. The formality of the toasts were observed (again differently) and there were many exchanged stories of campaigns and sallies in the respective Provinces.

Having convinced ourselves that the Warwickshire Province was not in need of moral or military guidance and was, in fact, a credit to our order, the Knights departed, with many good wishes and promises to return and made their weary way back to God’s Own Country.

Tired, but satisfied, they made our way to their own encampments, with many happy memories to warm them during the long night-watches.

 

 

E.Kt. Leslie Dacombe. (PGtAdeC)

 

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Tamar Preceptory No.625 Meeting in Barnstaple  - 13/06/15.  - Russian Freemasonry

 

The Tamar Preceptory No.625 of Installed Preceptors travelled to the North of the Province fro its Business meeting on Saturday 13th June.

 

The meeting in Barnstaple was opened by the Eminent Preceptor, Em.Kt. James Wonnacott and the business of the Preceptory was quickly dealt with in which Em.Kt. Derek Blasdale was elected as Eminent Preceptor for the ensuing year.

 

The meeting was then closed and the assembled knights were then treated to an excellent talk on "Freemasonry in Russia" by the Eminent Preceptor and one couldn't help be impressed by the proficient way in which Em.Kt. James dealt with the pronunciation of many Russian names!!

 

The knights then retired for a most convivial festive board.

 

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Trinity in Unity Preceptory No.19 Priory of Malta Meeting - 30/04/15

 

The Priory of Malta meeting held under the banner of the Trinity in Unity Preceptory No.19 at Barnstaple on Thursday 30th April had all the makings of being a total shambles, with the current Em. Prior, David Cousins being unavailable and the Mareschal being on an extend holiday in Italy and many other officers being away for various good reasons.

 

The day before the meeting the Deputy Mareschal contacted the Chancellor to inform him that his wife was ill and he wouldn't be able to attend the meeting! 

 

But Masonry being what it is, and especially KT Masonry, all the knights 'pulled together' and a team was soon formed to carry out the ceremony which also included help from the visitors!

 

Em.Kt. John Whitfield took on the roll of Eminent Prior and Em.Kt. Allan Seager, who was visiting from South Devon volunteered his experience and stood in as Mareschal.  The other posts were quickly filled and an excellent ceremony then took place with Em.Kt. John installing Kt. Richard Nunn into the Priory of Malta and then installing Kt. Michael Nagle as Em. Prior for the ensuing year.  Em.Kt. Mike then appointed and invested his officers.  The Provincial Sub Prior Em.Kt. Michael Jones added his weight to the entire proceedings in his inimitable fashion and also presented a Priory Certificate to Kt. Andy Petherick.

 

The teamwork and good humour that came about during the ceremony and then overflowed into the Festive Board ensured that all present thoroughly enjoyed the meeting and the visitors were able to be on their way home by 9:00 o'clock.

 

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Spring Lunch - 29th March 2015

 

Despite losing an hour's sleep because of the change to British Summer Time, and despite the weather not realising that it was Spring, sixty six Knights descended on the Moorland Garden Hotel at Yelverton from all points of Devon and Cornwall on Sunday 29th March to enjoy meeting old and new friends and to support the Provincial Prior, Rt. E.Kt. Peter Davies and his lovely wife Lis, and the Provincial Sub Prior, E.Kt. Michael Jones and his equally lovely wife Sue for the KT Spring Lunch.

 

After renewing old acquaintances, and catching up on the news with friends, the assembled company moved to the dining room, which had superb garden views, to partake of a meal which was embellished with good company good conversation and good wine!

 

The speeches following the meal were agreeably short but paid suitable tribute to the Ladies to whom we owe so much.

 

All in all a most enjoyable day and I'm happy to report that the Provincial Sub Prior managed the whole meal without knocking anything over.

 

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St. John of Jerusalem Preceptory No.611 Installation and Official Visit.

 

Nearly 50 knights from all over the Province attended the Installation and Official Visit at St. John of Jerusalem Preceptory No.611 at Newquay on Tuesday evening 24th February.   The Provincial Prior, Rt. E.Kt. Peter Davies, was accompanied by the Provincial Sub Prior, E.Kt. Michael Jones, and many officers of Great Priory and Active Provincial Officers when they paraded in under an Arch of Steel provided by the Provincial Prior's Bodyguard led by their Commander by E.Kt. Paul Ackland.

 

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Tamar Preceptory No.625 Installation in Launceston - 07/02/15.  John Vooght in a bikini????

 

Saturday started well enough, with lovely sunshine and the promise of a great day out at Tamar Preceptory No.625 at Launceston for their Installation.  The five Knights in our car were all expressing what lovely weather it was until Em.Kt. John Vooght announced that "the sun is shining into my lounge so much that it's warm enough to sit in there with a bikini on"!!  The other four passengers in the car all had a sudden horrible vision which was enough to change the conversation rather rapidly!

 

Arriving at Launceston we were greeted warmly by many old friends,  and 32 Knights including the Provincial Prior, Rt. E.Kt. Peter Davies, and a host of Great Officers witnessed the installation of  Em.Kt. James Wonnacott into the chair of the Preceptory by Em.Kt. Michael Saffin.  The ceremony was carried out with the usual relaxed and confident manner that you would expect from a Preceptory with so many experienced Knights in their number.

 

Em.Kt. Wonnacott then made short work of appointing his officers (could that have anything to do with the rugby that was being televised later that afternoon?) and the assembled company retired for a most enjoyable Festive Board which included the rare treat of Venison.  The trip home was most enjoyable in the sunshine (but nobody mention John in his bikini!!!).

 

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Trinity in Unity Preceptory No.19 Installation in Barnstaple - 29/01/15

 

 At the Official Visit to Trinity in Unity Preceptory No.19, on the occasion of their Installation, an impressive number of Active Provincial and Great Officers processed in  with our Provincial Prior, Rt. E.Kt. Peter Davies and our Provincial Sub Prior E.Kt. Mike Jones under an Arch of Steel formed by the Provincial Prior's Body Guard, Commanded by E.Kt. Paul Ackland.

 

The Installation was a superb example of teamwork under the guidance of the Marshal, E.Kt. Paul Ackland with E.Kt. Alan Cockman opening the Preceptory, and E.Kts. Roger Guest and John Whitfield installing Kt. Michael Nagle as Preceptor who then proceeded to invest his officers in a most accomplished manner.

 

The meeting was followed by a most enjoyable festive board with speeches short enough to allow the visiting knights to be on their way home by 9:30 o'clock.

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Union or Rougemont Preceptory ‘F’ Installation Meeting.

 

On Wednesday 21st January, The Knights of ‘F’ Preceptory together with many 'Great' Officers, Provincial Officers, The Provincial Prior and the Provincial Sub Prior gathered together at Gandy Street in Exeter to witness the Installation of their New Preceptor, Kt. William.R. Mesley by the Eminent Preceptor, Em.Kt.John Spencer.

 

After proffering the baton to the Provincial Prior, Rt.Em.Kt. Peter Davies, Em.Kt. Spencer installed his successor in a most proficient manner. Em.Kt. Mesley then continued the superb ceremony by appointing and investing  his officers.

 

After an excellent ceremony the assembled knights retired to the refectory for a superb festive board with good company and good food.

 

 

 

Autumn Sunday Lunch at Lanhydrock Hotel - 02/11/14

 
A lovely venue, great company, terrific food and short speeches plus the company of our ladies and families, what more could anyone ask for on a beautiful Autumn Day?

The Lanhydrock Hotel and Country Club at Bodmin provided a wonderful setting for the fifty six knights, their families and friends to enjoy the Autumn Sunday Lunch hosted by the Provincial Prior, Rt.Em. Kt. Peter Davies and his lovely wife Lis, and supported by our Provincial Sub Prior, E.Kt. Michael Jones and his lovely wife Sue and other members of the Executive (with their Lovely Wives!).

The meal was unbelievably good, with portions that even I couldn't manage and the way we were looked after from the moment we walked into the hotel was superb!

The only thing wrong with the whole event was that whoever created the 'Place Names' put the following message on the rear of the cards...
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The Provincial Prior, Peter Davies and his wife Sue welcome you to the Autumn Lunch at Lanhydrock Hotel on Sunday 2nd November 2014"
Very nice, except that the Provincial Prior's wife is called Lis!!  Sorry Lis, names do seem to go wrong when I'm about as at a certain Red Cross meeting at Hayle!!

 

To see the photos of the Lunch click here

 

And to he who said I couldn't take a photo of him with a window behind him  -  WRONG!!

 

 

Provincial Meeting at Tintagel - 11th October 2014

 

After seeing the Ladies off on their visit to Padstow, and partaking of an excellent lunch at the Bowood Park Golf Club the Provincial meeting for 2014 was held in the revamped 'King Arthur's Great Hall' in Tintagel.  And what a spectacular occasion it was!!  About 150 Knights watched as the Provincial Prior Rt.Em.Kt. Peter Davies and the Provincial Sub Prior, Em.Kt. Michael Jones paraded into the hall after the numerous distinguished guests and Provincial Officers.

 

The Provincial Prior warmly welcomed the Knights and then welcomed the distinguished Guests who had travelled from far and near to join us.

 

The meeting then continued as per the agenda with the appointment of officers being carried out in a relaxed but efficient manner.

 

The Rt.Em.Kt. Peter then addressed the assembled Knights.

 

The Provincial Priory was then closed and the Provincial Priory of Malta was opened by the Sub-Prior and the usual business was carried out.

 

By five o'clock we were all on our way home, many of us carrying pasties bought from the local bakeries - indeed, rumour has it that one Knight travelled home with eight pasties!!  He must be off to a great pastie party!!

 

And what sort of day did the Ladies have? 

 

A happy party of our ladies set off by coach for the lovely Elizabethan Manor at Prideaux House and then on to Padstow for lunch/shopping.

The weather was kind to us and we had a most enjoyable day. However, one of our ladies had an unfortunate accident at the house and was taken to hospital in Truro.
I hope that when you read this she is feeling very much better. Our thoughts are with her and her husband.

 

Many thanks to Sue Jones, our Sub Prior’s wife, for so efficiently organising our day out, and I look forward to seeing you all again on 10th October 2015!

 

Elisabeth Davies.

 

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Provincial Appointments and Promotions 2014/15


At the Provincial Meeting at Tintagel on Saturday 11th October 2014 the Provincial Prior, R.E.Kt. Peter Davies will be pleased to confer the following honours on the Knights listed:-

KT MALTA
Ranks Officers 2014 Ranks Officers 2014
Sub Prior E.Kt. Michael R. Jones  P.Gt. Herald Captain General E.Kt. F. Richard Thomas
Prelate  E.Kt. Graham D. Hindle  P.Gt.A de C Lieutenant General E.Kt. Roger F. Guest
 Chancellor E.Kt. Michael S.J. French  P.Gt. A.de C. 1st Lieutenant E.Kt. Louis B. Powderly
1st Constable E.Kt. F. Richard Thomas 2nd Lieutenant E.Kt. Ian C. Harper
 2nd Constable E.Kt. Roger F. Guest Prelate E.Kt. Graham D. Hindle
Treasurer E.Kt. Anthony R. Moyle  P.Gt. Herald Mareschal E.Kt. Alan P. McArthur
Registrar E.Kt. Alan R. Cockman Deputy Mareschal E.Kt. Leslie F.J. Dacombe
Vice-Chancellor E.Kt. Jan A. Olszewski  P.Gt. Swd.Br. Hospitaller E.Kt. Anthony F. Jeffery
Marshall E.Kt. Alan P. McArthur P.Gt. Chamb. Admiral E.Kt. J. Mark Boocock
Deputy Marshall E.Kt. Leslie F.J. Dacombe P.Gt. A.de C. Conservator E.Kt. George Evatt
Almoner E.Kt. Louis B. Powderly Baillie E.Kt. Christopher D. Hallett
Herald E.Kt. Ian C. Harper Turcopolier E.Kt. James P. O’Hara
Standard Bearer (B) E.Kt. Anthony F. Jeffery Chancellor E.Kt. Jan A. Olszewski
Standard Bearer (VB) E.Kt. J. Mark Boocock Treasurer E.Kt. Anthony R. Moyle
Prior’s Banner Bearer E.Kt. John C. Penpraze Prior’s Banner Bearer E.Kt. John C. Penpraze
Sword Bearer E.Kt. Nicholas C. Martin Sword Bearer E.Kt. Nicholas C. Martin
Aide-de-Camp E.Kt. George Evatt Captain of Outposts E.Kt. John C. Summers
Aide-de-Camp E.Kt. Christopher D. Hallett Captain of Outposts E.Kt. Edwin F.J. Purkis
Warden of Regalia E.Kt. Edwin F.J. Purkis P.Gt. Herald Organist E.Kt. Clifford D. Earp
Chamberlain E.Kt. James P. O’Hara Guard E.Kt. Mervyn D. Symes
Captain of Guards E.Kt. John C. Summers Guard  
Organist E.Kt. Clifford D. Earp P.Gt. W.of R.    
Guard E.Kt. Mervyn D. Symes    

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Trinity in Unity Preceptory No 19 Priory of Malta 24th April - when will the North Devon Savages learn to count?

 

Counting is an art that the 'Savages of North Devon' seem to have a little trouble with!  You may recall that on opening the Preceptory some time ago the then Eminent Preceptor E.Kt. Alan Cockman gave the wrong number of knocks, well, the Priory of Malta held under the Trinity in Unity No.19 Banner suffered the same fate, when, on opening the Priory, the Guard replied with eleven knocks instead of the customary twelve!  Our Provincial Sub Prior, E.Kt. Michael Jones, on being offered the Chair by the Eminent Prior E.Kt. John Summers remarked that since we already seemed to be  operating the 'Barnstaple Workings' (as shown b the knocks) then he felt unable to conduct the meeting and would leave it in the hands or our E. Prior.

 

The meeting then continued with the Provincial Sub Prior giving an excellent explanation of the Great Priory Certificate to Kt. David Hingston.   Knights Andy Petherick and Julian Turner were then installed as Knights of Malta in a ceremony which was a perfect example of excellent teamwork which included the Accolade and the Address given in his usual superb manner by the Provincial Sub Prior.

 

E.Kt. John Summers then installed E.Kt. David Cousins as Eminent Prior and David then installed his officers in an excellent manner.

 

The knights then retired to take part in a most enjoyable and convivial festive board, with much of the conversation centred on how our acting Chaplain, E.Kt. Richard Speed had injured his hand and how, in another degree, could he manage to salute in the second degree?  Comments were also made about a certain member who was wearing brown shoes using the feeble excuse that these were the only shoes that he could get on following breaking his ankle!!

 

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At Great Priory Meeting in London on the 21st May...

   
The Grand Master will be pleased to promote the following members of our Province :

 

E.Kt. Michael Robin JONES              to Past Great Herald

 

E.Kt. Edwin Frederick PURKIS         to Past Great Herald

 

 E.Kt. Clifford David EARP                to  Past Great Warden of Regalia

 

Congratulations to all on well earned promotions!

 

Preceptory of Improvement

   
Our Provincial Marshal, Ed Purkis, is planning further Preceptories of Improvement  in the forthcoming months so that we may all keep our Sword Drill up to a good standard.  These will be held in local Preceptories depending on the interest expressed by the knights - Watch this space for more details!!

 

A Daytime Installation at the Tamar Preceptory No.625 at Launceston

A goodly array of distinguished knights, including our Provincial Prior, R.E.Kt. Peter Davies and our Provincial Sub Prior, E.Kt. Michael Jones, braved severe flood warnings to attend the Tamar Preceptory No.625 installation at Launceston on Saturday 1st February.

 

E.Kt. Jan Olszewski wasted no time in opening the Preceptory and dealing with the initial business of the meeting before installing his successor E.Kt. Mike Saffin as Eminent Preceptor of Tamar Preceptory No.625 who then invested his officers. As E.Kt. Mike was already an experienced past preceptor the entire meeting was completed in less than an hour leaving plenty of time for the assembled knights to enjoy renewing old friendships before the festive board.

 

A meal of Smoked Mackerel, Haunch of Venison and Cheesecake ensured that the knights were well catered for however the "Savages from North Devon" were somewhat good naturedly berated by the other knights for amply and lengthily hogging the cheeseboard!

 

Once again, another superb and friendly meeting at Tamar Preceptory - and many of us were home in time to watch most of the Rugby!!

 

 

Teamwork is the order of the day at Trinity in Unity Preceptory No.19 Installation in Barnstaple

 

Knights from all over the Province, led by the Provincial Sub Prior E.Kt. Mike Jones, were treated to a wonderful example of teamwork at Trinity in Unity  Preceptory No.19 at Barnstaple on Thursday 30th January 2014 when Em.Kt. John Summers led his team in the Installation of Kt. David Cousins as Eminent Preceptor of the Preceptory.

 

Before the Installation Ceremony E. Kt. Michael Jones presented Great Priory Certificates to two new members of No.19, Kts. Andy Petherick and Julian Turner with a most interesting explanation of the certificates and their history.

 

The Installation then proceeded under the guidance of the Marshall and with the assistance of E.Kts. John Whitfield and Roger Guest following which E.Kt. Davis Cousins appointed and invested his officers.

 

The meeting was followed by a most enjoyable festive board with speeches short enough to allow the visiting knights to be on their way home by 9:00 o'clock.

 

 

Union or Rougemont Preceptory ‘F’ Installation Meeting.

 

On 15th January, The Knights of ‘F’ Preceptory gathered to witness the Installation of their New Preceptor, John Spencer.

 

After opening, the Baton was offered to the Provincial Sub-Prior who, unusually took it for longer than expected.   

 

A little behind the scenes planning by the Registrar and the Marshall allowed the Installation of a New Knight, Steve Searle into the Order without overloading the Preceptor with work at short notice.   The ceremony was a great success.

 

The Sub-Prior then returned the Baton to its rightful owner, Tony Jeffery, who installed his successor in a most competent and moving manner.

 

 

 

Ed Purkis is always keen to bring new members into KT.....

 

Ed Purkis has sent me a picture of the latest candidate that he wishes to propose into KT - his email is below....

 

Dear Alan

 

I thought the members might like to see a photo of someone who is desperate to join KT.

 

My Grandson is ready and fully equipped to join us.   His sword drill needs a little polish but I suppose that is in my hands.

 

I hope you have space for this on the website – I just did not want to put his face or name for the sake of pc.

 

Hope you had a good Christmas

 

Yours Aye

 

Ed

 

Trinity in Unity Preceptory No.19 Meeting - 28th November

Teamwork was the order of the day at the Trinity in Unity Preceptory No 19 meeting on Thursday 28th November at Barnstaple.

 

The Eminent Preceptor, E.Kt. John Summers would be the first to admit that he is not the greatest ritualist in the world and so, with the assistance of the Marshal, E.Kt. Paul Ackland he put together a team of his officers and past Preceptors who all worked together in what was a seamless ceremony to install Companion Julian Turner as a Knight of our order.

 

Following the excellent ceremony Kt. David Cousins was elected Eminent Preceptor and E.Kt. John Croft was elected Treasurer for the forthcoming year.

 

The evening culminated in a most enjoyable festive board in the company of visitors form South Devon who were able to head towards their homes by 9:30pm

 

Warwickshire Visit to Union of Rougemont Preceptory - 20th November

Dear E.Kt. Jan,

 

                May I ask you to pass on my thanks to R.E.Kt. Peter and E.Kt. Michael and to accept my personal thanks for receiving me and my Warwickshire knights into your Provincial.  I appreciate that you must have been very tired after the meeting in Birmingham and the long journeys involved, there and back. We were given a wonderful reception by the knights of the Preceptory. It was particularly pleasing to be with Les Dacombe and to be part of a very special evening. The reception we received, the fellowship at the festive board and, especially, witnessing a superb ceremony added up to an evening to remember.

                May I wish you and the knights of Devonshire and Cornwall a happy Christmas and a happy, peaceful and healthy New Year

 

With very best wishes

 

Mike

 

R.E.Kt. Dr Michael Harrison,

Provincial Prior, Warwickshire

 

An open letter from our Provincial Marshal

Bro. Knights

 

Now the Annual meeting is well and truly behind us I would like to concentrate on the details of the ritual for KT.

The whole idea is to assist those members who are going thro’ the Preceptory offices, especially Marshal, Preceptor and Constables. 

I would like to give any member the opportunity to try his hand at a piece of the ritual and to help those in office to carry out their duties with a lot more ease.

 

In order to make travelling less arduous I would hope to move the meetings around the province – but this is up to you. 

I need to have a better idea of those who WILL attend and preferred dates, days and times of meetings.

 

Please talk to the members of your Preceptory and offer encouragement.

 

I would appreciate Alan Cockman putting notes about this on the website and ask you all to tell your members to keep in touch with his missives. 

Should anyone consider this to be a waste of time please do not hesitate to contact me and discuss the matter – we are well behind the other Provinces in the furthering of our ritual knowledge and expertise. 

If at any time you might think I can help please do not hesitate to make contact.   My phone number is 01872 241437.

 

I look forward to enjoying our Order in your company.

 

Yours Aye

 

Ed

 

KT Autumn Lunch 03/11/13  - 
"The food was good, the company excellent and those who missed it have only themselves to blame."
 

On Sunday morning, driving down the A39 from Barnstaple to deepest Cornwall in the rain the thought crossed my mind that £40 for two meals plus £15 for wine and £20 odd pounds for petrol was perhaps a bit pricey for a Sunday Lunch for me and my wife.  How wrong could I be!!!  The whole experience - for it was more than just a meal - was memorable!

From the moment that we walked into the Lanhydrock Hotel and Golf Club we were treated like Royalty.  The staff could not have been more attentive! A young lady greeted us at front the door and took any coats and bags that we might have and gently guided us to the wine waiter who took our orders.  We were then chaperoned into the Bar where members of our group who had arrived earlier were enjoying various forms of refreshment.
59 Knights and their wives dined in a comfortable private dining room on the first floor  with its own bar and views over the beautifully sculptured Golf Course.  The staff were not only most efficient but also genuinely cared that everything was 'right';  and the food was even better than the service.  I had Prawn Cocktail followed by Roast Pork and Sticky Toffee Pudding but the names in no way describe what was placed in front of me - it was without doubt one of the best meals that I've ever had!  I spoke to many of our group afterwards and I couldn't find anyone who could fault the meal, the service or the hotel.

Our Provincial Prior Rt.Em.Kt. Peter Davies and his wife Lis were perfect hosts and our Provincial Sub Prior, E.Kt. Michael Jones was suitably fortified enough by a supply of additional crackling to give an excellent toast to our Provincial Prior (which included a revealing tale about E.Kt. Ed Purkis - to hear it you should have been there!!!!).

Those of you who are members of Red Cross will have read on the web site of the antics of a certain dog owner and his 'doggy bag' - well it seems that this practice has crossed over into KT when a certain knight and his wife (whose identity I will not reveal but who is the current Provincial Junior Warden in Devonshire Craft) was seen to ask the staff for some silver foil in which to wrap up the pork which had just been too much for many of our knights!

Too costly a day?  No, the best value for money that I've had for some time!!

Click here to see the pictures

 

Provincial Meeting at Tintagel - 12th October 2013

In a packed hall at Tintagel the assembled Knights were delighted to find that the Provincial Prior, Rt.Em.Kt. Peter Davies had recovered enough from his recent operation to lead his team at the Provincial Meeting on Saturday 12th October.

 

And, probably very much against the advice of his wife Lis, he was also determined to host the 'pre-meeting' lunch at the Bowood Park Golf Club where the food was terrific, the company superb and the speeches short!

 

The Provincial Meeting was organised in a slick and professional manner and the whole team seemed to sense that because of his recent illness and his almost unexpected attendance this was a very special meeting.  The Provincial Sub Prior, E.Kt. Michael Jones, the Vice Chancellor, E.Kt. Jan Olszewski and the Marshal, E.Kt. Ed Purkis had obviously done a tremendous amount of work to make the meeting a success and it certainly showed.

 

Once again the Bodyguard led by their Commander E.Kt. Bill Daw added style and dignity to the proceedings and the Order of Malta following the KT meeting was conducted in a superb manor by our Provincial Sub Prior.

 

But, for everyone, the highlight of the meeting was that our Provincial Prior was well enough to run the meeting!!

 

ps.. Ed Purkis has been handed a Malta jewel and a Knight’s sash (new condition) – if the owners will contact Ed Purkis he will arrange return.   Should he receive no contact he will sell it for charity.

 

To read the Provincial Prior's Address to the Meeting - Click Here

 

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Peter Davies - Latest Update - 2nd October

 

I have today received an update regarding Peter's Operation and I know you will all be as pleased as I am that the operation is over.
Let's hope that Peter's recovery is swift and that he soon gets out of Lis's hair!!

 

Peter was admitted to Treliske yesterday for his gall bladder op.   it was successful and he returned home later in the day.

 

He is now resting, taking pain killers, and preparing for the Tintagel meeting.

 

He and Lis are most grateful for the continued interest.

 

Yours Aye

 

Ed

 

 

Peter Davies - Further Update - 24th September

 

I have today received the following email from Ed Purkis which I am sure you would all like to see:-

 

The latest news on our Provincial Prior is that he is home for a while.  I took him home last evening with the knowledge that he is to have his operation next Tuesday (1st October) and will then have  to rest for two or three weeks.

 

As you will appreciate this encompasses the Tintagel meeting, but Peter being Peter he is determined to attend the Provincial Meeting.  We can only hope that our Knights, who no doubt will wish to show their concern for his wellbeing,  will give him an easy time and not crowd him too much!

 

He is, currently, very tired from ten days in Treliske Hospital but is his normal cheerful self and is now getting over the night time chatter of the nurses, the snoring of the other patients and  the regular checkups during the day.

 

Both Peter and Lis are very grateful for the continual interest displayed by the members of our Order – it is a very emotional time for them both.

 

I have no doubt that you would all like to join me in saying:-

 

Peter and Lis, we are all thinking of you both and have no doubt that the Good Lord will soon put this little hiccup behind you!!

 

Restormel Preceptory No.90 meeting Saturday 21st September

 

Before even entering the Preceptory at Hale the visiting Templars from Tamar took the opportunity to raid the local bakery for real 'Cornish Pasties'!  Their breakfast having been consumed they joined many other Knights from all over the Province at the Restormal Preceptory No.90 to witness, and take part in, a rare event.  Em.Kt. Lewis Hosking, the Eminent Preceptor, opened his Lodge and carried out the initial business before handing the baton to our Provincial Sub Prior Em.Kt. Michael Jones who, because of the sudden indisposition of our Provincial Prior, was to lead the Provincial Officers in a ceremony of installing a new Knight.

 

Our Provincial Prior would have been very proud of his team had he been able to see their performance!  With our Sub Prior acting as Preceptor and his Provincial Team directed by Em.Kt. Ed Purkis, the Candidate, Comp. R. Williams was installed in a most proficient manner which included work on the floor by Em.Kt. Richard Tucker - an old friend of the Candidate who had travelled down from Durham for the Ceremony.

 

The daytime meeting culminated in a most enjoyable Festive Lunch and the only thing that marred the whole meeting was the thought that our Provincial Prior was in Hospital.

 

And the news of Our Provincial Prior is that he's still in hospital undergoing tests previous to having his gall bladder operation.

 

Peter Davies - Update

 

I heard today from David Davies - Our Provincial Prior's brother, that Rt.Em.Kt. Peter is still in hospital in Truro. He was not sent home and hopes to have an operation on Wednesday or Thursday. 

 

Peter Davies

 

Our Provincial Prior, Rt.Em.Kt. Peter Davies was rushed into hospital last night (Saturday) with Pancreatitis and Gallstones.  The Doctors need to get rid of the infection of the Pancreas before treating the Gallstones so they have sent Peter home with antibiotics.

 

Once the infection is reduced they will deal with the Gallstones using keyhole surgery.

 

Peter will clearly be out of action for at least two weeks.

 

Peter, if you read this then rest assured that we are all thinking of you, get well soon, and don't be too much of a burden on Lis!!!

 

 

The Mandylian Preceptory No. 628 Official Visit - 28th August

 Over 52 Knights including over 20 Active Provincial and Great Officers joined  the Provincial Prior, Rt.Em.Kt. Peter Davies and the Provincial Sub Prior, Em.Kt. Michael Jones on the Official Visit to Mandylian Preceptory  No.628 at Ivybridge on a very hot August evening last night.

They were treated to a superb ceremony by the Eminent Preceptor, Em.Kt. George Evatt OBE, and his team and Em.Kt. George, who at 86 must be one of the most senior (in years) Preceptors in the Country was almost faultless in his delivery - and, on the rare occasion when he did get it wrong corrected his delivery with a touch of that wicked sense of humour that we all know him so well for.

The candidate, Comp. Barrie Bannister-Evans could not help but be impressed by the whole ceremony but especially by the performances of those two stalwarts in Masonry, Em.Kt. Bill Daw who carried out the Charge and Em.Kt. Peter Hawken who explained the symbols of the Order.

The meeting then culminate in a most enjoyable Festive Board with good food, good company and speeches that were all restricted to 30 seconds which enabled those of us from the far outposts of the Province to arrive home by midnight!!  A most enjoyable evening was had by all!

 

Preceptory of Improvement at Launceston on 18th August

   
Our Provincial Meeting in October always proves to be one of the busiest of all K.T. Provincial meetings and no doubt some of its popularity is brought about by the venue.  No other Province can boast the splendour of a room full of Knights Templar in King Arthur’s Granite Hall in Tintagel.

It is for this very reason that our Provincial Marshal, Ed Purkis, is holding Preceptories of Improvement in order to ensure that our Sword Drill and Marching add even more to the spectacle that our guests have travelled from far and wide to see.

I was privileged to join ten other Knights (not only members of the Bodyguard but also rank and file Knights) at the latest Preceptory of Improvement at Launceston last Sunday. And what an interesting and instructional meeting it was. 

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In a very informal way Ed showed us the correct sword drill for the commands “To Order”, “Be Seated”, “Engage”, “Reverse Swords” and “Let Us Pray”. Ed then put us through our paces adding actions to the words.  The real surprise was how many of us ‘experienced’ knights were doing it wrongly!!  And of course that resulted in discussion which only went to prove that there were many variations to our sword drill throughout the Province.

 

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All in all a most interesting and educational meeting and If, like me, you’ve ‘picked up’ your sword drill over the years with no proper training then I thoroughly recommend attending one of these meetings of which there are two left, on 15th September and 6th October.
 

 

Trinity In Unity Preceptory No 19 at Barnstaple on 27th June

A first ceremony for a newly installed team, a New Preceptor who readily admits that ritual is not his strong point, a candidate whose hearing is not what it used to be and a visit by the Provincial Prior, Rt.Em.Kt. Peter Davies, the Provincial Sub Prior, Em.Kt. Michael Jones and the Provincial Marshal, Em.Kt. Ed Purkis!  It all sounds like a recipe for disaster!

However the meeting of the Trinity In Unity Preceptory No 19 at Barnstaple on 27th June was a great success and was enjoyed by all!

The Eminent Preceptor, Em.Kt. John Summers led his team, ably directed by the Marshal Em.Kt. Paul Ackland, in the installation of the candidate Andy Petherick and with the assistance of the Provincial Prior who carried out the accolade.

The company then retired to partake of a most enjoyable Festive Board.

 

Tamar Preceptory No. 625 'White Table' Meeting at Barnstaple Saturday 15th June.

Eminent Knights and their Ladies travelled from around the Province to attend the meeting of the Tamar Preceptory No. 625 on Saturday 15th June at Barnstaple.  The Eminent Preceptor, Em.Kt. Jan Olszewski, quickly conducted the business of the Preceptory in a most competent manner and then closed the Preceptory before admitting the Ladies.  The assembled company were then treated to a most enjoyable and interesting talk by Em.Kt. Olszewski entitled "The Knights Templar - History and Legend".

The meeting was followed by a most enjoyable lunch in the company of our Ladies who added glamour, charm and beauty to our festivities.

The only confusing thing about the whole meeting was when one worthy knight enquired as to the health of another's sick cat.  The reply  "It's in the lost property office at Waterloo!! "  It took several minutes for us to realise that the vagrancies of elderly hearing had meant that our colleague had thought that we were enquiring after the headgear he had left on a train some days earlier!

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Provincial Appointments and Promotions 2013/14

Prelate Graham D.  HINDLE 480
Chancellor Michael St.J. FRENCH 25
1st Constable James  A. WONNACOTT 480
2nd Constable Roger C. DUFFETT 19
Treasurer Anthony R. MOYLE 90
Registrar  Alan R. COCKMAN 19
Vice-Chancellor Jan A. OLSZEWSKI 90
Marshal Edwin F.J. PURKIS 90
Dep. Marshal Alan P. McARTHUR 654
Almoner Anthony  D. VICKERY 10
Herald Robert  J. REW 561
Standard Bearer [B] Christopher J. PENGELLY 654
Standard Bearer [VB] John MURRAY 25
Prior's Banner Bearer Roy E. WAKELING 628
Sword Bearer Louis B. POWDERLY 480
Aide-de-C David  B. ROGERS 561
Warden of Regalia Edwin F.J. PURKIS 90
Chamberlain Martin A. PLAYER F
Captain of Guards Ian  C.  HARPER 19
Organist  Clifford  D. EARP F
Guard. Paul WHITTAKER 561
       

Order of Malta

     
Captain General James A. WONNACOTT 480
Lieutenant General Roger C. DUFFETT 19
1st Lieutenant Richard A. LUCAS 25
2nd Lieutenant Arthur C. BARKER 480
Prelate Graham D.  HINDLE 480
Mareschal Edwin F.J. PURKIS 90
Deputy Mareschal Alan P. McARTHUR 654
Hospitaller Anthony  D. VICKERY 10
Admiral Robert  J. REW 561
Conservator John  R. MURRAY 25
Baillie Christopher j. PENGELLY 654
Turcopolier David  B. ROGERS 561
Chancellor Jan A. OLSZEWSKI 90
Treasurer Anthony R. MOYLE 90
Prior's Banner Bearer Roy E. WAKELING 628
Sword Bearer Louis B. POWDERLY 480
Captain of Outposts Ian  C.  HARPER 19
Organist  Clifford  D. EARP F
Guard. Martin A. PLAYER F
Guard Paul WHITTAKER 561
       
Promotions      
       
P.Pr. 2nd Constable Richard A. LUCAS 25
P.Pr. Registrar Arthur C. BARKER 480
P.Pr.Warden of Regalia Paul WHITTAKER 561
       
Promotions Malta      
       
P.Pr. Turcopolier Paul WHITTAKER 561

 

 

PROVINCIAL  WORKING

The meeting of  Restormel Preceptory No. 90 on Saturday September 21st will be a Provincial Working.

Will all active Provincial Officers please make a note in their diaries !

 

 

The "Royal Susex" Preceptory No.25 Installation

A lovely sunny evening on the English Riviera greeted those knights who had travelled from near and far to attend the Installation meeting of the Royal Sussex Preceptory No.25 at Torquay on 13th March.

A large number of knights including our Provincial Prior, Rt.Em.Kt. Peter Davies, the Provincial Sub Prior, Em.Kt. Michael Jones and a goodly number of Great and Provincial Officers, were treated to a superb ceremony in which the Eminent Preceptor, Em.Kt. Orme Vince installed his successor Kt. Malcolm Gorst in a most competent manner and the inner workings were carried out with sincerity and confidence. The newly installed Preceptor then installed his officers and continued the meeting most proficiently;  all this was carried out under the watchful and commanding figure of the Marshal Em.Kt. Dr. Warner Barton.

Before the Installation Our Provincial Prior presented a Great Priory Certificate to Kt. Martin in a most interesting manner.

The evening culminated in a most enjoyable Festive Board and, as is the tradition at Royal Sussex, a visitor's response was called for during which Em.Kt, John Summers from No.19 referred to the recent warm spell and the fact that he (and one or two others) had managed to shed their knightly attire over the past weekend to work in the garden in their underwear!!  Not a pretty sight!!

Once again a great night was had by all!

 

'Missionary Work' in North Devon

The Provincial Sub Prior, Em.Kt. Michael Jones and his team continued their 'Missionary Work' amongst the 'North Devon Savages' when they visited the Trinity in Unity Prior No.19 in Barnstaple on Thursday 25th May.

At the start of the Official Visit by the Provincial Team they were paraded in in Grand Style after the Priory had been opened by the Eminent Prior, Em.Kt. Alan Cockman who then welcomed them warmly. The Eminent Prior then proceeded to install Kt. Dave Hingston and Kt. Stuart Mair as knights of Malta with the very able assistance of the Provincial Sub Prior.  Em.Kt. Alan then installed his successor, Kt. John Summers as Eminent Prior for the ensuing year.

The ceremony was followed by a most amiable festive board during which the dedication of the provincial officers was applauded, especially bearing in mind that the Provincial Sub Prior's mother had been taken into hospital earlier that afternoon following a bad fall but Em.Kt. Michael had still attended to his Knightly duties whilst keeping up to date with the situation in the hospital through his wife Sue.

All in all a most enjoyable evening was had by all and the Knights were wending their way home by 9:30pm

 

Change of Date of Malta Meeting at Newquay

Please Note that the date of the Malta meeting of St. John of Jerusalem Preceptory & St. Michael Priory No 611 at Newquay has had to be changed from 24th April to the 29th April due to many members beaing away at Grand Lodge.

 

Great Priory meeting on the 15th May 2013

 

Great Priory will be held on Wednesday 15th May, 2013, at 2.30 in the Clarendon Suites, 2 Stirling Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham. B16 9SB.

 

Those from the Province of Devon and Cornwall being honoured with promotion are :

 

  E.Kt. Jan  Olszewski
E.Kt  David Akril Dobson
E.Kt Graham David Hindle
Anthony St.John Turner
Sidney Claude Squire
  Great Sword Bearer
Past Great Standard Bearer (B)
Past Great Aide-de- Camp
Past Great Warden of Regalia
Past Great Chamberlain
 

 

An email from the Assistant Grand Secretary:-

 

Dear Sir and brother Knights,

 

I have attached to this E Mail a registration and Dining form for the Great Priory meeting on the 15th May 2013.  The meeting will be held as usual at the Clarendon Suites, 2 Stirling Road, Birmingham, B16 9SB.  The meeting will commence at 2.30 pm, with dining at 5.00pm.  We aim to finish by 7.30pm at the very latest.

 

It is the Most Eminent and Supreme Grand Masters wish that as many knights as possible attend the meeting.  For clarification any knight of any rank is eligible to attend and can return the registration form to me, they do not need a Great Officer to book them in. 

 

The Summons and Minutes will be dispatched in the normal way in due course.

 

Please could you distribute this form to all knights in your Provinces and Preceptories.  I am happy to receive applications via E Mail or post, but must request that all applications are received by the 3rd May 2013.

 

Many thanks for your assistance and I hope to see many of you on the day.

 

If you or any of your brother knights require any further assistance then please don’t hesitate to contact me either by phone or E Mail.

 

Yours in the Bonds of the Order,

 

 Martin Budds

Assistant Grand Secretary

 

Click here to download the Registration and Dining Form

 

 

Spring Lunch at Passage House Hotel, Kingsteignton - Sunday 7th April.

A warm and friendly greeting by our Provincial Prior Rt.Em.Kt. Peter Davies and his lovely wife Lis awaited all the Knights, their wives and friends who attended the Spring Lunch at the Passage House Hotel, Kingsteignton on Sunday 7th April.

The pre-lunch drinks were enjoyed in a most convivial atmosphere and amongst good company in a setting in which the hotel's bar had magnificent views down the Teign Estuary to Teignmouth, and the meal which followed was excellent in all respects.

Several of the gentlemen had decided to go beyond the realms of the 'Old School Tie' with stylish offerings of fashionable ties from Knights Allan Seagar, Gerald Watson and Peter Keaty (with a very wide red tie worn by Fred Wheeler -see the photos) however, they were all eclipsed by the wonderful Fleur de Lys tie sported by one of our guests, W.Bro. John Smerdon!

The Lunch was also attended by our  Provincial Sub Prior, Em.Kt. Michael Jones and his lovely and long suffering wife Sue and he almost ended up with small portions of the meal rather than his request to ensure that "portions are not half size" - an unfortunate error which came about by the organiser not being able to read his handwriting.

It was also a delight to see V.Em.Kt. Gerald Watson at the lunch where he took a little bit of leg pulling from the 'North Devon Savages'!

Talking of which, can anyone explain why one of them ended up with two roast potatoes on a plate which started life as a bowl of Profiteroles??

All in all a great way to spend a Sunday lunch time with good food, good friends and good wine - roll on the Autumn Lunch in Lanhydrock!!

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Rougemont Preceptory Priory of Malta 20th March 2013

Over 50 Knights attended the Priory of Malta Meeting of the Union or Rougemont Preceptory at Exeter on 20th March to watch Em.Kt. Barry Baker install Kts. Simon James and Simon Metters as Knights of Malta with the assistance of the Provincial Sub Prior, Em.Kt. Michael Jones.  And what a superb installation ceremony it was with several knights also attending the Chapter of the Knights of St. Paul in order to see the whole ceremony.

Previous to the ceremony the Mareschal, Em.Kt. Allan Seagar, (who has one of the biggest Swords I’ve ever seen) proved once again that the pen is mightier than the sword when he presented the minutes to the Em.Prior who was unable to sign them because neither had a pen.  Em.Kt. Allan quickly resolved the problem by swapping his sword for a Biro!

Following the installation of the two Knights, Em.Kt. Barry then went on to install Em.Kt. Tony Jeffery as Eminent Prior of the Priory of Malta who then installed his officers in a superb manner despite the fact that a certain visitor who shall be nameless (but who is writing this article) nearly sliced off the legs of the Treasurer when he carelessly left his scabbard sticking out from his chair as the Mareschal escorted the Treasurer to be invested!

The evening culminated in a most enjoyable Festive Board which included the unusual tradition at Union or Rougemont of singing the National Anthem at the Festive Board as part of the Loyal Toast.

 

Trinity in Unity Preceptory No 19 Installation

Having recovered his cloak from the Union or Rougemont Preceptory No. F at Gandy Street earlier in the month (thanks to Brian Tyack and Peter Tolman) the Eminent Preceptor of Trinity in Unity Preceptory No 19 was all set to install his successor Kt. John Summers on 31st January.

 

Visitors from the furthest reaches of the Province made a worthwhile journey to Barnstaple on Thursday evening to witness Em. Kt. Alan Cockman complete his duties as Preceptor when he installed Em. Kt. John Summers into the chair of Trinity-in-Unity No. 19.

 

An overseas contingent from the North ( Somerset ) also joined us to enjoy a well performed ceremony, despite Em. Kt. Alan having some difficulty when he opened the Preceptory with six and one knocks instead of the usual five and two!  This was put down to the problems that the ‘North Devon Savages’ have with the tricky science of counting, and on proffering the Baton to Em. Kt. Michael Jones, the Provincial Sub Prior, Em. Kt. Alan suggested that he should perform the Installation; the Sub Prior refused on the basis that he wasn't familiar with the Barnstaple Ceremony which commenced with knocks of six and one!

 

The Ceremony was followed by the usual high standard of festive board and the visitors were sent on their way by 9:00pm to allow them time to travel to their far flung homes.

 

One very welcome visitor was Em.Kt. Ed Purkis who delighted us all by making a return visit to Barnstaple after having undergone the fitting of a Pace Maker!

 

Only three short months now before a similar event in the Malta Degree at Barnstaple, let’s hope that not too much happens between now and then to distract Alan from his learning!

 

(Report written jointly by Em. Kt. Michael Jones, the Provincial Sub Prior and Em. Kt. Alan Cockman)

 

Union or Rougemont Preceptory No. F  Installation

Over 50 knights as well as the Provincial Prior Rt.Em.Kt. Peter Davies and the Provincial Sub Prior Em.Kt. Mike Jones, attended the installation at the Union or Rougemont Preceptory No. F at Gandy Street in Exeter on Wednesday 16th January 2013 and what a superb evening it was.

At the commencement of the meeting the Marshal, Em.Kt. Allan Seager decided that in view of the large numbers attending then he would play the role of health and safety officer and he instructed the knights in the back rows not to draw their swords during the ceremony.  This slightly disappointed those who were affected and who were looking forward to taking their revenge on those in the ‘better’ seats in front, however, on reflection, Alan was probably right!

The Eminent Preceptor, Em.Kt. Malcolm Player then installed his successor Kt. Tony Jeffery in a most proficient and sincere manner, and Em.Kt. Tony then appointed and invested his officers.  However this did not go without incident.  When the Treasurer was invested his sword seemed to take on a life of its own causing the Provincial Prior to take rapid avoiding action and to remark at the Festive Board that he was “..glad to be going home with both ears and his nose intact!”  The Marshal promised him that the Treasurer would be receiving intensive Sword Drill Training in the very near future!!

Following the Installation Rt.Em.Kt. Peter Davies presented a certificate to a newly installed knight in a most informative manner!

The meeting was followed by superb festive board in which the food was only surpassed by the wine and the company!

As a footnote one of the visitors (guess who) on his return to the darkest depths of North Devon realised that in the ‘hurley burley’ of over 50 Knights changing at the same time he had managed to mislay his cloak and return home without it – this wouldn’t be a problem except for the fact that in two weeks time he has to install his successor in Barnstaple and the spectacle of an installation carried out by an Eminent Preceptor wearing just his tunic would probably be noticed and frowned upon by those presiding over the meeting!  So if anyone has come across the wayward cloak could they please let me know.

 

Holy Cross Preceptory No561Ceremony

On one of the wettest nights of the winter, Tuesday 20th November, E.Kt. Hallet, the Eminent Preceptor of Holy Cross Preceptory No 561 at Seaton installed Companion Simon Dunn as a Knight of the Order.  Simon is well known around the County of Devon as a past Deputy D.C. in the Craft Degree and his installation drew visiting friends from as far afield as Barnstaple and Plymouth.

In the absence of both the Provincial Prior and the Provincial Sub Prior who were attending to their duties at a Great Priory Meeting in London the Preceptory Chaplain, E.Kt. Brian Emmerson rose to the occasion and delivered the accolade (to which he occasionally added some Spanish Workings following his recent vist to Spain in another Degree).

The evening culminated in a most enjoyable festive board with good company, good food and good friends.

 

The Provincial sub Prior's Maiden Flight in Malta at The "Royal Sussex" Priory No 25
 

Our new Provincial Sub Prior took his maiden flight when he presided over the Priory of Malta Meeting at The “Royal Sussex” Priory No 25 in Torquay on Wednesday 14th November.

The Eminent Prior, Em.Kt. John Murray, carried out the installation of a new knight in a superb manner and was ably assisted by our Provincial Sub Prior who gave the address.

Em.Kt. John then proceeded to install his successor, Em.Kt. Michael Robin Orme Vince and the Provincial Sub Prior was delighted to be offered the Baton of the Priory by someone who had the same first two names as himself!

The entire company then retired to the refrectory for a superb Festive Board

 

The "Royal Veterans" Preceptory No 10 Installation
  

Three weeks ago John Boocock installed Richard Thomas in the chair of the Royal Citadel Conclave in the Order of the Red Cross of Constantine.  Tonight (Monday 12th November) in Plymouth, the situation was reversed when Richard Thomas installed John Boocock as Eminent Preceptor of The “Royal Veterans’” Preceptory No 10 in the order of Knights’ Templar.

Em.Kt. Richard installed Kt. John with the style and polish that he has become known for and Em.Kt. John then appointed his officers in his own inimitable manner and it was noticeable how young that team were!  Looking at the Constables reminded me of the old saying “you know you’re getting old when the policemen look young” and the constables certainly did look young to me!

The ceremony was followed by a most convivial festive board with good food and good company.

 

The Latest News on Em.Kt. Ed Purkis
  
Em.Kt. Ed Purkis was taken to hospital on Saturday 3rd November suffering from what appeared to be a seizure.  

I have spoken to Sue his wife this morning (11th November) and she tells me that the good news is that Ed is now at home and the doctors have ruled out a Stroke or Heart Attack as being the problem, they believe that Ed has a slow heart beat which occassionally misses a beat altogether.  They are now on a "Waiting and Watching" routine with the possiblity of having a heart pace maker fitted at some time in the future.

Ed has been told to 'take it easy' for a while and is totally frustrated at not being able to live his normal very active life whilst Sue has the unenviable job of ensuring that Ed does what he's told, and anyone who knows Ed can imagine what a tough job she is having!!!

Ed, we are all thinking of you and missing you and we hope that you will recover soon.

 

Autumn Luncheon held on 4th November at Launceston
     

Good Food, Good Wine and Good Company were enjoyed by over 70 Knights, their Friends and Families when they attended the K.T. Autumn Luncheon at Eagle House Hotel, Launceston on Sunday 4th November.

Hosted by the Eminent Provincial Prior, Rt.Em.Kt. Peter Davies and his Lady, Lis, and superbly organised by Em.Kt. James Wonnacott the Luncheon which seemed to be made up of all “home cooked” food was enjoyed by all, as was the poem which the Provincial Prior recited in his toast to the Ladies.

The only sad part of the day was the news that Em.Kt. Ed Purkis had been taken to hospital the day before suffering from what appeared to be a seizure.   The good news however was that Ed appeared to have recovered well and was hoping to return home that very day!

Ed - get well soon, and we're all thinking about you!!

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Province of Devonshire & Cornwall Annual Chapter at Tintagel
 

The breathtaking views of the Cornish coast, a leisurely lunch in the company of good friends and a Provincial Meeting that started promptly, was well attended, well organised and was interesting – what more could a Knight want?

 

After just a year as our Provincial Prior Rt.E.Kt. Peter Davies showed that he had firmly “taken the reigns” of our Province by running the Provincial Meeting at Tintagel on Saturday 13th October with style and good humour.

 

After the 158 knights were assembled and the visitors, many of whom had travelled from Provinces far from Devon,  introduced and greeted, the fundamental business of the meeting was quickly dealt with.  Then came the appointment of the new Provincial Sub-Prior.

 

Before appointing the new Sub-Prior our Provincial Prior referred to the work and support he had received from V.E.Kt.Gerald Watson and thanked him for all his help and wished him well in his future appointment in the Chapter Degree.  He also thanked E.Kt. Mike Jones for all the work he had done in his position as Vice Chancellor over the years. 

 

The appointment and investiture of the Provincial Sub Prior, E.Kt.Mike Jones, was then carried out by the Provincial Prior in a superb manner followed by the appointment and promotion of the other officers of the Province.

 

After the inspection of his bodyguard the Right Eminent Provincial Prior gave a most enjoyable address to the assembled Knights (a copy of which can be read by clicking on the link below).

 

The Provincial Prior then closed the Provincial Priory and the Priory of Malta was opened and the Officers appointed by the new Sub Prior in an exemplary manner.

 

The meeting was then closed and the Knights wended their way home happy at having attended a most enjoyable meeting.

 

And the local Cornish Pasty Shop had done a roaring trade!

 

 

Provincial Sub Prior bids farewell to the Celts and the North Devon ‘Savages’

On Friday 28th September at Launceston the Provincial Sub Prior, V.Em.Kt. Gerald Watson, presided over his last Malta Priory before he will stand down at the Provincial Meeting at Tintagel on the 13th October.

 

A large number of visitors and active Provincial Officers from all over Devon and Cornwall as well as visitors from the far flung reaches of Somerset attended the Official Provincial Visit to the Launceston Castle Preceptory and St. Thomas Priory No 48

 

The Malta Meeting was conducted by the Eminent Prior, Em.Kt. Lou Powderly in a most capable manner when he firstly installed Kt. Richard Mably as a Knight of Malta and then went on to install his successor Em. Kt. Jim O’Hara into the chair of the Priory.

 

The meeting was followed by a most enjoyable Festive Board and during the toasts the new Eminent Prior referred to himself and the Installing Prior as “although we are not Cornish we are indeed Celts – both being Irish”.  Following the toast to the Provincial Officers a deputation of North Devon

 

 ‘Savages’ who have developed a special ‘bantering’ relationship with the Sub Prior over the years presented him with a plaque depicting a Knight Malta being confronted by 3 savages with the words Es Salaam Aleikum;  the banter continued with the Sub Prior expressing his regret that his missionary work in Barnstaple had been in vain!!

 

At the Provincial G.P. Committee Meeting held before the Malta Meeting the Provincial Prior, Rt.Em.Kt. Peter Davies was delighted to present a pair of engraved Masonic Wine Glasses to V.Em.Kt. Gerry who was pleased to find that the glasses were accompanied by two bottles of very good wine (which were not brought out at the Festive Board!).
  

Official Provincial Visit to Union or Rougemont Preceptory No F

When the Immediate Past Preceptor of a Preceptory discovers that the Eminent Preceptor has been rushed into hospital twenty four hours before a meeting only one thing could make it worse and that is if that meeting is also an Official Visit by the Provincial Offficers.  That is exactly what happened at Union or Rougemont Preceptory No F at their meeting on Wednesday 26th September in Exeter. 

 

Em.Kt. Barry Baker bravely took the chair at short notice when Em.Kt. Martin Player was taken to hospital.  And what a superb job he made of it!!  Some other officers were also absent due to ill health but the members of the Preceptory pulled together in the true spirit of teamwork and presented a terrific ceremony when they installed Comp. Andrew Simon James into the Preceptory in front of our Provincial Prior, Rt.Em.Kt. Peter Davies, his Provincial Officers and many visitors.

 

The meeting was followed by a most convivial Festive Board and during the toast to the new Knight his proposer, Em.Kt. Jeff Bailey, referring to the Candidate's name remarked that it was the first time he had come across three saints in one man!!

 

 

Holy Cross Preceptory No 561 - Two meetings in one night
The Installation meeting of the Holy Cross Preceptory No 561 at Seaton on Tuesday 18th September was preceded by the Installation of a candidate into the Order.

For the first part of the meeting E.Kt. Robin Barnard took the chair and installed Companion Anthony Briars in a most professional manner with the assistance of E.Kt. Mike Jones (who had taken over Robin's role as Marshal) and the assistance of our Provincial Prior Rt.E.Kt. Peter Davies who performed the Accolade with his customary style.

The Eminent Preceptor, E.Kt. David Rogers, then retook the chair and installed his successor Kt. Christopher Hallett in an equally impressive manner,

After the installation the Provincial Prior presented a cerificate to a new Knight in a most interesting fashion.  The ceremony was followed by a very enjoyable festive Board with a superb beef and mushroom pie on the menu!

 

Tamar Preceptory No 625 Meeting at Barnstaple
At their meeting in Barnstaple on Saturday 16th June the Tamar Preceptory No:625 of Installed Preceptors  were treated to a rare talk by E.Kt. J. Olszwski on “An explanation of some terms used in Templar Masonry”.  The talk explained many of the titles used in both Knights Templar and in Knights Malta, including the origins of the word Preceptory and the origin of the three names Marshall, Baillie and Turcopollier.

Following the morning meeting a dull wet day was brightened by the presence of the Ladies at the Festive Lunch.

 

Report on Great Priory, Wednesday 16th May 2012.

 A number of Knights from the Province attended the Annual Muster of Great Priory at The Clarendon Suites, Edgbaston on Wednesday 16th May to support the four Knights from Devonshire & Cornwall who were appointed or promoted.

 

Our Sub-Prior, Gerald Watson, received a very well earned promotion to Past Great Registrar, Allan Seager was appointed to Past Great Aide.de Camp and David Lee to Past Great Warden of Regalia. Alan McArthur was appointed to the active rank of Great Chamberlain.   

After the ceremonial, a very pleasant meal was enjoyed by all before setting off on the long journey home.

 

Congratulations to Very Eminent Knight Gerry and Eminent Knights Allan, David and Alan.

 

 

Appointments and Promotions to be made at the Provincial Meeting at Tintagel on 13th October

Appointments and Promotions 2012/13

     

Appointments 2012/13

Provincial Rank

Malta Provincial Rank

 

 

 

P. Davies 90

Prior

Prior

M. Jones 561

Sub-Prior

Sub-Prior

G.D. Hindle 480

Prelate

Chaplain

R.O. Osborn 10

Chancellor

 

A. St.J. Turner 561

1st Constable

Captain General

D. Pascoe 90

2nd Constable

Lieutenant General

A.R. Moyle 90

Treasurer

Treasurer

J. Croft 19

Registrar

1st Lieutenant

J.A. Olszewski 90

Vice-Chancellor

Chancellor

E.F.J. Purkis 90

Marshal

Mareschal

J.A. Wonnacott 480

Deputy Marshal

Deputy Mareschal

R.G. Copp 19

Almoner

Hospitaller

P. Bennett

Herald

2nd Lieutenant

Terry Hayes F

 

Baillie

R. Thomas 10

Standard Bearer ‘B’

Admiral

R. Guest 19

Standard Bearer ‘VB’

Conservator

T. Downe 25

Prior’s Banner Bearer

Banner Bearer

B. Baker F

Sword Bearer

Sword Bearer

M. Cheshire 654

Aide de Camp

Turcopolier

E.F.J. Purkis 90

Warden of Regalia

 

E. Wareham 90

Chamberlain

Captain of Outposts

R. Stacey 480

Captain of Guards

Past Guard

N. Wilkinson 561

Captain of Guards

Past Guard

P. Whittaker 561

Guard

Guard

 

 

 

P. Keaty 628

Proms to Past 1st Const

Past Captain General

J. Blewett 90

Proms to Past Reg

Past 1st Lieutenant

T. Lambell F

Proms to Past Reg

Past 1st Lieutenant

 

 

 

Spring Lunch at Kingsteignton
Well over 100 Knights and their friends and families attended the Spring Lunch at the Passage House Hotel in Kingsteignton on Sunday 1st April.  The magnificent weather not only afforded us a pleasant trip to the dinner but also enabled us to take in the splendid view of the River Teign which can be had from the bar of the hotel.  A convivial pre-lunch drink was followed by a superb luncheon which had been organised  in a most professional manner by our Provincial Vice Chancellor Em.Kt. Mike Jones.  The meal was followed by the Loyal Toast and three brief though excellent toasts which included a “Thank You” to our Ladies by our Provincial Prior Rt.Em.Kt. Peter Davies who also commented that it was nice to see all the Knights “out of the nighties!!”

 

Great weather, great company, great food, great atmosphere, what else can you hope for on a Sunday lunchtime?  We all look forward to the Autumn Lunch at Launceston.

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The Mandylion Preceptory No 628 Installation.
At the Installation at The Mandylion Preceptory No. 628 held on Friday 30th March ay Ivybridge the Eminent Preceptor, Em.Kt. John Bate installed his successor Kt. Roy Wakeling in a most competent manner.  Em.Kt. John then invested his officers and completed the summons in a most excellent style.

 

All present then retired to partake of the festive board, and one Knight in particular (who shall be nameless) was in such a hurry to get to the refreshments that he decided not to make use of the last four steps of the stairs with drastic results.  Relieved that his pride was more damaged than his body we then partook of a most enjoyable meal with wonderful company.

 

The worst nightmare of a Past Preceptor?      St. John of Jerusalem  Preceptory No 611 Installation.

The worst nightmare of any Past Preceptor happened at St. John of Jerusalem Preceptory No 611, Newquay on Tuesday 28th February 2012  -  the acting Eminent Preceptor was unable to attend the Installation because of personal unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances.

 

With just minutes to go before the start of the ceremony, and with R.E.Kt Peter Davies the Provincial Prior in attendance together with visiting  Knights from all around the Province, E.KT.Steve Wilkinson, Prov. Std. Br. (B) bravely volunteered to become the Installing Preceptor.

 

And what a superb job he made of installing Kt. John Penpraze as Eminent Preceptor!!

 

E.Kt. John then installed his officers in a most professional manner, and it was nice to see that many of the officers were ‘Young Knights’ boding well for the future of the Preceptory.

 

The evening culminated with a most convivial and enjoyable festive board held at the Griffin Hotel, Newquay.

 

Ron shines at Restormel Preceptory No 90 Installation.

The Installation at Restormel Preceptory and St. Andrew Priory No90 (which were both held on the Morning of Saturday 18th February at Hayle) held a secret for the assembled Knights until the very end.

 

E.Kt. Ron Gould who, at 92 must be one of the most senior Preceptors in the Country, installed his successor, E.Kt. Nick Martin in Knights Templar and, after a short recess, in Knights Malta in a most exemplary manner in front of R.E.Kt. Peter Davies, The Provincial Prior and a full Preceptory of Knights many of whom had travelled from the far reaches of the Province.

 

One of the distinguished visitors was Rt.E.Kt. John Brackley K.C.T. , Great Vice Chancellor who it was thought was holidaying in the area until, under Any Other Business in Knights Malta, the Provincial Prior surprised the meeting by announcing that following a conversation he had had with Malcolm Slater, Very High & Rt.E.Gt. Seneschal, at the Tintagel meeting, about the amazing manner in which E.Kt. Ron had carried out several ceremonies in his year despite his age, and following 4 months of clandestine organisation, Rt.R.Kt. Brackley was in fact attending the meeting in order to carry out a very special “Field Appointment” by appointing E.Kt. Ron Gould to the rank of PGtA-de-C.

 

Following the presentation E.Kt. Ron addressed the Knights and stated that this appointment was the unexpected culmination of a wonderful year for him in which he had been recognised for his fifty years in Freemasonry, then he had been selected as a Cushion Bearer at the Investiture of our Provincial Prior at Tintagel in October of last year, and now he has been given this honour!

 

The knights then retired to partake of an excellent Lunch in the refectory which displayed Cornish Hospitality at its best.

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Banner Dedication at Vera Cruz Preceptory No 654

At the meeting of Vera Cruz Preceptory No 654 on the 14th February 2012 the knights of the Preceptory and their guests were treated to the Preceptory Banner Dedication Ceremony, when the Provincial Prior R.E.Kt. Peter Davies assisted by the Provincial Team carried out the ceremony in a most sincere and professional way.

Em.Kt. Graham Hindle, Provincial Prelate, then gave a superb oration of the history of the Order and in particular of Vera Crux Preceptory in which he explained that the central feature of the banner was the Cross of Calvary set in a landscape indicative of Golgotha where Our Lord was crucified and overlooking the Judean Hills. The Cross is empty suggestive of the Risen Christ and emphasising his victory over death.  Below the Cross are two scallop shells, these simple objects were worn by pilgrims, sometimes on their hats and sometimes on their clothes to show that they had embarked on and completed a pilgrimage to a holy place. Pilgrims undertook this religious duty in a spirit of humility, as such the scallop shells could also be used as spoon, cup and dish as the pilgrim took little with him in the way of luxuries.

The full oration can be viewed by clicking here.

 

200 Year Old Warrant seen for the first time in many years at Trinity in Unity No 19 Barnstaple

The Warrant for Trinity In Unity Preceptory No:19 in Barnstaple has for many years lived in a box and has been passed from Eminent Precepto to Eminent Preceptor without anyone actually seeing the Warrant.  At their Installation Meeting in January the incoming Preceptor, Alan Cockman, surprised the assembled company by demanding that the Installing Preceptor, E.Kt. Ian Harper open the box and display the Warrant which was hand written 200 years ago (the Bi-Centenary of the Preceptory could not be celebraated as the Preceptory did not operatate for 43 of the last 200 years).

The Warrant turned out to be in very good condition and was viewed by all those who attended before being returned to its box, there to remain for some considerable years to come.

The Installation was followed by a very convivial festive board in which everyone was given a history of Trinity in Unity Preceptory and which finished in plenty of time for the Right Eminent Provincial Prior, Right Eminent Peter Davies, and other distinguished visitors from affar to return home before the bewitching hour of midnight.

 

Provincial Prior’s Address – Tintagel, Saturday 8th October 2011

Well Bro. Knights, this is a new experience for all of us!  I’m more used to standing up in front of 150 students in an examination hall, but of course, they are always much more apprehensive than I am.

 I want to begin by paying tribute to my immediate predecessor, Rt E Kt John Warner Vaughan.  John served the Province as Sub Prior for 11 years before he was installed as Provincial Prior at the Riviera Centre, Torquay in January 2007. Since then, he has led the Province with his own brand of calm dignity and charm. Under his stewardship the Province has continued to flourish. Approx. 80 Knghts have been installed, and we have had Official Visits from both Prior & Sub Prior and Provincial workings with the Prior and his team of officers. His regular attendance at our meetings has been a welcome benefit to our Preceptories.

I have particular reason to be grateful to Rt E Kt John. He appointed me his Provincial Deputy Marshal in 2007, & last year he appointed me his Marshal. So, I’ve just got used to standing at that end of the Hall and looking in this direction…. But, hey, I’m not complaining! I do feel very humble to follow in the footsteps of such distinguished Kts as Rt E Kt John and his predecessors, Rt E Kts Keith Jackson, Douglas Penny and Cyril Barnes, sadly none of whom are able to be with us this afternoon.

I feel sure you will all want to join me in wishing John and his lovely wife Anne a happy retirement from this office and I know we all look forward to seeing them around the Province in the years to come. I expect he will get on with his hunting, shooting and fishing - the only sports he recognises. According to John, all the others are just games!

Earlier I welcomed our distinguished visitors; I now welcome you all to this Provincial meeting in what must be one of the most atmospheric of venues for a meeting of Knights Templar. It is wonderful to see so many of you here and I thank you for your support today. To all those Knights who have sent me messages of congratulation, encouragement & support – thank you. Your messages were very much appreciated.

In particular, I want to thank our Provincial Sub Prior, E Kt Gerry Watson, who, having served as Sub Prior for 4 ½ years has agreed to continue in office for one more year. It will be very reassuring to have his support and experience beside me.

E Kt Gerry, on behalf of our ladies, will you also please convey our sincere thanks to your wife, Evelyn, for all her hard work over the last 4-5 years in arranging the Ladies’ outings. I know my wife has enjoyed every one & I think today’s trip to the Eden Project is well supported & will be one of the most popular & successful outings.

Then we must thank our Provincial Bodyguard, under the direction of their Commander, Deputy Commander & Registrar. They have been beavering away since very early this morning to set up the Hall for these meetings while most of us were still having breakfast. Thank you Bro. Kts for all your hard work. Thanks to our host Preceptory, Launceston Castle No. 480 and all those who have contributed towards the setting up for this meeting.  A word also for our new Provincial Marshal and Deputy Marshal. Having occupied both those offices in recent years I am well aware of the need for a full rehearsal for this meeting. E Kt Ed & E Kt James have not had the benefit of a rehearsal today & in the circumstances they have done a sterling job. Thank you both.

And last, but, (& those of you who know him well will understand what I mean when I say “by no means least”), our Provincial Vice Chancellor, E Kt Mike Jones. E Kt Mike is a man with a very big heart, and an even bigger sword! Should one feel the need to disagree with him, I recommend you do it from a distance! E Kt Mike, thank you for all that you do for the Province, but especially for today. Br Kts, preparations for today do not happen over just days or weeks. The arrangements for the two meetings with a lunch for 120+ in between,  have been in the planning for over 5 months. It’s not so much hard work as particularly time consuming & requiring meticulous attention to detail. E Kt Mike, thank you.

Congratulations are in order for those Kts who have been appointed or promoted today. This is recognition for your efforts on behalf of, and your commitment to your Preceptories.  I trust you will continue to serve & support your Preceptories and encourage new members.

I believe I have invested a strong team of officers today & I look forward very much to working with you all during the coming year. A senior executive officer of an American advertising company described ‘teamwork’ as “a lot of people doing what I say”. Well Bro Kts, I do not subscribe to that definition. In my dictionary, there is no ‘I’ in teamwork. There is however a ‘w’ & an ‘e’ and WE shall work together for the good of the Province. Remember Bro Kts that YOU are the Province – not the executive or administrative officers, but you, individually and collectively are the Province of Devonshire & Cornwall and  I look forward to coming around & meeting each of you during this next year. Be proud of your Province, Bro Kts, go back to your Royal Arch Chapters and encourage the next generation of Knights Templar to join you in this wonderful Order. To those retiring from office this year, we thank you for your commitment and your service to the Province over the last year. We hope you will continue to enjoy your Templar masonry in and beyond the Province.

We must also congratulate those E Kts who were honoured by the Grand Master at Gt Priory in May this year. E Kt Brian Lobb was appointed to PGt Herald, E Kt Michael Cooper to PGt A-de-C, and E KTs Brian Emmerson & John Vooght to PGtWofR. These appointments are well deserved and I hope that as many Kts as can make it will be at Gt Priory of Malta next month in Edgbaston to support these E Kts when they receive the equivalent rank in the Malta degree.

I’ve already promised our distinguished visitors that I will try to reciprocate their visit over the next few years. Within the Province, I will endeavour to attend each of the Preceptories at least once during the coming year.

We shall continue the established practice of 2 Official Visits in the Knights Templar, and I also hope to bring the Provincial team to one of the Preceptories for a Provincial Working, with if course, the agreement of the EP.

Looking forward, we are working on two new initiatives:

At Tamar Preceptory in Torquay in June we were treated to a most interesting presentation by Rt E Kt Barry Burridge, Prov. Prior for Somerset & E Kt David Platten, PPrRegistrar, Somerset, who told us about the King Edward VII & Somerset Preceptories of Improvement. I won’t go into detail now, but in the coming months our new Prov. Marshal, EKt Ed Purkis, will be talking to your Preceptories & explaining how a Kt may be involved & how it will improve his knowledge of the ritual & the rubric, as well as his competence & confidence in sword drill.                                                                        

Our Vice Chancellor, as if he hasn’t enough to do, is also looking into the idea of a Provincial website. If any of you have expertise in that area I’m sure E Kt Mike will be pleased to receive any help and advice you can offer.

On the social side, we enjoyed a very pleasant Spring Lunch at Passage House in Devon in April, and I’ve asked E Kt James Wonnacott, our Prov. Deputy Marshal, to organise an Autumn Lunch in Cornwall next year. I hope Bro Kts that you will support these two happy, social functions with your wives, partners & families.

To bring you up to date with the Grand Master’s Anabta appeal to purchase diagnostic equipment for the Eye Hospital in Jerusalem – The appeal is now closed & the target has been well exceeded. The Kts of this Province contributed a splendid £4,000. This Order is the single largest donor to the Eye Hospital, which, as I’m sure you’re all aware, offers free treatment to Christians, Jews & Arabs alike.   

A reminder, Bro Kts, of the Grand Master’s Council recommendation that on Christmas Day at 5pm, when we’re full of turkey, plum pudding and festive spirit, we remember our Bro Kts around the world with this short prayer:        “Preserve O Lord our Brother Knights, By land and sea and air, And as we hold them in our thoughts, So keep them in thy care”.

And finally: thank you all again for your attendance & support today. I look forward to seeing you all back here, same place, same time next year. Have a safe journey home and I’ll leave you with this thought: Bro Kts, don’t be afraid to go out on a limb – that is where the fruit is!

Thank you for listening.                          Rt E Kt Peter Davies      8th October 2011

 

Provincial Prior’s Thanks to the Escorts – Tintagel, Saturday 8th October 2011

Bro Kts, before I adjourn this Chapter of Provincial Priory, I want to take a moment to thank my four Escorts & Cushion Bearers this morning.

My brother, Kt David Davies of the Preceptory of St George No 318 in Cheshire, has only been a member of this Order for approx. 18 months – after a few years of persistent persuasion from me! He is now in office & I believe enjoying his Templar masonry. Dave, thank you for being here for me again today. I know you’re always there for me but today is very special.

E Kt Bernard Winsor, PDepGt SwdB, has been a member of this Order for … oh, aeons! Like David & me he is a product of Torquay Boys’ Grammar School although a decade or so earlier! Bernard is Capt. of the Sepulchre Guard in the Red Cross of Constantine & I am his Deputy. He may tell you that he’s not much longer for this world. Well, Bernard, we can’t afford to lose you yet – keep taking the tablets!

E Kt Richard Thomas, EP of Royal Veterans No 10 in Plymouth, is our youngest reigning Preceptor at just 46 years of age. Gosh, I remember 46! He’s coming to the end of his year in the Chair where he has demonstrated an excellent command of the ritual. He is also a colleague on the Sepulchre Guard in the Red Cross in which he also distinguishes himself.

E Kt Ron Gould is the EP of my mother Preceptory, Restormel No 90 way down in the far west in Hayle. Ron is our oldest reigning Preceptor at twice Richard’s age – he’s in his 92nd year! He recently performed a full ceremony of Installation of a new Kt, except for the explanation of the symbols, and with barely a prompt. I shall be glad to be drawing breath at 92, let alone work a full ceremony! Incidentally, his predecessor in the Chair is in his 93rd year, but I can reassure you that to be a nonagenarian is not a prerequisite for the Chair of Restormel Preceptory!

Bro Kts, I thank all four of you all for your support & your efforts this morning.