Donnington Castle Chapter No 856 - Report: 08th August 2018
On Wednesday 8th June 2018, the Inspector General V\Ill\Bro. Roy Stone 33° and the District Recorder, Ill\Bro. Tony Rees 31°, attended the meeting held at the Masonic Centre, London Road, Newbury. There were 75 in attendance, including 40 guests, namely V\Ill\Bro. Ian Crowe 33°, Inspector General for Gloucestershire & Herefordshire, V\Ill\B ro. Terry Bruty 33°, Past Inspector General for Hants & IOW (Wessex). Ill\Bros. Robert Faulkner 32°(117), Ken Beard 32°(18), Tony Lewis 31°(613), Graham Seeman 31°(811), Rod Bancroft 31°(117), Anthony Howlett-Bolton OBE 30° (117 & RWPGM), Ian Hopgood 30° (1165 & MEGS), Richard Olliver 30° (1075 & RWPGM for MMM), Les Langley 30° (252), Roley Sheere-Massey 30° (49), Chris Billingdon 30° (991), Ed Rochead 30° (991), Reg Austin 30° (117), David Arnold 30° ( 613), Lindsay Maskell 30° (811), Vince Spiller 30° (567), Brian Cook 30° (613), Graham Hutton 30° (252), Peter Woods 30° (252), Jeremy Jarvis 30° (855), Andy Cathcart 30° (548), Lionel Higgins 30° (117), Roger Jones 30° (811), Paul Davey 30° (252) and E & P Bros. Steve Lyford 18° (MWS 567), Peter Sands 18° (MWS of 252 & DPGM), Philip Mott 18° (MWS of 548), John McNeill 18° (MWS of 811), Colin Payne 18° (811), Richard Morrell 18° (811), Roger Tomlinson 18° (613), Martin Coles 18° (613), Steve Heike 18° (117), John Newman 18° (117), Ken Jones 18° (548), Ted Lewis 18°, ( 1165) and Clive Blackburn 18°, (1165), who were all most warmly welcomed by the MWS, E & P Bro. Roy Parker 18°.
Ill\Bros. Lionel Voke 30° acted as Second General, E &P Bro. Bob Elmes 18° as Raphael and Ill\Bro. Steve Berkshire 30° as Recorder as Ill\Bro. Stephen Ellner 30° was unavoidably absent, being on holiday in USA.
E & P Bro. Mike Warner 18° proposed the minutes of the meeting held on 13th June 2018, be confirmed as a true record. This was seconded by Ill\Bro. Lionel Voke 30° and carried by the members.
The District Recorder, Ill\Bro. Tony Rees 31°, presented Supreme Council certificates to E & P Bro. Philip Clarke 18°, Michael Leeke 18° and John MacGregor 18°, in his customary excellent manner.
The Treasurer, Ill\Bro. Paul Wilding 30°, presented the audited accounts for 2017 / 2018. E & P Bro. Mike Warner 18°, proposed the adoption of the accounts, coupled with a vote of thanks to the Treasurer and Examiners. This was seconded by Ill\Bro. Lionel Voke 30° and carried by the members.
The Inspector General, V\Ill\Bro. Roy Stone 33°, accepted an invitation to occupy the Sovereigns Chair, to carryout the Enthronement of E & P Bro. Mike Warner 18° as MWS for the ensuing year.
The new MWS then invested his officers and those elected by the Chapter with the authority of their respective office, as follows:
|Prelate||Ill\Bro. Bill Rhymes 31°|
|1st General||E & P Bro. John Kirkpatrick 18°|
|2nd General||E & P Bro. Mike Brown 18°|
|Treasurer (elected)||Ill\Bro. Paul Wilding 30°|
|Recorder||Ill\Bro. Steve Ellner 30° ( absent)|
|DC||Ill\Bro. Kevin Dodd 30°|
|Almoner||Ill\Bro. John Gilbert 30°|
|Marshall||E & P Bro. Ian Spence 18°|
|Raphael||E & P Bro. Mike Sanders 18°|
|ADC||Ill\Bro. David Jarvis 32°|
|Herald||E & P Bro. Peter Sullivan 18° (absent)|
|Organist||E & P Bro. David Biggs 18°|
|Capt. of Guard||E & P Bro. David Edmonds 18° (absent)|
|Stewards||E & P Bro. Robert Elmes 18°|
|E & P Bro. Iain Marnock 18°|
|E & P Bro. Frank Hames 18°|
|E & P Bro. Carl Dukes 18°|
|E & P Bro. Ian Wharton 18°|
|E & P Bro. Mark Heppelthwaite 18°|
|E & P Bro. Ian Atkinson 18°|
|Outer Guard||E & P Bro. John Pegler 18°|
The Address to the Chapter was delivered by the Inspector General.
The Almoner, Ill\Bro. John Gilbert 30°, submitted his report, following which the Alms were collected.
Ill\Bro. David Reeves 30°, made a presentation to the retiring Organist, E & P Bro. Don Beaver 18°, who had served the Chapter in that office for the last seventeen years. This also included a gift for Don’s wife Phylis and Don warmly thanked the members for the gifts.
Ill\Bro. David Reeves 30°, gave Notice of Motion that at our next regular meeting he will propose E & P Bro. Don Beaver 18°, for Honorary Membership.
On the Risings, the Acting Recorder delivered an appraisal of all correspondence received since the last meeting.
The Third Point, consisting of two circles due to the numbers attending, was conducted by the new MWS, E & P Bro.Mike Warner 18°, following which he closed the Chapter.
The evening was concluded with yet another excellent meal at the Old Mill Hotel, enjoyed in the most convivial atmosphere, where the usual Toasts were honoured.