Visit to Supreme Grand Chapter April 2015
posted on 10 May 2015
M.E.Comp. The Duke of Kent, First Grand Principal, presided over the Investiture Meeting of Supreme Grand Chapter, held on the morning of 30th April 2015. The Grand Temple at Great Queen Street London was virtually full to capacity to witness the investiture of the acting Grand Chapter Officers for the year and the appointments and promotions to Past Grand Chapter Rank. The meeting was especially enjoyable as the refurbished and extended organ was used for the first time and gave a wonderful clarity and power to the music.
Twenty one Companions from Warwickshire made the journey to London, led by the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, John L Saint, the Deputy Grand Superintendent, John Handley, and the Second and Third Provincial Grand Principals, Paul Wheeler and Peter Huckle. Such was the support for the meeting that the party was split into several groups – some on the ground floor, some in the balcony and some behind the Principals’ chairs and VIPs, near the organ.
During the proceedings a number of Warwickshire Companions were appointed to Acting or Past rank with E.Comp. David F Macey receiving a promotion to Acting Grand Sword Bearer, a great honour to receive this high acting rank, E.Comp. David J Shakeshaft received his first appointment as a Grand Officer to another Acting Rank, that of Grand Standard Bearer, and E.Comp. Brian M Kimberley was promoted to Past Assistant Grand Sojourner. With E Comp Philip Hall acting for the last time as one of the Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies there was quite a few of our Warwickshire Companions involved.
E. Comps Phil Gough and Fred Ditchfield received their first appointments to Past Grand Standard Bearer, both of which were well deserved appointments and reflect their contribution to the Province.
After the ceremony, most of the party attended the luncheon at the Grand Connaught Rooms, occupying one and a half tables whilst the others found refreshment in the adjoining bars and restaurants.
A wonderful experience which will be remembered for a long time and, upon reflection, it was acknowledged by all to have been an excellent day out.