PGC Annual Convocation
posted on 11 July 2014
Tuesday 3rd June 2014. Dawned somewhat dull and at first overcast. This however did not prevent some 300 Royal Arch Companions of the Province of Warwickshire and other Provinces presenting themselves at the Edgbaston Assembly Rooms for the 150th Annual Convocation of the Provincial Grand Chapter of Warwickshire.
The proceedings opened with the customary processions into the temple under the direction of the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, E Comp David Shakeshaft. First, the distinguished guests followed by the Deputy Grand Superintendent and then the visiting Grand Superintendents followed by the Provincial Grand Sword Bearer leading the ME Grand Superintendent together with the Provincial Second and Third Grand Principals into the temple.
Provincial Grand Chapter having been opened, the Provincial Third Grand Principal. E Comp David Butterworth read the Obituary list and led the Companions in solemn prayer. The ME Grand Superintendent, E Comp John L Saint then welcomed the 70 distinguished guests.
During the ensuing normal business the Provincial Grand Scribe E, E Comp Philip Gough presented his report which can be downloaded HERE Scribe E Report to Ancon Jun 2014 and the Provincial Grand Registrar, E Comp Keith Marchington presented his which can be downloaded HERE Registrar Report to Ancon Jun 2014
E Comp Nigel Hawkins was re-elected as Provincial Grand Treasurer and the ME Grand Superintendent then re-appointed E Comp John F R Handley as his Deputy Grand Superintendent.
The ME Grand Superintendent then announced that E Comp John F Norman was retiring as Provincial Second Grand Principal having served that office in an exemplary manner for two years. He also announced that he had appointed E Comp Paul J Wheeler to succeed to that office. E Comp Wheeler was then presented, obligated and invested as Provincial Second Grand Principal. The ME Grand Superintendent then announced that E Comp H David Butterworth had completed his term of office of one year and was therefore retiring as Provincial Third Grand Principal having served in an splendidly enthusiastic manner over the past twelve months. He also announced that he had appointed E Comp Peter G Huckle to succeed to that office. E Comp Huckle was then presented, obligated and invested as Provincial Third Grand Principal.
Having re-appointed E Comp Philip Gough as Provincial Grand Scribe E the ME Grand Superintendent then went on to reappoint and appoint the remainder of his acting Provincial Grand Officers and made 50 promotions in Past Rank, together with 22 first appointments to Past Provincial Grand Rank.
This being the 150th Annual Convocation of the Province E Comp Paul J Wheeler then delivered a splendid oration outlining the development of the Province since 1864. He gave a history of the key events and references and explained that the early minutes of Provincial Grand Chapter were lost but it is known that Lord Leigh was appointed as Grand Superintendent in October of 1864 or 1865 and remained in office for many years. A copy of the Oration can be downloaded HERE A Presentation to the 150th Provincial Grand Chapter of Warwickshire
To commemorate the founding of the Province the Provincial banners were then paraded around the Chapter during which a hymn was sung. The ME Grand Superintendent then addressed Provincial Grand Chapter following which Provincial Grand Chapter was closed in peace and harmony according to ancient form. Some 260 Companions later dined in continuing peace and harmony at the Festive board and went home with good memories of a wonderful day.