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Inter Provincial Visit - Excellence and Fun

posted on 27 January 2017


Much has changed in the year since Oxfordshire Companions crossed the 'border' into Warwickshire and visited the Swan of Avon Chapter in Stratford upon Avon but under the leadership of our new MEGS, E Comp Phil Hall it was a great Burns Night when 17 Warwickshire Companions made a return visit, this time to the St Mary's Chapter No 1763 in Thame. The lovely Lodge Room with a beautiful blue barrel roll ceiling and Lodge Honours Boards testifying to its age provided a fine setting to the evening.

Given the emphasis placed on Exaltation by our own MEGS it was fitting that we were able to share in an excellent ceremony in which Comp Robert Wilson was exalted into the Royal Arch. All the Warwickshire Companions watched with careful eye and attentive ear for the differences in ritual, of which there were some to cultivate later discussion, but all agreed it was a brilliant ceremony.

The evening was rounded off by a most convivial Festive Board - though that demonstrated the final major difference in our proceedings; the tuneful end to our fire! What the MEGS of Oxfordshire, E.Comp James Hilditch felt best to call the 'idiosyncrasies of our Warwickshire Companions' spurred all on to make sure that our friends from Oxford, who outnumbered us four to one, were appropriately 'drowned out' by those that know how to do things properly!

An evening of great enjoyment and fraternal fun was rounded off by a thought provoking Toast to the Visitors from E.Comp John Woolley who sought to agree on a collective noun for Provincial Officers. He decided that a 'Constellation of Provincial Officers' was the most appropriate as 'like the stars some are brighter than others and all are far away'! As he concluded he reflected that his DC had 'told him to be brief in toasting the visitors - so the less said about them the better'. Much laughter followed!

As we wended our way back onto a thankfully clear M40 for a retreat back into our own county we were all able to reflect an excellent night which will live long into the memory.