This was a splendid occasion, on a very hot day, when the ME Grand Superintendent, E Comp Ian R G Hopgood was pleased to welcome numerous representatives from 26 other Provinces, representatives of 5 Other Orders, and Companions of the 38 Chapters in Berkshire, totalling 272 in all.
This year there were some major changes to the Executive line-up with the appointment of E Comp Rodney Bancroft, PAGDC as Third Provincial Grand Principal. He was appointed to Grand Rank as Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in 2017. Rod is stepping into the vacancy created by Mike Warner’s promotion to Second Provincial Grand Principal.
E Comp Michael Warner, PAGDC has already served as Third Provincial Grand Principal with distinction, having delivered several Orations at Dedications and Services of Thanksgiving. He has also found a talent for presenting 50 year Certificates where he has taken much pleasure in researching the history of the recipients, to the delight and amazement of the Companions. Mike replaces Jeremy Whitmore who is appointed as Deputy Grand Superintendent, on the retirement of Bernard Greenwold.
E Comp Jeremy Whitmore’s, PGStB appointment as Deputy Grand Superintendent is a much deserved reward for the many years of distinguished service he has already given to the Royal Arch, having worked his way steadily up the ranks from Assistant Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, to Deputy DC, then Third, and lastly Second Provincial Grand Principal. All offices he served with great distinction. He is a worthy successor to Bernard who has been a steady guiding hand since his appointment as Deputy in 2015.
The Grand Superintendent expressed great pleasure in being able to make these appointments and acknowledged the various talents and characteristics that each of his team members now brings to the Executive, stating that “these characteristics will play a key factor in helping me drive the Province forward in these modern times.”
The Convocation also bid a sad farewell to E Comp Bernard Greenwold, PGSwdB our Deputy Grand Superintendent for the Past three years. .After a career in Acting Provincial Offices stretching over 11 years and already having served with distinction as Third Provincial Grand Principal and then Second Provincial Grand Principal from 2006 to 2012 he was coaxed back to Office by the ME Grand Superintendent, E Comp Ian Hopgood, on his installation in 2015. Bernard was delighted to accept and has been a rock to all on the Executive ever since. He now stands down so that he can celebrate 50 years of marriage to Nicole next year, in style, and with extensive travel plans throughout 2019. We pass on our Congratulations to Bernard and Nicole on achieving their Golden Anniversary
Following the Annual Convocation, a splendid Festive Board was held in the Flavell suite and enjoyed by all, and was rounded off by a very well received toast to the Grand Superintendent by the new Deputy GS, E. Comp Jem Whitmore.
E Companion Bernard was not forgotten though, being presented with a splendid watch, subscribed to by all the Chapters in the Province as a mark of esteem and gratitude for his services to us all. We wish him well in his “retirement”.