COVID-19 Letter from the Grand Master, 17th March 2020
Companions, the Grand Master has today ordered the suspension of all Lodge and Chapter meetings for a period of four months, with immediate effect.
Another splendid day which saw 262 Companions of Berkshire, 25 other Provinces and 5 Other Orders, attending to celebrate the Appointments and Promotions of 64 worthy Companions.
This year there were no major changes to the Executive line-up with E Comp Jem Whitmore, PGSwdB, continuing as Deputy Grand Superintendent, E Comp Mike Warner, PAGDC, remaining as Second Principal, and E Comp Rodney Bancroft, PAGDC, as Third Principal. E Comp Philip Howells, PAGDC is also continuing as Director of Ceremonies, but E Comp Roger Jones, PGStB, has stepped down as Provincial Scribe E after having serving in that post for 6 years.
The Grand Superintendent expressed great pleasure at these continuing appointments and acknowledged the various talents and characteristics that each of his team members brings to the Executive. He also thanked E Comp Roger Jones for his many years of dedicated service to the Province, and gave him his best wishes for a happy retirement. He is succeded by E Comp David Arnold of Ascot Chapter No. 2460, and we congratulate him on his promotion and wish him well in his new appointment
The ME Grand Superintendent addressed the Companions, expressing his great pleasure in being able to welcome the visiting Grand Superintendents and their representatives who attended in great numbers, adding colour, energy and companionship to the occasion.
Congratulations were extended to the newly appointed and promoted Companions receiving honours, commenting that these were well deserved, and recognised their significant contributions to the Royal Arch, in general, and to their particular Chapters. The ME Grand Superintendent hoped that they would be inspired to continue with their work as well as promoting the Order.
The past year had been a busy and enjoyable time which included six Team Visits, two of which were fraternal exchanges with our neighbouring Provinces of Hampshire and Isle of Wight, and Oxfordshire, strengthening the bonds between us. He thanked the Officers, who had participated, and the Chapters involved for their commitment and the warmth of the welcome received on each occasion. Indeed this applied to all the Chapters who have shown great hospitality to the visiting Principals and representatives when attending meetings.