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Sat, 21st June 2014

Grand Preceptor of Wessex Annual Meeting

It was a hot and sunny day when members and visitors gathered for the Grand Preceptor's Annual Council in June 2014. In addition to the usual business, four banners were dedicated. This is a colourful ceremony not often seen in 'quadruplicate'. The first banner Reginald Fitzjocelyn No 74 was brought into the Temple escorted by four bodyguards and presented to the RW Grand Preceptor of Wessex. He called upon the Prior for an oration describing the founding and history of the Chapel name. It was then blessed, and presented to the Worthy Master of the Preceptory. The new banner was paraded around the Temple with great pomp and dignity accompanied by a regal march and celebratory fanfare. This was then repeated three times for the banners of Priory of Woodspring No 97, Paul Bushe No 101 & Chapel of King Ina No 102.

On this occasion the Deputy Grand Organist was playing a Wyvern Prelude digital organ, which had been brought in for the occasion. He said afterwards he was most grateful for the knights who carried this on such a hot day, and to the architect who'd had the wisdom to install a lift at the Nailsea Masonic Centre.

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Wed, 4th December 2013

Letter from the Dean of Canterbury

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Wed, 10th July 2013

Surprise Visit of MW Grand Master

At the Central Midlands Grand Preceptor Council meeting today at Evesham the Most Worthy Grand Master made a surprise visit to the meeting where he promoted Sir Barry of Clifton Campville (the outgoing Provinvcial Grand Prior) to the rank of PGMar and also honoured him with a further promotion to Knight Caritas. Sir Barry was Provincial Grand Prior since the conception of the Province of Central Midlands 7 years ago

Sir Peter of Floetbury replaces Sir Barry of Clifton Campville as Provincial Grand Prior

Congratulations to them both from all the Knights within Central Midlands

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Sat, 17th November 2012

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Osric Chapel No 60 celebrated a double celebration at their meeting in Stourport today with the dedication of both their Banner and the Roll of Past Worthy Masters. The dedication was performed by the Right Worthy Grand Preceptor Sir David of Dudderston and the Right Eminent Provincial Prior Sir Barry of Clifton Campville.

These dedications further enhance the progress Osric Chapel has made following its move from Gloucester to Stourport where the membership has flourished.

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Mon, 12th November 2012

Canterbury Pilgrimage November 2012

Canterbury Pilgrimage November 2012

The Annual Pilgrimage to Canterbury took place on Saturday November 10th where a number of Knights many accompanied by their partners (175 in total) enjoyed our Special Service in the East Crypt of the Cathedral.

The Most Worthy Grand Master Sir Melvyn of Wudplumpton addressed the congregation prior to the start of the service and then presented a cheque on behalf of The Commemorative Order of St Thomas of Acon for £3500 to the Canterbury Cathedral Restoration Fund which equates to £1 for each member of the Order

The Pilgrimage Service was then led by The Most Eminent Grand Prior Sir Michael of Seasalter (Michael Harradine) and The Right Worthy Grand Preceptor of South Eastern Counties Sir Brian of Baldwins Hill (Brian Previtt).

Sir Melvyn concluded the service by thanking everyone for their participation on a very wet November Saturday.

From a personal perspective, it was my first visit and I found the day very moving and worthwhile, gave me an opportunity to meet several other Knights and obtain my “Chuffs”. I went to the Cathedral Evensong after our service which again was a very enjoyable service.

Sir Geoffrey of Esplavis

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Mon, 22nd October 2012

New Right Worthy Grand Preceptor of Lancashire

On Saturday 20th of October, the Province of Lancashire was honoured to receive The Most Worthy Grand Master, Sir Melvyn of Wud Plumpton K.H., when he Installed Sir William of Atherton, William David Swindlehurst as the new Right Worthy Grand Preceptor for the Province of Lancashire.

The Most Worthy Grand Master was accompanied by The Most Eminent Grand Prior, Sir Michael of Seasalter K.H., supported by a galaxy of R.W. Grand Preceptors, R.E. Provincial Grand Priors, his Installing Officers and Grand Officers, together with many Sir Knights from this and other Provinces.

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Thu, 18th October 2012

The Bedestan in Nicosia, Cyprus

The Bedestan in Nicosia, Cyprus, thought to have been the Church of St Nicholas Anglicorum and featured on the "Tracing Boards" used during our ceremonies, has been restored by the UNDP with funding from the European Union. A YouTube video is now available and may be viewed at

http://youtu.be/07VhOuL3jj4

Courtesy of Richard Num, Chapel of St Peter No.73, Adelaide

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Tue, 10th July 2012

Central Midlands Provincial Meeting at Stourport

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Fri, 25th May 2012

Latest newsletter from Province of Wessex

Click here to read the latest news from the Province of Wessex - Wessex Herald

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Wed, 23rd May 2012

Another Chapel Consecrated

King Ina Chapel No 102 consecrated at Taunton by the Most Worthy Grand Master on Tuesday 23rd May

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