Companion John should have been installed in May 2020 but, due to the suspension of Masonic activities, this was the Chapter’s first convocation to be held in just over two years.
Companion John Leggett was originally exalted in Bristol Chapter No. 4522 (London) in 1996, which sadly surrendered its Charter to the Supreme Grand Chapter of England and was erased in 2018, after which he was unattached until he joined Quadratic Chapter at their last regular convocation held in July 2019.
Very sadly the Chapter’s MEZ, the late Excellent Companion Geoff Rayner, passed away on 4 August 2019 after a brief illness shortly after their last convocation, so Past First Principal and Past Deputy Grand Superintendent, Excellent Companion Martyn Farrell, assumed the MEZ’s Chair for the convocation.
Much to the surprise of Companion John Leggett and the majority of the Members of the Chapter, the ME Grand Superintendent, Excellent Companion Peter Baker, accompanied by the Deputy Grand Superintendent, Excellent Companion John Eynon, together with the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, Excellent Companion Jim Mitchell, and the Provincial Grand Janitor, Excellent Companion Tom James, made an unannounced visit to the Chapter to oversee Companion John’s installation as MEZ.
The MEGS was assisted by the Chapter’s Second Principal, Excellent Companion Barry Cramer, Deputy Provincial Grand Master, and Excellent Companion John Edwards, the Chapter’s Third Principal.
The Deputy Grand Superintendent, Excellent Companion John Eynon, delivered the Address on the Robe and Sceptre of the MEZ to a somewhat bemused and now Excellent Companion John Leggett !
If that was not enough excitement for one day, just prior to the conclusion of the convocation, the MEGS made an ‘In Field’ First Appointment and conferred on Excellent Companion John the rank of Past Provincial Grand Standard Bearer (PPrGStB) in recognition of Companion John’s 25 years membership of the Royal Arch.
This was also Excellent Companion Jim Mitchell’s last official visit as the Royal Arch Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, so overall it was a memorable occasion for all the attendees.
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