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Full Agenda at Buckinghamshire Conclave
21 May 2017
Buckinghamshire Conclave No. 469 had a full agenda for their meeting at Aylesbury on Saturday 20 May:
   -  Companion Mark Duncan was installed as a Knight of the Red Cross of Constantine by Ill.Kt. John Edwards.
   -  W. Kt. David Youkee was elected as a joining member.
   -  P.Kt. Roy Hodgson was proclaimed as Most Puissant Sovereign of the Conclave.
   -  W.Kt. Jeff Swain was Consecrated as Eminent Viceroy by P.Kt. Bob Chevin.
   -  P.Kt. Roy Hodgson appointed and invested the officers for the ensuing year.
   -  A Grand Conclave Certificate was presented to W.Kt.Malcolm Summers by R.Ill.Kt. Alan Baverstock.
Following the meeting members and visitors retired for well earned refreshments.
(L-R) The Intendant-General, Mark Duncan, Roy Hodgson and Jeff Swain
St Frideswide Conclave No. 339 Installation Meeting
07 May 2017
M.P.Kt. Ralph Newell was installed as Sovereign of St Frideswide Conclave in an impressive ceremony conducted by P.Kt. Peter Rawlinson at Woodstock on the 22nd April. Ralph installed E.Kt. Paul Rush, who had been consecrated Eusebius on a previous occasion, as Viceroy.
W.Kt. Alan Meech displays the Viceroy's Standard known as the Standard Labarum. (so called from its Imperial Purple Colour and the Greek letters Chi Ro that it bears).
Candidate and Certificates at Buckinghamshire Conclave Meeting
12 Mar 2017
The meeting of Buckinghamshire Concave No. 469 at Aylesbury on 11 March saw Malcolm Summers installed as a Knight of the Order.
In addition, Lloyd Harrison was presented with certificates in respect of his installation last November and for completion of his Appendant Orders in January.
Thames Division Intendant General R.Ill.Kt. Alan Baverstock,
with Malcolm Summers,
and Roy Hodgson (Most Puissant Sovereign of Buckinghamshire Conclave)
Lloyd Harrison receives his Grand Imperial Conclave, and Appendant Orders certificates
New Sovereign Enthroned at Banbury
12 Feb 2017
At the meeting of Queen Mary Conclave No. 444 held at Banbury on Friday 10 February P.Kt. Bill Hall enthroned Em.Kt. Terry Donaghy as his successor.
Their next meeting is on Friday 14 July.
P.Kt. Terry Donaghy, Most Puissant Sovereign of Queen Mary Conclave
Team Visit To St. Helena Conclave
04 Dec 2016
The Intendant-General led a divisional team visit to St. Helena Conclave No. 518 at Marlow on Saturday 3 December.
The Conclave's third birthday was also their installation meeting:
W.Kt. Paul Rush was Consecrated as Eminent Viceroy, and P.Kt Richard Skym enthroned Ill.Kt. Brian Miles as Most Puissant Sovereign.
Grand College certificates were presented to W.Kt's David Youkee, Guy Farrow, and Martin Hickman-Ashby.
New Viceroy Consecrated at Banbury
25 Nov 2016
Unfortunately the Sovereign elect was unable to attend the enthronement meeting of Queen Mary Conclave No. 444 at Banbury on 23 November.
However, the Worthy Knights present, were treated to an excellent ceremony in a College of Priests-Mason. with V.Ill.Kt. Ron Bridger Consecrating Michael Long as Venerable Eusebius of the Conclave.
The Intendant General was in attendance, and was escorted by P.Kt. Richard Skym (Divisional Recorder), who acted as Divisional Marshal for the evening.
W.Kt. Yanto Evans was presented with his Appendant Orders certificate by R.Ill.Kt. Alan Baverstock.
The Intentendant-General presents Yanto Evans with his Appendant Orders certificate
P.Kt. Richard Skym (Divisional Recorder, acting as Divisional Marshal), R.Ill.Kt. Alan Baverstock,
V.Kt. Michael Long, V.Ill.Kt. Ron Bridger (Deputy Intendant-General)
Donation to Children's Cancer Charity
18 Nov 2016
The Intendants General for Metropolitan and Thames Division presented a cheque for £1,500 cheque from The Grand Sovereign's Care for Children Fund to 'Supershoes'.
'Supershoes' is a national charity based in Fenny Stratford providing artist painted shoes for children suffering from cancer, thereat enhancing their physical and emotional wellbeing.
(L-R) Peter Fuchter (IG Metropolitan Division), Sarah White (Founder of Supershoes),
Alan Baverstock (IG Thames Division)
Annual Lecture at University Conclave Delivered By Christ Church Professor
16 Nov 2016
A regular meeting of University Conclave No. 468, was held at The Mitre Tavern, High Street, Oxford on Saturday 12 November.
Members and visitors were treated to a most informative and thought provoking lecture on Constantine and Christendom from Professor Mark Edwards (tutor in theology, Christ Church).
In 2015 the inaugural Annual Lecturer was Dr. Hannah Cornwall who spoke about art and the period of Emperor Constantine.
The Almoner of the Conclave, R.III. & Ven. Kt. the Rev'd Timothy J.N. L'Estrange GCC made his first visit to a Conclave since being Installed as Grand Eusebius of the Order, his successor as Intendant-General of Thames Division was also in attendance.
(L-R) The Rev'd Timothy L'Estrange (Grand Eusebius), Professor Mark Edwards,
Alan J. Baverstock (Intendant-General), Paul Le Druillenec (acting Sovereign)
£1,000 Donation to Alexander Devine Children's Hospice
03 Nov 2016
The Intendant-General was delighted to be able to present a cheque for £1,000 from The Grand Sovereign's Care for Children Fund to Alexander Devine Children's Hospice.
The charity need to raise £6.7m to complete the hospice at Woodlands Park near Maidenhead. They hope to open their doors in the summer of 2017.
Two Candidates, Two I-G's, a Past I-G, and Two Deputy I-G's at Olney
31 Oct 2016
The meeting of Admiror Grantiam Conclave No. 526 at Olney on Friday 28 October was graced by the presence of a number of Right Illustrious and Very Illustrious Knights;
Alan Baverstock (I-G Thames Division), Alasdair White (I-G Benelux), Max Bayes (Past I-G East Midlands), Ron Bridger (Deputy I-G Thames), and Werner Schwab (Deputy I-G Benelux).
The Most Puisaant Sovereign (Werner Schwab) and his team installed Charles Arnold and Terence Bennett as Knights of the Order.
Having installed two candidates at their previous meeting, and with a further two candidates for their next meeting on 28 April 2017, the Conclave are enjoying a successful year.
(L-R) Ron Bridger, Alan Baverstock, Werner Schwab, Alasdair White, and Max Bayes
Thames Division Visit Derbyshire
25 Oct 2016
A trio of representatives of Thames Division headed north on Saturday 22 October for the installation of Ill.Kt. Dr. Alan Beckerton as the new Intentendant-General for Derbyshire.
The Intendant-General was delighted to be accompanied by his Divisional Junior General and Divisional Marshal for the meeting at Derby Masonic Hall.
(L-R) P. Kt. Bob Chevin (Divisional Marshal),
R.Ill.Kt. Alan Baverstock (Intendant-General),
P.Kt. Anthony Perkins (Divisional Junior General)
E.Comp Tony Nimmo Installed as a Knight of the Order
03 Oct 2016
E.Comp Tony Nimmo was Installed as a Knight of the Order, at the meeting of St.Paul's Conclave No. 372, at Wokingham on Saturday 01 October 2016 by MPS Peter Lloyd and his team.
The ceremony was witnessed by the Intendant-General R.Ill. Kt. Alan Baverstock, who was accompanied by a number of active Divisional Officers:
John Jarvis (Divisional Eusebius), Paul Lewis (Divisional Senior General), Bob Chevin (Divisional Marshal), Keith Horne (Divisional Sword Bearer), David Hill (Divisional Standard Bearer (C)), Stephen Hone (Divisional Prefect), Brian Miles (Divisional Sentinel), and Paul Rush (Sepulchre Guard).
Peter Lloyd was elected to serve for a second year as MPS. Having already been in 53 masonic chairs, Peter is now heading towards what might well be a record breaking 60 chairs!
Holy Cross Day
13 Sep 2016
Members of Thames, Metropolitan, Middlesex, and Surrey Divisions met at St. Gabriel's in North Acton on Sunday 11 September for choral evensong and Benediction for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross.
Following a procession of the Divisional Standards, the service was led by Right Illustrious and Venerable Knight the Rev'd Timothy L'Estrange, GCC, Grand Eusebius.
Musical accompaniment was provided by the Batchwood youth and chamber choir.
A most interesting sermon was delivered by The Rev'd Malcolm Lane (PrGM and MEGS for Monmouthshire).
Following the service, afternoon tea was provided in the church hall.
The Grand Eusebius with the Intendants General and their Deputies for
Metropolitan, Surrey, Middlesex, and Thames Divisions
Annual Appendant Orders Meeting
05 Sep 2016
St. Frideswide Conclave No. 399 hosted the annual 'Appendant Orders' meeting for Thames Division at Woodstock on Saturday 03 September 2016.
Barclay Lawrence, Jeremy Gibbs, Paul Wiltshire, Harry Shaw, Paul Gausden, Guy Farrow, and David Youkee were all received as Knights of the Holy Sepulchre. The first point of The Sanctuary was conducted by John Jarvis, and the second by Richard Skym.
A Holy Commandery of the Knights of St. John the Evangelist was formed with Ron Bridger acting as the Most Enlightened Commander. The seven candidates were received into the Order in a most impressive ceremony.
100th Convoction of St. Paul's Conclave
25 Jul 2016
The 100th Convocation of St.Paul's Conclave No.372 was held at Wokingham on Saturday 23 July 2016.
At the meeting, Simon Gillas was admitted as a joining member, and Harry Shaw was Installed as a Knight of the Order by MPS Peter Lloyd.
Their next meeting on Saturday 01 October is to have a full team visit from the Intendant-General and the active divisional officers of the year.
(L-R) Harry Shaw, The Intendant-General, Peter Lloyd, and Simon Gillas
Thames Division Support Middlesex
18 Jul 2016
The Intendant-General was accompanied to the Annual Conclave of Middlesex at Cole Court, Twickenham on 16 July by four of his active Divisional Officers.
Whilst most took the opportunity to sit back, relax, and enjoy the meeting. Charles Woodward stood in as organist and provided suitable music for the proceedings.
(L-R) P.Kt. Gabriel Wright, Div' Herald, P.Kt. Keith Horne, Div' Sword Bearer, R.Ill.Kt. Alan Baverstock,
V.Ill.Kt. Charles Woodward, Div' Organist and Past Deputy I.G. P.Kt. Anthony Perkins, Div' Junior General
£2,500 Donation to Helen and Douglas House
13 Jul 2016
The Intendant-General was delighted to present a cheque for £2,500 on behalf of the Grand Sovereign's Care for Children Fund to Helen and Douglas House hospice.
Following a tour of the hospice, the I-G stated the he was impressed with the facilities that are specially designed to provide hospice care for children and young adults, and their ethos of making every life a full life, and every death a dignified death.
He was pleased that Freemasonry in general and the Red Cross of Constantine in particular, were able to contribute towards the running costs of over £5m per annum.
Intendant-General Stands In as Candidate At Banbury
11 Jul 2016
Queen Mary Conclave No. 444 were unable to secure a candidate for their meeting on Friday 08 July 2016, and therefore decided to rehearse the ceremony. The Intendant-General R.Ill Kt.Alan Baverstock, making an informal visit to the Conclave, was delighted to stand in and act as the candidate for the evening. Bill Hall, the Most Puisant Sovereign, and his team conducted an excellent ceremony.
Thames Division at Grand Imperial Conclave
07 Jul 2016
The annual meeting of Grand Imperial Conclave was held at Great Queen Street on Tuesday 05 July 2016.
Thames Division were delighted that their immediate past Intendant-General was invested as Grand Eusebius of the Order, with John Edwards and Brian Hilton both receiving first appointments to Grand Rank.
The Divisional Recorder was in attendance parading with the Grand Sepulchre Guard, and additional support was given by Gabriel Wright and Richard Slade, and of course the Intendant-General.
(L-R) Grand Eusebius - Intendant-General for Thames Division - Grand Sovereign
(L-R) Brian Hilton - Gabriel Wright - Timothy L'Estrange - Alan Baverstock - John Edwards - Richard Slade
(L-R) The Intendant-General and the Divisional Recorder
Two Knights Installed At Marlow
04 Jul 2016
At a convocation of St Helena Conclave No. 518 at Marlow on the 2nd July Guy Farrow and David Youkee were installed as Knights of the Red Cross of Constantine by the Most Puissant Sovereign Richard Skym assisted by his Viceroy Illustrious Knight Brian Miles and the Deputy Intendant-General Very Illustrious Knight Ron Bridger who delivered the oration.
Three Candidates at Woodstock
28 Jun 2016
At the convocation of St. Frideswide Conclave No. 339 held at Woodstock Masonic Hall on Saturday 25 June, Most Puissant Sovereign Peter Rawlings, assisted by the Viceroy, Eminent Knight Ralph Newell, and the Deputy Intendant-General Very Illustrious Knight Ron Bridger, admitted, received, and constituted three companions as Knights of the Illustrious Order.
(L-R) Ron Bridger, Peter Rawlings, the candidates: Barclay Lawrence,
Paul Wiltshire, Jeremy Gibbs, and Ralph Newell
New Intendant-General Installed
09 Jun 2016
The Grand Sovereign, Most Illustrious Knight Graham Leslie Flight, G.C.C., was in attendance at the annual meeting of the Thames Division of the Red Cross of Constantine on Saturday 04 June 2016 at Aylesbury Masonic Hall.
(L-R) Grand Sovereign, Intendant General, Deputy Intendant General
The temple was full to capacity, and the bar area had to be utilised to accommodate all those who wished to dine.
In the morning, the Grand Sovereign installed Right Illustrious Knight Alan John Baverstock as the new Intendant-General for Oxfordshire, Berkshire, and Buckinghamshire. The new Intendant-General then appointed and Installed Very Illustrious Knight Ron Bridger as his Deputy.
During luncheon, the Intendant-General presented the Grand Sovereign with a cheque from the Division for the sum of £500 for his Care for Children Fund. This was immediately followed by Right Illustrious Knight Rodney Staines, K.C.C. in his capacity as Admiral of The University Board of the Korcs, presenting a further cheque for £600.
The afternoon session saw the Intendant-General appointing and investing the Divisional Officers for 2016-17. During his address the Intendant-General paid tribute to his predecessor Right Illustrious Knight The Rev'd Timothy John Nicholas L'Estrange who, at Grand Imperial Conclave in July will be invested as Grand Eusebius of the Order.
Grand Sepulchre Guard
07 Jun 2016
Members of the Grand Sepulchre Guard in
their distinctive white cloaks
On Friday 27 May 2016, at Olney United Reformed Church in Buckinghamshire, the Grand Sepulchre Guard paraded a detachment of 16 members, under the command of the Captain and the Deputy Captain of the Guard.
The Grand Sepulchre Guard is the crack ceremonial unit of our Order, whose highly trained and drilled members provide a bodyguard and an arch of steel for the Grand Sovereign and his representatives at major events. Having been in Thames Division for the consecration of Admiror Gratiam Conclave, they will be back again in one week's time to parade at the installation of our new Intendant-General.
Admiror Gratiam Conclave is Consecrated
07 Jun 2016
On Friday 27 May 2016, at Olney United Reformed Church in Buckinghamshire, the Admiror Gratiam Conclave No. 526 was consecrated. The ceremony was carried out by the Grand Sovereign and the Grand Eusebius, who were accompanied by the Grand High Prelate, the Grand Marshal, the Deputy Grand Marshal, the Assistant Grand Recorder, the Grand Standard Bearers, the Grand Herald, and the Grand Sentinel. The Grand Sepulchre Guard paraded 16 members, including both the Captain and the Deputy Captain.
The Conclave having been consecrated, the Right Illustrious Intendant-General enthroned the first Sovereign, who was V Ill Kt Werner Schwab. The Conclave's name is Latin for "Amazing Grace", the most famous of the eighteenth century "Olney Hymns". The new Conclave will have a dual role, providing a home for local Red Cross Masons in north Buckinghamshire, but also a Conclave for the international Masonic digital community associated with the Internet Lodge, in consequence of which there were several founders from overseas.
Installation at Buckinghamshire Conclave
23 May 2016
On Saturday 21 May 2016 P.Kt. Bob Chevin installed his successor as Most Puissant Sovereign of the Buckinghamshire Conclave No. 469 at Aylesbury. The new Sovereign is M.P.Kt. Roy Hodgson, who suffered a health scare during the past year, making his enthronement all the more of a celebration, after his return to health.
At the enthronement meeting notice of motion was given for a candidate for the next meeting, so the new Sovereign will be straight in at the deep end.
New sword dedicated
23 May 2016
On Saturday 23 April 2016, St George's Day, a new ceremonial sword was presented to the Thames Division by its oldest Conclave, St Frideswide Conclave No 339. The presentation was made by R.Ill.Kt. Rodney Staines, our former Intendant-General, to our present Intendant-General, R.Ill.Kt. the Rev'd Timothy L'Estrange. The sword was dedicated by the Divisional High Prelate, W.Kt. the Rev'd Salvador Lloret-Farina, who also delivered a splendid oration to mark the occasion. The new sword will now be used in procession at Divisional Conclave, and at special events including the bi-annual church service.
The picture shows the Divisional Sword Bearer holding the new sword, between the present and past Intendants-General
A New Intendant-General
19 May 2016
New Intendant-General
Alan Baverstock
The Grand Sovereign has given notice of his intention to instal our current Divisional Marshal, Alan Baverstock, as our new Intendant-General at Aylesbury on Saturday 4 June 2016.
Bookings for this event, and the luncheon which follows, are now open. Members should contact the Divisional Recorder, or their Conclave Recorder, for details and the necessary booking form.
We look forward to an exciting new chapter in the life of our Division.
Farewell to our leader
March 2016
It has been announced that our Intendant-General will be standing down from his post with effect from midnight on Friday 3 June.
Whilst we are sad to be loosing our leader, we are delighted that his resignation is occasioned by his promotion to be the new Grand Eusebius of our Order - the "number 3" position in our ruling Grand Imperial Council.
Our new Intendant-General will be installed by the Grand Sovereign at our annual divisional meeting on Saturday 4 June.
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