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Connaught Chapter celebrates 100 years

On Tuesday 10th January Connaught Chapter No 3573 celebrated one hundred years of working since being founded on 23rd November 1922. The Chapter normally meets at the Masonic Hall in Midsomer Norton but because of the numbers wishing to attend this special event the meeting was moved to Frome Masonic Hall.

Excellent Companions, Mike Kinnersley, Clive Lambert, Neil Hurcum, Ray Guthrie, Frank Silver, Geoff Lester and Jeremy Hahn.

The Lodge room at Frome was full this evening with members of Connaught Chapter and their guests. The meeting was attended by the Grand Superintendent, Excellent Companion Ray Guthrie, the Second Provincial Principal, Excellent Companion Neil Hurcum, the Third Provincial Principal, Excellent Companion Geoff Lester, the Deputy Grand Superintendent, Excellent Companion Clive Lambert together with fifteen members of the Provincial Team. 

On behalf of the Most Excellent First Grand Principal, Most Excellent Companion HRH The Duke of Kent, the Grand Superintendent presented a centenary Charter to the first Principal of Connaught Chapter, Excellent Companion Frank Silver in a short ceremony.

With the help of the Provincial team the Grand Superintendent went on to dedicate the splendid new Chapter Banner in another short but meaningful ceremony. Ex Companion Geoff Lester gave an interesting oration on the origins and uses of banners, especially their use in Freemasonry.

The new Connaught Chapter Banner

It was a very enjoyable and colourful evening, followed by an equally enjoyable and convivial festive board. Following the meal the usual toast were observed and congratulations afforded to the Companions of Connaught Chapter.

All Companions attending were gifted a whiskey tumbler to commemorate this very enjoyable event. A very generous gesture and a reminder of a lovely evening.

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