The Annual Convocation of Provincial Chapter took place this week at Gosforth Race Course. The Convocation was well attended by Northumberland Companions and also welcomed 25 visiting dignitaries from other Provinces.

The Grand Superintendent, M.E. Comp Ian Craigs, assisted by the Deputy Grand Superintendent, E. Comp Michael W.McHale, the Second Provincial Grand Principal, EComp Dr Greg Smith and the Third Provincial Grand Principal, EComp David Moffett opened the Chapter in due form at 3pm.

Visiting dignitaries welcomed to the AGM

After confirmation of the minutes from the previous meeting the Grand Superintendent paid tribute to those Companions who had passed away since the last meeting.

The Provincial Grand Treasurer, E. Comp Dennis Frazer, presented a finance report which was unanimously passed by the Companions.  E. Comp Dennis was re-elected as Provincial Grand Treasurer as was the accounts examiner.

The Grand Superintendent announce his decision to re-appoint his Deputy and First and Second Principles who,

‘... had done such good work the previous year and who were just getting their feet under the table and deserved the opportunity to continue in their roles’.

Grand Superintendent ME Ian Craigs

The Grand Superintendent also re-appointed the Provincial Scribe Ezra, E. Comp Brian Rudd, who is retiring before the next Annual Convocation but will continue serve in the role to support the transition of his successor.  Warm tribute was paid to the excellent work of E. Comp Brian Rudd which met by heartfelt applause amongst the Companions presents.

The Grand Superintendent then appointed the other Provincial Chapter Officers for the year and carried out the promotions before addressing the Companions.

In his address, M.E. Comp Ian Craigs expressed his desire to increase Chapter membership across the Province.  In the last year there has been a modest increase in Chapter membership – the first increase in several years – and the Grand Superintendent announce a number of initiatives to increase membership further

The annual meeting of Provincial Chapter was closed in peace, love and harmony at 4pm.

The festive board that followed the meeting was attended by almost 200 Companions who enjoyed a fantastic meal prepared by the team at Gosforth Race Course. With the ceremony over, it was time to relax and enjoy the rest of the evening.

Provincial Grand Chapter of Northumberland Officers 2018 - 2019

Rank Forenames Surname
Provincial Grand Haggai Gregory Roger Smith
Provincial Grand Joshua David Henry Moffett
Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals John Thomas Spearman
Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals William Thornton
Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra Brian Rudd
Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah John Nigel Bruce
Provincial Grand Treasurer Dennis Albert Frazer
Provincial Grand Registrar Raymond Dryden
Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies Frederick George Dye
Provincial Grand Sword Bearer Andrew John Smith
Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies David Leslie Armstrong
Provincial Grand Almoner Norman Bowser West
Provincial Grand Charity Steward Matthew Auld
Provincial Grand Sojourner William Norman Errington
Provincial Assistant Grand Sojourner John Freeman
Provincial Assistant Grand Sojourner Kevin Wilson
Provincial Assistant Grand Scribe E Alan Rice
Provincial Grand Standard Bearer James Michael Batty
Provincial Grand Standard Bearer Philip Rodney Hutchinson
Provincial Grand Standard Bearer Gavin Ashley Latheron
Provincial Grand Organist Ian Colthart
Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies Geoffrey Seedall
Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies Selby Snaith
Provincial Grand Steward Craig Roger Lilley
Provincial Grand Steward Jules Harry Pijnen
Provincial Grand Steward Graham Rowley
Provincial Grand Steward Selby Adamson Trotter
Provincial Grand Steward David Stockdale
Provincial Grand Janitor Thomas Alan Parker