Stoneleigh Coronation Chapter Banner Dedication

In January 2018, Stoneleigh Coronation Chapter No 5699 was honoured by a visit from the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, Ian Chandler, accompanied by the members of the Provincial Executive and a good number of Provincial Grand Officers.

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After the Chapter was opened the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, E.Comp. John Billett, was admitted and advised the MEZ, E.Comp. Stuart Gooden, that the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent was in the ante room and demanded admission to Stoneleigh Coronation Chapter.

The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent entered in procession with the Second Provincial Grand Principal, E.Comp. Stephen Dingvean, the Third Provincial Grand Principal, E.Comp. Eugene Regan, the Deputy Grand Superintendent, E.Comp Alan Bayliss, and the Provincial Officers of the year.

After the usual business of the Chapter, the Companions voted to donate a further sum of £500 to the Surrey Provincial 2019 Festival. The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent thanked the Companions of Stoneleigh Coronation Chapter for their generous donation.

The M.E.Z. invited the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent to dedicate the Chapter Banner. The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent asked the Second and Third Provincial Grand Principals to occupy the Principals Chairs to conduct the ceremony.

The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent gave a short address on the object and purpose of the Dedication Ceremony and called on the Third Provincial Grand Principal for the opening prayer. The Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies then formed a procession to escort the Banner into the Temple.

The Banner was unveiled and the Third Provincial Grand Principal delivered an oration following which the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent dedicated the Banner. After the Third Provincial Grand Principal had offered the Dedication Prayer the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent invited the Chapter Principals to resume their Chairs. The Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies then asked the MEZ to accept the Banner on behalf of the Companions of the Chapter. The M.E.Z. invited E.Comp. Roy Miller to accept the Banner, which he did with much pride. The Banner was placed in the South-East, The Dedication Hymn was sung and the Third Provincial Grand Principal pronounced the Patriarchal Benediction.

The Chapter voted to invite the Banner Dedication team to become honorary members of the Chapter.

After photographs the Companions of Stoneleigh Coronation Chapter and their guests sat down to a most enjoyable festive board in the Elizabethan Suite at the Surbiton Masonic Centre.

Article and photos by Chris Eley


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