Nearing the end of the Masonic KT year, the Provincial Prior's Bodyguard spent a pleasant afternoon in the company of each other and in the main their partners, at The Ruby Indian Restaurant in Hertford. The Provincial Prior's Bodyguard is made up of a number of Hertfordshire Knights from the different Preceptories in the Province. Therefore, the only time they get together is usually whilst on duty either at Preceptory meetings; Provincial Priory or at the Annual Church Service at Waltham Abbey. Unfortunately, this does not allow any time to socialise with each other.
This was a great opportunity for the hard working Knights to get together outside of the Preceptory, relax and get to know one another a little better. Some of the Knights met at the nearby Public House before venturing to the restaurant. We sat down at 2pm but due to our number, the restaurant could not seat us all on one table but this did not detract from the intimate atmosphere we created. Such a good time was had, we eventually left just after 5pm. This was such an experience, I am sure this could be a regular feature of being a member of the Bodyguard.
It's been a long time coming. The Vice Chancellor received a request from EKt Rob Gurney of The Preceptory of St Alban 266 and also a member of King Henry the Eighth Chapter, to attend and give a lecture on Knights Templar to the other members of the Holy Royal Arch at their next meeting, which took place at Ashwell House. Permission was obtained from the Right Eminent Provincial Prior and the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent for the lecture to take place.
This was made at very short notice and our Vice Chancellor, EKt Alastair White attended the Chapter meeting together with Kt Lester Wellington where he delivered a very interesting and enlightening lecture on the history encompassing the formation of Knights Templar, what they did, their demise and how they are connected to the Masonic Knights Templar. An extremely brief and vague outline of what the ceremony is about was given.
Following on from this, EKt Alastair White went on to explain and describe the regalia used in both KT ceremonies as well as the Malta degree, both sets of regalia being amply modelled by Kt Lester Wellington. A question and answer session took place afterwards and the Companions were delighted with the lecture delivered to them.
It was so nice to be able to communicate what we are all about in this type of forum, seeing as this is the pool we acquire all our Candidates from, in one way or another. We must always remember that we are reliant on the Holy Royal Arch.
This Provincial event of The Hertfordshire Knights Templar, is now in its 11th year. It has continued to be a great festival of colourful fun, song and camaraderie. This year the dining hall at Cheshunt was packed with over 100 Knights with their families and friends who gathered again for what turned out to be a wonderful evening.
A preview of the hall before everybody entered, was quite a beautiful sight. The hall was decked out with all forms of red, white and blue decorations and St George’s flags.
In traditional form, the ‘Roast Beef’, carried by Kt Dennis Holmes, was paraded into the hall under an Arch of Steel led by the firm hands of David Sodey, and after circling the hall, was presented to The Provincial Sub Prior – Mike Stanforth, and was duly ‘Knighted – Sir Loin’!! to the loud acclaim of the assembly.
The meal was excellent, and as the afternoon progressed, and much ale was quaffed, the wenches were kissed, and the jollity continued!! Mike Beaty led the Stand Up Bingo, which caused great rivalry.
We were entertained by the lovely soprano – Gemma Turner, who returned by popular request and gave us a medley of traditional English songs, leading up to the wonderful singing of the patriotic hymns. Everybody joined in with great enthusiasm.
Many knights and their guests had by this time shed their formal dinner gowns, and had donned their patriotic fancy dress. It was good to see John Paternoster, recovered from his injury, in full flow, and most elegantly attired. We were also very pleased to welcome The Provincial Grand Master, Paul Gower and his wife.
Our pictures show what a happy and vibrant occasion this was, and we hope will continue to be so for many years to come. Certainly – not an occasion to be missed.
Below is the edited version of the email sent to the Vice Chancellor. For the full newsletter please click here.
SUNDAY 23RD APRIL
Virgin London Marathon
Come support our runners, or click here to read more about them.
SUNDAY 30TH APRIL
Bishop's Waltham Garden Fair
The event will take place at Wintershill Hall 2 miles out of Bishop's Waltham, near Southampton. There will be refreshments, birds of prey, a hog roast, as well as an 'ask the expert' session with Andy McIndoe, MD of Hillier Nurseries. There will also be entertainment by Cuff Billett's New Europa Jazz Band. Money raised at the fair will help us with our sight saving work, with 10% of stallholder takings donated to St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group. If you would like more information please click here to view the website.
THURSDAY 11TH MAY
A Musical Evening at St Nicholas Church, Durham
A Musical Evening in aid of the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital will be held at St Nicholas Church, Durham Market Place on Thursday, 11th May 2017 at 7pm. Featuring The Durham County Youth Choir, The Durham Youth Training Choir and Quintessential Voices. Tickets £10, concessions £8, children under 11 free. Tickets include glass of wine during interval. You can pay on the door.
WEDNESDAY 17TH MAY
Bridge in Wonderful Places
In the past we have always held our bridge afternoons in various London Embassies or Livery Halls in the City, except in 2012 when we held this event in Mr and Mrs Freddie Mossanen's magnificent house in Kensington. This year they have very generously offered to host our '"Bridge in Wonderful Places" again at their home. The house, which is situated on the corner of Queen's Gate and close to The Albert Hall, was once the residence of businessman and philanthropist Sir Albert Sassoon. If you are interested please click on this link to download more information and details on how to book your place.
WEDNESDAY 24TH MAY
6.30 - 8.30pm
Exclusive Summer Soiree at the Royal Mews
About the evening
We look forward to welcoming you to a delightful summer party of Pimm's, fizz and canapés at the historic Royal Mews at Buckingham Palace. We are privileged to be allowed to attend after hours for a private view of the home of the horses and carriages used for royal ceremonial events, with expert guided tours by the Head Coachman and other liveried coachmen. Lord Vestey, the Patron of St John or Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group, is the Master of the Horse to Her Majesty The Queen and has kindly facilitated this occasion.
About the venue
The Royal Mews is one of the finest working stables in existence and responsible for all road travel arrangements for The Queen and members of the Royal Family. You will see a number of historic coaches and carriages, including the iconic Gold State Coach, which has been used at every coronation since that of George IV in 1821.
How to buy tickets
Tickets for this very special reception are £50 per person. Please use the booking form (found here) to purchase tickets. We must receive the booking form by Friday 19th May at the latest as guests' names must be submitted in advance for security reasons. If you would also like to make a further donation to our sight-saving, life-changing work please indicate this on the form and add it to your payment. A donation of £25 per guest is suggested but is entirely optional.
SUNDAY 18TH JUNE
Bluebell Railway Luncheon
Get yourself on the right track with our luncheon on a quintessentially English Golden Arrow Pullman steam-hauled train, in aid of the work of St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital Group. Travel back in time with a drinks reception on the platform with the Stationmaster followed by a three-course lunch with wine in our exclusively hired 1950s Ashdown Carriage, as we journey on this historic locomotive through beautiful scenery. You will be travelling in style and a photographer will be present to take pictures of travellers in colour and sepia on the train's final return. Tickets are limited to 40 places and cost £100 with an additional suggested donation of £100. They can purchased via this booking form.
WEDNESDAY 29TH NOVEMBER
Gift of Sight Fair
The ever popular event is back this year and will be bigger and better than ever before. Expect stalls of high-end jewellery, ethical fashion, Christmas delicacies, and decorations! All the stocking fillers you need for a great Christmas, and all for a good cause. More information to follow later in the year.
On 9th March a discovery was made beneath a field in Shifnal, Shropshire. It is believed that a 700 year old cave used and probably built by the Knights Templar was found in an excellent and preserved manner.
As usual, there are varying stories in circulation as to the origins of the cave and its use. Cults, conspiracy theories and even the fact that it was previously used by pagan and druid followers wanting to hold ceremonies during Summer Solstice, Halloween and other times of the year. As a result the farmer sealed up the entrances in 2012 to prevent their visits.
It is suggested you read the articles and believe what you will. Links provided below:
At the recent meeting of the Charles Herbert Perram Preceptory, by dispensation from the Most Eminent and Supreme Grand Master, the Secrets of the Chair were conferred upon the Provincial Grand Master, Kt Paul Gower, during the ceremony of installing the new Eminent Preceptor. Following the Installation, the Right Eminent Provincial Prior was very pleased to appoint E.Kt. Gower to the rank of Past Provincial Standard Bearer (VB), to the acclaim and warm applause of all present.
The RE Provincial Prior received the following message earlier today from the Great Vice-Chancellor;
Very Dear Brother Knights
I am pleased to inform you that following a recommendation from the Grand Master’s Advisors and now endorsed by the Grand Master’s Council at an emergency meeting held today at Mark Masons’ Hall, that R.E.Kt. Paul Raymond Clement, G.C.T. has been nominated for election as the Most Eminent and Supreme Grand Master of our Order.
Subject to election, R.E.Kt. Paul will be Installed at the meeting of Great Priory to be held at Freemasons Hall, London on Wednesday 17th May 2017.
Would you please advise the Knights of your Province of the nomination and also ask them to support R.E.Kt. Paul at the Installation meeting and also, at the Family Church Service to be held in Lincoln on Saturday 16th September 2017.
Yours in the Bonds of the Order
Lt Cdr Angus Hannagan, RD, KCT
The meeting of Great Priory to be held on 17th May 2017 will now start at 11.30am, rehearsals will commence at 9am, and all proceedings will be over by 5pm.
at Chelsea Old Town Hall, King's Road, London SW3 5EE
Preview Evening Champagne Reception
TUESDAY 29TH NOVEMBER
6.00pm - 8.30pm
Tickets £30 (includes free entry next day)
General Fair Day
WEDNESDAY 30TH NOVEMBER
11.00am - 8.00pm (free entry after 6.30pm)
Entrance £5 on the door
How to buy tickets
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Isn't it wonderful to do all your Christmas shopping at once, in beautiful surroundings and in support of independent retailers and charity alike? You can at The Gift of Sight Fair, which has become an essential date in Londoners' diaries. Avoid having to return those disappointing online purchases, or the usual last minute dash around the shops laden with bags - instead, come and enjoy the wonderful products from designers and crafts people from the UK and beyond and do all your Christmas shopping in one place and on one day. With beautiful jewellery, quality homewares, vintage designs, fashion accessories, charming children's clothes and much, much more on offer, there's something for everyone at The Gift of Sight Fair - whether you are looking for unusual gifts for your children, beautiful gifts for someone special, or just fancy a treat for yourself.
On Tuesday 20th September 2016, the Provincial Grand Master of Hertfordshire, R W Bro Paul Gower, passed through the Degree of a Knight of St Paul to enable him to be installed as a Knight of Malta in the Charles Herbert Perram Priory No.409, at the Masonic Hall, Radlett, Hertfordshire.
R W Bro Paul Gower was ably supported by 40 plus knights of the Order under the guidance of the Provincial Prior for Hertfordshire, Right Eminent Knight Tony Lapsley.
The Ceremony was conducted in an absolutely superb fashion by the Sub-Prior for Hertfordshire Eminent Knight Mike Stanforth, who was most notably supported in delivering the Degree of a Knight of St Paul by Eminent Knight Colin Hellyer, also known (when dressed in slightly different regalia,) as the District Grand Master of the Grand Council of Hertfordshire.
Eminent Knight John Linley, also known as the Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra of Hertfordshire, delivered a major address to the Candidate in a faultless fashion. The Provincial Prior’s Bodyguard were there, as ever, to assist with anything that needed assisting with…..
All in all, a great ‘knight’ (if you’ll pardon the pun) for Freemasonry in Hertfordshire!
E.Kt Darren Bending
FHLBC contacted the RE Provincial Prior at the beginning of the year and asked if he would like to send a representative along to an event they had arranged to visit the Royston Cave on Saturday 9th July 2016. The event proved to very popular and as such, they had to arrange two tours of the cave instead of the one. The tour lasted about 45 minutes each and to point out and explain the special carvings in the cave, the FHLBC had invited Stephen Andrews, an independent researcher from suffolk. His masonic information includes PAGDC Hartismere lodge 1663 (Suffolk Province); Hartismere Chapter 1663 PZ; KT- Martyn Preceptory 544. Also attending the tour of the caves was Sylvia Beamon, M.A. (Cantab) who gave an invaluable insight to the carvings in the cave. Sylvia lives in Royston and is the author of a number of books on the subject. She studied archaeology and anthropology, graduating from Cambridge University in 1977(Lucy Cavendish College). She has held a long-term interest in underground structures and the reuse of the galleries and chambers left within disused mines. She has lectured and published widely in this field. Sylvia founded the national society Subterranea Britannica in 1974 editing its journal of the same name for ten years. Sylvia co-authored The Ice-houses of Britain (1990) Routledge, London which is recognised as the definitive work on Icehouses in this country. The National Monuments Record and the British Academy supported the project, with Dr Susan Roaf, which gained a British Archaeological Award in 1986. In addition to her roles as book reviewer, archaeological excavator, TV / radio contributor and conference organiser, Sylvia has interests in childcare and health issues. Since 1996, she has become a reviewer and consumer for the Cochrane Collaboration and continues research into the underground treatment of asthma known as Speleotherapy. Other titles by Sylvia include: Royston Cave Used by Saint or Sinners? The Ice-houses of Britain, Exploring Royston Cave, Underground Mythology and Speleotherapy for Asthma
Royston Cave is an enigma. No records of its age or purpose exist, but it is manmade and contains an extensive range of wall carvings representing the Crucifixion, the Holy Family and several saints including St Katherine, St Laurence and St Christopher. Other carvings are less easily identified and have been interpreted as possible pagan symbols.
Some studies have drawn comparisons with Knights Templar sites. Others point to possible Masonic symbols, that could link it to James I who maintained a hunting lodge at Royston. Some believe the Cave is a spiritual centre where two ley-lines cross.
Having completed the tours, the groups met back at the Royston Masonic Centre for lunch which was greatly appreciated. Once punch was finished, the 23 FHLBC attendees were presented with their first talk on the experiences of Kt Lester Wellington, a relatively new Hertfordshire Knight, whom the RE Provincial Prior had asked to attend. He gave a very informative presentation of what the Knights Templar Masonic Order was all about, explaining the Regalia worn by both KT and Malta knights and the qualifications needed to become a member of the Order. There was a question and answer session following the presentation which then lead to a digital presentation of KT related buildings and carvings around the world from Stephen Andrews.
There was a host of information on offer at both the presentations and the Royston Cave tour which is certainly recommended. If you need further information regarding the Royston Cave, please visit their website Royston Cave Website
Commencing at 10.00am on the first Sunday of the months of February, March, April, June, September, October, November and December.
Formed for the purpose of helping the Knights of the Province to learn and practise the drill and ritual, and so improve the standards throughout the Preceptories in the Province of Hertfordshire. ALL Knights are invited and encouraged to attend.
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