The Third Annual District Garden Party

Sunday 29th July 2018 saw the Grand Superintendent’s District Garden party, the third of such events which has very fast become one of the much anticipated highlights of the “Masonic Off-Season”. Whilst the gathering may not have gone off with a bang given that it had rained all day, the first rain that had fallen since early June, the ardour of all those who attended could not be dampened in the slightest! District members, their wives as well as members of other masonic orders from the Province of Surrey arrived just before mid-day and took their places in the shelter of the several gazebos placed in the picturesque surroundings of Jack’s garden in not so sunny Chilworth.  A number of the more delicate souls decided to stay in the shelter fo the kitchen and prepare themselves for the food with nibbles and drinks.  Once the barbeques had been lit beneath another gazebo by those renowned masterchefs, Ian Parsons and Miguel Godfrey, things began to buzz as the preparations for the meal began to take affect. Within an hour or so, the numerous and delicious salads and cold meats that had been prepared and presented in the dining room, along with venison sausages, fillet steaks and succulent pork sausages, had been consumed, as had the gateaux and desserts which followed.  It’s amazing how much fifty people can consume in such a short space of time! Although the rain peristed, the intrepid visitors could not be deterred; it seemed that the food had made all present extremely thirsty!  After a good few beers more had been quaffed along with a few more cases of wine, the Grand Superintendent caught his guests at a weak moment where raffle tickets were sold.  Wallets and purses were opened and an empty ice-bucket filled with money, all donations being sent to the Order’s Centenary Pillar Fund the monies for which are to fund the procurement of premises for the Order.  A considerable sum was raised at the event for the Pillar Fund.  The grateful thanks of the District Grand Superintendent is extended to all those who attended. The tenacity of a number of the attendees should be recognised as, due to a charity cycle event, many of the roads between London and Chilworth had been closed.  We should perhaps doff our caps to Chris Cradock whose journey included a two-and-a-half hour crawl from Fulham to Hammersmith Bridge followed by a further ninety minutes thence to the venue!  All those who know Chris are aware of his tenacity and determination but this shows just how far (and how slowly) he is prepared to go to meet his obigations! Given the issues encountered with the cycle event, next year’s Garden Party has already been set for Saturday 27th July 2019 so get that date marked in your diaries and schedules NOW!
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Eleven New Candidates and High Priest for 184

The Pride of Surrey Tabernacle held its summer meeting on Friday 18th May 2018 at the Sutton Masonic Halls, Grove Road.  This was a rather exceptional event in that eleven Royal Arch Companions were received into the Order and became members of the Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests. Whilst the logistics of the meeting were a little complicated given the wish to include all of the candidates in the ceremony, there is no doubt that the meeting was a total success.  To organise and administer this meeting was a challenge in itself but was studiously  dealt with by the Recorder, V Ill Knight Priest Simon Polkinghorne, PGVII.  With regard the ceremony of reception: this was carried out in an excellent manner by the High Priest, V Ill Knight Priest Chris Hatton, KHW, PGVII, ably assisted by Ill Knight Priest Peter Vosser, GKP, Dist. Treasurer, as Conductor and other willing and able helpers from other Tabernacles in the District. Prior to this meeting the Pride of Surrey Tabernacle membership was, it must be admitted, small in number.  The Tabernacle is now looking much more healthy.  It will be further strengthened with two more candidates who, hopefully will be received into the Tabernacle and into the Order, at the next meeting in December. It should also be recorded that, not only was the ceremony of reception undertaken for eleven new candidates but a new High Priest was also installed in the person of Very Eminent High Priest Bob Currie.  Bob hails from Scotland and journeys down regualrly to particpate at 184’s meetings.  The Ceremony of Installation was very ably performed again by Ill Knight Priest Chris Hatton who took much pleasure in installing his very good and long-standing friend into the “chair”. The Deputy Grand Recorder, Rt Ill Knight Priest Eric Brown, PGVII, CM, had travelled down from York especially to witness his good friend and Knight Priest  Bob take the chair.   The whole evening was looked on with much pleasure by the Rt Eminent Grand Superintendent, Jack Love, who had also been instrumental in gaining a good percentage of the new Candidates for the Tabernacle.  The work in the Tabernacle was rounded off with the Ceremony of the Grand Point, the Officiating Officer for which was the Grand Superintendent who was supported by his Deputy District Director of Cermonies, Ill Kt Priest Dan Turner, PGIV, CHM.  All in all a very successful and enjoyable evening was had by all who attended more than thirty of whom sat down to dine following the work in the Tabernacle.  ONWARD and UPWARD!
The Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priests                  and                  Order of Holy Wisdom - District 15
© The Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priest and Order of Holy Wisdom District 15 - Surrey
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