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6th. Provincial Assembly of Wessex, hosted by King Cerdic Court No. 82, held in The Masonic Hall, 3 Northcote Lane, Honiton, Devon. EX14 1NP on Saturday 17th. May 2014
The Regular meeting of the Court of King Cerdic No. 82 preceded the Provincial Assembly. During the business of the Court they Instructed candidate Bro. Christopher Elliott.
The Province of Wessex The Provincial Grand Masters Report for 2013 /14 B rethren,   I   must   first   thank   you   all   for   attending   this sixth   Annual   Assembly   of   the   Province   of   Wessex.   This means,   obviously,   that   we   are   now   six   years   old,   and still the ‘youngest’ Province of the Order. My   congratulations   to   all   those   Officer’s   that   I   have had    the    pleasure    of    appointing    and    re-appointing today,   please   remember   I   aim   to   reward   those   who help   and   serve   our   Province,   and   that   as   we   are   not   yet complete,   the   Statutes   of   our   Order   limit   the   number of   Provincial   appointments   that   I   have,   both   Active   and Past. Unlike    other    Orders’,    I    am    invited,    by    the    Grand Master,   to   make   one   or   two   (depending   on   the   year) recommendations     for     consideration     by     him,     for possible   appointment   to   Grand   Court   Rank   I   submit   a few paragraphs of what the individual has done for the
Province   and   the   Order,   with   my   reasons   for   submitting   that   person   for   such   consideration.   It   is   by   no   means   a   bygone   conclusion that   any   of   my   submissions   will   achieve   an   appointment.      Brethren,   please   do   not   think   that   Grand   Rank   in   this   Order   is   achieved   by my   patronage.   It   rests   solely   with   the   Grand   Master   and   his   executive   to   ‘give’   this   reward.   So   please,   when   you   see   any   Brother   in   this Order   with   either   a   Chain,   or   a   large   Apron,   remember   that   they   have   been   rewarded   for   Service   to   our   Order.   Our   growth   has   been spectacular, both as an Order, and especially as a Province.  There   are   certain   key   people   who   have   been   responsible   within   our   current   Court’s   for   this,   and   I   would   not   dare   to   list   names   for   fear of   making   an   unintended   slip,   and   missing   someone,   which   would   be   both   grievous   to   any   individual,   and   perilous   to   my   relationship with them! My grateful and heartfelt thanks to all those Brethren. Further   to   this   subject,   we,   for   those   who   did   not   know,   consecrated   our   eighth   Court   in   January   of   this   year,   at   Liskard,   The   Court   of St.   German,   number   97   on   the   role   of   Grand   Court.   I   thank   W.Bro.   K.   Barry   Chalkley   MBE   for   all   his   hard   work   in   helping   make   this come   to   fruition.   I   was   ably   assisted,   on   the   day,   by   a   great   Team   of   both   active   Provincial   Officer’s   and   a   few   ‘acting’   volunteers,   who did   a   fantastic   job,   and   had   a   great   time.   The   day   was   thoroughly   enjoyable,   oh,   and   we   had   some   help   from   the   Grand   Master…   he very kindly agreed to travel down and be the Consecrating Officer. On   the   subject   of   our   Court’s,   I   still   need   your   help.   We   now   have   eight   Court’s   within   the   Province,   as   you   will   see   listed   in   the excellent summons prepared by our Deputy Provincial Grand Master, and the Provincial Grand Secretary. The help I need is that we have 2 Court’s to go to complete our Province. I   have   happily   reported   to   you   previously   that   we   are   working   towards   a   Court   at   Plymouth,   also   the   Provincial   Executive   have   a potential   location   for   the   tenth   Court.   So   please   Brethren,   if   you   are   approached   by   any   of   the   Provincial   Officer’s   to   assist,   I   implore you   that   if   you   can,   please,   please   give   your   assistance.   We   are   fighting   time,   because   so   far,   the   Order   has   been   consecrating approximately one Court per month, upto this point, and it does not appear to be slowing down. Our   Most   Worshipful   Grand   Master   has   been   in   post   for   nearly   a   year   now,   and   has   some   very   definite   plans   for   the   direction   of   the Order. One   of   those   directions   is   Ritual.   Now,   it   is   a   fact   that   there   is   a   review   group   looking   at   our   ritual,   headed   up   by   the   Assistant   Grand Master.   BUT   just   because   it   is   under   review,   does   not   mean   it   will   change   tomorrow.   There   is   a   lead   time   to   all   these   things,   and   that timescale is not yet published. So I remind you that the facts are this;    The   ritual   of   the   Order   is   published   for   its   Members   in   books   1,   2,   and   3.   Dated   August   2010   –   this   is   the   current   ritual,   and   if   you have   an   Office   in   a   Court,   or   at   any   level,   it   is   incumbent   upon   you   to   learn   the   ritual   for   that   Office,   to   the   best   of   your   individual ability.   Don’t   worry   about   what   may   happen   in   the   future,   learn   and   apply   the   ritual   for   the   Office   that   you   hold.   When   you   move   onto the    next    one,    take    the    approved    ritual    for    that    Office    at    the    time    you    are    appointed,    and    do    the    same,    and    so    on,    until    an announcement is made, and a date for that change, if any.    I   appreciate   that   I   am   ‘preaching   to   the   converted’   here,   but   as   is   said,   “if   the   caps   fits…”   I   shall   be   taking   this   strong   ‘reminder’   to   all   of the   Court’s   in   the   Province   that   I   visit,   so   shall   V.W.Bro.   Brian,   W.Bro.   Mervyn,   and   any   other   Provincial   Grand   Officer   who   attends   a Court to represent me.  To   close,   and   I   hear   some   sighs   of   relief,   I   must   again   reiterate   my   grateful   thanks   to   all   of   you,   the   Provincial   Officer’s,   both   active   and acting, and the Provincial Executive, for being so generous with their time on your behalf.  Please also pass on my thanks, and convey my message, to those Brethren that you know who could not be with us today. I   will   now   give   an   advert   for   next   year’s   Provincial   Assembly,   please   put   this   in   your   diary’s,   it   will   be   held   at   Perranporth,   Cornwall, with   the   Court   meeting   of   The   Court   of   King   Hywel   No.69   on   Saturday   16th   May   2015.   I   am   getting   this   date   in   your   minds   early,   so   as not   to   clash   with   other   Order’s   and   other   Masonic   commitments,   and   to   ensure   a   very   good   attendance   from   all   our   Court’s   in Wessex. Before   finishing,   I   must   just   re-iterate   the   very   sad   loss   of   all   the   Brethren   of   this   Province   since   our   last   Assembly,   especially   W.Bro. William   Robin   Rouse.   Bill   was   a   quiet   man,   purposeful,   direct   and   ‘straight   as   a   dye’   to   coin   a   phrase.   He   was   the   Founding   Treasurer for three of our Court’s, and was a Member of the Order from the early days of the Province. I   know   he   was   heavily   involved   with   many   Order’s   throughout   Cornwall   and   Devon.   He   held   respected   ranks   in   all   of   them,   and   was always involved as either Treasurer or Secretary at Provincial level or its equivalent.       Brother   Roy   was   a   new   member   of   our   Order,   but   we   shall   never   know   the   achievements   or   contributions   that   he   could   have   made   to this Province.     They   have   each   ‘lived   respected,   and   died   regretted’.   I   have   been   lucky   to   have   met   both   of   them,   and   I   know   that   this   Province,   and life in general is a poorer place for their passing. Brethren,   I   look   forward   to   being   with   you   at   your   Court’s,   especially   at   each   Individual   Installation,   whenever   I   can.   I   look   forward   to your   company   at   whatever   gathering   of   Athelstan,   or   any   other   Order   we   may   be   attending,   and   I   look   forward   to   your   company   after this Assembly. Thank you all for your kind attention, Yours sincerely and fraternally, Malcolm Malcolm J Burns GCSM Provincial Grand Master The Province of Wessex
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                   © 2008 Provincial Grand Court of Wessex
The Provincial Grand Court of WESSEX
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6th. Provincial Assembly of Wessex, hosted by King Cerdic Court No. 82, held in The Masonic Hall, 3 Northcote Lane, Honiton, Devon. EX14 1NP on Saturday 17th. May 2014
The Regular meeting of the Court of King Cerdic No. 82 preceded the Provincial Assembly. During the business of the Court they Instructed candidate Bro. Christopher Elliott.
The Province of Wessex The Provincial Grand Masters Report for 2013 /14 B rethren,   I   must   first   thank   you   all   for   attending   this sixth   Annual   Assembly   of   the   Province   of   Wessex.   This means,   obviously,   that   we   are   now   six   years   old,   and still the ‘youngest’ Province of the Order. My   congratulations   to   all   those   Officer’s   that   I   have had    the    pleasure    of    appointing    and    re-appointing today,   please   remember   I   aim   to   reward   those   who help   and   serve   our   Province,   and   that   as   we   are   not   yet complete,   the   Statutes   of   our   Order   limit   the   number of   Provincial   appointments   that   I   have,   both   Active   and Past. Unlike    other    Orders’,    I    am    invited,    by    the    Grand Master,   to   make   one   or   two   (depending   on   the   year) recommendations     for     consideration     by     him,     for possible   appointment   to   Grand   Court   Rank   I   submit   a few paragraphs of what the individual has done for the
Province   and   the   Order,   with   my   reasons   for   submitting   that   person   for   such   consideration.   It   is   by   no   means   a   bygone conclusion   that   any   of   my   submissions   will   achieve   an   appointment.      Brethren,   please   do   not   think   that   Grand   Rank   in this   Order   is   achieved   by   my   patronage.   It   rests   solely   with   the   Grand   Master   and   his   executive   to   ‘give’   this   reward.   So please,   when   you   see   any   Brother   in   this   Order   with   either   a   Chain,   or   a   large   Apron,   remember   that   they   have   been rewarded for Service to our Order. Our growth has been spectacular, both as an Order, and especially as a Province.  There   are   certain   key   people   who   have   been   responsible   within   our   current   Court’s   for   this,   and   I   would   not   dare   to   list names   for   fear   of   making   an   unintended   slip,   and   missing   someone,   which   would   be   both   grievous   to   any   individual, and perilous to my relationship with them! My grateful and heartfelt thanks to all those Brethren. Further   to   this   subject,   we,   for   those   who   did   not   know,   consecrated   our   eighth   Court   in   January   of   this   year,   at   Liskard, The   Court   of   St.   German,   number   97   on   the   role   of   Grand   Court.   I   thank   W.Bro.   K.   Barry   Chalkley   MBE   for   all   his   hard work   in   helping   make   this   come   to   fruition.   I   was   ably   assisted,   on   the   day,   by   a   great   Team   of   both   active   Provincial Officer’s   and   a   few   ‘acting’   volunteers,   who   did   a   fantastic   job,   and   had   a   great   time.   The   day   was   thoroughly   enjoyable, oh,   and   we   had   some   help   from   the   Grand   Master…   he   very   kindly   agreed   to   travel   down   and   be   the   Consecrating Officer. On   the   subject   of   our   Court’s,   I   still   need   your   help.   We   now   have   eight   Court’s   within   the   Province,   as   you   will   see   listed in the excellent summons prepared by our Deputy Provincial Grand Master, and the Provincial Grand Secretary. The help I need is that we have 2 Court’s to go to complete our Province. I   have   happily   reported   to   you   previously   that   we   are   working   towards   a   Court   at   Plymouth,   also   the   Provincial Executive   have   a   potential   location   for   the   tenth   Court.   So   please   Brethren,   if   you   are   approached   by   any   of   the Provincial   Officer’s   to   assist,   I   implore   you   that   if   you   can,   please,   please   give   your   assistance.   We   are   fighting   time, because   so   far,   the   Order   has   been   consecrating   approximately   one   Court   per   month,   up   to   this   point,   and   it   does   not appear to be slowing down. Our   Most   Worshipful   Grand   Master   has   been   in   post   for   nearly   a   year   now,   and   has   some   very   definite   plans   for   the direction of the Order. One   of   those   directions   is   Ritual.   Now,   it   is   a   fact   that   there   is   a   review   group   looking   at   our   ritual,   headed   up   by   the Assistant   Grand   Master.   BUT   just   because   it   is   under   review,   does   not   mean   it   will   change   tomorrow.   There   is   a   lead time to all these things, and that time scale is not yet published. So I remind you that the facts are this;    The   ritual   of   the   Order   is   published   for   its   Members   in   books   1,   2,   and   3.   Dated   August   2010   –   this   is   the   current   ritual, and   if   you   have   an   Office   in   a   Court,   or   at   any   level,   it   is   incumbent   upon   you   to   learn   the   ritual   for   that   Office,   to   the best   of   your   individual   ability.   Don’t   worry   about   what   may   happen   in   the   future,   learn   and   apply   the   ritual   for   the Office   that   you   hold.   When   you   move   onto   the   next   one,   take   the   approved   ritual   for   that   Office   at   the   time   you   are appointed, and do the same, and so on, until an announcement is made, and a date for that change, if any.    I   appreciate   that   I   am   ‘preaching   to   the   converted’   here,   but   as   is   said,   “if   the   caps   fits…”   I   shall   be   taking   this   strong ‘reminder’   to   all   of   the   Court’s   in   the   Province   that   I   visit,   so   shall   V.W.Bro.   Brian,   W.Bro.   Mervyn,   and   any   other   Provincial Grand Officer who attends a Court to represent me.  To   close,   and   I   hear   some   sighs   of   relief,   I   must   again   reiterate   my   grateful   thanks   to   all   of   you,   the   Provincial   Officer’s, both active and acting, and the Provincial Executive, for being so generous with their time on your behalf.    Please   also   pass   on   my   thanks,   and   convey   my   message,   to   those   Brethren   that   you   know   who   could   not   be   with   us today. I   will   now   give   an   advert   for   next   year’s   Provincial   Assembly,   please   put   this   in   your   diary’s,   it   will   be   held   at   Perranporth, Cornwall,   with   the   Court   meeting   of   The   Court   of   King   Hywel   No.69   on   Saturday   16th   May   2015.   I   am   getting   this   date   in your   minds   early,   so   as   not   to   clash   with   other   Order’s   and   other   Masonic   commitments,   and   to   ensure   a   very   good attendance from all our Court’s in Wessex. Before   finishing,   I   must   just   re-iterate   the   very   sad   loss   of   all   the   Brethren   of   this   Province   since   our   last   Assembly, especially   W.Bro.   William   Robin   Rouse.   Bill   was   a   quiet   man,   purposeful,   direct   and   ‘straight   as   a   dye’   to   coin   a   phrase. He   was   the   Founding   Treasurer   for   three   of   our   Court’s,   and   was   a   Member   of   the   Order   from   the   early   days   of   the Province. I   know   he   was   heavily   involved   with   many   Order’s   throughout   Cornwall   and   Devon.   He   held   respected   ranks   in   all   of them, and was always involved as either Treasurer or Secretary at Provincial level or its equivalent.       Brother   Roy   was   a   new   member   of   our   Order,   but   we   shall   never   know   the   achievements   or   contributions   that   he   could have made to this Province.     They   have   each   ‘lived   respected,   and   died   regretted’.   I   have   been   lucky   to   have   met   both   of   them,   and   I   know   that   this Province, and life in general is a poorer place for their passing. Brethren,   I   look   forward   to   being   with   you   at   your   Court’s,   especially   at   each   Individual   Installation,   whenever   I   can.   I look   forward   to   your   company   at   whatever   gathering   of   Athelstan,   or   any   other   Order   we   may   be   attending,   and   I   look forward to your company after this Assembly. Thank you all for your kind attention, Yours sincerely and fraternally, Malcolm Malcolm J Burns GCSM Provincial Grand Master The Province of Wessex
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