© 2008 Provincial Grand Court of Wessex
The address to Brethren on the Banner Dedication. Presented by : The Most Worshipful GRAND MASTER: Michael H Roalfe, PGHCh, GCSM
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Opening Address. R.W.Provincial   Grand   Master   before   addressing   the   Brethren   generally   may   I   thank   you   most sincerely   for   the   honour   accorded   to   me   in   asking   that   I   act   as   officiating   officer   for   the ceremony of dedicating the new banner to be used in your Province of Wessex. Brethren,   you   may   be   interested   to   know   that   when   I   became   Grand   Master   there   was   a   great debate   as   to   whether   the   term   ‘banner’   of   ‘standard   should   be   adopted   for   its   title   and   that   of   its bearer. Boutell   in   his   book   ‘Heraldry’   states   that   a   banner   is   a   square   or   oblong   amorial   flag   hung   by one   of   its   sides.   The   Oxford   dictionary   describes   a   banner   as   a   square   flag   on   a   pole   used   in   a procession and for those who serve under the banner. We   thought,   perhaps   in   ignorance,   that   the   term   ‘standard’   had   more   relevance   to   battles   and its   use   as   a   rallying   point   for   troops   but   there   is   no   doubt   that Assyrians,   Egyptians,   Greeks   and Romans   all   fought   under   their   ’banners’   and   we   can   therefore   assume   that   the   early   Saxons did   the   same.   In   the   Order   of   the   Red   Cross   of   Constantine   the   two   flags   are   referred   to   as ‘standards’   and   the   red   cross   was   adopted   by   Constantine   as   his   ‘standard’   to   be   used   at   the battle   of   Milvian   Bridge.   So   not   just   ignorance   but   also   confusion.   In   the   end   it   was   decided   to adopt the Oxford dictionary definition and ‘Banner’ it became. Today   the   most   notable   use   of   a   standard   or   banner   is   at   the   annual   parade   of   Trooping   the Colour   on   Horse   Guards’   Parade   ground   where   the   standards   of   the   regiments   are   paraded before the troops so that in the heat of battle they may know their rallying point.   Address before Dedication
Today,   is   an   historic   occasion   Brethren,   you   represent   the   present   and   future   members   of   this   Province.   Later   they,   and   hopefully   you, will   for   many   years   to   come   observe   your   banner   borne   by   a   Provincial   Grand   Banner   Bearer   following   the   Provincial   Grand   Master   prior to him opening the Provincial Grand Court of Wessex. The   shield   on   the   banner   about   to   be   unfurled   is   headed   by   an   inscription   written   in   Anglo-Saxon   that   translates   as   Athelstan   King   of Wessex. The   letters   you   will   observe   as A   and   E   when   conjoined   as   a   dipthong   form   the   letter   that   was   known   as   ‘ash’. The   next   letter,   a conjoined ‘b’ and ‘p’ was originally known as ‘porn’ but as its pronunciation was ‘th’ it became known as ‘thorn’. The   shield   bears   upon   it   a   replica   of   a   Wyvern.   A   two   headed   dragon   with   erect   wings   and   a   forked   tail.   Henry   of   Huntingdon   and Matthew   of   Westminster   both   write   of   a   banner   depicting   a   golden   dragon   being   raised   by   the   West   Saxons   at   the   battle   of   Burford   in 752.   The   Bayeux   Tapestry   depicts   a   golden   dragon   (fallen)   and   a   red/golden/white   dragon   at   the   death   of   Harold   an   earlier   Earl   of Wessex in 1066.    The   Wyvern   is   shown   placed   on   a   star   studded   chequered   carpet,   symbolising   masonic   stability   and   therefore   a   symbolic   safe   haven. The   blue   bands   of   truth   connect   the   different   areas   of   the   Province   –   North,   South,   East   and   West   and   at   the   bottom   the   cross   patance of the Wessex kings. The suspension loops and scroll are identical to the colours of the Provincial badge and collar." The   Province   is   greatly   indebted   to   V.W.Bro.   Brian   G.   Wright   the   Deputy   Provincial   Grand   Master   of   the   Province   for   its   splendid   design. I   congratulate   him   and   the   Province   on   the   originality,   not   only   of   the   design   chosen   for   the   banner,   but   also   its   shape.   Both   are   unique within the Order. Long may you range under its protection in true Brotherly love, harmony and unity. Brethren   it   gives   me   great   pleasure   to   dedicate   this   Banner   to   the   glory   of   the   Supreme   Being   and   Creator   of   all Things   and   the   Province of Wessex.
                   © 2008 Provincial Grand Court of Wessex
The address to Brethren on the Banner Dedication. Presented by : The Most Worshipful GRAND MASTER: Michael H Roalfe, PGHCh, GCSM
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Opening Address. R.W.Provincial   Grand   Master   before   addressing   the   Brethren   generally   may   I   thank   you most sincerely for the honour accorded to me in asking that I act as officiating officer for the ceremony of dedicating the new banner to be used in your Province of Wessex. Brethren, you may be interested to know that when I became Grand Master there was a great debate as to whether the term ‘banner’ of ‘standard should be adopted for its title and that of its bearer. Boutell in his book ‘Heraldry’ states that a banner is a square or oblong amorial flag hung by one of its sides. The Oxford dictionary   describes   a   banner   as   a   square   flag   on   a   pole   used   in   a   procession   and   for those who serve under the banner. We   thought,   perhaps   in   ignorance,   that   the   term   ‘standard’   had   more   relevance   to   battles and   its   use   as   a   rallying   point   for   troops   but   there   is   no   doubt   that   Assyrians,   Egyptians, Greeks   and   Romans   all   fought   under   their   ’banners’   and   we   can   therefore   assume   that the   early   Saxons   did   the   same.   In   the   Order   of   the   Red   Cross   of   Constantine   the   two   flags are   referred   to   as   ‘standards’   and   the   red   cross   was   adopted   by   Constantine   as   his ‘standard’   to   be   used   at   the   battle   of   Milvian   Bridge.   So   not   just   ignorance   but   also confusion.   In   the   end   it   was   decided   to   adopt   the   Oxford   dictionary   definition   and   ‘Banner’ it became. Today   the   most   notable   use   of   a   standard   or   banner   is   at   the   annual   parade   of   Trooping the   Colour   on   Horse   Guards’   Parade   ground   where   the   standards   of   the   regiments   are paraded before the troops so that in the heat of battle they may know their rallying point.   Address before Dedication
Today,   is   an   historic   occasion   Brethren,   you   represent   the   present   and   future   members of   this   Province.   Later   they,   and   hopefully   you,   will   for   many   years   to   come   observe   your banner   borne   by   a   Provincial   Grand   Banner   Bearer   following   the   Provincial   Grand Master prior to him opening the Provincial Grand Court of Wessex. The   shield   on   the   banner   about   to   be   unfurled   is   headed   by   an   inscription   written   in Anglo-Saxon   that   translates   as   Athelstan   King   of   Wessex.   The   letters   you   will   observe as   A   and   E   when   conjoined   as   a   dipthong   form   the   letter   that   was   known   as   ‘ash’.   The next   letter,   a   conjoined   ‘b’   and   ‘p’   was   originally   known   as   ‘porn’   but   as   its   pronunciation was ‘th’ it became known as ‘thorn’. The   shield   bears   upon   it   a   replica   of   a   Wyvern.   A   two   headed   dragon   with   erect   wings and   a   forked   tail.   Henry   of   Huntingdon   and   Matthew   of   Westminster   both   write   of   a banner   depicting   a   golden   dragon   being   raised   by   the   West   Saxons   at   the   battle   of Burford    in    752.    The    Bayeux    Tapestry    depicts    a    golden    dragon    (fallen)    and    a red/golden/white dragon at the death of Harold an earlier Earl of Wessex in 1066.   The   Wyvern   is   shown   placed   on   a   star   studded   chequered   carpet,   symbolising   masonic stability   and   therefore   a   symbolic   safe   haven.   The   blue   bands   of   truth   connect   the different   areas   of   the   Province   –   North,   South,   East   and   West   and   at   the   bottom   the cross   patance   of   the   Wessex   kings.   The   suspension   loops   and   scroll   are   identical   to   the colours of the Provincial badge and collar." The   Province   is   greatly   indebted   to   V.W.Bro.   Brian   G.   Wright   the   Deputy   Provincial Grand    Master    of    the    Province    for    its    splendid    design.    I    congratulate    him    and    the Province   on   the   originality,   not   only   of   the   design   chosen   for   the   banner,   but   also   its shape.   Both   are   unique   within   the   Order.   Long   may   you   range   under   its   protection   in true Brotherly love, harmony and unity. Brethren   it   gives   me   great   pleasure   to   dedicate   this   Banner   to   the   glory   of   the   Supreme Being and Creator of all Things and the Province of Wessex. T