Maeides Stana Chapter No 7868 Celebrates its 25th Anniversary
Approximately 60 Companions attended the Maeides Stana Chapter at Tovil on Wednesday 27th May to celebrate the important occasion of its 25th anniversary since its consecration. Guest of Honour for the evening was Excellent Companion John Bonomy, Past Grand Superintendent, who was the Deputy Grand Superintendent at the time of the Chapter’s Consecration.
It was a very full evening commencing with an Exaltation ceremony for Brother Gary Shields, including a demonstration of the “Prologues” discourses, conducted by Excellent Companion Stephen Salisbury to his usual very high standard. He was assisted by Excellent Companion Graeme Wyles with the Exaltee outside the Chapter. The Prologues were received very well by all present.
Excellent Companion John Grumbridge had the original honour of being the first person to hold the office of First Principal of the Chapter. John was present on this occasion to receive a lovely firing glass, engraved with the Chapter’s logo, in appreciation of his services to the Chapter since its consecration. It was presented with the hope that it will be transferred to future First Principals of the Chapter at intervals of significant occasions i.e. 50, 75, 100, 150 years, and so on. Imagine this being raised in 300 years time….what a thought!
At the festive board a 10 minute film was shown to celebrate the Masonic life and times of another stalwart of the Chapter, Excellent Companion Peter Saunders. Peter, who is not mobile enough these days to attend, has done a terrific amount for the Chapter and for the Freemasons of East Kent.
His researches into the deeper aspects of the Holy Royal Arch in particular and Freemasonry in general, have assisted many in their quest for knowledge; it was a very fitting and moving tribute. Peter, a Past 2nd Provincial Grand Principal, was the recent recipient of the Provincial Grand Master’s fifty-year long service certificate – click here to read a report of that presentation.
Finally, some praise must be given to Excellent Companion David Clements, and his wife Jennifer, for the excellent work and research they carried out in preparing the magnificent 25th Anniversary history booklet. Extending to 52 pages, the booklet is a fascinating read and it includes a photo of the chapter members taken in 1990 including a very young First Principal whom you might recognise!
Some other pages from the booklet are shown below.
The evening closed quite late as you may imagine with all Companions being fully aware they had witnessed a very special occasion.