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The Holy Royal Arch Dear Companions,

It is diffi cult to believe that six months have passed since the last edition of Across the Plain with so much that has happened in between. I hope you had an enjoyable Masonic season and are looking forward to the summer break which is not so very far away.

You will remember that currently the Holy Royal Arch is supporting the Royal College of Surgeons’ appeal as part of our Bi-Centenary celebrations planned for 2013. Wiltshire’s contribution has been set at £10.00 per Companion over a three year period. It is heartening to know that so many of you have already donated money to this very worthwhile appeal and I would hope that those of you who have not yet contributed towards our target will be able to help show that Wiltshire can well and truly surpass all expectations with your usual and much valued support. Thank you.

I can tell you that Chapters have decided not to let it fi nish there, and I am absolutely delighted that Companions continue to fund-raise and make their mark by presenting me with cheques when I attend their meetings. I am justifi ably very proud of this continued support and ask that you please keep up the good work to make Wiltshire’s fi nal total a memorable one.

At the point of writing this article I am making preparations for the Annual Provincial Convocation. This year sees the promotion of Excellent Companion John Reid to 2nd Provincial Grand Principal and Excellent Companion Peter Read to 3rd

Provincial Grand Principal. I am sure that they

will both continue to support both me and the Deputy Grand Superintendent, Excellent Companion Rev Dr. John Railton, whom I am also to re-appoint for the ensuing year. I look forward to their invaluable contribution at our meetings. In addition to this I would like to warmly congratulate all those Companions who have received honours this year and take this opportunity to thank the active offi cers who supported me throughout 2011-2012, with especial thanks to the two Past 3rd

Provincial Grand

Principals Excellent Companions Graham Greenhill and John Cave as well as all the Grand Offi cers. I would fi nally like to mention all those Companions who assisted in setting up and clearing away after the Convocation at Melksham, some of whom were on duty from 7:00am that morning.

The last year has witnessed the presentation of the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent’s Certifi cate of Merit to Excellent Companion ‘Pete’ Brittain and a long service award to Excellent Companion David Hall, two fi ne and long term supporters of the Holy Royal Arch over the years, making our Order that much richer for their


service. I am sure you will join me in wishing them many years of continued Companionship among us.

Not only has the Province been busy at home but also in neighbouring Provinces. The initiative to make fraternal visits outside of Wiltshire has seen our most recent visit to Herefordshire and Gloucestershire at Downend near Bristol. This proved to be a tremendous evening when we were very generously entertained. At home we have also enjoyed the company of the Province of Buckinghamshire on their reciprocal visit, when we were hosted by Border Chapter No 3129 at Ludgershall. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to them for all their obvious efforts on that occasion.

Companions, The Holy Royal Arch in Wiltshire continues to show a steady growth in members and I would whole- heartedly recommend any Brother who has not taken that important step in completing their Masonic journey in pure Antient Masonry to speak with their Royal Arch Lodge Representative to make enquiries about participating in this lovely Order and thereby experience and discover the fulfi lment it brings.

I wish all Freemasons the very best of happiness and the health to enjoy it and look forward to your Companionship in the future.

With kindest regards

David Blanchard

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