With the splendid backdrop of The Guildhall, Windsor, The Tamesis Chapter celebrated its centenary on Thursday 10th October 2019.
Some 90 Royal Arch Companions witnessed the service of Thanksgiving conducted by ME Grand Superintendent of Berkshire, E Comp. Ian Hopgood, together with the Deputy Grand Superintendent, Third Provincial Principal and attended by almost all the Berkshire Provincial Grand Officers of the year. Among the other notable attendees was E Comps. George Francis, Past 2nd Grand Principal who brought greetings from Supreme Grand Chapter and E Comp. Martin Peters, Grand Scribe Nehemiah.
In his address, E Comp. Ian said that this was a a magnificent setting for such a unique occasion in the history of Tamesis Chapter and one which deserves the numbers attending to witness this auspicious occasion.
E Comp. Rodney Bancroft, Third Provincial Grand Principal gave an eloquent oration in which he eluded to the Chapter’s formation immediately after the first world war with its emphasis on family ties during its existence and running alongside the momentous historic events of the 20th century. The Chapter has thrived throughout with many members serving as Grand and Provincial Grand Officers.
To mark this event, a commemorative booklet was produced charting the history of the Chapter.
After the Ceremony the Companions enjoyed dinner together at The Castle Hotel and where each guest received a gift of a ‘Tamesis 100’ etched tumbler and cufflinks.
Uniquely, all seven Deputy Grand Superintendents of the Province were in attendance, E Comps. Robert Faulkner, Harry and Ken Benford, Gary Mitchell, Ian Hopgood, Bernard Greenwold and Jem Whitmore.
Written by Bernard Greenwold