Annual Report 2015
In February the Preceptory of Improvement held its first Carvery Dinner for its members at MMH. It was well attended and we were delighted with the presence of The Very High and R.E. Great Seneschal, Malcolm Slater, The R.E. Great Marshal, Paul Clement and the R.E. Provincial Prior of London, Michael Fox along with members from Wales and all parts of the country.
The workshop between 5pm – 6pm is now a regular feature for one to one tuition and individual queries. The meetings continue with a healthy but varied attendance averaging 17 knights and 7 apologies. We were also pleased to welcome 8 new members.
Once again attempts were made to find an additional suitable date for the PoI to practice a full Malta degree. All the members are eager for this to happen but with the congestion of meetings at MMH and the members other Masonic commitments, it is proving difficult. However, a Friday in March 2016 has now been earmarked. Hopefully we will now be able to include the Malta degree on a regular basis.
Again we would ask all members and Preceptory Registrars to make all Knights thinking of joining the Preceptory of Improvement aware of the strict dress code at M.M.H. “Smart Casual” being the minimum required attire. Definitely no Jeans, Denim or Trainers. This is now printed on the latest PoI cards.
It is gratifying to see that many of the Provinces have taken notice of the Grand Masters comments on the benefits of the K.E.VII PoI and are enquiring about the procedures and especially the Test.
We are pleased therefore to say that there are a number of Knights still eagerly waiting to take the Test. This year two Knights have taken one part of the Test with the second part to follow in 2016.
The Treasurer has continued addressing the problem of our Bank details with MMH notifying the Preceptories to update them and thereby increase our membership revenue. At the end of 2015 we received subs from 185 Preceptories, (marginally up on 2014) a number of which are unknown, but with Liber listing 521 Preceptories we still have a long way to go. If we are to continue visiting the Provinces this revenue is vitally important and we need to keep encouraging all Preceptories to participate.
Out and About
This year we were, by invitation, much more pro-active in visiting the Provinces.
In February E.Kt. Dennis Fountain along with a few members of PoI visited the Jean Parisot de la Valette Preceptory in Gloucester to witness the presentation of the Certificate of Competence to E. Kt. John Randall by their Provincial Prior R.E. Kt. R. S. Edgar..
E.Kt. Fountain was then invited to give a talk on the K.E.VII Preceptory of Improvement.
It was a wonderful occasion and I am sure E. Kt. Randall fully appreciated the presentation. The evening was rounded off with a sumptuous festive board.
In June E. Kt. Dennis Fountain with members of the PoI were invited to the Preceptory of Conformity at Diss Masonic Centre, Norfolk. On this occasion E.Kt. Fountain was requested to give advice on performing the ceremony. This was much appreciated and well received by all.
October saw a demo visit to St. Georges Preceptory, Mossley. E.Kt. Ron Pritchard took the chair and E. Kt. Dennis Fountain acted as Marshal and the ceremony of installing a Knight was rehearsed. Peter Swannell explained points and answered questions after the ceremony.
The Provincial Prior R.E. Kt. D.H. Gallear with his Sub Prior V.E. Kt. M. Southworth were in attendance along with a packed Temple. The demo was so well received that a number of their members are now coming down to the K.E.VII PoI. hoping eventually to take the Test.
December saw new boundaries with E. Kt. Dennis Fountain visiting Carantania Preceptory in Ljubljana, Slovenia. In fact Carantania is the only consecrated Preceptory in Slovenia. The object initially was for Dennis to give instructions during the ceremony, but due to unforeseen circumstances also ended up as Marshal. A challenging exercise with the E. Preceptor speaking Slovenian.
Saying this visit was well received and appreciated is an understatement. The warmth, welcome and hospitality was overwhelming and one that will never be forgotten.
All the above visits can be found on the K.E.VII PoI website in greater detail and accompanying photos.
As you can see we are more pro-active in the Provinces both as a “workshop or demo team” as required. Any Province that feels they could benefit by our assistance need only contact E.Kt. Dennis Fountain on 01634 270587 e-mail email@example.com or either of the other two Preceptors. They would be delighted to hear from you.
The dates for 2016/17 K.E.VII PoI are on an information card situated in the Mark Masons Hall lobby. They can also be found on the K.E.VII PoI website. (www.kingepoi.org).
R. E. Kt. Paul Clement
86 St. James's St. London SW1A 1PL