E.Comp David Blanchard, M.E. Grand Superintendent of Wiltshire and E.Comp. Dr. Richard Neale along with members of the Wiltshire and Buckinghamshire Executive teams enjoying a visit to the Border Chapter in January 2012
Members of the Buckinghamshire Royal Arch Executive team received a very warm and fraternal welcome when, on 12th January 2012, they visited a chapter in the Province of Wiltshire, at the invitation of E.Comp. David Blanchard, the M.E. Grand Superintendent. The venue for this visit was the Ludgershall Masonic Centre, where the Companions of the Border Chapter had arranged to entertain their distinguished visitors in style with a first class Exaltation ceremony.
At the festive board E.Comp. Blanchard commented on the convivial relationship that existed between the two Provinces and mentioned how much his Executive team had enjoyed their visit to Buckinghamshire earlier in 2011. When responding to the toast to the ‘Visitors’, E.Comp. Dr. Richard Neale was keen to thank the Border Chapter for their hospitality, pointing out that the friendship between himself and E.Comp. Blanchard reflected the friendly relationship that existed between the members of both Executive teams. He even let it be known how he had assisted the M.E. Grand Superintendent of Wiltshire with the sourcing of a number of speciality breed bantam chickens. (For those who are not keen followers of the ‘Birdman of Buckinghamshire’, our Grand Superintendent as well as being a racing-pigeon enthusiast, is also an avid keeper of bantam chickens.)
Well received, well entertained and well fed, the Buckinghamshire team returned to their homes happy and contented, even though one carload inadvertently ended up visiting Oxford before re-establishing their correct bearings. You will just have to guess who the navigator was on that occasion.