Date: Sat. 11 Nov, 2017 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Duration: 2 Hours 30 Minutes
Location: R.I.C.C.

Notice is hereby given that the ANNUAL CONVOCATION of the PROVINCIAL GRAND CHAPTER of ROYAL ARCH MASONS of DEVONSHIRE will be held at The Riviera International Conference Centre, Torquay, on Saturday 11th November 2017 at 2.30 pm. All Present and Past Grand Officers, Provincial Grand Officers, Principals and Past Principals of the several Chapters in the Province are hereby SUMMONED to attend, and all other Companions are INVITED to attend.

By command of:

The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent of Devonshire: E. Comp Simon W. Rowe

E. Comp Anthony J. Parker, Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra
4 The Green, Higher St. Budeaux, Plymouth, PL5 2HN. Tel: 01752 952229 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Convocation will be preceded by a luncheon at 12.30 p.m., open to ALL Companions (limited to a total 450 seats).  Applications for tickets, priced at £18.00, with free car parking, should be made as soon as possible, and at the latest by 14th October 2017, by returning the form attached below. Do please reply early to avoid disappointment.

Luncheon Menu:

  • Peppered Smoked Mackerel Fillet, set on a Celery and Apple Salad, served with Horseradish Cream
  • Fennel Roasted Sirloin of Pork with Button Mushrooms, Glazed Apples and Mustard Sauce
  • Eton Mess Meringue Roulade with Devon Clotted Cream

Please advise of any special dietary requirements: Most diets can be accommodated. [Ordered in Advance]

Tea will be served in the Dining Room after the Provincial Grand Chapter has closed.


ALL COMPANIONS, except Grand Chapter Officers and those specially notified, should be seated by 2.00 pm.
All Companions are requested to sign the Attendance Sheets provided in the Robing Areas.

DRESS: Morning Dress or Dark Lounge Suit, with the Devonshire HRA Provincial Tie, the Grand Chapter Tie or Plain Black Tie, White Gloves.

Principals of Chapters should wear the Collar and Jewel of their Office.


This year we will be honoured with the presence of E. Comp Gareth Jones O.B.E., the Third Grand Principal. 

It would be wonderful for our Province to have him welcomed by a large contingent of Devonshire Companions!!!

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Charity is a significant element within freemasonry yet it is not commonly known by the general public. More importantly it isn't just about money as many masons give freely of their time too.

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Becoming a freemason does incur some costs. There is a registration fee that has to be paid to United Grand Lodge of England, although this is a one off cost, at present £115. Belonging to the Lodge has an annual membership fee, currently £120. Both of these fees have to be paid before your first meeting and depending on which month you join the annual fee may be reduced.

We are a dining Lodge and our dress code is Dinner Jacket, white shirt, black bow tie, white gloves and the current cost of our festive board (3 course meal) is £10. Although it is not compulsory to dine we do like to see as many members as possible at the festive board.

Also there is the regalia, although this only becomes necessary when you become a Master Mason, consisting of an apron that costs between £20 and £40 depending on where you buy from.

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St John's Lodge usually meet on the first Monday of the month, unless it is a Bank Holiday when we usually meet the following day. Our meetings start at 6:30pm and by the time we have finished the festive board it is around 10pm, although some members do stay on for a drink or two.

There is a calendar of events on the website so visitors can see what is coming up and book any events that they may wish to attend.

The Lodge is situated in Parkhill Road, Torquay, TQ1 2AR.

At St John's Lodge we have valued the input from our members, especially the newer brethren, to ensure that Freemasonry is meeting their expectations. One thing that was agreed by almost everyone is that family and friends need to be involved now and then. This is why we hold regular social events and a summer competition with a barbecue to finish. Find out more on our Events pages.

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