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1066, and all that - or what came after.

On the afternoon of Saturday 31st March 1979 the King Harold Chapter No. 8630 came
into being when it was consecrated at the Masonic Temple in Queen's Road,
Brighton, it became the latest Chapter to be formed in the Province of Sussex just
ahead of its own Centenary, which was in 1981.




The Consecrating Officers were, subsequently, all made Honorary Members of the
new Chapter.

At one time there has been no less than four Doctors in the Chapter; Seven Solicitors;
Three Motor Industry exponents; Three Estate Agents; Two Clerks-in-Holy
Orders; A smattering of Surveyors, Financial advisers, a Contact Lens
Manufacturer and even at one time, a recipient of the Distinguished Flying
Cross and also a Coroner.

The fifty-first Meeting in December 1995 was at the last minute postponed.
Everyone, including the then Deputy Grand Superintendent, Excellent
Companion Derek P Johnson and his Escort were snowbound.
An Emergency Meeting was then literally squeezed in on 23 January 1996.
The unavailability of our normal dining venue meant a hearty alternative by an
outside caterer being uniquely housed above the Temple.

Of immense satisfaction was that our fundraising for the recent Sussex 2004
Appeal entitled us to qualify as a Patron of the Royal Masonic Benevolent
Institution 2004 - one of only four Royal Arch Chapters in the Province to gain
that prestigious distinction.

On the 27th October 2004 at the Chapters 77th Convocation it celebrated its
25th Anniversary.
On this occasion the Chapter was honoured with the presence of the
M.E. Grand Superintendent who was accompanied by the
2nd Provincial Grand Principal and the Provincial Grand Scribe E.
They were escorted by the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies.

At a Special Convocation on Wednesday 6th May 2009 for which a Dispensation
was requested and Granted by the M E Grand Superintendent E. Comp Kenneth E Thomas
to hold a convocation to Dedicate the Chapters first Banner.

The Chapter was honoured with the presence of the
Deputy Grand Superintendent E. Comp Michael J Davey, PGSwdB
Second Provincial Grand Principal E. Comp Colin J Lee, PAGSoj
Third Provincial Grand Principal E. Comp Glyn R Goddard. PAGSoj
Asst to the Provincial Grand Principals E. Comp Joseph Barrymore Swainston, PAGDC
Escorted by the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies E. Comp Peter B Ixer, PGStB
together with 22 other Provincial Active Officers for the year 2009.
20 Members, 2 Honorary Members and 22 Guests.
71 in attendance of which 57 dined at the Cooden Beach Golf Club.

Standing to the left of the Banner as you view it centre outwards,
our Deputy Grand Superintendent,
our 2nd Provincial Grand Principal,
and our 3rd Provincial Grand Principal.

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Standing to the right of the Banner as you view it centre outwards,
MEZ     E. Comp Laurence A Evett,
H     E. Comp David W Barnes,
J     E. Comp Richard Gammie.

At the convocation the  Deputy Grand Superintendent then gave some opening remarks
on the purpose of the meeting and that the fruition of the Banner was due to a
conversation that E. Comp Alf Durrant Scribe E had with E. Comp John Crone DC,
they then floated the idea of the Chapter having a Banner and it was discussed
with their Excellencies and was agreed at the Convocation 3rd April 2008.
Scribe E then set about finding a simple design which was basically the Logo
that was on the consecration summons, this was agreed by their Excellencies.
Scribe E prepared the art work and plans that were necessary for the Banner to be made.

During the Dedication Ceremony the 3rd Provincial Grand Principal E. Comp Glyn R Goddard
delivered an excellent oration




At the convocation of the 1st October 2009.
a Talk Called "The Vision Splendid" written by E. Comp Rev. Graham Williams, MA, Past Grand Supt (Surrey)
was given by E. Comp Glyn R Goddard, PAGSoj, 3rd Provincial Grand Principal.
This talk was enjoyed by all

At the Installation Convocation of the 3rd December 2009 we were blessed with the attendance of
E. Comp Kenneth E Thomas, The M.E. Grand Superintendent
and his Escort E. Comp Peter A Lang, AGDC, ProvDGDC.
E. Comp Crone gave a Eulogy for the late E. Comp Peter J Fynmore, PGStB, ProvGSN, PPrDGReg (E. Kent)
our last remaining founder who died on the 31st October 2009.

On the 29th April 2010 at the Annual Investiture of Supreme Grand Chapter to which several companions of the Chapter attended.
E. Comp John E S Crone was appointed to PAGDC
this was a great honour for him and the Chapter.

At the regular convocation on the 7th October 2010, E. Comp Peter B Ixer PGStb, ProvGDC assisted by
E. Comp Peter Lang AGDC, ProvDGDC, E Comp Adrian Verco, ProvDGDC and E. Comp Simon Fyfe, PProvAGDC.
Gave a talk and demonstration on the finer points of the Sussex ritual. This was well received by the companions present.

On the 2nd December 2010 the regular Installation Convocation had to be cancelled due to severe weather conditions.
This was the second time in the Chapters History.
A Dispensation was granted to hold a re-scheduled Installation on 6th January 2011.
E. Comp Alan Craze gave a Eulogy for the late E. Comp Dr Nigel Charles Ronald Wyman Reid,. PPrGStB
who died on the 24th November 2010

On the 1st December 2011 it was the Chapters 100th regular Convocation.
To Mark this milestone in the Chapters history it was decided to celebrate it with a Cake.
The Representative of the M.E. Grand Superintendent,
E. Comp Richard Wigmore, PGStdB, Second Provincial Grand Principal with his Escort
E, Comp Peter B Ixer PGStb, ProvGDC were in attendance on this occasion as it was the 34th Installation.
The Festive board after the Convocation was a traditional Christmas Dinner and the companions
were in good voice singing carols.


On the 19th March 2012 at the Provincial AGM, the M.E. Grand Superintendent - E. Comp Kenneth E Thomas
was pleased to appoint E. Comp John E S Crone., PAGDC. to Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals.
 Their were also 2 other companions appointed and 2 companions promoted.
This was indeed an honour for all 5 companions and in particular for the Chapter.

Companions of King Harold Chapter owe to our Founders; those that saw its birth,
and the early pioneers that followed to create the reality of their endeavours.
who made possible the heritage of 8630, in the Heart of 1066 Country.

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