The ancient town and port of Barnstaple, Devon, on the River Taw, received its charter from the Anglo-Saxon King Æthelstan in 930 A.D. Over a millennium later another Ruler, Grand Summus of the Scarlet Cord, M.Dist.Comp. Ian Currans arrived on Monday 4 November 2019 with a new Charter or Warrant.

This was for the Consecration of the newest Consistory in the newly named Province - Valley of the Rocks Consistory, No.133 in the Provincial Grand Senatus of Devon and Cornwall. Grand Summus, M.Dist.Comp. Ian Currans and his team conducted proceedings with the usual panache, not dampened by the inclement weather. "Let's consecrate a new Scarlet Cord consistory in 'sunny' Devon, and to make it interesting let's choose November as the preferred date" was perhaps the thinking?