ROYAL ARCH NEWS
Some 30 Companions from all over the Province of East Lancashire travelled down to London on Wednesday 16th October 2013 to witness a full day’s celebration to mark the Royal Arch’s Bi-Centenary.
The day started at 11am in the Grand Temple when the Metropolitan Grand Stewards Chapter performed a demonstration of the Ceremony of Exaltation using the changes authorised in 2004.
There then followed a luncheon from 1pm onwards in the Connaught Rooms presided over by the Pro First Grand Principal Peter Lowndes.
At 4.30pm a Convocation of Supreme Grand Chapter was opened to a packed Grand Temple. We arrived in plenty of time as the Temple was filling up
The Convocation was presided over by the ME the First Grand Principal HRH the Duke of Kent KG. The regular business was then presented by the President of the Board of the Committee of General Purposes covering Petitions for New Chapters, Centenary Charters, Amalgamations, Transfers and Erasures - details of which had all been included in the circular convening the Convocation.
There then followed the actual Bi-Centenary celebrations. This started with a historical presentation entitled “Pure Antient Masonry Triumphant” by EComp John Hamill PGSwdB which was met with spontaneous acclamation.
An oration by EComp the Revd Dr J.R.H. Railton PGSwdB was then delivered which was similarly received.
Greetings and congratulations followed given by the First Grand Principal of Scotland and the Grand King of Ireland.
Finally, the ME the First Grand Principal addressed the Convocation. He made particular reference to the appeal which he had launched three years earlier to support the Royal College of Surgeons in their desire to give as many bursaries as possible to their junior members to carry out medical research. The appeal was for every Companion in the Royal Arch throughout the Country to donate £10 which it was hoped would achieve a target figure of One Million Pounds. The First Grand Principal then announced, that with pledges and donations, a sum of Two Million Pounds had already been raised and the appeal would remain open until the end of 2013. When the figure was announced, rapturous applause took place. Furthermore, he wanted to celebrate the occasion by making additional first appointments to past Grand Rank on the scale of one for every Province or District.
To mark this most historical occasion, a solid silver tureen engraved with the dates 1813 – 2013 was presented to the ME the First Grand Principal from Supreme Grand Chapter for it to be prominently displayed during festive occasions.
After Supreme Grand Chapter was closed a dinner took place in the Savoy Hotel, again presided over by the ME the First Grand Principal which rounded off a very enjoyable and satisfying celebration of the Bi-Centenary of the Royal Arch.
The Province was represented at all events which took place over the whole day. Over thirty Companions attended the afternoon Convocation. Almost everybody from the Royal Arch Provincial Cabinet were in attendance as were senior members of the Craft Cabinet and our ME Grand Superintendent, Sir David Trippier, expressed his appreciation of the support he had received on the day.
Twenty two Companions went to and from London by train in First Class style at a very considerably reduced fare due to the efforts of EComp David Thompson, our Second Provincial Grand Principal, who purchased all of the cheapest fares available exactly three months before the date of travel. We thank him for his efforts.
The ME Grand Superintendent, Sir David Trippier, RD, JP, DL, accompanied by the members
On Monday, 7th October 2013, the members of Tonge Hall Chapter No 8763, which meet at Audenshaw, were delighted to welcome Sir David Trippier, RD, JP, DL, the ME Grand Superintendent, as their special guest. Other guests included EComp Norman Clarke, APGP for the area, EComp John Pearson, Audenshaw District Chairman, [APGM designate], and EComp John Farrington, Provincial Scribe Ezra.
As if the events at the East Lancashire Provincial Grand Officers’ Chapter No.3747 meeting on 10th October 2013 were not newsworthy enough, the Chapter also saw the ‘unveiling’ of a magnificent new Royal Arch Chapter pedestal, sitting on a splendid new vaulted carpet, resplendent with the Royal Arch colours.
The pedestal was constructed – we feel sure to the precise dimensions and proportions of the original – by Companion Nigel Johnson from Reddish Chapter No. 3615 in Audenshaw.
Companion Johnson was present at the meeting and received due acknowledgement from the Acting MEZ, EComp Bill Porter and acclaim from the assembled Companions. Although not yet qualified to join the Chapter, Comp Johnson was assured by EComp Porter that he would be made most welcome when he was eventually eligible.
EComp William John Porter and Mrs Porter
EComp John Farrington, Mrs Farrington
and VWBro Derek Nelson Thornhill
The Morgon Louis Latour red wine which would be served with the main course was likened to our former Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra – a deep ‘Garnet’, firm and dark with a fruity aroma and a well-rounded finish in the mouth. But enough about Alan!
Following Grace by EComp The Reverend Donald Pryce, 3rd Provincial Grand Principal, the guests made short work of the Smoked Salmon Extravaganza, followed by Spiced Carrot and Basil Soup, before the piece-de-resistance, the Birchstead Beef in a Creamy Wild Mushroom Sauce. To finish, we enjoyed a Fresh Fruit Flan (try saying that after a bottle of Morgon Louis Latour) with Clotted Cream, Cheese and Biscuits with a choice of port or brandy and finally – for those had left enough room, Coffee and Petit Fours.
EComp David H Thompson and Mrs Thompson
EComp the Rev'd Donald Keith Pryce
and Mrs Pryce
Sir David and Lady Ruth Trippier were in splendid form as they circulated among the guests, both during and after the dinner. There had been a few anxious moments earlier in the evening when Lady Ruth found herself ‘locked in’ at Chambers after her colleagues had left for the weekend. Fortunately, a keyholder was located and released Lady Ruth from her unexpected incarceration in time for the banquet!
We were once again delighted to have the company of EComp Arthur Axford, Past Deputy Grand Superintendent, the visionary behind the first such Royal Arch Banquet in 1991, along with members of his family.
The raffle raised £1,340, with the first prize of a huge bottle of Bell’s Whisky going to EComp Stephen Boyle who was still looking remarkably pleased with himself in the Derby Bar, long after the meal was over.
In his closing remarks, EComp Bill Porter expressed fulsome thanks to the Royal Arch Banquet Committee under the leadership of EComp Peter Messum and to the catering team, led by John Fryer, and announced that next year’s banquet will be held on 13th June 2014 at Manchester Cathedral where a far greater number of guests can be accommodated.
Horizon Chapter was chosen as the host chapter for the investiture of Excellent Companion Paul Aspinall, ProvGSN, as an Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals (APGP).
The Chapter was opened in the usual manner by the three principals of the chapter. There was then a report on the door of the chapter and EComp Henri Lyons, the Provincial DC was admitted. The Chapter then stood to order as the Most Excellent Grand Superintendant, accompanied by the Provincial Delegation were admitted.
There was a full attendance by the Provincial delegation, consisting of the Second and Third Provincial Principals, along with the Deputy Grand Superintendant, the Provincial Sword and Standard Bearers, several other APGP's and Grand Officers. Also attending was the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VWBro Derek Thornhill PGSwdBr, along with the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, WBro Martin Roche SGD.
The Most Excellent Grand Superintendant, Sir David Trippier, then took the chair of the chapter and proceeded to invest EComp Paul Aspinall with the badge of his office. EComp Paul Aspinall was then perambulated around the chapter by the Provincial DC to the spontaneous acclaim of those present.
The Most Excellent Grand Superintendant, the Provincial Delegation and EComp Aspinall then retired from the chapter. The chapter was then closed by the three principals and the assembled companions retired to the festive board for a most enjoyable celebration.
The Chapter Principals with the Provincial Delegation
The Grand Superintendant and Provincial Principals with the Chapter Principals and EComp Paul Aspinall
EComp Paul Aspinall APGP, with the Provincial Principals
Companions enjoy the festive board
EComp Aspinall enjoys the occasion
Rochdale Chapter of First Principals No 9211
The Chapter was opened and the Minutes of the previous convocation confirmed. The next business on the Summons was to elect officers for the ensuing year.
This was followed by a report, and the ME Grand Superintendent, EComp Sir David Trippier accompanied by a Provincial Deputation demanded admission. The Deputation was received into the Chapter
The ME Grand Superintendent, the second and third Provincial Grand Principals were then placed in the three Principals chairs and the ME Grand Superintendent introduced each member of the Deputation to the Companions.
A paper entitled ‘The Genuine Secrets of a Master Mason’ was then presented by the Chapter’s Scribe E, EComp Nigel Love.
The Chapter MEZ, EComp Alan Stancliffe presented a donation from the Good Causes account to the ME Grand Superintendent, who then addressed the companions.
The ME Grand Superintendent then conferred a promotion to the rank of PProv1stAGSoj to EComp David L Greenhalgh who was unable to be present at the recent meeting of Provincial Grand Chapter due to other RA Masonic commitments.
The Chapter Principles were then returned to their rightful chairs and a collection of Alms was then taken.
The ME Grand Superintendent and The Provincial Deputation then retired from the Chapter to the acclaim of the Companions.
The festive board was excellent and was followed by the traditional Toasts following which the ME Grand Superintendent, Sir David Tripper, addressed the Companions
The evening was brought to a close by the Janitors toast, which was proposed by EComp Stephen J Holt.
The ME Grand Superintendent EComp Sir David Trippier and the Chapter Scribe E EComp Nigel Love.
The ME Grand Superintendent EComp Sir David Trippier, together with the Provincial Deputation and
the three Principals of the Rochdale Chapter of First Principals No 9211
The ME Grand Superintendent EComp Sir David Trippier, and the Provincial Deputation
The ME Grand Superintendent EComp Sir David Trippier, together with the 2nd and 3rd Provincial Grand Principals, Ecomp’s Wesley Marchant and Rev.Donald K Pryce and the three Principals of the Rochdale Chapter of First Principals No 9211, Ecomp’s Alan D Stancliffe, David Norbury and Paul Holt who is the area District Officer Royal Arch.
Perseverance Chapter 345
EComp Jim Fallow retires as DORA
Following 5 years’ service to the then Blackburn District and now East Ribble District Excellent Companion Jim Fallow PProvDepGReg stood down as DORA at the Installation of the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent.
The three principals of Perseverance Chapter with EComp Jim Fallow, nursing his bottle of Glenmorangie, EComp Paul Aspinall ProvGSN, District Chairman holding the decanter, EComp Joe Lamb, District Treasurer and EComp Bob Allen, District Secretary
To recognise his service the District Chairman, Excellent Companion Paul Aspinall ProvGSN, along with a District team attended Jim’s Chapter, Perseverance Chapter, to present Jim with a crystal decanter to mark his service to the District. EComp Aspinall also presented Jim with a bottle of Glenmorangie, because as Paul said “An empty decanter is no good to anybody!”
Making the Presentation EComp Aspinall reflected on the sterling work Jim had done during his tenure of office, and thanked him for his dedicated service.
Due to the amalgamation of districts Jim will not be replaced as DORA, but EComp Gordon McMillan will continue as the lone DORA for the East Ribble District.
EComp Paul Aspinall ProvGSN, presenting EComp Fallow with his decanter