ROYAL ARCH NEWS
The ‘Party’ bringing to a close another magnificent season for the Royal Arch had a healthy attendance by guests from across the Province. This, the 23rd annual event, was held at Freemasons’ Hall, Bridge Street, Manchester. The Companions and their beautifully attired wives and partners met in the Memorial Hall where they enjoyed free flowing champagne at a vibrant reception.
Sir David, the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, and Lady Ruth Trippier greeted the guests as they gently moved through to the Derby Suite for Dinner. The Deputy Grand Superintendent welcomed everyone to the magnificent venue commenting that we very nearly held this Banquet at Manchester Cathedral; in previous plans the impending refurbishment of Freemasons’ Hall would have already begun. Mr Anthony O’Connor from the Cathedral had already undertaken much preparatory work for this and had been invited tonight as one of our Principal guests to thank him for that work.
Grace was given by EComp Donald Pryce, the 3rd Provincial Grand Principal and the dinner commenced. The evening was attended by all of the Senior Officers of the Royal Arch including the 2nd and 3rd Provincial Grand Principals and the five Assistants to the Provincial Grand Principals with their ladies. Also in attendance were many Past Rulers of the Royal Arch and great support from the Craft including the Deputy Provincial Grand Master, VWBro Derek N Thornhill, a number of the Assistant Provincial Grand Masters and many District Officers from across the Province.
The Chef and his staff excelled themselves with a superb menu of Smoked Trout, Tomato Consommé, Beef Mignon (with a sherry & mushroom cream sauce), White Chocolate Panna Cotta and a Cheeseboard followed by Coffee and Petit Fours.
They say that photos speak a thousand words and the above demonstrates some of the enjoyment experienced throughout the evening. Laughter, conversation, meeting friends and making new ones punctuated the evening. Dinner finally finished with the Toast to the Queen offered by Sir David.
Many people are involved in the arrangements for this magnificent annual function but special thanks go to EComp Peter Messum, PAProvGP, who was involved heavily with the preparations and planning.
The 2nd Provincial Grand Principal had arranged a raffle which generated £1685 for Charity. The Royal Arch Charity Banquet has donated astounding sums over its 23 years. Most recently £5000 has been donated to the EL 2015 Festival for the RMBI and £2000 to the Royal College of Surgeons forming part of our tremendous donation to the Supreme Grand Chapter 2013 Bicentenary Appeal which raised well in excess of £2.5M.
So, as we made our way home lit by a beautiful full moon we reflected on another evening of superb masonic fun and fellowship. We also should be grateful to the staff at Freemasons’ Hall whose attention to detail and excellence helped make the evening so special, in particular the special helpers they drafted in to assist with waiting and washing up – Susan, Marie and her lovely daughter.
Cheers ! Until next year.
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