ROYAL ARCH NEWS
The Provincial Grand Stewards’ Chapter, No. 8408, is one of the flagships of the Royal Arch Province and their Installation meeting, bursting with excellent working and companionship, demonstrated this without doubt.
Over 80 members attended the ceremony which was richly supported by the Rulers of the Province, the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, Sir David Trippier, the Deputy Grand Superintendent, William J Porter, the 2nd Provincial Grand Principal, David H Thompson and the 3rd Provincial Grand Principal, Rev Donald Pryce.
Proposing the health of the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, Robert Frankl said that it was always a pleasure to deliver this toast but pointed out that, unlike the SW in the equivalent Craft Lodge, he was much closer to Sir David so, being within reach, needed to be careful as to what he said. Robert spoke on behalf of all the companions present when he expressed gratitude for Sir David being with us tonight and offering his support.
In response the MEGSupt thanked Robert for his generous comments, “You could have gone on all night and I would have lapped it up”. Sir David had experienced a wonderful evening. The Installation ritual was fantastic, the addresses given in Chapter were outstanding and he had really felt at home.
Sir David referred to the upcoming Annual General Meeting – one of the most important meetings of e Royal Arch Calendar. Last year he had personally written to each of the Principals of the Chapters in the Province, inviting them to attend. They had attended in droves and Sir David had asked them to stand in unison drawing special attention to them; “They are, after all, at the sharp end of what we are trying to achieve in the Province.” He was grateful to them and all those attending tonight’s meeting for what they do.
The Provincial Stewards Chapter No 8408 was graced with the presence of the Deputy Grand Superintendent EComp Bill Porter and both the 2nd and 3rd Provincial Grand Principals namely EComp David Thompson and EComp Rev’d Donald Pryce respectively.
The Chapter had met at Middleton Masonic Hall to hear an extensive illustrated talk given by EComp Roger Littlewood PProvGStB (North Wales) entitled “Bro Joshua Rudyard Kipling – Man & Mason”.
However before this, once the Chapter had opened, the First Principal EComp Melvyn Hill PGStB had the sad duty to announce that since their last convocation meeting two distinguished Companions of the Chapter had passed to the Grand Chapter above - namely EComp Barrington B. Wallwork PGSwdB, PDepGSupt and EComp Kenneth Edwards PAGSoj. An excellent eulogy about both Companions was given by EComp Warwick Davenport PAGSoj.
One other item of business was to ballot for the Principals of the Chapter for the forthcoming year. As there was only one nominated member for each Principal, the following were declared: EComp Miles Leadbeater PProvGSN as 1st Principal elect; EComp Robert Frankl PGStB as 2nd Principal elect and EComp Stephen Holt PProvGSoj as 3rd Principal elect and the photograph below shows them with the current Principals and the distinguished guests.
Once the Chapter was closed all Companions retired downstairs to a very convivial festive board as the photographs below show.
Many rulers in the Royal Arch attended Manchester to witness and /or take part in the installation ceremony of the Provincial Grand Officers’ Chapter No 3747 on Thursday 9th October.
Our Grand Superintendent, EComp Sir David Trippier accompanied by the Deputy Grand Superintendent, EComp Bill Porter and the 2nd Provincial Grand Principal, EComp David Thompson together with four of the AProvGP’s, witnessed the 3rd Provincial Grand Principal, EComp Donald Pryce in his role as the Chapters’ First Principal, install and invest his successor EComp Peter Messum PAProvGP into the chair of Zerubbabel on Thursday 9th October, 2014.
Before this, the Convocation was opened by the 1st Principal and then the minutes of the last meeting were duly proposed by EComp Ian Casson, 2nd Principal and seconded by EComp William Anderson 3rd Principal and confirmed.
A ballot then took place for three joining members which proved unanimously in favour of EComps Eddie Barlow PGStB, AProvGP, Derek Smith PProvDepGSwdB, DORA and Llwyd Thomas ProvGStB who stood to receive a warm welcome from all 75 Companions present.
The outgoing 1st Principal EComp Donald Pryce then thanked all those in office for their support during his year.
Prior to the installation of the Principal’s elect, the Scribe E read out the dispensation authorizing EComp Peter Messum to be installed as 1st Principal as he was already the 1st Principal of Aldwyn Chapter.
After the Principals elect had recited their obligation they were each duly robed, invested and installed into their chairs by their respective counterparts namely,
The newly appointed officers for the ensuing year were then appointed and invested by the 1st Principal EComp Peter Messum after which the address to the Principals was given by EComp Allan Bennion, PGSwdB, PDepGSupt; to the Officers by EComp Norman Clarke PGStB, PAProvGP and finally to the Companions by EComp Stuart Hughes, PGStB AProvGP. Each was done in an exemplary manner which was met with approval by all present.
After the various risings, the Scribe E reported that he had received five resignations but with the three new joining members the Chapter membership stood at 139 of which 57 were Grand Officers.
The Chapter was then closed and after the National Anthem had been sung, there was a formal retiral.
Photographs then took place firstly of the three newly appointed Chapter Principals.
This was followed by a picture of the Three Chapter Principals with the Grand Superintendent, his Deputy, 2nd & 3rd Provincial Grand Principals, the AProvGP’s, the previous 3 Chapter Principals and the DC and his deputies.
71 Companions then sat down to a very pleasant social board. The 1st Principal Eomp Peter Messum had been an AProvGP’s between 2005 and 2009 and four other Companions who had been fellow AProvGP’s at the same time were able to join Peter on the top table. They were EComps Derek Thornhill, Bill Porter, David Thompson and Trevor Thomas.
The usual Installation toasts and responses took place. However, in response to the toast to our Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, Sir David Trippier made reference to three particular points the most important of which related to the exaltation of candidates into the Royal Arch. He said:-
“Companions: Some time ago another Province sent to us a written form of words which they hand to every candidate for exaltation to read whilst he is being prepared to be exalted. This sets the scene and tells him what he is going to experience without giving any secrets away. I agreed that we should do the same and it was incorporated into a circular but it is not easy to find on the website.
This is the link to the explanation:
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