ROYAL ARCH NEWS - 2011
The Provincial Grand Officers' Chapter, No. 3747 - 13/10/11
The Royal Arch Bicentenary Celebrations and Appeal 2013
The Royal Arch Banquet - 10th June 2011
UGLE and Supreme Grand Chapter Investiture Meetings - 30/04/11
Provincial Grand Chapter 17 March 2011
Concord Deane Chapter No 37 Celebrates it's Bi-Centenary
Concord Deane Chapter No. 37 celebrated receiving it’s Bi-Centenary Charter, dated 21st May 2010, on Wednesday 30th November. Supreme Grand Chapter were represented by
Over 100 Companions enjoyed the celebration with a moving Oration by EComp Rev’d Donald Pryce. During the ceremony Comp. I Roberts appointed as PProvGStB by EComp William J Porter PGSwdB (Deputy Grand Superintendent in Charge) , a fitting tribute to a Companion who has contributed magnificently to the Chapter over a considerable number of years. All the Companions were grateful for such a honour. A history of the Chapter is available through the ScribeE on request.
EComp David Thornton, PGStB, Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals congratulates Comp. Irvin Roberts, PProvGStB
First Exaltation at Unitas Fratrum Chapter No 7958
Unitas Fratrum Chapter No. 7958 held their first meeting after the Installation in March at Rawtenstall Masonic Hall, on the 20th of May 2011.
E.Comps Robert Slattery, Scribe E. Len Pike, PS. John Radford, H. Dave Russell, Z. Comp. Alan Vale. E.Comp Roy Cunliffe, J.
Derby Chapter Welcomes It's First Officer of Supreme Grand Chapter
The appointment of EComp Brian F Sigsworth to PGStdB at Supreme Grand Chapter on April 28th was especially significant to Derby Chapter 1055. Since it's consecration in September 1866 the Chapter had not had the honour of having an Officer of Supreme Grand Chapter as one of it's members. At the meeting of the Chapter on Wednesday 11th May at Radcliffe Masonic Hall the companions were extremely pleased to greet EComp Sigsworth on his entry.
During the meeting WBro Terence A Hunt was exalted into the Chapter by the Principals and Officers of the Chapter. It was particularly significant that his proposer and seconder, EComps John Griffin and Mike Gibbons, took the offices of 1st and 2nd Asst Sojrs and thus guided him through his exaltation.
From the Left: EComp Brian Sigsworth; EComp Timothy Ashwin, H; EComp Christopher Graham, Z; EComp Fred Nicholson, Acting J; and Comp Terence Hunt.
Unitas Fratrum Chapter No 7958, First Meeting, March 18th 2011
Unitas Fratrum Chapter No, 7958 held their first meeting at Ashday Lea, Rawtenstall Masonic Hall on the 18th of March 2011. The chapter having moved from Audenshaw to Rawtenstall to become a lunchtime Chapter, tyling at 11.30am on the 3rd Friday of March, May October and January.
The companions in the chapter after the installation of the new principals; EComp David Russell, Z EComp John Radford, H, and EComp Clifford Roy Cunliffe J.
At the social board where the Principals are joined by EComp Ed Cheadle, the Representative of the ME Grand Superintendant and EComp Norman Clarke, both of whom are Assistants to the Provincial Grand Principals with the installing officers and officers of the chapter.
Celebration of Fifty Years in Royal Arch Freemasonry
EComp Geoffrey Cowling of Acorn and Rose Chapter No. 5677, celebrated 50 years in Royal Arch Freemasonry on Monday 21st March 2011.
Presentation of Illuminated Certificate by EComp Stuart Hughes
Acorn and Rose Chapter Members with EComp Stuart Hughes
Provincial and District Deputation
Toast at the Festive Board - Acorn and Rose Chapter
EComp Mike Birks and EComp Stuart Hughes
Manchester District Joint Convocation
A large turnout of Royal Arch Masons attended the Joint Convocation hosted by Renaissance Chapter No. 1219 on behalf of the Manchester Districts which was held at Freemasons’ Hall, Bridge Street on, Wednesday 16th February 2011.
In attendance was, the Deputy Grand Superintendent, EComp Allan Bennion PGSwdB, accompanied by the Second Provincial Grand Principal EComp William Porter PGStB, the Third Provincial Grand Principal EComp Revd Donald Pryce PGStB.
Accompanying the Deputy Grand Superintendent was the host APGP for Manchester, EComp Stuart Hughes, together with EComp Martin Caller the APGM for Manchester. A further three APGP’s EComp Norman Clarke, EComp Michael Landriau, EComp Ed Cheadle, PAPGP EComp Ian Hancox and EComp David Basger District Chairman for City Derby, completed the Deputation. They were all ably supported by the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies EComp Wesley Marchant and EComp Jack Levene and EComp Rick Kenyon both Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies.
The MEZ EComp Mike Whittaker welcomed everyone to the Chapter and invited the Deputy Grand Superintendent and the Provincial Grand Principals to occupy the chairs of Z, H & J. On taking the chair the Deputy Grand Superintendent introduced his Deputation and said “he was looking forward to an enjoyable and relaxing evening”
On completion The Deputy Grand Superintendent said it was a “delightful lecture and that it was pleasing to see, that the majority taking part were Companions of the Order”
The evening would also see the last official visit for EComp Wesley Marchant, as The Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, after eight years in the role. EComp Marchant will be invested as The Second Provincial Grand Principal in March, replacing EComp William Porter who becomes The Deputy Grand Superintendent. EComp Henri Lyons will also be invested as The Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies.
We wish them all well in their new roles and a well deserved rest for EComp Bennion who said, “it was time to give something back to his dear wife Olive who had supported him well over the year’s” MEZ EComp Mike Whittaker presented The Deputy Grand Superintendent with flowers for his wife.
Bury and Radcliffe District Joint Convocation
On Tuesday, 8th February 2011, A Joint Convocation of Bury and Radcliffe Districts was held at the Bury Masonic Hall under the banner of the Papyrean Chapter No.5771. Some 83 Companions attended the Convocation.
The Chapter was opened and the minutes read and approved.
A report was heard and the Acting Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, EComp Henri Lyons, was admitted
He announced that the Deputy Grand Superintendent, EComp Allan Bennion, PGSwdB, accompanied by the Second Provincial Grand Principal, EComp William J. Porter, PGStB, the Third Provincial Grand Principal, EComp Rev. Donald E Pryce, PGStB, the host Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals, EComp David Thornton, PGStB, the other Assistants to the Provincial Grand Principals, together with the host Assistant Provincial Grand Master, EComp Philip Mountford, PSGD, was in attendance without and he demanded admission.
Front row from left:
Henri Lyons, Acting ProvGDC; Philip Mountford, APGM;
David Thornton, APGP;
William Porter, 2nd Prov Grand Principal;
Back row from left:
Brian Sigsworth, ProvGChStwd;
Roy Fairhurst, DORA;
Peter Watson, ProvGReg;
Mike Landriau, APGP;
Andrew Holland, ProvDepGScE;
The assembled Companions then witnessed a total of 12 Companions of Bury and Radcliffe Districts Chapters presenting ‘More Light on the Holy Royal Arch’, by EComp Harry Carr, PGSwdB. This presentation was first given in London's First Principal's Chapter No 2712 and was chosen for this evening by EComp Roy Fairhurst, DORA.
An exemplary Valedictory Address was then given by Excellent Companion Stuart MacIVOR, DC of Papyrean Chapter.
The Deputy Grand Superintendent, the Provincial Grand Principals, the Chapter Principals, the APGP and the APGM
The evening was completed by an excellent social board, enjoyed by all present.
The Social Board
The Deputy Grand Superindentant, EComp Allan Bennion, with the 1st Principal of the Chapter, EComp Roger Bowden
W Bro Philip Mountford, APGM with EComp David Thornton, APGP
EComp Henri Lyons, Acting ProvGDC with EComp Stuart MacIVOR, The DC of Papyrean Chapter
The DepGSupt takes wine with the Provincial and Chapter 1st and 2nd Principals
Those taking part in "More Light on The Royal Arch" were:
Chapter of Unanimity No 42 - Comp Bernard Fenton & EComp John Grundy
Prince Edwin's Chapter No 128 - Comp Anthony Smith & Comp Fred Blackburn
Chapter of Beauty No 344 - Comp Christopher Smith & EComp Ian Lewis
Derby Chapter No 1055 - Comp Gerry Russell & Comp Stephen Flannigan
Radcliffe Chapter No 2701 - Comp W Humphreys & EComp David Hayes
Papyrean Chapter No 5771 - EComp Roger Bowden & Comp Ken Syddall
The Organisation of the Joint Convocation was by
EComp Roy Fairhurst, DORA, EComp Stuart MacIVOR, the DC of Papyrean Chapter and Comp Paul Sellers, ScribeE
Unitas Fratrum Chapter No. 7958
Unitas Fratrum Chapter No. 7958 was consecrated at Audenshaw on the 4th February 1976 from the Unitas Fratrum Lodge of the same number. It continued meeting there up until Wednesday 26th January 2011when it held the last meeting in Audenshaw before moving to Ashday Lea in Rawtenstall and becoming a lunchtime Chapter.
The Chapter has 10 subscribing members and two honorary members, but at the final meeting a number of companions from Rossendale were visiting as prospective members.
The photograph was taken at the last Audenshaw meeting where a banquet was also held to mark the occasion.
The Chapter will now meet at Ashday Lea Rawtenstall Masonic Hall on the third Friday in March, May, October and January at 11.30am for each meeting, except the installation on the 18th March 2011 when it will meet at 11.00am.
This is a new beginning for Unitas Fratrum Chapter and the companions are looking forward to the future at Rawtenstall knowing there will be more joining members in March and a candidate for exaltation in May with more to follow.
All companions will be welcome to visit the Chapter and are asked to contact the Scribe E. EComp, Bob Slattery, telephone number 01253 865881 to book in.
Ashday Lea is an excellent Masonic Hall with ample free car parking and well stocked bar and good catering facilities.