ARCHIVED ROYAL ARCH NEWS
Deputy Superintendent visits Cana Chapter at Colne
The members of Cana Chapter were honoured by the presence of E.Comp Jack Price, Deputy Grand Superintendent, together with E.Comp Neil Pickup, APGP and E.Comp Alan Garnett, ProvScE at their regular convocation on Thursday 27 th September 2007.
Picture shows (from L to R): E.Comp Jack Price, Deputy Grand Superintendent, E.Comp Ian Dewar, MEZ, and E.Comp David Biggs PProvGSoj, IPZ with the Cana Chapter Tracing Board.
After the meeting, E.Comp Jack Price presented the MEZ, E.Comp Ian Dewar with a set of three prints showing the Cana Chapter Principals' regalia which were donated to the Province in 1937 and are now on display in the Museum at Bridge Street.
Picture shows (from L to R): E.Comp Alan Garnett, ProvScE., E.Comp Jack Price, Deputy Grand Superintendent, E.Comp Ian Dewar, MEZ, and E.Comp Neil Pickup, APGP.
Cana Chapter (originally “Cana Lodge or Chapter of the First Miracle”) holds one of the first two warrants ever issued by the then newly erected Grand Chapter of the ‘Moderns', dated 12 th May 1769.
The Lodge of Bethlehem or Chapter of the Nativity in Burnley holds the other warrant issued on the same date, giving Cana and Nativity the proud distinction of being jointly the oldest warranted Chapters in the world.
Cana Chapter also possesses what are thought to be the only extant copy of the first Royal Arch Regulations, termed ‘Principia'.
Anyone wishing to hear more about the Cana Tracing Board is invited to contact David Biggs on 01282 441170, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bonus at Loyal Todmorden Chapter
When the Deputy Grand Superintendent E.Comp Jack Price attended the Amalgamation of the Chapter of Justice 219 and Loyal Todmorden Chapter 288 in November 2006 time did not permit him to hear a paper prepared by E.Comp David Dawson. He therefore promised to return to their September Convocation and on 4 September 2007 he had the opportunity to hear E.Comp Dawson present his paper entitled “John Crossley Esq of Scaitcliffe first PGM of East Lancashire”. This paper was based upon documents discovered in the Todmorden Masonic Hall and researched by E.Comp Dawson .
An added bonus, however, was the Exaltation of Bro Michael G.Connolly of the Lodge of Prudence 219. The ceremony was exemplary and its delivery by the First Principal, E.Comp Jim Allonby and the Principal Sojourner, Comp John M Cockcroft was described by those who heard it as truly “inspirational”. What made this perhaps even more remarkable was that E.Comp Allonby is now in his 89th year.
At the festive board, E.Comp Price inscribed and presented newly Exalted Companion Connolly with a book on Freemasonry, a gift from E.Comp David Dawson.
From left to right: E.Comp James Sutcliffe APGM, E.Comp Allan Bennion , 2nd Provincial Grand Principal, E.Comp Jack Price, Deputy Grand Superintendent, Companion Michael Connolly, E.Comp Rev.Donald Pryce, 3rd Provincial Grand Principal, E.Comp Neil Pickup APGP and E.Comp Wes Marchant Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies
Royal Arch MEZ's Garden Party Rochdale and Oldham Districts
For each of the last two years, APGP Peter Messum and his wife Dorothy have held a Garden Party at their home in Broadhalgh, Rochdale, for those Companions, who had been in Installed in the First Principal's Chair of their Rochdale and Oldham District Chapters during the previous year, together with their ladies. On Sunday 8th July, 30 Companions and their ladies enjoyed a splendid buffet lunch provided by Peter and Dorothy; the weather was fine and warm and everyone was enjoying the good company, good food and good wine when English weather intervened and everyone had to retire indoors to escape from the inevitable deluge, but where we all continued to chat and enjoy ourselves with undiminished pleasure in the ample surroundings.
E.Comp Jack Price, Deputy Grand Superintendent accompanied by his wife and the 2nd and 3rd Prov Grand Principals E.Comps Allan Bennion and The Rev Donald Pryce each with their wives joined the District Officer RA, E.Comp Alex Mclaren and his wife and the Companions and their ladies at this pleasant and informal occasion, which enabled Companions from both Districts to join together, meet and chat in relaxed surroundings whilst enjoying a super buffet lunch.
A good time was had by all who attended.
EComp Arthur J Knight, PGStB – Personal 50th celebration in the Royal Arch
On Thursday, 22nd March 2007, EComp Jack Price, Deputy Grand Superintendent, along with a Provincial Deputation, went to Jubilee Chapter No 8803 at Audenshaw, in Central Area No 1, to celebrate the 50 th Anniversary in the Royal Arch of EComp Arthur J Knight, PGStB, along with the members of his Chapter and his personal guests. With an attendance of 103, which included Companions from West Lancashire where he had celebrated a similar event, 2 weeks earlier, the evening was very successful. During the social board Arthur was presented with a PalmOne digital diary by the members of the Chapter which he was delighted with. This is the second time where Arthur has celebrated a ‘double', as 2 years ago he celebrated 50 years in Craft Freemasonry in both East and West Lancashire and was presented a certificate on each occasion to mark the event.
The photograph includes [back row] Henri Lyons, ProvAGDC; David H Thompson, patch APGP; Alan J Garnett, ProvGScE; Peter RB Messum, APGP; Matthew Walton, First Principal; D Brian Howells, APGP; Bill Porter, APGP; Trevor Thomas, APGP; Bill Anderson, ProvDepGDC; [front row] Allan Bennion, 2 nd ProvGPrincipal; Ray Denton-Burns, 2 nd Principal; Jack Price, Deputy Grand Superintendent; Colin Savage, 3 rd Principal; Rev Donald K Pryce, 3 rd ProvGPrincipal; [seated] the celebrant Arthur J Knight, PGStB.
E.Comp Fred Nicholson