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Monday, December 11th, 2017
WBro John Pearson, APGM and EComp Eddie Barlow, APGP taking wine at the joint Social Board
The Ashton and District Lodge of Installed Masters No 8341, now based at Mossley Masonic Hall, now meets three times a year on the last Thursday of the Month. As its current Worshipful Master, WBro Ken Hampson, is from Mossley it was decided to hold the October Meeting at Mossley.
EComp Barlow with the three Principals of Unity Chapter who hosted the Social Board
Unity Chapter No 2341 also meets at Mossley, also meets three times a year and also meets on the same evening. So it seemed to make sense to hold the meetings one after the other and for as many as wanted to bring two sets of regalia and attend both meetings. It also made sense to hold a shared Social Board, though it was agreed that Unity Chapter would be the hosts at that.
As ADLIM had already booked the East Lancashire Royal Arch Presentation Team to do a performance of “Crafty Companions”, that seemed like something that might sweeten the whole package.
WBro Pearson, APGM with the WM and Wardens of ADLIM
In the end, the timings went somewhat askew, caused mainly by one or two of the budding thespians in ELRAPT, who seem to be incapable of doing anything the short way. (Don’t worry, it only sounds like me being rude, but as I am one of the sinners I think it’s allowed!)
The Joint Social Board
In the end we had a very jolly evening. WBro John Pearson PSGD, APGM, attended ADLIM, EComp Eddie Barlow PGStB, APGP attended Unity, and both attended the other’s meetings in the correct regalia. The Social Board was excellent, there was a great deal of jollity and I’m pretty sure that we all had a great deal of fun!
Some of the East Lancashire Royal Arch Presentation Team relaxing after their efforts were completed.
What better way of demonstrating the close links that exist between Craft and Royal Arch?
The text and all of the photographs are the work of, and copyright to ©WBro / EComp Kevin Hall, District Communications Officer for Ashton & Mossley District
I joined Prince Edwin’s Chapter as I was keen to learn about the Royal Arch. I have found the history and tradition of the order absolutely captivating, my exaltation was incredible, so much colour, drama and historical ritual, which has left me feeling utterly privileged to be a part of something very special.
At the age of 28 and just over a month of becoming a master mason, I was exalted into the Royal Arch. That is something I haven’t regretted. Having gone through my craft ceremonies, I felt a piece of the jigsaw was missing, and wanted to complete my final step to becoming a “complete Freemason”.
Chapter has brought with it new experiences, new insights and new Companions, all of which add to our pleasure and enjoyment of Freemasonry.
I planned to pass through the chair before joining Chapter but newly exalted companions from my lodge recommended that I join because it would complete my masonic journey. After 4 years in craft I decided to join chapter and have enjoyed the experience ever since.
Andrew Matvi Korolczuk
As I spent more time in my lodge I was keen to further my Masonic journey. Everyone suggested the Royal Arch to complete the Third Degree. The new appearance of a chapter was a surprise. The story was enlightening and put a new perspective on my Masonic understanding.
Christopher Noel Hegarty
I became a member of the Chapter following in the steps of my brother Warren who died at 39. I really enjoy the diversity between the Craft and Royal Arch the banners, candles, and robes etc,. I would recommend all Brethren to join the Royal Arch.
I decided to expand my Masonic knowledge. By joining a chapter where a number of my lodge brethren were members. My Exaltation was a wonderful experience for me being full of colour. I would recommend the Royal Arch to any Master Mason.