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Monday, May 22nd, 2017
The Annual Royal Arch Banquet was hosted at the Manchester Hall.
The guests were greeted in the Museum reception room with Champagne and Canapés before entering the Goulburn Suite. The Royal Arch Banquet marked the opening of the recently refurbished 2nd floor, which was formally opened by Sir David Trippier, the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, who was accompanied by his wife Lady Trippier.
The splendour of Goulburn Suite was matched by the excellent fayre that was provided and which was heartily consumed by all. “Sommelier” for the evening, EComp Paul Rose Deputy Grand Superintendent, relayed his expertise with vivid descriptions of the various wines being enjoyed by all concerned and which were on sale during the evening, from the Royal Arch Wine Cellar. EComp Rose also thanked the organisers of the event, EComp’s David Thompson and Peter Messum, for once again ensuring that all the arrangements for the Banquet were to perfection.
The prime function of the banquet has always been to raise awareness within the Province, of the Royal Arch, especially amongst those who are not members. During the course of the evening a raffle has always taken place to assist in providing funds for numerous, masonic and non masonic, good causes, which have been supported over the years.
Photographs taken on the evening were in the hands of the “master of the quill” EComp Martin Roche who captured the conviviality and companionship of the night.
Once again, the Royal Arch Banquet was one of the social highlights held within the Province of East Lancashire and we thank all those who supported it and in making the event a success.
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.