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Friday, December 15th, 2017
On Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 75 Companions met in the Goulburn Lodge room to witness the Exaltation ceremony of WBro Paul Basger. The guests included the ME Grand Superintendent, EComp Sir David Trippier, EComp Paul MA Rose, Deputy Grand Superintendent, EComp Harvey Basger, 2nd Provincial Grand Principal and EComp Paul JE Rink, OBE, Past ME Grand Superintendent.
After the Chapter was opened the First Principal, EComp Jon Berg offered the Sceptre to the ME Grand Superintendent, EComp Sir David Trippier who graciously returned it with some well chosen words. The First Principal then invited EComp Harvey Basger to take the chair of Zerubbabel which was accepted graciously.
The Exaltee was WBro Paul Basger, whose father, Harvey, was acting as MEZ, his Uncle David Basger was Principal Sojourner, his cousin, Oliver, was Assistant Sojourner and the Scribe Nehemiah was his Uncle Jonathan. A truly family affair!!
The Basger Companions
The quality of the ceremony was impeccable. Each Companion who took part, had not only learnt what they had to do, but presented it with a passion which was commensurate to the evening and, more especially, for the benefit of the Companion who they were exalting. When the Principal Sojourner was asked “Who are you”, the reply being “Brethren of your own tribes and families” was such an appropriate remark and very much appreciated by all the Companions present. With the assistance of three other Companions, EComp Ashley Hayman gave an explanation of the signs, which was given to the same high standard as the rest of the ceremony.
The social board was an enjoyable and relaxed affair. With good speeches and all the members of the Basger family being congratulated on what was a truly memorable ceremony of Exaltation. Comp Paul Basger concluded the social board by thanking all the members of his family for their personal involvement, which had made his evening so special. He looked forward to playing an important role within the Royal Arch and in Ark & Menorah Chapter in particular.
Report by EComp Dave Thompson
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.