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Thursday, August 4th, 2016
EComp Paul Aspinall, APGP & Mrs Beryl Aspinall
Over 100 Ladies, Gentlemen, Brethren and Companions attended the 2016 Royal Arch Dinner on the 29th April, at Nelson House, Burnley. As previously, the occasion was supported by EComp Paul Aspinall, APGP and WBro John Farrington, APGM, together with their delightful wives, Mrs Beryl Aspinall and Mrs Christine Farrington.
A sumptuous Nelson House four course meal was efficiently served and thoroughly enjoyed by all present. The introduction of a table quiz, for teams of four people, proved highly popular, with answers being swopped backwards and forwards, amidst a great deal of merriment. Mobile phones, not that anyone would use them, were banned.
After the meal, a short presentation was given by EComp Trevor Thomas, PProvDGDC, the Royal Arch District Officer for Burnley and Pendle. This was naturally optional, although a considerable number of guests took the opportunity to find out a little more about this beautiful Order. Indeed two Brethren avowed that they would join the Royal Arch as soon as their time and circumstances would permit, so the time was not wasted.
The singer for the evening, Scott Mac, took to the stage and very soon had an audience of eager dancers. After his first session, EComp Phil Preston, the Master of Ceremonies started the raffle draw, aided and abetted by Mrs Valerie Thomas. On offer were some valuable prizes, including golfing days for four persons, expensive bottles of wine and spirits and large boxes of chocolates, the draw finishing with twelve lovely floral table decorations.
Answer sheets for the table quiz were passed out and the winners, albeit by just one point, were WBro Alan and Mrs Mary Haigh and WBro Gordon and Mrs Jean Brear, who took two bottles each of white and red wine as a reward for their efforts. Our singer resumed his act and regaled the guests with a varied selection of music, all beautifully performed.
When the evening drew to a close, EComp Paul Aspinall thanked all those Companions who had taken part and helped to make the event such a resounding success.
EComp Trevor Thomas RADO, presents a cheque to the Nelson House Refurbishment Fund
The Royal Arch Dinner was conceived as a low cost, high value fixture, which would provide a formal, yet relaxing evening, open to all but showcasing the Royal Arch. It relies on sponsorship in order to “balance the books”. However, on this occasion the receipts from the raffle, together with a number of donations, enabled a cheque for £500 to be presented to EComp Phil Preston at Borough and Ashlar Lodge a few days later. Thanks to the generosity of all who contributed, this sum will now be used to enhance and improve the Nelson House building, by means of the Refurbishment Fund, so it will be even better when the event is held there next year.
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.