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Thursday, August 4th, 2016
onstituted on the 4th of February 1948, the 19th of May 2016 saw the final meeting of Rectitude Chapter 5197, at the Masonic Hall, Bolton.
Following the minutes of the previous regular meeting, EComp David George Rainford (MEZ), together with Chapter members and visitors, welcomed EComp Eddie Barlow, PGStB, Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals, the representative of The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, to the meeting.
The First Principal then presented EComp Barlow with a cheque for £500 from the Chapter in support of the ELMC, which he was delighted to receive and promised to see that it would be safely delivered to the appropriate authority. He also commented that this was a most generous gift from the Chapter, not least in view of the depleted number of members, and was one of the highest if not the highest donation that in his capacity as an APGP he has been fortunate to receive.
Following the approval of items not covered in a previous meeting and the collection of alms, a brief history of the Chapter was delivered by EComp Dennis Parkinson, PProvGSN, in a fairly light-hearted manner, making reference to some of the more colourful characters in the history of the Chapter and various incidents surrounding them, bringing laughter from those present.
The First Principal, EComp Rainford, then presented the Charter of the Chapter to the representative for delivery to the Provincial Office and thereafter to Supreme Grand Chapter. At this point the Chapter was effectively closed. In accepting the Charter, EComp Barlow acknowledged that whilst in many ways this was a sad occasion, he took comfort in the knowledge that the majority of members will remain together as they are to join another Chapter in the same building.
The final words from EComp Barlow were in the form of a fitting eulogy to the closure of a Chapter. Visiting Companions then formed a guard of honour for the Companions as they paraded out, the last to leave being the APGP who extinguished the light and firmly closed the door.
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.