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Thursday, August 4th, 2016
“Companions of Goulburn with Turton Chapter”
It was with very mixed feelings that Goulburn with Turton Chapter closed on 11th November – Remembrance Day – but there was a determination to celebrate all that had been achieved and to remember the good times.
The Chapter was opened in due form by the 1st Principal, EComp James Hulme PProvGSoj. There was then a knock at the door and EComp David Thornton PGStB, Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals, accompanied by a Provincial delegation consisting of some of the Acting Officers of the year from Western Area were admitted and welcomed to the Chapter.
With this being the final meeting, the necessary business was transacted and the various proposals were approved by the members. The 3rd Principal, EComp Phillip Fogg PProvGStB, a long time Scribe E of the Chapter, then delivered a very interesting history of both Goulburn Chapter and Turton Chapter including their merger in 2002.
The 1st Principal then formally handed the Charter of Goulburn with Turton Chapter over to EComp David Thornton AProvGP who stated that he would ensure that it was returned to Supreme Grand Chapter in London.
The Chapter was then closed by the 1st Principal for the final time but before everybody retired EComp Thornton read the closing Eulogy – a copy of which was given to the Scribe E to accompany the minutes of this last meeting. All then gathered so a photograph could be taken recording for historical purposes all those present.
“Chapter members with the Provincial Delegation consisting of Officers of Supreme Grand Chapter and Acting Provincial Grand Officers from Western area”
The AProvGP then asked all the visitors to form a guard of honour at the door of the Chapter through which all the Companions of the Chapter retired with the First Principal being the last member to leave. The visitors then retired from the Chapter room with the AProvGP being the last to leave with the Charters in his possession. He turned out the lights and closed the Chapter door for the last time.
Everybody then retired downstairs to enjoy a superb meal during which EComp Thornton gave every Companion of the Chapter present a copy of the closing eulogy and arranged for those members not present to receive one as well. Many members present then recalled happy memories of their time in the Chapter and everybody left in a very positive and happy frame of mind but tinged with sadness at the demise of the Chapter.
“Everybody enjoying the final social board”
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.