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Saturday, November 11th, 2017
In view of the Tercentenary year, coupled with The Most Excellent 1st Grand Principal HRH the Duke of Kent celebrating 50 years as Head of Craft and Royal Arch Freemasonry, there were special additional honours awarded to each Province, as well as to Companions from territories overseas at Supreme Grand Chapter on Wednesday 8th November 2017.
Harvey Basger, East Lancashire’s Second Provincial Grand Principal, was promoted to the rank of Past Assistant Grand Sojourner and a first appointment was awarded to David Dunn our APGP for the Western Area who received the rank of Past Grand Standard Bearer.
HRH was in attendance at the morning convocation and this was followed by lunch at The Connaught Rooms.
A great day for Supreme Grand Chapter and the Holy Royal Arch of East Lancashire.
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.