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Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
Our 3 Outgoing Principals looking relaxed at the Practice Prior to the Installation
Monday 3rd April 2017 saw The Chapter of Hope No. 54’s Installation meeting held at Richard Street, Rochdale where almost 30 companions witnessed a superb evening. The First Principal, EComp Bob Codling PProvGStB, opened the Chapter in due form and then received the 2nd Provincial Grand Principal EComp Harvey Basger PGStB, accompanied by a Provincial Deputation.
On entering the Chapter, for his first installation visit since his appointment, EComp Basger was greeted by the MEZ and offered the Sceptre which he graciously declined to accept. After receiving salutations EComp Basger gave thanks and said how pleased he was to see so many Companions present. He continued by saying that he looked forward to an excellent evening at The Chapter of Hope and went on to introduce the Provincial Deputation which included the District Chairman EComp Peter Rhodes, the ProvDepGDC EComp Ian Paul and seven Acting Provincial Officers of the Year.
The MEZ, EComp Bob Codling rose and thanked the Officers and Companions of the Chapter for their support during his years in office and then introduced the next business which was to install EComp CG Adamson into the 1st Principal’s Chair, EComp I Beswick into the 2nd Principal’s Chair, and EComp I A Dugdale into the 3rdPrincipal’s Chair.
The Installation Ceremony went well and EComp Adamson, who has been a member of Hope Chapter for more than 30 years, was installed into the First Principal’s chair.
After the appointment of all the Officers of the year the Valedictory Address was given by EComp Ian Dugdale and then EComp Adamson closed the Chapter in due form.
The subsequent Social Board was a great success with 27 Companions enjoying an excellent meal in convivial surroundings. EComp Basger replied, referred and responded to toasts 3, 4 and 5 after which he wished the Chapter Principals and the members a very successful and healthy year in office. The toast to the 3 Principals was given by the IPZ Bob Codling.
The evening concluded around 9.50PM
The 3 Principals along with the new 2nd Provincial Grand Principal EComp Harvey Basger PGStB, accompanied by a Provincial Deputation.
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.