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Saturday, November 3rd, 2018
Imperial George Members
A wonderful evening of Royal Arch companionship was held at Middleton Masonic Hall on the evening of Tuesday 30thOctober 2018.
The Chapter was opened by the three principals, EComp Howard Munton PProv1stAGSoj (acting as First Principal), EComp Michael Naylor and EComp Gordon Cox PProvAGDC.
On a report EComp Harvey Basger PAGSoj, the Second Provincial Grand Principal, was admitted into the Chapter and welcomed by the First Principal. EComp Basger thanked the Companions and introduced the Deputation which included EComp the Revd. David Halford PGStdB, the Third Provincial Grand Principal, EComp Paul Bowen PGOrg AProvGP, EComp David Dunn PGStdB AProvGP and EComp David Bristol PGStdB, ProvGDC.
A presentation was made by the Three Principals of the Chapter which touched mainly on the very beginnings of the Chapter, making reference to the founders.
EComp Basger presented a Supreme Grand Chapter Certificate in a most excellent manner to Companion Jacob Green.
Presentation of Grand Chapter Certificate
The social board was a very happy affair embodying a wonderful evening of Royal Arch fellowship with approximately 75 companions dining, enjoying fine food (particularly the Lamb Henry!) and a plentiful supply of liquid refreshment.
In his response, EComp Basger made reference to the new education project, Solomon, and Palatine Chapter who had recently joined the UGLE Universities’ Scheme, a joint project of the East Lancashire and West Lancashire Provinces. Those dining were the recipients of generous gifts – a detailed history of the first 75 years of the Chapter, a commemorative pen and a record of a star listed in the Star Name Registry.
A very memorable evening was had by all present to witness this enjoyable celebration. Here’s to Imperial George’s centenary in another 25 years’ time!
Report by EComp Paul Bowen
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.