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Sunday, May 6th, 2018
Kenneth Laidlaw, a Past Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies of the Province of East Lancashire and a Past Provincial Grand Registrar of the Province of Durham, is a mainstay personality within the Province. A member of many appendant orders, his knowledge of masonry is second to non.
Tuesday 24thApril 2018 saw the Chapter of Unanimity No.42 celebrate Ken’s Golden Jubilee in the Royal Arch with the area Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals, David Dunn presiding over proceedings.
As you can imagine, a great many Companions attended to celebrate with Ken. Golden Jubilees in the Royal Arch are rare and special events and this evening was no exception.
The minutes of Ken’s Exaltation which was performed in St Bebe Royal Arch Chapter No.1119 in Durham were read. Geoffrey Clare gave the Tribute after which David Dunn, on behalf of the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, Sir David Trippier, presented Ken with a certificate.
Once the business of the evening was completed the companions attended the Festive Board where that special Royal Arch atmosphere was thick and joyous. Ken was treated to an evening he will never forget and as ever was gracious in the spot light.
Thanks must be given to the Chapter who arranged a magnificent evening, and thanks also to Ken for allowing us all to share his event and celebrate with him.
Report by Leigh Rickett
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.