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Thursday, August 4th, 2016
Sir David congratulates MEZ Martin Roche
On Monday, 16th February 2015, the Installation of the Three Principals of Tudor Chapter took place in the Rochdale Masonic Buildings with over 60 Companions attending.
The Chapter was opened and the minutes read and approved; the Almoner and Charity Stewards reports were received, when a report was heard and the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, Excellent Companion Henri Lyons, Past Grand Standard Bearer was admitted.
He announced that The Most Excellent the Grand Superintendent, Sir David Trippier RD,JP,DL accompanied by the AProvGP for the Eastern Area, Excellent Companion Ed Cheadle, Past Grand Standard Bearer together with other Companions holding Grand Rank sought admission.
The Provincial Deputation was admitted to the Chapter to music provided by the Excellent Companion Eric Kirkbride who was standing in as the organist for the evening.
The Grand Superintendent was received and welcomed by MEZ EComp Neil Bostock who thanked the MEZ and introduced the ECompanions who had accompanied him.
The assembled Companions then witnessed the installation of the MEZ, H and J for ensuing year, which was followed by the investiture of the officers.
The MEZ EComp Martin Roche then presented Sir David Tripper with a cheque on behalf of the Chapter towards the 2015 Festival.
The work in the Chapter Room was exemplary.
A superb social board followed which was thoroughly enjoyed by all present. The MEGS responded to the toasts and related some personal stories, which had the Companions roaring with laughter, The MEZ congratulated the Companions saying that the Chapter, now in its 163rd year, was a credit to the founder members. He thanked his personal guests and all present for their support.
During the evening a raffle raised around £300 for Masonic charities.
The evening had been a great success and a night to be remembered by all present.
EComp Martin Roche H, The MEGS Sir David Trippier, EComp Neil Bostock Z and EComp Kenny Greer J prior to the installation
The Provincial Delegation
The Provincial Delegation with members of Tudor Chapter
Sir David Trippier addressing the Companions at the festive 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.