- Royal Arch
- Provincial Calendar
Thursday, August 4th, 2016
A very special day in the calendar for all East Lancashire Freemasons, but, for 11 companions from Audenshaw District it started with excitement and anticipation.
At the Annual Meeting of Provincial Grand Chapter held at Blackburn on 19 March 2015, EComp William J Porter PGSwdB, retired as Deputy Grand Superintendent, a position he has held with distinction and affection since 2011.
11 Audenshaw Brethren Honoured
EComp Stephen Blank, PGSwdB was Installed as Deputy Grand Superintendent, and will without doubt receive the same level of support and respect afforded to EComp Porter. EComp Blank is held in great affection by Audenshaw District having served as our APGM with distinction for many years.
During the meeting the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent (MEGS) expressed his delight at the attendance of over 600 Companions, and was pleased that every Chapter of the Province was represented that afternoon.
This year Audenshaw District is proud to have a large number of its deserving Brethren being honoured with appointment or promotion. Two brethren received the honour of being an acting provincial officer for the year, 9 received an appointment or promotion to Past rank including one of our DORA’s Professor Tony Freemont.
New Provincial Deputy Grand Superintendent former Audenshaw APGM
Focussing on recruitment, the MEGS highlighted from a recent Pro Grand Master address to Grand Lodge, “It is far more positive to refer to ‘attracting’ new members’ rather than ‘recruiting’, we are a band of brothers seeking to attract new, equal members.”
As in the Craft, Attraction and Retention is still very much at the forefront of the Royal Arch and here in Audenshaw District, as indeed East Lancashire, the high rulers of Royal Arch are attempting to find new ways to engage with brethren in order to increase Royal Arch membership to 50% of Craft Masons.
DORAs EComps Bill Wootton and Tony Freemont are continuing to visit Lodges to help attraction into the RA by assisting the Lodge RA Representative, Secretary and Mentor, also stressing the importance of the MEGS/PGM’s letter to be presented to each Master Mason, by the DORA or APGP when he receives his Grand Lodge Certificate.
The Companions who received provincial honours at the Provincial Grand Chapter meeting on the 19th March 2015 are:
|Paul Bowen||Ardwick Chapter No. 2185||ProvGOrg|
|Alan Mellor||Concord Chapter No. 757||Prov2ndAGSoj|
|Anthony Freemont||Egerton Chapter No. 1030||PProvDepGDC|
|Eric Woolmer||Reddish Chapter No. 3615||PProvGSoj|
|Russell Pike||Reddish Chapter No. 3615||PProv1stAGSoj|
|Eric Barrow||Fairfield Chapter No. 7224||PProvGStB|
|Alan Crichton||Pennine Chapter No. 8798||PProvGStB|
|Reginald Foster||Tonge Hall Chapter No. 8763||PProvGStB|
|Niall Perry||Fairfield Chapter No. 7224||PProvGStB|
|Jeffrey Denny||Audenshaw Chapter No. 4828||PProvAGDC|
|Thomas Fishwick||Equity with Dignity Chapter No.8304||PProvAGDC|
Congratulations to all Recipients’
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.