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Wednesday, December 5th, 2018
Monday 3rdDecember 2018 saw the meeting of the Provincial Grand Stewards Chapter No. 8408. This Chapter holds its Installation meeting at Manchester Hall and their half-yearly meeting in a Masonic Hall of the 1stPrincipal’s choice. This meeting was held in the Masonic Rooms in Clitheroe.
The main guest on the evening was EComp Harvey Basger, 2ndProvincial Grand Principal who was accompanied by EComp David Halford, 3rdProvincial Grand Principal.
The Chapter was opened flawlessly by the three principals, EComp David Cowen 1stPrincipal, EComp Michael Williams 2nd Principal and EComp Graeme Wilkinson 3rdPrincipal. Five new joining members were balloted for and accepted. This was followed by the Chapter room being filled with a variety of music as EComp Roger Bower conducted a presentation on famous Masonic Jazz Musicians. An excellent presentation.
Once the business of the evening had been conducted the Chapter was closed and the companions retired to The Swan and Royal for the social board where, being December, the obvious Christmas dinner was served. One of many that Freemasons will be enjoying over the coming weeks.
Great food, company and conversation ensued. Fine speeches were given, new members met current members and the visitors only added to a fabulous atmosphere and all round great evening.
To be a joining member of this Chapter you have to have been a Provincial Grand Steward but anyone can visit and I can well and worthily recommend a visit to this Chapter. It is excellent and welcoming.
Photos and article 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.