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Thursday, April 4th, 2019
1st Principal E. Comp. Aubrey Oldham, 2nd Principal E. Comp. Bernard Percy, and Acting 3rd Principal E. Comp. John Kershaw,
along with the 3rd Provincial Grand Principal,The Reverend David Halford, PGStB.
13 members of the East Lancashire Royal Arch Presentation Team, 3 APGP’s, E.Comp. David Dunn, PGStB.
E.Comp. Kirk Mulhearn, PProv2ndAsstGSoj. and E. Comp. Anthony Freemont, PPGSwdB.
Rochdale Chapter of First Principals No 9211
Thursday 28th March 2019
A Presentation by the East Lancashire Royal Arch Presentation Team, Entitled: –
“The Rise and Fall of the Twelve Tribes of Israel”
The Chapter meeting was supported by the 3rd Provincial Grand Principal E. Comp. The Reverend David Halford, PGStB. 13 members of the East Lancashire Royal Arch Presentation Team, 3 APGP’s, E.Comp. David Dunn, PGStB. E.Comp. Kirk Mulhearn, PProv2ndAsstGSoj and E. Comp. Anthony Freemont, PPGSwdB.
The Chapter was opened in due form. The 1st Principal the Most Excellent Aubrey Oldham, welcomed the 3rd Provincial Grand Principal E. Comp. The Reverend David Halford, and offered him the Sceptre, which was quickly declined.
The D.C. E. Comp. Alex McLaren, then gave a brief Eulogy for E.Comp. Arthur Axford, who was an Honour member of the chapter and Died on the 15th March 2019. All Companion’s stood for a moment in memory of departed Merit.
The Chapter then conducted several Short pieces of Chapter Business, before the main event which was to receive to receive a Presentation by the East Lancashire Royal Arch Presentation Team, Entitled: – “The Rise and Fall of the Twelve Tribes of Israel”
This was excellently presented by all the members of the team, a very enlightening evening. Narrated by E.Comp. Dennis Heskett, who following the Presentation Introduced all the members who had taken part in the Presentation. All the members and Guests acclaimed the team in the usual Masonic Manor.
The remainder of the chapter business was the carried out by the Principals, and the Chapter was Closed in Peace and Harmony at 8.25 p.m.
Then followed a successful Social board, with everyone Guests and Members having a great evening of Masonic Fellowship.
Report written by Aubrey Oldham – Photograph by Ken Rowlatt
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”.
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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.