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Monday, April 30th, 2018
The Northern Area Royal Arch Dinner took place at Nelson House, Burnley, on 10thMarch, 2018. The hall was full, with long tables set out to provide Ladies, Gentlemen, Brethren and Companions with ample opportunity to socialise with friends in a formal, yet relaxed environment.
If that was not enough, the support from rulers in both the Royal Arch and the Craft was exemplary. EComp Paul Rose, Deputy Grand Superintendent, VWBro Derek Nelson Thornhill, Deputy Provincial Grand Master and EComp Rev. David Halford, Third Provincial Grand Principal shared a table with EComp Brian Carter and EComp David Dunn, both APGPs. Elsewhere in the room WBro John Farrington, APGM, headed a large Cana contingent, which together with the adjacent table contained most of the membership of this wonderful Chapter.
Freshly made roast tomato and basil soup was followed by a tender and succulent chicken breast, with the usual accompaniments. A crème brulee, tea, coffee and mints rounded off a super meal. A table quiz was set for teams of four, the prize bottles of wine finding their way onto-you’ve guessed it-the Cana Table, with EComp Bob Summers and Comp Ian Duxbury and their Ladies being the happy recipients.
A short presentation on the Royal Arch was given in the Lodge Room by the Royal Arch District Officer, EComp Trevor Thomas, with no less than three Brethren subsequently showing an interest in joining the Supreme Degree.
Entertainment was provided by Scott Mac, a professional singer with a great voice, who managed to keep plenty of dancers on the floor for the whole evening. Our disco was provided by EComp Ian Salthouse, who once again gave his services freely to support the event.
While this dinner is primarily a social evening, to showcase the Royal Arch in Burnley and Pendle, a small surplus of £100.00 will be donated to ELMC at the next meeting of Cana Chapter. Here’s looking forward to the next one!
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.