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February 2017

Wednesday 1st February saw a Full Team Visit of Provincial Grand Chapter Officers led by the Grand Superintendent himself descend on Spennymoor to attend the regular Convocation of Whitworth Royal Arch Chapter.

One of the nicest things about having an active role within our Province is without doubt being welcomed into so many different chapters, many of which will be the first time some of the officers have attended.

Whitworth Chapter is one of those chapters and for anyone who has not visited before they should probably try and make a point of it, as not only is their welcome second to none but the standard of their ritual is absolutely first class.

The three Principals of the Chapter assisted by their officers and Past First Principals all played their part in a fantastic ceremony that resulted in Brian Bulmer completing the fourth part of his craft Freemasonry by being exalted into this fine Chapter. The ceremony was divided up perfectly resulting in as many companions involved as possible and the three rehearsals the Director of Ceremonies had insisted on before the meeting was apparent as the whole ceremony played out to perfection.

To top it all Eric Heaviside was left gobsmacked when the Chapter’s First Principal, Neil Taylor presented him with a cheque for £1,000 towards the 2021 Festival Target, this Chapter showing, once again, its enormous generosity.

The fun and good fellowship continued at the festive board as the Companions enjoyed a hearty meal, pausing to gaze around the room it was clear that everyone was having a brilliant evening, and in the words of our Grand Superintendent they really were continuing to enjoy their Royal Arch Masonry!

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