East meets west

The meeting of Palatine Chapter No 2447, which was held at Warrington Masonic Hall was very well supported by almost 50 companions of various ranks, who attended from both East and West Lancashire Provinces.

Companions enjoying a buffet before the meeting.

An excellent buffet was provided by the Masonic hall catering staff and was enjoyed before the commencement of the meeting.

The first principal for the meeting was Paul Renton, second principal Mo Afsa and the third principal Barry Jameson. They then opened the chapter in due form. Just after the chapter was opened, David Basger secretary, read three dispensation letters to enable the meeting to be held. The purpose of this emergency meeting was to witness a triple exaltation.

A ballot took place for the three candidates, which all proved in favour and Gary McCormack, John Sullivan and Paul Tidy were presented for exaltation. They were duly admitted and exalted into Royal Arch Chapter in an exemplary manner by the three principals and Chris Armstrong the principal sojourner. Narration was expertly undertaken by Colin Rowling at appropriate points throughout the ceremony.

Pictured from left to right, are: Mo Afsa, Paul Tidy, John Sullivan, Gary McCormack, Paul Renton and Barry Jameson.

The chapter was then closed by the three principals. The companions assembled briefly in the dining room at which point Paul offered the loyal toast and proposed a toast to the health of the three candidates. He also formally welcomed Gary, John and Paul to Royal Arch Masonry in general and to Palatine Chapter in particular.

UGLE initiated the University Scheme in 2005 with the aim of creating an organisation for lodges who were focussed on bringing young people into Freemasonry and utilising the experience gained from lodges such as Apollo University Lodge in Oxford and Isaac Newton Lodge in Cambridge. Old Mancunians with Mount Sinai Lodge joined the scheme in 2006 as the 10th member. There are now over 80 lodges in the scheme. Following this success with lodges, it was decided to introduce chapters into the scheme and Palatine Chapter is the fourth chapter to have joined with a view to encouraging younger Craft Masons to continue their journey in Freemasonry.

A very successful and enjoyable evening was then brought to a close.

Pictured are new companions (seated) with some members and visitors.

Pictured are new companions (seated) with some members and visitors.

Story and pictures by John Starkey.

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