The 2019 Officers' Dinner for Officers and their Ladies took place on Saturday at the Cathedral Quarter Hotel in St. Mary's Gate, Derby. The Opulence Restaurant looked splendid and provided a grand setting for the occasion. Reached by a marble staircase, the panelled room was the sort of place where our earliest Royal Arch Masons might have had their banquets - except of course at that time it was a police station, or was it the county administrative offices - it's been both. We were treated so well I think we'll be back next year (but perhaps with more veg!).
It may have been my hardness of hearing, but from where I sat at Supreme Grand Chapter's Annual Convocation (fourth row back in the balcony), I'm sure I heard the Duke of Kent, First Grand Principal, congratulate E.Comps. Eddie Foulds and Philip Bowler on their immaculate footwear when he invested them as Past Grand Standard Bearers last Thursday. After previous occasions he had been expecting impoverished shoes from Derbyshire companions - but no! In all around twenty of us were there to see these very well-deserved appointments, and we all enjoyed a good lunch in the Connaught Rooms afterwards.
The Second Grand Principal, E. Comp. Russell Race, arrived in style at the Annual Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter on Saturday. E. Comp. Chris Parnham, in his pride and joy, chauffeured the Second Grand Principal from the Cathedral Quarter Hotel to The Grange in exemplary fashion. From the photographs you can see that the journey was enjoyed. A full temple of 250 companions included guests from 14 other Provinces and Heads of 10 Other Orders in Derbyshire. They were a great support to those who were appointed and promoted in Provincial Rank. The Second Grand Principal delivered
APPOINTMENT OF OFFICERS IN SUPREME GRAND CHAPTER I am pleased to inform you that the following Companions have been offered appointment to Supreme Grand Chapter and will be invested at the Annual Investiture meeting on Thursday 25th April. Philip Andrew Hamilton BOWLER Past Grand Standard Bearer Edward FOULDS Past Grand Standard Bearer I am sure you wish to join the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent in congratulating these Companions on their well-deserved appointments; and indeed may wish to support them on the day by attending the Annual Investiture. Sincerely and fraternally, Roger Roger H. Till
TUESDAY 29 JANUARY 2019 at CHESTERFIELD MASONIC HALL at 6.30pm We are very privileged to have a Past Ruler visiting Derbyshire and even more so that he is to deliver his own interpretation of the meaning of the Royal Arch. All Members of the Province (and others) are invited to attend the next Convocation of Derbyshire Principals’ Chapter to hear Comp. Francis speak. The meetings of Derbyshire Principals' Chapter are open to all Companions, not just Principals. Contact J.H.P. Ho, 1 Mountford Close, Oakwood, Derby DE21 2TW Tel: 07590 669424 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org I CAN / CANNOT attend the next Convocation
The future of our Royal Arch depends on recruitment and retention of members. Our new Almoner role is beginning to have a good effect on encouraging our existing members to attend and participate. Recruitment of Master Masons is now being encouraged by our Royal Arch Liason Officers in every lodge. We need MMs to realise that their journey in Free and Antient Masonry is incomplete until they have taken the fourth step. With this in mind two events, one in the North and one in the South, are coming up soon. All of us should encourage our craft lodge