If you have any items of interest that you would like to share regarding your Chapter, please inform the Prov Grand Scribe E by emailing: pgse@derbyshiremason.org

“The Royal Arch? I Just Don’t Understand It

"The Royal Arch? I Just Don't Understand It" is the title of a talk to be given at Derbyshire Principals' Chapter by EComp. Peter Mason, PGSN, the Deputy Grand Superintendent for the Province of Cumberland and Westmorland at Derby Masonic Hall on Tuesday 4th February. Peter is a leading authority on the Royal Arch and will take a Q and A session after the talk. The Chapter welcomes ALL Royal Arch companions, not just Principals. It is only membership of the Chapter which is restricted to Principals, present and past. Book in with Johnny Ho.

Annual Convocation 21st. March

The Annual Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter will take place at 11am on Saturday 21st March at Derby Masonic Hall. Yesterday I sent out 900 e-mails with details and booking slips, and 50% of those emails have been opened. If you haven't received details, please look in your spam box. If you would like them re-sending please e-mail me at pgse@derbyshiremason.org   If you know of companions without email access and who would like to attend please ask them to ring or write to me at the Provincial Office. Roger Till, Provincial Grand Scribe E

Old Men and Their Mountains Campaign Raises Funds for Royal Arch Contribution to Derbyshire 2025 Festival

Tony Harvey succeeded in his get fit and raise money campaign and reached the summit “Old Man of Coniston” (803 metres above sea level) on Sunday, his 60th birthday. He was accompanied by 20 Scouting and Masonic friends, including others from Derbyshire and afterwards they celebrated with a meal at the Coniston Institute. Although the plan was originally just to get fit, he has raised over £3,300 so far and all proceeds go to the Derbyshire 2025 Festival in aid of the MCF, as part of the Royal Arch Provincial Grand Chapter’s contribution. Tony wishes to thank all those Companions

Royal Sussex Chapter Installation

The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent with his accompanying Officer, the Provincial Director of Ceremonies Philip Bowler, enjoyed the Installation meeting of Royal Sussex Chapter in Burton recently. He was pleased to present Grand Chapter certificates to Companions Niall Donaldson Buntain and Ian James Russell; and delighted to hear three candidates proposed. The usual fine platter of food was offered at the Festive Board and completed a fine evening. Photographed are the new Principals - H Adrian Clowes, Z Neil Simnett and J David Raw.

Open Invitation to All Recent Exaltees

NOW YOU ARE A ROYAL ARCH MASON Dear Companion, May I again congratulate you on taking the 4th step in pure & antient freemasonry by being exalted into the Holy Royal Arch. At the time of your exaltation you should have received three booklets to assist you in developing your knowledge of the Royal Arch and to learn about the ceremony you experienced and what may lie ahead as you progress within your Chapter and the Royal Arch in general. I am continually seeking to provide new platforms to assist this learning cycle and I am delighted to be able

New Quarters for Officers’ Dinner

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!).