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
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.
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
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