Joint Chapter Meeting

The Annual Joint Chapter Meeting of the Leeds & District Royal Arch Council was held on Thursday 24th May 2012 under the auspices of St. Laurence Royal Arch Chapter No.2330 at the Masonic Hall, Pudsey.

The meeting was graced by the presence of the Grand Superintendent, E.Comp. John K. Clayton, the Deputy Grand Superintendent, E.Comp. John A. Briggs, the Second Provincial Grand Principal, E.Comp. Stewart G. Carley, and E.Comps. Anthony P. Kaddish and James S. Gray, Assistants to the Provincial Grand Principals.

There were over one hundred Companions in attendance to witness the Exaltation ceremony for W.Bro. Melvyn Doggett.  The whole ceremony was first-class and was most ably led by the First Principal, E.Comp. Stephen Schofield, and his Co-Principals, E.Comp. Steven Sheard and E.Comp. Roy Silkstone.

Many Companions took part, each fulfilling his office to an excellent standard, including E.Comps. Murray Fraser (interrogation of the Masters Masons and the three Sojourners) and Peter Holdsworth (the explanation of the secrets), along with the three Sojourners, Comps. Bill Light, Stuart Cummings and Richard Peel.  Everyone present was impressed by the ceremonial and quality of the ritual.  The candidate could not have failed to be anything other than inspired and stimulated by the ceremony.

Also to be commended for their work behind the scenes is E.Comp. David Boyle, Scribe E., and E.Comp. Phill Boyd, the Chapter Representative on the Royal Arch Council.

The festive board that followed was of an excellent standard and enjoyed by all.  This was followed by many excellent speeches, all of which congratulated the Chapter on its ceremonial, including those from the Grand Superintendent and the President of the L&DRAC, E.Comp. Stuart Burrows.

Posted in Area 5 on July 2nd, 2012 by David Clough

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