Season’s Greetings from Buckinghamshire Royal Arch Executive.
Dear Companions All,
Seasonal greetings to one and all for the festive season that approaches I wish you and your partners and families a peaceful and enjoyable Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2013.
The coming year marks the Bicentenary of the recognition of the Royal Arch as an important and necessary part of Pure Antient Freemasonry in England. As you know, there is an appeal by Supreme Grand Chapter to raise £1 million in support of the Royal College of Surgeons. In Buckinghamshire we have been making pleasing progress, with many Chapters and their Companions having made significant contributions to this most worthwhile cause. I would like to thank all of you for your support, it is very much appreciated and undoubtedly, will be well applied.
Congratulations to all Companions exalted into Bucks Chapters in 2012. You have made a wise decision to complete your journey by taking this important step, so please do make sure that you derive the most from this opportunity to enhance your appreciation and enjoyment of your Freemasonry. I have every confidence that your new-found Companions will be very happy to assist you in learning more about this thought-provoking and very satisfying extension to your Masonic experience.
To those who organize and manage the affairs of their Chapters, thank you for your hard work and the dedication you give to making membership of the Royal Arch a pleasurable experience for your members and visitors. It is encouraging to see that many Bucks Chapters have adopted the policy of sharing key elements of the ritual, including the Principal Sojourner’s work or the three Exaltation lectures, which may also be given in catechetical form. The Province strongly encourages this approach and, although some ritual authorities have yet to include the catechetical form of the new permissive version of the ritual in their ritual books, you can now obtain versions developed within the Province by contacting the Provincial Scribe E, John Stribling.
I believe that we would all agree that ensuring our convocations are interesting and engaging for all those in attendance is essential. This is particularly important in retaining the attention and enthusiasm of recently exalted members. To assist Chapters in achieving successful convocations, the Provincial Executive has made a number of resources available. These include a selection of interesting lectures and talks relating to various aspects of the Royal Arch (see the RESOURCES section of this website). Recently, our Second Provincial Grand Principal Paul Cawte has developed a ‘fun’ team quiz, based upon knowledge of the Royal Arch and designed to be given as part of a convocation. I understand from those who have taken part that it is an entertaining and informative way to learn more about our order. Paul is happy to attend convocations and to act as Quizmaster. Please contact him or John Stribling for more details.
Please remember that members of our Provincial Executive are keen to assist chapters whenever possible. Please feel free to make contact with us if you have any questions or require our assistance.