A Royal and Fond Farewell

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An Extraordinary Meeting of Provincial Grand Chapter was held at the Slough Masonic Centre, on Thursday the 10th of November, formally to close the Royal Thames Chapter No 2966. Presiding over the Extraordinary Meeting, The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent John Keeble, assisted by his Executive and Acting Officers of the year. In attendance was Founder and current Treasurer, E Comp Pat Hicks, members and many distinguished guests.

The Grand Superintendent addressed the Companions, emphasising that the ceremony to close the Chapter was primarily, to do honour to the Founders of the Chapter, to celebrate the history of the Chapter and the achievements of its members throughout its distinguished history.

A short and well received presentation of the history of the Royal Thames Chapter was given by E.Comp. Allan Dudley, there followed a service of thanksgiving,

During the ceremony the eternal symbols of Peace, Love and Harmony which were used to consecrate the Royal Thames Chapter were returned to the Province, to care for the seeds of the Chapters labour so they may flourish again in future.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the Charter of the Chapter was returned for onward transmission to Supreme Grand Chapter via the Provincial Scribe E.

The Grand Superintendent once again addressed the Companions, emphasising that “The formation, flourishing and waning of Lodges and Chapters had been part and parcel of the history of Freemasonry throughout the ages. The closure of the Royal Thames Chapter was a sad loss to the Province of Buckinghamshire, however good care of the symbols returned by Royal Thames Chapter would be taken, cherished and used with care in the future of the Royal Arch.

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