Burnham Chapter; Symbols of Harmony Returned

The Principals of Burnham Chapter;  J  Edward McCarthy,  Z  Roy  Lane,  J  Michael Messias,  Andrew Campbell ProvAGDC, John Stribling Prov H, MEGS John Keeble, Paul Savage DepGS

On Wednesday 2nd of May 2018 at a well attended, Extraordinary Meeting of Provincial Grand Chapter which was held at the Slough Masonic Centre, formally to close The Burnham Chapter No 5568.

Burnham Chapter was consecrated on Monday the 18th September 1944 at Freemasons’ Hall, London, by ME Grand Superintendent Lt Col C Hawkins. The founders of the Hundreds of Burnham Lodge took the first steps to form a Royal Arch Chapter in 1938 just three years after the Lodge had been consecrated. The outbreak of World War Two intervened but after a meeting of the Lodge in the middle of the War in 1943 a brave decision was made to go ahead. The Burnham Chapter which they founded has had much success over its history of seventy four years.

At the ceremony of closure, The ME Grand Superintendent John Keeble addressed the Companions, emphasising that the closing ceremony is 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 long and distinguished history, the address was  followed by a service of thanksgiving in which  the symbols of harmony used at the consecration of the Chapter and have seen it flourish over many years are returned from Burnham Chapter to the Province so that they may be again dispersed when Royal Arch Masonry has need of them.

The closure of the Burnham Chapter is a sad loss to the Province of Buckinghamshire, we wish the companions of Burnham Chapter all the best for the future and their continued enjoyment of the Royal Arch.