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Palatine Chapter Conducts Quintuple Exaltation

Members of Palatine Chapter


On Thursday, 28th March 2024, in the illustrious setting of Warrington Masonic Hall, a momentous occasion unfolded at the regular Convocation of Palatine Chapter. Five Master Masons from three Universities Scheme Lodges in the region were Exalted into Royal Arch Masonry. Palatine Chapter had done the same before by Exalting another five Master Masons into the Royal Arch at their previous meeting in Warrington. This quintuple ceremony was another step, reflecting the success of the Chapter, and it also showcased the thriving spirit of Freemasonry in the region.

This Convocation was made even more remarkable by the attendance of Third Grand Principal Gareth Jones. His presence, alongside Grand Superintendents of both East and West Lancashire, Robert Frankl and Mark Matthews, along with their deputies and the Second and Third Provincial Grand Principals, was an honour that underscored the significance of the ceremony. Gareth Jones expressed his enjoyment of the evening and the Chapter's embodiment of the spirit of "One Journey, One Organization," highlighting the profound impact of Palatine Chapter and its members on the broader Masonic community.

The ceremony was nothing short of magnificent. Orchestrated with precision and passion by Paul Renton, the event was further elevated by the outstanding and entertaining performance of David Basger as the acting Principal Sojourner, together with the Principals and the other Officers of the Chapter. Their combined efforts ensured that the ceremony was both memorable and meaningful but also very enjoyable, with nearly 100 people in attendance.

Re-dedicated in 2018, Palatine Chapter is a peripatetic Universities Scheme Chapter and a unique shared venture between the Provinces of East and West Lancashire. This collaboration has fostered a vibrant community of members from both Provinces. The Chapter's peripatetic nature allows it to hold meetings in both Manchester and Warrington, bridging the two Provinces and fostering unity and camaraderie within the Royal Arch. The Brethren who are Exalted into Palatine Chapter, are all members of the Universities Scheme units in the region. This allows them to progress in Freemasonry together, enjoying and extending their pre-existing friendships and camaraderie into the Royal Arch.


Freemasons in regalia


Warrington Masonic Hall, renowned for housing the Museum of Freemasonry, served as the perfect backdrop for this grand event. The museum, a major attraction for the Hall, stands as a testament to the rich history and traditions of Freemasonry. It was within these walls, steeped in history, that the newly exalted Companions took their significant step into Royal Arch Masonry.

This meeting was a testament to the Chapter's growing influence and appeal. It attracted a multitude of visitors from both East and West Lancashire, all eager to witness the exaltation and partake in the festivities. Palatine Chapter stands as a shining example of the success of the Universities Scheme, with its ability to attract and engage members, especially from the academic community.

As the evening drew to a close, the air was thick with anticipation. The success of this meeting has set the stage for future gatherings as the Chapter prepares itself for its next (extra) Convocation at Bolton Masonic Hall on Tuesday, 16th April. The Chapter aims to Exalt eight further Master Masons into the Royal Arch.

This Convocation of Palatine Chapter was not just an event; it was a celebration of Freemasonry, unity, and tradition. As the Chapter continues to grow and evolve, one thing is certain: its commitment to the core values of Freemasonry remains unwavering. 

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