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News – must reads – updated 12th November 2019Poster 2019 HRH Address
Today was the date of the Provincial Grand Chapter, which was presided over by the MEGS and was a great success.
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Province of Yorkshire West Riding Remember the Fallen
The service of remembrance at Leeds was attended by the Provincial Grand Master and the APGM for Area 5, Ian M. Lewis as well as the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent and the Second Provincial Grand Principal, Francis A. Testo.
Also in attendance were Malcolm Whitely ProvSGW, Stuart Oakes ProvAsstGStB, Edward Sissling ProvAGDC (Royal Arch), Lee James Dolman ProvGStB and five other W. Brethren and Brethren including W. Bro. David Idle PPGStwd, COPPS Remembrance Day Coordinator.
Following a march from Rossington Street, the parade assembled at the war memorial where a moving service was held during which the PGM and the MEGS laid wreaths at the cenotaph.
Following the service the parade marched off down the Headrow and in front of the Town Hall where they were acknowledged by the Lord Mayor of Leeds before assembling in Oxford Row prior to dismissal.
A very apt and moving tribute to those who sacrificed their tomorrow for our today.
E. Comp Francis Testo, Second Provincial Grand Principal (on the right), is in attendance also present is W.Bro Peter Burnley, Treasurer of the Airedale, Wharfedale and Bradford Installed Masters Association. They took part in the Undercliffe Cemetery ceremony on Monday 11th to celebrate Remembrance Day.
E Comp Testo has attended Undercliffe Cemetery Remembrance Day for many years now.
“Very Useful, Much Appreciated, Informative”
Just some of the comments from some of the 40+ delegates who attended the first three Royal Arch Education workshops held at Wetherby Masonic Hall, on the morning of Saturday November 2nd. Welcomed with tea, coffee and biscuits or for the hungrier some very welcome bacon sandwiches at a nominal cost, the workshops started at 10.00am and lasted for just an hour and a half and everyone was away by 12.00noon.
The content was centred around three of the main offices within a Chapter. EComp Andrew Robinson, RA Education Manager, presented the “Path to 1st Principal” workshop which was aimed at those Companions considering or who had already taken an office anywhere on the ‘ladder’ in their Chapter. The workshop for Director of Ceremonies was led by the very experienced and well known EComp John Whitworth, the RA Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, while EComp Mick Dyson, Provincial Grand Scribe E, with his encyclopaedic knowledge of the Book of Constitutions and Provincial rules and regulations, led the third workshop for those in post or considering becoming Scribe E. The workshops had been completely revised or re-written following feedback from previous events and for the first time had been designed solely for Royal Arch Chapters. Their format had also changed, and delegates were encouraged to get involved and interact with the presenters thereby stimulating a two-way discussion, so that everyone could benefit from the experiences of each other. Also, delegates did not need to take notes because at the close of each workshop they received a copy of a printed handbook, containing all the content covered in the session.
EComp Francis Testo, Provincial 2nd Grand Principal said “We intend to offer these workshops twice a year, in Spring and Autumn”. The RA Education Team are also planning other events and presentations during the coming year.
Details will be published as they become available on the web-site https://pgc-ywr.org – just follow the tab ‘About the Royal Arch / RA Education’