Lodge of St Michael

The Lodge of

St. Michael No. 7833 

 

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The Lodge of St Michael 7833 wishes you all a Happy New Year for 2023.

 

 Next Lodge of Instruction Monday 6th February 2023

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Only three rehearsals till the Preceptors Festival!

 

Next Craft meeting Thursday 26th January 2023  

DEMONSTRATION INITIATION

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Next Chapter Meeting

16th February 2023

INSTALLATION

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Jack Chapman PPGReg

Read about the Preceptor on the Brethren Page.

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Terry Lynn PPJGW

Read about our Lodge vocalist on the Brethren Page.

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Leslie Thornett

Read about our Junior Warden on the Brethren Page.

 Read about the Investiture of V W Bro Dr David Chambers as RWPGM on the Blog Page

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Chapter Blog

In answer to popular request this Chapter Page has been created, and an archive of earlier Chapter comments and observations may be found in the Old Chapter News Submenu at the bottom of the page. Latest contributions are at the top - scroll down for earlier contributions. The entries on this page (not counting the archive) date from February 2022,

Companions of the Chapter of St Michael are encouraged to contribute to the Chapter Blog.

Unlike local Chapters, the Chapter of St Michael 7833 practises Domatic Ritual. This was a decision of the Founders, made when the Chapter was formed in 1962: just as the Lodge "dares to be different" with its ritual, so does the Chapter.

 

The Chapter of St Michael 7833 meets on the third Thursday of February (Installation), April, May and October, at 6.15 pm at Dagger Lane, Hull.


 

 

Wednesday 18th January 2023:

Eddie Wildman joins Kingston Chapter

This evening I visited Beverley Road Masonic Hall for a meeting of the Kingston Chapter 1010 for its business meeting. Although the attendance was only a dozen or so, the Chapter was beautifully laid out and warm – it was below freezing outside, and I’d walked, so I was pleased to be comfortable again. The minutes having been confirmed, the next business was a ballot, and I waited outside while the Companions voted for me as a joining member.

The ballot was successful and I was escorted in by the DC, Excellent Companion Malcolm Watkinson, and presented to the three Principals. I felt so proud!

The next business was the election of the Principals for the following year, which begins in March and E Comp Neil Armstrong was elected as 1st Principal, E Comp Richard Bate as 2nd Principal and I was elected as 3rd Principal.

Other elections followed, and the MEZ Elect’s list of Officers received before the Almoner and Charity Steward gave their reports.

I’m looking forward to 15th March; the Kingston ritual is quite different to the Domatic working practised by the Chapter of St Michael: I have a lot to learn.

If you’re a Companion in the Supreme Degree, I hope you can come along!

Eddie Wildman

 

Thursday 20th October 2022:

The regular Chapter of St Michael meeting commenced at 6.15pm with seventeen members present and a visitor, Companion Amardas Tuboalabo who is the Principal Sojourner of St Marks Chapter 3611 in Nigeria. He is currently studying at Hull University for the next three years for a Masters Degree in Data Science.

As this was our business night, the three Principals for the next year were proposed and seconded along with the Treasurer. The Treasurer also gave notice of motion of reducing our exaltation and joining fees in the hope of attracting new members. The remainder of the business was swiftly conducted and we closed the Chapter.

An extremely convivial festive board was enjoyed by all. Excellent Companion John Burton (Z Elect) gave a short oration about our founders and Excellent Companion Peter Barnes responded accordingly.

We then departed after our customary Masonic chain and the singing (?) of Auld Lang Syne.

[Photograph of Companion Armadas Tuboalobo in Chapter regalia in the Lodge Room at Dagger Lane by E Comp David Broughton.]

David Broughton,

Lodge Treasurer.

 

 

Wednesday 19th October 2022:

There were a couple of dozen Companions at the Kingston Chapter 1010; some of them very distinguished, including M Excellent Companions Allan Brundell and Jeffrey Gillyon, but the Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies, E Comp Karl Pease announced that Excellent Companion Paul Harper, Second Grand Principal, was in attendance and demanded admission. The dignity and colour of the active Provincial Officers accompanying was impressive, and the Second Grand Provincial took the Chair of Zerubbabel to introduce the eminent escort.

The main business of the evening was the exaltation of two Candidates, Brothers Gary Crossland and Nicholas Gillyon. It was a well-rehearsed ceremony. The three Principals (the Chapter is under the direction of a triumverate), E Companions P A Goldthorpe (MEZ), N Armstrong (H) and R F Bate (J) led from the front, as it were with confident unhesitating ritual. The story unfolded of the Journeyman Builders, now free of Babylonian captivity, travelled as Master Masons to the sacked city of Jerusalem with the intention of assisting in its restoration. (To find out what happened next, you'll have to join.)

The ceremony was conducted with great dignity. It is a good while since an Exaltation ceremony has been performed at Kingston, and this was the first time the explanatory interpolations had been included, but it was all remarkably error-free: all who participated had made a great effort to learn their words and to ensure a meaningful ceremony for Gary and Nick.

I gave greetings as a Companion of the Ridings Tabler's Chapter 9586, but stood with E Comps John Broughton and David Broughton when the former gave hearty salutations from the Chapter of St Michael 7833.

The Festive Board was as excellent as always, and the Second Grand Principal, speaking of the post-covid reduction in numbers in Chapters generally and the challenge to recover therefrom, congratulated the KIngston Chapter on its succesful double ceremony, and congratulated Gary and Nick on their becoming members of the Holy Royal Arch Chapter.

[Photos of N Armstrong, N Gillyon, P Goldthorpe, G Crossland and R Bate, and of Nick and Gary in Chapter regalia by Eddie Wildman.]

Eddie Wildman

 

Wednesday 31st August 2022

Londesborough Sesquicentenary

 

I travelled to sunny Bridlington as part of the active Provincial team attending the Londesborough Royal Arch Chapter 734. It was their Sesquicentenary Meeting. Our newly invested Provincial Grand Superintendent, Most Excellent Companion Doctor David Chambers was attending; this was his first official meeting as our MEGS and he presented the Sesquicentenary warrant to the Chapter.

The Deputy Grand Superintendent,  E Comp Patrick Cambage, and the 2nd and 3rd Principals, E Comps Paul Harper and Christopher Thomas were also in attendance. A good night was had by all, Londesborough Chapter being very convivial hosts who presented everyone with a pair of cufflinks to mark the celebration of their 150th year.

 

E Comp David Broughton Provincial Grand Standard Bearer

 

 

 

Tuesday 26th July 2022

 

E Comp David Broughton, ProvGStdB writes:

 

I attended the Installation convocation of the Provincial Grand Stewards Chapter at Trinity Lane in Beverley as part of the active Provincial team of officers supporting the Deputy Grand Superintendent E Comp Jonathon Mark Mitchell Smith on his last official engagement as DGS. An excellent evening was enjoyed by all.

 

David Broughton, Chapter Treasurer

 

 [Photograph of David Broughton by E Comp Eddie Wildman]

 

 

Tuesday 5th July 2022

Eddie Wildman visits the Technical Chapter 5666

The First Grand Principal of Technical Royal Arch Chapter 5666, Excellent Companion Jonathan Sykes, remarked in his address to the Candidate at the Festive Board that from first meeting Adam when he joined the Craft, he had been impressed by his intelligence and erudition, and that over the years Brother Tunnicliffe had reinforced that impression.

In fact, I visited the Chapter at Beverley Road because I too had been similarly impressed, and the Technical crowd are fun company. I also played the organ for the occasion; the regular organist, Companion Turner-Bone asked me if I'd stand in as he was delivering ritual - about which more later.

E Comp Hitten Thacker PPGScN was invested as Mentor after the Chapter was opened, and took the opportunity to deliver a nugget briefly outlining the historical biblical allusions which formed the background to the ceremony we were about to witness, after which Brother Adam Tunnicliffe was admitted and tested with the questions leading to the Royal Arch Degree. He answered proficiently and without hesitation, and was entrusted with the necessary password. He retired for preparation while E Comp Steve Berry gave the first interpolation - a recent initiative in Chapter ritual which makes the ceremony much easier to understand. Steve also gave other explanations on the occasions when the Candidate retired for further preparation.

I'll not outline the subsequent ceremony: suffice it to note that it was impressive. The Royal Arch story and the subsequent lectures makes for a lengthy evening - the MEZ admitted it was "challenging" - but when well delivered, as this was, it cannot fail to impress. Companion Tunnicliffe, enacting the role of one of the Sojourners returning to the ruins of the Old Temple, was obviously taking in the narrative, occasionally nodding in understanding as the allegories became clear.

I gave greetings as a Companion of the Chapter of St Michael 7833 of course, but take this opportunity publicly to express my congratulations to all who took part, and especially to Comp Bill Turner-Bone who eloquently explained the Signs and the Sharing of the Word. Also of note was Comp Dave Green who delivered the Working Tools, and E Comp Keith Challis who addressed Companion Adam with sincere dignity - a paradigm of excellence.

So thank you all, Technical Companions. I'd enjoyed an evening in excellent company (and thanks to E Comp Phil Daniels who gave me a lift there and back.) Congratulations to Adam - sorry I didn't get a photograph of you in your Chapter regalia - and a word to those that are reading this blog - there's to be another Technical Exaltation in October. Don't miss it!

[Photograph of Adam Tunnicliffe by Eddie Wildman - who borrowed Adam's phone to take the snapshot!]

Eddie Wildman PPGScN, Organist, Chapter of St Michael

 

19th May 2022

 

The first regular post-installation meeting of the Chapter was convened with all three Principals present. E Comp Peter Henry Barnes PPGReg was in the Chair as MEZ; E Comp John Irving Burton was H; E Comp Stephen Christopher Prior PPAGSoj was J. The Chapter was set up minimally, without the full panoply of banners as it was to be an evening of talk. This did not meet with the approbation of all the Companions, who felt that standards were slipping below those insisted upon by the Founders in 1992.. However, the meeting continued with the investiture of Companion Michael Hugh Anthony Martin-Smith as 2nd Assistant Sojourner before a number of readings were presented.

The first, delivered by the Acting DC, E Comp Peter Wright PPGScN, asked "Who was Zerubabbel?" and referred to the Book of Ezra, the laying of the foundation stone and the building of the Second Temple following the destruction of the first and the deportation of the people of Israel. 

The Most Excellent Zerubabbel (pictured in his scarlet robe) expounded about the Prophet Haggai, and E Comp John Burton spoke of Joshua (or Jeshua) under the leadership of Nehemiah. This was followed by E Comp Stephen Prior (in light blue) explaining Ezra's re-establishing the law at the rebuilding of the Temple, and the formation of the synagogue which is said to date from this period. E Companion Stephen Longthorp PPGReg, Scribe Ezra of the Chapter of St Michael then spoke of the role of Scribe Nehemiah and his governing of the builders who completed the Temple under his direction. Thus the familiar names, used by the Officers in the Royal Arch degree, were enhanced by the glimpses afforded of their historical background. The notes, carefully collated by the Chapter Preceptor, E Comp Isaac Jackie Chapman PPGSoj., were from the Solomon website (https://solomon.ugle.org.uk/)

E Comp Eddie Wildman, Chapter Organist, a contributor to Solomon, added some observations about the carving of Zerubabbel's words in Rosslyn Chapel, after which the MEZ thanked everyone for their contributions.

The Treasurer, E Comp David Broughton, Provincial Grand Standard Bearer, gave a favourable report regarding the finances of the Chapter, remarking that there was "no need to put up the subs" with the caveat that we don't know how the next rental will impact on our funds. A modest man, he was about to sit down when the Scribe Ezra pointed out that David had been honoured with his Provincial rank on Saturday morning. Indeed, the jewel hanging on his collar was a brass representation of his rank, and he was greeted with acclamation. For an account of the Convocation at the Central Hall, York University, see the entry for 14th May on https://humber57.org.uk/?Blog-Page 

In both Craft and Chapter, the solid brass symbols on loan from the Province are an indication of Active Rank, that is to say the wearer is recognised as one of the Officers of the year who actively support the RWPGM/Grand Superintendent. Thus whenever the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent is visiting, or consecrating a new Chapter, or on other official business, we can expect to see David at the front of the procession, carrying the flag! Congratulations, David!

The Three Principals closed the Chapter in due form, and Companion Michael Hugh Anthony Martin-Smith gave the Valedictory Address, exhorting us as Companions to communicate happiness to others when leaving, bearing in mind our duties as Chapter Masons to help our fellow men.

The Festive Board was tasty and ideal fare for the warm weather, though it was remarked that perhaps the standards usually upheld by the Chapter were absent - where were the tablecloths? I found myself agreeing with earlier comments that perhaps we are becoming lax; I trust the Companions reading this will consider addressing the issue: the Chapter of St Michael has been known as a paradigm of excellence, let's return to that preeminent position!

It had been a short but convivial get-together, however, and there was a sense of moving forward again after the exigencies of the pandemic. The Companions left the Dagger Lane building with smiles on their faces.

[Photograph of John Burton, Peter Barnes and Stephen Prior as H, Z and J, and of David Broughton with the Provincial Grand Standard Bearer jewel and apron by Eddie Wildman]

 Eddie Wildman, Chapter Organist

 

21st April 2022


At the regular meeting of the Chapter E Comp Peter Barnes was finally installed as Z. The team now complete the Chapter was closed and we retired to the lounge for the festive board. Having fed and toasted we ended the evening by singing Auld Lang Syne and we departed in Harmony and Peace.

Comp Peter J Stokes, 1st AsstSoj

 

14th March 2022


The Chapter convened for the Installation of the Principals, The Most Excellent Grand Superintendant Jeffrey Gillyon, his DC and a team of Active Provincial Officers were in attendance. Sadly due to illness E Comp Peter Barnes was unable to attend. E Comp Stephen Prior was installed as J, Companion John Burton was installed as H whilst E Comp Peter Wright remained as Z until Peter should be well enough to be installed. Business complete,the Companions retired to the lounge where the Festive Board was enjoyed by Visitors and members alike.A rendition of Auld Lang Syne closed the evening and we departed in harmony and peace.

 Comp Peter J Stokes, 1st AsstSoj

17th February 2022

 

Due to the Corona virus pandemic, masonic activities have been on hold for two years. A business meeting ws held in October to elect E Comp Stephen Prior as J, E Comp John Burton as H and E Comp Peter Barns as Z. The Chapter attended rehearsal for the installation, unfortunately a positive test for Corona was returned and the meeting had to be postboned.

  Comp Peter J Stokes, 1st AsstSoj

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