Abbey Chapter No 432 Centenary Celebration
posted on 10 December 2014
There was great excitement at Nuneaton Masonic Rooms on 8th December 2014 as Abbey Chapter No 432, which was consecrated in Nuneaton on 8th October 1914, celebrated its centenary with a full house of members and guests totalling 72 Companions.
A large Provincial delegation headed by the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, John L Saint and his Co-Principals enjoyed a most happy evening welcomed by the Chapter’s Three Principals, E Comp. Michael J Harris – MEZ., E Comp F Anthony Green – H., and E Comp Jonathon S Bowley – J. After the Chapter opening, the ME Grand Supt. entered the Temple, accompanied by the Second and Third Provincial Principals and took the three Chairs.
A short history of the Chapter was read by the Chapter Scribe E, E Comp Nick H Shaw who had compiled the text without the benefit of the minutes which had been temporarily misplaced! The Deputy Grand Superintendent read out the original Charter.
The Third Prov. Grand Principal, E Comp. Peter G Huckle then delivered a fascinating Oration which had obviously been carefully researched dealing with the background to the naming of the town and the founding of the Abbey in Nuneaton after which the Lodge and Chapter had been named which was met with applause.
After E Comp. Philip Gough, Prov. Scribe E. had read the Centenary Charter; it was presented to the First Principal by the M E Grand Supt. who was most pleased to add his congratulations and to wish the Chapter well for their next 100 years. This was followed by the M E Grand Supt. presenting Centenary Jewels to the Three Principals and then inviting the Abbey Companions to also wear their Centenary jewels.
The Chapter MEZ then presented a Centenary Jewel and a copy of the history of the Chapter to the M E Grand Supt. who was delighted to receive them as a memento of a happy occasion.
All agreed that the celebrations had been worthy of a Century of Royal Arch Masonry and all went home with an evening to remember.