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Warwickshire First Principals’ Chapter No 4538 - Convocation 9th May 2016

posted on 12 May 2016


Companion John Belton

Over 110 Companions crammed into the Chapter Room at Rugby on 9th May 2016 for the meeting of the First Principals Chapter No 4538 when the Chapter had the good fortune to secure a presentation by Companion John Belton from Derbyshire entitled ““Defining Pure Antient Masonry and the Royal Arch’s Part In It!”

Comp John Belton was initiated in 1980 into a Lodge in England and in 1998 became the founding Senior Warden of Internet Lodge 9659 UGLE and also a member of Lodge Ellangown 716 and Linlithgow Royal Arch Chapter No 5 SGRAC (1769) in Scotland.

He has spoken widely around the world including at the biannual International Conferences on the History of Freemasonry, and delivered a Plenary Session lecture on the subject of the 1813 Union to the 4th ICHF Conference in May 2013.

Over the past decade he has been a regular contributor to masonic magazines, particularly The Square, on topics of current interest or controversy often relating to the role of freemasonry in society and the adaption of freemasonry to changes within society.

After the Chapter was opened by the Warwickshire Principals, the MEZ, E Comp John Handley welcomed the members and visitors and after a short introduction the Companions present were entertained by an interesting illustrated talk which outlined some of the difficulties which arose regarding the bringing together the Antients and Moderns to form the United Grand Lodge of England in 1813 including what to do about the other masonic orders, especially the Royal Arch and Knights Templar.

The Convocation was followed by a splendid dinner and great companionship which, everyone agreed, made the whole event a very special meeting.

The Chapter Principals together with Comp John Belton The Chapter Principals with the MEGS and Provincial Principals