St Oswald Chapter No 910
Royal Arch Chapter
Apron & Sash
Royal Arch Chapter
The first intimation of a Royal Arch Chapter in Pontefract is in connection with St Oswald Lodge.
An agendum on St Oswald Lodge summons in 1886 states:
“Bro Slack will propose that a Royal Arch Chapter be formed in connection with the Lodge to be called the St Oswald Chapter”
Nothing more is recorded until in 1892 Bro WHB Atkinson, Solicitor, prepared according to Regulations 47 & 48 of Grand Chapter, 1886, a petition signed by 17 members of St Oswald Lodge, 16 of whom were members of Wakefield Royal Arch Chapter No 495.
St Oswald Chapter No 910 was Consecrated on Monday 17th April 1893 at 4.15pm
When a Freemason has attained the rank of a Master Mason he is then entitled, after a period of one month, to be exalted into a Royal Arch Chapter in order to complete fully his Master Mason’s Degree. He is then in the Royal Arch referred to as a Companion.
Royal Arch Chapters meet independently to Lodges and the regalia is different to a Craft Lodge. It consists of an Apron with red and blue surround, a red and blue sash and a special Jewel which Royal Arch Masons should also wear in their Craft Lodges in order to show the bond that exists between Craft and Royal Arch.
As in all Masonic degrees the ritual of the Royal Arch is an allegory. It helps to focus the minds of the Companions, without conflicting with their religious beliefs, to a contemplation of the nature of, and their relationship with their God which will be appropriate to their own religion.
A Royal Arch Chapter has a number of officers with particular titles but most important are the three Principals who collectively rule the Chapter for one year.
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Chapter Freemasons In The News
St Oswald Chapter No 910 present a cheque for £800 to Ackworth Scouts, the money was given from the Provincial Grand Masters Fund.
St Oswald Chapter No 910 held a ladies after meeting in April with an Easter theme, what made it extra special for Excellent Companion Craig Kidd and his wife Tina was that they also celebrated 20 years of marriage on the same day, Childhood sweet hearts from the age of 15 for Craig and 13 for Tina saw them get married 4 years later and as Craig was in the military at that time also saw two very young adults posted to British Forces Germany for near on 9 years on and off before they returned back to the UK.
The evening was a great success for the Chapter which was well attended and the entertainment was provided by Excellent Companion Kidd and in all £200 was raised which was donated to the Friends of Connaught Court.
MEZ Excellent Companion Mark Blount – Welcoming the Companions and there Guests
Craig & Tina Kidd Celebrating their 20th Wedding Anniversary.
Brother John Clayton, Excellent Companion Kidd, Excellent Companion Blount – Easter Bonnet Competition. "Who says masonry can't be fun eh!!"
Photos by Excellent Companion Neil Bower
St Oswald Chapter
Meets at 7pm on
2nd Wednesday in the months of: January, February, March (inst), April, October, November, December