Dear Companions

Welcome to the tenth of our fortnightly communications,  which is aimed at both keeping touch and also encouraging consideration of making the study of the Royal Arch part of our daily masonic learning.

As you will have seen from last weeks First Rising and possibly from other social media, from 17th May Supreme Grand Chapter has lifted restrictions on convocations in line with the Government decision to move to Step 3 of the resumption. This however does not commence the resumption in Derbyshire where a local suspension remains in place. It is anticipated to do so until Step 4, when we hope we can resume our convocations and enjoy our installations and exaltations together and celebrate them with a traditional festive board.

I must congratulate E Comp Chris Bolton, PAGSoj of  Devonshire Chapter No 625 who has now completed his challenge of a virtual walk from Land’s End to John O’Groats. Thanks to the generosity of many of you and of his Companions in East Lancashire he has raised £1,250 plus Gift Aid (£1557 in total) to be allocated to Devonshire Chapter No 625’s contribution to the Derbyshire MCF 2025 Festival. You can view the achievement on Chris’ JustGiving page at

In recent communications I have referred to the use of Solomon Live to host learning sessions, talks and debates. The next such webinar is entitled “Mysteries of the Royal Arch” on Tuesday 8th June 2021 @ 19:30 when there will be an interview with M.E. Comp Gareth Jones, M.B.E., Third Grand Principal. You can book for this event via this link

Having now submitted 19 nuggets and 26 presentations for your consideration I hope by now you may all have become familiar with the offerings of Solomon and may now be using your own interests to fulfil your research and learning. However as a final offering from myself I draw your attention to two further diverse presentations for your consideration.

 “A moment to remember”

This paper reflects on the impact on a candidate in the moment he is restored to light, an event which I am sure lives long in all our hearts.

 “Why was Solomon’s Temple Destroyed ?”

The story of the siege of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple.
Well Companions that is all for this issue. Hopefully by the next time I write the implications of moving to Step 4 of the resumption will be clear and we can then enjoy our summer and prepare for a safe return to Convocations in September.

Sincerely & Fraternally