Monday the 26th of September was a night of special celebration for the members & visitors of Harte Chapter 4217, who meet at the Masonic Hall at Raby Road in Hartlepool. A lot of preparation had been invested in advance by a number of companions to make sure everything was in place to celebrate Harte Chapter centenary, having been founded in 1922.
John Thompson, Grand Superintendent, welcomed the Provincial Team (led by David Hanson, Second Provincial Grand Principal) in his capacity of Zerubbabel of Harte Chapter. The companions were treated to a rich & detailed history of Harte Chapter that was prepared & delivered by Darren Bethell, Scribe Ezra, where appreciation was shown by all companions in a manner usual among Royal Arch Masons.
Companion David Kirwan took the floor & presented John with a trophy for the centenary of Harte Chapter. The trophy being very detailed demonstrated that a lot of time & effort had been put in by David to craft it by his own hands. David explained that he had joined Harte Chapter as a joining member where he was warmly welcomed by the members, which he very much appreciated. David has never found the opportunity progress in office due to busy work commitments but has enjoyed every minute of being a member & wanted to give something to the chapter as a thank you & also something that can be looked after & displayed for many years ahead. John commented on how wonderful he thought the trophy was & thanked David for his kind gift. David also pointed out that there is a secret door on the back of the trophy.
A facsimile of the centenary charter was read out by Tom Gittins, Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra, who advised that the official charter is delayed due to a shortage of materials. Tom also advised the companions that he is sure that the Grand Superintendent would be happy to visit in the future to officially present it when it arrives. David Hanson presented the facsimile to John on behalf of the Province.
John presented David Hanson with two cheques from Harte Chapter; one for £100 towards Durham Benevolence & the other also for £100 towards TLC teddies. David thanked John & the members of Harte Chapter for their kind generosity.
After the business was concluded upstairs the companions enjoyed a fantastic festive board & each others company downstairs as well as a raffle with many prizes. The raffle raised the grand sum of £561.75!
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