Annesley Chapter 1435

Why Join Royal Arch Chapter

We have a vital spiritual aspect to our natures which is addressed in the Royal Arch. In essence the Royal Arch, without transgressing the bounds of religion, invites the candidate to consider the nature of God and his relationship with Him.

In that way the Royal Arch completes the man by leading him from the practical to the spiritual, and the Craft and Royal Arch form “pure ancient masonry”.

About Annesley Chapter 1435

In early 1886 the Grand Superintendent was petitioned with respect to a Royal Arch Chapter being formed in connection with Annesley Lodge and, that it should bear the same name.

The petition bore the names of Companions of Abbey Chapter and Brethren of the Annesley and Forest Lodges. A Warrant was granted on 4th August,1886 and the Consecration ceremony was held on the 8th December, at 4 pm, of the same year.

It is worthy of note that, at this time, the Grand Superintendent of England was H.R.H. Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, K.G., also, that the petitioners and those elected into membership were very active and well respected businessmen and members of the Nottinghamshire society; in particular, John Tricks Spalding, of Griffin and Spalding, who was a J.P., an Alderman and a Mayor of Nottingham.

The Chapter started with a Companionship of twenty which was gradually increased until it reached its peak of sixty nine in 1901. The membership stayed in the sixties, apart, that is, from wartime periods.

The chapter has a good mix of experience and new Companions. The future is looking bright for the Chapter with a pipeline of candidates extending to more than a few.

Meetings take place on the first Mondays of December (Installation), February, April and October; rehearsals are held on the preceding Monday.