It is often said that nothing lasts forever and that is true for many things in life including governments, businesses, people, relationships and even the stars in our universe. That saying also applies to Masonic lodges and chapters as well, mainly because over time members pass away and numbers decline. However, just as in nature new beginnings are often created when we least expect them.
Over time some lodges and chapters may find it necessary to close, but it is reassuring to know that new lodges and chapters are also being created. Some of these new lodges could be focused on people who have shared hobbies and special interests; motor cycling, amateur radio and clay pigeon shooting are just three that come to mind. What is common in all these lodges and chapters is the desire amongst members to enjoy their Freemasonry and thereby helping local charities and people in need to better their lives.
Kingsway Chapter No 7870 in Widnes was a chapter whose membership had followed the normal path of growth, many years of service to society sadly followed by a few years of declining membership. A decision was eventually made by the members for the chapter to close, meaning that the chapter returned its warrant back to the United Grand Lodge of England. The remaining members will no doubt join other chapters in the Widnes area where they already have friends.
It was in the 1960’s that the Kingsway Chapter was formed with the consecration meeting taking place in the Widnes Masonic Hall on 22 September 1969. Over 50 guests attended and for many decades, companions enjoyed getting together for meetings that were invariably followed by a hearty meal afterwards. In all of those years the Kingsway Chapter had vibrancy in its meetings and many financial donations were made to local charities.
Inevitably the time came when hard decisions just had to be made and with falling membership, the companions of Kingsway Chapter felt that the time had come to return their warrant. This event should have happened in April, but due to COVID-19 restrictions that had to be postponed. Adhering to the government’s ‘Rule of six’ regulations only four companions were in attendance, and as one might expect the ceremony was both sombre and informal. Colin Rowling read a short eulogy, click here to read, and Trevor Price gave a short history of the Kingsway Chapter. Kingsway Chapter had many magnificent years that were enjoyed by all its members and also by their guests too on many social occasions. Kingsway Chapter may no longer be with us but happy memories always live on.