Journey to the centre of….Wales

When Rey Morris said: “We do it differently in Wales”, who could possibly resist a trip to the centre of Wales? Not just a general visit to mid-Wales but to Welchpool Chapter No 998 in Newtown, to be precise.

In extending the invitation, Rey had also said, “We share the work; we break down the ritual into manageable pieces and there are some interesting and different perambulations.” The temptation to accompany him was too great to resist.

Rey had invited Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Paul Renton, Don Hesketh and Chorley Group Publicity Officer John Breakwell to experience an exaltation ceremony as presented by the companions of Welchpool Chapter, including all its little variations and idiosyncrasies.

Welchpool is a jewel of a place, an excellent chapter with the warmest welcome possible and excellent dining rooms in the Newton Masonic Hall.

After the ceremony Paul expressed his pleasure at having been invited, saying: “It was a real delight to witness such a splendid exaltation ceremony, including seeing Rey Morris undertaking some ritual (as well as being our host and driver!) and then to be made so welcome at the festive board. You certainly have something rather special in terms of Royal Arch Masonry in mid-Wales, which if it could be bottled, would sell extremely well.”

Pictured from left to right, are: Tecwyn Davies, Alun Bunford, David Bebb, Paul Renton, Martin Rees, Don Hesketh, Douglas Wood, Rey Morris and Neil Butler.

Pictured from left to right, are: Tecwyn Davies, Alun Bunford, David Bebb, Paul Renton, Martin Rees, Don Hesketh, Douglas Wood, Rey Morris and Neil Butler.