Provincial Grand Chapter of Dorset

The official website of the Dorset Royal Arch

Welcome to the Provincial Grand Chapter of Dorset

The Provincial Grand Chapter of Dorset is the official governing body for Royal Arch Masonry in Dorset.

The Holy Royal Arch is an integral part of Pure Ancient Freemasonry. It has been variously described as the 'essence of Freemasonry'; the 'foundation and keystone of the whole Masonic structure'; and 'the root, heart and marrow of Freemasonry'. Every Master Mason has, and should take, the opportunity of discovering these qualities for himself by joining the Holy Royal Arch.

Anyone can join Royal Arch Masonry if they are a member of a Masonic Lodge. The Royal Arch enables Freemasons to expand the ceremonial and spritual side of Freemasonry and is open to men of all faiths.

As in The Craft, the ritual takes the form of allegory, but the Holy Royal Arch is concerned with encouraging the spiritual aspects of life without compromising or encroaching on an individual's belief or religion.

The ceremony in the Holy Royal Arch is colourful, thought-provoking and uplifting.

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Philippe Exalted into St Cuthberga Chapter 

Wimborne Exaltation

On Thursday 16th January 2020. Philippe Bouchex completed his journey in Pure and Ancient Freemasonry by being Exalted into St Cuthberga Chapter No. 622.

A thoroughly enjoyable evening was had by those Companions present.

Accompanied by Officers of the Provincial Grand Chapter, the Provincial Third Grand Principal, Clive Deakin, was also in attendance to witness Comp. Philippe take his Fourth Step. more...

Amphibious support The Samaritans 

Michael Raine, Treasurer of the Amphibious Lodge, was welcomed into the Royal Arch in the Amphibious Chapter, at their January convocation, during which Michael McHugh, First Principal, conducted an impressive exaltation ceremony with members of the Chapter presenting Lectures in catechism form (questions and answers). more...

Deja-vu at Vespasian. 

Clive Barnett may be forgiven for experiencing a feeling of deja-vu when he was Installed as First Principal of Vespasian Chapter, for the third time. It was in the millennium year that Clive was first appointed First Principal and again in 2010. With David Armstrong also having been previously Installed as Third Principal, Graham Frampton was the only 'newcomer' Principal when he was Installed into the office of Second Principal. more...

Cliff welcomed into the Royal Arch! 

Cliff Shute, a member of Brownsea Island Lodge has been welcomed into the Royal Arch during an enjoyable convocation in the Chapter of St. Martin, no.7986.

Bob Pennington, First Principal, conducted a memorable exaltation ceremony, attended by Officers of the Provincial Grand Chapter, before retiring to a happy Festive Board. more...

Long and Exemplary Service 

Exalted into Kinson Chapter, in 1969, Tony Hutley has been presented with the Grand Superintendent's 'Certificate of Long and Exemplary Service' for the 'Valuable Services rendered by him to Royal Arch Masonry in the Province of Dorset for Fifty Years'. more...

Immaculate ceremony at Benevolence! 

During an immaculate ceremony at the Chapter of Benevolence, John Storey impressively installed Les Gould into the First Principal's Chair, whilst John Wood was installed as Second Principal. Just five years after becoming a Freemason and, after joining the Royal Arch the following year, Dennis Porter was Installed into the Third Principal's Chair. more...

29 years on for Ron Kiver 

Andy Rogers, Installing Principal, conducted a first-class ceremony when he installed Andy Jennings as First Principal of the St. Aldhelm's Chapter, no.2559. more...

Provincial Team in Hertfordshire 

Having received a warm welcome to the Annual Convocation of the Provincial Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons of Hertfordshire, Clive Deakin, 3rd Provincial Grand Principal of Dorset, congratulates Robert Asser upon his Installation as the newly appointed 3rd Provincial Grand Principal of Hertfordshire. more...

Longest Serving Dorset Companion! 

Some terrific work by our longest serving Companion at the the Installation of the Three Principals at the Chapter of Unity, no.386, on Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Peter O'Neil is the longest serving Companion in Dorset. As Installing 1st Principal, Peter carried out an impressive Installation ceremony at The Chapter of Unity at which the Deputy Grand Superintendent, Mike Worne, and members of Provincial Grand Chapter, were in attendance. more...


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