The Companions of Euclid Royal Arch Chapter No. 859 celebrated the 150th Anniversary of the Chapter at Freemasons' Hall, Bateman Street, Cambridge on 15 May 2012.
The Principals of the Chapter, E Comp Des Hinshelwood, MEZ, E Comp Edmund Brookes, H, and E Comp Neil McKittrick, J, occupied their respective chairs and we were honoured by the presence of ME Comp David Williamson, Third Grand Principal.
After reading the Minutes of the last Convocation E Comp David Adams, Scribe Ezra, read the Minutes of the first Convocation held on 25 February 1862, following Consecration of the Chapter on 14 February 1862, and the Minutes of a subsequent Emergency Convocation held on 26 May 1862.
The Chapter business consisted of the presentation of a Supreme Grand Chapter Certificate by the Third Grand Principal to Comp Christopher Flood in a most informative and illuminating way, a masterly rendition of the Symbolical Lecture by EComp Edmund Brookes, election of Principals and Treasurer fo the ensuing year and presentation of a paper entitled "The Historical Context to the Principal Sojourner's Speech of Introduction" by EComp Lewis Cohen in a scholarly and eloquent manner.
The notice of motion was proposed by Rodney Wolverson, Provincial Grand Master of Cambridgeshire and seconded by Edmund Brookes, Lodge Secretary.
Alma Mater Lodge has a requirement for admission that the candidate must be a graduate of a recognised university, and it is hoped that it will be able to offer membership to suitably qualified freemasons moving into the Cambridge area, who do not have any links with a Cambridge lodge.