District Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Down

News 2024

District Grand Chapter’s aim is to continue to provide an effective and efficient service support to all the Chapters within Down District. To this end, please ensure that all correspondence is sent to the following email address office@dgracdown.org.uk

The District Grand Chapter office at Galwally House will not be open on a Wednesday morning with immediate effect. The Office will be open 10.00hrs – 12.30hrs on Friday mornings. Closed July, August, Christmas/New Year & Bank Holidays.

RAC Charity Golf Competition 2024


Ashlar Royal Arch Chapter No. 528 celebrated its Centenary on Monday 15th April 2024 at Moneyrea Masonic Hall, where we installed our officers for 2024 and were delighted to welcome our District Assistant Grand King, Rt. Ex. Comp. Gerry Fleming, who presented Ex. Comp. T.C. Reid, with his 50 year certificate. TC Reid was born 90 years ago, when Ashlar RAC 528 was only 10 years old, so we can forgive him for not being a founder member. We were also privileged to welcome Rt. Ex. Companions Martin Lawther and Noel Cowden to the Chapter. Their presence was much appreciated by the Companions.
In good news for the Chapter, three new members were proposed for affiliation and membership.
Following the meeting, we had a Festive Board, with a sit down dinner, soup, roast beef and trimmings, shortbread, mints and wine at table at the “Auld House”. A special Centenary cake was also presented – and eaten.
There were the usual toasts, replied to by our members and distinguished guests and a short toast which looked at the origins of the Chapter and prominent members – which include a former Grand King and District Grand King of Down. A Bible was presented to the Chapter by EC Jason Docherty and EC Grant Dillon which has certain historical links to the Chapter. The charities were not forgotten with £250 being raised in a collection.
A good turnout, careful planning and everyone playing their part resulted in a smoothly running, enjoyable night that was a credit to the Chapter and stands us in good stead for the years to come.
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Shamrock Royal Arch Chapter No.354 Kircubbin

Shamrock Royal Arch Chapter No.354 Kircubbin had a visit from our District Assistant Grand King, Rt. Ex. Comp. Gerry Fleming who presented Ex. Comp. Jim Irvine with his 25-year Jewel and Certificate.