Most Excellent Companion Brian James Westhead
- Who's Who
- About DG Chapter
- Comittee of General Purposes
- History of the Royal Arch
- Why Join The RA?
Brian James Westhead Grand Superintendent Born in Auckland in 1948, married to Desré for 40 years with one son. Trained as a Fitter and Turner, and now owns his own engineering equipment manufacturing business exporting worldwide as well as for the local market. Has had a love of cars from a very early age, especially Classic English Sports Cars. Is a member of the Austin Healy Sports Car Club (and has been for the past 28 years) and enjoys many Club runs. Fully restored a MK1 Austin Healy 3000 Sports car, which was a labour of love taking 1400 hours. Hobbies are Classic Sports Cars and Freemasonry. Masonic History: Craft: Initiated into the Lodge of Harmony No. 2180 in 1984, and became Master in 1993, then again in 2004 and 2005. Joined the Remuera Lodge No. 1710 in 2005, and the Northern Light Lodge No. 1878 when it moved to Auckland as a daylight Lodge in 2006. Served as Master of Northern Light Lodge in 2009. The first District rank was DGSwdB in 1997; DDepGDC in 2000; DGDC 2001 and DGJW in 2003. Was made an Assistant District Grand Master in 2007. Was appointed Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in 2008. Installed as District Grand Master by the Pro Grand Master, M.W.Bro. P.G. Lowndes in Auckland on Saturday 8 October 2011.
E. Comp G.J. McKandry, PGSwdB. Deputy Grand Superintendent
E.Comp. A.B. (Tony) Mansfield PGStdB, Second District Grand Principal
E. COMP Dennis M. Turner THIRD DISTRICT GRAND PRINCIPAL
B. McMurtrie PAGSoj District Grand Scribe E
E Comp McMurtrie, born 1934, worked for some 40 plus years in the Women’s fashion industry starting as a clothing cutter in 1949 with a well-known New Zealand fashion company, attaining the position of Factory Manager. From there, he moved to General Management of several fashion companies in Auckland. Appointed District Grand Secretary in 1994.Initiated into the Eden Lodge No. 1530 in 1966 and Master in 1976. Exalted into the Eden Chapter in 1969 and installed as First Principal in 1978. First District Office in 1979 – District Grand Treasurer. President of the District Board of General Purposes in 1984 and served for 4 years. Appointed District Grand Secretary in 1994. Appointed to the Rank of Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies in 1989, promoted to Past Junior Grand Deacon in 1998. Past Grand Sword Bearer, October 2011.
In the Royal Arch, he was appointed as District Grand Scribe E at the same time as District Grand Secretary. Third District Grand Principal in 2002 and held that Office for four years; currently Past Assistant Grand Sojourner.
Sport now consists of golf. Is a member of the Whangaparaoa Golf Club and spent two years as Club Captain and three as President of that Club.
What is Royal Arch Masonry?
The Royal Arch is the continuation of Craft Freemasonry. Its members, called Companions, meet in Chapters under a Grand Chapter. Chapters are ruled over by three Principals, who rule conjointly, and the Grand Chapter is ruled over by three Grand Principals, with a Pro First Grand Principal when the First Grand Principal is a Royal Prince.
Chapters at home are grouped as a Metropolitan area or Provinces (based on the old Counties) and Chapters overseas are grouped in Districts. Metropolitan, Provincial and District Grand Chapters are ruled over by a Grand Superintendent who is appointed by the First Grand Principal as his personal representative for the particular area.
In England the Royal Arch has four ceremonies: the exaltation ceremony to bring in new members and an installation ceremony for each of the three Principals. The exaltation ceremony is in two parts: a rather dramatic presentation of the principles of the Order followed by three Lectures in which the history, symbolism and principles of the Royal Arch are further explained. Like Craft Freemasonry, the Royal Arch is open to men of all faiths.
The allegory of the exaltation ceremony is based on the Old Testament telling of the return to Jerusalem from the Babylonish captivity to rebuild the city and temple. In clearing the ground of the original temple for the foundations of the second temple, the candidate makes a number of discoveries which emphasise the centrality of God to man’s life and existence and, without transgressing the bounds of religion, lead the candidate to a consideration of the nature of God and his personal relationship with Him, whatever his religion might be.
In England, the Royal Arch is considered to be the completion of “pure ancient Masonry”. In the Craft the candidate is presented with a series of eminently practical principles and tenets which if he practises them he may hope to live a life pleasing to his God, however he worships him, and of service to his fellow man. But man is not simply a practical being, he has an essential spiritual aspect to his nature. That spiritual aspect is introduced in the Third Degree, in which the candidate is led to a contemplation of man’s inevitable destiny, and becomes the central message of the Royal Arch. In that sense, “pure ancient Masonry” can be seen as a journey of self – knowledge and discovery with the Royal Arch completing the practical lessons of the Craft by a contemplation of man’s spiritual nature, not replacing but reinforcing and supporting what he has learned from his religion.
DISTRICT CHAPTER COMMITTEE OF GENERAL PURPOSES
“To provide for the people of our District, a society for men of integrity which relies on the highest standards of moral and social conduct, and which is charitable in nature.”
E Comp Mike Chopping – President of the Chapter Committee of General Purposes
|ELECTED AND APPOINTED MEMBERS:||EX OFFICIO MEMBERS:|
|E.Comp. Dennis M. Turner PDGSoj
E.Comp. Guy S. Halewood PDGReg
E.Comp. Graham W. Abbott PDGTreas-DGDC
E.Comp. Michael J. Jensen PDGReg
E.Comp. John B. Walworth PDGSN
|E.Comp. Brian J. Westhead Grand Superintendent
E.Comp. Robert H. Fricker PGSwdB, Deputy Grand Superintendent
E.Comp. Ian Dingwall Second District Grand Principal
E.Comp. R. Norman Clay PGStdB, Third District Grand Principal
E.Comp. Bruce McMurtrie PAGSoj, District Grand Scribe E
R.H. Fricker PGSwdB
I.R. Souster PAGSoj
2012 – 2014
2008 – 2013
2006 – 2007
2003 – 2005
1999 – 2002
1993 – 1998
|R.H. Weeks PGSoj
G.D. Kane PGSoj
R.W. Tisdale PGStdB
F.J. Crossan PGStdB
M.A. Allen PGSoj
E.A. Miller PAGSoj
|1990 – 1992
1987 – 1989
1985 – 1986
1983 – 1984
1980 – 1982
1978 – 1979
1975 – 1977
1972 – 1974
|Chapter Number||Chapter Name||City|
|1646||Sir Donald McLean Chapter||Waitara|
|1721||United Manawatu Chapter||Palmerston North|
|1801||St George Chapter||Whangerei|
|2073||Duke of Albany Chapter||Helensville|
|2180||Chapter of Harmony||Auckland|
|2221||Te Awamutu Chapter||Auckland|
History of Supreme Grand Chapter
As with Craft Freemasonry, there is debate as to the origins of the Royal Arch, not helped by the paucity of surviving evidence. From that evidence we know that the Royal Arch was known in London, York and Dublin by the late 1730s. In extant Lodge Minute Books of the 1750s we know that the Royal Arch was being worked within Craft Lodges under both the premier and the Antients Grand Lodges in England, and in Lodges under the Grand Lodges of Ireland and Scotland. READ MORE
Why Join Royal Arch?
The Royal Arch is the culmination of “pure ancient masonry”.
The Craft gives its members eminently practical rules by which they can live their lives in the service of both God, however they worship Him, and the community as a whole.
Man, however, is not simply a practical being but has an essential spiritual aspect to his nature. This is taken up in the Royal Arch, in which the candidate, without trespassing on the bounds of religion, is led to contemplate the nature of God and his personal relationship with Him.
Thus the Royal Arch leads the candidate from the practical to the spiritual and completes “pure ancient masonry”, a fascinating journey of self- knowledge and self – discovery beginning with the Entered Apprentice degree and culminating in the First Principal’s chair of the Chapter.
How to Join Royal Arch
The prime qualification for admission into the Royal Arch is to be a Master Mason, of at least four weeks standing, in a Lodge under the United Grand Lodge of England, or a Lodge under a Grand Lodge recognised by it.
As in all other Masonic Orders you will need a proposer and seconder who are members of the Chapter in which you seek to be exalted. Check your Lodge summons which may give details of either the Chapter attached to it, a Chapter to which it supplies candidates or a member of the Lodge who is a Royal Arch Mason who will assist members interested in joining the Royal Arch.
If there are no details on your Lodge summons you can usually identify the members of your Lodge who are Royal Arch Masons as they will normally wear the jewel of the Order with their Craft regalia. They will be delighted to be approached about membership.