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The Provincial Grand Master

John Lockley (the Head of Freemasonry in Staffordshire)

Thank you for looking at our website and for thinking about Freemasonry.

We are a Society which values friendship, charity and the pursuit of integrity above other ambitions. You can trawl the internet for information about us, but do not believe all you come across or read. We are incredibly open about our beliefs and our meetings. It is easy to contact a Lodge which is near to you and find out more about us, face to face.

Our beliefs are compatible with all religions which believe in a Supreme Power. As a member you will never be asked to do anything which is incompatible with your civil, moral or religious duties and you are not allowed to use your membership for personal advantage.

If you are interested we will be happy to talk to you. Please make use of the contact numbers and e-mail addresses on our contact page.

For me Freemasonry is a way of life, if we all lived by its values, the world would be a much better place.

Click here to view the UGLE Mission Statement

The Grand Superintendent

Robin Stubbs (the Head of Royal Arch Masonry in Staffordshire)

Welcome to the Royal Arch in Staffordshire.

The Royal Arch shares a unique partnership and close working relationship with the Craft.

I'll explain. When the 'Antient' and 'Modern' Grand Lodges came together to form the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE) in 1813, they declared that 'Pure Antient Freemasonry' consisted of three degrees – the Entered Apprentice, the Fellow Craft and the Master Mason including the Royal Arch.

This declaration still stands at the front of our Book of Constitutions and means that there are four parts to Freemason's journey. For historical reasons, the first three are governed by UGLE, while the Royal Arch is governed by the Supreme Grand Chapter of England. However, in real terms we are one organisation.

This connection makes English Freemasonry unique around the world and represents an important part of our history and heritage.

The Provincial Grand Master and myself represent this unique partnership by working closely together across a wide range of joint activities that seek to attract, inform, develop and engage the members of our Province. Enjoyment remains at the very heart of all that we do!

In summary, every Master Mason should aspire to continue their journey from Initiation in the Craft, to Exaltation as a Companion in the Royal Arch.

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Staffordshire Craft Officers

Dave Thomas Michele Santopietro John Derry Richard Archer Mark Sewell
Deputy Provincial
Grand Master
David Thomas
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Assistant Provincial
Grand Master
Michele Santopietro
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Assistant Provincial
Grand Master
John Derry
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Provincial Senior
Grand Warden
Richard Archer
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Provincial Junior
Grand Warden
Mark Sewell
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Staffordshire Royal Arch Officers

Ralph Howarth Paul Lockley Paul Foster Ralph Richey
Deputy Grand
Ralph Howarth
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2nd Provincial
Grand Principal
Paul Lockley
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3rd Provincial
Grand Principal
Paul Foster
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Scribe N
Ralph Richey
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Dates for your diary

Royal Arch Installation and AGM - 5th March 2024, at the County Showground
Craft AGM and appointments - 14th May 2024 at the County Sowground
Craft promotions - 21st September at Burton upon Trent


A brief history of our Province

The first recorded Lodge of 'free and accepted Masons' is evidenced in the diary of Elias Ashmole, the renowned Lichfieldian, Antiquary and Founder of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford.
He records being made a Freemason in 1646 at a Lodge held at his father-in-law's house at Warrington.
Ashmole listed those present and none had any connection with operative stonemasons.

For an indepth history of our Province, click here to download a PDF document


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