Travelling Loving Cup

Royal Arch Travelling Loving Cup

At the 2019 Annual Convocation The M E Grand Superintendent, E.Comp. Philip Hall introduced the ‘Travelling Loving Cup’ with these words –

‘As I approach the third anniversary of my appointment as Grand Superintendent I have reflected on my experiences so far and I have been struck by one thing in particular. That is that, compared to the Craft, Companions don’t tend to visit other chapters across the Province anywhere near as frequently. I feel we need to share the love companions and to that end I want to introduce you to ‘TLC’. You are all no doubt familiar with this acronym but on this occasion it does not mean ‘Tender Loving Care’ but rather the ‘Travelling Loving Cup’ – and here it is.

The Grand Superintendent mentioned the TLC again in 2020, and announced slight modifications to the movement of the Cup around the Province. 

The principle now is that the Travelling Loving Cup can be cared for by any Chapter in the Province, and it will be the responsibility of the holding Chapter to visit any other Warwickshire Chapter, meeting in a different centre, with a minimum of 3 companions travelling with the cup to present to the new holding Chapter.

The new holding Chapter will then arrange to take it to another Chapter meeting in a different centre to their own, and so onwards throughout the Province. 

The TLC is housed safely in a travelling box and will be accompanied by a written record of its journey around Warwickshire.  The holding Chapter should not keep it for longer than the meeting at which it is received, and their following meeting, before passing it on to another Chapter.

As an example, a Chapter which receives it in February could keep in until the May meeting, but then pass it on at the first opportunity of visiting another chapter.

The travelling loving cup was generously released from the Warwickshire Masonic museum where it was donated by the former Chapter of Charity, the previous members of which having given their blessing to its use.

This page will give details of the present Chapter who holding the cup until it is taken on to another Chapter.

Past Cup Holders:-

Shakespeare Chapter No.284 – 6 July 2019 to 25 July 2019
Leigh Chapter No 887 – 25 July 2019 to 6 September 2019
Athol Chapter No 74 – 6 September 2019 to 16 September 2019
Leigh Chapter No 887 – 16 September 2019 to 19th January 2022
(Pandemic Restrictions period and rule change in July 2020)
Bedeword Chapter No 7274 – 19th January 2022 to 16th May 2022
Athelstan Chapter No 1333 –  16th May 2022 to 17th October 2022
Chapter of Faith and Hope No 4772 – 17th October 2022 to 7th February 2023
Forest of Arden Chapter No 3826 – 7th February 2023 to 16th May 2023
Fletcher Chapter 1031- 16th May 2023 to 12th June 2023
Guy’s Cliffe Chapter 8874 – 12th June 2023 to 21st June 2023
Apollo Chapter 301 – 21st June 2023 – 17th July 2023
Grosvenor Chapter 938 – 17th July 2023 (Briefly!)
Athelstan Chapter 1333 – 17th July 2023 – 9th October 2023 
Abbey Chapter 432 – 9th October 2023 – 19th December 2023
Trinity Chapter 254 – 19th December 2023 – 18th April 2024
Rectitude Chapter 502– 18th April 2024
Stoneleigh Chapter 725 – To be confirmed