On Saturday 22nd June 2019, at Freemasons Hall, the very first Convocation of the Parachute Regiment Chapter No.9315 was held.
Two years earlier, St James’s Union Chapter No. 180 was in a position where the members had agreed to hand in their Warrant. A group of Parachute Regiment Lodge No. 9315 members, and supported by members of other Chapters, approached the Scribe E of St James’s Union Chapter, E Comp. James Dow, PDGSoj (Natal) and started a dialog with the aim of saving the Chapter. After a series of steering committee meetings, the Chapter made a successful application to Supreme Grand Chapter for No.180 to be attached to the Parachute Regiment Lodge, and therefore take its name and number.
The Principals Installed during the first Convocation were E Comp. Don Tidiman, SLGCR as MEZ: E Comp. Keith Purcell, SLGCR as Haggai and E Comp. Neil Douglas as Joshua.
It was agreed between the members of both Chapters that at the Head of the Summons, it would have “Parachute Regiment Chapter No.9315” and at the foot, “Formally the St James’s Union Chapter No.180 consecrated 22nd November 1859”.
After the Convocation the members had a very enjoyable meal at the Hercules Pillars on Great Queen Street.