Having featured in ‘light blues’ stories with Fairhaven Lodge No 5076, David Arrow took a further step in his Masonic career by joining St Annes Chapter No 2457 as their newest companion. As ever, his close friend Terry Stevens-Lewing was in the thick of the action.
Being the first principal of St Annes Chapter, Terry opened proceedings with the assistance of Clive Tandy and Roger Perry. The business of the chapter was swiftly conducted then grand and Provincial grand officers were admitted. These officers included their own David Barr, who is an Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals, David Randerson Past Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals, past group chairman Ian Ward and group chairman John Robbie Porter.
After the customary welcomes were dispensed with the next item of business was the delayed election of the three principals of the chapter, which was dealt with and proved in favour of the three incumbents continuing for the remainder of this Masonic year.
Another duty which had been delayed concerned yet another David. That being David Harrison who was to be voted for as an honorary member. David has long been a friend of many lodges and chapters on the Fylde coast and he can always be relied upon for assistance. The ballot was taken and proved in favour of David receiving that honour. Chapter director of ceremonies Ian Park retired then returned with the elected honorary member, who was welcomed and thanked the members for his inclusion into their ranks.
The next order of business was the ballot for David Arrow to be exalted into the chapter and this too proved in favour of the candidate. The sojourners then retired to prove the candidate in the three degrees of Craft Masonry. What followed was a fine exhibition of the enhanced exaltation ceremony which included a running commentary by Bill Hembrow and theatrical performances by Dave McKee, Bill Brisk and Ian Park. The latter also delivered a fine Mystical lecture. With grand officer Roger Perry standing in as third principal for the evening he, Terry Stevens-Lewing and Clive Tandy coordinated the ceremony from the front to the satisfaction of all present.
The final business being completed the companions retired to the excellently redecorated ‘Blue Room’ for a fine meal provided by Lee Munro and his catering team. Responding to the toast to his health, David Arrow thanked everyone for an enjoyable evening. David lives at Old Colwyn in North Wales at present, where he works from home as a computer programmer. His surroundings there enable him to enjoy his favourite pass times of camping, hiking and kayaking.
David Harrison also thanked the members for his singular honour and waxed lyrical on the many enjoyable evenings he has enjoyed with the members of St Annes Chapter as well as many other lodges and chapters. He particularly thanked his old friend John Ogden for proposing his honorary membership and Stuart Thornber for seconding the proposal.
The evening was brought to a successful close by John Nicholls, who proposed the janitor’s toast after the total sum of £191.10 had been collected for charity through alms and the proceeds of the raffle.