A small group of companions including Assistant to the Grand Principals Ian Cuerden, the Preston Group Chairman Steve Bolton, Tom Blackburn and Bill Huck travelled to the Southport Rest Home that specifically caters for the Jewish community, to celebrate the 50th anniversary in the Royal Arch of Dr Cyril Nelson. Because of health issues, Cyril has been unable to attend his chapter, Holy Royal Architect Chapter No 314 that meets in Preston, for some time.
On their arrival, they received a very warm welcome from the kind and caring staff, a welcome that was repeated by Cyril as, in good spirits, he greeted them equally warmly.
It was explained that the purpose of the visit was to thank Cyril for his devotion to the Royal Arch for so many years, where his quiet friendly demeanour had been so greatly appreciated; a demeanour that had given so much pleasure to the companions of the chapter.
The group chairman, who coincidentally, is also the first principal of Cyril’s chapter, was pleased to bring the greetings and congratulations of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison, in the form of a framed certificate which he read to Cyril’s evident great pleasure.
There followed a long series of happy reminiscences taking Cyril back to his time as a general medical practitioner in Ashton-on-Ribble where his professional and caring nature was so greatly appreciated by his many patients.
Cyril, on retirement, returned to Southport where he was born. He has four sons who are dispersed as far distant as Manchester, London and Perth Australia, and many grandchildren, upon whom he absolutely dotes, on the occasions when he can see them.
The staff were pleased to give the visitors a brief tour around the rest home that included a visit to a beautiful synagogue located within the premises.