Companions from all seven chapters of the Ormskirk and Bootle Group gathered at Litherland Masonic Hall for the group’s first Royal Arch joint convocation, with Unity and Perseverance Chapter No 580 having the privilege of acting as the hosts for the event.
For the joint convocation the group were honoured by the presence of the Deputy Grand Superintendent Paul Renton, who was accompanied by Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Tony Hall and Ormskirk and Bootle Group Vice Chairman Malcolm Alexander, grand officers, Derek Hughson, Roy Pyne, Arend van Duyvenbode and the acting officers of Provincial Grand Chapter.
The evening commenced with Robert Hales, first principal of Unity and Perseverance Chapter, welcoming everyone to the joint convocation and to the chapter, before the three principals opened the chapter and once the initial chapter business had been completed the Provincial Deputy Director of Ceremonies, David Thomas was admitted into the room and announced that Paul Renton was without and demanded admission. Paul was then brought into the temple in a procession.
After Paul was warmly welcomed by the three principals to the chapter, Robert handed the proceedings over to Malcolm Alexander for the demonstration entitled, ‘The Five Platonic Solids Explained’. With two companions asking the questions and 12 companions answering the questions. Two companions from each chapter from within the group being represented during the demonstration.
Bill Goulden from Unity and Perseverance Chapter and Brian Davies from Fermor Hesketh Chapter No1350, were the two companions asking the questions, with the answers being given by Jonathan Rayman also from Unity and Perseverance Chapter, John Hanna also from Fermor Hesketh Chapter, David Sullivan and Simon Gray from Bootle Chapter No 1473, Malcolm Sandywell and Ian Tupling from Stanley of Bickerstaffe Chapter No 3511, Paul Carr and Andy Clarke from Ormskirk Priory Chapter No 4007, Derek Midgley and David Rawcliffe St Michael’s Chapter No 5756, John Roxburgh and Stephen Oliver from Thornton Chapter No 8008.
The demonstration explained the history and the meaning of the Five Platonic Solids and their connection to the Royal Arch and Freemasonry, with the companions involved performing their parts expertly.
Once the demonstration had been completed Malcolm thanked the audience for their attentive attention and all the companions involved for their participation, before introducing them individually to the audience.
Robert stood up and thanked Malcolm and his team for the wonderful, informative and enlightened demonstration his team had given that evening and thanked him on behalf of all the chapters for the opportunity of the wonderful joint convocation together.
Paul Renton then thanked Malcolm and the companions for their demonstration and the excellent way it was delivered. Paul explained to the companions that due to the number of times a chapter meets during the year it’s not very often that the aspects involved and their meaning are explained and it was a privilege to hear the explanation of the Five Platonic Solids during the evening.
Following the convocation, the companions and guests retired to the festive board, with the whole evening being an enjoyable and great success for the group, and for Unity and Perseverance Chapter who hosted the evening.