At a meeting of Gilbert Greenall Chapter No 1250, a very special ceremony awaited the visitors. It was to a joint convocation of Elias Ashmole Chapter No 148, Gilbert Greenall, Travellers Chapter No 4679 and Old Masonians West Lancashire Chapter No 7702.
The convocation was highly honoured by the presence of the Deputy Grand Superintendent Paul Renton, accompanied by the Second Provincial Grand Principal Barry Jameson, grand officer Jack Forsyth and Andy Barton (group chairman), along with several acting Provincial grand officers which included; Colin Rowling, David Thomas, John Hindle, Michael Reeman, John Goodrum, Chris Maloney and Ian Rowan.
The chapter was opened by the three principals, John Walkey, Ian White and Chris Todd. After concluding the usual administration and two proposals for membership, it was announced that the Deputy Grand Superintendent stood without and demanded admission. John said he would be delighted to admit him along with other grand and acting Provincial grand officers.
Paul was then admitted with the other dignitaries in true ceremonial style which was a colourful display of regalia and braid with gold chains.
John welcomed Paul and all the visiting companions to the convocation and John then offered the sceptre to Paul, which he accepted, but returned it, thanking John and confirming he was looking forward to the meeting.
The main business of the evening was for the four Warrington chapters to deliver a presentation entitled ‘The Peoples of our Chapter’. The script for the presentation was prepared by John Gregory following his research. It was delivered by members of all the four chapters, each reading specific parts of the whole. The focus of the research was to examine prominent people who are synonymous with the ritual of the Order and dated back to circa 1700 BC.
The presentation was well received and proved to be very interesting. It really offered more than enough information for everyone to make a true daily advancement in Masonic knowledge. 60 members and visitors attended the presentation which was followed by a three course meal.
Story and pictures by John Starkey.