Lever Park Lodge No 8144 hosted the first of three meetings across the Chorley Group featuring the ‘Talking Heads’. This is a presentation made in the surroundings of a Craft lodge to explain what the Royal Arch is all about, wetting the appetite of Craft Masons and encouraging them to join. It is also hoped that it will provide an informative presentation to those who have already taken that step into the Royal Arch.
The evening was well attended with 38 brethren in the lodge room, including Paul Renton and Tony Hall who are both group officers. Paul is an Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals and took part in the evening’s events and Tony is the Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah. Also present was the group chairman Peter Lockett, along with David Melvin and Fred Dye who had made the trip from the Province of Northumberland. (They wanted to see the demonstration with the view of having similar meetings in their Province).
The master of Lever Park Lodge Peter Hannis invited the team to take the floor. David Harrison and Stewart Cranage, who are members of the Provincial Stewards’ of West Lancashire Chapter No 8516, played the parts of two Masons who are busy preparing to go into a lodge meeting. Regalia cases open, one of the brothers spots the regalia of a Royal Arch Mason and the dialogue begins. The concept of this presentation has its origins in London where it has been a successful part of encouraging Craft Masons to complete their Masonic journey by joining the Royal Arch.
During breaks in the dialogue between David and Stephen, Paul Renton gave a commentary and PowerPoint presentation explaining aspects of Royal Arch Masonry and the history of the order. Paul described the joining of the Royal Arch as the ‘completion and climax of Freemasonry’.
Not too much will be revealed in this report, but the presentation is designed to explain the order and enlighten prospective Royal Arch Masons, but all the brethren present agreed it was an excellent and informative way of promoting the Royal Arch that also appealed to those who have already joined. A perfect history lesson with an explanation of the jewels and regalia was delivered by Paul, David and Stephen.
It is recommended that all prospective candidates or those interested in the Royal Arch attend the next meeting with the ‘Talking Heads’ team to discover for themselves how interesting the presentation is and learn about the Royal Arch in greater detail. The next outing for the team is at Prospect Lodge No 7880 on 24 March 2016.