To avoid putting undue pressure on the more recently exalted members, Morecambe Chapter No 1561 made full use of the depth of experience that it has within its ranks at the recent installation convocation held at Morecambe Masonic hall.
The representative of the Grand Superintendent was Frank Clarke who was delighted to have the support of fellow grand officer Tom Holroyd.
Following two very successful consecutive years in the first principal’s chair John Bates placed his successor Geoff Wilman into the chapter’s prime position in a deft and sincere manner. Another stalwart of the chapter, Brian Dewhurst, kindly stepped in to take the second principal’s role again thereby affording a period of consolidation. However, Steve Plevey, who had taken the chair of his craft lodge less than a week earlier and was evidently eager for another challenge, donned the blue robe of third principal.
The standard of the ritual work was of a particularly high order and showed the distinct commitment and effort that had been applied by all the participants. The robe addresses were given by John Bates, Barry Robinson and David Malcolm with distinction to the first, second and third principals respectively. This fine display brought immediate praise from Frank Clarke when he rose to bring the greetings of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison, together with the express wish that all the companions present would continue to have an enjoyable further year in their chapters. On receiving a cheque in favour of the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity and details of other disbursements that brought the total to £540 he expressed heartfelt thanks.
A well-attended festive board held at Morecambe Masonic Hall, gave Frank the opportunity to bring his own congratulations and warm wishes. In his address, he apprised the audience of the current issues within Royal Arch Masonry that the Grand Superintendent wished to draw to the attention of companions. In particular, he stressed the advantages of spreading the word about the charitable work done by Royal Arch Masons and the additional enjoyment gained from membership of the order. In order to achieve this he recommended the use of whatever appropriate social media each companion felt most comfortable in using and encouraged the members to keep their group publicity officer informed of any social or charitable events they had planned so that appropriate coverage could be arranged. In summation, he reminded everyone that Tony Harrison’s most fervent wish was that they continued to enjoy their Freemasonry to the full.