At the new season’s first convocation of North Meols Chapter No 5828, there were 11 companions in attendance. This was the very first full meeting of any lodge or chapter at the Southport Masonic Hall to be held in the 2020-2021 season before the ‘Rule of six’ came in. The meeting was made possible as a result of the tremendous amount of work done by the hall directors and staff, following the recommendations of their risk assessment committee. This committee met to prepare for the lifting of the Masonic suspension, ensuring that the hall was COVID-19 secure for the start of the new season.
Clearly those involved had put a lot of work in and everyone present commented on their excellent achievements, particularly the safety measures they had put in place. This has manifested itself in that the Provincial Grand Lodge meeting, and the Provincial Grand Chapter convocation are to be held at Southport Masonic Hall in the near future, with the maximum allowable of 30 brethren or companions at each of the meetings. Attendance will be by invitation only.
This first North Meols ceremony was opened by past first principals occupying the three chairs and the convocation was business only. Everybody did an excellent job and should be commended for attending and assisting in the ceremony, thus ensuring that the convocation proceeded.
There were two visitors present; Dave Bartram, the scribe Ezra. of Bridson Chapter No 613 and Bob Teesdale, the acting Provincial Deputy Grand Sword Bearer, trying to get in as many visits as possible before the Provincial Grand Chapter convocation. Their attendance was indeed very welcome. Afterwards, everyone assembled in the dining room for refreshments as Geoff Jackson had rashly offered to buy everyone a drink!
North Meols installation ceremony, which will be a proclamation of the three current principals, has been rescheduled for their next regular convocation later in the year.