Two further recruits joined the renaissance party at Fylde Chapter No 2758 when Paul Darlington and Ryan Modlin were eagerly elected as exaltation candidate and joining member respectively. The recent influx of new members was further emphasised by three candidates receiving their Supreme Grand Chapter certificates. They were Glen Jackson, David Edwards and Craig Williams.
Paul Darlington, who is a highly regarded member of Anchorsholme Lodge No 5854, has also become an enthusiastic member of Fylde Group Lodge of Instruction No 65, where he has been awarded the distinction of ‘most improved young member’ and will soon be travelling to London to take part in the Emulation Lodge of Improvement Festival as junior deacon.
Joining member Ryan Modlin has just completed his year as Provincial Grand Steward and is a noted ritualist who belongs to Baines Lodge No 7844. First principal Daren Gardner extended the warmest welcome to Ryan and eagerly presented him with his copy of the Fylde Chapter ritual book, assuring the members that Ryan would become a very valuable asset to the chapter.
The exaltation ceremony for Paul Darlington then commenced with the three principals brilliantly supported by John Chapman, first principal of Blackpool Chapter of Integrity No 5864, who had been asked to cover the office of principal sojourner with about four hours notice due to sickness. Predictably, Paul proved to be an excellent candidate in a model ceremony led by principals Daren Gardner, John Lee and John Morris. The ceremony was concluded by Alan Fairhurst the director of ceremonies, who explained the signs. Following the ceremony group mentor Damon Tait presented Paul with his chapter welcome pack
During the risings, Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals David Randerson was effusive with his praise, referring to the chapter officers as examples of excellence. He extended very warm congratulations to John Chapman who had rendered a very great service to the chapter. North Fylde Group Chairman Duncan Smith echoed the sentiments voiced by David, adding that he and the Provincial officers had witnessed a successful and first class meeting. Speaking for the visitors, first principal of Fleetwood Chapter No 3711 John Wright congratulated all of the officers for an excellent ceremony, adding that he couldn’t wait to see Paul performing in Royal Arch ceremonies.
At the banquet following the meeting John Lee extended warmest congratulations to Paul on joining this fine old chapter. He went on to describe Paul as a genuine and humble character and at the same time a talented ritualist. He welcomed Ryan Modlin in the warmest terms, assuring the members that Ryan would become a most valuable member. He also praised Glen Jackson for standing in as scribe Nehemiah after so short a time as a companion.
Responding to the toast to his health by his proposer Edwin Fisher, Paul thanked all of the officers who took part in the ceremony. He also praised them for the time and effort they had put in to ensuring its success. He continued by thanking the many new friends he had made in Freemasonry for attending the meeting to support him and looked forward to making many more through his membership of Fylde Chapter and to taking part in the renaissance that the chapter was enjoying. A very fine evening was concluded by Alan Fairhurst who proposed the janitor’s toast.