At a meeting of Perfect Points, the Chorley research group, members were re-united with that part of Craft Freemasonry from which the group derives its name. A demonstration team from Howley Lodge No 5012 attended the meeting held at Westhoughton Masonic Hall, and performed a second degree demonstration while explaining the symbolism of the degree’s ceremony.
The first business on the agenda was the annual general meeting, during which Perfect Points Chairman Gary Smith addressed the members, including the president of Perfect Points Peter Lockett who is also the Chairman of Chorley Group.
The business of the research group was rounded up by Gary to thank all the brethren who had attended during the year, the meetings of which had been varied and interesting.
The brethren then moved into the lodge room to find the eight members of the demonstration team at their posts ready to begin. They were headed by David Archer who has been both the director of ceremonies of Howley Lodge as well as the secretary and who formed the team from the lodge members. They meet at Batley in the Province of Yorkshire West Riding. There was much banter through the evening between the Yorkshire and Lancashire brethren, all of a friendly nature of course, as Gary welcomed them to Westhoughton.
This was the second time they had visited Perfect Points and had previously enlightened the research group with a demonstration based on the first degree in Freemasonry. As in all ceremonies a candidate is required and Chris Upton from St George’s Lodge of Chorley No 7161 stepped up to volunteer.
The brethren were treated to a superb and well delivered demonstration as the brethren of Howley Lodge explained the symbolism of the key parts of the ceremony with Chris being taken round the lodge by Paul Levey who acted as junior deacon. David Archer occupied the master’s chair and delivered a commentary throughout the ceremony. It was obvious that the team had worked hard to learn to deliver a most interesting demonstration.
On the completion of the ceremony Gary Smith thanked the team, who received a warm Westhoughton round of applause from the members of Perfect Points.
The Perfect Points group were joined by the demonstration team for a meal following the meeting and in true Perfect Points tradition the meal was themed to the talk or presentation. On the evening the main course was served in a giant Yorkshire pudding.
The Perfect Points word search had been published in the group year book and for download from the Chorley Group website. All the winning sheets had been placed into the tombola and candidate Chris drew the lucky winning entry which belonged to the vice chairman Mark Howard. Gary presented Mark with a prize of a fine malt whiskey.
Perfect points meet next on the fourth Friday in January. The Chorley Group website has all the meeting and speaker details advertised for all the forthcoming meetings. Visitors are made very welcome. Also look out for that word search, you may be the lucky winner next time!