On the warmest evening of the year so far, 50 companions came together at Ormskirk Masonic Hall as the Silver Jubilee Chapter of Installed First Principals No 8818 hosted a visit of the demonstration team from Provincial Grand Stewards’ Chapter of West Lancashire No 8516 with their presentation of ‘See who seeks admission’. Among the guests from across the Province were Ormskirk and District Group Chairman Frank Umbers and Bootle Group Chairman Ian Gee.
When all were seated, the team DC Robb Fitzsimmons gave an introduction to the evening’s proceedings, briefly explaining the Royal Arch story and how it became the foundation of the Masonic structure.
Following this, the main officers were introduced individually, each being presented and robed with their history and duties explained by the team’s narrator Barry Elman. On completion and the sceptres individually having been presented to the three principals in a most dignified manner, the chapter was opened in due form by first principal Charles Paton ably assisted by Derek Cadwallader (second principal) and Michael Copland (third principal).
Barry then continued with an explanation of the chapter room and furniture and how it represented the wilderness of Sinai, the mobile sanctuary and the re-building upon the threshing floor. The presentation which was of the highest standard was very much appreciated by all the companions; the demonstration team received great acclamation following their performance. The members of the team assisting Robb and Barry were Geoff Cuthill, Chris Gleave, John Murphy, Joe Williams, Eric Kos and David Harrison.
The officers of Silver Jubilee Chapter of Installed First Principals, under the expert guidance of chapter DC Malcolm Serjeant, then completed their business and invited all present to join them at the festive board. An enjoyable three course meal of deep fried breaded brie with cranberry dip; hand carved sugar baked ham with Madeira gravy, colcannon potatoes and vegetables followed by New York style baked blueberry cheesecake and pouring cream, tea and coffee awaited the companions in the dining room downstairs. A most enlightening and convivial evening was appreciated by all.