To avoid putting undue pressure on the more recently exalted members, Liverpool Epworth Chapter No 5381 made full use of the depth of experience that it has within its ranks at the installation convocation held in the Egyptian Suite in Liverpool’s magnificent Masonic Hall on Hope Street. Following a very successful term, the chapter companions decided to extend the tenure of the present three principal’s for another year.
The chapter companions were delighted to welcome Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Paul Shepherd as their principal guest, accompanied by the group chairman Sam Robinson and Provincial Scribe Nehemiah Stewart Blagg. For the ceremony Brian Pierpoint, as director of ceremonies, delivered the proclamation for Syd Jones to remain as first principal, John Doig to remain as second principal and Geoff Cuthill to remain as third principal. After which the officers for the coming year were invested, followed by Paul giving the address to the companions.
On completion of the installation Paul 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 Liverpool Masonic Hall Festival for £300, Paul thanked the chapter for their generosity, knowing how much they had recently donated to charities through the lodge just a few weeks earlier.
A well-attended festive board gave Paul the opportunity to bring his own congratulations and warm wishes. In his address, he enlightened the companions of the current issues within Royal Arch Masonry that the Grand Superintendent wished to draw to their attention. 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.