An enjoyable evening was had by an enthralled audience in the Corinthian Suite at Liverpool Masonic Hall as the Liverpool Epworth Chapter No 5381 hosted a visit of the demonstration team of Provincial Stewards’ Chapter No 8516. Among the guests present were Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Paul Shepherd, Liverpool Group Chairman Sam Robinson and the vice chairman David Kemp.
When all were seated within the chapter room 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 whole Masonic structure.
Continuing from this, the main officers were introduced individually, each being presented and robed with their history and duties explained by the team’s narrators, Barry Elman and Dave Kavanagh. On completion and the sceptres having been presented to the three principals, the chapter was opened in due form by its first principal Steve Foster ably assisted by James Holt and Edward O’Hare.
From this point the story 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 whole demonstration was listened to with due reverence and afterwards the team received great acclamation for their performance. Liverpool Epworth Chapter then completed their business and invited all to join them at their festive board.
This was held in the top banqueting suite where the companions settled down to partake of a fine meal much enhanced by the company present. It was while at the festive board that Paul Shepherd congratulated Edward O’Hare of Liverpool Epworth Chapter on his forthcoming appointment as Past Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies which will take place this April at Southport. He also thanked him for standing in as third principal of Liverpool Epworth Chapter during the demonstration as the chapter’s incumbent third principal Geoff Cuthill was involved as part of the demonstration team.
David Harrison, first principal of the ‘Stewards’ chapter was also thanked for bringing the team to Liverpool, as was Stewart McVernon, ‘the Steward’ of the chapter for this year. At the end of the evening Malcolm Warren, a member of the demonstration team, closed the proceedings with an excellent rendition of the ‘janitors’ toast’.