The companions of Wilderswood Chapter No 5932 discovered who really does seek admission to our chapter rooms and once admitted what they do. On this occasion it was the companions of Provincial Grand Stewards’ Chapter of West Lancashire No 8516 who were admitted to perform their demonstration enlightened, ‘See who seeks admission’.
The companions took their seats in the chapter, but where were the officers of the chapter? They were not at their stations! The team then introduced the officers one by one with a short story detailing how each office evolved and the duties of the office past and present. The narration on this occasion was from Malcolm Warren who expertly explained the history behind each officer. Also taking part on this occasion was Eric Kos, Bill Fairman, Rob Fitzsimmons, David Harrison and Chris Gleave.
Finally the three principals were in place and the chapter opened for its normal meeting business. Also present to see the demonstration was Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Paul Renton, along with the Chorley Group Chairman Peter Lockett and John Robson, who is a past chairman of the group. Tony Hall, group vice chairman, completed the array of distinguished companions present. Under the experienced guidance of Ken Shaw, the director of ceremonies and also a past officer of Supreme Grand Chapter, the meeting undertook the regular business of the chapter including the proposal for two new members
At the close David Harrison, the current first principal of Provincial Grand Stewards’ Chapter of West Lancashire thanked all those who took part in the evening’s work. All the visitors in their response congratulated him and the team on a very professional and enjoyable evening. The demonstration was researched by John Cavanagh, from the East Lancashire demonstration team, which all present felt enhanced their knowledge of the chapter officer roles.
David Harrison’s skills do not just lie with the Royal Arch. He is a dab hand with a wood-turning lathe having manufactured gavels for use in various chapters and lodges in West Lancashire and other provinces. At the festive board he presented Mark Arrowsmith, immediate past first principal of Wilderswood Chapter with a unique gavel made from three different types of wood, completed with an engraved plaque commemorating the evening’s visit from Provincial Grand Stewards’ Chapter of West Lancashire. He explained how he makes up the gavel from three woods namely oak, ash and elm; the number three being of great significance in Masonic terms. The presentation rounded off a most enjoyable night for the chapter.