There was a great atmosphere at North Meols Chapter No 5828 for the exaltation of a new companion Alan Cornes. Alan, who is a business owner in Ainsdale Village is a familiar face around the Masonic hall and has been considering joining Royal Arch Masonry for some time but was just waiting for the right time.
Following a recent presentation of the enhanced ceremony organised by Paul Renton and subsequent committee meeting, the DC of the chapter Richard Snape has been working very closely with the three principals and sojourners to deliver an enhanced exaltation ceremony where the words are shared between its members in different parts of the ritual.
Over 35 companions witnessed a great ceremony, including Southport Group Chairman Colin Jenkins and two past chairmen, Christopher Hamilton and Bryan Henshaw. To start the ceremony, the second assistant sojourner Keith Blackburn was sent to entrust the candidate. The principal sojourner Paul Hardman then gave an outstanding performance presenting the explanations with the first assistant sojourner Peter Wall also helping. The principals’ work was shared with second principal Mike Packingham doing the first part, third principal John Karran, who was Alan’s proposer, taking the second part and first principal Mark Mathews bringing the ceremony together by delivering the concluding part. This was a very enjoyable ceremony and up to the very high standards North Meols Chapter expects.
Mark then asked Alan to sit for a while, so that Brian Ogden could give a very heart felt mystical lecture and on its completion Mark congratulated Alan on completing his Masonic journey by joining Royal Arch Masonry. Mark then introduced Alan to the chapter mentor Robin Andrews-Morris who also congratulated Alan and presenting him with the Royal Arch welcome pack.
The normal business of the chapter was then completed and with the labours of the convocation being ended, Mark gave Paul the command to close the chapter. After the chapter had been closed the celebrations continued at the festive board in the Hanney Suite in Southport Masonic Hall, where once again a fantastic meal was enjoyed by all present.