First principal of Vale Chapter No 5256 John Stanley and his co-principals Andre Lawrence and Bill Glassey welcomed Second Provincial Grand Principal Barry Jameson to their convocation held at Garstang Masonic Hall.
The reason that Barry had assigned for this most friendly visit was to support the Provincial Grand Stewards’ Chapter of West Lancashire No 8516 who were delivering a demonstration entitled ‘See who seeks admission’.
Also, in attendance were numerous distinguished companions including Kevin Poynton who is a Past Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals and the present first principal of the Stewards’ Chapter. They were all under the guiding hand of PrDGDC David Thomas.
On this occasion there was no formal procession into the convocation as the commencement of the demonstration involved the main officers of the chapter being conducted into the room by the demonstration team who gave an explanation as to the history and nature of their rolls. When all were in place the convocation was opened.
Further explanations and insights were given by the demonstration team. It proved a delight to observe and provided a daily advancement in Masonic knowledge.
Vale Chapter draws its members in the main from the two northern outposts of the Province, the Furness and South Lakeland Group and the Lancaster Group. It is a tradition to rotate the offices between the groups.
This coming Masonic season it being the turn of the Furness Group to nominate a first principal and the Lancaster Group the second and third principals for those positions. Allan Everett, George Fox and Frank Heath were declared, respectively, first second and third principal for the ensuing year. In accordance with the traditions of the chapter the installation meeting will take place in a hall in the group from whence the first principal originates. This year it will be at Barrow-in-Furness Masonic Hall on Wednesday 28 August.
Following the convocation 65 members and their guests enjoyed the festive board in the Wyrebank Suite.
The evening had proved to be great success and the Stewards’ Chapter received great acclaim for the quality of their work which was greatly enjoyed. Other chapters looking for something different for their meeting would do well to consider asking the Provincial Grand Stewards’ Chapter of West Lancashire along to deliver one of their various demonstrations.