Stuart David Thompson has become the newest member of Carnforth Chapter No 4951 in a very distinguished ceremony, being graced as it was by the presence of Deputy Grand Superintendent Paul Renton. Paul was supported by Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principal Barrie Crossley, grand officers Peter Mason, Phil Gardner and Chris Band, as well as acting Provincial grand officer Chris Larder. Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies Dave Thomas and Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies Barry Fitzgerald were on hand to competently direct this grand assemblage.
On his entrance into the chapter, Paul was welcomed by the three principals and offered the sceptre by acting first principal Phil Newby. Phil was standing in for James Stewart who had unfortunately been unable to attend the meeting. Paul thanked Phil for his kind offer, welcomed all present and then returned the sceptre.
Following a successful ballot Stuart was admitted as a candidate for Royal Arch Masonry. Having being invited to occupy the first principal’s chair, the candidates father Alan Thompson had the pleasure of assisting in the exaltation of Stuart using the enhanced ritual. The interaction between father and son in any Masonic ritual is always a special event and one to particularly savour.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the Lancaster and District Group Royal Arch Mentor Alan Procter introduced the various officers of the chapter to Stuart and also some of the details of the Royal Arch.
Following the exaltation, the acting first principal Phil Newby resumed his chair and thanked all who had taken part in the ceremony. Alan Thompson also rose to thank Phil for the opportunity to exalt his son.
After the remaining business of the evening was completed, the chapter was closed and the companions retired to the festive board for a very enjoyable meal.
Article by Paul Thompson. Photographs courtesy of Chris Brown.