The Leyland Group recently held a joint convocation which was hosted by Carnarvon Chapter No 2376 at Leyland Masonic Hall. A good number of companions, both members and visitors, were present on the evening and amongst them the chapter was honoured by the presence of Deputy Grand Superintendent,
A presentation, entitled ‘The Form of the Chapter – Is it Fit For Purpose?’ which was written by Paul Renton Second Provincial Grand Principal, was performed by a number of companions from and representing each of the chapters in the Leyland Group.
On the evening, acting first principal Neil Ward opened the chapter in due form and following the business the Leyland Group Chairman Chris Blackwell welcomed everyone to the joint convocation. He introduced the presentation and the team were invited to commence.
The focus of the convocation was the question of why our chapters are set out as they are? It explored whether such arrangements are fit for purpose, particularly for the two main ceremonies conducted – exalting candidates and the installation of the three principals.
During the presentation Steve Hallam, Andrew Ashton, Mike Pinckard, John Anderson and Andy Ince acted as narrators with the assistance of Llwyd Thomas who read passages of ritual or verses from the Volume of the Sacred Law when required.
Steve Lunt, Glenn Hornby, Dave Watkinson, Dave Bishop, Chris Hughes and Gordon McKay acted as ‘scene shifters’ and assisted by adapting the room as the presentation progressed: all this being headed by the ‘floor manager’ David Coulson.
The use of a video camera gave a view of the room, particularly from a candidate’s perspective, and a PowerPoint presentation was employed to bring some added explanation and illustrations. The presentation focused on the forms, symbols and ornaments of Royal Arch Masonry including the Catenarian Arch, the pedestal and its surrounding candles and the twelve ensigns.
The presentation also suggested a need to distinguish between lessons related to those forms, symbols and ornaments that fall into two main themes; 1) those that refer to the story of our ritual and 2) those which should guide how we live our lives. Following on from the presentation some alternative arrangements of the room were suggested and explored.
Finally, Paul together with Mike Pinckard, vice chairman and Royal Arch Lead for the Leyland Group, thanked all the companions involved in the presentation and especially Carnarvon Chapter for hosting the event.
Neil added his thanks to the presentation team and congratulated the members and commented on the interesting, enjoyable, educational and thought provoking content of the joint convocation.
Also, once the presentation was at an end, Danny was privileged in presenting the chapter with a Vice-Patron recognition of the MCF 2021 Festival. He congratulated the three principals and said that the chapter had deserved the recognition for all their hard work in raising and donating funds.
Neil then closed the chapter and everyone retired to the dining room where they had lots to chat about over the meal and refreshments.