A joint convocation sounds very grand – and in some ways it is! It is a joint meeting of the seven chapters within the Chorley Group which are Earl of Lathom Chapter No 730, Chorley and Standish Chapter No4 955 who meet at Chorley, Horwich Chapter No 2324 and Wilderswood Chapter No 5932 who meet at Horwich and Westhoughton Chapter No 4215 and Coronation Chapter of Westhoughton No 7258 who meet at Westhoughton.
Horwich Chapter hosted such a joint convocation at Ridgemont where it was nearly standing room only as the companions assembled for what is an occasion that doesn’t happen very often, the last one was held six years ago!
Not only did it attract companions from throughout the group but also senior officers from the Province, namely the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison, the Deputy Grand Superintendent Paul Renton and the Chairman of Chorley Group Peter Lockett.
The centre piece of the evening was a piece of ritual that is not seen very often – an explanation of the Royal Arch banners presented by 12 companions drawn from the group chapters.
Two further highlights of the evening were the declaration of Gary Smith, Peter Rees and David Worth as the three principals for the coming year and Tony Harrison recognising the Horwich Chapter as Grand Patrons of the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 festival.
Once the chapter was closed, the companions retired for a wonderful three course meal, good company and conversation.
Simon Dalley of Chorley Chapter, one of the presenters said of the evening: ‘I was one of the performers. I think it’s fair to say it was a bit overwhelming and I wasn’t word perfect by a long way! Good night though. The food was awesome.”
Colin Preston, Horwich Chapter treasurer said: ‘It was truly a wonderful evening and a real spectacle of everything we all enjoy about Freemasonry. The presentation of the banners was nothing short of excellent, and the festive board was a delight in every respect.”
Mike Silver, the group treasurer said: “It had been a very pleasing night for the Chorley and District Masonic Group with all the chapters of the group working in perfect unity to deliver a superb presentation of the chapter banners. The undoubted hard work and attention to detail was evident for all to see and everyone involved should be immensely proud of what they achieved.”
Everybody agreed they had enjoyed a wonderful night with companion friends old and new. As they left Ridgemont, many were heard to ask: “When is the next one?”