The day was bright, sunny and reasonably warm in fact an ideal weather day for a car trip and a visit to the
seaside. Southport saw the holiday weather and many gentlemen inappropriately dressed for the holiday
mood with dark clothing and pinstripes. Most of the Warrington companions had travelled in the morning and
were eagerly congregating in hunting packs looking for lunch time feeding locations which were dispersed
From about 13.00 hours most started to reassemble at the entrance to the Southport Theatre and Convention
Centre in anticipation of either collecting their Provincial yearbooks and/or awaiting to have their blood sample
taken to test their Prostate Specific Antigen, (free PSA tests were offered to all members attending in a
prostate screening programme). I don’t recall anyone passing out with the loss of blood and no one had an
arm full taken!
The Provincial Grand Chapter Convocation started as usual with all the dignitaries parading in to show a truly
remarkably colourful start to proceedings, with all the blues, whites and reds mixed with flashes of gold chains.
It was a good turnout from Warrington to see Warrington companions receive either their Provincial promotion
or first appointments to the Province and were as follows: Acting Rank: John Goodrum of the Elias Ashmole
Chapter No 148 to PrADC and Ian Rowan of Traveller’s Chapter No 4679 to PrGStwd. First appointment:
John Knowles of Gilbert Greenall Chapter No 1250 to PPrADC. Promotions: Alan Pattinson of the Traveller’s
Chapter No 4679 to PPrGSN, Keith Young of the Gilbert Greenall Chapter No 1250 to PPrDGSwdB and
Richard Sherratt of Traveller’s Chapter No 4679 to PPrAGSoj. Also within the year Dennis Wilding of Elias
Ashmole Chapter No 148 was elevated to the extremely high rank of PPrGSN at the 150 th meeting of the
Chapter on 19 September 2016 by Tony Harrison, the Most Excellent Grand Superintendent.
Following the meeting many companions stayed on to enjoy the festive board which comprised of an excellent
three course banquet. This included a starter of fan of melon, a main course of seared chicken in a white wine,
thyme and cream sauce with roast potatoes, baton carrots and broccoli and finally a sweet of a trio of
chocolate torte served with cream. Copious amounts of quality red and white wines were served throughout
the meal and followed by tea or coffee. A very enjoyable experience!
Some companions extended their festivities by staying overnight. The Group congratulates all the celebrants
and thanks members of Warrington Chapters for supporting their Masonic colleagues on this special day.
Story and pictures by John Starkey