In a new initiative from Group Vice-chairman David Ogden, companions from the chapters within the group attended a workshop at Bryn Masonic Hall to explore issues affecting Royal Arch, share views and to hopefully assist in moving forward to a successful future. The event was attended by current Principals, DCs and senior companions involved the running of their respective chapters, together with Royal Arch contacts from craft lodges. Ian Cuerden, Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals with responsibility for the Wigan Group, commenced proceedings by making a few opening remarks, observing that the workshop was quite an innovative incentive and expressing his wish to see the group thrive. He then joined his panel colleagues, David Ogden, John Selley and former Third Provincial Grand Principal Stanley Oldfield and joined in the discussions.
Topics explored included recruitment and retention, and centred around the transmission of positive messages to brethren considering taking the next step in their Masonic journey, and the position, roles and responsivities of Royal Arch contacts. Some useful actions were taken away by the group officials to progress.
At the end of the discussion session, Stanley Oldfield informed the companions about a plan for the Widows Sons Masonic Motorcycle Club to form a Chapter for motorcycle enthusiasts by reviving one that is ailing. The idea is to meet twice a year on a Saturday morning at Bryn Masonic Hall, having a cooked breakfast over a couple of hours allowing bikers to arrive from far afield, followed by a Convocation. No festive board would follow, allowing time for an afternoon ride out. Anyone interested in keeping their Chapter alive in such a manner should get in touch with Stanley.
Everyone enjoyed the light buffet provided for the workshop, which is planned to be a twice a year event.