The East Lancashire Royal Arch Demonstration Team


The East Lancashire
Royal Arch Demonstration Team

The East Lancashire Royal Arch Demonstration Team is a group of Royal Arch Masons who have performed various pieces of ritual and other presentations throughout the Province and beyond since 1992. EComp John Cavanagh has led the Team since 2010 and EComp Mike Williams became his Deputy in January 2013, and they are supported by a group of very enthusiastic, dramatic and colourful companions.

Always attired in Royal Arch regalia plus a few robes and some traditional dress

The Team Leaders

EComp John Cavanagh PProvGSN is a Past First Principal in the Chapter of Friendship, being numbered 44, which is the spiritual home of the Demonstration Team. He has previously served as Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah for the Province in 2014 and was the District Officer for the Royal Arch in Audenshaw District,  EComp Mike Williams was also Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah in 2013. He too has served as DORA, serving for six years in Ashton & Mossley District.

EComp John Cavanagh


EComp Mike Williams


Provincial support and recognition



The profile of the East Lancashire Royal Arch Demonstration Team continues to be raised throughout the Province.  The Most Excellent Grand Superintendent, Sir David Trippier and his Royal Arch Officers fully support the continuing work of the team, which is reflected in the fact that Sir David is the President and the Deputy Grand Superintendent, Stephen Blank, is the Deputy President. All the Assistants to the Provincial Grand Principals, Excellent Companions, David Thornton, Paul Aspinall, Eddie Barlow. Len Hayes and David Basger are our Vice Presidents. Each of the APGPs represent and introduce the team when performing one of their demonstrations at a Chapter within their area. The Second Provincial Grand Principal, David H. Thompson also continues to give both support and encouragement especially when visiting Chapters in other Provinces by providing the introduction prior to their demonstration. Indeed support is still received from both the past Presidents and past Vice presidents on many occasions.


Our Repertoire

The team have an extensive repertoire, including a demonstration of the “Passing of the Veils” which we can perform annually, along with a special version of the Exaltation Ceremony, showing how Chapters can divide that ceremony between many Companions.  It is an exciting and worthy example of a wonderful Exaltaton.  The team also perform self-written presentations which bring the characters, places and events from our ritual to life.  These lively presentations vary from witty to serious performances with a commentary intended to help Masons understand more about our history.

This picture shows one version of the Demonstration Team at the end of 2012. 
However those taking part can vary from one piece of work to another to enable
different members to take part in each presentation.

It’s all about the Fun

The overriding intention of the team is to have fun, and to pass on to companions old and new, the pleasure we derive from the Royal Arch. But especially to highlight the Royal Arch and encourage Master Masons to join the order, additionally to reinvigorate those Companions whose interest has waned. It is the intention of the team to see a continuing expansion of the range of presentations along with more East Lancashire Masons to join us.

If you would like the ELRADT to visit your Lodge or Chapter then please contact us through the team leader below. We do not charge for our attendance and we pay for all our meals and expenses. However we do ask for a donation to our Chapter Charity account of a minimum £150. Indeed the Chapter of Friendship (the home of the team) is a Grand Patron of the 2015 Festival.

EComp John Cavanagh PProvGSN
Tel 0161 249 3336
Home 01625 530459
Mob 07921 330381
or by email:

Finally, the work of the team is simple – to facilitate improvement in our knowledge and understanding of Freemasonry, especially the Royal Arch, by bringing together Brethren and Companions at special evenings that will ensure the future and enjoyment of Freemasonry in the Province of East Lancashire.


We believe in the following verse which was discovered by one of our members Graham Rawlinson

The practises we follow are not meaningless and odd,
They are ancient and significant,
Lets us keep them, and let us explain them.