A dispensation was required to allow Sefton Chapter No 680 to convene on a different day, different date and different month. This was to enable the meeting to be held on the exact date of its first meeting in 1867.
The chapter, which meets at The Artist Club, was opened by the three principals, Peter McGrady, Dale Roberts and Mark Crawford, under the watchful eye of the DC Tim Burgess. Peter then requested scribe Ezra Patrick Kent to read out the dispensation.
Patrick then informed the three principals that the minutes of the installation meeting had previously been circulated to all companions and only required a show of hands by members present to confirm them. The three principals then rose to welcome Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Sam Robinson. Sam thanked Peter and the members of Sefton Chapter saying that he looked forward to another pleasant evening on this special occasion.
A ballot then followed for a joining member, Warren Morris of Hamer Chapter No 1393, which proved unanimous. Warren was admitted and welcomed by Peter on behalf of the chapter members. Warren thanked Peter and the members of Sefton Chapter declaring that he looked forward to many pleasant times in their company.
Peter then called upon Bill Culshaw to give a potted history of the chapter. Bill had certainly done his homework on the history of Sefton Chapter, which started with the first meeting of its nine founder members right up to the present day, its various meeting places and notable past members. Bill received a hearty round of applause for his efforts.
Peter, Dale and Mark then stood to present Sam with a cheque for £680 made payable to the 2021 MCF Festival. Sam gratefully accepted the cheque which again was applauded by those present. Amongst the communications from Supreme Grand Chapter were Grand Chapter Certificates for two exaltees, John Donnelly and Colin Campion. John was absent due to an illness but Colin being present was presented his certificate by Sam Robinson who also gave a brief explanation of its significance.
The chapter was then closed and more than 30 members and guests made their way to the dining room to enjoy a pre-dinner drink before sitting down to enjoy a magnificent four course dinner. Following the meal, Peter rose to give another most interesting coverage of events over the last 150 years, bookmarking the advances in steps of 25 years at a time, comparing prices and advances in lifestyles. The janitors toast all to soon brought to an end a very memorable evening.
Article and pictures by Phil Marshall