It was very much a family affair at the installation meeting of Henry Cook Chapter No 1021 at Barrow in Furness Masonic Hall. John Quiggin represented the Provincial Grand Superintendent and he was able to witness a ceremony of high quality delivered by the many companions who played a part in the proceedings.
Acting officers in the persons of Barrie Crossley, David Smith and John Torrance added their gravitas to the occasion whilst group chairman Alan Jones and his deputy Peter Schofield were also in attendance.
Outgoing first principal Craig Foster installed his brother-in-law John Edwards-Donnelly as his successor. Newly appointed second principal Barrie Bray had the pleasurable task of installing his son-in-law Graham Benson into the chair he had just vacated as third principal.
Harry Chatfield the chapter scribe Ezra had been busy in the lead up to the evening making the arrangements and undertaking those tasks that to most members are a mystery, but without which the event could not go ahead. Not being content with that work load, Harry also kept busy in the ceremony giving one of the scripture readings and the address to the three principals.
Chapter director of ceremonies Ken Boon expertly and assuredly oversaw the ceremony. In the first part of the evening he was assisted by Brian Turton who later stepped down after many years service as both assistant and director of ceremonies. Brian was replaced by Dennis Laird.
The address to the companions was delivered in some style by John Quiggin who was later presented with a cheque for £500 in favour of the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity. John thanked the companions on behalf of the recipients.
Following the ceremonial part of the evening 65 members and guests enjoyed the installation banquet in the Fairfield Suite at Barrow in Furness Masonic hall.
The chapter is named after Henry Cook who was one of the founders and the first principal in 1889.