Alan is first principal of Scorton Chapter

Scorton Chapter No 5791 was delighted to welcome the Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra, Peter Taylor as principal guest at its installation convocation at Wyrebank, Garstang. Peter was very pleased to have the support of fellow grand officers Tom Holroyd and Keith Jackson, together with acting Provincial officers Neil McGill and Stephen Jennings.

The three principals: pictured from left to right, are; John Eccles, Alan Gardner and Bill Williamson.

The three principals: pictured from left to right, are; John Eccles, Alan Gardner and Bill Williamson.

Following the valedictory address from the first principal John Helme to his officers, the three principals-elect were duly obligated and then installed. John installed Alan Gardner into the first principal’s chair, whilst Alan in turn conducted the advancement of John Eccles from the third to second principal’s office. John then effected the installation of William (Bill) Williamson into the chair of third principal. The delivery of the robe addresses saw fine performances from Chris Yates, Paul Humphries and Richard Alford as they were given to the first, second and third principals respectively.

As the ceremony drew to a close it presented the opportunity for Peter to bring warm greetings from the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison, whom Peter said would have certainly wished to congratulate the three principals and indeed all who had contributed to such a unique ceremony. Peter was highly delighted to receive notification of the charitable disbursements made by the chapter to the magnificent sum of £660, consisting of £300 to   West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, £150 to the Leonard Cheshire Disability Charity, £100 to Garstang Masonic Fellowship, £60 to Masonic sporting charities and £50 to the Garstang Boys Club.

The festive board held in the Wyrebank Banqueting Suite enabled Peter to bring his own congratulations to all the companions, especially those who had played a part in the installation convocation and was particularly pleased to have witnessed the Scorton Chapter style of ceremony which he had enjoyed immensely. Special thanks were expressed for the work done by John Helme, both in the chapter and throughout the year. Peter was particularly pleased to have the support of the Lancaster and District group vice chairman Neil McGill in his role as an acting officer but was particularly keen to praise the work undertaken by Jim Wilson, the group chairman, in making such a success of the group.

Moving on, Peter updated the companions on the latest news and initiatives of the Province. Particular emphasis was paid to the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival and how the group had been one of the first in the country to achieve grand patronage of the festival. Peter then drew the attention of his audience to the various initiatives in Royal Arch within the Province, such as the staging of the ‘Talking Heads’ initiative and the ‘Enhanced Exaltation’ ceremony, which several chapters were now incorporating in their ritual. Concluding his address Peter thanked Harry Parker and Peter Grisdale, Scribe Ezra and director of ceremonies respectively, for all their work in making the chapter run so successfully.

Following a very complimentary toast to the three principals by John Helme it was announced that the raffle had raised £162.

Article by Paul Thompson. Photographs courtesy of Stewart Aimson.

Pictured from left to right, are; Stephen Jennings, Peter Taylor, John Eccles, Alan Gardner, Bill Williamson, Neil McGill and John Helme.

Pictured from left to right, are; Stephen Jennings, Peter Taylor, John Eccles, Alan Gardner, Bill Williamson, Neil McGill and John Helme.