Companions gathered at West Drive Masonic Hall in Cleveleys for the installation meeting of North Shore Chapter No 7916 and were treated to a most sincere and enjoyable ceremony.
The chapter having been opened by the three principals and the administration promptly dealt with, Neil MacSymons, Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies, was admitted and announced the imminent arrival of the principal guest Third Provincial Grand Principal Stanley Oldfield. Stanley then entered the chapter accompanied by Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals David Randerson and grand officer Brian Parkin, together with the Chairman of North Fylde Group Duncan Smith, Stewart Blagg, Bill Bagnall and Dave Barr.
Having welcomed the principal guest, the installing first principal Martyn Jones offered the sceptre to Stanley Oldfield who briefly held it while thanking the companions for their warm welcome and returned it to Martyn. For the purposes of the installation, Tony Ansell took the position of Scribe Nehemiah.
The principals elect Mitch Midgley-Davies (third), Mark Blundell (second) and Jonathan Moss (first) were each then presented, took their obligations and were seated to the side of the chapter. Senior companions Brian Parkin and Ken Smith assumed the second and third principals chairs for the purpose of installation. The three new principals were then robed and placed into their respective chairs during the respective conclaves.
The robe addresses were keenly delivered by David Calvert, Graham Kenyon and Ken Smith. The address to the three principals was in the expert hands of director of ceremonies Frank Cameron. The officers of the chapter were invested and at the conclusion of the installation ceremony Stanley Oldfield brought the congratulations and best wishes of Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison to the new principals and their newly invested officers.
He also thanked David Brooks, who had earlier welcomed as a joining member into the chapter his father, George Brooks and special praise was given to Martyn Jones and Frank Cameron for their contributions.
A cheque was presented to Stanley on behalf of the chapter companions for the amount of £400 payable to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity which was gratefully received by the principal guest. The chapter was then closed and all retired to the festive board.
Speaking in response to the grand officers’ toast, Stanley Oldfield again complimented the chapter members on a fine ceremony. He gave thanks to Neil MacSymons for his work and also congratulated Duncan Smith on his forthcoming promotion to United Grand Lodge. He reminded the companions of the Provincial Grand Chapter meetings and encouraged attendance at these events. Stanley concluded with a reminder to us all to seek out new candidates so that chapters will go from strength to strength.
Responding for the Provincial officers, Stewart Blagg complimented the chapter members for the great amount of work they had done to ensure the success of the meeting and offered his congratulations to Frank Cameron and Martyn Jones.
A raffle for charities raised the magnificent sum of £175. The companions were then treated to a rousing rendition of the song to the three principals delivered by John Darrell, accompanied by David Brown. Following this, the janitor’s toast which was proposed by group secretary Alan Lock concluded an excellent occasion which was enjoyed by all.