Andrew takes the chair

The installation meeting of Silver Jubilee Chapter of Installed First Principals No 8818 took place at the Southport Masonic Hall and was attended by over 50 companions who witnessed Andrew Rushton, installed as first principal by his predecessor Charles Paton.

Pictured from left to right, are: George Andrews, Andrew Ruston and Peter Ridehalgh.

Pictured from left to right, are: George Andrews, Andrew Ruston and Peter Ridehalgh.

Andrew, a member of the chapter since 1999 has held the office of almoner for several years, and followed as assistant director of ceremonies. He was also first principal in West Lancashire Chapter No 1403 in 1998.
After the initial business of the chapter had been conducted, the chapter DC Mark Sergeant announced that the representative of the Provincial Grand Superintendent, Christopher Hamilton, Past Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals was outside and requested admission. Charles announced that the chapter would be very happy to receive him.

The principal guest was then admitted accompanied by Paul Renton, Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals; Colin Jenkins (Southport Group Chairman) as well as other Supreme Grand Chapter and companions of acting Provincial rank.
Charles offered a very warm welcome to Christopher, who is also a member of the chapter and the distinguished guests and hoped that everyone would have an enjoyable evening.

The three principals elect were then presented to each of the principals in turn by the DC to mark the start of the installation proceedings with Andrew being installed as first principal, Peter Ridehalgh, as second principal and George Andrews, as third principal.

As membership to the Silver Jubilee Chapter of Installed First Principals, is only open to companions who have previously been through the chair a shortened ceremony is worked asking that the principals reaffirm their past obligations. Derek Cadwallader invested the incoming second principal and Mike Copland invested his successor as third principal.

As you would expect from past principles the robe addresses were expertly delivered by the respective outgoing principals to their successors.

At the conclusion of the installation ceremony, Christopher rose to convey congratulations and best wishes on behalf of the Grand Superintendent, Tony Harrison, to all who took part in producing a wonderful ceremony performed by all. He then wished the three principals an enjoyable year urging them to keep up the quality of the ritual that the Jubilee Chapter is known for.

Andrew then presented two cheques each for £150 to Christopher in favour of West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity and SSAFA the Armed Forces charity.

With the chapter closed all the companions retired to the festive board for another great meal where the celebrations continued and £147 was raised by the raffle which was donated to the Southport Masonic Hall Foundation.

The three principals (centre) surrounded by distinguished guests.

The three principals (centre) surrounded by distinguished guests.