It was back in December 2016 at the installation meeting of Ashton Trinity Chapter No 8821 at Bryn Masonic Hall when the principal guest, Ian Cuerden, PAGSoj, Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals, was delighted to receive a substantial donation to the MCF 2021 Festival. The donation was such as to qualify the chapter as patrons of the festival, and Ian was delighted to present a certificate in recognition of the achievement, especially as it was the first chapter in the Province to achieve this status.
Move on 12 months, and the chapter was honoured by the presence of Ian Higham, Third Provincial Grand Principal, as the principal guest at the installation ceremony. The honoured guest was again delighted to receive a donation in favour of the MCF 2021 Festival for a further £1,000. The significance of this donation was missed at the time, but that amount in fact qualified the chapter as grand patron, once more, probably the first in the Province to do so. As a result, Ian Cuerden returned to the chapter at its next regular convocation to put matters right and present a Grand Patron Certificate. Unfortunately, first principal Kenny Hatton was unable to attend due to illness, and the imeadiate past first principal Tony Simms stepped in with co-principals Geoff Shepherd and Bill Petterson to receive the accolade. Tony is the charity steward and festival representative, so his receipt of the certificate was apt. Also, in attendance was Chris Reeman (group charity steward) with fellow group officers David Ogden and John Selley.
Ashton Trinity Chapter is a vibrant and successful chapter, with 64 members and regular candidates. Ian and the other guests were treated to a fine exaltation ceremony, with master Mason Chris Williams, from Bryn Lodge No 6553, joining the swelling ranks.