The installation ceremony of Monton Chapter No 6361 was held at Elm Bank Masonic Hall with a good number of companions in attendance witnessing a very relaxed and most enjoyable ceremony. The principal guest was Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Barry Jameson, accompanied by Eccles and District Group Vice Chairman Stuart Boyd and acting Provincial officer Bill Bagnall (PrDGReg).
The three principals; first principal Alan Brown, second principal John Brailsford and third principal David James, were installed in a very sincere and happy manner with excellent renditions of the ceremony by the officers of the chapter. The robe addresses to the first, second and third principals were presented by Ian Edge, Alan Brown and John Brailsford respectively.
At the conclusion of the ceremony Barry took his cue to rise and bring the congratulations and greetings from the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison to the new principals and the officers of the chapter. He said how much he had enjoyed ‘a splendid installation ceremony’ and wished the chapter every success for the year ahead. Barry was then presented with a cheque for £200 in favour of the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, to which he gratefully received on behalf of the recipients to whom we may never know.
Following the meeting 16 companions retired to enjoy good companionship and an excellent festive board which raised £130 for charities. Barry responded to the toast to the grand officers and thanked the companions of Monton Chapter for their kind hospitality. He went on to bring his own personal congratulations and good wishes to the new principals and to the members of Monton Chapter for the forthcoming year. He said how impressed he had been with the ceremony.
He went on to say that innovations were currently being trialled for Royal Arch chapter ceremonies and that exciting enhancements were being made which would make membership of chapter even more enjoyable. This led him to underline the importance of the three ‘Rs’ of recruitment, retention and retrieval which gave existing companions even more reasons for encouraging Craft Masons who were not yet members of the Royal Arch to join.
He spoke too about the importance of caring for the Masonic halls and how we must support them. Barry also spoke about the need to support Masonic charities. He reminded companions that the Provincial website was the ideal place to visit to see what Masons were doing over a wide spectrum of activities. He concluded by thanking the chapter companions for their hospitality and for the support he had received from the group and acting officers.