The members of Prince Edward Chapter No 2109 were honoured and delighted to receive Barry Jameson, Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals, to their installation meeting which was held at the Moor Suite Masonic Hall in Heaton Moor.
Barry was in good company being accompanied by South Eastern Group Chairman Mike Adams and fellow Supreme Grand Chapter officer, Brian Hayes, along with acting Provincial grand steward Graham Jackson, group vice chairman Phil Gibbs and other distinguished Provincial grand officers, group officers and visiting companions.
The installation ceremony saw Colin Ellis being installed as first principal, Roy Froggatt as second principal and Brian Taylor as third principal. There then followed excellent robe addresses to the first principal, given by Bryan Lees, to the second principal by Bryan Taylor and to the third by Roy Froggatt, followed with an address to the officers of the chapter by Peter Beswick.
On completion of the ceremony, Barry rose to bring the greetings and good wishes for a prosperous and healthy year from the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison. Barry said that if Tony had been present he would have witnessed a most interesting installation and on Tony’s behalf, congratulated the installing principals and all those who took their part in the evening’s ceremony and thanked those who had taken office in the chapter.
Newly installed first principal, Colin Ellis, rose and thanked Barry for his very kind words and on behalf of the companions of the chapter presented Barry with a charity envelope and with Colin’s permission, Barry read out the contents. There were three cheques made out to the following recipients; West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity for £150, The Wellspring Kitchen in Stockport for £100 and to the North West Air Ambulance for £100.
Barry thanked the members on behalf of all those who would eventually benefit from the chapter’s most generous donations. Barry continued by saying that all chapter installations are different, this being no exception, he said this makes his position as Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals more enjoyable. Barry especially commented on his pleasure in seeing that the chapter continue the tradition of the ‘question and answer’ session between the first principal and the principal sojourner.
Before returning to his seat, Barry took a moment to pass on his own congratulations to those Royal Arch members who were present who, at Provincial Grand Chapter are to receive both provincial appointment and promotions, those being David Durling who is to receive an acting rank as Provincial Grand Standard Bearer, Peter Beswick who is to receive Past Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah and Nigel Paton as Past Provincial Deputy Grand Sword Bearer.
At the first rising, Mike Adams conveyed the greetings and good wishes on behalf of the grand officers, Mike said it had been an entertaining ceremony and was pleased to see such good support. As group chairman, he welcomed Colin into the chair as a first principal in the South Eastern Group and wished him and the companions, an enjoyable ensuing year.
A very friendly and buoyant festive board continued into the evening where Barry gave an excellent response to his toast. The toasts of the evening having ended thus concluded a most enjoyable meeting.