Carnforth Chapter No 4951 was delighted to welcome Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals David Randerson as the representative of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison at its installation convocation held at Kerneforde Hall, Carnforth. Accompanying David on this auspicious occasion were fellow grand officers Christopher Band, John Robson, Frank Clarke and Keith Lowson, together with acting Provincial officers Neil McGill, Jim Richards and Stephen Jennings.
Due to illness, the first principal elect Chris Isherwood was unable to attend the installation convocation, so the current first principal Chris Brown volunteered to stay in the chair until Chris Isherwood was well enough to resume his rightful place. Despite this unfortunate turn of events, the installation was conducted with great distinction. To much acclaim Peter Thompson installed Phil Newby into the chair of second principal, while Fred Frobisher installed Jim Stewart into the office of third principal.
With Chris staying in the first principal’s chair, there was no requirement for the appropriate robe address; however the robe addresses to the second and third principals by Roger Nevinson and Fred Frobisher respectively were of the highest quality. At the conclusion of the ceremony, David Randerson rose to give the traditional greetings and congratulations of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison and in the process thanked Chris for staying in office a while longer while Chris Isherwood recovers from his treatment. David stated that he was certain that had Tony been present he would have expressed his delight at the performances of all who took part and wished the chapter every success for the coming year. At this point, David was presented with two cheques totalling £400, comprising £300 to the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival and £100 to Carnforth Masonic Hall. David thanked the chapter for its generosity.
At the festive board, David brought his own congratulations to the companions who had assisted in delivering an admirable and enjoyable ceremony and then moved on to offer his thanks for the support shown by the many grand and acting Provincial officers in attendance, as well as the company of Lancaster group vice chairman Neil McGill.
In the body of his address, David talked about the three F’s; ‘Future, Festival and Fun’. The ‘Future’ for the Royal Arch is looking good, for with the assistance of the enhanced ceremony of exaltation and the introduction of the pop-up banner, which will be appearing in all the Masonic halls across the Province shortly, the message of informing all Masons of the meaning, importance and beauty of the Royal Arch, is getting stronger.
It was hoped that the companions would whole heartedly support the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival as it was very important to make this festival a success in order to allow the MCF to continue in their good work and especially since the Province of West Lancashire gets over £1 million each year in help.
The final topic ‘Fun’ should be at the forefront of all we do; it is so important to remember to smile and enjoy our Masonry. We should look at opening up our Masonic halls to the community and show the public that we are proud of what we stand for.
In conclusion David thanked a number of the officers of the chapter, namely Bill Harwood, Roger Nevinson and Alan Procter for all their assistance in making the installation such a successful occasion, with further thanks proffered to the ‘little guy with the camera’, group publicity assistant Stewart Aimson.
The raffle at the festive board raised the magnificent sum of £144.
Article by Paul Thompson.
Photographs courtesy of Stewart Aimson.