The installation meeting of the Holy Royal Architect Chapter No 314, which took place on Shrove Tuesday, was reminiscent of the delightful picture by Breughel that also typified the festivities culminating in the placing of three new principals in the chairs of this historic chapter.
This chapter is the second oldest chapter in the Province and the oldest in the Preston group having been founded in 1803. The companions came together to celebrate a most joyous occasion prior to Lent.
First principal, Malcolm Wharton installed his successor Simon Hore in the presence of the Third Provincial Grand Principal Stanley Oldfield and Ian Cuerden Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals. Also present were Stephen Bolton Preston Group Chairman and several senior officers of Supreme Grand Chapter including the Past Grand Superintendent Peter Hosker. Robert Irwin was installed as second principal and Colin Talbot as third principal.
Coincidentally, for the first time in the chapters known history, all its principals had previously been exalted not only in other chapters, but also in Provinces other than West Lancashire.
Pivotal to the proceedings were the efforts of the ADC David Williams ably assisted by Bill Huck, who also addressed the three principals; the address to the companions being delivered by Stanley Oldfield. Thanks were recorded to David Thomson, for his arrangements and it was also suggested that the chapter might be blessed in the future with an influx of younger companions who would ensure its continuing success.
At the festive board the delightful repast, somewhat indecently over indulgent considering the forthcoming lenten austerity, had as its main course ‘game pie’ for which the chef Alistair deserved full congratulations.
Stanley Oldfield whilst congratulating the three principals also made mention of forthcoming promotions and appointments in Provincial Grand Chapter, notably those of the DC Bob Graham being promoted to Past Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah and Stephen Bolton to Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer.
Simon Hore responded to the toast to the principals with considerable aplomb and the prospect of a good forthcoming year in the chapter was self-evident.