The installation meeting of Barrow Chapter No 3928 held at Barrow-in-Furness Masonic Hall proved a convivial and comradely occasion. Making his way to the north of the Province for the occasion was principal guest Third Provincial Grand Principal Ian Higham. Ian was accompanied by Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Chris Butterfield, along with Chris’s predecessor in that role David Grainger.
Acting Provincial grand officers Peter Quirk, Paul Thompson, Steve McClintock and Dennis Laird added further lustre to the occasion with Barrie Crossley being pressed into action to ensure that due process and decorum was observed.
After opening the chapter, first principal Paul Heavyside stood aside to let Tony Cassells undertake the responsibility of installing David Dryden as Paul’s successor. Tony and David are long standing friends, with David’s exaltation into the Royal Arch being proposed by Tony.
The work of Tony was not only accurate but, more importantly, it was carried out with great feeling and obvious pride. There were smiles aplenty both on the faces of Tony and David and those who were simply observers. Tony also undertook the robe and sceptre address to David.
Fledgling first principal David then installed Mick Lacey as his replacement as second principal with Mick then performing a similar task as David Ingham took over from him as third principal. All three played their part well in what proved to be a delightful installation ceremony.
Two of the scripture readings were undertaken by junior members Allan Ritchie and Danny Moyes. They had obviously not just turned up on the evening to simply read them out as they orated them with great dignity. Allan Wilson and George Manderson were called into action to perform the robe addresses in respect of the second and third principals.
To mark the occasion David Dryden presented Ian with a cheque for £250 in favour of the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival. The first £100 of this was match-funded with a donation of £100 from the group charity account, taking the total to £350.
Following the ceremonial part of the evening the convivial atmosphere was continued as a very tasty three course meal was enjoyed in the Fairfield Suite of the hall. It was especially pleasing to see that when the visiting first principals were called upon to take wine with the newly installed three principals, eight of them stood to honour and enjoy that privilege.