Second Provincial Grand Principal Peter Elmore on his first visit to Urmston Masonic Hall was accompanied by Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Barry Jameson, South Eastern Group Chairman Mike Adams and a plethora of grand principals to witness the installation of Eddie Wilkinson as first principal of Foundation Chapter No 5934. Also attending were acting officers Tony Hall, David During and Provincial Deputy Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies Neil MacSymons.
First principal Steve Hayes opened the proceedings in Chapter. Neil MacSymons announced that Second Provincial Grand Principal Peter Elmore was without and demanded admission to which Steve replied that he would be pleased to admit him.
In welcoming Peter and all the dignitaries to the chapter, Steve extended his welcome to all members and guests. Peter thanked Steve and offered his thanks to all those present.
Steve requested David Poppitt to assist him by occupying the second principals chair, Ezra McGowan to act as third principal and Chris Knowles to act as Scribe Nehemiah, which they all accepted saying they would be delighted to assist.
Jonathan Platt then presented Peter Stockton, Denis Tierney and Eddie Wilkinson as the three principals elect to be installed into their respective chairs. Then followed an excellent ceremony performed by Steve and his officers when all three were then installed according to ancient custom.
The robe address to Eddie as first principal was undertaken by Howard Carr, the second principal robe address was delivered to Denis by Mike Sincup and the third robe address to Peter by Christian Hansford.
Immediately following the installation ceremony, Peter, on behalf of Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison congratulated the three principals on being installed into their respective chairs and wished them health and happiness for a good year. He also congratulated Steve for an excellent ceremony which was delivered with sincerity incorporating his own unique style of humour.
Eddie presented Peter with a charity donation of £200 to West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity and £100 to Urmston Masonic Hall to which Peter duly thanked the chapter for their generosity.
Following the convocation 40 members and guests retired to enjoy the delights of the festive board.
In his response to the toast to the grand officers, Peter brought his own congratulations and good wishes to the companions of the chapter. He commented on how impressed he was with the renovation of the building and that this was his first visit to Urmston Masonic Hall and how important it is to maintain our Masonic halls.
Perter commented on the high standard of the ceremony and that it was good to see some of the drama brought back into Royal Arch which will encourage brethren to advance their Masonic knowledge. He commended that brethren should make an effort to visit the Talking Heads presentation which gives an explanation of what Royal Arch is about.
He said that the Foundation Chapter is in a healthy state and that it was good to see so many junior companions progressing through the offices but not to become complacent and work on marinating the interest of the companions. Peter said that 60 percent of brethren in the Province are not in Royal Arch and that there is work to do to improve that percentage.
In conclusion, Peter thanked Neil MacSymons for his work in ensuring that the evening went well and also the companions for the hospitality shown to him and his colleagues from Grand Chapter.
In his response, Eddie expressed how proud he was to be in such a thriving and enthusiastic chapter and that he was looking forward to the year ahead and looking to implement some new ideas to maintain the interest of the companions. He concluded by thanking Steve Heyes for the immense work that he puts into the chapter to maintain the high quality of work that is produced and also to all the companions for their support.