Egerton Chapter No 2216 was honoured to welcome three principle guests to their installation meeting held at Elm Bank Masonic Hall. Those attending were the Second Provincial Grand Principal Paul Renton accompanied by Barry Jameson Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals and Barrie Crossley Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies. Also attending were acting officers Peter Blease and Stuart Boyd group vice chairman and Dave Walmsley group chairman.
On arrival, Dave presented not one, but three packets of the traditional Eccles cakes to the guests to which they expressed their thanks and were looking forward to consuming them for their supper.
First principal, John Shaw opened the convocation expertly with his companions. The companions of the chapter and their visitors were treat to an excellent ceremony of installation which saw Stuart Shea installed as first principle, David Hamilton Hall as second principle and David Hill as third principle in fine style under the supervision of acting director of ceremonies Gareth Price.
The bible readings and individual prayers were expertly delivered by Dave Walmsley.
The crimson robe address was excellently presented with warmth and sincerity by grand officer Dave Walmsley. The purple robe was delivered by Gareth Price and the blue robe by Colin Dixon.
The address to the three principals was given by Gareth Price and the address to the companions was graciously given by the chapter’s honoured guest Paul Renton.
At the conclusion of the installation ceremony Paul brought the greetings of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison and extended his best wishes for the ensuing year. He congratulated the principals on taking up their respective offices, and wished everyone a successful and fulfilling year.
The first principal presented Paul with a cheque for £250 in support of the MCF 2021 Festival.
The happy mood continued at the festive board with an atmosphere of fraternity and friendship. In his response to the toast to the grand officers, Paul extended his own congratulations to the principals and officers of the chapter and bid all concerned a very happy and healthy year in office. He also thanked the chapter for his invitation and said that he had had a wonderful time. He thanked the companions and colleagues in office, for their service in the past year and for taking on the responsibilities for a further year, in this fine chapter.
He went on to say that he had enjoyed the ceremony of installation and particularly the way in which the chapter was opened which added colour and dimension to the ceremony. He also thanked Gareth Price for his hard work in the past year on behalf of the chapter and their combined efforts in helping organise this evenings installation.
Paul expressed his delight to see so many companions wearing the festival jewel and ties to celebrate the start of the 2021 Festival and recommended that companions make every effort to attend some of the forthcoming events to celebrate 300 years of Freemasonry.
He concluded by thanking Dave Walmsley, Barry Jameson and Barrie Crossley for their company and also to the acting officers for their support.
Article and photographs by Tom Fredrickson.