Egerton Chapter No 2216 maintained the status quo as the three principals were proclaimed by the stand in DC, Gareth Price. First principal Paul Newton, second principal John Shaw and third principal Stuart Shea reaffirmed their obligation to remain in office for the ensuing year.
The shorter than normal ceremony held at Elm Bank Masonic Hall was performed in the presence of Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Barry Jameson accompanied by the Eccles Group Chairman Dave Walmsley, Stuart Sutherland Boyd group vice chairman and acting officer Bill Bagnall.
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 Barry Jameson.
At the conclusion of the installation ceremony, Barry brought the greetings of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison and extended his best wishes for the ensuing year. The first principal presented Barry with a cheque for £250 in support of the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity. Before retiring Dave presented Barry with the traditional Eccles cakes as a reminder of his visit to Egerton Chapter.
During the festive board in his response to the toast to the grand officers, Barry thanked the companions for the toast to the grand officers and for associating his name with it. Having given the greetings and good wishes of Tony Harrison in the convocation he added the congratulations from Supreme Grand Chapter and in so doing, 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.
Barry said: “One would as a matter of course wish you all good health to enable you to discharge your important duties, but I say that particularly, given the challenges a number of your members have had to face during the past year. Your chairman somewhat dryly remarked that the health of the chapter was much better than the individual health of a number of its members – himself included.”
He went on to say that he 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 and David Price for their hard work in the past year on behalf of the chapter and their combined efforts in helping organise this evening’s installation.
In referring to the success of the chapter, he congratulated John Shaw on his promotion to the Provincial rank of PPrGStdB and who will be appointed at Provincial Grand Chapter in April this year. Barry said: “Tony Harrison, who was invested in a delightful ceremony at the end of July last year, is extremely keen on Royal Arch Masonry in this Province and we are delighted to have his active support.”
He went on to thank the chapter for the generous charitable donation made earlier in the evening commenting that although the ultimate recipients of the charitable aid will never be known by the membership they can be certain it will be faithfully applied and gratefully received.
In closing he thanked David Price for his help and attention prior to his visit, Dave Walmsley and that of grand officer Stuart Shea, both of whom are active members of the chapter. He also paid tribute to Dave Walmsley for his considerable efforts as chairman of the group and thanked him for his support and friendship in helping him get up the learning curve in his current role. He wished him well with his further treatment and can only respect his fortitude in dealing with his issues in such a calm and measured manner, whilst maintaining a business as normal approach with the group.
He also thanked Bill Bagnall for his support and commented that it is always encouraging to see acting officers using the privilege of their appointment and acting, not to do so would be an opportunity lost.