The installation meeting of Dalton-in-Furness Chapter No 6828 attracted the attendance of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison. Also assembling for the occasion was Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Chris Butterfield and Provincial Scribe Nehemiah David Barr, together with several other acting Provincial grand officers. Chapter member and past first principal of the chapter David Grainger (a Past Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals) added further lustre to the occasion; all under the careful direction of Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies Paul Hesketh. To accommodate in greater comfort the 70 members and guests attending, the meeting was moved from its normal venue at Dalton-in-Furness to Barrow-in-Furness Masonic Hall.
Regrettably, circumstances had conspired to prevent chapter stalwart and first principal Frank Pearson from attending. Fortunately the chapter was able to call upon the services of Geoff Waters who installed Owen Osmotherley as the new first principal in great style. Owen in turn installed Peter Dismore as his successor as second principal. It then fell to Peter to induct Steve Murray as third principal. The three installing officers also undertook the robe and sceptre addresses. They can all look back with pride on a job well done.
It fell to junior companions in the persons of Dave Baker, Mike Ramsay and Eliseo Terre to orate the readings relevant to the three chairs. They had obviously put some time in beforehand to ensure that their readings of the passages of scripture were accomplished in a very pleasing manner.
To mark the occasion, Tony was presented with a cheque for £650 in favour of the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival. The first £100 was match-funded from the Furness and South Lakeland Group charity account. This entitled the chapter to style itself as Vice Patrons of the MCF 2021 Festival and group charity steward Richard Wilcock was on hand to present a certificate acknowledging the fact.
At the festive board following the meeting, Tony addressed the assembled throng as to the importance of encouraging all Masons to complete their Masonic journey by joining the Royal Arch. He also highlighted the need to continue to support the MCF 2021 Festival. His last words were an exhortation for everyone to enjoy their Freemasonry. It was self-evident on the evening that those in attendance needed little encouragement and all were thoroughly relishing their membership of our order.