Glenn returns as first principal

When Glenn Hornby installed his successor into the first principal’s chair at Hesketh Chapter No 986 one year ago to the date he wasn’t, at that time anticipating a return to the first principals chair so soon, if at all. As it was, an opportunity arose to return and Glenn took it without question, showing his commitment and dedication to the Royal Arch.

Pictured from left to right, are: The three principals Neal Atkinson, Glenn Hornby and David Topping.

Pictured from left to right, are: The three principals Neal Atkinson, Glenn Hornby and David Topping.

The chapter was opened by the three principals lead by Andy Sumner and he welcomed all members and visitors to the meeting. The business of the chapter was executed without much ado and Andy’s next formal welcome was to Anthony (Tony) Hall Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals into the chapter room. Tony replied by saying that he had been looking forward to the meeting for such a long time and that he was very grateful for the warm welcome he received. Tony was accompanied by Leyland Group Chairman Chris Blackwell, together with six acting Provincial grand officers.

The business to install the three principals went ahead and before long there were three principals sitting in their respective and new offices. Glenn Hornby as first principal, Neal Atkinson as second principal and David Topping as third principal. Once the officers for the ensuing year had been invested and with Andy handing over the charter and book of constitutions the installation ceremony was complete. This was the point when Tony stood and on behalf of Tony Harrison, the Grand Superintendent for the Province of West Lancashire, congratulated and bid the three principals well, also thanking Andy Sumner for his year in office and congratulating him on the manner in which he installed his successor.

Glenn’s first official duty was a very pleasant one which entailed presenting a number of cheques to Tony written out to charity. These cheques would be forwarded onto the recipients at Tony’s earliest convenience and he thanked the members of Hesketh Chapter on behalf of the recipients stating that he was certain that they would be faithfully applied. The cheques were for £125 to Derian House Chorley, £125 to St Catherine’s Hospice Lostock Hall and £220 for the MCF 2021 Festival Fund. Tony exclaimed that these were tremendous amounts considering that we all give to charity collections in our Craft lodges too.

Before long the meeting came to an end with Glenn closing the chapter; members and visitors then retired to the dining room. Later Tony brought his own personal greetings, wishing Glenn and his colleagues a happy and healthy year in office.

An impromptu photo call with Glenn (centre) surrounded by various grand and acting Provincial grand officers.

An impromptu photo call with Glenn (centre) surrounded by various grand and acting Provincial grand officers.