The companions of Lindsay Chapter No 1335 were honoured and delighted to receive Second Provincial Grand Principal Peter Elmore to their installation at Hindley Masonic Hall. Peter was accompanied by fellow officers from Supreme Grand Chapter including Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Ian Cuerden together with Bill Smith (PGStdB). They were supported by acting Provincial officers; Ian Higham (who was on duty as Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies), Tony Hall (PrGSN), John Aitken (PrPGSoj), Derek Ishmael (PrAGDC) and Bob Duff (PrGStwd), together with Vice Chairman of Wigan Group Geoffrey Porter.
The chapter was opened for business by first principal Derek Kerr, John Bimpson as second principal and Joe Higham standing in as third principal. The chapter being opened, the first principal asked all companions to stand for a moment in memory of Harold Wood who had passed to higher service since the last meeting. The usual chapter business then being completed, the distinguished guest was welcomed by the principals.
On entering the chapter, Peter was offered the sceptre by Derek which he received, only to quickly return it, commenting that he had heard on the grapevine that Derek had practised hard over the summer months, so he considered it was better back in his hands. This in fact proved to be the case, as Derek went on to give a polished and dignified performance installing his successor, John Bimpson as first principal, that was worthy of the praise he later received from the honoured guest. John went on to install Joe Higham as second principal and Joe installed Geoff Harman as third principal.
The ritual used involved a number of lengthy addresses which Derek delivered to perfection. The readings were given by Paul Liptrot, whilst Keith Woodall delivered the crimson robe address, Terry Dickinson delivered the purple robe address and the blue robe addresses, as well as the address to the three principals and David Norris gave the address to the officers. Peter Elmore, as expected, gave a faultless address to the companions.
After John was safely installed and the officers duly appointed and invested, Peter stood to bring the greetings of the Grand Superintendent, who he said, would have been delighted to witness such a ceremony and particularly the work done by Derek, David Mallon as DC and Terry Dickinson both as scribe E and in delivering the three addresses in such fine fashion. Peter went on to thank the new first principal John Bimpson, second principal Joe Higham and third principal Geoff Harman for taking office and congratulated them on their appointments, as well as all the companions who had taken part.
John thanked Peter for his kind comments and was proud to present charitable donations totalling £450; £250 to West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity and £200 to Hindley Masonic Properties Ltd, a remarkable amount for such a small chapter. John is an experienced Mason having been in the chair of Holmes Lodge No 2708 in 2011.