Over 40 companions and guests of Thornton and Cleveleys Chapter No 3854 gathered at Cleveleys Masonic Hall for the annual installation convocation.
Representing the Grand Superintendent on this occasion was Sam Robinson, Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals, supported by Jack Coates, North Fylde Group Chairman Duncan Smith and group vice chairman Peter Greathead, together with acting Provincial grand officers Bob Boal, Juan Topping and Phil Bolton.
The chapter was opened for business by first principal Umesh Dholakia, second principal Mark Mallinson and acting third principal Ron Fenton. Due to the ill health of the director of ceremonies Eric Peat, a more than capable companion stepped in at short notice to cover this position, namely Alan Fairhurst.
The three principals elect were then presented in turn by Alan Fairhurst to mark the start of the installation proceedings, with Mark Mallinson installed as first principal, Ron Fenton installed as second principal and Roger Lloyd Jones as third principal. The installing officers were Roy Howells, Mike Lamerton, Jack Coates and Umesh Dholakia.
The robe addresses were delivered in a confident and assured manner by Peter Dunn, Mark Allen and Bill Acton. The address to the three principals was expertly delivered by John Topping and the address to the outgoing first principal was also well executed by Steve Heginbotham. Following this, Sam Robinson delivered an assured address to the companions of the chapter.
At the conclusion of the installation ceremony, Sam brought the congratulations of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison, wishing the three principals well during their coming year in office. He congratulated all who had taken part in the ceremony.
After Sam’s comments, Mark presented him with a cheque for £1,500 to the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival. Sam responded by complimenting the chapter on raising such a magnificent sum, and gave thanks on behalf of the recipients.
The companions were then treated to a sumptuous festive board and a most entertaining response to toast three by Sam Robinson. The toast to the three principals was given by Umesh Dholakia, and the song to the three principals was rendered by Hugh Mett. In response Mark thanked all who had made the evening such a special one for him.
A raffle raised £192 for charities, and at the conclusion of a most enjoyable evening the janitor’s toast was given by John Liversidge.