Arrowhead Chapter No 8500 was honoured and delighted to receive Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals David Randerson at their installation at Bryn Masonic Hall. Ian was accompanied by fellow officer from Supreme Grand Chapter John Roberts (who as a member of Arrowhead Chapter was on duty as Director of Ceremonies). Ian was also supported by acting Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah Jim Miller with fellow acting Provincial officer George Fletcher (PrGStdB) together with group officers David Ogden and John Selley.
It was a delight for David to witness the installation, especially as all three of the new Principals had never been through the chairs before, and each was a member of the same craft lodge, Ashton Trinity No 8821. Neil Keegan was installed as First Principal. Joe Feeney moved up a step closer on his Royal Arch journey by occupying the Second Principal’s chair, and Howard Morris attained his first chair and was installed as Third Principal. Mervyn Reeves, the outgoing First Principal, who had previously thanked the companions for their patience and assistance during his year, and with the help of John
Roberts, he, and each of the installing Principals, did superb work. It is always a delight in Arrowhead Chapter to witness their tradition of sharing as much of the work as possible. To mention but a few, there were prayers and readings by Paul O’Brien, Dave Lea, John Roberts, Tony Martin and John Mason and addresses by Tony Clark, Bob Whitney and John Barnes.
Following a fine ceremony, David was pleased to bring the greeting of the Grand Superintendent, congratulating the three Principals, and praising Mervyn and all those involved for the effort they had put in to make the event so successful, especially the Director of Ceremonies, who had managed the occasion with skill and dignity. Neil and his fellow Principals were proud to present charitable donations totalling £450: £100 to Wigan and Leigh Hospice, £150 each to MacMillan Nurses and the 2021 Festival, £100 to Derian House and £50 to Ella Together.
A fine festive board followed, enhanced by a fine rendition of the three Principals’ song by Paul O’Brien accompanied, more than once, by Les Campbell.