The members of Stanley of Bickerstaffe Chapter No 3511 held their installation meeting at Ormskirk Masonic Hall and were honoured by the presence of Stanley Oldfield Third Provincial Grand Principal. Stanley was accompanied by Paul Renton Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals, Frank Umbers (Ormskirk and District Group Chairman) and Robert Wright PrDepGDC. Also in attendance were acting officers Bill Goulden PrAGSoj, Peter Lundy and Alan Jervis PrGStwd’s.
First principal Garry Parr opened the convocation expertly with his companions; second principal Gary Evans and third principal Keith Parr. The companions of the chapter and their visitors were then treated to an excellent ceremony of installation, which saw Gary Evans, Keith Parr and Ian Tupling installed to office as first, second and third principals respectively.
The bible readings were delivered by Ray Tompsett, Malcolm Sandywell and Peter Graham. The crimson robe address was presented by Tony Prior, the purple robe address by Michael Sheron and the blue robe address by David Paton. The ceremony was under the excellent direction of DC Greg Pinnington and ably assisted by ADC Ray Tompsett.
Stanley Oldfield brought warm and cordial greetings from the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison and stated that he had seen a marvellous and wonderful ceremony of installation. He congratulated the principals on taking up their respective offices and he likewise congratulated all of the companions in undertaking their new offices. On behalf of Tony, he wished everyone a successful and fulfilling year.
Gary Evans then presented an envelope containing two cheques to Stanley, who asked permission to open the envelope to read the sums being presented, pointing out that he always erred on the side of caution having once received an envelope containing an ‘IOU’. To everyone’s hilarity, on opening the envelope it contained an explanation that said as soon as the treasurer received a new cheque book from the bank, the following charitable donations would be made; £350 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity and £100 to Friends of Tithebarn. Once the laughter had died down, Stanley thanked the companions for their generosity.
Following on at the festive board, Stanley gave his own congratulations to the principals and officers of the chapter and bid all concerned a very happy and healthy year in office. He also thanked the chapter secretary for his invitation and said that he had had a wonderful time.