The companions of King’s Chapter No 3101 held their annual installation ceremony in the Egyptian Suite at Liverpool Masonic Hall. After opening the chapter, the first principal Peter Williams congratulated David Kemp on his well-deserved promotion to Past Provincial Grand Sword Bearer at the Provincial Grand Chapter meeting held at Southport. Assisting Peter at the opening were Gary Jones and Vic Albin as second and third principals respectively.
The chapter was pleased to welcome Michael Radcliffe Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals as the premier guest for the evening. Michael was accompanied by Liverpool Group Chairman Sam Robinson and Haldane Eccles, both of whom are grand officers and members of King’s Chapter.
Following pleasantries, the installation ceremony proceeded with Gary Jones installed as first principal, Terry Willis as second principal, with Richard Edmondson (who, unfortunately, was unable to be present), to be installed as third principal at a later date. Peter Williams performed the red robe address while Gary Jones did that of the purple robe, following which Peter invested his officers for the forthcoming 12 months. Sam Robinson gave the address to the chapter almoner and Bob Jones and presented him with the new almoners guide, while the address to the Principals was rendered in due form by Brian Pierpoint. The evening ran so smoothly in no small measure thanks to the efforts of the Director of Ceremonies Peter Morris
Michael Radcliffe brought the greetings of the Provincial Grand Superintendent, wishing them good luck, good health, and good fortune. Gary Jones, as his first duty, presented to Michael a cheque for £200 in favour of the West Lancashire Freemasons Charities.
On completion the companion’s retired to the banqueting suite for a magnificent festive board at which Michael expressed his own good wishes and congratulations to the newly installed principals and officers. He reminded the companions of the need for communication and commitment as important factors in maintaining a successful chapter but also encouraged engagement with the ‘outside community’ as a key to widening the general understanding of the good works that Freemasonry undertakes. He was confident that the obvious skill and dedication evident from the Masonic credentials of the three new principals would ensure that the chapter had a promising future and would enjoy an excellent year under their leadership.