A well-attended Carnarvon Chapter No 2376 held their installation ceremony over at Wellington Park, Leyland recently and there were over 30 companions present to see Paul Leaper installed as the chapter’s first principal.
The then current first principal, Neil Ward, opened the chapter and carried out the usual business before admitting Ian Higham, Third Provincial Grand Principal. Upon admitting Ian to the chapter room, Neil offered him his sceptre and welcomed him to Leyland. This Ian accepted before returning it saying: “thanks for the honour of offering the sceptre however, I think you will need it more than I.”
The very next business was to install the three principals. First up was Bill Swindlehurst presenting John Wrenall to the chapter as third principal elect and because John was a past principal he had only to reaffirm his obligation. Bill then went on to present both Paul Leaper and Kevin Byrne as first principal elect and second principal elect respectively.
Before long the three principals were sitting in their new office and following the end of the installation ceremony, Ian brought hearty greetings from Tony Harrison Grand Superintendent for the Province of West Lancashire. He said that if Tony had been present on the evening, he would have congratulated Neil on the manner in which he installed the new first principal. Ian then also passed on congratulations to the other principals and of course to the chapter members taking up new offices.
Before Ian had the chance to take his seat, Neil then presented a cheque to him which was written out for a sum of £750 to the Masonic Charitable Foundation’s 2021 Festival; which makes them a Vice Patron of the charity – it also means that they can now show this on their summonses and letterheads.
The Province of West Lancashire is the first Province to be invited to support the new Masonic Charitable Foundation which brings together and overarches the four main Masonic charities of the Grand Charity, Samaritan Fund, Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution and the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys. The MCF therefore supports many national charities, hospices, medical research, air ambulances and of course brethren and their dependants. Ian wholeheartedly thanked, and congratulated, the chapter for an amazing amount of money and said that he would make sure that it arrived at its destination forthwith.
Paul closed the chapter and everyone retired to the dining room where a very convivial time was had by all. Ian brought his personal greetings to the chapter and said that he had a wonderful time. He thanked Paul for his invitation to witness the ceremony and he hoped that the three principals enjoyed their year in office.
Many congratulations must go to Carnarvon Chapter on becoming Vice Patron of the Masonic Charitable Foundation.