The companions and visitors of Fermor Hesketh Chapter No 1350 met at Litherland Masonic Hall for the installation of David Smith as their new first principal, at which the companions were pleased and honoured to have the presence of Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Samuel (Sam) Robinson at his first engagement in his new official role following his promoted.
Sam was accompanied into the chapter by the Bootle Group Vice Chairman John Marsden, along with Mike Thompson PrAGDC and Roy Pyne PGStdB.
After Sam was warmly welcomed by the three principals to the chapter, the installation ceremony commenced with the three principals being temporarily replaced. Derek Finney replaced Tom McVeigh as first principal, Brian Davies replaced David Smith as second principal and Graham Williams replaced Richard Edmondson as third principal for the obligations.
David Smith was installed as the first principal by Tom McVeigh and Richard Edmondson was then installed as second principal by David. Kenneth Meath was then installed as the third principal by Richard, all three having been installed in an excellent manner.
The ceremony was under the expert direction of chapter ADC Brain Cunliffe who carried out his duties with a sense of ease. The first reading was undertaken by Derek Finney, with the second and third readings being presented by Albert Armitage; all of which was clear and concise and added greatly to the ceremony.
Tom McVeigh presented the first principal’s robe address, with David Smith delivering the second principal’s robe address and Richard Edmondson undertaking the third principal’s robe address, again all in a warm and sincere manner.
After the appointment of the officers, the addresses were then presented to the three principals, officers and companions of the chapter respectively by Brian Davies, Brian Cunliffe, Roy Pyne and Tom Lovett, all in their usual confident manner.
At the conclusion of the ceremony Sam brought greetings from the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison, congratulating the three principals and all the members of the chapter for the excellent and enjoyable ceremony. David responded by thanking Sam for his kind words on behalf of the companions of the chapter.
David then presented Sam with a cheque on behalf of the chapter for £75 for the Litherland Masonic Hall, with Sam thanking the companions for their generosity in the donation and for their support towards the hall.
Following the convocation the members and guests retired to enjoy the delights of the festive board.