Setantia Chapter of Installed First Principals No 7755 celebrated its 41st installation ceremony and had Past Deputy Grand Superintendent Steven Reid as the principal guest. He was accompanied by the current Deputy Grand Superintendent Danny Jones, the Second Provincial Grand Principal Paul Renton and the Third Provincial Grand Principal Ian Higham. They were supported by Assistants to the Provincial Grand Principals, Ian Cuerden and Anthony Hall, acting Provincial grand officers, Jim Miller, Rey Morris, Stephen Holcroft, Paul Astley, Richard Frazer-Bastable and Gowan O’Hagan, the Preston and Leyland Groups Chairmen, Stephen Bolton and Christopher Blackwell.
Before opening the chapter, the first principal David Harrison, welcomed all the visitors to the installation meeting of the chapter. Having confirmed the minutes of the last regular meeting, a ballot took place for the entry of six new joining members to the chapter. The ballot proving successful, David had the pleasure of welcoming them as members.
The director of ceremonies Mike Threlfall, retired from the chapter and on return, announced the presence of the Deputy Grand Superintendent accompanied by the Past Deputy Grand Superintendent the Second and Third Provincial Grand Principals and Assistants to the Provincial Grand Principals. They were supported by other grand and acting Provincial grand officers.
After Steven had taken his place as the principal guest of the evening, David announced the next item was to install the three principals for the ensuing year. The ceremony was performed in a speedy and efficient manner that commenced with Mike Threlfall duly presenting the third principal elect David Hickman, to the current third principal Alan Cunliffe. Alan invited David to reaffirm his obligation to the duties of third principal before, with due ceremony, placing him in the chair of his office. Mike Threlfall continued by presenting the second principal elect Malcolm Bell (Snr), to the current second principal. Bob invited Malcolm to reaffirm his obligation to the duties of second principal before, again with due ceremony, placing him in his chair of office. Finally, Mike duly presented the first principal elect David Winder, to the first principal David Harrison. David Winder was invited to reaffirm his obligation to the duties of first principal before, with due ceremony, he was placed in the chair of his office. The proceedings culminated with an address to the three principals, given in an excellent manner by Joe Collier.
Following the investiture of officers, the installation ceremony concluded with the address to the companions given by the principal guest Steven Reid.
Steven then brought the congratulations and good wishes of the Grand Superintendent Anthony Harrison. On his behalf, he reminded the principals to, above all, have an enjoyable time in their respective chairs. He concluded by wishing the chapter well for the future.
David thanked Steven for his kind and generous comments on behalf of the Grand Superintendent and presented two charity cheques from the chapter, the first for £250 in support of the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity and the second for £750 in support of the 2021 Festival. In return, Steven thanked the members of the chapter for their very generous donations and presented the chapter with a certificate recording their position as a Vice Patron of the Festival.
Later in the evening, in response to the toast to the grand officers, Steven thanked David and said that some people join Freemasonry and just do the three Craft degrees. Others, who are more curious, take the next step and join the Royal Arch. Progressing to the first principal’s chair ultimately leads to membership of Setantia Chapter of Installed First Principals, a chapter that is blessed with manifold numbers of senior members of the Province.He was pleased to see so many companions attending to support the three principals wishing them well in their enjoyment of the Royal Arch.
He thanked the chapter for their very generous donation in support of the 2012 Festival. He encouraged the members to support the many activities associated with the Festival as it is not only the charity side of the Festival but also the engagement of people sharing in enjoyable activities.
He concluded by thanking the companions for their attention to what he had to say and wished them well in their continued Masonry.
To further swell the charity funds a ‘Chorley Raffle’ was held under the direction of Bob Norris who skilfully managed to extract a further £250 from the companions.
In response to the toast to the three principals, David Winder thanked David Harrison for his good wishes and generous comments regarding the three principals. He thanked Steven for his attendance, saying what a pleasure it had been to have a companion with such an immense reputation as the principal guest.
He thanked Mike Threlfall and Geoff Saul for all the work they do in support of the chapter with a special thanks to Joe Collier for his exemplary delivery of the address to the principals. On behalf of the chapter he thanked, Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals, Tony Hall for his work as the chapter scribe Ezra after standing in at such very short notice.
He concluded by informing the brethren that the extra meeting of the chapter will be held at Bryn Masonic Hall in February. He asked companions to; if possible, invite a friend who is not a member of the Setantia to come along as their guest. The object of the visit is to introduce the chapter to a wider catchment area with a view to cultivate further interest in the chapter.