The members of Grassendale Chapter No 4808 held their annual installation ceremony at Woolton Golf Club, and to make it a special evening, first principal Alan Boyle was to install his brother Brian as his successor.
Alan Boyle opened the chapter with his fellow principals in step with normal custom. The initial business of the chapter thus conducted, a ballot was held for Michael Cunliffe Woolton Group Vice Chairman as a joining member. The ballot was in favour of Michael, who was then admitted into the chapter and welcomed by Alan Boyle.
Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies David Thomas entered the chapter and announced that Second Provincial Grand Principal Paul Renton stood without and demanded admission. The members and visitors were pleased to receive Paul along with grand officers Woolton Group Chairman Andrew Whittle, Peter Williams, David Hawkes and acting Provincial grand officer Doug Lace.
The three principles arose and extended a very warm welcome to Paul and Alan Boyle offered Paul the sceptre of the chapter, which he accepted and after a few words he quickly passed it back to Alan. The ceremony of installation proceeded with the three principals being very well guided by the director of ceremonies Peter Williams.
Brian Boyle was installed as first principal by his brother Alan, William Pinto was installed as second principal and Stephen Cornwell as third principal, after which they invested their officers for the coming year. The scripture readings were given by Robert James, the robe addresses were performed to a high standard by Alan Boyle, scarlet robe, Brian Boyle, purple robe and John Leisk the blue robe. The address to the chapter companions was given by the principal guest, Paul Renton.
On the conclusion of the ceremony, Paul Renton expressed the best wishes of Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison to the principals. Paul was then presented with a cheque for £200 on behalf of the chapter to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity. Following the ceremony companions and guests retired to the dining room to enjoy the festive board.
Later in the evening, in response to the toast to the grand officers, Paul said he was pleased to have the company of fellow grand officers Andrew Whittle, Peter Williams and David Hawkes, and on his own behalf he congratulated the three principals on their installation into their respective chairs, wishing them well for their year in office.
Paul then thanked the all the group officers and acting provincial grand officers who were in attendance, he then thanked David Thomas for all the work he has done and continues to do around the province. Paul concluded by thanking the chapter for their cheque which was presented earlier and was pleased to see many of the companions waring the festival jewel.
Article and pictures by Doug Lace.