The installation meeting of Old Masonians West Lancashire Chapter No 7702, to install Stephen Wallace into the first principal’s chair, was well attended by over 30 members and guests. The chapter was opened in the traditional style by Alan Blackstone, the installing first principal and the usual administration was undertaken.
The principal guest was Assistant to Provincial Grand Principals Barry Jameson, along with grand officer Dennis Rudd and acting Provincial grand officers, including David Durling, John Aiken, Lee Marsh accompanied Andy Barton (group chairman) were admitted in true ceremonial style. Other officers of Provincial Grand Chapter were also present including Malcolm Caldwell and Chris Gleave (group vice chairman).
Alan welcomed Barry and all of the grand and provincial grand officers present, saying he was delighted and honoured to receive so many high ranking distinguished guests and hoped they all would have a most enjoyable evening.
Steven Wallace was then installed as first principal of the chapter, by the installing and retiring first principal Alan. Due to unforeseen circumstance the second principal was not able to be present and would be installed at a later date. Derek Houghton was installed as third principal, in true traditional form.
The robe address to the first principal was given by Peter Gore and the robe address to the third principal was given by Eric Miller.
Following an exemplary ceremony, Barry on behalf of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison, congratulated the two principals on being installed in the chairs of the chapter and wished them good health and happiness for an enjoyable year in office. He went on to congratulate Alan as installing first principal and Darren Brown as director of ceremonies.
John Rutland delivered the address to the officers and Barry delivered an exemplary address to the companions of the Chapter.
Stephen presented Barry with several cheques for a total of £400, which included donations to The Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys £200, British Heart Foundation £100 and Warrington Masonic Hall £100. Barry thanked Stephen for the most generous donations, saying it was a credit to all the members who had generated such a magnificent amount for charity. He stated it would give him great pleasure in forwarding the donations to the beneficiaries, and thanked everyone on their behalf.
Following the ceremony everyone enjoyed an excellent three course meal at the festive board provided by the Masonic hall catering staff.