The principal guest at the installation meeting of Grange Chapter No 1715 was Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Colin Rowling. Colin was accompanied by group vice chairman Gary Rogerson, along with eight acting Provincial grand officers in the persons of David Barr, Peter Quirk, Paul Thompson, John Roxborough, John Goodrum, Dennis Laird, Brian Griffiths and Mike Silver.
They were able to witness an excellent ceremony with outgoing first principal Scott McMillan setting the tone as he delivered a sterling performance in installing David Ozanne in his stead. The good work was continued by David as he installed Alan Telford as second principal who in turn ensconced Past Second Provincial Grand Principal Chris Band into the chair of third principal.
The robe and sceptre addresses were undertaken in an excellent manner by Bob McMillan, Allan Wilson and John Telford, Bob and John, being the fathers of Scott and Alan respectively. The scripture readings were orated in fine style by junior companions Jeff Edginton, John Martin and Alex Lowe.
To mark the occasion, Colin was presented with a cheque for £700 along with a form from the relief chest for a further £300 in favour of the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival. This entitled Grange Chapter to style themselves as Vice Patrons of the Festival and group charity steward Richard Wilcock was on hand to present a certificate confirming the achievement. The first £200 of the donation was match funded with a cheque for £200 from the Furness and South Lakeland charity account which was also presented by Richard.
Following the convocation, a delightful festive board of pate, chicken in a white wine and mushroom sauce, followed by cheese and biscuits was enjoyed. Subsequent to the toast to the health of the three principals Bob McMillan serenaded them with a superb rendition of the principals’ song.
During the evening Colin paid tribute to the efforts of scribe Ezra David Jopling and director of ceremonies Nigel Higginson in ensuring that the installation meeting had been so successful.
The meeting will long be remembered by the visitors who were treated to superb ritual, a friendly welcome and an engaging atmosphere.
Article and photograph by Mike Silver.