Sure and Stedfast steps forward

The Sure and Stedfast Chapter of Temperance and Felicity No 9326, were absolutely ecstatic in having grand officer, Roy Pyne, as the principal guest for their installation ceremony. The chapter was opened in a most proficient manner by first principal Peter Guy, ably assisted by his fellow principal John Bruffell as second and Christopher Bruffell as third principal. The companions stood in departed merit in respect of Geoffrey Case, a past first principal to the chapter for two consecutive years, 2013 and 2014. A resident of the Isle of Man, his demise came without warning whilst on holiday abroad, accompanied by his wife.

Roy Pyne (left) and Steve Walls.

Roy Pyne (left) and Steve Walls.

On concluding the remaining standard business of the chapter, Roy Pyne was welcomed into the room, escorted in by DC, James Kontzle, and his assistant Edward O’Hare. Accompanying Roy on this occasion was fellow grand officer Steve Walls and the Liverpool Group Chairman Bob Povall.

The installation this year took on an unusual format with Peter Guy remaining as first principal for the year, while father and son, John and Christopher Bruffell reversed roles. Christopher was advancing into the second chair, while father John reverted to the third chair. For the purpose of the ceremony itself Raymond Parkins occupied the chair of second principal, while Geoffrey Cuthill took that of third. During the ceremony the reading for third principal was undertaken by Graeme Edwards, whilst those for a second principal were recited by David Crowley.

John Bruffell gave the purple robe address to son Christopher, which was reciprocated with Christopher giving the blue robe address to his father.

At the conclusion of the installation, Roy brought the congratulations of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison, wishing the three principals well during their coming year in office and congratulated all who had taken part in the ceremony.

The convivial atmosphere continued at the festive board with Roy remarking that the buzz of conversation bore witness to companions particularly enjoying their Royal Arch Masonry. In his after dinner address he said he had been very impressed with the ceremony and especially the work done by the DC, James Kontzle. He further remarked on how Geoff Cuthill had ably stepped into the breach left by his predecessor, Geoffrey Case, as janitor, who sadly, had passed away so recently. Roy, having already expressed the greetings of the Grand Superintendent, took the opportunity to give his own, and spoke, amongst other things, about the Tercentenary celebrations and the services to be held in Lancaster and Warrington to which Masons and their families were cordially invited. The importance of charity, which has always been close to Roy’s heart, was reinforced with particular emphasis on the forthcoming MCF 2021 Festival, in which it was hoped every companion would at least become a steward.

Pictured from left to right, are: Roy Pyne, Chris Bruffell, Peter Guy, John Bruffell and Steve Walls.

Pictured from left to right, are: Roy Pyne, Chris Bruffell, Peter Guy, John Bruffell and Steve Walls.