The members and guests of Carnforth Chapter No 4951 were more than happy to welcome back the familiar and popular figure of Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Chris Butterfield as their principal guest at the installation convocation held at Kerneford Hall, Carnforth.
Chris had been their guest of honour at a previous meeting when the chapter had celebrated its golden anniversary and accompanying Chris on this occasion was Lancaster Group Chairman Jim Wilson together with fellow grand officers Frank Clarke and Keith Lowson who are members of the chapter. A full complement of acting Provincial grand officers was on duty for the event in the persons of Bill Williamson Provincial Assistant Grand Sojourner, John Torrance Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, together with two Provincial Grand Stewards, Alan Procter and David Smith.
A relaxed and enjoyable ceremony was on the cards as Chris Butterfield was welcomed by installing first principal Kevan Isherwood. In a delightfully conducted ceremony, Peter Thompson took the first principal’s chair for a second time with Chris Isherwood and Bob Roe being installed into the chairs of second and third principals respectively.
The robe addresses were given in an excellent fashion by Roger Nevinson to the second principal and to the third principal by Fred Frobisher. At the completion of the appointment and investiture of the chapter officers, Chris Butterfield brought the greetings of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison and gave a firm assurance that Tony would not only wish him to congratulate all the participants but would also want him to communicate his personal greetings to all who were present. At the completion of his delivery of these greetings Chris was presented with a cheque in the sum of £400 in favour of the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, which he accepted with profound gratitude.
In his remarks at the festive board, which was held in the Kerneford Hall Dining Room, Chris paid a personal tribute to the companions who had assisted in delivering an excellent and enjoyable ceremony. He made mention of a number of current issues which were presently being aired in both the Royal Arch and Craft and made use of modern technology by referring to his iPad, rather than written notes. It has been speculated that the ‘i’ in the acronym is an abbreviation of ‘installation’ but enquiries are ongoing with regard to the veracity of this claim!