The companions of Stanley of Bickerstaffe Chapter No 3511 held their installation convocation at Ormskirk Masonic Hall and on this occasion they were honoured by the presence of Tony Hall Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals representing the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison.
Tony was accompanied by grand officers Frank Umbers (Ormskirk and Bootle Group Chairman and a member of the chapter) and Roy Pyne. Also in attendance were acting Provincial officers: Derek Midgley PrGStwd, George Fletcher PrGStdB, Richard Frazer’ Bastaple PrGStdB and Reynell Morris PrPGSoj.
First principal, Keith Parr, opened the convocation expertly with his companions; second principal Geoff Lever and third principal Mike Sheron.
The companions of the chapter and their visitors were treat to an excellent ceremony of installation which saw Geoff Lever, Mike Sheron and Ian Tupling installed into office as first, second and third principals respectively; all under the watchful eyes of DC Greg Pinnington who was ably assisted by ADC Ian Clarke.
The bible readings and individual prayers were expertly delivered by Ian Clarke, Ray Tompsett and Peter Graham.
The crimson robe address was excellently presented with warmth and sincerity by grand officer Roy Pyne. The purple robe was delivered by Malcolm Sandywell and the blue robe by newly installed master of Lodge of Harmony No 580 Tony Prior; both with great confidence.
At the conclusion of the installation ceremony Tony brought warm and cordial greetings from Tony Harrison, and stated that he had seen a wonderful ceremony of installation. He congratulated the principals on taking up their respective offices, Keith Parr on the excellent way he had installed his successor, the DC and ADC for their professionalism and he likewise congratulated all of the companions in undertaking their new offices. On behalf of Tony, he wished everyone a successful and fulfilling year.
Charity steward Walter Lyon, then presented an envelope containing two cheques to Tony, who asked permission to open the envelope to read the sums being presented. The charitable donations were £300 to the MCF 2021 Festival and £50 to Friends of Tithebarn. Tony thanked the companions on behalf of the ultimate recipients for their generosity.
The happy mood continued at the festive board with a delicious three course meal of deep fried breaded brie with cranberry dip, for the main course roast sirloin of beef, Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes and seasonal vegetables, and for dessert lime curd meringue tart with vanilla; followed by tea, coffee and mints.
Following this Tony gave his own congratulations to the principals and officers of the chapter and bid all concerned a very happy and healthy year in office. He also thanked the chapter for his invitation and said that he had had a wonderful time.
Article and photos by Barry Hewitt.