Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Barry Jameson had presided over the installation meeting of Ashton Trinity Chapter No 8821. But due to the illness of the first principal elect, Colin Tunstall, who had recently suffered a heart attack and required surgery, Barry was to witness, on that occasion, the installation of only the second and third principals, David Whitmore and Tony Simms. Of course, the chapter held Colin’s place open, hoping he has a full recovery. Good news followed and Colin, well on his way to full recovery, came to take his rightful place. Although not an official installation engagement, Barry took time out of his very busy schedule to attend in a private capacity as a guest of David Ogden and to witness the rest of the installation that had started two months previous.
Barry was treated to a short but delightful ceremony, with installing principal Malcolm Rush, who had extended his term of office to wait for Colin’s recovery, doing a fine job installing him in the chair. Readings and prayers were delivered by Bob Roberts and Fred Dickinson, whilst the robe address was delivered by Alan Cunliffe.
Colin then went on to invest Malcolm Rush as Scribe Ezra of the chapter, allowing George Harrison who has served the chapter loyally and efficiently in that capacity for many years, a well earned rest. When the DC informed Colin that the ceremony of his installation was complete, Barry rose and as he had done two months earlier, brought the congratulations of the Grand Superintendent.
Colin thanked him, especially for taking the time out to attend this unscheduled event, making it all the more special and enjoyable, adding that this time he had no further
cheques to offer him. On the first rising, Barry also responded on behalf of Supreme Grand Chapter and added his own personal congratulations to Colin and all those who had taken part.
Continuing with the business of the Chapter, Colin presided over a ballot for a new exaltee followed by the proposal for another, so he and his team have a busy year to look forward to.
Colin lives locally at Haydock and is an accountant with his own business, but since his illness is now planning to take a less active role. In the Craft, he is a member of Neptune Lodge No 1264 that meets in Liverpool.