Members and visitors alike of Urmston Chapter No 1730 were most honoured and delighted to welcome Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Barry Jameson to their installation meeting. On entering the convocation, Barry was accompanied by fellow grand officer and group chairman Mike Adams along with acting Provincial grand officers Tony Hall, (Provincial Scribe Nehemiah) and Peter Lockett, (Provincial Grand Sword Bearer). The meeting held at Urmston Masonic Hall, was in good attendance by other provincial grand officers, group officers and companions.
The installation ceremony commenced with the chapters’ scribe Ezra Terry Marney, who having stood in as the acting director of ceremonies for the evening, proclaiming that the three principals were to remain in their respective positions, Robert Williamson as third principal, Peter Harding as second principal and Neil Stackhouse as the first principal and indeed, the other respective chapter officers were to remain in their respective positions for the ensuing remainder of the year.
On completion of the ceremony, Barry rose to bring the congratulations and good wishes from the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison, whereas on his behalf, wishing the three principals, their officers and companions in general, a happy and healthy year. Barry said that if Tony had been present, he would have experienced a good ceremony and congratulated those individuals of the chapter for their work during the evening.
Barry went on to say that although it will be the very sad intention of the chapter companions to close and surrender their warrant at the November 2015 meeting, it should not be seen to be a sad occasion, but more a celebration of the happy life of what has been in its many years since January 1883, a very fine chapter. Barry said that it was his intention to be in attendance at that meeting to ensure that this was to be remembered and to celebrate its proud outstanding record of history.
In response, Neil rose to thank Barry for the good wishes and presented a donation by way of cheque for the sum of £150 being made in favour of the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity.
Barry responded to the presentation by thanking the chapter companions on behalf of the charity and moreover, on behalf of those who we may never know who will ultimately benefit from the kind generosity of the members of the chapter.
The first rising brought greetings from the grand officers to which Mike Adams responded, who similarly congratulated the companions and concurred with Barry’s comments and in addition said that the next meeting of the chapter will be more a celebration of the chapters’ existence.
With the business of the convocation closed, it was followed by an excellent festive board which continued into the evening where Barry offered his own congratulations to the chapter companions and expressed his pleasure to be in attendance at the installation and was delighted to experience the warm welcome he had received.
In part of Barry’s response, he said that the Grand Superintendent had asked him to specifically offer his thanks and good wishes to the members of the chapter as they go through the process leading to the handing in of the chapter warrant, he said that Tony was particularly concerned that each of the members continued to enjoy their Royal Arch Freemasonry, albeit in a different chapter.
The final toast of the evening having been made, it concluded an enjoyable chapter meeting.