The installation meeting of the Chapter of Unanimity No 113 was conducted in a speedy manner as the three principals elect had all held their respective positions on a previous occasion. The principal guest, representing the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison was Ian Greenwood who was accompanied by Preston Group Vice Chairman Geoff Saul and acting officer Paul Astley.
After welcoming all the visitors and guests, the chapter was opened in the usual manner by the first principal Gary Norris. Following the completion of the administrative business of the chapter, the director of ceremonies Jim Gibson, announced the presence of Ian Greenwood as the representative of the Provincial Grand Superintendent. Ian entered the chapter in due form accompanied by Geoff Saul and Paul Astley to be welcomed by Gary who wished them an enjoyable evening in the chapter.
The ceremony commenced with the third principal elect, Duncan Taylor, being presented for installation by the chapter director of ceremonies. Ray Taylor, as the incumbent third principal, delivered the appropriate ritual in an excellent manner as Duncan reaffirmed his obligation regarding the office of third principal. The scripture reading and prayers were given by Gordon Pilkington and Duncan was placed in his chair of office. The process was repeated, this time with Jim Gibson presenting Ray for installation. Robert Pye, as the incumbent second principal, delivered the appropriate ritual in an equally excellent manner as Ray reaffirmed his obligation regarding the office of second principal. The scripture reading and prayers were given by Martin Slater and Ray was placed in his chair of office. The process was repeated for the second time, with Jim Gibson presenting Robert for installation. Gary Norris, as the incumbent first principal, delivered the appropriate ritual in an equally commendable manner as Robert reaffirmed his obligation regarding the office of first principal. The scripture reading and prayers were again given by Martin Slater and the ceremony concluded with Robert being placed in the chair of his office by Gary.
The scarlet robe address was given by Gary Norris, the purple robe address by Robert Pye and the blue robe address by Ray Taylor, all of whom gave praiseworthy deliveries. Jim Gibson had the pleasure of presenting Gary with a past first principal’s jewel whilst instructing him in his duties as the immediate past first principal. The ceremony concluded with Robert appointing and investing his officers for the ensuing year.
Ian rose to bring the congratulations and best wishes of the Grand Superintendent. He thanked the three principals for agreeing to return to their respective chairs wishing them well for their year in office.
Robert thanked Ian for his generous comments on behalf of the Grand Superintendent and presented him with a cheque for £113 in favour of the 2021 Festival in support of the Masonic Charitable Foundation.
Later in the evening, in response to the toast to the grand officers, Ian brought his own congratulations and good wishes for an excellent year in office. He thanked them for assisting in the progression within the chapter by agreeing to return to their respective chairs for another year. He thanked Geoff Saul and Paul Astley for their support.
Turning to the Craft tercentenary celebrations, Ian asked the companions to support as many of the events that they can. He reminded them that, although it is a Craft celebration, it is the Craft that the Royal Arch looks to for its candidates. He particularly mentioned the Preston Group’s contribution to the celebrations by way of a brass band concert to be held in Longridge in November.
He drew attention to the television programmes being broadcast relating to Freemasonry that he hoped would generate further interest in the Craft by the public. If the chapter has a candidate or is practising ritual by way of a demonstration, he urged them to incorporate the enhanced ritual into their workings. It is a ritual that has been used very successfully by other chapters as it adds so much meaning to the ritual.
Moving to the 2021 Festival, Ian thanked the chapter for the donation to the Festival made earlier. He was pleased to see so many companions wearing the Festival Jewel. He asked those members who have yet to donate to the Festival to consider doing so and to wear the Festival Jewel with pride.
He concluded by thanking Gordon Pilkington for his communications prior to the meeting and closed by asking everyone to continue to enjoy their Royal Arch Masonry.