Members of Chapter of Unity and Perseverance No 580 held their installation at Ormskirk Masonic Hall. First principal Stewart Cranage opened the convocation expertly with his companions, second principal Michael Rimmer and third principal Robert Taylor.
The companions and their visitors were treated to an excellent ceremony of installation which saw Michael Rimmer, Robert Taylor and Alan Johnson installed to office as first, second and third principals respectively.
Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Ian Cuerden was the guest of honour. Ian was accompanied by grand and Provincial grand officers Chris Hamilton, Brian Fairhurst and Frank Umbers (Ormskirk and District Group Chairman). Also in attendance were acting Provincial officers Bill Goulden PrAGSoj, Peter Lundy and Alan Jervis PrGStwd’s.
The bible readings were delivered by Chris Hamilton, Reg Porter and David Williams. The crimson robe address was presented by Barry Hewitt, the purple robe address by Michael Rimmer and the blue robe address by Mark Holloway. The ceremony was under the excellent direction of DC Trevor Tomlinson ably assisted by ADC Malcolm Serjeant.
At the conclusion of the convocation Ian brought greetings from the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison to the three principals. He also congratulated all those who had taken part in what had been a sincere and dignified ceremony.
Michael then had the pleasant task of presenting Ian with four cheques totalling £500. This included £200 to West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, £100 to Friends of Tithebarn, £100 to MNDA and £100 to Neuro Muscular Centre. He also announced that a further £300 had been raised and presented during the year; £100 to Rainbow House, £100 to Macmillan Nurses and £100 to RNIB, making a grand total of £800.
The companions retired to the festive board and enjoyed an outstanding meal of traditional Bury pudding with soft poached egg, crispy bacon and dressed leaves for starters; followed by roast apricot stuffed pork loin, served on crushed sage potato and apple puree with creamed leeks, then followed a sweet course of New York style baked blueberry cheesecake and a selection of cheese and biscuits.
In response to the toast to the Assistants to the Provincial Grand Principals, Ian gave his own congratulations to the officers and members of the chapter and bid all concerned a very happy and healthy year in office and thanked everyone for making him so welcome.