Wonderfully warm Makerfield welcome

The companions of Makerfield Chapter No 2155, warmly welcomed the Third Provincial Grand Principle Stanley Oldfield, Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principles Ian Cuerden, acting Provincial officers; Stewart Blagg Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah, Deputy Provincial Assistant Director of Ceremonies Paul Hesketh, Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies Arthur Robinson and Provincial Grand Steward David Case, to their installation meeting.

Ian Boardman (left) and David Edwards.

Ian Boardman (left) and David Edwards.

Stanley was supported by Leigh Group Chairman Malcolm Parr, Leigh Group Vice Chairman Len Hart, Stanley Littler Brown Past Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra along with other distinguished officials and guests to the installation ceremony of Ian Boardman into the first principles chair.

From the dimmest dawn of history, man has marked events of importance with song, parade, and solemnity. When a king was crowned, this activity made an impression on the people making it a much talked about and widely publicized event throughout the entire district. The installation of the three principles to a Royal Arch Chapter may be one of the most important events in the lives of the new officers. It should be marked with splendour, dash and pageantry. A wedding may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so is becoming the first principle for the first time is also a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It should be celebrated with the importance, dignity and colourful display it so richly deserves.

Ian’s wife of 41 years is Dianne and together they have two children, Natalie 34 and Stuart 32. Enjoying growing fruit and vegetables on their allotment takes up a great deal of their leisure time, although holidays coming a close second; the next trip is in April being a cruise from Singapore to Japan. Ian has only worked for one company, that being Royal & Sun Alliance. He retired in 2010 after 40 years service working in Liverpool, Manchester and Hong Kong.
Ian’s extensive Masonic career began when he was initiated into Birchwood Lodge No 8861 in the Warrington Group on 1 December 1986 becoming its worshipful master in 1996, 2007 and 2011. He has served as its assistant secretary, secretary and is currently the director of ceremonies, a position he has held since May 2013. He was exalted into Makerfield Chapter on 1 October 1992 but resigned due to work commitments in 1996 rejoining the chapter in December 2010.

Back row David Finlay, Ian Boardman, John Thomson, Front row Gerry English

Back row David Finlay, Ian Boardman, John Thomson, Front row Gerry English

Chapter director of ceremonies David Finlay worked tirelessly in the preceding months and weeks assembling a team capable of maintaining the high standards that the chapter has enjoyed for many years and the practice that the team had put in showed, resulting in a superbly polished performance as scripture readings, prayers and addresses to the brethren were read out with suitably dignified solemnity by: Andrew Boardman scripture reading to third principle, Matt Ryan prayer to third principle, Frank Laird Scripture reading to second principle, Wayne Barnes prayer to second principle, Ian welsh scripture reading to the first principle and with David Gordon-Williams reading the prayer to the first principle. The robe addresses to the first second and third principle were carried out with accuracy by, respectively, David Finlay, Brian Honey and David Taylor. Bob Duff recited the address to the three principles in a superb manor.

At the end of the installation Stanley Oldfield congratulated Installing first principle David Edwards on carrying out an exemplary ceremony which he and the other companions thoroughly enjoyed. Stanley wished Ian, Gerry English second principle and John Thompson third principle good health for the coming years work. He also complemented David again on assembling the team which gave junior companions the opportunity to take part in the ceremony.

Stanley Oldfield with David, Ian and Gerry.

Stanley Oldfield with David, Ian and Gerry.

He then proceeded to explain to the appreciative companions the import and meaning behind some of the more complex passages of scripture that had been heard earlier during the installation ceremony. Ian looking comfortable and assured in his new position, rose and thanked Stanley for the kind words, presenting him with cheques to: Derian House £50, Rainbow House £50, Leigh Group Charity £50, West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity £315.

Stanley thanked Ian for the most generous donations, saying it was a credit to all the members who had generated such a magnificent amount for charity. He stated it would give him great pleasure in forwarding the donations to the beneficiaries and thanked everyone on their behalf.

Continuing with the business of the chapter, two Supreme Grand Chapter Certificates were presented in a most excellent and detailed manner to the chapters newest Royal Arch Masons, Matt Ryan and Wayne Barnes.

At the conclusion of the convocation a fine festive board was enjoyed by the companions, Stanley again rising to congratulate David Finlay (DC) on the marvellous work, commenting particularly on the measures that had been taken to accommodate Gerry throughout the ceremony in a particularly inclusive manner that ensured his participation with an enthusiasm that shone through.

Pictured from left to right, are: Paul Hesketh, Arthur Robinson, David Case, Joe Hine, Ian Cuerden, Stanley Oldfield, David Edwards, Gerry English, Ian Boardman, Malcolm Parr, Stewart Blagg, Len Hart.

Pictured from left to right, are: Paul Hesketh, Arthur Robinson, David Case, Joe Hine, Ian Cuerden, Stanley Oldfield, David Edwards, Gerry English, Ian Boardman, Malcolm Parr, Stewart Blagg, Len Hart.