The members of Prince Edward Chapter 2109 were honoured and delighted to receive Barry Jameson, Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals, to their installation meeting which was held at the Davenport Hotel in Stockport.
Barry was in good company being accompanied by South Eastern Group Chairman Mike Adams and fellow Supreme Grand Chapter officer Brian Hayes, along with an array of Provincial grand officers comprising; Tony Hall (Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah), David Durling (Provincial Grand Standard Bearer and South Eastern Group Vice Chairman), Peter Lockett (Provincial Grand Sword Bearer) and Michael Harrison (Provincial Grand Steward), along with group officers, distinguished Provincial grand officers and visiting companions.
The grand and acting Provincial grand officers having taken their seats, the installation proceedings immediately commenced where the first principal Colin Ellis requested that the principal sojourner Bob Barker take position in the first principals chair for the continuation of the installation, Bob suitably attired himself and took that position. Bob continued the ceremony in an exemplary manner by addressing and re-obligating each of the three elected incoming principals in what was a clearly a self rehearsed fashion, Bob then vacated the position and passed back to Colin for him to continue.
The installation of the principals saw Roy Froggatt being installed as first principal, Brian Taylor as second principal and Bryan Lees as third principal. David Durling gave an excellent address to the officers of the chapter followed by a very heartfelt address to the companions given by Barry.
On completion of the ceremony, Barry stood to bring the greetings and good wishes for a prosperous and healthy year from Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison. Barry said that if Tony had been present he would have witnessed a most interesting installation and on Tony’s behalf, congratulated the work of all those who took their part in the evening’s ceremony and thanked those who had taken office in the chapter.
Newly installed first principal Roy rose and thanked Barry for his very kind words and on behalf of the chapter companions presented Barry with a charity envelope and with Roy’s permission, Barry read out the contents. There were three cheques made out to the following recipients; West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity for £100, The Wellspring Kitchen in Stockport for £100 and to the North West Air Ambulance for £100. Barry thanked the members on behalf of all those who would eventually benefit from the chapters’ most generous donations. Barry continued by saying that all chapter installations are different, this being no exception, he said this makes his position as an Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principal more enjoyable.
At the first rising, Mike Adams conveyed the greetings and good wishes on behalf of the grand officers, Mike said it had been an entertaining ceremony and was pleased to see such good support. As group chairman, he welcomed Roy back into the chair as first principal for a second time in his Royal Arch career and wished him and the chapter companions, an enjoyable ensuing year.
A friendly festive board continued into the evening where Barry gave an excellent response to his toast and touched on the subjects of The Masonic Charitable Foundation, the tercentenary, West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, the enhanced exaltation ceremony, of which, he said, one had been recently given in the South Eastern Group and of course the Talking Heads presentation, of which Barry said had already given provision of a successful insight for Craft members to have an introduction into Royal Arch membership. Barry said he would be delighted to attend and be involved in such a meeting if one were to be hosted in a South Eastern Group lodge.
On a final note, Barry passed on his own best wishes to the companions of the chapter and wished them all a happy and healthy year ahead, Barry said although Bob Barker had an important reason to vacate the installation meeting for a family related celebration and so was unable to be present at the festive board, Barry said it would be remiss not to mention a note of congratulation towards Bob for the excellent work he showed in the chapter during the evening. Barry concluded his toast with a not entirely apt Oscar Wilde quotation, where he said that those who bring pleasure wherever they go also bring pleasure when they go, which of course brought a rapture of applause with humour.
On conclusion of Barry’s toast, Tony Hall responded on behalf of the Provincial officers. Tony said the evening was representative of a sincere and for him, a memorable evening, he was impressed with the laughter, numerous funny stories and as he called it ‘micky taking’ at the festive board and looked forward to attending again at some point in the future. The toasts of the evening having ended thus concluded a most enjoyable meeting.