The members and visitors of Architect Chapter No 1375 were most honoured and delighted to receive Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Barry Jameson to their installation meeting which was held at the Urmston Masonic Hall.
Barry was in good company, being accompanied by fellow grand officers Mike Adams, group chairman and Brian Hayes along with acting Provincial Grand Standard Bearer Peter Blease and other distinguished Provincial grand officers, group officers and visiting companions.
After opening the chapter, first principal Malcolm Jacobs efficiently convened the business of the chapter after which point Barry Jameson along with the grand and the acting Provincial grand officer entered the convocation to which Malcolm gave Barry a very warm welcome.
The installation ceremony then proceeded with much ceremonial panache orated by the three principals and being well guided by the director of ceremonies Gareth Jones. David Benson was installed as first principal for the second time in his chapter career, Andrew Makin was installed as second principal and Michael Tonge as third principal, there then followed excellent robe addresses given by Brian Hayes to the first and third principals and by Malcolm Jacobs to the second principal.
On completion of the ceremony, Barry rose to bring the greetings and good wishes for a prosperous, healthy and enjoyable year from the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison. Barry said that if Tony had been present he would have witnessed a most rich and interesting ceremony of installation and on Tony’s’ behalf, congratulated the installing first principal Malcolm and the director of ceremonies Gareth Jones and all those who took their part in the evening’s event, he also thanked all those who had taken office in the chapter.
Newly installed first principal, David Benson rose and thanked Barry for his very kind words and on behalf of the chapter companions presented Barry with a charity envelope and with David’s permission he read out the contents which was a cheque made out to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity for £150. Barry thanked the members on behalf of all those who would eventually benefit from the chapter’s very generous donation.
At the first rising, Mike Adams conveyed the greetings and good wishes on behalf of the grand officers, Mike said it had been a most entertaining well performed ceremony and was pleased to see such good support and in particular from members of Foundation Chapter No 5394. As group chairman, he welcomed David into the chair as a first principal of the South Eastern Group and wished him, and the chapter, an enjoyable ensuing year.
A very friendly and buoyant festive board continued into the evening where, in his response to the grand principals, Barry offered his own congratulations to the companions, similarly, he concurred with the comments of the evening of being a good ceremony and thanked the chapter for the welcome they had extended to him.
In his response to the toast to the grand officers, Barry touched on numerous subjects relating to the forthcoming four year festival, the tercentenary, the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity and its continued support. Barry said he was totally aware and very appreciative of the synonymous charitable giving emanating from the South Eastern Group.
Barry reminded the companions of the special enhanced exaltation presentations that, as we were aware had not only been presented in the South Eastern Group but soon to be repeated again in the adjoining Eccles Group. Barry also mentioned the Talking Heads presentation which is to be hosted by Barlow Moor Lodge No 4525 in the South Eastern Group in March 2017. The toasts of the evening having ended thus concluded a most enjoyable meeting.