The members and visitors of Architect Chapter No 1375, were most honoured and delighted to receive the Second Provincial Grand Principal Barry Jameson to their installation meeting, which was held at Urmston Masonic Hall.
Barry was in good company too, being accompanied by fellow grand officer, Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Colin Rowling and Provincial Grand Scribe Nehemiah David Barr together with other distinguished Provincial grand officers, group officers and visiting companions.
After opening the chapter, first principal David Benson convened the business of the chapter at which point Barry Jameson along with the other grand officers entered the convocation to be welcomed very warmly by David.
The installation ceremony then proceeded well, orated by the three principals and being well guided by stand-in director of ceremonies David Durling.
David Benson was proclaimed as first principal for the second successive year as was Andrew Makin as second principal with Malcolm Jacobs being installed as third principal, there then followed an excellent robe address given by Brian Hayes to the third 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 interesting ceremony of installation and on his behalf, congratulated the director of ceremonies David Durling and all those who took their part in the evening’s event, he also thanked all those who had taken office in the chapter.
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, Barry read out the contents which was a cheque made out to the MCF 2021 Festival for £100. Barry thanked the members praising them for their very generous donation, given the small size of the chapter.
At the first rising, Colin Rowling conveyed the greetings and good wishes on behalf of the grand officers saying that it had been an excellently performed ceremony and welcomed David into the chair as a first principal once more and wished him, and the chapter, an enjoyable ensuing year.
A very friendly and buoyant festive board continued with Brian Hayes providing wine on the occasion of his birthday. In response to the toast to the grand principals, Barry offered his own congratulations to the companions, made reference to the age of the chapter commenting that at its founding, Captain Webb became the first person to swim the channel, the US civil rights movement had been set up, the American Indians had been confined to the reservations and General Custer fought the Battle of Little Bighorn. Barry went on to exhort us to promote the Royal Arch as the culmination of the Masonic journey and encourage recruitment, finally thanking the chapter for the welcome they had extended to him.
The toasts of the evening having ended thus concluded a most enjoyable meeting.