Members and visitors of Foundation Chapter No 5394 were most honoured to welcome Paul Andrew Renton, Deputy Grand Superintendent to their installation meeting.
The convocation was opened solemnly with a minute’s silence for David Walmsley, who had sadly passed away the previous weekend. On entering the convocation, Paul was accompanied by Colin Rowling Assistant to the Grand Principles, Gareth Jones, (South Eastern Group Chairman) and fellow grand officer Peter Muriel. Also attending were acting Provincial grand officers, David Case (Provincial Scribe Nehemiah), David Anderson (Provincial Deputy Grand DC) and Jim Hardman (Provincial Grand Steward).
The meeting, held at Urmston Masonic Hall, was well attended by other Provincial grand officers, group officers and companions.
DC Jonathan Platt presented Christian Hansford (third principal elect) who was then obligated by third principal Darren Gregory. Followed by Darren being obligated as second principal elect by second principal Howard Carr, then Howard re-affirming his obligation prior to being installed as first principal for Foundation Chapter.
The three principals having been installed, there then followed robe addresses presented by companions Norman Lowe to the first principal, Tim Burns to the second principal and Howard Lloyd to third principal.
The officers were then installed and new DC Ezra McGowan continued the ceremony in confident style. On completion of the ceremony, Paul rose to bring the congratulations and good wishes from the Grand Superintendent, Tony Harrison, wishing the three principals, their officers and companions in general, a happy and healthy year ahead. Paul said that if Tony had been present, he would have experienced an excellent ceremony and congratulated the chapter for their work during the evening.
In response, Howard rose to thank Paul for the good wishes and presented a donation by way of a cheque for the sum of £750 being made out in favour of the MCF 2021 Festival. This qualified the chapter to acquire the position Patron of the Festival, prompting Paul to then present Howard with a certificate to that effect.
Paul responded to their presentations by thanking the chapter on behalf of the charity and more over on behalf of those who we may never know who will ultimately benefit from the very kind generosity of the members of the Foundation Chapter.
The first rising brought greetings from the grand officers to which Colin Rowling responded and similarly congratulated the companions on an excellent evening.
The business of the convocation closed and was followed by a very friendly, vibrant and jovial festive board which continued into the evening
In a response to his toast, Paul, on his own behalf, congratulated the three newly installed Principals on attaining their chairs, the newly installed officers and likewise to the companions of Foundation Chapter in general on the excellent standard of the ceremony carried out throughout the evening.
Paul was pleased to see and feel that the chapter was in good spirit, with a goodly number of newly exalted companions on the ‘floor’ of the chapter and working their way towards the principle’s chairs, thus ensuring a good future for the chapter. This was very much against what had some few years ago been a complete contrast as the chapter struggled to remain viable. Paul also mentioned in some detail the new Masonic Website ‘Solomon’, which had recently been introduced as a source of information for all aspects of Craft and Royal Arch Masonry recommending that all should log on and create accounts. Thus, an excellent convocation and social board were brought to a close with the final toast of the evening.