At the installation meeting of Widnes Chapter No 2819 the chapter companions and guest were honoured by the presence of the Second Provincial Grand Principal Paul Renton as their principal guest. He was accompanied by Widnes Group Chairman Derek Williams and they were supported by acting Provincial grand officers Alan Jones PrDGSwdB and Peter Blease PrGStdB.
The chapter was opened and the usual business completed. The director of ceremonies Bill Bushell announced that Paul Renton stood without and demanded admission. Paul was then admitted into the chapter and was warmly welcomed by the three principals Brain Boothroyd, Paul Smythe and Brian Magan. Brian Boothroyd offered Paul the sceptre which he returned saying that they had much work to do and he would prefer to observe.
The ceremony commenced with Alan Jones, third principal elect, being presented for installation by the chapter DC Bill Bushell. Alan was reminded of the duties before being invited to recite his obligation. The scripture reading was given by Tom Newton and the prayer by Brian Boothroyd. Brian Metcalf acted as third principal
Brain Magan was in turn presented for installation to the second principal by the chapter DC. Brian was reminded of his duties and invited to recite his obligation. The scripture reading was given by Peter Kenny and the prayer by Brain Boothroyd. Brian Tilley acted as second principal.
Paul Smythe was then presented for installation as the first principal again by the DC. Paul was reminded of the duties and responsibilities of a first principal before being invited to recite his obligation. The scripture reading was given by Brian Tilley and the prayer again by Brian.
A conclave of installed first principals was declared, during which Paul was entrusted with the secrets of the first principal’s position and duly placed into his chair by Brian Boothroyd. The conclave was then closed and reopened as a conclave of installed second principals. Second principal elect Brain, was entrusted with the secrets of the second principal’s position and duly placed into his chair by Paul. The conclave was closed and reopened as a conclave of third principals with Alan being invited to return to the chapter. Alan was then entrusted with secrets of the third principal’s chair and duly placed in his chair. The conclave was closed and all companions invited to return to the chapter. The principals were declared as being in office by the director of ceremonies.
The three robe addresses were given by Ian Gillesby, Peter Jones and Ron Brown and the address to the three principals given by Alan Lowe, all of whom gave praiseworthy performances. Paul presented Brian with a past first principal’s jewel as recognition of his time in the principals’ chairs. The installation ceremony concluded with the address to the chapter companions given by the principal guest Paul Renton.
Paul then rose to bring the congratulations and best wishes of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison and congratulated the principals, particularly the work of Brian Boothroyd, in installing his successor into the first principal’s chair and also thanked him for all the work he had done during his year of office. He then thanked the DC Bill Bushell on the way he had overseen a faultless ceremony.
Following the convocation the companions retired to the Peter Brown Suite to enjoy an excellent festive board. In response to the toast to his health Paul congratulated all the companions who had taken part in a very successful ceremony. He then gave a small question and answer session to encourage companions to asked questions so as to encourage companions to have a better understanding of the Royal Arch. He also recommended chapters to adopt the enhanced ritual.