At the installation meeting of Bold and St Pauls No 5459 the companions and guests, including three principals, were honoured by the presence of Third Provincial Grand Principal Ian Higham, accompanied by Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Barry Jameson.
The chapter was opened and the usual convocation business completed. The Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies David Thomas entered the chapter to announce that Ian Higham stood without and demanded admission. The principals agreed they would be pleased to admit him.
Ian processed in led by the chapter’s DC Derek Parker and ADC John Gibbon and accompanied by Barry Jameson and grand officer Colin Rowling, Widnes Group Chairman Neil Pedder, along with acting Provincial grand officers Alan Jones, Peter Blease and Tom Walsh.
Ian was warmly welcomed by the three principals David Redhead, Lewis Redhead and Stewart Parker. David offered Ian the sceptre with Ian saying as it was his first Installation this season he was a bit rusty and thought it wise to hand it back.
The ceremony commenced with David Merrill, third principal elect, being presented for installation by chapter DC Derek Parker. David was reminded of his duties and invited to recite his obligation. The scripture reading was read by Derek Williams and the prayer by Alan Pattinson. Ian Morris was invited to act as third principal.
Stewart Parker was then presented for installation as second principal elect by DC Derek Parker. Stewart was reminded of his duties and invited to recite his obligation. The scripture passages were read by Barry Jameson and the prayer by Alan Pattinson. John Baldwin was invited to act as second principal.
Lewis Redhead was then presented as first principal elect by the DC Derek Parker. He was reminded of his duties and responsibilities as a first principal before being invited to recite his obligation. The passages of scripture were read by Neil Pedder and the prayer again by Alan Pattinson.
A conclave of installed first principals was declared, during which Lewis was entrusted with the secrets of the first principal’s position and duly placed into his chair by his father David. The conclave was then closed and reopened as a conclave of installed second principals. Second principal elect Stewart, was entrusted with the secrets of the second principal’s position and duly placed into his chair by Lewis. The conclave was closed and reopened as a conclave of third principals. David was then entrusted with the secrets of the third principals position and duly placed into his chair by Stewart.
Normal chapter was reconvened and the principals were declared as being in office by the chapter DC Derek Parker. The three robe addresses were given by David Redhead, Lewis Redhead and Stewart Parker respectively. Lewis then invested his officers for the ensuing year.
Immediately following the installation ceremony Ian his own behalf and on behalf of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison, congratulated the three principals on being installed into their respective chairs and wished them health and happiness for the ensuing year. He also congratulated David, Lewis and Stewart for an excellent ceremony and also congratulated all the officers who took part.
Lewis’s first job was to present Ian with two cheques, £150 to the MCF 2021 Festival and £50 to WLFC. Ian thanked the chapter companions for their generous donation and would ensure to pass them to the recipients.
Following the installation, the companions retired to the bar for some refreshment before moving on to the festive board, which was held in the Peter W Browne Suite, for a delicious meal. There then followed a very lively evening of good food, good company and lively banter.
In his response to the toast to the grand officers Ian Higham thanked the group officers for their attendance and thanked Derek Williams for all the work he did as group chairman, He also thanked the acting Provincial grand officers for supporting him. Ian said that it was a special night as it was a father putting his son into the first principal’s chair.
Ian then brought his own congratulations to the three principals and wished them well for the coming year with a candidate for exaltation in February. Ian said that it was his view that joining Royal Arch is essential for the completion of a Mason’s journey. He made mention of the amalgamation of Bold Chapter No 7583 and St Paul’s Chapter No 5459 and said it has worked very well.
He went on the thank the chapter companions again for their generous donations made earlier. Promotion was given to the MCF 2021 Festival and urged everyone to embrace it. With regard to the tercentenary celebration, he said that everyone should try and participate in as many functions as possible.
In his closing remarks, Ian said that the Provincial Care System needs all our support and do what you can for the festival but don’t forget the WLFC. Use the provincial website to keep up to date with all events. Alan Patterson and Derek Parker along with David Thomas were given thanks for all the work that they do.
A wonderful evening came to a close with the janitor’s toast, given by the stand in janitor Paul Smyth and everyone departed for home in a very happy mood.