At the installation meeting of Widnes Chapter No 2819, over 40 companions assembled in the McCausland Suite to witness the installation of Brian Magin as first principal. They were honoured by the presence of the Deputy Grand Superintendent Danny Jones.
The chapter was opened by first principal Paul Smythe, second principal Brian Magin and third principal Arthur Jones. After the usual business was completed the director of ceremonies Bill Bushell announced that Danny Jones stood without and demanded admission. Danny processed into the chapter accompanied by Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Barry Jameson, Jim Miller PrDGScribeN, Alan Jones PDGSwdB George Fletcher PrGStB and Widnes Group Chairman Neil Pedder PPrGReg. Danny and his accompanying entourage were warmly welcomed by the three principals. Paul then offered Danny the sceptre who said there was plenty of work to do and as he had not been to any practices he hastily returned it.
The ceremony commenced with Tony Tallon, third principal elect, being presented for installation by DC Bill Bushell. Tony was reminded of his duties before being invited to recite his obligation. The scripture reading was read by John Gibbon (Widnes Group Vice Chairman). John Alderson acted as third principal. Arthur Jones was presented for installation to the second principal by the chapter DC. Arthur was reminded of his duties and invited to recite his obligation. The scripture reading was read by Neil Pedder. Tommy Newton acted as second principal. Brian Magin was then presented for installation as the first principal elect, again by the DC. Brian was reminded of the duties and responsibilities of a first principal before being invited to recite his obligation. The scripture reading was read by Barry Jameson.
A conclave of installed first principals was declared, during which Brian was entrusted with the secrets of the first principal’s position and duly placed into his chair by Paul Smythe. The conclave was then closed and reopened as a conclave of installed second principals. Second principal elect Arthur Jones, was entrusted with the secrets of the second principal’s position and duly placed into his chair by Brian. The conclave of second principals was closed and reopened as a conclave of third principals with Tony Tallon being entrusted with the secrets of the third principal and was duly placed into 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 Gillespie (scarlet robe), Peter Jones (purple robe) and Brian Boothroyd (blue robe) all of whom gave an excellent rendition. A faultless address to the principals was given by Brian Metcalfe. The installation ceremony concluded with the address to the chapter companions given by Jim Miller.
At this point, Danny was presented with a cheque for £300 for the MCF 2021 Festival, he thanked the companions of Widnes Chapter for their generosity. He then brought the congratulations and best wishes of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison to the three principals; Paul Smyth for the sterling way he installed his successor and gave special thanks to DC Bill Bushell and ADC Brian Boothroyd for standing in at short notice as Neil MacSymons (Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies) was unable to attend, and for the way they had overseen an excellent ceremony.
Following the installation ceremony, the companions retired to the Alan Locke Suite to enjoy the festive board with the good company of companions old and new. After the toast to his health, Danny responded by bringing his own congratulations to the three principals, the installing first principal Paul Smythe, for an excellent ceremony and Steve McNee for his invaluable help. He also gave thanks to Barry Jameson, Jim Miller, George Fletcher and Alan Jones for all the support they give him.
He congratulated the recently appointed group chairman Neil Pedder and vice chairman John Gibbon. He then went on to mention that this province is the first to hold a festival in support of the newly formed Masonic Charitable Foundation with £1,000,000 being raised to date.
Before the evening came to an end it was announced that the chapter had donated £100 to the Forget-Me-Not Trust which is run by Freemasons who offer support, food, clothing, bedding and other items to the homeless.