The installation meeting of Old Masonians West Lancashire Chapter No 7702 to install Andrew Wilson into the first principal’s chair was well attended by over 30 members and guests. The chapter was opened in the traditional style by Stephen Wallace the installing first principal and the usual administration was undertaken.
James Miller, the principal guest and Provincial Scribe Nehemiah, was admitted in true ceremonial style and accompanied by grand and Provincial grand officers including Dennis Rudd, Andy Barton (group chairman) and Peter Blease.
Stephen welcomed James and all of the grand and Provincial grand officers present, saying he was delighted and honoured to receive so many high ranking distinguished guests, wishing them all a most enjoyable evening.
Andrew Wilson, Derek Houghton and Eric Miller were presented for installation into their respective chairs. Andrew was then installed as first principal, Derek was installed as second principal and Eric as third principal, in true traditional form.
The robe address to the first principal was given by Stephen, the second address by Andrew and the third address by Derek.
Andrew then invested his officers for the ensuing year. Mike Williams provided the address to the three principals, John Rutland gave the address to the companions in office and James Miller delivered the address to the companions of the chapter.
Following an exemplary ceremony, James on behalf of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison, congratulated the three principals on being installed into their chairs in the chapter and wished them good health and happiness for an enjoyable year in office. He went on to congratulate Stephen, immediate past first principal for his work during the evening and over the last 12 months, also Darren Brown as director of ceremonies.
Andrew presented James with several cheques totalling £500, which included £300 to the Tercentenary Appeal, £100 to the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys and £100 to the Warrington Masonic Hall.
James thanked Andrew for the most generous donations, saying it was a credit to all the members who had generated such a magnificent amount for charity. He stated it would give him great pleasure in forwarding the donations to the beneficiaries and thanked everyone on their behalf.
Following the ceremony everyone enjoyed an excellent festive board provided by the Masonic hall catering staff. The collection plate raised £70 and a raffle was held which generated a magnificent sum of £93 for charity.