Second Provincial Grand Principal Barry Jameson received a very warm welcome at Scorton Chapter No 5791 when he attended their installation convocation at Wyrebank, Garstang, as principal guest.
Barry was equally delighted to have the company and support of fellow grand officers Christopher Butterfield, Keith Jackson and David Thomas. They were joined by Lancaster and District Group Vice Chairman Scott Devine and acting Provincial grand officers Andrew Bartlett, Chris Larder and Peter Pemberton.
The ceremony saw William (Bill) Williamson take the scarlet robe of first principal, John Helm the purple robe of second principal and Stephen Parker the blue robe of third principal, all of whom had held the offices on a previous occasion and which served to make the ceremony a comparatively short affair.
However, the robe addresses were excellently given by companions who had not yet reached the principals’ chairs – a situation that augurs well for the chapter in future years.
The address to the first principal was given by Chris Yates, that to the second principal by Robert Bradshaw and the address to the third principal by Richard Alford.
As the ceremony drew to a close after the appointment and investiture of officers for the coming year, it marked the cue for Barry to bring to the chapter the greetings of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison. Barry said that it was clear that careful preparation had paid dividends in producing such a delightful ceremony, of which the Grand Superintendent would have been justifiably proud. On Tony’s behalf he thanked the principals for again coming forward to hold the fort and allow more inexperienced companions to move up the ladder of officers. He thanked the immediate past and installing principal Andrew Gardner for all his efforts, both during the ceremony and over his year in office and went on to wish all the companions a really enjoyable year and the chapter continued success.
Barry was delighted to receive notification of disbursements to charities and good causes totalling more than £700, which he said for a comparatively small chapter was fabtastic. The donations included £100 to the MCF 2021 Festival, £100 to Garstang Masonic Fellowship, £100 to St John’s Hospice, £100 to Trinity Hospice and £120 to Cancer Care Preston.
At the festive board held in the Wyrebank Banqueting Suite, Barry was pleased to bring his personal greetings to the companions and congratulations to all who had taken part in the ceremony. He said that it was really encouraging to see companions now on the ladder and wished them well for the future.
In his response to the toast to the health of the grand officers, Barry emphasised the continued importance of supporting the MCF 2021 Festival and thanked the chapter for their generous donation. He also stressed the need to encourage brethren to consider joining the Royal Arch before looking at any other Order or side degree, in order to complete their Masonic Craft journey. We must, he said, also ensure that we help companions to understand the Royal Arch ritual and to enjoy their Royal Arch Masonry, which the new enhanced ceremony of exaltation had certainly helped to achieve.
The principals’ song was superbly delivered by Bob Tinsley accompanied by Keith Jackson and the raffle made the excellent sum of £135 for the Garstang Masonic Hall refurbishment fund.