Daniel (Dan) Crossley was installed as first principal at the installation convocation of Rowley Chapter No 1051 in a dignified and friendly ceremony attended by their principal guest for the evening, Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Barrie Crossley. One would be forgiven for thinking the two were related, but despite the jokes going around that Barrie was Dan’s father, it is only their surname that links them.
Barrie was joined by Lancaster and District Group Chairman Neil McGill, grand officers Keith Kemp, Jim Wilson and Frank Clarke, together with six acting Provincial grand officers, namely Gary Rogerson, Alastair Davidson, Richard Routledge, Bernard Snape, Simon Hore, and Doug Smith.
The chapter was opened by installing first principal Anthony (Tony) Woof Jackson and as soon as the standard business of the chapter was finalised the director of ceremonies Doug Willoughby entered the chapter to announce that an Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals was without and seeks admission. Tony welcomed Barrie to the chapter and hoped he enjoyed the installation convocation. In reply Barrie said he was delighted to be here and was looking forward to an enjoyable evening.
In what Barrie later described as ‘an excellent ceremony’, Daniel donned the scarlet robe of first principal, Phil Irving the purple robe of second principal and Paul Mason the blue robe of third principal.
The robe addresses to the three principals were skilfully presented by Paul Seacy to the first principal, Paul Morgan to the second principal and Peter Pemberton to the third principal.
As the ceremony of installation came to a close it marked the opportunity for Barrie to bring the greetings of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison. Barrie said that he was sure that Tony would have been extremely pleased with the quality of the proceedings and would have congratulated the three newly installed principals, the DC and the ADC Adrian Gifford for the work they had done today and indeed to all who had taken office in the chapter. Specific mention was made of the ‘two junior companions who had delivered the robe addresses Paul Seacy and Paul Morgan and the more mature companion Peter Pemberton’, which brought a smile to everyone’s faces.
Barrie was pleased to receive notification of a donation of £750 made by the chapter to the MCF 2021 Festival, which entitled them to be awarded a certificate celebrating their status as Grand Patrons of the Festival. This made Rowley Chapter the first chapter in the group to receive grand patronage. It was Barrie’s pleasure to present the certificate to the three principals. Further donations were also made to the Masonic sporting charities.
At the festive board in the Rowley Court banqueting suite, Barrie was able to express his own good wishes and congratulations to the newly installed principals and officers. Barrie then moved on to discuss a number of important messages which the Grand Superintendent wished conveyed to the brethren. Topics highlighted were MCF 2021 Festival, PSA testing, membership in particular the overall reduction in Royal Arch membership, the Provincial Grand Ball in 2020 and the on-line software Solomon.
The toast to the three principals was proposed with sincerity and humour by Neil McGill. In Dan’s response to the toast to his health and that of his co-principals he paid tribute to all who had contributed to such a successful and enjoyable day, adding that he was proud to become first principal and was grateful to the companions of the chapter for electing him and his co principals to their respective chairs. He concluded by announcing that the total raised by the raffle was £163.
Article and photographs by Paul Thompson.