The companions and visitors of Fermor Hesketh Chapter No 1350 met at Litherland Masonic Hall for the installation of Brian Cunliffe as their new first principal, at which the companions were pleased and honoured to have the presence of William Culshaw PGStdB, Group Chairman of Gladstone Group, as the representative of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison at the meeting.
William was accompanied into the chapter by Ormskirk and Bootle Group Chairman Frank Umbers, Ormskirk and Bootle Group Vice Chairman Stephen Brereton, Raymond Barrow, Malcolm Alexander and Roy Pyne.
After William was warmly welcomed by the three principals to the chapter, the installation ceremony commenced with Graham Williams replacing Kenneth Meath as third principal and Brian Cunliffe being replaced by Derek Cadwallader as second principal for the ceremony.
Brian was then installed as the first principal by the outgoing first principal David Smith. Kenneth Meath was installed as second principal by Brian and John Hanna was installed as third principal by Kenneth, all in an excellent manner.
The ceremony was under the expert direction of the DC Brian Davies who carried out his duties with a high level of proficiency. David Smith presented the scarlet robe address, with Brian Cunliffe delivering the purple robe address and Kenneth Meath undertaking the blue robe address, all in a very clear and confident manner.
After the appointment of the officers, the address was then given to the three principals by Albert Armitage, this was followed by the address to the officers by Tom Lovett and the address to the companions of the chapter was delivered by Roy Pyne. All the address where delivered in a confident and superb manner.
At the conclusion of the ceremony William brought greetings from the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison, congratulating the three principals, saying: “The Grand Superintendent hopes you have a good and enjoyable year in office.” William then congratulated Dave Smith the outgoing first principal and Brian Davies the DC for their excellent work; and to all the members of the chapter for the excellent and enjoyable unique ceremony on behalf of Tony Harrison.
Brian then presented William with a cheque on behalf of the chapter for £75 towards the Litherland Masonic Hall, with William thanking the companions for their generosity in the donation, before handing the cheque over to the Litherland Masonic Hall Chairman Ian MacKinnon, who again thanked the chapter companions for their kind donation and for their support towards the hall.
Following the convocation the members and guests retired to enjoy the delights of the festive board, where a raffle was held which raised £76 which will be distributed to charities later in the year.