The companions and guests of Thornton Chapter No 8008 recently met for the installation ceremony of Ian Pye as their new first principal, with their meeting being held at the Litherland Masonic Hall. For the occasion the chapter was delighted to have Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Sam Robinson as their honoured guest for the evening. Sam was accompanied into the chapter by the Ormskirk and Bootle Group Vice Chairman Stephen Brereton.
After Sam was warmly welcomed by the three principals, the installation ceremony commenced with Peter Kelly continuing as first principal for the ceremony. The proceedings were under the expert direction of the acting DC for the evening Arend Van Duyvenbode who carried out his duties with a high level of proficiency. Peter Kelly installed Ian Pye as first principal, with Roy Pyne installing Ken Rouse as second principal and John Roxbrough as third principal. The scripture readings during the ceremony were delivered in a confident manner by Peter Levick. The three robe addresses were delivered by Roy Pyne in an excellent and faultless presentation.
Once the principals had been installed into their respective chairs and the officers installed for the forthcoming year, Sam Robinson congratulated everyone on behalf of the Grand Superintendent, Tony Harrison, for having taken part in the ceremony. Peter Kelly in particular was congratulated for having had a successful year and Sam also thanked acting DC, Arend on the way he had overseen the ceremony and Roy for the work he had undertaken.
Ian then presented Sam with five cheques; £200 for the 2021 Festival, £100 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, £100 for the Litherland Masonic Hall, £50 for The Bootle Group Widows Fellowship, and £50 to Tithebarn. Sam thanked Ian and the companions on behalf of the recipients for the generous donations.
Following the convocation the members and guests retired to enjoy an excellent festive board. In addition on the evening there was a performance of the three principal’s song sung by some of the companions and guests accompanied by Ian Gee on the guitar; under the name ‘The Litherland Masonic Male Voice Choir,’ which everyone thought was very entertaining and enjoyable.
In response to the toast to his health Sam informed the companions of the 2021 Festival and some of the events that are happening this year. Sam reminded everyone about the TV series on Sky about Freemasonry, informing the companions that the Province of West Lancashire will be featured in the third episode. Sam then thanked the companions of Thornton Chapter on behalf of his wife Julie, for the bouquet of flowers delivered to their home that morning saying that it was very thoughtful of the chapter.
Sam then thanked the retiring first principal Peter Kelly for his work in the chapter that year, the companions and officers for the excellent ceremony and Roy Pyne for the all the work he had done throughout the installation; with Sam calling it the ‘Roy Pyne Show.’
During the festive board a raffle was held which raised £150 which will be distributed to charities later in the year.
Once the evening came to a close a presentation of a bottle of gin was presented to Sam and a bottle of wine to Stephen Brereton from the companions of the chapter. A very warm and a jovial evening amongst good friends.