For their installation meeting, St Michael’s Chapter No 5756 which meets at Park Hall Hotel, Charnock Richard, were honoured to welcome Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Anthony (Tony) Hall as their principal guest. He was accompanied by grand officer Brian Fairhurst and Ormskirk and Bootle Group Vice Chairman Graham Chambers, together with acting Provincial grand officer Doug Little.
The meeting commenced with the first principal Stuart Cunningham opening the convocation, assisted by his companions with Roy Seddon acting as the second principal and Derek Midgley as the third principal. Once the initial business had been completed, the chapter DC Alan Burgess announced that Tony Hall sought admission. Tony was then brought into the temple in a procession, accompanied by the grand and the acting Provincial grand officer.
Once he had been warmly welcomed by the three principals, the installation ceremony commenced with everyone witnessing Stuart Cunningham and Derek Midgley being re-installed as first and third principals respectively. Unfortunately, due to work commitments, the second principal Andrew Cunningham was unable to attend the meeting and will be installed at a later date.
For the ceremony, Brian Ball replaced Stuart and acted as installing first principal, Brian Kay replaced Derek as the installing third principal. The scarlet robe address was given by Derek and the blue robe address was delivered by Brian Kay. Both addresses were delivered in a confident and superb manner.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Tony brought the greetings and congratulations of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison, saying: “The Grand Superintendent hopes you have an excellent and enjoyable year in office.” He then thanked all the companions who had taken part in a very enjoyable ceremony and wished everyone well for the coming year.
Stuart then presented Tony Hall with two cheques on behalf of the chapter for charities; £375 to the West Lancashire MCF 2021 Festival and £100 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity (WLFC). Tony thanked the companions for their generosity.
Following the convocation, the members and guests retired to a very enjoyable festive board where a successful ‘Chorley raffle’ was held. This raised £95 which will be donated to charities at a later date.