It was a special occasion when companions and guests of Thornton Chapter No 8008, gathered at Litherland Masonic Hall, to witness the installation of Kenneth Rouse as their new first principal. For the installation the chapter was pleased and honoured to have the company of the Deputy Grand Superintendent Paul Renton, as their principal guest.
Paul was accompanied at the ceremony by Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Tony Hall, Ormskirk and Bootle Group Vice Chairman Graham Chambers, Barrie Crossley acting as PrDGDC, with fellow grand officers Peter Levick and Ian Gee. Acting Provincial grand officers, Paul Barr, John Roxburgh, Paul Thompson and Brian Griffiths also were in attendance.
The meeting commenced with the first principal Ian Pye opening the convocation with his companions Kenneth Rouse, the second principal and Roy Pyne, the third principal. Once the initial business had been completed the Provincial DC entered the temple and announced that Paul Renton was without and demanded admission. Paul was then brought into the temple in a procession, accompanied by Tony Hall and the grand and acting Provincial grand officers.
After Paul was warmly welcomed by the three principals to the chapter. The installation ceremony commenced with all present witnessing Kenneth Rouse, John Roxburgh and Stephen Oliver being installed as first, second and third principals respectively.
The red robe address was presented by Mark Sands; the purple robe address was given by Ron Elliott both of whom had only been in the chapter for three months and the blue robe address was presented by Roy Pyne, all three in an excellent and proficient manner.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Paul brought the greetings and congratulations on behalf of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison, congratulating and wishing the three principals an excellent and enjoyable year in office. Paul then went over to the outgoing first principle Ian Pye and thanked him for all his work in his year in office and for the way he had installed Kenneth into the first principals chair, before congratulating all the members of the chapter who had been involved with the ceremony.
Kenneth then presented Paul with an envelope containing four cheques on behalf of the chapter for charities; £300 to the West Lancashire MCF 2021 Festival, £50 to the Bootle Group widows, £50 to Tithebarn and £50 to the ‘Tommies’ appeal. Paul on behalf of the recipients thanked the companions for their generosity.
Following the convocation, the members and guests retired to enjoy an excellent festive board, which concluded a most enjoyable evening. During the festive board a performance of the three principal’s song was performed by some of the companions and guests with Ian Gee accompanying on the guitar. They performed under the name of ‘The Litherland Masonic Male Voice Choir’, which everyone thought was very entertaining and a very enjoyable addition to the evening. During the evening a raffle was held which raised £184 which will be distributed to charities later in the year.
With the evening coming to a close Kenneth presented Paul with a referee’s flag, a whistle and red and yellow cards, as a mark of Paul’s involvement with rugby union and a bouquet of flowers for his wife. Kenneth then presented Tony Hall, Graham Chambers and Barrie Crossley with a bottle of wine each on behalf of the chapter.
The evening then closed with everyone leaving after having a very warm and a very jovial evening amongst friends.