The members of De Grey and Ripon Chapter No 1356 held their annual installation ceremony at Woolton Golf Club. The three principals entered the chapter and opened proceedings in step with normal custom.
The companions were pleased and honoured to have the presence of Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Samuel (Sam) Robinson, as their principal guest. Sam was accompanied by John Lee PGStdB, Peter Rawlinson PGStdB, Woolton Group Chairman Andrew Whittle PPrGSwdB and Mike Cunliffe group secretary and acting PrStdB.
The three principles arose and extended a very warm welcome to Sam. The ceremony of installation commenced and Andrew Whittle was honoured to take the third principals chair, John Lee that of the second principal and Albert Hogg remained in the first principals chair. Director of ceremonies Peter Dodd proclaimed Albert Hogg first principal for the coming year. Matthew Wilson was elevated to second principal and David Spear was installed as third principal.
The ceremony was under the expert direction of the chapter DC Peter Dodd who carried out his duties with a high level of proficiency. The two scripture readings were undertaken by Vic Albin to the second principal and Andrew Whittle to the third principal.
The robe addresses were performed to a high standard by, Albert Hogg the purple robe and Matthew Wilson the blue robe. After the appointment of the officers the address to the principals was given by Arthur Moss, address to the officers by Henry Thomas and the address to the companions by Colin Rowen, all delivered in an excellent manner.
On the conclusion of the ceremony, Sam Robinson expressed the best wishes of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison to the three principals. Sam also congratulated the three principals and companions for a warm and sincere ceremony, Sam was then presented with a cheque for £250 on behalf of the chapter companions to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity. Sam thanked the companions on behalf of the WLFC for their generosity The business of the chapter was completed the chapter was then closed and all retired to the festive board.