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The members of Red Triangle Chapter No 3874 held their annual installation ceremony at Woolton Golf Club, where they witness the installation of Harry White as first principal. They were honoured by the presence of the Deputy Grand Superintendent Danny Jones. Also in attendance were no less than six deputy directors of ceremony to keep an eye on proceedings.

Danny Jones (left) congratulates first principal Harry White.

Danny Jones (left) congratulates first principal Harry White.

The chapter was opened by first principal Ian McGovern, second principal Harry White and third principal Alan Rutledge. The principals then extended a warm and friendly welcome to the companions and guests. After the usual business was completed, Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies David Thomas announced that the Deputy Grand Superintendent stood without and demanded admission.

Danny processed into the chapter accompanied by Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Sam Robinson, grand officers Woolton Group Chairman Andrew Whittle, Arthur Cregeen and Alan Sale, acting Provincial officers Jim Miller, Vic Albin, Alan Jones and Doug Lace. Danny and his accompanying entourage were welcomed by the three principals, Ian then offered Danny the sceptre which he accepted. Danny said that there was plenty of work to do and as he had not been to any practices he quickly returned the sceptre to Ian.

The ceremony of installation commenced under the direction of the chapter DC Doug Lace. Stan Povall was honoured to take the third principal’s chair, Dave Wood that of the second principal Ian McGovern remained in the first principal’s chair.

Pictured from left to right, are: Alan Routledge, Danny Jones, Harry White and Michael Fox.

Pictured from left to right, are: Alan Routledge, Danny Jones, Harry White and Michael Fox.

All in attendance witnessed an excellent ceremony with Ian McGovern installing Harry White as his successor. Alan Rutledge was elevated to second principal and Michael Fox was installed as the third principal. As none of the principals’ elect had held their impending offices before they were installed in full form, after which they invested their officers for the coming year.

The scripture readings for the principals were given by Joe Muscroft to the third principal, to the second principal Alan Malthouse and to the first principal Dave Douglas. The robe addresses were performed to a high standard by Ian McGovern the scarlet robe, Harry White the purple robe and Alan Rutledge the blue robe. Les Cutting gave the address to the three principals, Dave Dixon to the officers of the chapter and Danny Jones the companions of the chapter.

Pictured from left to right, are: Alan Routledge, Danny Jones, Harry White, Sam Robinson and Michael Fox.

Pictured from left to right, are: Alan Routledge, Danny Jones, Harry White, Sam Robinson and Michael Fox.

On the conclusion of the ceremony, Danny expressed the best wishes of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison to the three principals he also congratulated all the companions that took part in the installation. Danny was then presented with a cheque for £150 on behalf of the chapter to the MCF 2021 Festival. The chapter also donated £150 to Zoë’s Place and £100 to R Charity.

The business of the chapter completed the chapter was then closed and all retired to the festive board. After the toast to is health, Danny responded by bringing his own congratulations to the three principals, the installing first principal Ian McGovern for an excellent ceremony and Les Cutting for the work he had put in making the installation a success. He also thanked Sam Robinson and the acting officers for their support. A raffle at the festive board raised £160 for charity.

The three principals with the grand officers and acting Provincial grand officers.

The three principals with the grand officers and acting Provincial grand officers.

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