Members of Grassendale Chapter No 4808, held their annual installation ceremony at Woolton Golf Club. The business for the evening was to proclaim the three principals for the coming year and to exalt Oliver Leach, a member of Old Lerpoolian Lodge No 9270.
The three principals, Brian Boyle (first principal), Fred Hulse (acting second principal) and Woolton Group Vice Chairman Mike Cunliffe (acting third principal), entered the chapter and opened proceedings in step with normal custom. The principals then extended a warm and friendly welcome to the companions and guests. Unfortunately, second principal of the chapter William Pinto was in attendance, but was unable to occupy his chair due to heath reasons and third principal Steven Cornwell was on holiday.
Companions of the chapter and visitors were then pleased to receive the principal guest, Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Tony Hall, accompanied by Woolton Group Chairman Andrew Whittle and acting Provincial grand officers David Barr, Doug Little, John Roxburgh and Brian Griffiths.
The three principles arose and extended a very warm welcome to Tony. The ceremony of proclamation commenced under the direction of the chapter DC Peter Williams. Peter then proclaimed Brian Boyle as first principal, William Pinto as second principal and Steven Cornwell as third principal, after which they invested their officers for the coming year.
On the conclusion of the installation ceremony, Tony expressed both the best wishes of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison to the three principals and his congratulations to all the companions that took part in the installation. Tony was then presented with a cheque for £200 on behalf of the chapter to the WLFC. Tony then took his seat for the exaltation ceremony.
Brian Boyle asked John Leisk to occupy the first principal’s chair for the exaltation. John then asked Brian Humphries to retire and entrust the candidate, after which Brian re-entered the chapter with the candidate and the ceremony proceeded. Oliver Leach was exalted in a dignified and sincere manner by John Leisk.
At the completion of the exaltation ceremony, Oliver was then taken to a position in the west, where John Leisk gave a flawless explanation of the five signs.
The ceremony of exaltation being completed, Brian Boyle resumed his seat as first principal. The three principals congratulated Oliver and welcomed him formally into the chapter, hoping he would have many happy years of companionship in the chapter. Woolton Group Mentor Ian Mc Govern congratulated Oliver and wished him well in his Masonic career and gave him a welcome booklet on behalf of the Woolton Group.
After the remaining business of the evening was completed, the chapter was closed and the companions retired to the festive board for a very enjoyable meal and good company.
Article and photographs by Doug Lace.