The companions of Hesketh Chapter No 950 were honoured to receive Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals David Randerson to their installation meeting at Fleetwood Masonic Hall. David was accompanied by grand officers Terry Hudson, Peter Elmore, Harry Cox, Ron Weatherill and Keith Jackson, along with North Fylde Group Chairman Duncan Smith.
The chapter was opened for business by first principal Jim Gregson, second principal Andy Robins and third principal Derek Williams. Special dispensation had been granted in order that the first principal elect Jim Barnes could pass through the third and second chairs directly to the first principal’s chair. This necessitated a slightly different ceremony than the companions would usually observe. To say that the director of ceremonies Stephen Mitchell had his hands full would be an understatement, but he relished the role and did not disappoint.
Jim Barnes was (eventually) installed as first principal, Derek Williams as second principal and Mark Tomlinson as third principal. The installing officers were Andy Robins, David Martland and Paul Dunne.
Peter Bailey delivered the crimson robe address, David Leadbetter the purple robe address and John England the blue robe address, all in excellent manner. A faultless address to the three principals was given by David Leadbetter and the officers of the chapter were invested. Duncan Smith delivered the address to the officers and finally, David Randerson delivered the address to the companions of the chapter.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, David Randerson rose to bring the chapter greetings from the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison and congratulated all who had taken part. Special praise was bestowed upon Jim Gregson and Stephen Mitchell. David was pleased to receive a cheque to the value of £150 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity. He thanked the companions on behalf of the recipients.
The immediate past first principal Jim Gregson was presented with his jewel in a heartfelt manner by David Martland.
After the closure of the meeting the companions retired to a wonderful festive board at which a raffle raised £135. Jim Gregson proposed the toast to the health of the three principals and first principal Jim Barnes was pleased to respond and thanked all who had taken part in the ceremony. At the conclusion of a splendid evening the janitor’s toast was given by Rodney Greenall.