Almost 40 companions and guests of Fleetwood Chapter No 3711 gathered at Fleetwood Masonic Hall for the annual installation meeting. The chapter was honoured to receive Deputy Grand Superintendent Paul Renton, together with Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals David Randerson, Stuart Thornber and North Fylde Group Chairman Duncan Smith. They were supported by acting Provincial grand officers David Barr, Bob Boal, John Goodrum and Juan Topping, all of whom were expertly marshalled by Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies Neil MacSymons.
The chapter was opened for business by first principal Derek Wilson, second principal Chris Carnell and third principal Frank Kennedy. The chapter’s Assistant Director of Ceremonies Harold Hargreaves acted as director of ceremonies in place of Dennis Smith, who had been called in for a long-awaited hip operation only the week before the meeting.
The three principals elect were then presented in turn by Harold to mark the start of the installation proceedings, with Chris Carnell installed as first principal, Frank Kennedy installed as second principal and the Reverend Stephen Leach as third principal. The installing officers were Ken Holden, Eric Bridge, Brian Sager and Derek Wilson. The robe addresses were delivered in a confident and assured manner by Jim Moon, Bert Openshaw and Mike Brayshaw.
The address to the three principals was delivered on this occasion by Mike Brayshaw. Robbie Heywood, a founder member of the chapter, had given this address annually over the previous 35 years but is recovering from a fall. He commented that Mike’s presentation showed him to be a worthy successor. The addresses to the officers and companions were expertly delivered by John Wright and Paul Renton respectively.
Paul Renton brought the greetings of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harison and congratulated the three principals, wishing them an enjoyable and busy year in office. He praised Derek Wilson for the manner in which he had installed his successor and he singled out Harold Hargreaves for stepping into the breach at short notice due to Dennis Smith being hospitalised. He also commented how well the robe addresses had been given.
Chris Carnell then presented Paul with a cheque for £100 to Trinity Hospice and another of £100 to the Mission for Deep Sea Fishermen. Paul thanked the chapter on behalf of the recipients.
At the festive board that followed the meeting, a raffle took place which raised £140. The toast to the three principals was delivered by Derek Wilson, to which the response was given by Chris Carnell, the new first principal. At the conclusion of a most enjoyable evening the janitor’s toast was rendered by acting janitor Ron Fenton.