The companions of Fleetwood Chapter No 3711 were extremely pleased to have the presence of Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Mike Threlfall at their installation convocation to witness Frank Kennedy return to the first principal’s chair. Mike was accompanied by North Fylde Group Chairman Peter Greathead and his vice chairman John Cross.
The three principals, led by Chris Carnell opened the convocation, then completed the opening business swiftly and as is time honoured tradition, welcomed their principal guest Mike Threlfall. This completed the start of the installation ceremony. Chris then requested that for the purpose of installation Roy Howells acted as Scribe Nehemiah, Philip Cole as installing second principal and Derek Wilson as installing third principal.
Scripture readings were delivered to the three principals by John Wright, Mike Brayshaw and Steve Hagan. Installed as first principal was Frank Kennedy, in whose experienced hands the chapter is sure to have a good year. Equally experienced was the Reverend Stephen Leach, who was installed as second principal and Brian Crawford as third principal in what can only be described as a first-class ceremony which shows the dedication and practice that the companions had put in. The many officers taking part were led by the chapter’s stalwart director of ceremonies Dennis Smith.
The robe addresses were delivered with textbook perfection. The scarlet robe address was given by Harold Hargreaves, the purple robe address by Bert Openshaw and the blue robe address by Mike Brayshaw. Mike Brayshaw also delivered the address to the three principals, while the address to the officers was provided John Wright and the final address of the evening that to the companions of the chapter was delivered by Mike Threlfall.
At the conclusion of the installation, Mike rose to bring the greetings of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison and he also brought his congratulations to the principals for the coming year. He thanked Chris Carnell for his hard work over the previous year. At this point Frank Kennedy presented a cheque to Mike for £150 to go to the British Heart Foundation. Mike thanked the chapter on for their generosity. With the installation complete the companions retired to the dining room for a fabulous festive board.
At the festive board in response to his toast, Mike gave his own congratulations to the principals and those companions who presented the robe addresses for their outstanding contribution to the evening’s success. Mike praised Dennis Smith the chapter’s director of ceremonies for his hard work and diligence that made the ceremony second to none. Mike congratulated Dave Brown for his musical accompaniment that provided the perfect backdrop to the evening.
Mike mentioned the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival and how important it is to support the Festival and wear the steward’s jewel. Mike also promoted ‘Solomon’, the new learning initiative from United Grand Lodge that companions can go to and find answers to questions, short talks that can be done in chapters when they don’t have a ceremony to perform.
To complete the evening, a ‘West Houghton raffle’ raised £172 for charity. Bob Boal closed the evening by proposing the janitor’s toast.