The companions of North Shore Chapter No 7916 met at Cleveleys Masonic Hall for their installation convocation and on this occasion, they were most pleased to have the presence of the Deputy Grand Superintendent Paul Renton. The principals were delighted to have a distinguished company of grand officers headed by Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Duncan Smith, North Fylde Group Chairman Peter Greathead, Harry Cox, Ian Ward and Brian Parkin.
The chapter was opened by Graham Kenyon with the assistance of his co-principals, David Calvert and Dave Shaw who dealt capably with the early administrative business of the chapter. It was then time for the Provincial Deputy Director of Ceremonies to enter and announce that Paul Renton was outside the door of the chapter and demanded admission. After the formalities of the welcome it was time to install the principals.
For the purposes of installation Brian Parkin was asked to occupy the chair of second principal and Tony Ansell was asked to occupy the chair of third principal. The new principals in turn were presented by Jason Dell and took their obligations. Scripture readings were given by Alan Hill and the new team were then duly installed by their predecessors.
The robe addresses were delivered by Jason Dell, Raymond Ashton and Mark Blundell, with the address to the principals being delivered by Raymond Ashton. Paul Renton completed the installation with the address to the companions of the chapter.
Following the installation, Paul rose to bring the greetings of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison to the three principals and wished them a successful year. Paul noted that they had a number of candidates coming in so it would be a busy year ahead. He also congratulated everyone who had taken part in the ceremony. Before Paul resumed his seat, David presented him with a cheque for £800 for the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival and in return, he thanked the members of the chapter on behalf of the ultimate recipients. The companions then retired for an excellent festive board.
Paul Renton, in the response to his toast, brought his own greetings and thanked the plethora of grand officers for supporting him. Paul thanked the chapter for the donation that they had given to the MCF 2021 Festival. Paul also thanked Jason Dell for his hard work and the help that he had given to him prior to his visit. And finally, but not least, Paul thanked all the group officers for their hard work throughout the year and in particular the group publicity officer saying: “It is the second time we have met, and he is getting the hang of it.”
Paul moved to the subject of recruitment and retention and said that the chapter should host the ‘Talking Heads’ presentation to encourage membership and said that he is encouraged to see that the chapter did the enhanced ceremony. He said that chapters should look after new exaltees and make sure that they understand the ceremonies and not only what was going on but why we do what we do. To this end Paul recommended ‘Solomon’ the training programme on the United Grand Lodge website and suggested that the chapter looked at doing the nugget presentations that are on the site and to ensure that companions have a good grounding in the Royal Arch.
The toast to the health of the principals was given by Graham Kenyon with the principal’s song wonderfully rendered by John Darrell accompanied by John Porter on the piano. A West Houghton raffle raised a grand sum of £150 for Masonic and non-Masonic charities.