Companions of Hamer Chapter No 1393 have held their annual installation ceremony in the Egyptian Suite of Liverpool Masonic Hall on Hope Street. The chapter was opened by first principal Ray Stones, ably assisted by his second principal Chris Benn and acting third principal Malcolm Warren. The chapter companions were pleased to welcome Paul Shepherd as the principal guest for the evening, being the representative of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison. Paul was accompanied by David Kemp representing the Liverpool Group and the Provincial Second Assistant Grand Sojourner Chris Reeman.
The installation ceremony commenced under the watchful eye of director of ceremonies Malcolm Warren with Ray Stones being proclaimed as first principal for another year and Chris Benn likewise proclaimed as second principal. Moving from principal sojourner, Mike Southern was installed as third principal, with the reading appertaining to the position carried out by Malcolm Warren and the robe address given by Dave Lovell. The address to the companions of the chapter was given in his usual inimitable style by group vice chairman David Kemp.
On completion of the ceremony Paul Shepherd conveyed the congratulations of the Grand Superintendent to which he added his own good wishes. Ray Stone had the pleasant duty of presenting a cheque on behalf of the companions for £150 in favour of the WLFC and a donation of £10 was also given to the West Lancashire Masonic Clay Pigeon Shooting Society. With more proposals for membership of the chapter the future is looking bright.
Following the ceremonial part of the evening’s proceedings the companions and their guests enjoyed a superb installation banquet in the adjoining dining room. In responding to the toast to the health of the grand officers, Paul paid tribute to those who had obviously worked hard to make the day such a success. He stressed the importance of encouraging Masons to complete their journey by joining the Royal Arch. In making his point Paul made reference to the historical links between the Craft and the Royal Arch and suggested that discussing that connection would perhaps be a good way of opening discussions with potential exaltee’s. It certainly gave his audience plenty of food for thought.