Companions and guests of Chapter of Liverpool No 292, gathered at Liverpool Masonic Hall on Hope Street for their annual installation convocation and to see a new page written in its history. The chapter was opened for business by first principal Allan Ball, second principal Jack Parker and third principal George Christie, with director of ceremonies Phil Pattullo making sure everything went smoothly.
On completion of the opening formalities, the chapter was pleased to receive as their principal guest Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Sam Robinson. First principal Alan, was pleased to extend a warm welcome to Sam on behalf of the chapter. Sam replied that he last visited the chapter in 2013 and it was pleasing to be welcomed back so soon. On this occasion, Sam was accompanied by the Liverpool Group Chairman Mark Matthews, group Royal Arch vice chairman David Kemp and grand officer Peter Connolly, together with Tim Burgess, the Royal Arch Secretary for Liverpool Group. Both Peter and Tim are members of Chapter of Liverpool.
For the purpose of installation, Brad Goff remained in position at the inner entrance, whilst during the ceremony, Tim Burgess occupied the chair of third principal and David Kemp that of the second principal. Phil Pattullo presented the three principals elect in turn, each taking or re-affirming their obligation, with Jack Parker installed as first principal, George Christie as second principal and Tom Walsh as third principal.
After completing the installation of the principals, Jack presented Allan Ball with the collar and jewel of an immediate past first principal. The robe addresses were delivered in a confident and assured manner to each principal by their predecessors. During the investing of the officers, Mark Matthews gave the address to the charity steward Allan Ball and afterwards handed him a copy of the address. Following this, Sam Robinson delivered the address to the companions of the chapter in an assured manner.
At the conclusion of the installation ceremony, Sam brought the congratulations of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison, who wished the three principals the best of heath during their coming year in office. Tony had also asked for congratulations to be proffered to all who had taken part in the ceremony. Having completed his address, Jack Parker presented Sam with a cheque for £150 in favour of the Friends of Tithebarn, with a second cheque for £150 going to the MCF 2021 Festival. Sam responded by complimenting the chapter on raising such a magnificent sum and gave thanks on behalf of the recipients. The final business of the evening involved propositions for two new candidates, plus that of a joining companion, a wonderful moment with which to bring the meeting to an end.
The companions were then treated to a sumptuous festive board and a most entertaining response to toast three by Sam Robinson. Sam also took this opportunity to congratulate companions of the Chapter of Liverpool, Victor Waine, Tim Burgess, Phil Pattullo and Jack Parker, who would be receiving either an appointment or promotion at Provincial Grand Chapter in October. This was met with thunderous applause.