The companions of Neptune Chapter No 1264 gathered within the magnificent Egyptian Suite at Liverpool Masonic Hall, for their annual installation convocation. The chapter was opened in due form by the three principals, Tony Christy, Keith Saunders and Arnie Neale, following which the administrative business of the chapter was concluded. The director of ceremonies Ted Bickley, retired from the chapter, only to return and announce the presence of Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Colin Rowling as the representative of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison. Colin entered the chapter in due form, accompanied by Liverpool Group Chairman Mark Matthews, acting Provincial grand officers and the group representative David Kemp. Having being introduced to the first principal, Tony formally welcomed Colin into the chapter, thanking him for his attendance.
It was pleasant to observe that the Volume of the Sacred Law in use was that of Kuwait Chapter No 6810, which was presented to Neptune Chapter by Harold (Harry) Ford. Harry, who sadly died a in 2017, spent much time in Kuwait and was a valued member of Neptune Chapter and its first principal in 1989.
Before the ceremony of installation commenced, Tony Christy, who was remaining in office for a further year, thanked the members for their friendship and guidance during his tenure, adding it had been and would continue to be greatly appreciated. Tony was next re-obligated, then proclaimed by Ron Ibbs, after which Tony re-invested Ron as immediate past first principal.
Following this, Richard Bird and Arnie Neale took their obligations, with Arnie installed into the chair of second principal and the corresponding reading given by Keith Saunders. Richard was then installed as third principal by Arnie in an excellent and well delivered manner. Following the installation of the three principals, the scarlet, purple and blue robe addresses were delivered by Ron Ibbs, Tony Christie and Arnie Neale respectively. The address to the charity steward Miles Cotterall, was presented by Mark Matthews and the address to the companions of the chapter was graciously given by the chapter’s honoured guest Colin Rowling.
At the conclusion of the installation ceremony, Colin rose to bring the greetings and congratulations of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison, who wished the three principals an enjoyable year in their respective offices. Tony Christy responded, thanking Colin for his kind words and on behalf of the chapter, had the pleasure of presenting him with a cheque for £300 in support of the MCF 2021 Festival. Colin thanked the companions of the chapter for their generous donation.
Later in the evening, in his response to the toast to the grand officers, Colin commented that having brought the formal greetings of the Grand Superintendent in the chapter, at the festive board he could add his own greetings. He began by saying what a pleasure it was to attend the chapter meeting in the same room that he was exalted into City Chapter No 2514, many years ago. He was pleased to see such an excellent ceremony and praised the companions who delivered the robe addresses in such a fine manner.
Colin went on to thank the chapter for the generous charitable donation to the MCF 2021 Festival made earlier in the evening, commenting that although the companions make charitable donations through their Craft lodges, they have deep pockets and fortunately long arms to be able to make further donations through the Royal Arch. He continued by stressing the need to encourage Craft brethren to complete their Masonic journey by joining the Royal Arch.
He thanked Mark Matthews and David Kemp for their support and in making particular mention of acting Provincial grand officers, he thanked John Goodrum, Ian Black, Ian Lynch and Chris Walls for their attendance. Colin finished by wishing the chapter members well for the future and encouraged them, above all, to continue to enjoy their Royal Arch Masonry. The evening came to a close with a triple presentation, floral bouquets to Colin and Mark for their respective partners, and a most welcomed bottle of liquid refreshment for David.