The highlight for any chapter is the annual installation ceremony, and that proved to be correct yet again for the King’s Chapter No 3101, which meets at Liverpool Masonic Hall.
The chapter was opened by Terry Willis as first principal, ably assisted by his co-principals Peter Morris and Phil Brown, all under the adept guidance of the chapter director of ceremonies Vic Albin. Quickly working through the standard business, it was soon time for Vic to announce the arrival of the main guest, who was awaiting admittance.
The representative of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison on this occasion was the Gladstone Group Chairman Bill Culshaw, who had the company of Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Sam Robinson and the Vice Chairman of Liverpool Group David Kemp. Sam and Dave are also members of the King’s Chapter.
For the purpose of the ceremony, Peter Williams took the position of third principal, David Kemp second principal and Gary Jones as installing principal, while the readings, following the same order, were undertaken by Gary Thornhill, Vic Albin and David Kemp.
It was a pleasing flow of ritual, that saw Phil Brown duly obligated and installed as first principal by Gary Jones, with Phil next investing Terry Willis with the collar and jewel as immediate past first principal. This was followed by Phil expertly elevating Peter Morris from the third to the second chair, whilst as a fitting and perhaps unusual finale, the installing first principal Gary Jones, was installed into the office of third principal. The robe addresses were then delivered in fine style to the first, second and third chair incumbents by their predecessors.
During the appointment and investiture of the chapter officers, Dave Kemp gave the address to the charity steward Brian Pierpoint, thereafter handing him a printed copy, while later, the address to the companions of the chapter was delivered in fine style by Bill Culshaw.
This was swiftly followed by Bill rising once again to bring the congratulations and best wishes of the Grand Superintendent, which he did in a very personal manner by congratulating each of the participants individually. Following the end of the ceremony, the companions and visitors retired to the banqueting suite, first to toast the newly installed first principal Phil Brown, then to sit down to a truly excellent festive board.