This was the last installation ceremony of Temple Chapter No 1094 before it celebrates its 150th anniversary in January 2019. The chapter was opened with due form by first principal Robbie Fitzsimmons, ably assisted on the evening by co-principals Joe Waldron and Dave Southward.
On completion of regular business, the principal guest Sam Robinson was admitted with an accompanying retinue of fellow grand officers Steve Walls and Liverpool Group Chairman Mark Matthews, along with five acting Provincial grand officers. Robbie warmly welcomed Sam on behalf of the chapter and hoped he would have a pleasant stay, along with an invite to the festive board. Sam readily replied in the affirmative.
A proclamation was issued to declare Joe Waldron as first principal for the coming year, to which Joe thanked all for the faith placed in him, before moving on to invest his officers. The ceremony was concluded with the presentation of the charter, by-laws and regulations by Stevie Walls. This was the cue for Sam to rise and bring the good wishes of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison to Joe, his fellow principals and the companions.
On thanking him, Joe also had the added bonus of presenting a number of charitable cheques to Sam. These came to the grand total of £1,094 and were in favour of £300 each to Friends of Tithebarn, MCF 2021 Festival and the Merseyside and Cheshire Blood Bikes, while a further cheque for £194 was presented to the Liverpool Masonic Hall Building Fund.
On completion of the meeting, the companions retired to the festive board where, in response to the toast to grand officers, Sam gave his personal thanks to the chapter, commenting on how delighted he was, on behalf of the recipients, to receive such generous donations. He encouraged the companions to extend membership of the Royal Arch to members of their Craft lodges, to help them complete their journey in Freemasonry. Temple Chapter member Ian Black proposed the toast to the guests, with John Goodrum responding on their behalf.
At the end of the evening, Joe thanked everyone for their attendance and extended an invitation for the meeting of February 2019 when the 150th anniversary of the chapter would be celebrated.