Keith installed at Ceres Chapter

The annual installation ceremony for Ceres Chapter No 3501 took place in the Egyptian Suite at Liverpool Masonic Hall, where the meeting was opened in fine style by the three principals. The leading guest of the evening was Past Grand Standard Bearer John James, representing the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison. On this particular evening, John was accompanied by the Vice Chairman of Liverpool Group of Chapters David Kemp and they both received a very warm welcome from all assembled companions.

John James (left) and David Kemp.

John James (left) and David Kemp.

Installed as the three principals for the following year were, Keith Keir as first principal, Ian Povall as second principal and Bill Robb to third principal. The readings during the ceremony for all three principals were delivered by Dave Kemp. The robe address to each principal was given as follows; the scarlet robe by outgoing first principal Rob Gear, the purple robe by Malcolm Jolley and finally the blue robe by Tony Green. Rob then presented Keith with the charter of the chapter, along with the Royal Arch regulations and the chapter by-laws. Keith proceeded to invest his officers for the coming year, with Carl Shears taking the office of scribe Nehemiah and Ken Miller moving up to principal sojourner.

The address to the companions of the chapter was delivered in an excellent and flawless manner by their principal guest John James. Following on from this, Keith Gear had as his first task, a very pleasant duty to perform, handing over a cheque on behalf of the chapter for £100 in favour of the MCF 2021 Festival, which John graciously accepted. John brought the greetings of Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison and added that the companions of Ceres Chapter had demonstrated their commitment and hard work during the installation ceremony and it was clear that they continue to enjoy their Royal Arch Masonry. He also thanked Tom Croll, who as director of ceremonies kept the ceremony flowing throughout.

After the conclusion of the formal proceeding and then retiring to the adjacent opulent dining area of the Egyptian Suite, the companions enjoyed a first class, highly traditional banquet, full of good old-fashioned festive fun, a sumptuous meal and warm friendship. Responding to the third toast on behalf of the grand officers, John wished the three principals a happy, healthy and successful year in office and thanked the companions for a marvellous evening, he concluded to warm and appreciative applause.

Pictured from left to right, are: Rob Gear, Ian Povall, Keith Gear, Bill Robb and Tom Croll.

Pictured from left to right, are: Rob Gear, Ian Povall, Keith Gear, Bill Robb and Tom Croll.

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