Temperance Chapter No 2714, which was founded in 1908, has just completed the annual ceremony of installation, thus the officers who have been invested, will be the men with the honour of taking it through its centennial year.
In an absolutely delightful ceremony, Karl Brennan as first principal of the chapter, opened the proceedings in due form, ably assisted by his fellow principals James Molloy and Ian Hayhurst. This occasion was enriched by the presence of Past Grand Standard Bearer John James as the principal guest of honour and representative of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison, accompanied on this occasion by Liverpool Group Chairman Mark Matthews.
As soon as the normal chapter business was concluded, John and Mark made their entrance into the chapter, to be warmly greeted by the three principals, who expressed how happy they were to receive them. Karl expressed the hope that John would participate in a enjoyable evening sojourn amongst the companions of Temperance Chapter.
The installation ceremony commenced and all three principals were exemplary whilst installing their successors. Karl Brennan installed James Molloy into the first principal’s chair, James in turn installed Ian Hayhurst as the second principal, while the third principal Jeff Whitehead, was installed by Ian. The installation readings were given by director of ceremonies John Jackson. The officers of the chapter were then appointed and invested, followed by the principals giving the robe addresses to each of their successors.
John James, at the completion of the appointments, was delighted to communicate the best wishes and congratulations of the Grand Superintendent to all who had taken office, together with a sincere wish to all the companions that they enjoy their Royal Arch Masonry. He then moved to congratulate Karl Brennan on his performance as the installing first principal, with further thanks afforded to the acting director of ceremonies John Jackson.
James Molloy responded as first principal and thanked John most effusively for his attendance at Temperance Chapter and wished him to pass on the greetings of the chapter to Tony Harrison. James also took this opportunity to present to John with two donations on behalf of the chapter, the first in favour of the Liverpool Masonic Hall Building Fund for £100 and the same to the WLFC. Following the first rising, the grand and Provincial grand officers retired in processional form. The remaining business of the day was duly completed, before the chapter was closed and the members and guests adjourned to the banqueting suite to partake in an excellent festive board.
At the festive board, John James, in his response to the toast to the grand officers, once more expressed his admiration for the ‘sincere manner’ in which the ceremony had been conducted. He said it had been a thoroughly enjoyable occasion and expanded upon the wish of Tony Harrison to ‘enjoy Freemasonry’, by musing upon how lucky we are in this country to be able to practice freely, whilst in other areas of the world Freemasons are severely restricted. He further commented on how wonderful the harmony was between the companions and how they all worked in support of each other, therefore resulting in a strong chapter. John then mentioned the recent sad loss, after illness, of the former DC Steve Hartley, a tireless worker and irreplaceable in the hearts of many.
John reminded all, how first and foremost we are a charitable organisation and that we are now halfway to raising our total for the MCF 2021 Festival and how pleasing it was this evening to see so many wearing the festival jewel. He finished by thanking the companions for the general hospitality extended to him and for the privilege afforded to him in the way his response to the toast was received.
Rising to propose the toast to the three principals, Karl Brennan commented that he appreciated the commitment that was required to be a principal and wished the three new principals good health for the coming year. In response, James Molloy thanked him on behalf of himself and his co-principals and all who had contributed to the success of the day, with a special thank you to John James and Mark Matthews for their most welcome support.
This was extremely well received and in due time the evening was brought to a close with the traditional toast of the janitor.