Hamer Chapter No 1393 has just held its annual installation ceremony in the Egyptian Suite of Liverpool Masonic Hall, situated on Hope Street. The chapter was opened by first principal Ray Stones, ably assisted by his second principal Chris Benn and third principal Mike Southern. The chapter companions were pleased to welcome David Anderton as the principal guest for the evening, being the representative of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison, accompanied by Vice Chairman of the Liverpool Group David Kemp.
The installation ceremony commenced under the watchful eye of director of ceremonies Malcolm Warren, with Chris Benn inducted as first principal and Mike Southern installed as second principal. Inducted as third principal was Doug Fletcher, MBE. Taking the position of first principal is becoming rather a habit for Chris, this now being the sixth time. His previous tenures as first principal in Hamer being 1987, 1993, 2008, 2009 and 2016. The purple robe address to the newly installed second principal was given in the correct manner by Doug Fletcher.
On completion of the ceremony, Dave Anderton conveyed the congratulations of the Grand Superintendent, to which he added his own good wishes. Chris Benn next had the pleasant duty of presenting a cheque on behalf of the companions for £150 in favour of the WLFC.
Following the completion of the ceremonial part of the evening’s proceedings, companions and their guests enjoyed a superb installation banquet in the adjoining dining room. In responding to the toast to the health of the grand officers, David paid tribute to those who had obviously worked hard to make the day such a success. He stressed the importance of encouraging Masons to complete their journey by joining the Royal Arch. In making his point, David made reference to the historical links between the Craft and the Royal Arch and suggested that discussing that connection would perhaps be a good way of opening discussions with any potential candidate. It certainly gave the listeners plenty of food for thought.