The companions of Sure and Stedfast Chapter of Temperance and Felicity No 9326, were absolutely ecstatic in having grand officer John Roberts as the principal guest for their installation ceremony. John is well known to the chapter as he is also a Director and Chairman of the Liverpool Masonic Hall Board. Accompanying John on this occasion was the Chairman of Liverpool Group Mark Matthews and Roy Ashley, who like John is also a director on the hall board.
The chapter was opened in a most proficient manner by first principal John Bruffell, ably assisted by his son Christopher Bruffell as the second principal and Graeme Edwards as third principal. On concluding the remaining standard business of the chapter, John Roberts was welcomed into the room with Mark and Roy, escorted in by acting DC David Crowley.
The presentation of all principal’s elect was undertaken by David Crowley while during the ceremony the reading for third principal was undertaken by organist Mark Rawsthorn, whilst those for a second principal were given by John Roberts and completing the trilogy Roy Ashley gave the reading associated to a first principal. For the purpose of the installation itself Mark Matthews occupied the chair of second principal, while Geoffrey Cuthill took that of the third.
John Bruffell installed his son Christopher as first principal, after which Chris invested his father with the collar and jewel of immediate past first principal of the chapter. Christopher then installed his successor Graeme Edwards as second principal, after which Graeme installed his father Joe Edwards as third principal. Each of the three principals gave the required robe address to their successor. Once again, another family event occurring within this old and venerable chapter.
At the conclusion of the installation, John Roberts brought the congratulations of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison, wishing the three principals well during the coming year of office and also congratulated all who had taken part in the ceremony. This gave Christopher the opportunity to present three cheques of benevolence on behalf of the chapter. The first in favour of the West Lancashire MCF 2021 Festival for £100, the other two, both for £50 to Friends of Tithebarn and the Liverpool Masonic Hall. John thanked the companions for their generosity
On completion of the evening’s ceremonial, the companions moved through to the banqueting room. Following the ‘loyal toast’ the National Anthem was heartily sung with much gusto, with Mark Rawsthorn hammering the ivories to the delight of all.
In his reply to the toast to Supreme Grand Chapter, John said he had been very impressed with the ceremony and especially the work done by John Bruffell and the DC, David Crowley. John having already expressed the greetings of the Grand Superintendent, took the opportunity to give his own, and spoke, amongst other things, about the importance of charity, which has always been close to his heart, with particular emphasis on the MCF 2021 Festival, in which it was hoped every companion would at least become a steward.
He added how pleasant it was to see the harmony of the chapter room continued in such a wonderful convivial atmosphere at the festive board further remarking that the buzz of conversation bore witness to companions particularly enjoying their Royal Arch Masonry.
In the later toast to the first principal Christopher Bruffell replied by thanking all present for their support during the ceremony. He then had the very special delight of presenting his father John with the past principal jewel of the chapter which brought much applause. Finally, another excellent meeting of Sure and Stedfast Chapter of Temperance and Felicity eventually came to conclusion with the final toast of the evening given by janitor Geoff Cuthill.