Duncan Hopkins is first principal of Westhoughton Chapter

The friends of Westhoughton Chapter No 4215 gathered to celebrate the installation of Duncan Hopkins, Ken Morris and Derek English into the chairs of the three principals.

Pictured from left to right, are: the three principals Ken Morris, Duncan Hopkins, Derek English and installing first principal John Dowsett.

Pictured from left to right, are: the three principals Ken Morris, Duncan Hopkins, Derek English and installing first principal John Dowsett.

The chapter was honoured by the presence of the Deputy Grand Superintendant Paul Renton. Paul was accompanied by Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Tony Hall, Chorley Group Vice Chairman Peter Allen and acting Provincial Grand Officers.

John Dowsett opened the chapter and welcomed the members and guests to the installation ceremony. The scene being set John began the ceremony. Russell Green reminded the three principals elect of their duties.

Ken Morris obligated Derek English as third principal, Duncan Hopkins obligated Ken Morris as second principal and John Dowsett obligated Duncan Hopkins as first principal.

Duncan Hopkins, Ken Morris and Derek English were installed as first, second and third principals respectively.

The crimson robe address was presented by Mike Silver, the purple robe address was delivered by Mike Greehalgh and the blue robe was worked by Peter Hannis.

The address to the three principals was delivered by Alex Prescott, the address to the officers of the chapter was delivered by Gilbert Pierce and the address to the companions was worked by Paul Renton.

Paul brought greetings from the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison. Paul said that if Tony Harrison had been present he would have congratulated all those who took part in a very well worked and very different ceremony. He congratulated Phil Hallinan the DC and ADC Russell Green for organising a first class ceremony.

Duncan’s first pleasant duty was to present Paul with two cheques, one for £450 in favour of the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival and the second for £50 to Firwood School. Firwood is for students aged 11 – 19 years with severe and profound learning difficulties.

Paul had the pleasure of presenting the chapter with a certificate thanking the chapter for becoming a vice patron of the MCF 2021 Festival.

Duncan closed the chapter inviting all present to join the festive board.

Paul Renton (left) and Duncan Hopkins discussing the MCF vice patrons certificate.

Paul Renton (left) and Duncan Hopkins discussing the MCF vice patrons certificate.

The evening continued with an excellent dinner that is now expected in the newly refurbished Brookfield Hall the home of Westhoughton Masons.

In the response to the toast to his health Paul Renton again congratulated all those who had taken part in a excellent and very different installation ceremony. He thanked the acting officers for their support, he also thanked Dave Thomas Provincial Deputy Grand Director of ceremonies. Paul thanked the chapter for their donation to the MCF 2021 Festival. Paul said that he was pleased to see so many companions wearing the 2021 festival jewel saying there was still time to commit to monthly donations and to wear the festival jewel with pride (see your chapter charity steward or festival rep for details). Finally Paul said remember to enjoy your Freemasonry especially the Royal Arch.

Principals and visitors.

Principals and visitors.