Members and guests of Wilderswood Chapter No 5932, gathered in the beautiful surroundings of Horwich Masonic Hall (Ridgmont House) to celebrate the installation of Clive Butterworth, Martin Brownlow and Jason Bond into the principal chairs of the chapter.
The chapter was honoured by the presence of Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals Tony Hall, Chorley Group Chairman Peter Lockett along with fellow grand officer Ken Shaw and three acting Provincial grand officers; Mike Greenhalgh, David Coulson and Barry Dearden.
Outgoing first principle, David Boylin, opened the chapter and welcomed the members and guests to the installation ceremony and then received the principle guest into the chapter along with all the grand and acting Provincial grand officers.
David and his fellow principals then went on to install Clive Butterworth, Martin Brownlow and Jason Bond as first, second and third principals respectively.
The robe addresses were expertly presented by Ralph Vincent, Ray Goth and John Dawber respectively and the addresses the principals, officers and companions were very well delivered by Jim Jackson, Paul Webb and the evenings principle guest Tony Hall.
At the conclusion of the formal ceremony Tony brought greetings from the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison and on his behalf thanked and congratulated all those who had taken part in a very sincere and well worked ceremony.
Tony continued by congratulating Stanley Wood and Ray Wilkinson the director and assistant director of ceremonies respectively, for organising a first-class ceremony and went on the give special thanks to Neil Brown noting the work he has done as scribe Ezra in the evening’s organisation.
Clive’s first pleasant duty was to present Tony with two cheques, one for £200 in favour of the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival and the second for £200 to ‘Just BU CIC’ which is a charitable organisation that delivers support and enables individuals with disabilities to have inclusion in the organisation, the community and to enable people to lead ordinary lives.
Tony then went on to thank all present for these donations on behalf of all the people unknown to us, who will ultimately benefit from the chapter’s generosity.
Clive closed the chapter and welcomed all present to join the festive board, where the evening continued with a delightful traditional Christmas dinner, (It’s that time of year), for which Ridgmont House has become well known.
It is a tradition at such installations to sing the ‘song to the principals’ and this evening was no different. However, there was a twist, the song was extremely well sung by Zack Thornley, who is not yet a Royal Arch Mason although you wouldn’t have thought so from very sincere and professional manner in which he sung it. A further twist was that Zack was accompanied on the piano by the newly installed second principal Martin Brownlow.
To close the evening, Clive give his final comments and wish everyone a happy and healthy Christmas, and a prosperous New Year.