29 companions and their guests assembled at Standish Chapter No 4955 along with Tony Hall Assistant to the Three Provincial Grand Principals to join in the installation of Ian Dawson, and David Bishop. Unfortunately, Joe Hall, the third of the triumvirate was unable to be present so Terry Withington was the understudy for the evening.
We were treated to a delightful team effort of a ceremony, with all ranks of companions playing a part. This clearly demonstrated that Standish Chapter is a chapter in which the companions support each other in the ritual to ensure that the installation is a memorable occasion for the new principals and all the companions present.
One twist in the ceremony was the installation of Ian Dawson to second principal and then to first principal. This was done by dispensation.
Once the three principals were in place, we saw Alan Green give the robe address to the first principal, and Malcolm Bell Snr give the robe address to the third principal.
It was then reported that £700 had been presented to the 2020 Festival which enabled us to witness Malcom Warren present a patron’s certificate to the chapter. We then heard that a further donation of £200 was going to be made to local scouts.
The business of the evening being complete, we retired to the ‘provincial bar’ to toast the health of the three principals and to congratulate all those who had played a part in the ceremony. In another twist, all companions were invited to join the provincial officers – a very much appreciated gesture.
We then retired to the dining room to enjoy a meal and each other’s company. All to soon the conversations fell silent and we honoured the janitor’s toast and began to make our way home in the knowledge that we had had a wonderful night at Standish Chapter.