The principle guest for the installation meeting of Swinton Chapter No 6100 was the Deputy Grand Superintendent Paul Renton accompanied by Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principles Colin Rowling, Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies Dave Thomas and grand officer Tony Edden. In support were acting Provincial grand officers Ian Lynch, John Hindle, John Goodrum and David Barr also Eccles Group Vice Chairman Patrick Walsh.
Standing in for the first principal John Harrop was Malcolm Roberts who opened the chapter and on completion of the business on the summons received a report. On entering the lodge, Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies Dave Thomas announced that the Deputy Grand Superintendent Paul Renton demanded admission. Malcolm welcomed Paul and his officers expressing his delight for his attendance on behalf of the companions.
The three principals elect were then presented in turn by director of ceremonies Paul Webster to mark the start of the installation proceedings, with Mal Walters being installed as first principal, Ernest Lloyd as second principal and Neil Pearson as third principal.
Tony Edden delivered the crimson robe address to the first principal, Mal Walters delivered the purple robe address and Malcolm Roberts delivered the blue robe address. The officers of the chapter were then invested. On being invested as charity steward the group charity steward Bill Walker read the responsibilities of this important office. The addresses to the three principals were expertly delivered by Roy Heneage and that to the companions of the chapter by Paul Renton.
At the conclusion of the installation ceremony, Paul brought the congratulations of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison, wishing the three principals well during their coming year in office. He congratulated all who had taken part in the ceremony and the new first principal presented him with a cheque in the sum of £150 in favour of the MCF 2021 Festival and £150 to Swinton Masonic Building Fund which was gratefully received.
Following communications from Supreme Grand Chapter Paul and the party retired. The business of the evening being ended the Malcolm Roberts closed the chapter by command of the three principals. The companions then retired to enjoy the festive board.
Paul Renton, in response to the toast to the grand officers, said that he had enjoyed a wonderful ceremony and congratulated those officers who took part wishing the chapter well for the coming year.
Article and pictures by Tom Fredrickson.