The Installation at Fidelity and Sincerity should have been a great one as the three Principals had been having regular LOIs throughout the closed season. However, our Third Principal has had to defer his Installation as his wife is not well. Still don’t panic DC! E Comp Chris Summers agreed to stand in for the evening.
Then the Companion due to give the Address to the Companions passed to the Grand Chapter above! Still don’t panic DC! A quick pone call the PrDC, E Comp Chris Moore, and he agreed to do it, panic over.
On the night the Principal Sojourner was delayed at work and couldn’t attend! Still don’t panic DC! E Comp Basil Tokelove was seconded for the evening.
ADC was on the high seas! Still don’t panic DC! E Comp Ron Troup agreed to sit in the chair.
The Chapter was then opened and E Comp Ray Beckingham, 2nd PrG Principal, was welcomed into the Chapter, he was accompanied by E Comp Chris Moore, PrGDC, E Comp Barry Jones, PrGStwd, and E Comp Jim Nicol our Scribe E and PrAssScrE. There followed a eulogy for Comp Peter Lee and E Comp Keith Coleman who both passed to The Grand Chapter above, was given by our Almoner, E Comp Keith Smith.
The Minutes and adoption of the Accounts went smoothly before the main event of the evening: The Installation of the Principals- as MEZ – E Comp Jason Vincent, and as J – Comp Chris Waterhouse. Thankfully everything went almost to plan with a sigh of relief from the DC E Comp Adrian Halliwell.
The Principals then Appointed and Invested their Officers for the year. The new MEZ was then presented the Charter of the Chapter by IPZ, E Comp Andrew Kerslake, who was then presented with the IPZ collar and Perpetual IPZ’s Jewel.
On the Second and Third Rising E Comp Ray Beckingham gave his greetings and that of MEGS with some Provincial Parish Notices. On the Fourth Rising proposals were made for a candidate for Exaltation and also a new member.
The Chapter was then closed and companions moved to the dining room for a Festive Board of smoked Salmon on blinis, Roast pork medallions with all the trimmings followed by sherry trifle. E Comp Peter Chidzey gave the toast to the Provincial Officers which was responded to by E Comp Ray. That to the Principals was given by E Comp Jim Nicol and responded to by MEZ -Jason and J – Chris W. The toast to the Visitors was given at short notice by Principal Sojourner, Comp Duncan Sully-Dunbar, responder was E Comp Maldwyn Davies.
Some photos from the Festive Board.