The installation meeting of Banks Chapter No 7213 took place at the Southport Masonic Hall and was attended by over 20 Royal Arch companions who witnessed Michael Rudd installed into the first principal’s chair by his predecessor Brian Skinner in what was hailed as an excellent ceremony.
After the initial business of the chapter had been conducted, principle guest Ian Cuerden, Assistant to the Provincial Grand Principals, was admitted in ceremonial style that befitted his rank. Ian was accompanied by Colin Jenkins, group chairman.
Brian Skinner then requested that Charles Evans remain in the position of scribe Nehemiah, that Roy Crawford occupy the chair of the third principal and Ted Dickinson occupy the chair of second principal for the installation ceremony which they were all delighted to do.
The three principals elect were then presented to each of the principals in turn by chapter DC Stan Martin to mark the start of the installation proceedings with Michael Rudd being installed as first principal, Roy Peers as second principal and Stephen McArdle as third principal. Readings at the various times during the ceremony were given by Brian Skinner, Michael Rudd and Roy Crawford
Flawless robe addresses were then given to the three principals with Brian Skinner giving the address to the first principal, Michael Rudd to the second principal and Roy Peers to the third principal. Michael Rudd’s first business was to appoint his officers of the chapter for the ensuing year which he did irrevocably with style.
At the conclusion of the installation ceremony, Ian rose to convey congratulations and best wishes on behalf of the Grand Superintendent Tony Harrison, to all who took part in producing a wonderful ceremony that was rich in ritual and deserving of the lustre of such a fine chapter. Ian added that the evening was very enjoyable and it was clear to see that the companions put a lot of effort into learning the ritual. He then wished the three principals a very enjoyable year with at least one candidate scheduled to be exalted at the next meeting. Ian then congratulated the very confident way in which Brian Skinner installed Michael as first principal and delivered the robe address. He also congratulated DC Stan Martin who had successfully managed such a fine installation ceremony; and was sure there would be many more to come.
Ian and his entourage then retired from the chapter before the final business was transacted by Michael, who then closed the chapter and all retired to the festive board for a fabulous meal of black pudding salad, roast beef with seasonal veg. followed by peach melba and coffee.