Brigantes Chapter Installation convocation, held on Saturday 19th October was special in many ways. As usual, the work was shred among several members of the Chapter. At the last count, thirteen took part, from experienced Royal Arch Masons of long standing, up to the most recent exaltee of the Chapter. It is well known that sharing makes for interesting ceremonies and this one was no exception to this concept. Everyone present enjoyed the afternoon and evening.
E.Comp. Joseph Graeme Wilson, PGStdB, AssttoProvGPs was the Provincial presence. He was accompanied by E. Comp. Brian Ferrington, DepProvGDC and a number of companions from the far North East part of the Province.
Of particular importance was the installation of E. Comp. Ron Thexton, ProvGReg. Ron was the first exaltee of Brigantes Chapter and the writer took particular pleasure in Ron’s installation, as he was his proposer into Royal Arch Masonry, in this Chapter. His progress has been interesting and he clearly took the eye of someone important as he was appointed ProvGReg at the Provincial Grand Chapter earlier this year, before being installed in the chair of Zerubbabel. Ron has taken to Royal Arch Masonry in a good way and the companions have a right to be proud of his progress.
The installation was conducted by E. Comp. Chris Butterfield, PGStdB Prov2ndGP(WL). His installation of Ron Thexton was faultless. Ron then installed E. Comp. Dennis Whicker, PPGSwdB into the chair of H, while Dennis installed another exaltee of the Chapter, Comp. Mike Collins as J.
The robe addressers were delivered by E. Comp. Bob Erett, Comp. Alvar Thorn and E. Comp. David Moss.
The address to the Principals was delivered by E. Comp. Phil Rampling. He was word perfect as usual. That to the Companions at large by E. Comp. Ian Turner and to the Companions, by E. Comp. Peter Mason.
The after proceedings went every bit as well as the Ceremony. There is nothing better than dining with a group of Royal Arch Masons who are enjoying themselves and that is exactly the experience which we enjoyed.
The next convocation of Brigantes Chapter will be held on Saturday 18th January 2020, commencing at 4.00pm. We don’t know what we will be doing yet, but whatever it is, we will enjoy it. We welcome visitors in our Chapter, so why don’t you come down to Kendal and take a look at us. We also have a few vacancies for new members. We dine with the ladies at three of our convocations, (installation excepted), so there is no excuse, bring her along with you!