20 Dec North Surrey First Principals Chapter
In December the Installation Convocation of the North Surrey First Principals Chapter No. 5905 was held at the Surbiton Masonic Hall. The Chapter was opened by the Acting MEZ, E.Comp. Chris Eley, PGStB, PAProvGP, who welcomed the ME Grand Superintendent, E.Comp. Ian Chandler, the Deputy Grand Superintendent, E.Comp. Richard Knox, and the Provincial Grand Scribe E, E.Comp. Dr Michael Robinson, along with many honoured guests from Chapters in amity. The main item on the agenda was the induction of the Principals for the ensuing year. E.Comp. Greer Kirkwood, PPGSN, was inducted as MEZ by E.Comp. Chris Eley; E.Comp. Malcolm Clarke, PPGSoj, was inducted into the 2nd Principal’s Chair by E.Comp. Vincent Mulgrew, and E.Comp. Bruce Perry, BEM, was inducted into the 3rd Principal’s Chair by E.Comp. Richard Collinson.
The Robes and Sceptres were presented by E.Comp. Chris Eley. A ballot was taken for three joining members, E.Comps. John Mudge, Gary Raggett and David Judge, which proved in their favour. They were presented to the Principals who welcomed them into the Chapter.
After the appointment and investiture of the Officers the ME Grand Superintendent, E.Comp. Ian Chandler, was delighted to present E.Comp. John Trout, PGSwdB, with a Certificate to mark and celebrate his 50 years service to the Holy Royal Arch.
After the Chapter was closed the Companions of the North Surrey First Principals Chapter and their guests sat down to a splendid meal in the Elizabethan Suite at the Surbiton Masonic Hall.
All First Principals are encouraged to join one of the First Principals Chapters in Surrey. Joining these Chapters will not only afford you an enjoyable means of increasing your Masonic knowledge but also give you the opportunity of meeting other First Principals from all parts of the Province. You will hear many eminent speakers giving addresses and answering questions on matters of Royal Arch interest and, from time to time, you will witness demonstrations and presentations of particular workings of these and related ceremonies.
The North Surrey First Principals Chapter meets at Surbiton on the 3rd Thursday in June and the 3rd Monday in December.
Article and photographs by Chris Eley