In March 2004 Paul Hesketh was installed as first principal in Chapter of Harmony No 178 and served as such for two years. Paul went on to give impeccable service in Provincial Grand Chapter as a Deputy Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies from 2011, serving until 2016 when he was appointed as the Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies. He excelled in these roles, yet still found it in his heart to assist in the smooth running of the chapter by returning as the chapter’s second principal last year.
Unfortunately, Paul having suffered a health setback, was unable to be present at the chapter installation in March 2019, attended by his close friend and his predecessor as Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies, Ian Higham, the Second Provincial Grand Principal.
With more time to recover and with lots of love, care and attention from those close to him, Paul has made remarkable progress on his way to a full recovery. So much so he was able to be in the chapter at the September 2019 meeting and was duly installed as first principal by David Shaw, who had graciously continued in office since March.
Other commitments prevented the Second Provincial Grand Principal from being present for Paul’s installation which allowed the Wigan Group Chairman, Geoffrey Porter, the privilege of bringing the greetings of the Grand Superintendent. He was delighted that Paul had now recovered enough to be able to be present and he wished him well for a sure and steady progress to full health once more. He thanked David Shaw for his work in installing Paul, Alex Humphrey for standing in as second principal. He wished the principals and all the companions well and was sure that the chapter was in for another good year.
At the festive board Paul’s response was warmly received by all those present who were pleased to see him as their leader once again.