Author: Thomas, F G
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Thomas, F G
It is with great regret that the Council have learnt of the deaths of two Past Chairmen of the Lancashire and Cheshire Branch, which occurred within a few weeks of each other. Mr. Robert Chapman, who died suddenly on the 25th September, had been a Member of the Institution since 1924. He was Chairman of the Branch and served as Delegate Member of the Council in 1945-1946. Mr. Chapman was fifty-five and was on the staff of Messrs. Banister, Walton and Company, Ltd., of Trafford Park.
Twentieth-century craftmanship based upon the traditional spirit of the ancient craft guilds, is displayed in the pair of candelabra and the cigarette box which have been made from the oak of structural timbers taken from the historic London buildings Westminster House, Staple Inn, and the Charterhouse, all of which date from the 14th to 17th centuries.
To be elected Chairman of any Branch of this Institution is a compliment; to be elected the first Chairman of a new Branch is a distinction; to be elected first Chairman of the first Branch to be founded in this country since the Institution was granted a Royal Charter is, in no uncertain sense, an honour. I appreciate gentlemen,
the fact that you have selected me to stand at your head in this important venture. It shall be my endeavour during my term of office to promote the aims for which both the Institution and the Branch exist, to bear in mind the interests of our members in the Northern Counties, and to assist you in the responsibility of our position.
W. Fisher Cassie