In December 1986, a Mrs Khan in Bolton gave birth to a boy and named him Amir. Later that month surgeons carried out the world’s first heart, lung and liver transplant at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire.
Another event also took place which, to the world in general, may seem to be a far less spectacular event but to the members of Borsdane Lodge, meeting in Hindley, and to one young brother in particular, it was one of real significance. That was when Geoffrey Porter was installed in the chair of Borsdane Lodge No 6460. A “once-in-a-lifetime” experience. It was an event which will live with him for ever.
Over the following 26 years that boy from Bolton, Amir Khan, has gone on to become an Olympic Silver Medallist and a world champion boxer and surgeons throughout the world have perfected and improved their transplant techniques. What of that young brother from 1986? How has he fared? What progress has he made?
Well, he has made such progress that the brethren felt it entitled him to be elected as WM once more and so he was again duly installed in the chair of Borsdane Lodge in fine style by the Installing Worshipful Master Malcolm Keeling. The lodge was honoured by the presence of the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Anthony Bent and Malcolm Taylor (Wigan Group Chairman). Tony was accompanied by the three acting Provincial officers from the Wigan Group: Corrie Wilson-MacCormack, Bob Duff, and Ron Pearson, who was invited by the WM to give the address to the lodge stewards.
Geoffrey was presented by Norman Kelly (lodge secretary) and the address to the master was excellently delivered by Albert Williams, whose son, the lodge ADC addressed the wardens. The address to the brethren was delivered by Tony Bent.
The working tools were presented by Roy Brookes, Ray Featherstone and Paul Roper.
That young Mason from 1986 is now not so young, but neither is he old (he believes), the hair colour is different “distinguished” some might say though others might just say “grey”. He knows he is not the shadow of the man he was then (he’s now one and a half times the shadow – too many Masonic meals perhaps!) but his enthusiasm for the task ahead has not diminished.
At the festive board Geoffrey said he believes that the lodge, like any family, must continue to work together and be supportive of each other in that work at all times, each member enjoying their Freemasonry to the full.
He warmly encouraged the members of the lodge to do their utmost to deliver a happy, thriving and enthusiastic lodge for the brethren of the future. He wanted to ensure that those who are yet to come to occupy the WM’s chair of Borsdane Lodge would be truly proud of their predecessors. He hoped that the legacy left by today’s brethren would be worthy of the lodge’s faith in electing him to serve as WM for a second time.
Geoffrey said: “The ‘Mastership’ was a task he was proud to undertake and he is looking forward to it with joy. He informed the assembled brethren that he was relishing this opportunity to serve the lodge in this way again”
He concluded by saying: “If we can hold fast to that which is good, we will be united as brethren of one tie and brotherly love will prevail.”
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