It was a busy night for the members of Westhoughton Lodge No 4215. The main purpose of the evening was to celebrate 50 years in Freemasonry by John Taylor and to honour this celebration John was asked to take the chair as master of the lodge for the night. John usually takes an active part in the lodge ceremonies with his specialty being the charge after initiation.
John was initiated into Westhoughton Lodge 50 years ago and has been a member ever since. During that time John has risen to the very high rank of Past Provincial Junior Grand Warden.
Alan Byers presented John with a certificate of appreciation from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. The certificate thanked John on behalf of the Province of West Lancashire for his dedication and support over 50 years.
As master of the lodge, John then asked Mike Silver to deliver an explanation of the grand lodge certificate to Philip Spencer and Mohamed Abdul. Philip and Mohamed then signed their certificates and presented them to the worshipful master for inspection.
The festive board was a traditional old English dinner of vegetable soup, black pudding, braised steak with all the trimmings, pannacotta with cream and strawberries, cheese and biscuits and coffee; all very delicious and no need to eat for another week.
As usual at an old English night there was a fines master and Provincial Publicity Officer Mark Holloway stood in at the very last minute and had to borrow bits and pieces to form a costume. (I don’t think the lady he borrowed the hat from will use it for another wedding). Mark proceeded to encourage, coax and scare donations from a very generous set of diners, which included a number of non-Masons.
At the end of the evening Alan Byers presented John Taylor with a splendid engraved whisky decanter and glasses. It was a perfect evening with good fun, good food, good wine and especially good company.