Phillip Woods had the pleasure of installing Don Richardson into the chair of Festival Lodge No 8123 in a delightful ceremony. Suffice to say, the delivery of the ritual by Phillip was outstanding.
Festival Lodge was honoured to have the presence of Assistant Provincial Grand Master David Randerson at this lodge installation meeting. Phillip Woods, as master of the lodge, welcomed all the visitors before opening the lodge in the first degree. After transacting the administrative business, the lodge was opened in the second and then the third degree, before the entrance of David Randerson.
David was accompanied by Past Deputy Provincial Grand Masters and Past Assistant Provincial Grand Masters, along with Preston Group Chairman Steve Bolton. There were also acting Provincial grand officers in attendance. David was formally welcomed by Phillip who then offered him the gavel of the lodge. David accepted the gavel thanking Phillip for his warm welcome, saying that he was looking forward to what he was aware was a ‘different’ ceremony. He then politely returned the gavel and took his seat to the right of the master’s chair.
Following salutations to grand and Provincial grand officers and before the commencement of the installation ceremony, the lodge returned to the second degree.
The installation ceremony commenced with lodge member Hal Hamer presenting the master elect, Don Richardson to Phillip for installation. Phillip informed Don of his forthcoming duties as master and accepted his obligation to do so.
Phillip went on to install Don into the chair of the lodge in a ceremony, including variations, which was performed in an outstanding manner, and was fully appreciated by all concerned. As part of the ceremony, the working tools of an installed master were explained by Martin Wootton, he then presented those of the third degree. The second degree tools were explained in the long form by Hal Hamer and those of the first degree by Ross Kinder.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, David Randerson rose to give the greetings of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and congratulated Don on attaining the master’s chair, (after a gap of 49 years). He wished him well for his year in office, a year he hoped would be very busy. Turning to Phillip, he congratulated him on the excellence of his ritual.
Don rose to thank David for his kind and generous comments and had the pleasure of presenting him with two cheques. The first was for £250 in support of the Preston Masonic Hall, the second, also for £250, was in support of the MCF 2021 Festival. David thanked the lodge for their generous donations and added his own personal thanks for the donation to the Festival; he also reiterated the importance of supporting Masonic halls.
In response to the toast to his health. Don thanked all those who had made the ceremony so wonderful. He closed the evening by presenting bouquets of flowers to David as ‘thanks’ to his wife Anne for letting him out once again.