Brookfield Masonic Hall was the setting for the installation for Bryn Hart, the hall chairman, becoming the master of Tyldesley Lodge No 2572 for the second time. The lodge was honoured to have the company of Assistant Provincial Grand Master Stuart Seddon accompanied by a galaxy of acting Provincial grand officers as well as Chorley Group Chairman, vice chairman and treasurer Peter Lockett, Peter Allen and Mike Silver respectively.
At the appropriate time, Stewart Seddon entered the lodge with a team of eight acting officers, expertly conducted by the Provincial Deputy Director of Ceremonies Gary Smith, which made for a very impressive display.
The installation was performed in a most delightful manner by David Hargreaves, Bryn’s proposer, who also installed him the first-time round. David was ably assisted in the installation by Mike Silver and Bernard Davenport. One highlight was the presentation of the working tools in a brilliant manner, especially the first degree by Keith Royale.
After the ceremony was concluded, the WM had the pleasure of presenting several cheques; MCF 2021 Festival £1000, West Lancashire Freemasons Charity £100, Firwood School £200, Eccleshome (RMBI) £200 and Masonic fishing charity £100, along with other donations throughout the year. A grand total of £2647.50, a truly generous amount.
The music in the lodge room was provided by the great Ray Dainton, who handed over the ‘keys’ to Wilf Farnworth. Ray has been organist for 18 years and thought it may be time to slow down!
The festive board was an excellent meal as always. The brethren were entertained by Swainson Eckersley who performed the master’s song, with accompaniment by Wilf Farnworth.
A nice touch of the evening was that the ladies of the lodge were in an adjoining room having a meal and a nice chat whilst waiting for the gents to finish their meeting, so they could all meet up and have a drink together.
We wish Bryn and Tyldesley Lodge a successful and happy year.