There are often proud faces at every installation ceremony for a new master, but the installation of Peter Willingham at Asshaw Lodge No 6849 was an extra special evening. Not only was Peter’s father Stephen Willingham present with friends from his own lodge in Cleveleys. Peter joined Asshaw Lodge as an entered apprentice and has worked his way up each office over the past seven years to master elect.
Another very proud face was installing master Edwin Schofield who as secretary of the lodge for many years sorted out the Peters paperwork when he joined Asshaw Lodge back in December 2016. Everything was setup for a spectacular evening and it certainly did not disappoint as the installation began.
With 36 brethren in attendance the lodge was opened and the representative of the Provincial Grand Master Stephen Gregory was welcomed into the lodge with other esteemed guests.
The installation was flawless with Edwin and Peter both delivering superb ritual throughout. Following Peter being installed into the chair of King Solomon, the working tools were delivered by both young and experienced brethren, with special mention to fellow craft John Dickinson who gave the first degree tools, Iain Brown presented the second degree tools, followed by Paul Vernazza with the tools of a master Mason, all delivering each ritual with great skill and understanding.
After Peter had appointed and invested his officers, he topped off what was already a superb performance, by presenting his own wardens with the address to the wardens from his master’s pedestal.
And if that wasn’t enough the highlight of the ceremony was undoubtedly the address to the WM which was given by Paul’s father Stephen and his delivery was word perfect, beautifully done and delivered with heartfelt meaning and obvious of a ‘father to son’ pride.
Before closing the meeting, Peter presented a cheque from the lodge to principal guest Stephen Gregory who shared the details of the donations with the brethren. With a total of £800 given, split between Northwest Air Ambulance, Chorley and Leyland MS Society, Charnock Richard Scouts and Chorley Masonic Hall Building Fund. Stephen thanked the brethren of the lodge for their generosity.
Accompanying Stephen was acting Provincial grand officer Ian Moss Provincial Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies, Peter Allen group chairman and Colin Preston Treasurer of Chorley and Leyland Group. As the lodge closed, everyone was welcomed to join the Asshaw Lodge members at the festive board.
The festive board was an enjoyable affair with a great atmosphere and good food. During the toasts there were more heartfelt words shared and after the raffle raised £201, the Master’s Song was given by Shaun Haynes which finished off a wonderful evening. The night ended and everyone left happy and proud.