The members of Brookfield Lodge No 5077 were honoured by the presence of Ian Higham representing the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. Ian was accompanied by grand officer John Robson, Tony Hall Vice Chairman of Chorley and District Group and group treasure Brian Sharples.
The lodge was opened by Keith Feer as the current WM was unable to attend due to a family bereavement. Mike Terissi then took over as installing master in an excellent display of ritual and carefully placed Phil Johnson into the chair of King Solomon. The working tools were explained by Keith Feer, Derek McKee and Eddie Gorman, all delivered in fine style.
Phil’s first pleasant duty was to present Ian with cheques totalling £2,013 comprising £200 each for Friends of Ecclesholme, Derian House, Bolton Hospice, North West Air Ambulance, Henshaw and Fort Alice, with further donations of £100 to Firwood School, £350 to West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity and £363 for tracing boards for Brookfield Masonic Hall. Ian commented that this was a huge amount of money from such a small lodge and thanked all the lodge members on behalf of the recipients.
At the risings John Robson said that on behalf of his colleague Ian how much they had enjoyed the ceremony and thanked everyone who had taken part, “a real team effort.”
At the festive board Ian said how much he had been looking forward to coming to Brookfield which brought back many fond memories. Ian continued that we must look after and support our Masonic halls as much as possible. Ian then put his Royal Arch hat on and urged as many as possible to join this degree to complete their journey in Freemasonry.
A raffle took place which raised a further £208 for charitable causes. The master’s song was sung by Victor Hindle accompanied by Ray Dainton on the Piano.
Just when it was thought that the evening had come to an end, Keith Feer gave everyone a ‘wee dram of whisky’, a donation from the WM; a lovely end to an installation with all the ingredients of good food, good wine and good company.