John Dutchman-Smith the master of Anderton Lodge No 8470 opened the lodge and conducted the business of the lodge which included a ballot for a joining member. The acting director of ceremonies Ian Higham retired from the lodge to conduct the Vice Chairman of the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival David Winder into the lodge. David was accompanied by grand officers and Chorley Group Chairman Peter Lockett.
John then proceeded to raise Jason Stokes to the sublime degree of a master Mason. John was ably assisted by David Kavanagh, Paul Whitney and Geoffrey Fisher, all under the watchful eye of acting director of ceremonies Ian Higham.
The traditional history was presented impeccably by Gordon Southworth and Ian Banks, whilst the working tools were explained and moralised on faultlessly by John Eckersley.
John Dutchman-Smith explained that rather than wait until the installation meeting in February 2018, the lodge members had decided to make some charity donations at the current meeting. John was delighted to present David Winder with a cheque valued at £4,200 for the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival. David expressed great pleasure in accepting the donation and presented the lodge with a grand patron’s certificate. David individually praised all those who had participated in an outstanding ceremony.
John Dutchman-Smith then presented a cheque for £500 to Scott Miller, who was representing the North West Blood Bikes. Scott thanked the brethren for their donation to aid this vital voluntary organisation. John said that donations of £100 to Cancer Research, £100 to the Friends of Ecclesholme and £50 to Firwood School had also been made.
The brethren retired to the festive board in a happy mood ready to enjoy good food, good wine and exceedingly good company.