The members of Egerton Worsley Lodge No 1213 were delighted to welcome Assistant Provincial Grand Master John Hutton as their principal guest at the installation of Alan Perks held at Elm Bank Masonic Hall. John was accompanied by Eccles Group Chairman Dave Walmsley and Eccles Group Vice Chairman Stuart Sutherland Boyd. John was also joined by a plethora of grand officers, David McCormick, Stuart Shea, Alec Neilson and Alan Wolstencroft. Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies Malcolm Bell confidently directed the proceedings and was accompanied by acting officers Ian Lynch, Ken Wilson and Tom Fredrickson.
Standing in for worshipful master John Tooley was David Marlor, who performed a magnificent ceremony as installing master, accompanied ably by his installing officers under the guidance of director of ceremonies Ian Edge. WM John Tooley is awaiting his second hip operation whilst still recovering from his first.
The master elect was presented by Ian Edge and Alan Perks was installed in the chair of King Solomon for the third time in his 33 years in Freemasonry. The working tools of the third degree were explained Bob Robinson, the second by Reginald Cooper and the first by fellowcraft Colin Battersby. The address to the WM was given by Doug Couse and the address to the wardens by Godfrey Calcutt.
On completion of an excellent ceremony, John rose to congratulate Alan on reaching the chair of King Solomon and brought him the greetings of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and also congratulated David Marlor and his officers for a wonderful ceremony.
Alan presented John with a cheque in the sum of £650 for the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity of which he received with gratitude and stated that he knew it would be gratefully appreciated by those recipients who would benefit from it.
After the lodge was closed, over 60 brethren retired to the dining room for the festive board where they enjoyed a fine four course banquet.
In his response to the toast to the grand officers John said that he was very impressed not only with the standard of the work performed in the lodge but also with the number of brethren who had attended. He conveyed the message from the Provincial Grand Master that we must enjoy our Freemasonry and to make contact with those brethren who no longer attend for whatever reason. He also expressed the importance of our almoners of which Roy Collier holds that office in this lodge and the tremendous work that they do.
John said that we must look after our Masonic Halls by maintaining them and conveying their availability by good marketing that will generate revenue.
He thanked Dave Walmsley for looking after him and also to the secretary Godfrey Calcutt for the arrangements and to the lodge members for their hospitality shown to him. He also thanked Malcolm Bell for his sterling work to ensure that everything went like clockwork.
The master’s song was sung by AGChap Alan Wolstencroft accompanied by Craig Mitchell.
Installing master David Marlor thanked Alan for once again taking the office of master and presented him with the traditional goblet and felt reassured that the lodge will be in safe hand for the ensuing year.
The response to the visitors was given by the WM of Lodge of Hope No 2679 Tom Gaffney, who duly presented Alan with the black spot and invited him to join the other masters on the circuit.
On retiring, John was presented with a bouquet of flowers and a packet of Eccles cakes for his good lady, to which he responded saying that these gifts would give him extra brownie points when he got home.