The members and friends of Westhoughton Lodge No 4215 gathered to celebrate the installation of Allan Gray into the chair of King Solomon. The lodge was honoured by the presence of Frank Umbers as the representative of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. Frank was accompanied by Chorley Group Chairman Peter Lockett, North Fylde Group Chairman Duncan Smith, Chorley Group Treasurer Mike Silver and acting Provincial Grand Standard Bearer Stuart Wilson.
Master of the lodge Aston Killoran opened proceedings and conducted the lodge business. He then introduced Mark Holloway as the installing officer for the installation. Stuart Wilson presented Allan Gray to Mark for the benefit of installation and Mark conducted the ceremony of installation in fine style. The honour of placing Allan into the chair of King Solomon was reserved for Aston.
The working tools of an installed master were presented by Stuart Wilson and the working tools in the third, second and first degrees were presented by Paul Spann, Stewart Rothwell and Stuart Wilson respectively. The address to the master was delivered by Phil Dean and the address to the wardens was delivered by Len Fairclough, whilst that to the brethren of the lodge was delivered by Frank Umbers; all under the watchful eye of director of ceremonies Andy Wiltshire and assistant director of ceremonies Stewart Rothwell.
Frank Umbers rose to bring greetings and wishes from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison to Allan Gray, wishing him the good health to enjoy the year ahead. Frank said that if the Provincial Grand Master had been able to attend he would have congratulated the installing master Mark Holloway for a job well done. Director of ceremonies Andy Wiltshire and assistant director of ceremonies Stewart Rothwell were also congratulated for the work they had done to organise an excellent ceremony.
Allan Gray then had his first pleasant duty, that of presenting Frank with the cheques for the charitable causes the brethren of the lodge had chosen. The charitable donations were: West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity £367.50; Townleys Hospital £20; Wigan and Leigh Hospice £100; Cystic Fibrosis £50; Firwood School £100 and the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival £1,000; a total of £1,637.50. Frank thanked the lodge on behalf of the recipients for the generous donations the lodge had made.
The business in the lodge being at an end, the brethren and their guests retired to an excellent, convivial and friendly festive board which was enjoyed by all. The master’s song was sung by Dave Harrison who was in fine voice. Dave was accompanied by Ray Dainton.