On a pleasant spring evening in May, the WM Frank Laird, having greeted the members of and visitors to Ancient and Loyal Lodge of Installed Masters No 9762 opened the lodge in due form and with solemn prayer.
With the minutes of the previous regular lodge meeting held read and approved he moved onto the next business of the evening, that of balloting for three joining members. The secretary reported that all dues and demands had been paid and the eventual ballot proved favourable.
Next business was the main event of the evening, the installation of Andrew Perry as WM for the ensuing year. With all below the degree of a fellow craft requested to retire, the lodge opened in the second degree where the WM requested all below a master Mason to retire. He then opened the lodge in the third degree.
With the announcement that AProvGM Barry Jameson, demanded entrance, the WM admitted Barry into the lodge together with other grand officers and acting Provincial grand officers and with the brethren comfortable, welcomed Barry and offered him the gavel of the lodge which he accepted as of right, but then returned it quickly before taking his seat to the right of the WM.
Andrew Perry was regularly installed as master of the lodge by Frank Laird in an extremely proficient well practiced manner. The working tools of a master Mason were presented by David Rigby, those of the fellow craft were presented by Ian Green and those of an entered apprentice were presented by Phil Barr.
To the WM’s great relief, the director of ceremonies informed him that ceremony of his installation was complete and this signalled Barry Jameson to bring greetings from the ProvGM Tony Harrison, adding that he had witnessed an excellent ceremony of installation. Barry congratulated the immediate past and installing master Frank Laird for the excellent job he had done and further congratulating all the other participants.
Before Barry resumed his seat, the ~WM thanked him for his comments and presented cheques to him in support of the three Wigan Masonic halls at; Ashton £100, Hindley £100 and Pemberton £100. Provincial Grand Lodge Ukraine Appeal £300, Wigan and Leigh Hospice £300. Raffle money from the lodge’s Ladies to Dine to the Provincial Grand Lodge Ukraine Appeal (already sent) £528.50, The lodge and its members also raised £3177 for the MCF 2021 Festival. This was a grand total of £4505.50.
Barry received the donations with pleasure and thanked the WM and brethren for supporting the three Masonic halls in the Wigan Group, the Ukraine appeal and to the local hospice.
With charitable donations collected and safely received the WM proceeded to rise for the first time, allowing the representative of the Grand Master, grand and acting Provincial grand officers to retire.
After rising for the second and third times, the WM closed the lodge in peace and harmony and the officers, members and visitors retired from the lodge to take part in a wonderful festive board.