Members and visitors of Peel Moat Lodge No 7633 were most honoured and delighted in welcoming AProvGM Barry Jameson as the representative of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison.
Barry was in good company being accompanied by grand officers; Brian Hayes, Chairman of South Eastern Group Gareth Jones, group vice chairman Nigel Paton and Barry Howard of the Province of Northants and Huntingdon, holder of the Certificate of Merit, together with Provincial Deputy Grand Director of Ceremonies. Rob Fitzsimmons and other Provincial grand officers, group officers and distinguished brethren to witness the installation of Derek Addy as master of the lodge for the ensuing year.
The installing master, Peter Shepherd, completed the opening business of the lodge and then commenced the installation proceedings ably assisted by the officers of the lodge.
Derek was installed in an interesting manner only usually witnessed at Peel Moat Lodge and was then treated to excellent presentations of the working tools in the third degree by Nigel Paton, in the second degree by Phillip Lowe and finally in the first degree by Brian Cross. The address to the master was given by Nigel Paton, that to the wardens by Terry Levison, that to the deacons by Denis Tierney and finally the address to the brethren of the lodge by Barry Jameson.
On completion of the installation ceremony, Barry rose to bring the sincere heartfelt greetings, congratulations and best wishes from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, saying that Tony was aware that Derek was taking the master’s chair and wished him and the members of the lodge a very happy, healthy and most importantly, after what had gone before in lockdown, enjoyable year ahead.
Barry then turned to the installing master Peter saying that if Tony had of been present on the evening, he would have taken delight in congratulating him on his work during the evening and similarly congratulated the director of ceremonies Brian Cross for his part and similarly to the three brethren who delivered the working tools.
In response, Derek rose and thanked Barry for the good wishes and presented him with a charitable donation in the form of a cheque for the very generous value of £500 made out in favour of the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity.
Barry responded by saying this was an excellent example of charitable giving and congratulated the lodge members on providing such a superb donation on behalf of those who will ultimately benefit from their very kind generosity.
On the first rising Gareth Jones rose to bring the greetings of the grand officers saying those who were present had experienced a unique evening’s ceremony and that they were all looking forward to the remainder of the evening, assuming they were to be invited of course!
At the social board, in response to the toast to grand officers, Barry added his own congratulations both to Derek and the lodge for an excellent evening’s entertainment. He mentioned the continuation of the Masonic journey into the Royal Arch which should be considered by all master Masons. Barry then went on to mention the recruitment drive which was proving very successful and the streamlining of the secretaries’ lot in the imminent introduction of the Hermes system, all of which made the future look promising.
Finally, Barry thanked the lodge for their warm hospitality and a very enjoyable night drew to a close in peace and harmony.