Members and regular visitors of Flixton Lodge No 4869 were delighted to receive Brian Hayes as the representative of the Provincial Grand Master at their installation meeting where William Patrick Feeney, affectionately known as Billy to all his friends, was to be proclaimed as master for a second and ensuing year.
The meeting, held at Urmston Masonic Hall, was well attended and Brian was accompanied by fellow grand officer Mike Adams (group chairman), along with Provincial grand officers, group officers and visiting brethren.
The lodge meeting commenced and Billy having progressed through the business of the lodge, the juncture on summons arrived where Tim Burns, director of ceremonies, rose and proclaimed Billy as worshipful master for the ensuing year.
There then followed three perfectly presented orations of the working tools of the degrees, firstly those of the third degree presented by Mike Sullivan, followed by those of the second degree by Khurram Khan and finally the first degree tools presented by fellowcraft Mario Visconti. Mike Adams gave an excellent address to the wardens followed by Brian with the address to the brethren of the lodge.
On completion of the installation, Brian witnessed in his words, a most enjoyable installation and on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, passed on to the lodge the congratulations and best wishes for a happy, healthy and successful year in a most courteous manner.
During Billy’s response, he thanked Brian for his congratulations and for conveying the good wishes from Tony. Billy said he had experienced an excellent previous year as master with overwhelming support from the lodge brethren and other friends hence, he had much pleasure in presenting a charitable donation on behalf of the lodge brethren. Brian, in good jest and as he put it, being a past Detective Chief Inspector, thought he’d just inspect the contents of the envelope and was astonished to reveal such a most generous contribution by way of a cheque signed and dated correctly, having been made out in favour of the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity for £700.
Brian, with pure sincerity, congratulated and thanked the lodge members on behalf of all those recipients, we may never know, who will ultimately benefit for their most kind and charitable giving.
The sentiments and congratulations on the excellence of the ceremony were re-iterated by Mike Adams in his response to the first rising. Mike said that as group chairman, he was proud to see Billy in the masters’ chair for a second term saying it was a ‘second time around marvellous occasion’ and most heartening to see the lodge so well supported to witness the work, in particular the tools, presented by those newer members of the lodge during the meeting was to be admired. Mike also concurred with Brian’s’ message of congratulation to the lodge members on their fantastic charitable contribution.
The evening continued with a most enjoyable and jovial festive board. In Brian’s’ response to the grand officers, he passed on his own good wishes for a happy and healthy year to all the brethren present. He made particular comments relating to the care structure, although, he said, as being the previous group chairman, he was aware that Flixton Lodge were and have always been in the top of the league of charitable support towards the Masonic charities and this meeting was without exception a further example.
Brian continued with comments relating to the tercentenary, our Masonic halls, Royal Arch membership and most of all that each and every one of us continues to enjoy our Freemasonry.
Concluding, Brian thanked the lodge members for their kind generosity and the hospitality of which they had extended to him throughout the evening. Where soon after, the bread of friendship and the cup of cheer having been consumed completed a most enjoyable and memorable friendly evening.