The brethren and guests of Atherton Lodge No 4488 assembled for their 859th regular meeting at Leigh Masonic Hall for the glorious occasion of, and to celebrate, the installation of Brian Brittain into the chair of King Solomon. The
principal guest representing the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison was Assistant Provincial Grand Master David Randerson. David, on this occasion, was accompanied by several acting officers; Provincial Deputy Grand Superintendent of Works Andrew Hardman and Provincial Grand Stewards Nigel Isherwood and John Pitches. Not forgetting the accompanying grand lodge officers; Geoff Bent, Malcolm Parr and Len Hart.
This is Brian’s second stint in the chair and although it would be nice to say the last time was only a couple of years ago, in fact the most recent was in 1991-1992. He has been much too busy since then as he has been the permanent secretary of the lodge, so permanent that he’s been in post for the last 25 years!
Music is the perfect accompaniment to any procession or parade and at the meeting, brethren were treated to several recitals befitting the occasion carried out with aplomb by David Scattergood. This perfect entrance took place under the guidance of the DC William Evans.
The master elect Brian Brittain was formally presented to the lodge by Bill. What followed was a great ceremony, worked by the installing master Mike Peckett. Mike did an excellent job of the installation, as expected as he has been in the chair of King Solomon five times so is no stranger to ritual. The installation ceremony was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The working tools were presented in a wonderfully accurate manner by three junior brethren; the first degree was presented by Kevin Moore, the second degree by Bill Evans and the third degree by Daniel Walker.
Brian having been installed as master, David Randerson then delivered the congratulations and good wishes of Tony Harrison. Brian’s first pleasant duty was to present several cheques to David; MCF 2021 Festival £700, Derian House Childrens’ Hospice £100, Horwich Dementia Café £100, Friends of Ecclesholme £100, Leigh Group Charities Fund £115 and Leigh Masonic Hall Ltd £275.
After a wonderful afternoon 62 brethren retired to the festive board and boisterously proceeded to enjoy an evening improved by the presence of David Randerson and his witty recollections and jokes. In his informative speech he told the brethren about recent changes in Provincial Grand Lodge and delivered a particularly informative piece regarding promoting Freemasonry amongst friends, in which he informed us not only what to do, but how to do it!