The members of Coronation Lodge of Westhoughton No 7258 were honoured by the presence of Stuart Thornber representing the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. Stuart was accompanied by grand officers Frank Wilkinson, Ken Shaw, John Robson, Stuart Hughes, Frank Monaghan, Brian Everall, Andy Wiltshire, Steve Gregory and John Dutchman-Smith, along with the Chorley group vice chairman Peter Allen, group secretary Don Hesketh and acting Provincial stewards Peter Horgan and Steve Ralph.
The installing master Derek Robinson placed Bryn Hart into the chair of King Solomon in an excellent, well drilled and polished ceremony.
Impressive ritual was very much in evidence when the third, second and first degree working tools were presented by Richard Frazer Bastable, John Robson and Arthur Holden respectively. In similar vein, the address to the master was presented by Frank Wilkinson, the address to the wardens was delivered by Andy Wiltshire and the address to the brethren was presented by Stuart Thornber with style and charisma.
It’s not often that three grand officers are collared as stewards of a lodge but Frank Wilkinson, Ken Shaw and Stuart Hughes were duly invested with the offices in the ceremony at Coronation Lodge.
At the conclusion of the installation ceremony proper, Stuart Thornber brought warm greetings and congratulations on the installation from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and similarly congratulated Bryn Hart on attaining the chair of such a fine lodge. He continued by congratulating Derek Robinson on a delightfully worked ceremony.
Stuart thanked the brethren of the lodge for their generous donations to charity which consisted of £1,625 to the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival, £200 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, £100 to the Friends of Ecclesholme, £50 to Firwood School, £50 to the Masonic Fishing Charity and £50 to the Forget Me Not Trust.
Coronation Lodge is by tradition a dining lodge and, consequently, a sumptuous festive board of oven baked garlic and thyme scented mushroom, French onion soup, cider scented belly pork with seasonal vegetables, profiteroles with warm chocolate sauce, cheeses with fruit kebabs rounded off with coffee and chocolates is considered a normal lodge meal!
In response to the toast to the grand officers, Stuart thanked the officers of the lodge for a delightful ceremony and he congratulated Peter Allen, Derek Robinson and Stuart Wilson who would be receiving honours at the Provincial Grand Lodge meeting on 10 May in the Winter Gardens, Blackpool. The meeting will take place in the Opera House and the banquet to follow will be held in the Empress Ballroom and Stuart encouraged the brethren to attend to support the Provincial Grand Master in his lodge, as well as offering support to members of the group who will be receiving first appointments and promotions at the event. He also encouraged all brethren to support the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival and the new Masonic Charitable Foundation in general.
The master’s song was sung with gusto by Swainson Eckersley, accompanied by Wilf Farnworth.
Following a most enjoyable evening, the festive board ended with good friends, good wine and exceptionally good food.