Busy night at Amity

The brethren and friends of Westhoughton Lodge of Amity No 7782 gathered to take part in the installation of David Horrocks as master of the lodge and the brethren of the lodge were honoured by the presence of Assistant Provincial Grand Master Ray Martland. Ray was accompanied by Chorley Group Chairman Peter Lockett, group treasurer Joe Hall and acting Provincial grand lodge officers.

Pictured left from left to right, are: David Horrocks, Norman Austin (presenting a history of Lodge St James) and Ray Martland. Pictured right: David Horrocks (left) presents Ray Dainton with a £100 cheque for Firwood School.

Pictured left from left to right, are: David Horrocks, Norman Austin (presenting a history of Lodge St James) and Ray Martland. Pictured right: David Horrocks (left) presents Ray Dainton with a £100 cheque for Firwood School.

The evening was made even more colourful by five brethren from the Lodge St James No 171, who meet in Doune, West Perthshire.

David was installed into the chair of King Solomon in fine style by Mike Silver and it must be noted that Mike was extremely busy throughout the night.

The working tools of an installed master were delivered by Alex Prescott whilst three brothers in light blue did a remarkable job in presenting the working tools of the three degrees with Andrew Thornley, Stuart Graves and Andrew Prescott delivering perfect third, second and first degree tools respectively.

When investing the officers of the lodge, Gary Smith presented the address to the stewards and as the ceremony was coming to a close, the address to the master was delivered by Maurice Edge. The address to the wardens was performed by Gilbert Pierce and the address to the brethren was presented by Ray Martland.

David Horrocks (3rd left) with brethren of Lodge St James and Alex Prescott (3rd right).

David Horrocks (3rd left) with brethren of Lodge St James and Alex Prescott (3rd right).

Ray brought greetings from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and he congratulated David on becoming the master of such a fine lodge. Ray also thanked the brethren for their generous donations of £700 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity and £100 to the Bolton Hospice.

At the festive banquet, the master’s song was sung by Gary Smith. In all, it was a grand evening with good food, good wine and especially good company.

David Horrocks (seated) with his guests.

David Horrocks (seated) with his guests.