There were up to 50 members and visitors present to witness Carl Daggers being installed into the chair of King Solomon at Carnarvan Lodge No 2376 for the second time in his Masonic career. The first time he was installed as WM was back in 2009. The ceremony took place at Leyland Masonic Hall and Assistant Provincial Grand Master Harry Cox was the principle guest on the day.
The lodge’s immediate past master Dick Griffiths opened the lodge in due form in the absence of the WM who couldn’t attend the meeting due to unforeseen circumstances. All lodge business was transacted and Harry Cox was admitted into the lodge room. Harry was accompanied by a number of acting Provincial grand officers and was lead into the lodge room by two Provincial grand stewards in Andy Sumner and Joe Codling. Following a very warm welcome from Dick, Harry thanked everyone for the welcome stating that he was pleased to be back in Leyland and took to his seat after handing back the lodge gavel.
On with the ceremony and Carl was presented to the lodge as master elect by Rod Bennison and after reciting his obligation it wasn’t long before he was sitting comfortably in the master’s chair. The working tools of each degree were exceptionally well presented by experienced past masters Derek Sherlicker, David Ball and Neil Hartley for the third, second and first degrees respectively. The address to the wardens was presented by Allan Scott with Rod Bennison presenting the address to the WM. Harry gave the address to the lodge before Carl presented a number of cheques to him for forwarding on to the relevant charities. These cheques were written for a number of charities and they totalled £1,250 which was made up from £500 for the MCF 2021 Festival; £250 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity; £150 to North West Blood Bikes; a further £150 written out to the North West Air Ambulance; £150 to New Start, a charity supporting heart and lung transplants and £50 to Bleasdale School dealing in profound and multiple learning difficulties.
At the end of the installation ceremony, congratulations were given on behalf of Tony Harrison Provincial Grand Master by Harry and he thanked Dick for the manner in which he installed Carl into the chair.
Harry then retired from the lodge with his entourage and he was soon accompanied by all lodge members and visitors as they headed for the dining room and to the festive board. THere Harry brought his own congratulations and bid Carl a happy and healthy year in the chair. Everyone left the evening having had a good time catching up with old friends, some having made new friends.