Robert Wright was welcomed by the Lodge of Chivalry No 3974 members to their installation ceremony which saw Colin Frodsham proclaimed as worshipful master of the lodge for the third time.
Colin first occupied the chair in 1977. Over the last few years the membership of the lodge has declined, however, the lodge does have several new members who are progressing through the lodge offices and in order to let them progress in the normal timescale through the offices, Colin agreed to occupy the chair for a second term in 2014, he enjoyed his year in office and was able to visit many lodges as he has now retired from work and was happy to stay in the chair for another year.
This was the first visit by Robert to the Lodge of Chivalry since his appointment as Assistant Provincial Grand Master with responsibility for the Ormskirk and Southport Groups.
Robert was accompanied by the Chairman of the Ormskirk and District Group, Frank Umbers along with six acting Provincial officers along with the group vice chairman Stephen Brereton and the group secretary, Malcolm Alexander.
Colin commented that it was great to see so many visitors, as along with the group and acting officers there were in excess of 20 other visiting brethren attending the meeting.
The proclamation was carried out by the lodge director of ceremonies, Mark Holloway. Following the proclamation Colin was saluted in each degree by the brethren of the lodge, after which the working tools were delivered by three master Masons: Andrew Bradshaw (third degree), Martin Stewart (second degree) and Martin Fenton (first degree). After appointing his officers (all of whom are light blue, apart from the senior warden), the address to the wardens was given by David Dugdale. The ceremony concluded with the address to the brethren delivered by Mark Holloway.
Robert then gave the greetings and good wishes from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, to Colin, who responded by giving Robert donations totalling £1,050 – WLFC £400, St James the Great £250, Ormskirk Masonic Hall £100. Tithebarn £100, Retina Pigmentosa £100, Wigan Ongology £50 and Dr Naqvi’s Heart Foundation £50.
Robert thanked Colin and the lodge members for their generosity as illustrated by the donations made. Robert said: “I am particularly pleased to see the support for the WLFC. In this Province we are pretty well unique, in having our own registered charity.” He also on behalf of the PrGM congratulated all those brethren that took part in the ceremony and wished them a busy and happy Masonic year.
On completion of the meeting the members and their guests retired to the adjacent dining room to partake in the traditional toast to the WM and to enjoy the installation banquet.
Responding to the toast to grand officers Robert said: “I congratulate you on being installed master of this distinguished lodge for a second consecutive year and I trust that you will have a happy and fulfilling year as master and that it proves a successful one for your lodge as I understand you have a candidate.” This was greeted with applause. Robert also congratulated the director of ceremonies Mark Holloway for the manner in which he conducted the ceremony of proclamation and to the officers of the lodge for the hard work which had been carried, especially the three brethren who delivered the working tools.
He then thanked the brethren for the donations he received in the lodge, saying that last year the WLFC made grants to support the needs of Freemasons of the Province who had fallen on hard times, to the widows and to good causes in the community and education. “I hope that illustrates that your donation will be well spent by the charity.”
He also spoke about the Tercentenary in 2017, the information available on the new group and Provincial websites and the use of yellow envelopes to maximise the donations to the WLFC.
In closing Robert said he would like to acknowledge the warmth of the reception he had been given by the lodge members he said that it was important that we all continue to enjoy our Freemasonry. He concluded by saying it had been a thoroughly enjoyable evening.