The members of Corinthian Lodge No 2350 were delighted to welcome Tony Bent, Assistant Provincial Grand Master, as the principal guest at their installation meeting at Hindley Masonic Hall. Tony was accompanied on his visit by fellow grand officer, Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master Eddie Caulfield and further supported by acting Provincial officers Tony Simms, Eric Bailey and Ken Wilson, together with group officers Geoffrey Porter (vice chairman) and John Parrot (group charity steward).
Tony was well received into the lodge and given a warm welcome by the installing and WM Fred Parr and all the brethren present. Tony was to be witness to a fine installation of the new master Frank Morgan, who was presented by lodge director of ceremonies Chris Reeman, who years earlier had been introduced into the lodge by Frank.
The ceremony was excellent, with Fred doing a sterling job installing Frank with dignity. Worthy of special mention was the excellent manner in which the younger brethren presented the working tools to the new WM. Namely Darryl Grundy, Jon Shepherd and Peter Newell. Edward Atherton gave the address to the WM, with Bill Wilding giving the address to the wardens. The acting Provincial officers present also contributed to the proceedings, with the address to deacons being delivered by Tony Simms (PrJGD) to the stewards by Ken Wilson (PrGStwd). Finally, Tony Bent gave the address to the brethren with his customary ease and dignity.
Frank then went on to appoint and invest his officers, following which Tony was keenly on his feet and brought the congratulations of the Provincial Grand Master to the new WM and all those who had taken part in such a fine occasion and thanked everyone for the warm reception he had received. He was pleased to receive charitable donations totalling £1,001, in favour of West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity for £501, Three Wishes Charity for £250 and Hindley Masonic Hall for £250. The Three Wishes Charity is local to Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Trust, and focuses on improving the patient experience by staff training and purchasing specialist medical equipment. These cheques were in addition to recent donations of £110 to Ecclesholme and a further £267 to Hindley Masonic Hall.
Around 40 brethren attended the fine festive board that followed in that friendly and lively atmosphere that typifies Hindley Masonic Hall. Tony added his own personal congratulations to Frank, Fred and his entire team.
Frank has a great love of rugby union and is a lifelong player and administrator and is the current President of Wigan Rugby Union Club.