The installation meeting of Trafford Park Broad Oak Lodge No 4486 was honoured by the presence of the Provincial Grand Master, Tony Harrison and the Provincial team.
Before the lodge was opened, the Eccles Group Chairman, Dave Walmsley formerly welcomed Tony to Elm Bank and presented him with the traditional Eccles cakes to take home and enjoy for his supper with his wife Maureen.
The lodge was opened in due form, after conducting the normal business the lodge was opened in the third degree by worshipful master Dave Kenny, PrGDC Keith Kemp, was admitted and announced that the Provincial Grand Master was without and demanded admission to which the WM replied that the lodge would be honoured to receive him.
The Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison was admitted accompanied by John Hutton, Assistant Provincial Grand Master, Dave Walmsley, Provincial Grand Secretary Peter Taylor and other acting Provincial grand officers, PrDGDC’s Dave Thomas, PrSGW Mike Threllfall, PrJGW Peter Schofield, PrGStwd Jerry Lawes and PrJGD John Harrop, also accompanied by grand officers Tony Edden, Brian Heyes, Colin Firth and Derek Hughes.
Dave formerly welcomed Tony and offered him the gavel to which he swiftly returned with a polite thank you. Dave then requested that Dave Walmsley occupy the chair for the purposes of the installation. Dave requested the assistance of Mike Threllfall to occupy the office of installing senior warden, Peter Schofield the office of installing junior warden and Alan Peak to remain in the office of installing inner guard.
The master elect, Damion Edwards was presented to Dave by Mike Brindle the DC of the lodge. Dave then continued with the ceremony of installation without blemish and Damion was installed into the chair of King Solomon with sincerity and style.
The working tools of an installed master were presented by Jerry Lawes, the third degree tools by Patrick Wilkinson, the second by Mike Myhill and the first by David Pryce.
The address to the worshipful master was given by Dave Walmsley. Damion then invested his officers for the ensuing year. The address to the wardens was presented by Peter Schofield. A presentation and explanation of the Hallstone Jewell was given by Alan Peak.
The Provincial Grand Master rose to give his address to the brethren of Trafford Park Broad Oak Lodge. Tony then offered his congratulations to a job well done especially to Dave Walmsley the installing master. He thanked Damion for taking the chair of King Solomon and wished both him and the brethren a healthy and busy year ahead. Damion responded by thanking Tony and presenting him with one of two cheques in the sum of £200 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity. Tony thanked David and the brethren for the generous donation and received the applause of the assembled brethren and visitors alike. The other cheque was in the sum of £1,800 to the master’s chosen charity, that of the Barton Athletic Club in Eccles.
Following the first rising, Tony and the Provincial team retired from the lodge in processional form. Damion continued with the rest of the lodge business before retiring to join the Provincial team at the festive board.
An enjoyable meal in a friendly atmosphere was enjoyed by all at the festive board. APrGM John Hutton gave the toast to the Provincial Grand Master and welcomed the Tony to Eccles and thanked him for attending this installation. He said that Tony was the 17th in line of PrGM’s in Province of the West Lancashire and that he is very popular, friendly, approachable and wise and that he had enjoyed his company during the evening.
Tony in his response to that toast thanked John for his kind words and reiterated that he too had enjoyed a splendid ceremony and paid tribute to Dave Walmsley for his tremendous work in the lodge. He thanked his Provincial team for their contribution which include two acting officers from the Eccles group.
Tony referred to the new care system which has been introduced which will make life easier for lodge almoners and saying that the work of an almoner is very important and that everyone should aspire to become an almoner. He thanked the PrGA Ernie Greenhalsh and his deputy Paul Webster for their work. He said that Ernie’s vision is for the new care system will benefit everyone.
Tony also spoke about that the Tercentenary is fast approaching in 2017 to celebrate 300 years of Freemasonry and that groups need to be thinking of ways in which they can celebrate this important milestone in Freemasonry. He said that it is an opportunity to promote Freemasonry and let the public know what we are about.
Tony also mentioned the move of the Provincial office from Liverpool to the new premises at the north east corner of Wellington Park, Leyland. Also he congratulated those from the Eccles group who had contributed to the improvements of Elm Bank and how important it is to maintain our Masonic halls. In conclusion, he said that he had enjoyed a wonderful evening in the presence of all those in attendance and wished everybody well.
The master’s song was eloquently sung by Chris Knowles accompanied by Derek Hughes to which all the brethren joined in with great gusto.