The installation meeting of Longford Lodge No 5900 were faced with a dilemma when the principle guest David Thomas, unfortunately could not attend. So in stepped the Eccles Group Chairman Dave Walmsley to ensure that this had no effect on the proceedings. Dave was adequately supported by grand officers Chris McNab, Brian Heyes and Tony Edden. Also in attendance was the Eccles Group Vice-Chairman Stuart Boyd who had the pleasure of presenting Dave with the traditional Eccles cakes.
The worshipful master Malcolm Jacobs was pleased to greet Dave and his colleagues and thanked Dave for standing in at such short notice.
Installing worshipful master Malcolm expressed that he was looking forward to the ceremony as he had performed Lee’s initiation in 2010 and had watched him progress through the offices to finally reach the masters chair.
The master elect Lee Timothy Jenkins was presented to the WM for the benefit of installation. The ceremony was performed with dignity and sincerity under the watchful eye of director of ceremonies Chris McNab.
Presentations of the working tools were explained in fine form by three junior brethren, those of the third degree by Ian Lavin, the second by Jonathan Spann and the first by Alan Bentley.
The address to the newly installed master was given by Ivor Rosenberg and the address to the wardens was given by Brian Reeves. The address to the brethren of Longford Lodge was presented by Dave Walmsley.
On completion of the ceremony, Dave rose to convey the best wishes of the Provincial Grand Master, Tony Harrison and congratulated Lee on taking the chair of King Solomon for the first time. Lee duly presented Dave with a cheque to the value of £500 payable to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity and £300 to the MCF 2021 Festival which Dave gratefully received.
The evening concluded with a very enjoyable and jovial festive board.
In his response to the toast to the grand officers Dave related to the importance of the lodge almoner, mentoring and the Masonic halls. Also, that the Provincial Grand Master expresses his desire that we must enjoy our Freemasonry. He also expressed that the PrGM wishes to promote the celebration of 300 years of Freemasonry. He noted that it was encouraging to see the three junior brethren presenting the working tools and that the lodge is looking healthy
He thanked the members of Longford lodge for their kind hospitality during the evening and once again said how impressed he was with the work performed in the ceremony. Dave was presented with a bouquet to take home to his lovely wife Sandra.
Article by Tom Fredrickson, photographs by John Harrop.