David takes his time getting to the chair

At long last David Swift, having been junior warden four times and senior warden three times, was finally encouraged to become WM of White Hills Lodge No 5209. Work and family commitments had precluded David from becoming master of his lodge for a good number of years, which can be appreciated when you consider he was initiated into Freemasonry back in November 1993, when Douglas Little was the WM of the lodge.

Pictured from left to right, are: Tony Bent, David Swift and Aaron Beaver.

Pictured from left to right, are: Tony Bent, David Swift and Aaron Beaver.

There were a good number of brethren in attendance at Leyland Masonic Hall to witness this event when the lodge was very honoured and pleased to have in attendance Assistant Provincial Grand Master Tony Bent, accompanied by White Hills Lodge’s own Peter Hadfield PAGReg, the group vice chairman Christopher Blackwell and a number of acting Provincial grand officers.

The outgoing WM Aaron Beaver welcomed the dignitaries into the lodge before he proceeded to install his successor David Swift into the chair of King Solomon, in which task he was very ably assisted by the officers of the lodge. Once David was installed into the chair as master, his farther-in-law Raymond Coughlin, delivered a very warm, affectionate and slightly emotional rendition of the address to the WM. Before the ceremony concluded, principal guest Tony Bent delivered an extremely fine rendition of the address to the brethren of White Hills Lodge.

Pictured from left to right, are: John Lewis (senior warden), David Swift and John Clulow (junior warden).

Pictured from left to right, are: John Lewis (senior warden), David Swift and John Clulow (junior warden).

On completion of the ceremony, Tony then brought greetings on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and congratulated David on finally becoming WM and the officers of the lodge on what had been a most enjoyable and dignified installation ceremony. He particularly complemented Aaron Beaver, on the very warm and sincere way he had installed his successor. Three brethren of the lodge, Paul Pennington-Smith together with Ian Booth and Mark Humphrey were congratulated on the excellent way they had presented the working tools of each of the three degrees and Tony made a point of shaking each of them by the hand. Tony concluded by wishing David, his officers and brethren of the lodge a very happy and successful year and with two potential candidates to initiate that represented a very good start.

David has been married to his wife Linda for 20 years and is a self-employed telematics’ engineer which requires him to do a good deal of travelling up and down the country. He has two sons, James, who is at University and Harry, who is at Runshaw College. David’s interests include, classic car restoration, running, canoeing and caravanning.

Pictured from left to right, are: John Lewis, Christopher Blackwell, Andrew Newson, Anthony Bent, David Swift, Aaron Beaver, John Clulow, Peter Hadfield, Stephen Lunt and Kenneth Wilson.

Pictured from left to right, are: John Lewis, Christopher Blackwell, Andrew Newson, Anthony Bent, David Swift, Aaron Beaver, John Clulow, Peter Hadfield, Stephen Lunt and Kenneth Wilson.