The members of Longford Lodge No 5900 and their guests gathered at Swinton Masonic Hall to witness the installation of Dennis Kay into the chair of King Solomon for his first time. Dennis was supported by a number of his colleagues from the time that he spent as a black cab driver, including his proposer Alan Dobkin. Dennis was initiated into the lodge in October 2007 and has steadily worked his way up through the offices to reach his goal to become the worshipful master of this wonderful lodge.
The principal guest was Assistant Provincial Grand Master John Hutton who was accompanied by Eccles Group Chairman Dave Walmsley, grand officers Stuart Shea, Tony Edden, Gareth Jones and lodge member Chris Mc Nab. Also in attendance were acting Provincial officers Ian Lynch and Tom Fredrickson
Once the lodge was opened, John Hutton and his team were welcomed into the lodge to take their rightful places. Worshipful master Ian Rosenberg offered the gavel to John who kindly returned it saying that it was in safer hands. Ian and his installing officers then carried out the business of installing master elect, Dennis Kay. Ian performed a wonderful ceremony in installing Dennis under the watchful eye of DC Michael Goldstone.
The presentation of the working tools were explained in fine form by three junior brethren: Those of the third degree by Tristan Nicholls, the second degree by Jonathan Spann and the first degree by Lee Jenkins. The address to the newly installed master was given by Chris McNab and the address to the wardens was given by Gareth Jones. The address to the brethren of Longford Lodge was presented by John Hutton.
Once installed, Dennis took control of his office and installed his officers in fine form. On installing his almoner Alan Bentley the local care officer, Jerry Lawes rose to his feet to explain the duties of this important office and thanked him for taking this office.
On completion of the ceremony, John rose to convey the best wishes of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and congratulated Dennis on taking the chair of King Solomon and to Ivor Rosenberg and his installing officers for a wonderful and interesting ceremony. He said that it was quite obvious that everyone had put a lot of effort in preparation for this ceremony none more so than the junior brethren who presented the working tools in eloquent style. Dennis then presented John with a cheque to the value of £750 as a donation to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, which John gratefully received and thanked the brethren of the lodge.
The evening concluded with a very enjoyable and jovial festive board with a choice of fish or steak. The master’s song was sung by the South Eastern Group Secretary Peter Beswick.
In his response to the toast to the grand officers John related to the importance of the lodge almoner, mentoring and the Masonic halls. Also that the Provincial Grand Master expresses that we must enjoy our Freemasonry. He also promoted the forthcoming Provincial Grand Lodge to be held at the Winter Gardens and extended the Provincial Grand Master’s invitation who would appreciate a good attendance. John thanked the members of Longford Lodge for their invitation and for their hospitality during the evening and once again said how impressed he was with the work performed in the ceremony.