The members of St George’s Lodge of Chorley No 7161 were honoured by the presence of Assistant Provincial Grand Master Philip Gunning, carrying out one of his final duties before his promotion to Deputy Provincial Grand Master, at their installation meeting. Philip was accompanied by grand officers Frank Wilkinson, Tom Jackson, Ken Shaw, Paul Aspinall and Tony Edden. Group chairman Peter Lockett and group secretary Peter Allan, along with acting Provincial grand officers Malcolm Bell, Malcolm Schofield and Ken Wilson were also offering their support.
After the initial business of the lodge was concluded Edwin Schofield was presented as master elect by David Norris and William Rodman then installed Edwin into the chair of King Solomon in fine style.
David Norris delivered the address to the master with the address to the wardens by John Roden and the address to the brethren of the lodge by Philip Gunning.
The working tools of the three degrees were expertly presented by three brethren in light blue. They were Wayne Shingler who explained the third degree working tools, Ray Thain the second degree working tools and Iain Wilson the first degree working tools.
At the conclusion of the installation ceremony Philip brought greetings and congratulations from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. Philip took great delight in walking the lodge to congratulate individually all those who had taken part in the ceremony, especially the three junior brethren who presented the working tools.
Edwin then carried out his first and very special duty in presenting Philip Gunning with charity donations from the members of the lodge. Phillip thanked Edwin and the members for the very generous donations of £300 to Chorley Masonic Hall Building Fund and £250 to West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity.
After Edwin had closed the lodge meeting, 59 brethren retired to the festive board where the raffle raised another £284 for charitable causes. A very enjoyable evening was had by all with good food, good wine and very good company.