The members of Vale of Skelmersdale Lodge No 8719 were delighted to welcome Glynn Wrennall, Provincial Grand Charity Steward, to their installation ceremony as the representative of the Provincial Grand Master.
Before the proceedings got underway the WM Bryan Davidson had the very pleasant duty of calling for a ballot for a new joining member to the lodge. This proved unanimous and he warmly welcomed James Roberts into the lodge. James is a retired bus driver and a past master of Liverpool Epworth Lodge No 5381 (UGLE) and a member of Mereton Lodge No 226 and Kianawah Lodge No 450, both of UGL of Queensland, Australia.
On this occasion Glynn was accompanied by grand officers Frank Umbers (Ormskirk and District Group Chairman) and Brian Fairhurst and other Provincial grand officers. Also in attendance were two acting Provincial grand officers Barry Hewitt PrAGDC and Brian Griffiths PrGStwd.
Once the guests had been duly welcomed, Bryan asked Barry Gee to undertake the rest of the evening’s proceedings. Barry was ably assisted by John Butterworth as senior warden, Graham Radford as junior warden and Norman Brown as inner guard.
Master elect Philip Dickinson was presented by Bryan and was duly installed in the chair of King Solomon in a most exemplary manner, worthy of note were the presentations of the working tools by three master Masons of the lodge. Martyn Berry the third degree, Peter Scott the second degree and Michael Hennessey the first degree, all delivered in a clear and confident manner.
The addresses to the individual officers were well presented, especially the address to the master which was delivered by Bryan Collier in a warm and dignified way. The address to the brethren was similarly presented by Glynn with great sincerity.
During the ceremony Fred Hargreaves gave a very informative explanation of the lodge crest to Philip and the assembled brethren.
At the conclusion of the ceremony Glynn brought greetings from the Provincial Grand Master congratulating Barry Gee and all the installation team for their hard work. Glynn stated that had Tony been present he would have made a point of personally congratulating the three brethren who presented the working tools. Whilst on his feet Glynn also said that it was most gratifying to attend a lodge with an entered apprentice and congratulated Windell Panabang on becoming a member of this very fine lodge.
Bryan Davidson, as immediate past master, had the honour of presenting Glynn with five cheques totalling £800, which included £500 to West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, £100 to North West Air Ambulance, £100 to Help for Heroes, £50 to Friends of Tithebarn and £50 to The New Brighton Lifeboat Appeal.
Following the meeting 60 brethren retired to the festive board to conclude an excellent evening. Responding to the toast to the grand lodge officers, Glynn thanked everyone for the very warm welcome he had received, commenting that over the last 30 years he has made many visits to the Ormskirk group and has many happy memories.