At the last meeting of Newton Lodge No 6288 over 35 Masons witnessed Gordon Archer installed into the chair of King Solomon for a second time. The lodge was honoured by the presence of Kevin Poynton Assistant Provincial Grand Master, who was accompanied by grand officers, including Dennis Rudd, Stan Churm and acting Provincial grand officer Malcolm Bell and Chris Gleave group vice chairman.
The lodge was opened by Norman Holliday WM and the usual administration undertaken.
The director of ceremonies Geoff Bond announced that the Assistant Provincial Grand Master Kevin Poynton was without and demanded admission. Norman replied that the lodge would be honoured to receive him. Kevin was admitted with due ceremonial style and accompanied by grand and Provincial grand officers. Norman received Kevin saying that he was delighted to welcome him and all the distinguished guests, wishing that an enjoyable evening would ensue. Norman offered Kevin the gavel which he accepted thanking Norman, but returned it to him saying that he would have some things to do later.
Kevin on his own behalf and on behalf of the distinguished guests and all visitors present thanked the WM for their very warm welcome, adding, he too was looking forward to an enjoyable evening and had been for some time.
Norman continued by asking Bob Armstrong to act as SW, Derek Houghton to act as JW and Alan Greggs as IG. Each brother accepted saying they were delighted and honoured to do so.
David Whitmore presented Gordon to receive at Norman’s hands the benefit of installation. Gordon was then installed into the chair of King Solomon with all sincerity.
The working tools of the third degree were explained by Benjamin (Ben) Whitmore a Master Mason, the second degree by Adam Thompson a fellowcraft Mason and the first degree by Kevin Poynton, who stepped into the breach just before the lodge was tyled due to a late notice of a non-attendance.
Jim Stubbings delivered the address to the WM, Chris Gleave delivered the address to the wardens and the address to the brethren was delivered by Kevin.
This completed the installation ceremony which prompted Kevin, on his own behalf and on behalf of Tony Harrison the Provincial Grand Master, to congratulate Gordon on being installed in the chair of King Solomon for the second time, saying he hoped that he, all his officers and brethren would have an enjoyable year, wishing them good health to enjoy it to the full. He continued by thanking Norman as IPM and installing master for all his work over the last two years, Geoff as DC and Charles Carr as acting ADC and all the team, particularly the brethren who delivered the explanations of the working tools. He commented that the third degree tools delivered by Ben and second degree tools by Adam were presented and explained very well, but didn’t have the same confidence in the brother (Kevin) delivering the first degree tools!
Gordon thanked Kevin for his kind words and good wishes and presented him with cheques for £500 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, £300 to the Warrington Masonic Hall Company, £300 to the MCF 2021 Festival and £100 to the ABF (Army Benevolent Fund). The total giving for the year was £1,200.
Kevin thanked Gordon for the most generous donations, saying it was a credit to all the members and guests who had generated such a magnificent amount for charity, particularly from such a very small lodge. He stated it would give him great pleasure in forwarding the donations to the beneficiaries and thanked everyone on their behalf.
Following the meeting 36 members and guests enjoyed an excellent four course banquet which consisted of stuffed mushroom with lightly dressed rocket leaves and balsamic glaze, a trio of smoked fish with homemade tartar sauce, gammon with pineapple, chips and seasonal vegetables followed by bread and butter pudding with vanilla ice cream. The meal was accompanied by red or white wines and followed by tea or coffee.
A raffle was held at the festive board which raised £150.
On this occasion the master’s song was sung by Norman Pritchard accompanied by Keith Dickinson.
Just before the dignitaries left Gordon, on behalf of the members presented Kevin with a bouquet of flowers. Kevin thanked Gordon and the members for the flowers, saying he had enjoyed the evening very much. At the close of the evening everyone said they had enjoyed the meeting and the festive board. The visitors extended good wishes to all members of the lodge and hoped they would have a successful year ahead.
Article by John Starkey.