The members and guests of Greenhill Lodge No 6260 were honoured by the presence of Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. Tony was accompanied by Assistant Provincial Grand Master Stewart Seddon, Chorley group chairman Peter Lockett, his vice chairman Peter Allen, group secretary Don Hesketh, plus the Provincial team and acting Provincial officers.
Henry Causey was installed into the chair of King Solomon in a very fine ceremony by the installing master William Evans, all under the watchful eye of director of ceremonies Stuart Bradshaw. The working tools in the third, second and first degrees were presented flawlessly by Nigel Hughes, Garry Hacking and Craig Harrigan respectively. The performance of these three brethren in light blue and white is a good sign for the future of the lodge.
The address to the almoner Mike Idle was delivered by Andrew Cogle, whilst the address to the stewards was presented by Peter Horgan. The address to the master was presented by Arthur Pettit, the address to the wardens was presented by John Lee and the address to the brethren was presented by Tony Harrison.
Tony brought congratulations to all those who took part in an excellent ceremony and wished all the members of the lodge good health and a busy Masonic year to come.
Henry had the pleasure of presenting cheques for charitable donations to Tony. Tony thank all the members of the lodge for their generous donations of: £500 to Christies, £500 to Derian House, £500 to Good Deeds Trust, £500 to Wigan and Leigh Hospice, £500 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, £300 to the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival and £50 to Firwood School – a grand total of £2,850.
Before the lodge closed, Tony Harrison sprang a very well received surprise. Tony called for Jack Bithell, a stalwart member of the lodge, to be brought to the centre of the lodge and promoted him in the field, a very rare event which was followed by a prolonged acclaim.
At the festive board Tony thanked the Provincial team, acting officers, group officials and lodge officials for their support. Tony hopes that there will be good support for the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival, as well as the new fishing charity for the disabled. Finally he invited everyone to attend his lodge meeting, the Provincial Grand Lodge, on the 10 May in Blackpool. The Opera House in Blackpool promises to be an exciting venue.