Holmes Lodge father and son installation

There was something very special about the installation of Keith Woodall as master of Holmes Lodge No 2708. Assistant Provincial Grand Master Robert Wright attended at Hindley Masonic Hall to witness the event and was accompanied by group officers Geoffrey Porter (group chairman) and group secretary John Selley, supported by acting Provincial grand officers Tom Bradfield-Kay (PrSGD) and John Walters and Trevor Jones (PrGStwds).

Robert Wright (right) congratulates Keith Woodall on attaining the chair of King Solomon in Holmes Lodge.

What made this occasion very special was the fact that installing master Robert Prescott, known as Bob, was the uncle of the new master. The relationship, however, was much closer than the normal uncle and nephew bond. From a very early age Keith was brought up by Bob and his wife, and Keith always considered them his mum and dad, whilst Bob similarly considered Keith his son. It was, therefore, one of those special moments where father installs son.

Keith’s installation was an emotional one for Bob, who did an absolutely splendid job. Bob was supported by lodge members who played their part. Eric Bailey presented the master elect to Bob who went on to install his son in fine style. Presentation of the working tools involved two junior brethren of the lodge, Michael Lee and Peter Johnson with the more experienced Ernest Daniel helping out with the third. Alan Brown delivered the address to the master, with Malcolm Currie to the address to the wardens. Acting Provincial Grand Steward Trevor Jones addressed the lodge stewards and Robert Wright completed the ceremony by addressing the brethren of the lodge.

Following his address to the brethren, Robert congratulated the new master and was very complimentary about his installing master, Bob. He also lavished praise on the junior brethren who had presented the working tools. Bob was then pleased to present charitable donations to Robert, in favour of West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity (£500), Hindley Masonic Hall (£350) and the MCF 2021 Festival (£300). Robert thanked the brethren of the lodge for their generosity.

A fine festive board followed, enjoyed by over 40 brethren, in an evening the Woodall/Prescott family will remember for many years to come. Keith is a keen motorcyclist, a martial arts enthusiast and runs his own decorating business.

Pictured from left to right, are: Alan Mason, John Walters, John Selley, Keith Woodall, Robert Wright, Geoffrey Porter, Tom Bradfield-Kay, Trevor Jones and David Webster.