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Ashton Trinity Lodge No 8821 has its installation right at the end of the Masonic season, with nearly 70 brethren were present to witness the installation of Howard Morris into the WM’s chair at Bryn Masonic Hall. Deputy Provincial Grand Master Phil Gunning was the principal guest, accompanied by Assistant Provincial Grand Master Tony Bent, group chairman Geoffrey Porter and fellow grand officers John Roberts and David Ogden. They were supported by acting Provincial grand officers Alan Johnston and Peter Ridehalgh, with Deputy Provincial Grand Director of Ceremonies Malcolm Bell keeping an eye on proceedings.
A fine team was orchestrated by DC Tony Simms, with around 20 brethren taking an active part in the ceremony. There had been a lot of practices and much preparation. The preparation paid off. Phil Gunning, and all assembled, were treated to a delightful ceremony of installation and the Deputy Provincial Grand Master was greatly impressed, lavishing praise on the installing master George Head and all the officers who took part.
Once the officers were installed Phil brought the greetings and congratulations of the Provincial Grand Master, and congratulated Howard on taking the chair in such a fine ceremony. He was delighted to receive charitable donations totalling a magnificent £2,565, consisting of: £515 to West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, and a further £350 to the MCF 2021 Festival, £300 to the Masonic hall building fund with a further £300 to the
development fund, £500 to the Wigan and Leigh Hospice, £250 to the UK Sepsis Trust, £100 to Help the Heroes and £250 to Parkinson’s UK. Phil was extremely impressed by this wonderful charitable effort, stating that it is an achievement that all the members of Ashton Trinity Lodge can feel proud of.
This is not new ground for Howard, being the second time in the chair of Ashton Trinity Lodge. Those present will also have been impressed by the manner in which Howard was presented by Alan King, wearing kilt and regalia pertinent to his Scottish lodge, Caledonian Lodge of Uganda No 1389 on the roll of the Grand Lodge of Scotland. Howard has been the WM of the Caledonian Lodge of Uganda, who meet in Edinburgh, and his connection has prompted a tradition of fraternal visits to Bryn Masonic Hall by a colourful entourage of Scottish Masons. On top of that, a contingent regularly make the trip north and thanks to Howard, the relationship has developed to such an extent whereby a number of Bryn Masons are now active members of the Edinburgh lodge. There is little doubt that this England and Scotland fraternal bond will further flourish under Howard’s enthusiastic leadership.