Prince Leopold, Doric and Parkfield Lodge No 1588 were delighted to receive Brian Hayes as the representative of the ProvGM Tony Harrison to see Ezra McGowan installed into the master’s chair of the lodge.
Group officer Gareth Jones, (South Eastern Group Chairman) acted as officer of his lodge that afternoon but Brian was accompanied by fellow grand officer Mike Adams, together with various Provincial, acting and group officers, together with other distinguished visiting brethren.
Ezra, more usually associated with Hand and Heart Lodge No 4109, had decided to try a daytime lodge as well for a change of scenery and had thus taken the reins at Prince Leopold, Doric and Parkfield Lodge.
On opening the lodge, the WM Shaun Brookhouse in his usual ebullient fashion, dealt with the mundane lodge matters before welcoming Brian to the meeting. Brian responded by saying that he had come to watch the ceremony and enjoy it.
Shaun then requested a number of officers to assist as installing officers in the ceremony and guided by their director of ceremonies Roy Eaton, they all took their positions with Steve Masters and Ian Wood of Hand and Heart Lodge acting as installing senior warden and junior warden respectively and Ian Dalgetty as installing inner guard.
Ezra was then installed in a very robust manner by Shaun and was treated to excellent presentations of the working tools; firstly, those of an installed master by Eddie Wilkinson, followed by the third degree tools by Brian Lowe, an extended version of the second degree tools by David Benson and finally in the first degree by Roy Eaton.
The address to the master was given by Peter Stockton, that to the wardens by Eddie Wilkinson, and finally, in his usual excellent fashion the address to the brethren of the lodge by Brian Hayes.
On completion of the installation ceremony, Brian rose to bring the sincere greetings, congratulations and best wishes from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, saying that Tony was aware that Ezra was taking the master’s chair and wished him and the members of the lodge a very happy, healthy and most importantly, after what had gone before in lockdown, an enjoyable year ahead.
Brian then turned to the installing master Shaun, saying that if Tony had of been present on the evening, he would have been amused at the manner of the installation and taken great delight in congratulating him on his work during the evening. He also congratulated the director of ceremonies Roy Eaton for his part and similarly to the brethren who delivered the working tools and various addresses.
In response, Shaun rose and thanked Brian for the good wishes and presented him with a charitable donation in the form of a cheque for the very generous value of £250 made out in favour of the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity.
Brian commented on the generosity of a relatively small lodge and thanked them on behalf of all those who we may never know, that would eventually benefit.
During the festive board, Brian gave the response to his toast, offering his own congratulations to the lodge members, saying he thoroughly enjoyed the installation meeting and hoped that the master and brethren would have a happy and fruitful year.
Brian went on to explain the natural progression taking Masonry to the next level by joining the Royal Arch and continued to say that we had all learned an awful lot in the last two years about the importance of Freemasonry and how it has made a difference through all the wonderful and charitable efforts, citing the many good deeds which all proved that society needs it more than ever.
Finally, after a fine meal in a relaxed atmosphere the afternoon drew to a close in peace and harmony.