At their first meeting after the summer break, the members of Wilderswood Lodge No 5932 saw James Bradley ascend to the chair of the lodge in a wonderful ceremony which was witnessed by the honoured guests, Assistant Provincial Grand Master Ray Martland accompanied by the Chairman of the Chorley Group Peter Lockett, along with other grand and acting Provincial grand officers.
James, who was the master of the former Turton Lodge No 6232 in the Province of East Lancashire in 2001, was installed by his predecessor Tom Duffy who conducted a very fine and sincere ceremony ably assisted by John Parr, the lodge director of ceremonies.
The working tools were very well presented by David Caffrey, Bert Ashton, and Martin Sim and the addresses to the WM and wardens were equally well presented by David Harrison and James Whittam. The ceremony was completed in fine style by Ray Martland giving the address to the brethren in his usual sincere and heartfelt manner.
James’s first pleasant duty was to present Ray with a number of cheques for donations, they were to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity £1,100, Ecclesholme £100 and the Horwich Masonic Hall £350. On receiving these, Ray thanked the brethren of the lodge on behalf of the people who will benefit from them for their very kind and generous donations.
The brethren then enjoyed the festive board at which the principal guests took wine with James. A raffle which raised £120 for good causes was conducted during coffee and following the meal David Harrison sang the master’s song.
After the toasts were taken, Ray Martland responded by praising the hard work that has been undertaken by the lodge members who took part in the earlier ceremony and went on to praise the work and efforts of the grand and acting Provincial grand officers along with Chorley Group officers for the support they had given to him and give to the lodges on such occasions.
In his response James said that he is very much looking forward to the coming year and thanked all the brethren present for making this evening a most memorable occasion.