The brethren of St Bartholomew Lodge No 6074 were honoured by the presence of Malcolm Dewhurst representing the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. Malcolm was accompanied by Frank Wilkinson, John Dutchman Smith, John Robson, Andy Wiltshire and Stephen Gregory and Chorley group vice chairman Peter Allen, plus acting Provincial officers Peter Hegarty, Bryn Hart, Peter Horgan and Gary Fisher.
John Boyes was installed into the chair of King Solomon by Arthur Holden in a cracking ceremony, during which the working tools of an installed master were presented by Steven Lowe. The working tools of the third, second and first degrees were delivered in fine style by three junior brethren, one in light blue and two in white. These were Ian Wrigley, Liam Heavey and David Pimlett respectively.
The address to the stewards was presented by Peter Horgan. The address to the master was delivered by Stephen Gregory, the address to the wardens was presented by John Robson and the address to the brethren was presented by Malcolm Dewhurst.
Malcolm brought congratulations and good wishes from the Provincial Grand Master and said that it had been a cracking ceremony and everyone who had taken part should be proud of themselves; special congratulations being due to the installing master Arthur Holden, director of ceremonies Mark Howard and the three junior brothers who presented the working tools.
Malcolm thanked the lodge for such a varied and magnificent set of donations of: £1,500 to the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival, £300 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, £200 to Firwood School and £200 to the Friends of Ecclesholme, plus £110 to each of the following: Bolton Hospice, Be Strong, Macmillan Cancer Support, Blood Bikes, Singing with Dementia, Wigan and Leigh Hospice, Cat Protection, PORT, Brian Tumour Research, Scouts, North West Air Ambulance and the Forget me not Trust – all charities that in some way touch lodge members or their families – a magnificent total of £3,520.Gary Smith group charity steward presented the lodge with a certificate of vice patronage from the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival.
The festive board was an excellent meal enjoyed by a happy and proud lodge of friends and the master’s song was sung by Gary Smith who was in fine voice, with the splendid accompaniment of Ray Dainton.