More than 40 brethren assembled at Widnes Masonic Hall to witness John Horn being installed as master of Goodwill Lodge No 3896. The principal guest and representative of the Provincial Grand Master was Barry Jameson. He was accompanied by Ray Rayner (Province of Essex), David Redhead, Derek Williams and Chairman of the Widnes Group Neil Pedder.
The regular lodge business was completed by the master of the lodge Paul Smith, after which the director of ceremonies Bob Williams retired from the lodge to arrange the procession into the lodge of the grand officers. Barry was warmly welcomed by Paul and salutations were given to the grand officers and Provincial officers.
Paul asked Brian Magan and Barry Horabin to remain as junior warden and senior warden respectively and Ulvar Norddahl acted as inner guard. The lodge was raised to the second degree and director of ceremonies Bob Williams presented Paul Horn as master elect. The lodge was raised to the third degree and then declared a board of installed masters. Paul installed John into the chair of King Solomon in a faultless and sincere manner. The third, second and first degree tools were presented to the master by David Redhead, Paul Smythe and Paul Smith.
John installed his officers for the ensuing year and the newly installed master received the traditional address to the master from Bob Williams. Dave Merrill gave the address to the wardens and Barry Jameson gave the address to the brethren of Goodwill Lodge.
The ceremony of installation being completed Barry rose to convey best wishes from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison who hoped John would have a happy and eventful year. Barry continued to say that if Tony had been present he would have congratulated the installing master Paul on an excellent ceremony.
Barry also thanked the director of ceremonies Bob Williams and all the officers who took part for ensuring the ceremony ran faultlessly throughout. After communications from Grand Lodge, the director of ceremonies formed the procession for the grand officers to retire after which the lodge was duly closed.
The formal proceedings having ended, the brethren retired to the Alan Locke Suite to partake of a menu of black pudding with side salad, chicken breast, potatoes and seasonal vegetables and apple pie and custard, followed by tea or coffee and mints. After the toast to the grand lodge officers Barry responded by personally wishing John an enjoyable and successful year and congratulated the installing master Paul on the excellent manner in which he had conducted the ceremony. Compliments were also paid to the director of ceremonies and all the brethren who took part, for the way they conducted themselves during the ceremony.
Barry went on to mention the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival and the tercentenary of Freemasonry and encouraged the brethren to support both events. He then turned to the brethren, encouraging their support in advocating the Royal Arch to non-members and urging them to join and complete their Masonic journey.
The toast to the master was given by the immediate past master Paul Smith who wished him good health and success in his year of office. The master’s song was performed by Norman Pritchard and was accompanied on the piano by Ray Illingworth.
The new master John Horn responded by thanking all the brethren for their attendance and helping to make the evening such a success. He also thanked them for their generosity, saying that £1,500 would be distributed to Masonic and non-Masonic charities in the near future. The collection for the almoners account raised £79.16 and the raffle £104. The tyler’s toast brought to an end what was a very excellent and enjoyable evening.