John Riley is master of St James Lodge

Members and friends of St James Lodge No 8910 gathered to celebrate the installation of John Riley into the chair of King Solomon.

Pictured from left to right, are: Stewart Seddon, John Riley, and Ron Bentley.

The lodge was honoured by the presence of Assistant Provincial Grand Master Stewart Seddon. Stewart was accompanied by group chairman Peter Lockett, group vice chairman Peter Allen, group treasurer Mike Silver, Malcolm Dewhurst, John Dutchman Smith and acting Provincial grand officers Derek Robinson, Gordon McKay, John Guest and Anthony Slater.

Master elect John Riley was presented by Malcolm Dewhurst. The installing master Ron Bentley proceeded to install John in a text book ceremony. The working tools in the third, second and first degrees were presented perfectly by three brethren in light blue; Stuart Thomas, James Grime and David Grime respectively.

The address to the newly-installed master was presented by Peter Allen, the address to the wardens by Michael Harrison and the address to the brethren of the lodge by Stewart Seddon.

Pictured left from left to right, are; Stewart Thomas, John Riley, James Grime and David Grime. Pictured right from left to right, are: Malcolm Warren, Stewart Seddon, John Riley and Peter Lockett.

Keith West was appointed almoner and Andrew Cogle presented the almoners pack. The address to the stewards was presented by Anthony Slater; all under the very watchful eye of director of ceremonies John Dowsett.

Stewart Seddon brought congratulations from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison to John Riley, wishing him the good health to enjoy his year as a ruler in the craft. Congratulations were extended to installing master Ron Bentley for an excellent and well worked ceremony. As these events do not just happen John Dowsett was recognised for the excellent manner in which the ceremony had been conducted.

Stewart thanked the members of the lodge for their very generous donations to charity, consisting of: £1,500 to the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival; £350 to North West Air Ambulance; £350 to West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity; £150 to Firwood School; £150 to Friends of Ecclesholme and £50 to the Children’s Heart Association.

Stewart Seddon and Malcolm Warren had the pleasure of presenting the lodge with a MCF 2021 Festival Patron’s Certificate.

The brethren retired to the festive board where the master’s song was sung by John Dutchman Smith accompanied by Ray Dainton, providing a super ending to an excellent evening.

John Riley with the principal guests.