The brethren of Andrew Lodge No 3328 were pleased to welcome Assistant Provincial Grand Master John Hutton to their installation held at Elm Bank Masonic Hall. John was accompanied Eccles Group Chairman Dave Walmsley, grand officer Brian Heyes, Provincial Grand Deputy Director of Ceremonies Barrie Crossley, Provincial Junior Grand Deacon John Harrop and Provincial Grand Steward Jerry Lawes.
The lodge being opened in the second degree, the members were pleased to welcome John Hutton and his officers into the lodge. Dean Edwards then presented master elect Liam Linacre to the installing master Norman Lowe. The ceremony was performed with precision and dedication by Norman accompanied by Jonathan Platt and Mike Sincup.
There were presentations of the working tools of which those of an installed master were given by Eddie Wilkinson. The working tools of the three degrees were given by junior brethren; Chris Hansford presented the third degree working tools, Peter Eastwood the second degree working tools and Paul Rostron presented the first degree working tools. The address to the master was given by John Wright, the address to the wardens by Eddie Wilkinson and the address to the brethren by John Hutton.
On completion of the ceremony, John brought the greetings and good wishes for a happy and healthy year from the Provincial Grand Master to Liam and the brethren. Liam then presented John with a number of cheques which were made out in favour towards various charitable donations; £400 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, £50 towards the North West Air Ambulance, £20 to Eccles Group Bowling and £20 to Eccles Group Golf.
John gave grateful thanks on behalf of charities and societies and in particular from those who will eventually benefit from the very kind generosity of the lodge.
At the first rising, John said he was most honoured and delighted to witness a well performed ceremony which had involved a joint effort from the worshipful master and his officers.
A most enjoyable festive board continued the evening. John responded to the toast for the grand officers and thanked both Brian and Dave for their support. His message from the Provincial Grand Master was that we should all enjoy our Freemasonry. He expressed the importance of the work that the almoners carry out and also that we should look after our Masonic halls. John said that it was good to see that a new master Mason is taking the chair of King Solomon and that we should strive to encourage the junior brethren to progress through the offices as was demonstrated this evening when we witnessed excellent presentations of the working tools delivered by three junior brethren.
To conclude the evening, John Hutton led the brethren in singing the master’s song which was above the remit of the Assistant Provincial Grand Master, but most appreciated.