Alan Wolstencroft PAGChap was the principle guest at the installation meeting of Pendlebury Lodge No 8177 held at Swinton Mason Hall. Alan was accompanied by Assistant Provincial Grand Master John Hutton who is a member of Pendlebury Lodge, grand lodge officers, Dave Walmsley Eccles Group Chairman, Stuart Shae and Tony Edden.
After opening the lodge in the second degree, worshipful master Keith Morris welcomed Alan Wolstencroft and his fellow officers into the lodge. Keith then continued with the proceedings of the installation ceremony.
The director of ceremonies Paul Newton occupied the WM’s chair as installing master and returning master elect Keith Morris was presented for installation. Paul continued with the installation ceremony proclaiming Keith as the worshipful master for a second consecutive term of office.
The third degree tools were presented by Craig Russell, the second degree tools by John Shaw and the first degree tools by Trevor Dickenson. The warrant of the lodge was presented by Craig Russell and the address to the WM was presented by Paul Newton.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, Alan rose to bring the best wishes of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and thanked Keith for taking the chair for another year and wished him and his officers and brethren an excellent year ahead. Alan congratulated installing master Paul Newton and his officers on an excellent ceremony.
Keith presented Alan with a cheque in the sum of £300 made out to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity to which Alan accepted and thanked the lodge members on behalf of the potential recipients.
At the festive board Alan said that he had enjoyed the hospitality shown to him. He congratulated the officers on their work in the lodge. He said that he was very impressed with the work which had been carried out in the Swinton Masonic Hall and paid tribute to the members for their time and dedication and mentioned the importance of Masonic halls and the maintenance and improvement of them.
Alan made reference to the forthcoming tercentenary and that lodges need to be preparing for the celebration of 300 years of Freemasonry. He also made reference to the care system and the importance of lodge almoners.
To conclude the evening, the masters’ song was eloquently sung by the brethren under the capable leadership of choir master John Hindle, accompanied by Colin Smith providing the harmony.