It turned out to be an evening to remember for the incoming WM of Red Rose of Lancashire Lodge No 9640. John Hindle was delighted to have been chosen as the master elect for the lodge especially when he discovered who was to be the principal guest or the representative the Provincial Grand Master at his installation meeting. It was none other than the Provincial Grand Master himself, Tony Harrison.
The WM David Johnson opened the lodge in due form and conducted the business of the lodge without much ado. He admitted Tony Harrison and his colleagues into the lodge room and Tony was accompanied by Deputy Provincial Grand Master Philip Gunning, Derek Thornhill the Deputy Provincial Grand Master of the Province of East Lancashire, Ray Martland and David Winder, Assistant Provincial Grand Masters and both Provincial Grand Wardens, Chairman of Leyland and District Group Stewart Seddon, Mike Threlfall and Peter Schofield as senior and junior respectively.
Once settled David welcomed the grand officers from both Provinces and offered the gavel of the lodge to Tony. Having accepted the gavel, Tony thanked David for the very warm welcome and returned it quickly saying that he was there to enjoy himself and he knew that ‘David had everything in control’.
David then thanked his officers for supporting him throughout the year and asked that the incoming officers support the new WM as they had him. The ceremony then got under way and Ken Shaw presented John to the WM and before long, John was seated comfortably in the chair of King Solomon.
The address to the WM was given by Stewart Seddon, which was quickly followed by the address to the lodge members given by Tony Harrison. Both were word perfect and delivered with the sincerity that each address necessitates.
Following the completion of the installation part of the ceremony, John’s first and enjoyable task was to present a number of cheques to Tony which would be forwarded to the following charities; West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity for £200, a further £200 written out to the East Lancashire Festival and another £200 to Teddies for Loving Care.
Tony congratulated John on attaining the chair once again and this time of Red Rose of Lancashire Lodge. He warmly congratulated David, now the immediate past and installing master and recognised the very hard work he had put in to carry out his duty during the evening. Tony and the Provincial team retired from the lodge and John rounded off an excellent ceremony by closing the lodge until the next regular meeting.
At the festive board Tony yet again thanked the lodge members for the invitation to witness the installation and he thanked everyone involved. He hoped that John would have a very happy and healthy year in the chair and that his new officers would enjoy their year too. The camaraderie was second to none and every brother left the evening having had a memorable time in the company of the Provincial Grand Master.