Prescot Masonic Hall was the venue for the 2022 installation of Peter Hornby into the chair of King Solomon in Lodge of Loyalty No 86.
The lodge was opened by the installing master Stephen Darwin and following the completion of the domestic business of the lodge had been completed the lodge was honoured by the presence of the Deputy Provincial Grand Master in Charge Philip Gunning, accompanied by Assistant Provincial Grand Master Andrew Whittle, Mersey Valley Group Chairman John Murphy, group deputy chairman Dave Atkinson and other distinguished guests.
Steve then installed Peter into the chair of King Solomon in a first-rate manner and Philip commented that you would have to a go a long way to witness such a fine ceremony. After his installation Peter invested his officers for the ensuing year, it was great to see all the officers invested from inner guard to senior warden were all light blues, the future looks bright for Lodge of Loyalty.
At the festive board, Philip spoke about the pathway and how West Lancashire were now getting the right sort of young men joining and more importantly staying, of the 80 new members after the first year all remained with no resignations and we are leading the way with recruitment and retention.
Unfortunately, no charitable cheques were presented because the charity officer who is also the master of the lodge was unavoidably detained. On discussions with the secretary, Jeff Gore informed the brethren that a cheque had been sent for £250 to Maggie’s Cancer Charity; they help people take back control when cancer turns life upside down with professional support from anything from treatment side effects to money worries and their support is free.
Another donation had been sent to Willowbrook Hospice for £250, which is an independent charity based in the borough of Knowsley formed in 1933 to establish and create a local specialist care unity for the community. Also, a cheque had been sent to West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity for £250.