Andrew Charles Nash was installed into the Chair of Lodge of St George No 6048 by the installing master Keith Fairclough in an excellent and dignified ceremony. The proceedings were enhanced by the presence of the Deputy Provincial Grand Master Philip Gunning and Assistant Provincial Grand Master Tony Bent.
Philip was keen to praise Keith for the manner in which he installed his successor, this being the sixth time Keith had occupied the chair! As it appeared that St George is about to initiate a candidate in May with several joining members too, the future looks good for Andrew and his lodge. Philip was particularly pleased by the way in which the three brethren presented the working tools and made special mention of John Holden, one of the more junior members of the lodge.
Immediately after the ceremony, Philip brought the congratulations and good wishes of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and noted that he felt certain that had Tony been able to attend he would have been keen to praise all who had taken part.
During the festive board, Philip spoke at length about the launch of the 2021 Festival at the Opera House, Blackpool during the forthcoming Provincial Grand Lodge meeting and encouraged as many brethren to attend as possible.
He mentioned the three brethren of the group who have received acting rank for the coming season and stated that it demonstrated the regard which the Provincial Grand Master has for the St Helens and Prescot Group; he also noted that Grand Lodge hold the Province in high esteem due mainly to the work put in by the PrGM in promoting the Province and its members.
Finally, he thanked the brethren of the lodge for a marvellous evening whilst noting that the group seems to be in very good health with four candidates due to be initiated into different lodges within a few days of each other.
Article and pictures by John Whalley.