Assistant Provincial Grand Master David Winder was delighted to attend Hindley Masonic Hall as the principal guest for the installation ceremony of Prodesse Lodge No 8678. David was accompanied by fellow grand officer David Ogden (PAGDC) supported by acting Provincial officers Tony Simms (PrJGD), Eric Bailey (PrAGStdB) and Ken Wilson (PrGStwd) with further support added by group vice chairman Geoffrey Porter and group charity steward John Parrott.
Worshipful master Nigel Dunlop was pleased to receive David on his visit to the Wigan group and offered him the gavel, which was politely returned. Nigel then went on to install his successor, in the person of David Goulden. This was to be David’s second time in the chair of his lodge, having served as WM in 2005.
There followed a delightful ceremony, not only enhanced by Nigel’s fine performance but also by the assistance of members of the lodge with varying degrees of experience. Jack Lyon presented the master elect and delivered the address to him once installed. Ken Wilson found time from his busy schedule to prepare for and deliver the address to the wardens, while David Winder performed his duty well in delivering the address to the brethren. The working tools were presented in excellent fashion by junior members of the lodge, Brian Rollins delivering the third degree tolls, Jim Miller, the secretary’s son, the second degree tools and only two months after his initiation, Ryan Mangnall did a splendid job with the first degree tools.
On congratulating the WM, installing master and all the officers who took part, David Winder was delighted to bring the greetings of the Provincial Grand Master, who would have been really impressed by the work carried out. David was also pleased to receive charitable donations to the sum of £650, in favour of West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity (£200), Wigan and Leigh Hospice (£100) and Hindley Masonic Hall (£350), which is a commendable effort from such a small lodge.
A fine festive board in the newly refurbished room followed and was attended by 38 brethren. David Winder responded to the toast to grand lodge and brought his own personal greetings and added his own congratulations to David on taking the chair and Nigel for the way he installed him. David also paid tribute to everyone who took part, particularly the junior brethren who had presented the working tools, noting that it was really pleasing to be in a lodge that boasted one acting and three Past Provincial Grand Stewards. A fine time was had by all.
David Goulden is an experienced Mason and holds the rank of PrJGD. As lodge organist, it is not surprising that his main interest out of the lodge is music and his working life is spent as a secondary school music teacher. He is also a church organist and conducts at the Harrogate International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival.
He has three daughters and a son who is shortly to be initiated into the lodge. His eldest daughter is an international opera singer who has performed at Glynborne, the Cologne Opera and is currently appearing at the Welsh Opera in the role of Marguerite in Faust. His other daughters have inherited their father’s passion and are also involved with music. It looks like, unlike ‘Pinafore’, HMS Prodesse is in really good hands.