The members and friends of Blainscough Lodge No 8532 were honoured by the presence of Assistant Provincial Grand Master Tony Bent. Tony was accompanied by Chorley Group Chairman Peter Lockett, group treasurer Joe Hall and acting Provincial officers Peter Horgan and Peter Ridehalgh.
Paul Bennett was installed into the chair of King Solomon by Steve Corner and Ian Simm, assisted by members of the lodge in a fine, smooth and well worked ceremony.
The working tools in the third, second and first degrees were presented in an excellent manner by Chris Jones, Paul Wilkinson and Nick Dean respectively, all junior brethren in the lodge. The address to the master was delivered by Peter Jackson, the address to the wardens was presented by Joe Hall and the address to the brethren was delivered by Tony Bent. The address to the stewards was delivered by Peter Horgan.
Tony said that he had enjoyed a fine ceremony and he brought greetings and good wishes from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. Tony Bent congratulated Paul Bennett on becoming the newest ruler in the craft. He also congratulated director of ceremonies Anthony Slater and all the members of the lodge who had taken part in a well prepared ceremony. Tony thanked John Chadwick for his help and for his support while lodge secretary Keith Simm was unwell.
Tony thanked the members of the lodge for their generous and wide ranging donations totalling £3,940.30. The donations comprised: £1,000 to St Catherine’s Hospice, £500 to Chorley Masonic Hall, £768 to Rosemere Cancer Foundation, £150 to Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival, £150 to West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, £100 to Masonic Trout and Salmon Fishing Charity, £100 to My Life Legacy, £50 to Friends of Ecclesholme, £900 to Neonatal Unit at Royal Preston Hospital, £172.30 to Multiple Sclerosis Society and £50 to Royal National Lifeboat Institute.
The work in the lodge room being over, the gathered brethren retired to the festive board in a celebratory mood and a convivial dinner was had by all. Joe Hall at very short notice spoke the words of the master’s song. A very enjoyable evening drew to a close with great satisfaction for those who had taken part and great pleasure for those who had witnessed the evening’s proceedings.