Over 50 brethren witnessed the installation of Peter Hannis into the WM’s chair of Lever Park Lodge No 8144 at Horwich Masonic Hall, Ridgmont House. The members of the lodge were honoured by the presence of Assistant Provincial Grand Master Ray Martland. The lodge was also graced by the presence of a host of grand and acting Provincial grand officers including two Past Assistant Provincial Grand Masters, Bill Seddon and Frank Wilkinson.
Peter was installed into the chair by the outgoing master Derek English in a ceremony which was very well executed and where it was obvious to all present that all those who took part had worked very hard in their preparations and learning of the ceremony.
The working tools were presented by Andrew Moulding, Gary Mathews and Robert Tinsley, and it was notable that each of these brethren are currently at the degree for the tools that they were presenting and all three made an excellent account of them.
At the end of the ceremony, Ray brought the congratulations and greetings from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison to the lodge members and special mention was made regarding the director of ceremonies Mike Greenhalgh and his assistance John Dawber.
Both of them were standing down on this occasion, as Mike has accepted taking on the acting rank of Provincial Grand Sword Bearer and John Dawber as he has been either director of ceremonies or assistant director of ceremonies for almost 15 years, (although some brethren say it felt like much longer).
Ray also commented on the charitable efforts of the lodge and was pleased to receive the following cheques from the new master of the lodge; £500 for the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, £500 for Bolton Hospice, £200 to the Horwich Masonic Hall and £250 to the Macmillan Cancer Support which will be donated via a sponsored bike ride by Gary Mathews, making a very generous total of £1,450.
The usual ‘Level Park’ festive board followed, consisting of the fine fare for which Ridgmont House has become well known, a warm and relaxed atmosphere and the friendly and spirited manner in which the members and visitor of Lever Park Lodge enjoy themselves on these occasions.