Ray takes the chair

The brethren and guests of Greenhill Lodge No 6260 were honoured by the presence of Paul Hesketh, representing the Provincial Grand Master, on the occasion of Ray Wilcock being installed into the chair of King Solomon in fine style by his predecessor Mike Idle. Paul was accompanied by the Vice Chairman of Chorley and District Group Tony Hall and Brian Sharples the group’s treasurer.

Ray Wilcock (left) and Mike Idle.

Ray Wilcock (left) and Mike Idle.

Under the gentle guidance of director of ceremonies Stuart Bradshaw and assistant director of ceremonies John Currie, the brethren produced a virtually flawless installation ceremony of which they should all be very proud.

The working tools of a master Mason were presented by Warren Moorfield, those of a fellowcraft by Henry Causey and those of an entered apprentice by Noel Davies, the delivery of which complemented the proceedings.

Following the investing of lodge officers, the address to the master was delivered with panache by Nigel Hughes, that to the wardens by Jack Bithell and that to the brethren by principal guest Paul Hesketh.

Paul then brought greetings from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and congratulated Ray for attaining the chair of the lodge. He also congratulated the members of the installation team on a job well done and made special mention of the manner in which the three brethren had presented the working tools.

Paul also remarked on the generosity of a comparatively small lodge in donating £500 to West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, £300 to Derian House, £300 to Wigan and Leigh Hospice and £400 to Bolton Heart Foundation, a total of £1,500.

Pictured from left to right, are: Stuart Bradshaw, Tony Hall, Paul Hesketh, Ray Wilcock, Mike Idle, Brian Sharples and John Currie.

Pictured from left to right, are: Stuart Bradshaw, Tony Hall, Paul Hesketh, Ray Wilcock, Mike Idle, Brian Sharples and John Currie.

The festive board was enjoyed by all with good food, good wine and especially good company, with Gary Smith giving an authoritative rendition of the master’s song, accompanied by the very hard working organist, Ray Dainton.