The installation meeting of Newby Bridge Lodge No 4598 saw some 90 members and their guests filling the confines of the unique lodge building.
Representing the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison was Provincial Junior Grand Warden Peter Schofield. Peter was accompanied by several acting Provincial grand officers in the persons of Harry Kilgour, John Houlding, John Broadhurst and Graham Benson.
Everyone was particularly pleased to see Graham present as injuries arising from a fall have severely curtailed his domestic, work and Masonic activities over the past few months.
Installing master Phil Burrows did an excellent job in installing his successor and good friend Reg Wilkinson into the chair of King Solomon in a ceremony that was undertaken with great sincerity and precision.
Drawing favourable comments from all who witnessed their work were Geoff Biddulph, Mark Little and Chris Alexander. These junior brethren who delivered the working tools of the three degrees each had their own distinctive style and performed their duties impeccably. As group chairman Alan Jones observed: “They were a pleasure to listen to.”
Not to be outdone, more senior brethren in the persons of Jim Richards and Alan McDougall gave the addresses to the master and wardens in an equally impressive and accomplished manner.
This left Peter with a hard act to follow as he was called upon to give the address to the brethren. He ensured the high standards set by those on the floor before him did not drop. A cheque for £1,000 in favour of the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity was then presented to Peter.
Following the ceremony, the adjacent Newby Bridge Hotel was the setting for an excellent meal in the recently refurbished dining room.