At their installation meeting, the members of Rivington Lodge No 8013 were honoured by the presence of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. Tony was accompanied by the Provincial team, consisting of no fewer than 10 grand officers including Assistant Provincial Grand Master Ray Martland and Chorley Group Chairman Peter Lockett.
Once the initial business of the lodge was completed master elect Jayson Jackson was presented to the installing master David Parker by Stephen Gregory. David then installed Jayson into the chair of King Solomon in a well worked ceremony which was performed under the watchful eye of the director of ceremonies Michael Jones.
The working tools were explained in an exemplary fashion by Graeme Hunt who delivered those of the third degree, Michael Goodman who presented those of the second degree and Keith Bennett who recited those of the first degree. The address to the master was presented by Stephen Gregory, the address to the wardens by the acting Provincial Senior Grand Warden Peter Pemberton and the address to the brethren by Tony Harrison.
The address to the stewards was delivered by acting Provincial Grand Steward David Bishop. It is not often that two of the stewards in a lodge are grand officers, namely Ken Shaw and Malcolm Dewhurst, with Michael Harrison making up the trio of stewards.
At the end of the installation ceremony Tony brought his personal congratulations and good wishes to all the members of the lodge. Tony said that the ceremony had been a delight to watch and he felt privileged to be present. He also said that everyone who had taken part in the ceremony should be justifiably proud of themselves.
After receiving charity donations, Tony thanked the members of the lodge on behalf of the ultimate recipients for their generous donations to charities, consisting of £1,500 to West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, £200 to Friends of Ecclesholme, £100 to Firwood School, £100 to Blood Bikers and £100 to Cancer Research, a grand total of £2,000.
The festive board following the installation ceremony was a very enjoyable affair with 93 diners, at which a raffle was held that raised £426 for charity. The master’s song was sung by Andy Wiltshire accompanied by Ray Dainton. With good food, good wine and especially good company, how could it be anything else but a roaring success.