Roger Sherlock was installed into the chair of King Solomon in Anderton Lodge No 8470 in a superb display of ritual by Frank Wilkinson and the lodge was honoured by the presence of Stewart Seddon as the representative of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. Stewart was accompanied by vice chairman of the Chorley Group of lodges Tony Hall, group secretary Peter Allen, and an impressive 12 grand officers.
This was Roger’s second time as WM of the lodge, the first being in 2011. Complementing Frank’s superb rituals and doing themselves and the lodge proud, the working tools were presented in fine style by John Eckersley, Steve Howarth and Phillip Naughton.
At the risings Stewart congratulated Frank on his “par excellence” and said he didn’t expect anything other than perfection from Frank, to which Frank replied “and you’ve done well too!” (raising smiles and laughter in the lodge room).
Roger’s first pleasant duty as WM was to present Stewart with a cheque for £1,000 for the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity and he was made aware that an additional £1,400 had already been given to non- Masonic charities.
At the festive board that followed the ceremony Stewart said how much he had enjoyed the installation and that it was a team effort and reiterated that the three brethren who gave their renditions of the working tools should be very proud of themselves. Stewart continued that he had noticed that many brethren were not wearing chapter jewels and stated that the Provincial Grand Master wishes to raise the profile of the Royal Arch and urged as many members as possible to join this degree to complete their journey in Freemasonry.
The Master’s song was sung by John Dutchman-Smith accompanied by Ray Dainton on the piano.
All in all, a super night was had by all on the occasion of Roger’s second stint as master of the lodge.