It was a bit of a trek for Assistant Provincial Grand Master David Grainger, from the lakes and mountains of the north of the Province to Bryn Masonic Hall to witness the installation of Heber Lodge No 4388 on behalf of the Provincial Grand Master. It wasn’t a lonely trip, however, as David was accompanied by five acting Provincial grand officers from his home group of lodges in the persons of Stephen Plevy (PrJGD), David Cole (PrAGDC), Keith Halligan, Stuart Aimson and Phil Burrows (PrGStwds).
To welcome the travelling entourage, there was a full turnout of the Wigan Group executive, chairman Geoffrey Porter, fellow grand officer and vice chairman David Ogden, and John Selley (secretary) who was on duty as DC of the lodge. Wigan Group acting Provincial officer Fred Dickinson (PrAGPurs) completed the number, the other group acting officer Trevor Jones was unavoidably absent due to Masonic duties in another order.
All were welcomed into the lodge by WM John Rylance who offered the gavel to David, who quickly returned it, stating he always preferred to give than receive! It was a wise move, as John, who had stepped away from his long-standing job as secretary for a year, did a fantastic job. Stephen Hulse presented the master elect Scott Davenport. It always bodes well when the lodge is opened efficiently. The team, orchestrated by DC John Selley, had opened the lodge and conducted the initial business with style and aplomb, everyone playing their part, and the ceremony carried on in the same vein.
Scott was a confident master elect who conducted himself with dignity, and was well installed by his predecessor. Three junior brethren, John Hampson, Paul Davies and Stuart Barton did a great job presenting the working tools, whilst Stephen Hulse and Alan Mason gave faultless addresses to the master and wardens respectively. David then played his part in this fine ceremony with a perfect address to the brethren of the lodge. Another nice touch came from the visiting Provincial deacon Stephen Plevy who addressed both deacons on their appointment.
Ceremony over, and officers invested, David rose and brought greetings and congratulations from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, who he said, would have been delighted to witness such a wonderful ceremony. Congratulating Scott on attaining the chair, he personally congratulated John for his fine ceremony and everyone who took part, lavishing praise in particular on the junior brethren who had presented the working tools. He also commented on the refreshing sight of all the floor offices occupied by light blues.
After Scott responded with thanks, he was proud to present cheques for charitable causes totalling £2,766 as follows: £656 to West Lancashire Freemason’s Charity, £805 to Christies Cancer Hospital, £500 to the MCF 2021 Festival, £405 to Wigan and Leigh Hospice and £200 each to Ashton Masonic Properties and the Development Group. This David said, was an astonishing sum of money which would enrich the lives of the eventual recipients.
A fine festive board followed and in response to the toast to grand officers, David delivered his own personal congratulations to Scott, his installing master and everyone who took part. He also added several thanks, including that to the acting officers who had accompanied and joined him on his visit. With the interspersion of humour and light heartedness, David also passed on some important messages, including the importance of the MCF Festival, guidance on progression to the Royal Arch, the benefits of the ‘light blues’ clubs and some tips on future recruitment to the craft.
Scott looked very comfortable and confident both in the chair and at the festive board. As a young Mason, he is well placed, with the support of the lodge’s enthusiastic and talented past masters, to guide his team of light blues into the future. He was raised in 2008 and has made great progress through the offices to attain his goal. Scott is married to Sarah, and they have two young children, Harrison and Olivia.
Working at Media City in Salford, Scott is a broadcast support engineer and is part of the technology team behind some of well-known mainstream television shows. A talented musician, he plays in a rock band and lists creative writing as one of his favourite hobbies. A backroom boy on the television scene, Scott now has his starring role in Heber Lodge, and no doubt the reviews will be positive.