James Pennington was installed into the chair of Hospitality Lodge No 5074 in St Helens for the second time in an excellent ceremony conducted by Alan Haslam with his usual superb rendition of the accompanying ritual. A past warden of the Province and a real gentleman, Alan is renowned for his quiet approach to his Masonry and is highly respected by all who know him.
The lodge was honoured by the presence of Sam Robinson representing the Provincial Grand Master, Tony Harrison, along with several grand officers including Colin Rowling (group chairman) and three past deputy Provincial DC’s, George Bellis, Ted Holden and Paul Lundy.
Bringing the greetings of the Provincial Grand Master, Sam was fulsome in his praise for the way in which James was installed by Alan Haslam, particularly noting the warmth and friendship he observed in this appropriately named lodge. He also thanked the brethren warmly for the generous charitable donations which were presented to him by James at the conclusion of the ceremony. These included £514.50 to the WLFC, £250 to the Steve White Appeal, £350 to St Helens Masonic Hall and £300 to St Helens Young Carers.
During the festive board, Sam gave further tributes to several members of the lodge and was particularly keen to make note of the excellent presentation of the working tools of the three degrees by senior brethren of the lodge.
In an informative response to the toast to the grand officers, Sam, being very keen to promote his great love of Royal Arch Masonry, made reference to the Provincial Royal Arch pop-up panel that he had placed in the dining room. These information cassettes, it is hoped, will help generate interest in the Royal Arch. When sufficient are produced, one will hopefully be exhibited at all Craft installations.
A very hospitable occasion!
Article by John Whalley and Brian Honey. Photos by John Whalley.