It was a very special evening at Prospect Lodge No 7880 when Ken Ingham was installed into the chair of King Solomon for the second time.
It was 37 years ago, in 1980, that Ken was first installed as master of Prospect Lodge in the days when the lodge met at the Globe in Standish. The evening was even more special to Ken as both the installing master and the director of ceremonies were his candidates into Masonry.
The members and guests of Prospect Lodge were honoured to receive Malcolm Dewhurst as the representative of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison. Malcolm was accompanied by the Secretary of the Chorley Group Don Hesketh and supported by acting Provincial grand officers Derek Robinson and Anthony Slater.
The lodge was opened in due form by the outgoing master Farqhar Murray, who on the night had completed a spell of two years in the chair. Farqhar invited Tony Lowe to act as installing senior warden, Steve Williams to act as installing junior warden and Andre Whitton to act as installing inner guard.
Once the team were in place Gary Howarth presented Ken as master elect. The installing master Farqhar Murray then installed his successor in a most exemplary manner under the watchful eye of lodge director of ceremonies Gary Howarth, who also performed his duties in a very creditable way.
The working tools of the first, second and third degrees were presented by Kevin Otter, Bill Cunliffe and Steve Williams.
Ken presented Malcolm with a number of cheques; to the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival for £400, to the Chorley Masonic Hall for £200, to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity for £200, to the RNLI for £100 and Air Ambulance for £100.
Malcolm thanked the members of the lodge for their generous donations, following which he brought the greetings and good wishes from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison and congratulated all the members who had taken part in the ceremony.
The installation being ended, the brethren retired to the festive board where a wonderful evening was had with friends old and new.
During the festive board Bryan Flynn treated the members and guests to a wonderful rendition of the master’s song.