South Eastern and Eccles visit in numerous retinue

Members of both the South Eastern Group and Eccles Group conjoined for an enjoyable couple of days in taking in the sights and atmosphere of London.

United Grand Lodge at the end of a busy day.

United Grand Lodge at the end of a busy day.

The purpose of the visit was to witness and support our West Lancashire recipients in receiving their well-deserved Craft investitures and promotions at the 2015 annual investitures meeting at United Grand Lodge of England which saw the Pro Grand Master Peter Lowndes presiding over the proceedings.

The Grand Director of Ceremonies and his deputies conducted an immaculate and memorable ceremony towards all those who were present, the organisation of which given by way of the grand secretary, supported by his staff, in producing the net result of a very happy occasion.

Notwithstanding of course, seeing our other West Lancashire Masonic friends receiving their well deserved honours, but of course being a little biased in supporting our own South Eastern Group and Eccles Group recipients it was a pleasure to see Eccles and South Eastern Group Assistant Provincial Grand Master John Hutton receiving his promotion to Past Senior Grand Deacon.

Pictured from left to right, are: South Eastern Group members: Eddie Wilkinson, Brian Hayes, Mike Adams and David Benson.

Pictured from left to right, are: South Eastern Group members: Eddie Wilkinson, Brian Hayes, Mike Adams and David Benson.

South Eastern Group Chairman Mike Adams received his promotion to Past Junior Grand Deacon and Eccles Group Chairman David Walmsley received his first grand rank as Past Grand Director of Ceremonies.

Peter Lowndes indicated in his address the essential nature that grand officers are required to set as good examples in their lodges and help with the training of the next generation. Peter indicated that grand officers should be expected to carry out any duties for which they may be called upon to support that strategy.

As the ceremony nearing its conclusion and in keeping with the occasion, there was a very powerful and rousing rendition of the national anthem, ably assisted by the recently renovated and well played grand organ made the closure of the meeting a simply spine tingling experience.

The celebratory festivities of this grand occasion were held at the Connaught Rooms where recipients and their guests continued to enjoy the evening before joining up with other Masonic friends in the locality around Great Queen Street.

Pictured from left to right, are: Eccles Group members: Tom Fredrickson, Stuart Boyd, David Walmsley, Patrick Walsh, Jerry Lawes and Ian Lynch.

Pictured from left to right, are: Eccles Group members: Tom Fredrickson, Stuart Boyd, David Walmsley, Patrick Walsh, Jerry Lawes and Ian Lynch.