To avoid any confusion further into the story perhaps it should be immediately pointed out that the St Michael’s in the headline is in no way associated with the brand name of a certain well known high street store.
In fact it is St Michael’s on Wyre Lodge No 8348 and the recipient of the ‘treat’ was Assistant Provincial Grand Master Harry Cox when he joined the members of the lodge as their principal guest at the installation meeting.
Sharing Harry’s enjoyment were Lancaster Group Chairman Jim Wilson and group secretary Chris Butterfield together with acting Provincial grand officers Andrew Bartlett Provincial Grand Registrar, Andrew Curtis Provincial Junior Grand Deacon, Paul Thompson Provincial Junior Grand Deacon and Richard Dennison Provincial Grand Steward.
The well attended meeting at Wyrebank, Garstang saw Jim Barr install his successor David Goodwin into the master’s chair with heartfelt sincerity. A splendid explanation of the working tools of an installed master was delivered by Bernard Snape and the explanations of the working tools of the third, second and first degrees were delightfully rendered by Brian Stoddart, James Hughes and Cyril Whitehouse respectively.
On completion of the installation, Harry Cox tendered the hearty congratulations and best wishes of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, observing that the ceremony had been a veritable treat to witness.
The newly installed master reciprocated the greetings and was delighted to present Harry with details of charitable disbursements totalling more than £6,000 including; £1,200 to West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity, £2,750 to Lancashire and South Cumbria Kidney Patients’ Association, £750 to Garstang Masonic Hall Building Fund and £250 to Garstang Masonic Fellowship. Harry expressed both his admiration and gratitude for the magnificent total donated by the lodge.
A lively and happy festival of St John followed in the Wyrebank Banqueting Suite with a winning combination of good food and equally good company enjoyed by over 60 members and guests. In his address to the brethren, Harry Cox echoed on a personal level his enjoyment and admiration for the work witnessed in the lodge room before making mention of a number of issues that are at the forefront of Masonic interest currently. He closed by encouraging all those present to attend the next meeting of Provincial Grand Lodge and reiterated the enjoinment from Tony Harrison to enjoy Freemasonry and the beneficial wider community work it supports.
John Darrell gave a very professional solo performance of the master’s song and in his response to the toast to his health the new master of the lodge David Goodwin thanked all those who had attended and contributed to making the day so enjoyable and memorable.