Brethren and friends of Chorley Lodge No 6287 gathered to celebrate the installation of Stuart Catterall into the chair of King Solomon.
The brethren were honoured by the presence of Assistant Provincial Grand Master Stewart Seddon. Stewart was accompanied by Past Assistant Provincial Grand Master Frank Wilkinson, Chorley Group Chairman Peter Lockett, group vice chairman Peter Allen and acting Provincial grand officers.
Bob Crabtree opened the lodge and conducted the lodge business. Derek Bolan then presented master elect Stuart Catterall. Bob proceeded to install Stuart Catterall into the chair of the lodge in fine style.
The third, second and first degree working tools were faultlessly presented by Russ Garner, Peter Horgan and Tom Richardson respectively. The address to the master was presented by Don Hesketh. The address to the wardens was delivered by Peter Allen and the address to the brethren was presented by Stewart Seddon, all under the watchful eye of director of ceremonies Iain Simpson.
The address to the stewards was presented by Anthony Slater. Bob Crabtree was appointed almoner and the address to the almoner was presented by Andrew Cogle. John Breakwell was appointed charity steward and the address to the charity steward was presented by Gary Smith.
Stewart Seddon congratulated Stuart Catterall on becoming the latest ruler in the craft for the second time. He wished him the good health to enjoy his year as master of this fine lodge. He congratulated Bob Crabtree on a wonderful ceremony. Stewart also congratulated director of ceremonies Iain Simpson on a well worked ceremony. Stewart extended his congratulations to all those who had taken part in the ceremony.
Stewart thanked the brethren of the lodge for their generous donation to good causes, consisting of £1,150 to St Catherine’s Hospice, £850 to Chorley Masonic Hall, £133.88 to the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival and £108.13 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity.
The brethren retired to the festive board in a happy and celebratory mood to enjoy the evening with good, food, good wine and especially good company. The master’s song was sung by Gary Smith accompanied by Alan Burnett.
Stewart thanked all those who had undertaken the work in the lodge. He wished as many people as possible to support the MCF 2021 Festival and to wear their steward’s jewel with pride. He again thanked the lodge for their generous donations on behalf of the ultimate recipients. Stewart hoped that everyone had enjoyed the year’s celebrations for 300 years of Freemasonry.