Paul Hesketh, Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies and the representative of the Provincial Grand Master, attended at Bryn Masonic Hall to witness the installation of Stuart Shaw into the chair of King Solomon of Sincerity Lodge No 3677. Paul was accompanied by grand officers Malcolm Taylor (group chairman) and Keith Kemp (PAGDC), supported by acting Provincial officers Barry Dickinson (PrDGReg), Malcolm Bell (PrDGDC), Mick O’Brien (PrDGSwdB) and Dave Bishop (PrGStwd).
Paul was treated to a delightful ceremony performed by WM John Heeley. Master elect Stuart Shaw was presented by Malcolm Bell Snr, the treasurer of the lodge, and was well installed by John.
Once installed, Stuart appointed his officers. In the absence of local care officer John Lomax, Malcolm Taylor stepped up to the plate and addressed the new almoner Phil Mathias, describing his duties and responsibilities, adding that help and advice was always available from his group team. Ian Dawson gave the address to the new WM, having previously delivered a faultless explanation of the third degree working tools. The first and second degree working tools were delivered by two junior brethren, Neil Haddock and Mark Calleson-Catterick, again faultlessly and with confidence. Paul gave the address to the brethren and visiting Provincial Grand Steward Dave Bishop gave the address to the stewards.
Paul congratulated Stuart on taking the chair of this very old and historic lodge and
conveyed the congratulations of the Provincial Grand Master, who he said, would have been greatly impressed with the manner in which he had been installed. Paul also congratulated John on the way he had installed his successor. Paul made special comment on the presentation of the working tools by the junior brethren, which budding talent he believed, boded well for the future.
Paul was delighted to receive charitable donations presented by John on behalf of the lodge: £300 to West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity and £50 to St Catherine’s Hospice.
Stuart is a retired heating engineer and is an experienced Mason, having served as WM of his mother lodge, Tuscan Lodge No 4427 in 2000. He holds the Provincial rank of PPrDGSuptWks.
Stuart is looking forward to the ensuing year and is determined to make the most of what will inevitably be a busy but very enjoyable year in a lodge steeped in tradition and history.