Past Assistant Grand Director of Ceremonies Chris McNab was the principle guest representing the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison at the installation of Terry Ryan, who was occupying the chair of King Solomon for the fourth time in his Masonic career.
Chris was accompanied by Eccles and District Group Chairman David Walmsley, grand officers Tony Edden and Stuart Shea and acting Provincial grand officers Ian Lynch (PrSGD) and Tom Fredrickson (PrGStdB).
This was Terry’s second time in the chair of St Augustines Lodge No 9018 but the fourth time in his Masonic career; it has been twice in the East Lancashire Province and now twice in the West Lancashire Province,
The lodge was opened by the worshipful master Alan Wilcock who gave a warm welcome to Chris saying that he hoped he enjoys the ceremony and the festive board.
Peter Hewitt presented the master elect Terry at the commencement of the installation. The ceremony was ably carried out by Alan and his installing officers under the guidance of the DC Terry Watson. The working tools of the three degrees were eloquently presented by junior brethren and brothers, Andrew and Robert Markland. Terry then invested his officers for the coming year.
The address to the worshipful master was given by Terry Watson. Chris then rose and gave his address to the brethren of the lodge. He extended the best wishes of the Provincial Grand Master and congratulated Terry on taking the chair of King Solomon and also to Alan and his officers on a wonderful ceremony. He also congratulated the brothers Andrew and Robert on a good job of presenting the working tools.
Terry then presented Chris with a cheque, on behalf of the members of lodge, to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity for the sum of £120 which was gratefully received. Anther cheque was donated to Swinton Masonic Hall for £120 and others dispersed to Ecclesholme, Eccles Group Golf society, Bowling Society and the Clay Pigeon Society.
At the festive board Chris gave the response to the toast to the grand lodge officers and thanked all the brethren of St Augustines Lodge for making him feel so welcome and how much he had enjoyed the evening.
Chris conveyed the message from the Provincial Grand Master that Masonry is to be enjoyed. He also said that we must look after our Masonic Halls and commented on the high standard that Swinton Masonic Hall has achieved.
He expressed the importance of recovery of brethren who may have left and whose circumstances may have changed. He also appealed for support at the forthcoming West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity Festival.
Dave Walmsley presented Chris with the traditional bag of Eccles cakes to which Chris responded by saying that his wife will be looking forward to his return home having visited Eccles Group and knowing the tradition of the Eccles cakes.