Tyling at Ellesmere Suite

When Brian Brittain said there was a tyling demonstration at 10am on Saturday morning everyone wondered why? Surely it was a most unusual part of ritual to demonstrate and after all it’s not the job people are queuing up to do!

Taking a break from left to right, are: John Naylor, Brian Brittain, Ron Coop  and Geoff Caulfield.

Taking a break from left to right, are: John Naylor, Brian Brittain, Ron Coop and Geoff Caulfield.

Was this then some sort of recruitment drive to engage younger brethren onto the floor at the start of their Masonic careers? Alas no, it was not, although a recruitment drive for tilers was in a way correct.

A different type of tiler was sought and different ritual being demonstrated. You see Brian and his group of keen assistants were beginning the refurbishment of the Ellesmere suite, otherwise more commonly known as Leigh Masonic hall.

To the left a bit! Geoff Caulfield looks like a real Superintendent of works as he directs work above him, ably assisted by John Naylor who appears to be the acting steward!

To the left a bit! Geoff Caulfield looks like a real Superintendent of works as he directs work above him, ably assisted by John Naylor who appears to be the acting steward!

The Ellesmere suite is the corporate name of a centre of town venue that is seeing bookings rise year on year. It is also the main dining and function area for the lodges, chapters and other degrees that use Leigh Masonic hall. Now though after some 20 years the decor is looking a little tired and in need of updating.

The starting point for this work began with the replacement of the ceiling tiles in the bar area, a job undertaken by Brian Britain, Geoff Caulfield, Ron Coop and John Naylor all of whom are members of lodges that meet in the building.

Brian who is chairman of the board of directors at Leigh Masonic Hall Ltd explains why the work is necessary: “The directors made the decision to commence a refurbishment of the main hall and bar areas of the hall as it hadn’t been done for 20 years.

As with any business we must work within our means and to contain costs three directors and our maintenance manager rolled up their sleeves and commenced the work by removing the existing suspended ceiling and lighting in the main bar and replaced it with all new tiles and energy efficient LED down lighters.

The work was completed in just one long day therefore minimising any disruption to our members or outside functions”

The next phase will be to redecorate the bar area to give it a fresh more modern appearance. In July Brian and his team, who are looking for more volunteers will be replacing the ceiling and lighting in the main hall. This will make the whole lighting set up more modern and importantly more efficient and greener.

A master at work Brian Britain.

A master at work Brian Britain.