The many brethren and guests of Lever Park Lodge No 8144 gathered to celebrate the installation of Vincent Baldwin into the chair of King Solomon and were greatly honoured by the presence of Assistant Provincial Grand Master Stewart Seddon. Stewart was accompanied by Chorley Group Chairman Peter Lockett, along with many other grand and acting Provincial grand officers.
In a most sincere and extremely well delivered installation ceremony the work was shared between three of the established past masters of the lodge, namely Peter Hannis, John Ball and Derek English, all under the watchful eye of the director of ceremonies Mark Arrowsmith.
Lever Park Lodge is one which always has a steady stream of new and junior members who the more experienced Masons try to engage in the ceremonies – and the installation evening was no exception, with the working tools in the three degrees being presented by Clive Butterworth (third degree), Gary Mathews (the second degree) and Darren Smith (on only his third meeting after being initiated) presenting the first degree tools.
The addresses to the master and wardens were presented by Ray Goth and John Ball respectively and finally the address to the brethren was given by Stewart Seddon.
As is traditional on such occasions, Stewart brought greetings and best wishes from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, wishing all those in the lodge health, strength and happiness. Stewart went on to congratulate Vincent on becoming the new master of the lodge and complimented all the brethren who had taken part in what he described as a very sincere ceremony.
In reply Vincent thanked Stewart for his kind words and went on to present him with cheques for donations of £500 for the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival and £200 to the Horwich Masonic Hall. In response Stewart thanked the brethren of Lever Park Lodge on behalf of those who will ultimately benefit from the donations, for their generosity.
The usual lively ‘Lever Park’ festive board followed, consisting of fine fare, a warm and relaxed atmosphere and the friendly and spirited manner in which the members and visitors of Lever Park Lodge enjoy themselves on such occasions.