Brian Turner was installed as the new WM of St Michael’s Lodge No 5756 at the Park Hall Hotel, Charnock Richard. This is the first time in the chair of King Solomon for Brian who, prior to the ceremony, admitted to being a little nervous but said that he had been looking forward to the night for some time.
The lodge was honoured by the presence of Jonathan Heaton Provincial Junior Grand Warden, representative of the Provincial Grand Master. Jonathan was accompanied by grand officers Brian Fairhurst, Frank Umbers, Ormskirk and Bootle Group Chairman and Malcolm Alexander group secretary.
The WM Jason Nash, who has undertaken the master-ship of the lodge for two years, installed Brian in an excellent ceremony. Jason was ably assisted by DC John Medcalf, installing senior warden Gerald Barrett and junior warden Walter Davidson. The working tools of an installed master were eloquently presented by Stan Crozier in a very competent and enjoyable manner; the third degree by Harold Marsh, second degree by Stuart Tighe and first degree by Francis Aspinall.
The presentation of the warrant of the lodge and the address to the master was delivered by John Medcalf and the address to the brethren of the lodge by principal guest Jonathan Heaton. John Medcalf then informed the brethren that it was not usual to present a past master in the lodge with an IPM jewel but having recently acquired a lodge founder’s jewel, on this occasion he was pleased to present it to Jonathan to wear with pride as the IPM of the lodge.
In bringing greetings from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, Jonathan acknowledged the good work of the lodge members who took part in the ceremony and made a special point of congratulating the installing master Jason Nash and the DC John Medcalf. With special thanks to Stan Crozier and the brethren who presented the working tools, saying that had the Provincial Grand Master been present he would have thoroughly enjoyed the ceremony.
Jonathan was then presented with five cheques in the total sum of £1,075 for the following beneficiaries; £300 MCF 2021 Festival, £250 North West Air Ambulance, £250 Derian House Children’s Hospice, £250 Rainbow House and £25 Molly Carrugan Trust; for which he gave grateful thanks on behalf of all those who will benefit from the kind generosity of the members.
Following an excellent festive board held over in the Park Suite of the hotel the qualities of the night were elaborated on by Jonathan during his response to the toast to Provincial grand officers, showering praise on all who had been involved in the ceremony and expressing particular admiration for the brethren who had so lucidly presented the working tools of an installed master and the three degrees.
Turning to matters that the Provincial Grand Master wishes to be conveyed to members, Jonathan highlighted the launch of the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival which he urged everyone to support by their patronage, whilst at the same time not forgetting the needs of the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity. He said that 2017 will prove to be a busy year, with the Masonic Charitable Foundation 2021 Festival, the Tercentenary celebrations, the recently introduced care structure and hopefully, many new candidates into Freemasonry.
In his closing words, he expressed his genuine and heart-felt thanks for a most enjoyable evening; a sentiment common to all those present.
Article and photographs by Barry Hewitt.