The members and visitors to the Lodge of Chivalry No 3974 installation meeting were treated to a very enjoyable ceremony delivered by the outgoing WM David Dugdale.
David is the IT Director for Crown Paints who are based in Darwen, Lancashire. David has worked for Crown Paints for 10 years and although the head office is in Darwen, David regularly travels around the world to attend management meetings held by David’s boss who is vice president of Hempel, a global supplier of marine paints and coatings. David and his wife Gaynor have two children Natasha and Alex. Although David has a busy work and family life he still finds time to enjoy his Freemasonry and has been known to drive straight from Manchester Airport, having arrived from a trip to America, to Ormskirk to attend a lodge rehearsal!
David installed Andrew Bradshaw his senior warden into the chair of King Solomon. Andrew Lives in Newquay Cornwall and travels to Ormskirk every month to attend lodge and visit his mother and father who live in Rainford, near St Helens. Andrew served in the RAF for 24 years and for the last 10 years has worked for Sirco, who provide support for the military, as a senior supervisor at Royal Navy Air Station, Culdrose, Helston.
Andrew and his team of seven engineers have just completed a project to restore to service a Merlin EH101 Mk3A helicopter that has been in storage for 22 years. The work started in April 2017 and was completed in September returning the helicopter to service with its squadron two months early. Andrew and his wife Sue have three children, Ashley, Matthew and Linzi. Andrew’s father Tom Bradshaw is the oldest member of the lodge and first served as WM in 1974. Tom was the proudest Mason at the installation when he presented Andrew for installation into the chair of King Solomon.
After Andrew was installed in the chair he was presented with the working tools of a master Mason by Martyn Fenton, the working tools in the second degree where presented by Martin Stewart, who was only asked to present them on the morning of the installation. The working tools in the first degree where also presented by Martin Stewart who was later installed as the senior warden.
Following the investiture his officers for the ensuing year, Andrew was given the address to the WM by the immediate past master and new director of ceremonies David Dugdale. The address to the wardens was given by Colin Frodsham and the address to the brethren was given by the assistant director of ceremonies Alan Hodgson.
David then presented the representative of the Provincial Grand Master Andrew Whittle with four cheques totalling £700. MCF 2021 Festival £300, West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity £200, Ormskirk Masonic Hall £100 and £100 to the Forget Me Not Trust. Andrew Whittle thanked the members of the lodge for their donation, he then presented the cheque for the Forget Me Not Trust to Ezra McGowan who was in attendance as a guest of the lodge secretary. Ezra along with his brother are the founders of the charity which provides food and drink to the homeless in Manchester. To find out more about the work of the Forget Me Not Trust click here.
After the meeting, some 40 brethren retired to the dining room to enjoy a fine meal and some liquid refreshments.
At the festive board Andrew Whittle congratulated Andrew Bradshaw on being installed in the chair of the lodge. He also congratulated David on the work he did in the lodge saying: “You well and truly did a great job of installing your successor and then taking the office of DC, well done.”
Later in the evening Tom presented Andrew with a Bible which was inscribed with details of his installation and the family history.
The following day Andrew said: “I really enjoyed the evening and I was blown away by the way David installed me in the chair.”