Christopher Andrew Hayton was installed as the WM of Rufford Lodge No 7217 at the Park Hall Hotel, Charnock Richard, by his dad Andrew Hayton.
The lodge was honoured by the presence of Assistant Provincial Grand Master Harry Cox, who was accompanied by grand officers, Brian Fairhurst, Tom Norris and Malcolm Alexander, together with the Ormskirk and Bootle Group Vice Chairman Graham Chambers. There were also six acting Provincial grand officers in attendance, Mike Dutton, Carl Matthews, Joe Codling, Jim Finnegan, Phil Houldsworth and Peter Rumley. A total of 49 brethren attended the meeting.
Andrew Hayton installed his son Christopher into the chair of King Solomon in a very enjoyable ceremony. The working tools were presented in an excellent manner by junior brethren of the lodge; third degree by Eric Ashcroft, second degree by Robert Midgley and first degree by Philip Smitton.
In bringing greetings from the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, Harry congratulated the lodge members who had taken part in the ceremony, giving special thanks to the junior brethren who had presented the working tools so well. He said he had thoroughly enjoyed the ceremony which had been carried out in a warm and sincere manner.
Harry was then presented with cheques in the total sum of £2,200. To the benefit of the MCF 2021 Festival £1,200 and the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity £1,000, this was in addition to the donations already made by members in the white envelopes scheme. Harry thanked the brethren on behalf of the future recipients who would benefit from their kind generosity.
A certificate of Vice Patronage of the Festival was then presented to the lodge by Malcolm Sandywell the group festival representative.
Greetings on behalf of all visiting brethren were given by Roy Gibson the WM of Standish Lodge No 4955.
Following the meeting an enjoyable festive board was enjoyed by all the brethren, which was followed by the usual Rufford tradition of an auction of pot plants. The master’s song was delivered in an excellent manner by Nick Medway with musical accompaniment by Doug Little.