It was a special occasion for the brethren of Lodge of Harmony No 580 and their guests, who had gathered at the Ormskirk Masonic Hall, to witness the installation of Anthony Prior as their WM for a second year. For the evening’s ceremony the lodge was honoured by the presence of Malcolm Alexander as their principal guest. Malcolm was accompanied by the Ormskirk and Bootle Group Chairman Frank Umbers, group vice chairman Graham Chambers, grand officer Roy Worthington and acting Provincial grand officers.
The acting and installing WM, David Williams started the evening’s proceedings by warmly welcoming the visiting brethren to the meeting before opening the lodge and after the initial business was completed, director of ceremonies Robert Hales announced that Malcolm Alexander was without seeking admission. Malcolm was then admitted into the temple accompanied by grand officer Frank Umbers, group vice chairman Graham Chambers, together with acting Provincial grand officers, Michael Dutton and Russell Skidmore. David then had the privilege to warmly welcomed Malcolm to the ceremony.
The master elect, Anthony Prior was then presented to the lodge and after Anthony had taken his obligation, David on behalf of Anthony thanked the brethren for all their support and hard work they had given Anthony during his year in office.
The installing master, David then proceeded to install Anthony, according to ancient custom into the chair of King Solomon. The working tools for an installed master were presented by David, the third degree tools by Robert Hales, the second degree tools by Alan Browne and the first degree tools by Alan Johnston, all in an excellent and proficient manner.
The address to WM was given by Roy Worthington and the address to the brethren of the lodge was delivered by Malcolm Alexander, again the addresses were all delivered in a confident and excellent manner.
At the end the ceremony of installation, Malcolm addressed the brethren and brought the congratulations of the Provincial Grand Master Tony Harrison, wishing Anthony and all the brethren the very best of health and hoping they all have a happy Masonic year. Malcolm then congratulated David Williams for the excellent manner in which he had installed Anthony into the chair, the lodge DC Robert Hales and all the brethren who had taken part in the ceremony.
The installation now being completed, Anthony presented Malcolm with four cheques for charity, £400 for the SSAFA (the armed forces charity), £400 to the MCF 2021 Festival, £150 to Tithebarn and £150 to the West Lancashire Freemasons’ Charity. On behalf of the recipients Malcolm thanked the brethren of the lodge for their very kind and generous donations.
After closing the lodge in peace and harmony the brethren made their way to an excellent festive board which consisted of a soup starter, followed by roast lamb and seasonal vegetables, cheesecake for dessert which was followed by stilton with a glass of port; coffee, tea and mints.